2023 Schedule

Saturday, August 269am - 12pm

Litter Blitz! Heavy focus on trash clean up. If time allows there will be an intro session on using iNaturalist for citizen science efforts. Parks staff use this app to catalogue and track the ecology of natural areas, which informs the land management and also gives a broad picture on the habitat and wildlife in the Woods.

Saturday, September 309am -12pm

Prairie Planting!! Work will be focused on planting thousands of plugs into a new prairie area. Volunteers will also work on trash clean up.

Saturday, October 289am - 12pm

Planting Day. We will plant native trees and shrubs propagated by the Walnut Hills Eco Club. Volunteers will also work on trash clean up.

Saturday, November 49am -12pm

Follow Up from planting day. Volunteers will also work on trash clean up.


The City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Park Board appreciate your desire to volunteer with the City’s parks. There are many volunteer activities through which you can contribute to our vibrant urban park system.
In consideration for permission to volunteer with the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Park Board, you, for yourself and your heirs, personal representatives, and assigns, agree as follows:
Inherent Risks and Dangers: The volunteer activities in which you may participate include, but are not limited to, horticultural work, grounds work and maintenance, construction and maintenance of buildings and other facilities, debris removal, trail maintenance, work in Parks offices or facilities, set up and tear down for Parks events, and staffing of Parks events. Many of these activities involve physical labor and/or the use of tools. Each volunteer activity carries certain inherent risks and dangers that may result in harm to you, including personal loss, injury, accident, illness, paralysis, permanent disability, or death.
These risks and dangers may result from your acts, omissions, or negligence, or that of others, including, but not limited to, City and Parks employees, agents, and other volunteers. Based on the inherent nature of the volunteer activities, it is impossible to prevent all potential risks and dangers despite all reasonable efforts on behalf of the City and the Park Board. Before you participate in any volunteer activity, you agree to inform yourself of the risks and dangers potentially associated with that volunteer activity, including by reviewing all information provided or available to you regarding such volunteer activity.
Assumption of Risk: You hereby acknowledge and agree that you have reviewed information provided to you regarding the volunteer activities in which you wish to participate, including the information provided in this contract; that you understand the nature of those volunteer activities; that you are qualified, in good health, and in proper physical condition to participate in those volunteer activities; that there are certain inherent risks and dangers associated with volunteer activities, including but not limited to those identified above; and that you knowingly and voluntarily accept and assume responsibility for all such risks and dangers, and all other risks and dangers, of whatever nature, that could arise out of or occur during your participation in volunteer activities.
Release and Waiver: You hereby RELEASE, WAIVE, DISCHARGE, AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE the City of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Board of Park Commissioners, any subdivision of either, and their agents, employees, officers, attorneys, directors, donors, sponsors, and volunteers, (collectively, the “Releasees”), from and for any liability, claims, demands, costs, expenses, or damages of whatever kind or nature, either in law or equity, arising from or in any way related to your participation in volunteer activities. You understand that this release and waiver discharges Releasees from any liability or claim that you may have with respect to any personal loss, injury, accident, illness, paralysis, permanent disability, or death arising from or in any way related to your participation in volunteer activities, whether or not caused by Releasees’ negligence or the negligence of any of them.
Indemnification and Hold Harmless: You hereby agree to INDEMNIFY, DEFEND, AND HOLD HARMLESS the Releasees from and for any liability, claims, demands, costs, expenses, or damages of whatever kind or nature, either in law or equity, arising from or in any way related to your participation in volunteer activities.
Medical Care: You hereby acknowledge that Cincinnati Parks employees and volunteers are not qualified to administer emergency medical or first aid care, and you consent to the securing of emergency medical services, including emergency medical transport, on your behalf if you are incapacitated or injured.
Permission to Use Likeness/Name: You agree to allow, without compensation, your likeness and/or name to appear and to otherwise be used in media, regardless of form, promoting Cincinnati Parks, its events, and its activities.
Severability: You expressly agree that the foregoing Assumption of Risk, Release, Waiver, and Indemnity provisions are intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by the law of the State of Ohio and that, if any portion thereof is held invalid, the balance shall continue in full legal force and effect.
Assumption of Risk, Release, and Waiver of Liability Relating to Coronavirus/ COVID-19: The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and health agencies recommend vaccination, social distancing, and wearing facial coverings in some circumstances.

The City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Park Board (collectively “Parks”) have created protocols and preventative measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. By participating in Parks-related activities and programs, including volunteering with Parks in any capacity (“Parks programs”), you agree to follow all such protocols and all federal, state, and local laws and orders governing prevention and treatment of COVID-19, including but not limited to the following: Do not participate in Parks programs if you or someone in your home is symptomatic (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath), or if someone you’ve come into close contact with is under investigation for or diagnosed with a COVID-19 infection; use face coverings and practice social distancing in accordance with CDC protocols at all times while participating in Parks programs; keep at least six feet from other people even when working outside; use gloves at all times to handle tools and equipment. Parks will provide hand soap, sanitizer, and cleaning supplies such as Clorox and paper towels on site. You must frequently use these cleaning products for yourself and for equipment between uses. If you do not see cleaning products, ask a Parks representative and they will be provided to you. Parks cannot guarantee that you or others will not become exposed to or infected with COVID-19 by participating in Parks programs regardless of whether the protocols, laws, and orders are followed, and regardless of Parks’ reasonable efforts to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

By signing this agreement, you agree to adhere to the above protocols and rules governing COVID-19. You acknowledge that your attendance or participation in any Parks program may increase your risk of contracting COVID-19. You acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that you or others may be exposed to or be infected by COVID-19 by attending or participating in Parks programs, and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, or death. You understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at the Parks program may result from the acts, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, Parks employees, agents, volunteers, and other program participants. You understand that based on the inherent nature of Parks programs and proximity to other people, it is impossible to prevent all potential sources of transmission of COVID-19 despite all reasonable efforts of Parks.

You voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to yourself or others you come into contact with, including but not limited to personal injury, disability, or death, as well as any illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that you or others may experience or incur in connection with my participation in the Parks programs due to exposure or infection by COVID-19. You hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless Parks, its employees, agents, and volunteers, from any and all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating to my participation in the Parks programs. You understand and agree that this release includes any claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of Parks, its employees, agents, and volunteers, whether a COVID-19 exposure or infection occurs before, during, or after participation in the Parks programs.

Acknowledgment of Understanding: By clicking on the button below, you represent that you have read this contract carefully; that you have had the opportunity to seek independent legal advice regarding it; that you fully understand that you are giving up substantial rights in connection with your volunteer activities; that the terms herein are contractual and not a mere recital; and that you agree to these terms freely and voluntarily.

Checking the box labeled “I agree to all of the above Volunteer Terms and Conditions” and continuing the registration process constitutes your acceptance of these terms. Do not continue if you do not agree with these terms and conditions.

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I hereby release, discharge, and hold harmless the Civic Garden Center, their agents, employees, attorneys, directors, donors, sponsors and volunteers from all claims of whatever nature, including but not limited to personal injury or death and property damage.
I understand that there are risks, known and unknown, associated with volunteering at Civic Garden Center sites, including but not limited to injury by tools and hazardous or hidden substances or materials; and I assume all such risks arising from this volunteer activity.
I understand that only Civic Garden Center staff are qualified to administer emergency medical or first aid and that all other volunteers are not. I consent to the securing of an emergency vehicle on my behalf in the event that I am incapacitated or injured.
I also consent to the use, without compensation or payment, of my photograph or likeness in connection with publicity or information about the Civic Garden Center.

Covid - 19 Waiver
Civic Garden Center COVID-19 Release Waiver

I, ____________________, wishing to volunteer my time and services for the Civic Garden Center (CGC) hereby acknowledge that said organization is doing everything they can to protect the public as well myself as a volunteer. To this extent, I agree to follow Center of Disease Control (CDC) and local health district guidelines and CGC policies and procedures for social distancing to reduce the spread of Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19. This will require me to maintain six (6) feet of distance between myself, fellow volunteers, and patrons of the organization as much as possible. This procedure will be required for visitor-to-visitor contact as well to limit exposure.

I agree to utilize surgical masks or improvised masks such as scarves, bandanas, and handkerchiefs to reduce the risk of exposure to myself and others. I agree to wash or sanitize my hands after using the restroom, sneezing, and coughing, and before eating or preparing meals or sundries for distribution, and will properly wear and utilize sterile gloves.

I understand that I may be informed of or encounter sensitive Personal Health Information (PHI) for those that the CGC serves. I agree to hold this information in confidence and will not disseminate any PHI except as allowed by law and/or per the policy and procedures of said organization which I am volunteering for.

I understand that there is no direct medical health coverage afforded to me during my relationship with the CGC. The CGC is not responsible for any potential exposure to Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, which is not a direct result of negligence on the part of their employees, volunteers, or the organization.

By signing below, I agree to comply with the written instructions above. Failure to comply with these written instructions or verbal instructions from staff may result in my volunteer privileges being removed.

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