Volunteer with AOA

Help AOA protect our wildflowers and native landscapes

Spend all or part of a day in the peaceful surroundings of one of AOA’s beautiful forests. It can be amazingly therapeutic for the soul. There is growing awareness that spending time out of doors in nature benefits human health and well-being.

Volunteering will also provide opportunities for viewing the many beautiful wildflowers, listening to migratory songbirds, and camaraderie with fellow naturalists.

AOA needs your assistance to combat the Garlic Mustard and invasive scourge on our preserves. We know garlic mustard pulling is not the most glamorous activity, but it is badly needed to protect our native wildflowers which are being choked out. We cannot do it alone.

AOA staff and volunteers are on our preserve properties frequently this time of year working to control the many invasive threats. We are focusing on garlic mustard through May and June and will turn our attention to other offenders during the summer and fall.

Volunteer to Help

If you would like to volunteer to help with invasive plant control, please call us on the AOA office phone at (614) 721-2656 or email us at aollt@earthlink.net. We welcome your company and assistance and can coordinate scheduling and arrangements.

Scheduled Volunteer Work Days

AOA has programmed a series of organized work days for volunteers to visit our preserves. A schedule and information regarding AOA’s invasive removal activities for spring and early summer is available on our website and on our Facebook page.

We are usually on site from at least 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each work day. Feel free to come at any time and stay as long as you are able to participate. If you plan to arrive after the start time, feel free to let us know when you plan to arrive and/or call when you get there. Cell phone service can be spotty at times so look for cars and notes or maps to the area or areas that people will be working. Directions to work sites will be posted on the website and/or in our email blasts.

Feel free to call the AOA office (614.721.2656) directly for more information on volunteering, scheduled work days or directions.

Get out and enjoy the peace and serenity of the woodlands and catch the best of our native wildflowers while helping steward permanently preserved lands.

Thanks for your interest and assistance!