February 28 2019

March Volunteer Opportunities

Five Rivers MetroParks Volunteer Orientation

Five Rivers MetroParks Headquarters, 409 E. Monument Ave., Third Floor
March 7, 9 to 11 AM or March 21, 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Discover all the ways you can participate in gardening, habitat restoration, outdoor recreation, farm history and sustainability. Orientation highlights opportunities. Register online or contact Yvonne Dunphe for more information

BUSINESS SUPPORT

Carriage Hill Riding Center 101

Carriage Hill Riding Center, 8111 Shull Rd., Huber Heights
Saturday, March 9, 10 to 11 AM

Help care for the horses at the Carriage Hill Riding Center. No prior experience required; learn as you go! All volunteers begin as Barn Aides, then train to assist with Pony Rides, Trail Rides, Lessons, etc. Attend orientation to see how you can get involved. Registration required. Register online.

Visitor Services Volunteers

Cox Arboretum MetroPark OR Carriage Hill MetroPark, in the Visitor Centers
Shifts available weekends and weekdays

Be an advocate for your MetroParks! Provide excellent customer service by welcoming and greeting park visitors and answering basic questions about the park. Volunteers may have down time, so feel free to bring a book, knitting, suduko, etc. Contact Janelle Leonard for more information.

CONSERVATION

Butterfly Monitor Orientation

Five Rivers MetroParks Headquarters, 409 E. Monument Ave., Third Floor, Dayton
Tuesday, March 12 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Butterfly surveys help us understand and evaluate habitat. We will cover basic butterfly identification, resources and the basics of a survey. Coming to this training does not obligate you to anything. Contact Yvonne Dunphe for more information.

Conservation Caretaker Kickoff

Five Rivers MetroParks Headquarters, 409 E. Monument Ave., Third Floor, Dayton
Thursday, March 28 6:30 to 8 PM

New and returning should attend. A more independent opportunity if you like to hike, discover new things and are willing to help in more remote areas. Orientation gives you more details but doesn’t commit you. Contact Allison Zimmerman for more information.

Hills & Dales MetroPark Workdays Kickoff

Hills and Dales MetroPark, 2655 S. Patterson Blvd., Kettering
Friday, March 8, 9 AM to noon

Discover how you can become part of the volunteer team, and participate in skill-building sessions. We’ll focus on pruning, and getting the gardens spring ready! Contact Allison Zimmerman for more information.

Seedling Saturday – TLC workday

Wetland Bank Conservation Area, 8401 Little Richmond Rd., Trotwood (construction entrance)
Saturday, March 30, 9 AM to noon

Volunteers needed to help plant tree seedlings and do various tasks. Contact Allison Zimmerman for more information.

Trained Service Person Training

Five Rivers MetroParks Headquarters, 409 E. Monument Ave., Third Floor, Dayton
Thursday, March 14, 1 to 3 PM or 6:30 to 8 PM

Training for volunteers interested in helping with chemical application in ash tree treatment and invasive removal. Contact Allison Zimmerman for more information.

GARDENING & LANDSCAPING

Aullwood Spring Kickoff: Volunteer Workday

Aullwood Garden MetroPark, 955 Aullwood Road, Englewood
Tuesday, March 19, 9 AM to noon

Uncover blooming hellebores, scilla, and snowdrops while prepping the gardens for peak spring display by raking, edging and mulching. Park in lot south of dam. Contact Candy Holloway for more information.

A World of Gardening Workshop

Cox Arboretum MetroPark, 6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton
Saturday, March 16, 8:30 AM to 1 PM

Join us for a day of learning about a wide variety of gardening topics at our annual World of Gardening Workshop, created especially for our dedicated volunteers. Register at SignUp.com or contact Candy Holloway for more information.

Become an Adult Tour Guide

Five Rivers MetroParks Headquarters, 409 E. Monument Ave., Third Floor, Dayton

Learn about the many features of our horticulture parks and share your enthusiasm as you tour the public through the grounds. Opportunities to shadow experienced volunteers will be provided. Training in April. Contact Yvonne Dunphe for more information.

Garden Discovery Guides

Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton
Flexible schedule

Share what you love about the Children’s Discovery Garden by engaging visitors through guided discoveries and simple hands-on activities. Learn by shadowing staff. Contact Yvonne Dunphe for more information.

Gardener’s Learn and Try-It Series: Container Gardening

Cox Arboretum MetroPark, 6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton
Thursday, March 7, 9 to 11 AM

From greenhouse to containers, learn how to display forced, spring-flowering bulbs. Hands-on volunteer opportunity to beautify the grounds at Cox Arboretum MetroPark. Registration is required. Register online or contact Candy Holloway for more information.

Gardener’s Learn and Try-It Series: Pruning Trees

Island MetroPark, 101 E. Helena Street, Dayton
Thursday, March 14, 9 to 11 AM

Join the Horticulture staff to learn the proper way to prune young trees for health and longevity. Volunteers will apply what they’ve learned that day! Registration is required. Register online or contact
or contact Candy Holloway for more information.

Gardener’s Learn and Try-It Series: Propagation 101

Cox Arboretum MetroPark,6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton
Wednesday, March 20, 9 to 11 AM

Discover the basics of edible seed propagation. Volunteers work with horticulture staff in sowing seeds for the coming season to be used in the edible landscape garden at Cox Arboretum. Registration is required. Register online or contact Candy Holloway for more information.

Witch Hazel Collection Workday

Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton
Monday, March 4, 10 AM to noon

Assist with maintaining the Witch Hazel Garden. Tasks include: mulching, weeding and removing plantings that are encroaching upon the witch hazels, cutting sucker growth, removing rogue branching and identifying missing tags. Contact Candy Holloway for more information.

Wegerzyn Gardening Angels

Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton
Saturday, March 23, 9 AM to noon

Make an impact in the garden as we plant pansies and spruce up the gardens for spring (weather permitting). Contact Candy Holloway for more information.

HERITAGE & HISTORY

Fiber to Fashion and Function

Carriage Hill MetroPark, 7800 E. Shull Road, Dayton
Thursdays, may vary by season

Volunteers interested in sewing knitting, crocheting, and weaving are needed to support MetroParks programs. Indepentent efforts and scheduled. Contact Yvonne Dunphe for more information.

Historical Research Specialist

Carriage Hill MetroPark, 7800 E. Shull Road, Dayton
Varies

Research support for historic interpretive staff. May include research on items to be made by woodworkers, blacksmiths or interpreters. Contact Yvonne Dunphe for more information.

Interpreting Living History

Carriage Hill MetroPark, 7800 E. Shull Road, Dayton
Saturday, March 23, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Learn the history of Carriage Hill and some tips on interpreting history during this walking tour of various historic farm sites. Contact Yvonne Dunphe for more information.

NATURE

Interpretation, Teaching, Engagment Volunteers

Five Rivers MetroParks Headquarters, 409 E. Monument Ave., Third Floor, Dayton
Monday, March 4, 1 to 3 PM or 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Many opportunities available throughout MetroParks, and all volunteers interested in education, interpretive, or engagement opportunities should attend orientation. Opportunities are available to work with adults or youth and families. Contact Yvonne Dunphe for more information.

SUSTAINABILITY

Master Recycler Meet-Up

2nd Street Market, 600 E 2nd Street, Dayton
Tuesday, March 12, 6 to 7 PM

Join us to learn about sustainability practices at home and in the community. Be a part of MetroParks’ efforts towards positive, environmental stewardship. RSVP required. Contact Candy Holloway for more information.


FOUNDATION SUPPORT

Donations to and projects for the Foundations and friends group provide funding for special projects and programs at Five Rivers MetroParks.

Country Store Retail Volunteers

Carriage Hill MetroPark, 7800 E. Shull Road, Dayton
Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 3:45 PM

Volunteers with excellent customer service skills needed! Winter is the time to get oriented and learn at MetroParks penny candy store! Contact Yvonne Dunphe for more information.

Save the Date: MayFair Plant Sale

Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton
Friday, May 3; Saturday, May 4; Sunday, May 5; Shifts vary

A great selection of unique varieties and healthy vibrant plants! Assist customers during the sale or help with set-up and staging the week prior. All proceeds benefit the Wegerzyn Gardens Foundation. Register on SignUp.com or contact Candy Holloway for more information.

Pass-Along Plants Needed

Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton
Monday through Friday, March 1 through April 26

Donate perennials from your landscape to the 2019 MayFair Plant Sale. All proceeds go the Wegerzyn Gardens Foundation. Contact Candy Holloway for more information.

Wegerzyn Gift & Garden Shop

2nd Street Market, 600 E 2nd Street, Dayton
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; Shifts vary

Volunteers interact with shoppers and conduct sales at this unique shop specializing in garden-themed merchandise and tools. Proceeds benefit Wegerzyn Gardens Foundation. Contact Candy Holloway for more information.

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