Orange wildflowers



Man wearing ear protection standing next to truck
Workers standing next to truck bed filled with trees removed from meadow
Workers preparing to remove trees from meadow

More than 45 volunteers came to the "Save the Meadow" work morning at Barnes Preserve in Summer 2020. The meadow was overrun with tree saplings that could jeopardize the birds and pollinators that nest and feed in the meadow. Thanks to all the volunteers that worked around briars and milkweed to keep the meadow from growing into woods!

Pat Tierebasso
Volunteer Spotlight

photo of Pat Tirebasso, Volunteer

Pat Tirabasso

Pat Tirabasso has explored and enjoyed  Barnes Preserve for many years now. She loves to visit the unfrequented nooks and crannies of the Preserve. You probably will find her turning over snake tins or trying to catch up with a garter snake moving across the trail. She is currently monitoring snake activity at Barnes.

She has been a monarch tagger for several years  and shared the  event with visitors to the park.  Pat looks at stewardship activities as a way to play at the park and get something done at the same time.

Pat is a retired research associate from The Ohio State University / OARDC in the fields of Ruminant Nutrition and Ruminant Microbiology. She was first certified as an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist 13 years ago and has kept an active certification status. She loves the park and loves to meet people who also value the uniqueness of Barnes Preserve.

tree bird
red fox
blue bird singing
red headed woodpecker
big cardinal
Thank you to....


During this period of waiting for spring and all that is to come, we thank them for continuing to capture the winter life- its beauty and serenity of the Barnes Preserve.  These are just a few of the furred and feathered characters captured by their lenses.  

Thank you for the pics Janet Welty, Brian Miller, B. Meese, B. Miller, and Suzanne Lux, and Dan Lux!


Past Volunteers of the Year

Thank You to our past Volunteers of the Year!       

photo of Karen Graham


     Karen Graham, Volunteer of the Year, 2020  photo of Karen Graham



photo of George Shopbell     George Shopbell, Volunteer of the Year, 2019   

We hope you will consider volunteering to help us keep the Barnes Preserve looking great! We invite all ages that are able to help out.  

If you have a skill or are comfortable with a certain piece of equipment, please let us know. Chainsaws are sometimes needed throughout spring, summer, and fall as large trees are downed by the wind.

Check out the pictures below – great volunteers have been instrumental in getting the Barnes Preserve developed and maintained!  

Volunteer Opportunities
Please select which volunteer opportunity you are interested in.
Our Friends

Thank you to our friends for helping us develop the Barnes Preserve: