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, 2,700 Earth Team volunteers donated 22,550 hours of service totaling the equivalent of $500,000 in fiscal year 2013 alone. Nationally, 22,800 Earth Team volunteers donated 330,000 hours of service in fiscal year 2013.

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.

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.

Ohio Earth Team Volunteer Events Calendar:

April 12, 2014, 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: Stephanie Craven, 740-452-8618 Ext. 107

April 22, 2014, Ross County People’s Garden, Ohio University, Chillicothe Branch, 101 University Drive, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601, 9:30 AM, Spring clean-up – weeding/mulching existing perennial People's Garden, Contact: Tammy Parker, 740-772-1711

April 22 & 24, 2014, Rebuilding Medina County People’s Garden, breaking ground and designing a new garden, 20 volunteers needed, 6090 Wedgewood Road, Medina OH 44256, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., Contact: Jenny Dalton 330-722-2628 ext. 115

April 26, 2014, Columbus Earth Day Event.  Tree Planting at Ohio School for the Deaf in Clintonville, planting approximately 1,500 trees to forest a conservation easement, 9-12 am, 500 Morse Road Columbus, Ohio 43214.  Contact: Danielle Balduff, 614-255-2574

April 26, 2014, Zanesville Earth Day Event, Mission Oaks Gardens annual spring clean-up: pruning, weeding, planting, trash pick-up, mulching, etc., 9-12, 1865 Norwood Blvd, Zanesville, OH  43701,, RSVP by April 18, Contact: Stephanie Craven, 740-452-8618 Ext. 107

April 30, 2014, Findlay Earth Day Event, People’s Garden education and planting day; local FFA chapter and conservation professionals teach preschoolers about soil, plants health, and how seeds reach your plate, 9-12, 7868 CR 140, Findlay, Ohio 45840.  Contact: Jeff Freeman, 419-422-5438

April/May, Paint Creek Stewardship Project, 10-15 Volunteers needed to plant 2,600 trees and shrubs on 6 acres. Volunteer will be placing tree shelters around 900 trees.  1415 US Highway 22 SW, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160, Contact: Brigitte Hisey, 740-335-6201 or John Williams

May-September, 2014, Findlay People’s Garden, maintain the garden all summer: plant, weed, harvest, donate to food banks, 7868 CR 140, Findlay, Ohio 45840.  Contact: Jeff Freeman, 419-422-5438

Ohio Volunteers Are Making a Real Difference

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Thank you to our volunteers for the service they provide. 

You Can Make a Difference Too:

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.

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

Program Contact

Dianne Johnson
State Earth Team Volunteer Coordinator