Volunteer Workdays & Events

Volunteer Day: Maude’s Cedar Narrows Invasive Removal Day

Saturday, April 27, 2019

The Maude’s tract at the Sanctuary shelters a stunning showcase of wildflowers in a side canyon of the Rocky Fork Gorge.  Non-natives began taking over right after it was logged –  just before the Arc purchased the land. We are now working to save Maude’s flower display, one of the most beautiful in all of the Sanctuary. More Information…


Volunteer Day: Shellbark Woods Invasive Removal Day

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Shellbark is a beautiful wooded property at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. It’s rich organic soils are FULL of wildflowers but threatened by invasive plants that poured into the property when it was logged, just before it was acquired by the Arc. About 5 years ago a VERY busy beaver family moved onto property, creating multiple pools of water – hence our work crew’s name! More Information…

Volunteer Day: Barrett’s Rim Invasive Removal Day

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Barrett’s Rim is known as the “Jewel of the Gorge” for its breathtaking rock formations and epic wildflower displays. The trail takes you first through a mowed field full of native prairie grasses which have been carefully maintained over the years. We will be working in the transition zone between the field and the forest, removing bush honeysuckle and autumn olive, which easily could move into the forest if left unchecked.  More Information… 

Volunteer Day: Fort Hill Invasive Removal Day

Saturday, May 4, 2019Cancelled

Fort Hill’s 1400 acres protects Ohio’s largest and most mature forest and a 2000 year old ancient ridgetop earthworks. The undisturbed forest of Fort Hill supports over 800 species of vascular plants, some of them endangered. Join our Fort Hill Mountain Lovers team as they remove invasive plants and keep this magnificent forest pristine. More Information… 

Volunteer Day: Invasive Removal at Plum Run Prairie

Sunday, May 5, 2019Cancelled

Plum Run is a tall-grass prairie in Adams County.  It is one of the larger prairies remaining in the state, and one of the few such large tracts found in southern Ohio. This is truly an exceptional prairie, the site having been officially listed with the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves as one of the top 40 sites worthy of protection in all of Ohio. More Information…


Volunteer Day: Sad Song Creek Invasive Work Day

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Sad Song Creek is one of the Sanctuary’s most beautiful waterways. The property has magnificent rock formations, a spring-fed perennially-running stream, gorgeous waterfalls, and a beautiful hillside Appalachian Forest. Join us for a day of invasive plant removal, working on a beautiful property that few visitors get to see. More Information…

Volunteer Day: Ridgeview Farm Invasive Removal Day

Saturday, May 11, 2019

At Ridgeview Farm the Arc is demonstrating that bringing biodiversity back to an abandoned farm is indeed possible. The results of a decade of the redemptive work in Ridgeview’s fields and swamp forest have been ASTONISHING!  Leaders Marilyn and Nancy will supply a hot homemade lunch. More Information…


Volunteer Day: Cedar Run Invasive Removal Day

Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Cedar Run trail at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary provides beautiful views of rock walls and fern covered boulders along the spring fed Cedar Run. Our land managers have been working to redirect this trail to make it more accessible to visitors. During our invasive workday we will be working to remove any invasive plants along the new trail route. More Information… 

Volunteer Day: Chalet Nivale Invasive Removal Day

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Chalet Nivale Preserve near Peebles is known for its outstanding geological scenery and botanical treasures, sheltering one of the largest colonies of Snow Trillium in Ohio. We will be working on removing Barberry, Bush Honeysuckle, and Multiflora rose. The preserve’s wildflowers depend on volunteers to ensure the displays will continue to uplift future generations of visitors. More Information…

Gladys Riley event PicVolunteer Day: Trail Day at Gladys Riley with Friends of Scioto Brush Creek

Trail Day: Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Friends of Scioto Brush Creek have generously volunteered to adopt the trail at Gladys Riley Preserve and perform roadside cleanups three times a year and maintain the hiking trails. Their help and support enable this preserve to remain open and free to the public. During our trail day we will do some trail trimming and trail improvements by removing rocks from the path. During roadside clean ups teams will set out to clean up a designated section of roadside in Otway and if enough volunteers are present a crew is sent to the Gladys Riley Preserve to clean up the surrounding area. More Information…

Volunteer Opportunities

  Invasive Removal

We are in IMMENSE need of volunteers who enjoy healing the land and working outdoors to remove invasive plants from our vulnerable ecosystems.


 Museum Hosting

The Arc operates Museums and Visitor Centers for the public at both the Highlands Nature Sanctuary and Fort Hill. Museum Hosts greet visitors, help orient them to hiking trails in the entire Arc System, and interpret the outstanding natural history of their sites. No experience is necessary, training can be done on site.

Museum hosts work weekends during the April through October Museum season, covering shifts that range from 5 – 7 hours a day – usually working an average of one or two days a month. Lodging is available.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, write to info@arcofappalachia.org or call 937-365-1935.