Volunteer: National Public Lands Day
The annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD) celebration is the largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands. Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers come together on the fourth Saturday in September to assist land managers with environmental projects designed to enhance and restore national parks, recreation areas, wildlife refuges, and other public lands and waters. In 2019, over 2,000 public lands sites across the US hosted NPLD events, and together they engaged more than 150,000 volunteers in hands-on conservation activities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way Americans are able to engage with public lands. From iconic national parks to local urban green spaces, the threat of COVID-19 has made it extremely difficult - if not impossible - for many land managers to host large in-person events on public lands. This has significantly impacted nationally recognized service events such as NPLD. Cincinnati Parks has addressed this ever changing circumstance by drastically reducing the number of volunteers reporting to each site. We have planned a series of small hands - on service events city - wide to provide the opportunity for volunteers to support their favorite parks!
Engage & Adventure: Great Outdoor Weekend and "Story Times in Your Parks"
Adventure with Cincinnati Parks during The Great Outdoor Weekend. Hosted by the Green Umbrella Regional Sustainability Alliance, the weekend is an annual outdoor events sampler for the Greater Cincinnati region. Children and adults can participate in the best outdoor recreation and nature awareness programs Cincinnati has to offer. With over 100 events available locally please visit https://www.greatoutdoorweekend.org/events for all program and event details. Register for the Cincinnati Parks Explore Nature! programs by clicking the links below:
California Woods Creek Walk, September 25th
LaBoiteaux Wood Nature Center, Storytime with a Naturalist - September 25th
Cincinnati Parks has also collaborated with the Cincinnati Hamilton County Library to bring "Story Times in your Parks" that will allow enjoyment of natural spaces in the safest manner possible. We hope our Parks lovers will find an option that is right for you to participate in this important annual event celebrating and supporting our public lands.
Your participation on this years' NPLD comes at a time when we certainly need all hands on deck!
Cincinnati Parks is committed to upholding safety guidelines by the CDC including social distancing, access to personal hygiene and on-site logistics. Project tasks range from basic grounds maintenance to invasive plant species removal to tree planting.
Trail clearance/invasive plant species removal
Planting, mulching in adjacent areas, invasive plant removal
Invasive species removal
Planting, honeysuckle removal
Invasive species removal of Amur honeysuckle
Cincinnati Parks is committed to providing a quality experience at all parks and facilities by providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities upon request, call 513-357-2604.