Published October 9, 2023

Help spruce up parks during Make a Difference Day

Five Rivers MetroParks will host its annual fall service day, Make a Difference Day, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 28. Register online by Friday, Oct. 27, at

People of all ages will work at more than 20 projects across 14 sites throughout the Dayton area and assist with many important projects, from invasive species removal to planting trees. Register your family, friends or work group, and get everyone outside to make a difference.

Make a Difference Day projects help beautify the parks and prepare them for the winter season.

“Our volunteers are so integral in supporting MetroParks to protect the region’s natural heritage,” said human resources and volunteer manager Jenny Hymans. “Make a Difference Day is the perfect opportunity to get together with friends, family or coworkers and give back to your favorite MetroPark. In just a few hours on a beautiful fall morning, you can make a difference.”



Registration is required via MetroParks’ volunteer site, Get Connected. Learn more and sign up at

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What to Bring

Participants should dress for the weather and the activity in which they will participate. Supplies will be provided depending on the project, but individuals may want to bring gloves and a refillable water bottle.

Volunteer Information

MetroParks hosts two large annual days of service: Adopt-A-Park in April to celebrate Earth Day and Make a Difference Day in October. This fall, MetroParks hopes to register approximately 200 volunteers for Make a Difference Day.

MetroParks volunteers are needed year-round for a variety of tasks. Learn more about becoming a volunteer for other projects and more at


Make a Difference Day is presented by CenterPoint Energy Foundation with additional support by The CareSource Foundation, Montgomery County Environmental Services, Keep Montgomery County Beautiful, ServeOhio and QEI Engineers, Inc.

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