National Public Lands Day (NLPD)
National Public Lands Day (NLPD) is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and general health. Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers come together on the fourth Saturday in September to assist with various projects designed to restore and enhance public parks, forests, waterways and more.
America’s public lands aren’t the only ones that benefits from National Public Lands Day. Nature offers one of the most reliable boosts to mental and physical well-being. Spending time in the outdoors has been found to improve short-term memory, concentration and creativity—while reducing the effects of stress and anxiety. Volunteering on NPLD is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the many benefits that come from connecting with nature.
Check out the locations in Cincinnati Parks where you can participate - and bring the family! Bring your friends! *Each volunteer must register separately, please share!*
Project Locations and Descriptions of Work
Mt. Airy Forest - Large Scale Mulching ProjectVolunteers will load mulch into wheelbarrows and spread at playgrounds, picnic areas and tree rings. This is beneficial for the maintenance and beautification of the park. Mulch on playgrounds keep the area safe for children, keep picnic areas looking nice, and help provide protection to trees by holding moisture in the soil and as a barrier to root systems.
Eden Park @ Administration Building - Landscape Installation ProjectVolunteers will work with Parks staff to install a new landscape. Work will include clearing brush, planting, mulching. This is a beautification project to improve the appearance of the grounds surrounding the Cincinnati Parks Administration Building.
Ault Park - Habitat Restoration Project
Volunteers will work with Parks staff in an ongoing effort to restore the natural habitat in select areas of the park. Work will include removal of honeysuckle and pepper vine: cutting, dragging and possibly replanting native species.
Caldwell Nature Preserve - Trail Clearance Project
Volunteers will work with the Caldwell Nature Preserve Advisory Council and Parks Naturalist to improve trail clearance. This work is part of trail maintenance as ell as preparation for an annual event that takes place on the trails in October.
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.