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Almost 30 years ago Sandi Phipps visited the Arboretum for the first time with a friend. They were both interested in learning more about herbs. Sandi not only found friendly volunteers and staff, but also a place where she could volunteer to help grow, maintain, and harvest the herb garden. Sandi’s husband, Ken, worked at the Mound but always found time to bring Sandi out every week so she could work with the herb volunteer group. Ken remembers the Arboretum in those early years as a field with a small building. When Ken retired he started volunteering in the group with Sandi. Occasionally he was given special projects to work on and remembers a pruning project that lasted three years. Sandi and Ken feel that being Foundation members is a valuable investment in keeping the Arboretum healthy into the future. They especially love to see kids enjoying the Arboretum, some of whom probably don’t have many opportunities to explore the green space the Arboretum offers. Sandi says the couple is “like the weeds – they keep coming back”…and have for close to 30 years now.

Pollinator Party

This members-only event is held annually as a special look into the Butterfly House.  Each year members hear the focus of the butterfly initiative, given seeds to create their own backyard butterfly habitat, and take a tram tour of the Butterfly Hot Spots around the Arboretum, and a special evening guided tour of the Butterfly House.




2015 Pollinator Party Date

Thursday, July 30, 2015
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.


Membership Benefits

As a member of the Cox Arboretum Foundation you are supporting one of Ohio's leading landscape arboretums.  To show our appreciation, we offer all of our members the following benefits:

We invite you to review the chart below, which contains a complete list of benefits for each membership level.




Arboretum Update!

The Cox Arboretum Foundation members receive regular editions of the Arboretum Update, a full-color magazine containing the latest news about Foundation funded projects and programs as well as stories from Foundation members.

We invite you to download and peruse past and recent issues of the Arboretum Update:

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Summer 2014


Fall/Winter 2014

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 Spring/Summer 2015

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Fall/Winter 2015



Spring/Summer 2016



Winter 2017-Jan



Fall 2017-Sept


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Volunteer Opportunities


Join the team at Cox Arboretum's fun and rewarding!!!

Everyone who visits Cox Arboretum MetroPark is touched in some way by the handiwork of our volunteers. The beauty of the Arboretum and what we provide to the public is only possible due to the large and dedicated volunteer force. Volunteers assist MetroParks' staff at every level of the Arboretum, from serving on the Foundation Board, working in the gardens, to conducting tours, and creating handmade items.


Why Be a Volunteer?

There are many benefits to volunteering, including:

  • Learning though hands-on experiences
  • Making new friends who share your interest
  • Staying active and fit
  • Working in beautiful surroundings
  • Making a positive contribution to the community
  • Annual volunteer recognition events
  • Improving the quality of your life


Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • Arb Geeks - Work shifts vary; Weekly meetings on Wednesday from 1-3 pm. Help advance our horticulture efforts by assisting with maintenance of the Arboretum's new woody plant database. Experience/familiarity with either spreadsheet software, i.e. MS Excel, table driven (relational database), and/or MS Access is essential. An orientation on the use and functions of the database will be provided.
  • *Butterfly House - April - October; help maintain the Butterfly House gardens or give guided tours to the public.
  • *Education - Work shifts vary; Guide visitors through the Arboretum and help them discover nature and the unique aspects of the grounds.
  • *Public Relations
    • Hospitality - Work shifts vary. Activities may include greeting, registering program/event participants, distributing materials, stocking kiosks, assisting with design and layout of displays, refreshment set-up and cleanup, and helping with the planning of events
  • Horticulture - Learn the most effective techniques from talented horticulture staff and fellow volunteers. No experience necessary, hands on training provided.
  • Woodworkers - Thursdays, 9 am - Make specialty items for the Garden Shop and assist with building and repair projects throughout the Arboretum.
  • *Corporate and Group Projects - Work shifts vary. Opportunities include ground maintenance, land management, greenhouse production, special events, or project work.

*Evening or weekend opportunities available.

If you have a special talent, we would like to hear about it! For more information on current volunteer opportunities contact Janet Metter, Volunteer Coordinator, at (937) 277-4133 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To review volunteer opportunities throughout Five Rivers MetroParks, please visit the Five Rivers MetroParks website.