There are many excellent volunteer opportunities, conferences, meetings and events that are complimentary to the mission of Wild Ones. Our aim is to let you know about them so you can go if you wish. The embedded links (if available) within each description connects you with additional information or directions.


1. The Wilds

The Wilds welcomes conservation minded, dedicated, enthusiastic people over the age of 18 to serve as volunteers. While volunteers do not work directly with animals, there are a number of other opportunities at The Wilds, such as greeting visitors, assisting with the Sunset Safari, helping during special events, working in the field with Restoration Ecology or in additional capacities.

Some volunteers assist during the visitor season (May through October) while others support various departments all year long.

These opportunities are primarily long-term and volunteers are assigned based on operational needs and availability. If you are interested in volunteering at The Wilds, please fill out and submit the volunteer application.

2. Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association

The Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association (ONAPA) is an all-volunteer, state-wide, non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of Ohio’s natural areas. The main roles of the Ohio Natural Areas & Preserves Association are to: 1) Provide a support group for the sustainable management of state nature preserves as well as other natural areas around the state. 2) Educate, promote and advance natural areas issues within the Ohio General Assembly as well as with the general public. 3) Promote the protection of rare species of plants and animals and rare ecosystems.

Using the online volunteer interest form, send us your contact information along with which of your skills you wish to share with us. If you are interested in volunteering in a preserve, you will find the stewardship project schedule and directions to register on this link:


1. Ohio Rivers Symposium

Date/Time: Friday, March 20 from 9:00am – 3:00pm

Address: Ohio Department of Transportation, 1980 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43223

Cost: General Registration $25, fee increases to $35 as of 3/17/2020

2. Licking County Master Gardener Conference: Four Seasons of Gardening

Date/Time: March 28 from 8:00am – 4:00pm

Address: Community Wesleyan Church, 161 Myrtle Avenue, Newark, Ohio

Cost: $40.00 (Tickets go on sale February 1, 2020)

3. Midwest Native Plant Society Workshop: Bringing Wildflowers Home

Date/Time: April 18, 2020

Address: Aullwood Audubon Center

Description: Speakers include: Dr. Jennifer Ison, Rick Gardner, Carol Mundy, Mark and Nan Plunkett



1. Birdwatching for Beginners

Date/Time: every Saturday at 10:00am – 11:30am

Address: Grange Insurance Audubon Center; 505 W. Whittier St, Columbus, OH 43215

Description: If you’ve wondered what birdwatching is about, but can’t even see a bird in a pair
of binoculars, this is for you. Bring your binoculars or use ours. You will learn tricks to start or
improve upon a fun hobby. Weather permitting; there will be either a short hike or ‘arm chair’ bird

2. Dawes Arboretum Maple Syrup Days

Date/Time: Saturday, February 29 & Sunday, March 1st; Tours at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm

Address: 7770 Jacksontown Rd, Newark, OH 43056

Description: Learn the history and process of maple sugaring as you meander down the paved trail toward The Arboretum’s Log Cabin. Inside, docents greet you with a warm fire and a taste of syrup as you learn how the evaporator works. Stick around after the tour for food and kids activities! The Arboretum also offers private, group tours of the Maple Syrup Trail perfect for clubs or school groups. Program included with price of admission.

3. Wild Ones Columbus Annual Plant Sale

Date & Time: May 23, 2020 from 9am-1pm

Address: behind Whetstone Recreation Center at 3923 N. High Street

Description: This is a popular source for native plants. Plants are donated by members of Wild Ones plus plants from Natives in Harmony. Come early for the best selection!