Member Recognition

Gary CourtsGary Courts has been a foundation member for 25 years and began volunteering with Five Rivers MetroParks in 2010, after an accomplished career in formal science education.  He taught middle school, high school, and college courses.

When asked why he supports the foundation he responded "I consider Cox Arboretum to be a great treasure.  As a member of the Cox Arboretum Foundation I have an opportunity to support this wonderful facility that has so enriched my life.  As a retired educator I value the rewarding experiences I now have as a volunteer when leading programs for school groups at the Arboretum.  By financially supporting the Cox Arboretum Foundation I feel I am helping to ensure that this facility will be able to continue to serve our community for years to come."

Gary has taken courses and is a Certified Interpretive Guide with the National Association of Interpretation, a Certified MetroParks Volunteer, a Master Silviculturist, and in 2016 was awarded the Environmental Education Council of Ohio's Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Gary is one of the "go to" volunteers for Five Rivers MetroParks' school programs, childcare center programs, and the children's public program series -Conservation Kids.  Gary is often the first volunteer to respond to requests to lead and assist with programs, and often volunteers three or more days a week during the spring, summer, and fall.  His passion for the outdoors makes programming come to life for children of all ages.  Gary's never-ending quest to continue building his knowledge about the world around us, inspires others and certainly inspires us!

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


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 Spring/Summer 2015

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Fall/Winter 2015



Spring/Summer 2016



Winter 2017-Jan



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Spring/Summer 2018


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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

  • *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 sold in the Zorniger Education and Visitor Center and assist with building and repair projects throughout the Arboretum and Five Rivers MetroParks.
  • *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 Five Rivers MetroParks Volunteer Coordinators, at (937) 275-7275 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.