Conservation efforts are integral to the work done by Cleveland Metroparks and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
Since 2013, Cleveland Metroparks has acquired nearly 1,000 acres of quality wetlands, streams and forests. With a border to Lake Erie, Cleveland Metroparks realizes the importance of urban watersheds. Stormwater, pollution, algal blooms, invasive species and loss of wetlands pose continuing challenges, and the Park District has received national attention for making watershed stewardship a priority through education, scientific monitoring and environmental restoration. As a result of these efforts, Cleveland Metroparks has lowered regional stormwater management costs by $5.12M annually.
Since the first three acres in 1917 to the more than 23,000 today, protecting parkland has always been key to Cleveland Metroparks mission. The Natural Resources division surveyed more than 18,000 acres, sampled 975 headwater streams, mapped 3,500 wetland acres and restored 4,635 acres since 2013.
Cleveland Metroparks is dedicated to sustaining, enhancing and restoring natural resources by encouraging public involvement and creating future stewards by connecting children with nature. Since 2013, more than 93,000 students attended free Cleveland Metroparks nature programs. Find out more about Cleveland Metroparks conservation efforts here.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo conservation efforts have not only a regional impact, but a global impact as well. The Zoo is securing a future for wildlife by partnering with international wildlife organizations on global and animal conservation initiatives, and supporters of the Zoo have contributed more than $6 million to wildlife conservation efforts. Make a difference and take action, visit futureforwildlife.org for more information on the Zoo's global conservation efforts and educational programs.