Here at Harsha Lake, volunteers help maintain all the natural wonders the park has to offer, and help others to appreciate them through a variety of tasks. Volunteering is for those who enjoy the outdoors, have a few hours to spare, and enjoy meeting new people. Check out the list below for a volunteer opportunity to suit your skills and abilities. If you see anything that interests you, call 513-797-6081 or contact the webmaster.
Boundary Maintenance – With over 30 miles of park boundary, volunteers can help survey, mark and clear the park boundary.
Program Assistant – Every year school children, scouts and other groups visit William H. Harsha Lake. Volunteers can share their love of the outdoors with people of all ages.
Public Lands Day – Spend a crisp Autumn morning keeping the park cleaner and safer for all to enjoy. Great for families, scouts and students seeking community service hours. This event is held in September.
River Sweep – This annual event draws families, groups and individuals to help the entire park with a variety of projects. Participants might plant trees or flowers, build trails, clean up litter from boat or canoe, or grease bluebird posts. Make plans to be a part of this event in April.
Trail Maintenance – Hiking is a favorite activity at William H. Harsha Lake. Volunteers are needed to walk trails, remove debris, look for safety hazards, and aid with trail improvements.
Wildlife Management – At William H. Harsha Lake, volunteers help wildlife to thrive. Volunteers might gather prairie seeds, plant trees, create a wetland pond, gather seeds of trees, shrubs and flowers, or remove non-native plants.
Wildlife Monitor - Become a Nest Box Monitor, checking up on bluebirds, tree swallows, chickadees and wrens. Or, become a Butterfly Monitor and count red admirals, tiger swallowtails, hairstreaks and more!
You can find more information and volunteer applications at the Volunteer Clearinghouse http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Recreation/VolunteerClearinghouse.aspx.