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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!

Volunteer Opportunities

Year-Round Volunteers must be at least 14 years old to volunteer without a legal guardian present; children between the ages of 12-14 can volunteer at Oxbow Meadows with a legal guardian present. All volunteers must fill out an application and the appropriate volunteer waiver (see below for more details). Applications for all positions are accepted on an ongoing basis. Once you have submitted the proper documentation, our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.


Volunteer Work Days (Saturdays)

Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center is planning exciting improvements and additions to the Center and we need your help! 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.

When*?

Volunteer Saturdays will be held on each Saturday of the month (excluding June and July) from 1-4 pm.*

Please note, we do not offer volunteer opportunities during the summer months of June and July.  

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


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 14 years old; children between the ages of 12-14 can volunteer at Oxbow Meadows with a legal guardian present. Applications must be submitted one week prior to the event, late applications will not be accepted.

Reptile Fest | Last Saturday in April

Insectival | Second Saturday in July

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


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.

If you need any additional information about volunteering with our education programs, please contact our Education Program Manager, Lauren Johnson at johnson_lauren1@columbusstate.edu.


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. Youth volunteers must have their parent or legal guardian complete a Minor Volunteer Release Form.

Adult Volunteer Application(PDF)

Youth Volunteer Application (PDF)

Step Two:

Completed volunteer application should be emailed to Kerstin Motsch at motsch_kerstin@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.