A group photo of 10 volunteers at Herrick Fen.
Volunteer Work Day Volunteer Work Day at Herrick Fen © H. Garris

Stories in Ohio

Volunteering in Ohio

Have a positive impact on the environment by becoming part of our conservation volunteer community!

More than ever, we know that nature nourishes the mind, body, and spirit. The Nature Conservancy’s work has never been more important, and we value your support of our preserves and work in Ohio. Due to the current status of the pandemic, group volunteer work continues to be postponed, but we have opportunities for individual field work and remote volunteer opportunities.



Welcome to TNC Ohio’s Volunteer Program!

Thank you for your interest in helping to protect and preserve nature on our spectacular preserves all over Ohio!  We need your help and we want you to be part of our conservation community. When you sign up to volunteer for The Nature Conservancy, you will be welcomed into a family of dedicated individuals committed to protecting our state's finest natural areas.

Whether you are interested in getting your boots dirty on our trails or organizing data at our office, the days you spend volunteering help protect and enrich the communities in Ohio.

Attention: Quick Volunteer Survey Help us stay current and continue to make our program better. Please let us know your thoughts.

Get Started: 

  • Contact Us: Use this Volunteer Information Form to tell us about your interests and let us know the best way to reach you.  Send this form to our Volunteer Coordinator, Angela Burke: (614) 339-8114 or ohvolunteer@tnc.org. You will then be added to our volunteer email list and will receive updates on events in your area. Learn more about our volunteer program by reading our Volunteer Handbook.
  • Sign-up for a Project: Contact our Volunteer Coordinator and indicate the project location(s) and date(s) you’d like to attend. Once you sign up for a project you will be provided all necessary details to participate.;*You must sign up for a project before getting more information such as location and where to park.
  • Join us for a day in the field:  Our stewardship program manages natural areas throughout Ohio and your help is instrumental in completing the seasonal “to-do” list. Join us for a volunteer workday to remove invasive plants, improve trails, or collect seeds. Most workdays take place from 10:00am until 2:00pm.
  • Visit our volunteer event pages through the 'Get Involved' tab at the very top of this page, and choose which you would like to join. NOTE: We are not currently scheduling in-person events at this time.
  • Help out with a special ongoing volunteer project: We have a few opportunities for individuals to take ownership of some projects.  Contact our Volunteer Coordinator if you are interested in any of the following and would like more information:

Northwest Ohio

  • Regular preserve stewards to remove invasive plants. Year round, Flexible schedule.
  • Demonstration Garden maintenance. Weekly, March-November, Flexible schedule.
  • Community outreach at local preserves or special events. Flexible schedule.
  • Hike Leader and naturalist. First Saturday of each month May-October.

Northeast Ohio

  • Nature Center staff volunteer at The Dr. James K. Bissell Nature Center. Year round, Flexible schedule
  • Regular preserve stewards to remove invasive plants. Year round, Flexible schedule.
  • Demonstration Garden maintenance. Weekly, March-November, Flexible schedule.
  • Community outreach at local preserves or special events. Flexible schedule.

Central Ohio

  • Biological Monitoring of pollinators at Big Darby Headwaters. April-October
  • Trail and Natural Play Area Maintenance at Big Darby Headwaters. Year round, Flexible schedule.
  • Regular preserve stewards to remove invasive plants at Big Darby Headwaters. Year round, Flexible schedule.
  • General Office Assistance at TNC-Ohio Main Office location in Dublin. Year round, Flexible schedule.

Southern Ohio

  • Trail Maintenance at The Edge of Appalachia Preserve System. Year round, Flexible schedule.
  • Regular preserve stewards to maintain prairie openings and restoration sites. Year round, Flexible schedule.