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College volunteers helped beautify a local park

Two teams of Cincinnati State volunteers– including students, faculty and staff members, and some children of College employees– spent the morning on Saturday, June 5, 2021, assisting in clean up at Campbell Lakes Preserve.

Volunteers at Campbell Lake Preserve

One of the teams focused on litter removal and the other team worked on removing invasive plant species.

Faculty member Milene Donlin, who coordinated the park clean-up event for the College’s Celebrating Community Committee, said, “It was a beautiful morning and the cicadas were missing in action, so the volunteers had a nice time!”

Bird on fence at Campbell Lake Preserve

Milene said no one on the Cincy State team had previously visited Campbell Lakes Preserve, a popular fishing site near Miami Whitewater Forest.

Milene said Campbell Lakes offers great walking paths, many opportunities for bird watching, and “fantastic” natural beauty.

“Campbell Lakes is almost a like a secret in the Great Parks system, so it was a learning moment for all of us,” Milene said.

Milene thanked the Great Parks team that assisted the volunteers throughout the morning, including Project Manager Alex Hearing and Group Facilitator Lauren McClure.

The Celebrating Community Committee works on projects throughout the year that give College employees opportunities to have fun and contribute to community improvement on- and off-campus.

(Photographer: Lauren McClure)