Friends of Aullwood

1000 Aullwood Rd, Dayton, OH 45414
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Our mission We envision a world where birds thrive and people prosper, everyone is empowered to take conservation action, and diversity of life and thought is respected.

Friends of Aullwood

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Volunteer Naturalist

Share your love of nature and farming with children. Volunteer Naturalists lead school field trips and weekend nature programs focusing on habitats, wildlife, and a variety of other themes. Training provided.
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Summer Earth Adventures Assistant

Assist naturalists as you work with children ages 3 to 13 in nature-based classes. Learn along with the children as you participate in outdoor and inside activities. If you enjoy the outdoors, this is a perfect volunteer opportunity for the young-at-heart, ages 14 and older!
  • Occasional
  • Teens, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Mail Crew

Do you enjoy working with others and seeing the results of your work? The Mail Crew organizes the many bulk mailings Aullwood sends to members and the community. Last year, this group handled more than 40,000 pieces of mail!
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays

Guest Services

These volunteers ensure that visitors’ experiences at Aullwood are positive. Use your enthusiasm for the environment to greet and assist guests, answer the phone, and conduct sales in the Nature Store or Farm. Training provided.
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Habitat Healers

Assist with the control and eradication of non-native invasive species and the introduction of native plants in their places. Training provided.
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Long-Term Monitoring of Plants or Wildlife

Are you interested in learning about butterflies and bluebirds? Help Aullwood’s naturalists collect information on species and contribute to scientific research. Call for schedule.
  • Occasional, Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

Maintenance Team Members

Share your project, construction and outdoor maintenance skills! With more than 30 structures, 6 miles of trails and hundreds acres of land to maintain, our maintenance team always needs assistance.
  • Occasional
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Administrative Support

Assist the administrative staff with various projects including filing, computer input, maintaining archives, and preparing media releases.
  • Occasional, Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Weekends

FeederWatch

Contribute to scientific research while enjoying coffee, sweets, and the company of like-minded individuals. And learn bird identification! Call for schedule.
  • Occasional, Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays

R.E.A.D.S. Mentor

Resources for the Earth and Agriculture Discovered and Shared (READS) mentors work one-on-one with elementary students in this after-school program. This unique program combines outdoor experiences with reading and writing exercises and improves students’ proficiency test scores. Call for schedule. Training provided.
  • Occasional
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings
How you help Volunteers are an essential part of our operations. You can volunteer as a Volunteer Naturalist, Guest Services Representative, Habitat Healer or to help with our many special events. We are always looking for new volunteers with a wide variety of skills! For more information, contact our Manager of Volunteer and Rental Services Nenita Lapitan at [email protected] or see our Volunteer Opportunities Brochure attached at the bottom of this page under the "Downloadable Resources" heading.
About us Decades ago, Marie Aull gave her land to the Miami Valley, creating National Audubon Society's first nature center in the Midwest. Today as visitors explore the Marie S. Aull Education Center, walk the trails and experience Aullwood's sustainable farm, they discover why Aull's gift is a paragon among nature centers. More than 110,000 people of all ages engage in exciting on-site or outreach programs every year. By nourshing familiarity with nature and sustainable agriculture, Aullwood stimulates many visitors to environmental activism.
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