What will you be doing on Earth Day 2021?

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“Restore Our Earth”. That’s the theme of Earth Day 2021. Join the Miami Group Sierra Club and thousands of other organizations as we come together to celebrate and take action! Maybe you’re looking forward to participating in a virtual event, or taking part in a socially-distanced tree-planting, or maybe just taking an outing with the family. Whatever your plans for Earth Day (or Earth Week for that matter), let us know what they are by posting a comment on our Facebook page.

Still looking for ideas? Look no further! Check out a few of our favorites below!

Volunteer Events Around Earth Day April 10- 25

2021 Theme is “Restore the Earth”
Winton Woods Clean-up
Sponsored by: Great Parks of Hamilton County

April 10 9:00 AM Join the community cleanup that has been making a difference for over 30 years! Bring a group, your family, your friends or work solo – removing the litter from around Winton Woods Lake requires all the hands we can get. This year, litter pickup will be mini-projects of 20 or fewer participants designated at 11 sites throughout the park. Register by choosing a cleanup site. Physical distancing, mask-wearing and sanitation recommendations will be followed as appropriate during this event. Winton Woods/Harbor Parking Lot (Free, register by 4/9)

Saturday Stream Snapshot
Sponsored by: Greenacres Foundation

April 10 10:30 AM 3:00 PM   Saturday Stream Snapshot takes place on the second Saturday of each month from March-November. Water samples are collected by volunteers from around the Little Miami River watershed before 10:00 am on Saturday morning, and subsequent water chemical testing takes place at the Greenacres Water Quality Education Center from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm. Water samples are analyzed for pH, conductivity, turbidity, nitrates, total phosphorous, conductivity, optical whiteners, chlorophyll, and fecal coliform bacteria. No previous experience is needed to participate and training is provided.

Contact: Emily Pickett at [email protected]

Garlic Mustard Removal
Sponsored by: Northside Greenspace, Inc. 

Saturday, April 10 10:00–noon Garlic Mustard Removal, Buttercup Valley Nature Preserve Location: East end of Stanford Drive in Northside. Turn right (east) off Hamilton about one mile north of Knowltons Corner. Contact us at 513-542-3588 or [email protected].

Saturday, April 17 10:00–noon Garlic Mustard Removal, Parker Woods
Location: Haight and Bruce Avenues. Turn right (east) onto Bruce from Hamilton Avenue about one half mile north of Knowltons Corner. Contact us at 513-542-3588 or [email protected].

Through the Valley
Sponsored by: The Mill Creek Alliance 

Friday April 16th, from 9:00AM to 1:00 PM Cleanup by canoe. This year’s event is three groups of canoes/volunteers. One group in Sharonville, one in Evendale, and another in Reading. Phone: 513-563-8800. Details here.

The Great American Cleanup: Various Opportunities
Sponsored by: Keep Cincinnati Beautiful  

  • April 10, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM The Great American Cleanup: Colerain
  • April 10, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM The Great American Cleanup & Park Maintenance Day: Madisonville
  • April 10, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM The Great American Cleanup: Paddock Hills
  • April 10, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM The Great American Cleanup: Price Hill
  • April 10, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM The Great American Cleanup: Walnut Hills SOLD OUT
  • April 17, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM The Great American Cleanup: Northside
  • April 24, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM The Great American Cleanup: Anderson
  • April 24, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM The Great American Cleanup: Price Hill

https://www.keepcincinnatibeautiful.org (513) 352-4380(513) 352-4389

Spring Volunteer Workdays
Sponsored by: Heritage Acres
April 14 from 9:00-2:00
April 17 from 9:00-2:00

Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary is the first and only dedicated natural burial ground in the Cincinnati area. We also offer educational and recreational opportunities for the public to enjoy the beauty and wonder of nature. 796 Locust Corner Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45245. Phone: 513-231-6438

Walnut Woods “Treeforestation” Project
Sponsored by: Cincinnati Parks, Civic Garden Center and Walnut Hills HS

Saturday, April 24 9am – 12pm Work will focus on planting tree saplings and some invasive species removal. Volunteers will use hand tools and shovels to plant saplings, loppers & hand tools to cut back honeysuckle. Contact Christyl at 513-240-5735

Earth Day Tree Planting
Sponsored by: Great Parks of Hamilton Co.

  • Saturday, April 24 9:00 AM At Mitchell Memorial Forest, we’ll work toward the goal of replacing trees that have been lost over the years as the park has been developed. Physical distancing, mask wearing and sanitation recommendations will be followed as appropriate during this event. Mitchell Memorial Forest/Tall Pines picnic area (Free, register at https://www.greatparks.org by 4/22)
  • Saturday, April 24 9:00 AM At Triple Creek, we’ll begin the process of transitioning mowed areas along the road into a more natural habitat. Physical distancing, mask wearing and sanitation recommendations will be followed as appropriate during this event. Triple Creek/Parking Lot (Free, register at https://www.greatparks.org by 4/22)
  • Saturday, April 24 9:00 AM At Withrow Nature Preserve, we’ll plant trees and shrubs to replace the area where a former cabin was recently removed, with funding from One Tree Planted. Physical distancing, mask wearing and sanitation recommendations will be followed as appropriate during this event. Withrow Nature Preserve/Trout Lily Trailhead (Free, register at https://www.greatparks.org by 4/22)

Ohio River Bluffs Garlic Mustard Pull
Sponsored by: Arc of Appalachia

April 24th at 10:30 AM We will be meeting at the new trailhead on Gilkison Hollow Road, about 500 feet north of US52, and just east of the wildflowers themselves. Lunch provided. Contact Tim Pohlar at [email protected] or 937-509-2796. Registration highly encouraged at https://arcofappalachia.org/ohio-river-bluffs-work-day-2021/

Glean and Share Garden
Sponsored by VITALITY Cincinnati

All April Tuesdays 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM and 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
All April Thursdays 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
All Saturdays 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (starting April 17)

Garden volunteers grow and make food available to others. The Garden is located at 2627 Stanton Ave. in Walnut Hills. Make inquiries at [email protected]ycincinnati.org or call Sue Plummer, Program Coordinator 513-300-5174.

Other Organizations for Volunteering for the Earth

The Civic Garden Center: Volunteers work in throughout the Cincinnati region supporting our network of community gardens and orchards, forest restoration sites, and maintaining our grounds Hauck Botanic Gardens in Avondale. [email protected] or call 513-221-0981.

IMAGO: Imago is an ecological education organization that is rooted in the concept that living in harmony with the natural world is not only good for the planet, but good for ourselves, our families and our communities. 700 Enright Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205, 513-921-5124, [email protected].

Gorman Heritage Farm: Gorman Heritage Farm is a working farm museum on 122 acres in Evendale, Ohio, United States. The farm consists of 30 tillable acres, a farmyard, gardens, 5 miles of hiking trails, and a wildflower preserve. The farm raises livestock, grows produce and flowers, and produces biochar. Contact Beth Walker [email protected].

Friends of the Little Miami State Park :The Friends of the Little Miami State Park (FLMSP) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization working to maintain and improve the 50-mile Little Miami State Park paved trail. We work closely with the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources to preserve the park’s natural river setting while creating a safe, enjoyable experience for all trail users. Volunteer Coordinator: John Biederman [email protected].

Taking Root: Be part of the collaborative effort needed to offset this region’s tree loss! Contribute your time and energy to getting more trees in the ground or building a stronger and more effective Taking Root campaign!  https://takingroot.info/about/

Cincinnati Parks: Our Parks depend on support from those who use and love them. Your contribution of time is one way to help Cincinnati Parks maintain our status as one of the top urban park systems in the country. From working out in the parks with dirty hands to engaging the community for special events to administrative tasks – there are opportunities for everyone. We have one-time and ongoing opportunities available to provide you with a rewarding and satisfying volunteer experience.

Preserve Burnet Woods: The mission of Preserve Burnet Woods is to protect, promote, celebrate and sustain Burnet Woods as a community-supported greenspace and urban oasis. [email protected]

Gleaning in Ohio, Sponsored by Society of St. Andrew Ohio: Through the Ohio Gleaning Network, we coordinate volunteers in many areas of the state who actually enter fields after farmers have finished harvesting and simply pick up the tons of good produce left behind. The food donated by Ohio farmers has been distributed to hungry people through feeding agencies. Our volunteers represent groups from various church denominations, synagogues, youth groups, other civic organizations, individuals, and inner-city residents. Each year, we coordinate hundreds of volunteers to glean hundreds of thousands of pounds of a variety of produce in Ohio. Please join us! To sign-up as a gleaning volunteer on local farms this season, go to endhunger.org/ohio/. For questions call Sue at 513-458-9808.

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