Volunteer Land Steward

Protect and Preserve Native Forests - Become a Volunteer Land Steward!

Holden Volunteer Land Stewards promote biodiversity by adopting a natural area in which they help manage and control non-native, invasive plant species.


Volunteers are trained by Holden conservation staff to spot and control — either by hand or chemically) — these alien invaders in our forests. Whether it is “off the beaten path” or just on the edge of the trail, there is a perfect location that needs YOU to protect it.


Both individuals, who will always work with another volunteer or staff member, and groups can serve as Volunteer Land Stewards, working when it is convenient for them — weekdays, evenings or weekends. There are opportunities year round or just during one season with a minimum commitment of one year or season.




  • Desire to learn about native ecosystems of Northeast Ohio and their management
  • Desire to learn common management techniques for invasive plant species
  • Willingness to work outside and in remote areas of The Holden Arboretum
  • Ability to engage in moderate outdoor activity
  • Completion of application, interview and New Volunteer Orientation (three hours, held bi-monthly February through September) if new to the Holden Volunteer Program
  • Completion of Land Steward training (four hours, held in spring)

Benefits of Becoming a Volunteer Land Steward:

  • Spend time outdoors and add a new sense of purpose to your hikes and walks.
  • Learn about invasive plant species and how you can manage them on your own property.
  • Choose where and when you volunteer.
  • Know that you are helping to promote biodiversity and protecting our native forests.
  • Enjoy all Holden volunteer program benefits, including the opportunity to connect with like-minded people, monthly newsletters, invitations to special events and a volunteer uniform (based on total hours of service).


























To learn more or sign-up to become a Volunteer Land Steward, contact the Volunteer Office at 440.602.8003 or by e-mail at rott@holdenarb.org.