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Earth Team Volunteers

Ohio Earth Team Volunteer Program

Earth Team Volunteers in Action Volunteers educating preschoolers about soilEarth Day Volunteers plant a new wetlandVolunteer gathering soil samplesVolunteer helping child plant seed at State Fair boothFFA student shares the journey of Pete the Potato

At the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), we are very proud of our Earth Team Volunteers’ commitment to conservation. The Earth Team is the volunteer workforce of NRCS and we are making a difference in every county in the nation. The primary purpose of the Earth Team volunteer program is to expand NRCS services by using volunteer time, talent, and energy to help accomplish the NRCS mission.  In Ohio, 5,310 volunteers contributed 38,285 hours of volunteer service valued at a whopping $861,418 in 2014 alone.  Nationally, more than 25,000 volunteers across the country donated 318,500 hours to NRCS in 2014, valued at $7.2 million.

NRCS partners with conservation groups and others to identify natural resource concerns, such as soil erosion and water quality issues, and develops unique conservation plans for restoring and protecting our natural resources. Earth Team volunteers are an integral part of the conservation partnership and each member takes pride in the fact that they are helping to improve our natural resources and environment. Earth Team volunteers work side-by-side with conservation professionals. The soil conservationists, technicians, scientists, wildlife biologists, engineers, accounting and administrative staff are all committed to helping people protect and conserve the earth's natural resources.

Ohio Earth Team Program Recognized Nationally

Ohio Earth Team Volunteer Events:

Here are just a few volunteer projects, but there are projects and opportunities across Ohio.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please complete the application and the interest summary and email them at your convenience.

April 11, 2015, Pheasants Forever Youth Education Event. Assisting youth with fishing, conservation education, building birdhouses, painting duck heads, leather crafts, etc.  Johnstown Community Sportsman’s Club, 9 am -3pm, 7357 Sportsman Club Road, Johnstown, Ohio 43031; Contact: Dianne Johnson, 614-255-2463

April 22-23, 2015, A large group of Earth Team volunteers and area conservation enthusiasts will be doing a community outreach and education project at The Oaks Center in Zanesville on April 22 and 23, 2015. The group will create and seed a new Pollinator Garden and plant many vegetables, herbs, and flowers in multiple gardens throughout the grounds.  Project contact is Stephanie Craven, 740-452-8618 Ext. 107

May-September, 2015, Columbus People’s Garden, maintain the garden all summer: plant, weed, harvest, donate to food banks, Hilliard, Ohio. Contact: Bryan Lee, 614-255-2487

May-September, 2015, Findlay People’s Garden, maintain the garden all summer: plant, weed, harvest, donate to food banks, Findlay, Ohio.  Contact: Jeff Freeman, 419-422-5438

Ohio Volunteers Are Making a Real Difference

Read the stories of how our volunteers make a real difference every day.

National Volunteer Week

Thank you to our volunteers for the service they provide. 

You Can Make a Difference Too:

When you sign up as an Earth Team Volunteer, you are on your way to becoming a caretaker of natural resources in your community. When you volunteer, you may assist with improving wildlife habitat, collecting soil samples, identifying areas with invasive species, providing conservation education to adults and students, community outreach, and many more interesting opportunities. Whatever your talents or interests might be, there is a volunteer opportunity for you with the Earth Team.

Please complete the Earth Team Volunteer Interest and Placement Summary and Earth Team Application to get started as an Earth Team volunteer.  In order to view and complete this form, you will need Adobe Reader.

Mail your completed forms to:
State Earth Team Volunteer Coordinator
200 North High Street, Room 522
Columbus, Ohio  43215

Program Contact

Dianne Johnson
State Earth Team Volunteer Coordinator