Opportunity Details

Environment, Civic & Community

Age Minimum (with Adult): 16+, Minimum Age:18+, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed

Clean-up the Nashville City Cemetery

Help preserve The Nashville City Cemetery by maintaining these historic grounds.  
Volunteers will be asked to help sweep and protect headstones, remove branches, rake leaves, and gather walnuts and magnolia pods.  All volunteers will be met by a few Nashville City Cemetery Association Board Members who will provide guidance and regale them with stories of Nashville's oldest public cemetery.  
Each cleanup session will be followed at 10:00 am by a Second Saturday Cemetery tour, open and free to the public, whose topics will change monthly, such as the Civil War, African Americans, Historic Preservation, etc. Please wear pants and heavy, durable shoes (not tennis shoes). Dress appropriately for the weather, but dress in layers that can be removed, as you will work up a sweat.  Gardening gloves are an essential.  
The NCCA is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to preserve, protect, restore, and promote the Nashville City Cemetery.  This is accomplished on the grounds proper, and through about a dozen tours and special events that educate the public on Nashville’s early pioneers and history.  The impact of maintaining the beautiful horticultural landscape helps us continue to promote our grounds as “Nashville’s Premier Outdoor Museum” and certified arboretum.
Event cancelled if it is raining.



In accordance with Mayor John Cooper’s Roadmap for Reopening Nashville, Hands On Nashville recommends the following guidelines for volunteering:   

  • Individuals belonging to the following groups should not volunteer for in-person opportunities: ages 65 and up, those with elevated health risk or compromised immune systems, anyone who is feeling unwell (or who has been exposed to/is caring for someone who is sick or has a compromised immune system).  

  • Volunteers who attend projects should take recommended precautions, including maintaining distances between themselves and other people; practicing hand-washing and sanitation of spaces; wearing gloves, masks, and other protective gear; etc. As always, consult a medical professional should you begin to feel unwell at any point during or after a project.  


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Please be aware that your project may be canceled with short notice. Projects are subject to change depending on shifting guidelines and circumstances. We appreciate your understanding. 


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