Build a New Hiking Trail

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ORGANIZATION: Holden Arboretum


ALL PLAY Days at Holden Forests & Gardens are when we host one-time volunteer activities that are open to anyone, whether you are an active volunteer with us or not! It’s an opportunity to help the environment, meet new people, try out volunteering for us and hopefully, have a little fun! Plus, you get the benefit of free parking and free admission before or after your shift, so you can enjoy our remarkable forests & gardens.

ALL PLAY Days - Trail Building

Join us at our Holden Arboretum campus to help build out a new hiking trail near Pierson Creek! This new trail will enable guests to enjoy and explore this unique area of the Arboretum. Trail building activities include chopping, lopping, raking and digging. No prior experience necessary - we take all comers, ages 14 and up!

Here are the details:

  • WHEN: 9:00am-12:00pm, after which volunteers are invited to stay for a half hour of light refreshments and celebration!
  • WHERE: Volunteers should park in the Cooper Administration Building parking lot at 9500 Sperry Road. We will carpool to/from the work site so volunteers must arrive on time.
  • WEAR: Volunteers must wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, long pants and long sleeves. Volunteers who are not dressed in proper attire will be turned away.
  • WHAT TO BRING: Please bring a water bottle; sunscreen, bug spray and backpacks for storing gear are also recommended. All tools are provided. Eye protection and gloves are required but can be provided, if needed.
  • WHAT ELSE: All volunteers are required to read and sign our Volunteer Waiver & Agreement which will be sent to you. Volunteers age 18+ can print it out and bring it with you or sign a paper copy at the work site. IMPORTANT: Volunteers under age 18 MUST print this waiver, have a parent/guardian complete and sign both sides, and bring the signed waiver with them to volunteer. NO EXCEPTIONS.

NOTE - All dates are weather-dependent. Volunteers will be notified by email in case of cancellation.

2 Shifts

  • Sun Jun 23, 2024 - 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST - Spots available: 10+
  • Sun Jul 21, 2024 - 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST - Spots available: 10+
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About Holden Arboretum


9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, OH 44094, US

Mission Statement

Holden Arboretum is a campus of Holden Forests & Gardens. Holden Forests & Gardens connects people with the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities.


Holden Forests & Gardens is made up of two of Northeast Ohio’s most important environmental and cultural institutions - the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden - whose mission is to advance and inspire a deeper understanding of plants to enhance life. The 12th largest public garden in the country, Holden Forests & Gardens has more than 22,000 member households and an annual attendance of close to 400,000, for whom we strive to provide inspirational and educational visitor experiences.

Holden Forests & Gardens is making a positive impact in the region through urban greening and forestry initiatives, environmental research, nature-based educational programs, and world-class visitor experiences at its two campuses.

We envision a future in which all communities are transformed into vibrant places where trees, plants, and people thrive.




Sun Jun 23, 2024 - Sun Jul 21, 2024
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This opportunity has 2 shifts


Cooper Administrative Parking Area9500 Sperry RdKirtland, OH 44094




  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 14
  • 3 hours, can stay for reflection time afterwards
  • Must complete a waiver. Those ages 14-17 need a parent or guardian to sign off on the waiver. Training for the work will be completed on site at start of the shift.

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