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Education &
Youth Programs

Over the past 20 years, we have provided free educational opportunities to a variety of groups with the goal of cultivating community stewardship. Our current education initiatives feature a hands-on approach to learning, allowing students to get out of the classroom and learn new skills. In spring of 2023, we worked with over 100 middle and high school students to clean up more than 600 lbs. of debris (litter, invasive species, etc.) in the Greater Cincinnati area.


WorkForce Development


KCB is excited to announce a new workforce development pathway in partnership with Cincinnati State’s Landscape  Horticulture Department: Roots to Boots. Through this program, Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) recent graduates can earn a college certificate while gaining hands-on experience in the sustainable horticulture field. Participating students will receive tuition reimbursements and a monthly stipend. For more information about our workforce development initiatives, please reach out to the Environmental Education Manager (

DEADLINE EXTENDED! The Roots to Boots application is now open until May 1st, but program admissions will be made on a rolling basis. Please reach out to KCB staff if you need assistance with your application. 

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is committed to growing a skilled and diverse workforce of greenspace professionals who are committed to building and caring for our public spaces across the city but we need your help!


Are you a corporate partner or individual interested in sponsoring a student through our pilot workforce development programming? Send an email to our Development Manager, Samantha Shattuck at to learn more.

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Tree the Crc

Our Tree the CRC initiative supports the 2023 Green Cincinnati Plan to increase equity of the urban tree canopy. Tree planting will focus on Cincinnati Recreation Centers and playgrounds in areas of the city that are currently under the 40% the Green Cincinnati Plan seeks to maintain. If you or your students are interested in helping increase tree canopy across Cincinnati, complete the form below to get in touch with our Applied Learning Coordinator, Caroline Cain.

       Students will gain: 

  • hands-on understanding of the heat island effect

  • green workforce skills and knowledge

  • a first-hand look into community collaboration

  • service hours for graduation seals


Cultivating Stewardship


KCB cultivates connection between people, passion, and place. Our Education program seeks to nurture good stewards of our shared public spaces that are committed to a vibrant and collaborative city and who inspire their neighbors to better care for these spaces . We hope these good stewards become future leaders in their communities who work alongside the city and community partners like KCB to envision and actualize a greener Cincinnati.

Our current offerings include a youth-focused environmental newsletter, urban forestry initiatives, student litter clean-ups, and pre-event information sessions for corporate sponsors. If you’re a student looking to host a clean-up, whether for service hours or just for fun, please fill out this form. If you’re a teacher or youth organization leader looking to host an event, please reach out to the Applied Learning Coordinator (

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