Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering at Oxbow Meadows is both a fun and rewarding experience for everyone!  You will learn new skills and meet new people, all while helping Oxbow Meadows fulfill its mission.  Whether you are interested in gardens, animals, teaching, or working behind-the-scenes, we have opportunities available for you!

Year-round volunteers must be 16 years of age and older.  Starting January 2020, we will no longer be accepting volunteers under the age of 16 years for Saturday Work Days.  However, after January 2020 prospective volunteers under age 16 may sign up with a parent or guardian to help at Ec-Stewardship & Citizen Science Days offered several weekends throughout the year.   Application for all positions are accepted on an ongoing basis.  Once you have submitted proper documentation, our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you. 

Special Events

Oxbow Meadows hosts several events each year that provide volunteers with unique opportunities to get involved.  Volunteers for our events must be at least age 16 with a parent or guardian; volunteers over age 16 may volunteer without an adult guardian present.  A separate volunteer application is required for both the minor and the adult guardian for volunteers under age 16Applications must be submitted at least one week prior the event; late applications will not be accepted.

Reptile Fest | Last Saturday in April

Honey Harvest| Second Saturday in July

Fairy Fest | September

Owloween | October

Frogwarts| First Saturday in November

Other | During the year we will have other events available to volunteer, which only current volunteers will receive information about

Eco-Stewardship & Citizen Science Days

Eco-stewardship and Citizen Science Days will give families (with children ages 6 and older), organizational groups, and individuals a chance to work on a special project which varies each month.  We require children under age 16 to have an adult guardian present the entire time volunteering.  Pre-registration is not required for Community Work Days; you will be required to sign a waiver upon arrival on the day of service.  You may email the Volunteer Coordinator if you would like to register in advance for large groups.

See our calendar of events for upcoming opportunities!

Volunteer Work Days (Saturdays)

As a Work Day Volunteer, you can help us clear trees to widen a hiking trail or dig burrows for our brand new gopher tortoise exhibit. Every Volunteer Work Day will be a different and unique experience.

Proper outdoor clothing is highly recommended. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, a water bottle, and work gloves. Use caution if you are allergic to bees or other insects or suffer from seasonal allergies! Lunch is not provided, please bring a lunch if volunteering all day. Some restaurants are located nearby.


Oxbow Meadows will resume Volunteer Work Days in 2020.

*Schedule due to change or cancellation; emails will be sent in advance to notify of any changes.

Education Opportunities

Volunteer education assistants help during field trips with students ages Pre-K to 12th grade.  Most of the activities include guiding groups along the Discovery Trail but may also include discussing natural features and resources of the area, identifying native and non-native plants, identifying wildlife signs, and connecting all learning to the state standards.  Education volunteers opportunities are only available if there is a field trip; an email will be sent out in advance to interested volunteers.  To learn more about our field trips, please visit our Education Page.   All education volunteers must commit to working from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Other education opportunities include high school students looking to complete projects for graduation.

Volunteer Procedures

Step One:

All volunteers must complete a volunteer application, personal data form, liability agreement. Adult volunteers must consent to a background check paid for by Columbus State University before volunteering.

Volunteer Application (PDF)

Step Two:

Completed volunteer application should be emailed to Ashley Herbolich at herbolich_ashley@columbusstate.edu. Only complete applications will be accepted.

Step Three:

Once your completed volunteer paperwork has been submitted, your contact information will be added to our volunteer email.  Please note that this may take up to two weeks for you to receive an email.  Volunteer emails will include information on upcoming events, including Volunteer Thursdays, Volunteer Work Days, and all other weekend volunteer opportunities.