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Archive: Volunteer

News: Hike Every Trail June 1 in Cherokee Park

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April 09, 2013

Celebrate spring and National Trails Day in glorious Cherokee Park. One mile and two mile hikes are planned, or you can assist the Conservancy’s crew with trail maintenance. Free posters available to earliest participants.  Sponsored by Olmsted Parks Conservancy with additional support from Quest Outdoors. Saturday June 1, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. more >

News: Meet Sarah Wolff, Volunteer Recruiter and Park Activity Leader

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March 26, 2013

Sarah Wolff leads by example. As point person at Olmsted Parks Conservancy for recruiting volunteers and matching them to the right park project, Sarah spends much of her free time outside of work volunteering for organizations dedicated to improving the environment. She is currently serving as president of Beargrass Creek Alliance, serves on the executive more >

News: Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Jim and Vickie Wheatley

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March 26, 2013

Jim and Vickie Wheatley are not shy about taking on a challenge. After raising a family and retiring from long careers in teaching and banking this couple sold their house and cars, learned to speak Spanish, joined the Peace Corps and moved to the Dominican Republic. But, during their first year, Jim became very sick more >

News: Thank You to These Dedicated Volunteers!

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February 18, 2013

We appreciate every single one of our volunteers, but we want to give special recognition to the following individuals and groups who volunteered in 2012. Outstanding Park Steward: Roxanne Yeoman dedicated many hours helping the Restoration Team with planting, irrigation, and invasive plant removal. Best User Group: KYMBA advocates for sustainable trails in our parks more >

News: Meet Robert Woodford, Restoration Manager

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January 31, 2013

Robert Woodford oversees woodland and natural area restoration projects in the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks. If you see the Nut Truck in an Olmsted Park you can safely assume Robert will be working near by removing invasive species, planting trees or performing one of the other numerous tasks involved in restoring the Olmsted Parks to more >

News: Martin Luther King Day of Service

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January 23, 2013

Thank you to the many volunteers that came out and helped in Shawnee Park. It was a very chilling day but the sun was shinning bright. Mulching, removing invasive plants, trash pick up and more…it was quite a day and we appreciate your commitment to our Olmsted Parks! These great groups came out to help: Target Sores more >

News: Park Steward Training Dates Announced

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January 11, 2013


The first class of the 2013 Park Stewards will have an informational session January 31, 2013 7:00 PM at Olmsted Parks Conservancy office. We are looking for friendly, outgoing individuals, 18 years and older, to become volunteer Park Stewards for the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks. We have a variety of opportunities for individuals to help support the more >

News: MSD’s Urban Reforestation Program Grant

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November 12, 2012

Olmsted Parks Conservancy received a $40,000 grant from MSD’s Urban Reforestation Program to planting of hundreds of trees and shrubs in several areas of Cherokee and Seneca Parks. The plantings will occur in areas where crews and volunteers cleared invasive bush honeysuckle earlier this year. The grant will allow the Conservancy to plant close to more >

News: Tree Triage Volunteer Event in Cherokee Park 8-2-12

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August 13, 2012

Tree Triage Volunteer Event in Cherokee Park 8-2-12, a set on Flickr. On 8-12-12 volunteers came out in full force to remove invasive vines strangling the trees along the Scenic Loop in Cherokee Park. Thank you volunteers for saving the trees!

News: Plant for the Planet–Seneca Park

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December 13, 2011


Olmsted Parks Conservancy Plants 240 Trees in Seneca Park Funding provided from LG&E and KU grant Olmsted Parks Conservancy is planting 240 (14 species) of trees in Seneca Park, through a $5,000 grant from LG&E and KU’s “Plant for the Planet” program. The staff of Olmsted Parks Conservancy, including Mimi Zinniel, President/CEO, and several dedicated volunteers more >