Service in the Preserves FAQ

Service in the Preserves trips are open to all; you need not be a member of Columbus Audubon. Of course, we hope that you will become a member in the future!

No experience is necessary, just a willingness to help. In fact, many people have learned new skills on these trips. 

We ask that participants bring their own work gloves. You also will want to bring lunch, snacks, and something to drink. You do not need to bring your own tools; all needed tools are provided.

Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, and must ride in transportation provided by a parent or guardian. Please keep in mind that these are work trips, often involving activities and tools that may be hazardous for younger children.

Yes! Most participants meet at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources complex at Fountain Square on Morse Road to ride in a van to the Nature Preserve where we will work. Please note that children under age 18 must ride in transportation provided by a parent or legal guardian.

If you are riding in one of our vans, we meet at Ohio Department of Natural Resources complex at Fountain Square on Morse Road at 7:45 am. We return to the complex by 5:00 pm.

If you need to make other arrangements, please contact our Service in the Preserves program leader.

Trips are normally on Saturdays, and usually one per month.

Twice a year, once in the spring and once in autumn, we have an overnight trip to visit a preserve farther away, such as up on Lake Erie or down by the Ohio River. These trips depart on Saturday morning and return Sunday afternoon.