Volunteer

Reforestation Volunteers. 

Join the reforestation effort at Fallen Timbers Battlefield Metropark. More than 7,000 bare-root trees are being planted this spring and we need help getting them ready for planting and ensuring they will thrive.

NEW: Help plant 2,000 trees in 2 weeks

Schedule of Work Days

April 8 and 9
Reforestation Work Days: Root Trimming & Tree Prep
Shifts: 9 a.m. to noon; noon to 3 p.m.
Sort trees into diverse bundles, trim roots with machetes/hatchets, roll up tree roots in burlap and prep for planting. Volunteers must be 18+

April 19, 20 and 21
Reforestation Work Days: Work Site Prep
Shifts: 9 a.m. to noon; 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.; 4 to 7 p.m.
Haul stakes, tree shelters and other supplies to planting site, distribute materials at each tree. Volunteers must be 14+ and able to carry 50 lbs.

April 22, 23, 29 and 30
Reforestation Work Days: Tree Shelter Installation
Saturday shifts: 9 a.m. to noon; 1 to 4 p.m.
Sunday shift: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Install tree shelters, stake trees, and apply mulch. Volunteers must be 14+; able to walk a mile to the worksite.

Returning Volunteers can log onto Volgistics to sign up for any of these shifts.

New Volunteers must fill out a volunteer application before they can sign up for a shift. How to sign up

Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

If you'd like to bring a group of volunteers, please contact Annie Devine by email or 419-407-9841 to register.

Wondering what to wear or bring with you? Interested in bringing a group of volunteers? See our Frequently Asked Questions.


About the Project

Metroparks will plant six species of trees: red and white oaks, hickories, black cherries, walnuts and maples.

Trees grow about 1 foot per year under good conditions, so it will take 20 to 30 years for the newly planted area to begin to resemble a forest ecosystem.

That’s why it is important to use tree shelters (white tubes) to protect the trees from deer, rabbits and other animals to give them a healthy start. Generally it takes the trees about three years to begin to grow out of the tubes.


How the Project works

In the video below, Tim Gallaher, natural resources manager, explains how trees are prepared, planted and protected at the project site.