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Your Metroparks value the work and impact that volunteers bring to our park system.  We are excited to offer remote or self-guided volunteer opportunities this year.  Groups, families, individuals, and companies are encouraged to participate.

Volunteer to Make Nest Boxes

The Metroparks are inviting volunteers to, remotely, help make nest boxes to be used at the Farm and Nature Centers throughout the Metroparks. Nest boxes are used by birds and bats for seasonal nesting, roosting and storing prey year-round.

Volunteers will sign up to make a specific type of nest box for a specific Metropark Farm or Nature Center.  Once registered, use the instructions provided to build your nest box.  After your box is complete, please contact Katie Kowalski, Volunteer Services Supervisor, at to arrange drop off and then staff will install boxes.

To sign up visit

Please note, volunteers are responsible for purchasing all materials and should follow the instructions provided. If volunteers have their own plans, they will need to seek approval to use those plans.

Nest Box Instructions

Screech Owl Boxes:

Kestrel Boxes:


Bat Boxes:

Native Bee Houses:

Volunteer to Help Monitor Invasive Species 

Help your Metroparks track down invasive species by recording your observations! This is a perfect volunteer opportunity that can be done at your leisure. In addition to helping your Metroparks, you will gain an understanding of invasive species and learn about the environment.  Utilizing Survey123, you can provide your Metroparks valuable information about where you spot invasive species. We will use your observations to respond to new invasive threats and monitor the existing ones. With more than 24,000 acres to manage, we appreciate your eyes on our trails to help us keep the Metroparks beautiful!

Here is how it works.

  1. Register to volunteer by completing the sign up form at
  2. Every month, your Metroparks will send you an email with a new invasive species. You will learn how to identify the species and the impact the invasive species has on our natural areas.
  3. Then, you can head out to the parks and see if you can spot the invasive species!
  4. If you spot the species, fill out the Survey123 form. The form can be found at, or by scanning the QR code.

You can access the survey from your phone, tablet or computer using your internet browser. You do not need to create an account or download a special app. You will be asked what Metropark you are in, the date, what species you saw, the location, how many, a picture (if you have one) and any other information you would like to include.

Then hit submit!

Please only look for these species from the trail or roadside. Stepping off the trail can result in the spread of more invasive species!

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