Volunteer Opportunities
If you are interested in protecting our natural resources, get involved in our public education programs. You, your community or school group can participate in stream-bank litter cleanups, invasive plant removal & many other activities that promote awareness & appreciation of our natural waterways.

Plan Your Own Litter Cleanup

Plan Your Own Litter Cleanup Want to plan your own neighborhood litter cleanup? For planning assistance and supplies, Columbus residents should contact: Keep Columbus Beautiful at 645-8027. KCB can provide litter grabbers, safety vests, bags & other tools; they offer an Adopt-an-Area program and graffiti cleanup too. Visit the KCB page at Columbus Refuse.  - learn more

Storm Drain Marker Program

Storm Drain Marker Program Summer & fall offer perfect weather for this volunteer opportunity to raise awareness that dumping waste into storm drains contributes to water pollution & endangers wildlife. Decals, adhesive & instruction is provided for volunteers to apply on curbs near storm drain inlets - perfect for individuals or groups. - learn more

Volunteers Are Needed Year-Round by Local Watersheds

Volunteers Are Needed Year-Round by Local Watersheds Local watershed groups plan year-round events and other ways to participate in keeping our waterways clean, including streambank litter cleanups, invasive plant removal & more. For more information contact:  

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Start a Community Garden

Start a Community Garden A community garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people. They provide fresh produce and plants as well as satisfying labor, exercise, neighborhood improvement, sense of community and connection to the environment.
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Participate in a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program

Participate in a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program Household hazardous wastes are materials used in the home that can cause injury or are harmful if disposed of improperly. Never dump these items into a storm drain, open waterway or ditch. Learn how to dispose of such items properly - there are many free drop-off locations offered by the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO). - learn more

Put Rainwater to Use

Put Rainwater to Use Rain gardens and rain barrels put rainfall to use, reducing the need for irrigation. Save money while protecting our water supply. Residents of the City of Columbus who have signed up as Green Spot members are invited to buy a discounted rain barrel for only $55, while supplies last. 
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Hoover Reservoir Litter Cleanup

Hoover Reservoir Litter Cleanup Volunteers are encouraged to participate in this annual litter cleanup Saturday, September 24 at Hoover Reservoir. Meeting at the shelter house below the dam. Bags, gloves & refreshments provided. Come out for some good "clean" fun! - learn more