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Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center

Volunteer at Oxbow!

Volunteer at Oxbow Meadows!

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 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. Volunteers looking for a year-round position 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.

The following year-round volunteer opportunities are currently available:

Volunteer Work Days (Saturdays)

Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center is planning exciting improvements and additions to the Center for 2014, 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.


Fall 2015 Dates TBA soon 

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

Volunteer Thursday

On Volunteer Thursdays, volunteers will assist with a variety of facility related projects such as maintaining aquariums and cleaning animal enclosures.


Every Thursday from 12pm - 4 pm*

*Schedule due to change or cancellation; emails will be sent in advance to notify any changes. Volunteer Thursdays will not occur if Oxbow Meadows is closed.

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.


Reptile Fest | Last Saturday in April

Insectival | Second Saturday in July

Saturday Programs | See Calendar of Events for list of programs

Other | During the year we will have other events available to volunteer, please visit of Calendar of Events for current listing

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.

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

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

Youth Volunteer Application


Step Two:

Completed volunteer application should be emailed to Kerstin Motsch at  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.