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Watershed Volunteer Program

The Watershed Volunteer Program (WVP) is an effort to engage citizens in an array of active management projects to improve watershed conditions. WVP promotes stewardship through learning opportunities, restoration projects, and monitoring activities. Volunteers completing seven modules across the three categories become Certified Watershed Stewards. To learn more about becoming a Certified Watershed Steward, send us an email wvpinfo@clevelandmetroparks.com.

Click here to complete the Cleveland Metroparks Volunteer Application



December


WVP 2016 Celebration with Sediment Choreography by the Port Authority
Wednesday, December 14
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek
  • Learning
  • Join for an evening of watershed stewardship. Learn about how the Port of Cleveland relies on water and energy to harvest Cuyahoga River sediments for beneficial uses. Discover how the Watershed Volunteer Program Stewards are accomplishing big things in the Cuyahoga River and Central Lake Erie basin watersheds. Celebrate the service milestones of some outstanding watershed stewards.
  • Cookies, hot chocolate, and networking time will be provided. Optional: bring a dish to share.
  • Registration encouraged. To register, click here.

Seed Cleaning Workshop
Wednesday, December 21
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek
  • Restoration
  • Help clean native seeds collected by Cleveland Metroparks volunteers, so that they can be used in future restoration projects throughout the parks. Species may include swamp and common milkweed, native asters, mountain mint, blue vervain, monkey flower, buttonbush and various grasses and sedges. Registration required.
  • Registration required. Limited to 23 volunteers. To register, click here.


January


Greenprint Workshop: Watershed Awareness in Winter
Monday, January 9
2:30-4 p.m.
Fairview Park Branch, Cuyahoga County Library, 21255 Lorain Rd., Fairview Park, OH 44126
  • Learning
  • Winter weather- frozen land, snow melts and ice movement - can often illustrate environmental challenges and opportunities for improvement. The Cuyahoga County Greenprint is a web-based mapping tool to assist watershed volunteers and professionals as well as planners, service directors, city council persons and interested citizens in protecting our waterways. Find out how the Cuyahoga County Greenprint can help with tree plantings, riparian setbacks and other conservation strategies which enhance our waterways. Participants will learn how to use the mapping tool, access best practices and create basic customized maps.
  • Check out the video tutorial covering the basics of using the Greenprint before attending the training. For training video, click here.
  • Registration is required. To register, click here.

Seed Cleaning Workshop
Wednesday, January 11
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek
  • Restoration
  • Help clean native seeds collected by Cleveland Metroparks volunteers, so that they can be used in future restoration projects throughout the parks. Species may include swamp and common milkweed, native asters, mountain mint, blue vervain, monkey flower, buttonbush and various grasses and sedges. Registration required.
  • Registration required. Limited to 23 volunteers. To register, click here.

Hydrilla Primer
Tuesday, January 17
2 - 3:30 p.m.
Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek
  • Learning
  • Called the most serious threat to inland waters, Hydrilla is one bad water weed. Join Cleveland Metroparks' new Hydrilla Project Coordinator, Mark Warman, to learn about how the park manages this looming threat and what we can do to halt its spread.
  • Registration required. To register, click here.

Monday MeetUp: What’s Up with West Creek
Monday, January 23
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek
  • Learning
  • Learn more about West Creek Conservancy’s role in conservation and urban land reclamation in Greater Cleveland. West Creek Conservancy staff will speak about how to become involved in their stewardship program helping with landscaping, trail maintenance, invasive species removal, plantings, restoration work, and much more! West Creek Conservancy will provide refreshments. The event will be held at the Watershed Stewardship Center.
  • Registration required. To register, click here.


February


Stormwater & Sustainable Development
Sunday, February 5
1 - 2:45 p.m.
Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek
  • Learning
  • This introductory program on urban watersheds showcases the features of the Watershed Stewardship Center; including an interactive topographic map of the West Creek Watershed and the facility’s stormwater control measures. Also find out how to get involved in the Watershed Volunteer Program and become a Certified Watershed Steward.
  • Registration preferred. To register, click here.

Greenprint Workshop: Watershed Awareness in Winter
Wednesday, February 8
6 -7:30 p.m.
North Royalton Branch, Cuyahoga County Library, 5071 Wallings Rd, North Royalton, OH 44133
  • Learning
  • Winter weather- frozen land, snow melts and ice movement - can often illustrate environmental challenges and opportunities for improvement. The Cuyahoga County Greenprint is a web-based mapping tool to assist watershed volunteers and professionals as well as planners, service directors, city council persons and interested citizens in protecting our waterways. Find out how the Cuyahoga County Greenprint can help with tree plantings, riparian setbacks and other conservation strategies which enhance our waterways. Participants will learn how to use the mapping tool, access best practices and create basic customized maps.
  • Check out the video tutorial covering the basics of using the Greenprint before attending the training. For training video, click here.
  • Registration is required. To register, click here.

Monday MeetUp: What's Up with Chagrin River Watershed Partners
Monday, February 13
6 – 7:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Nature Center
  • Learning
  • Learn how Chagrin River Watershed Partners (CRWP) is preserving and restoring the Chagrin River and streams, wetlands and natural areas across Northeast Ohio. The group will highlight its conservation efforts that help keep our region a great place to live, work and play. Find out what you can do to support clean streams and a healthy Lake Erie and ways to get involved with the Watershed Partners. Refreshments will be provided by CRWP.
  • Registration required. To register, click here.


March


Introduction to the Watershed Volunteer Program
Tuesday, March 7
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek
  • Learning
  • Interested in becoming a Certified Watershed Steward? Are you new to the Watershed Volunteer Program (WVP)? Come out and learn about this unique program within Cleveland Metroparks Division of Natural Resources designed to train individuals to be watershed stewards through a variety of learning, restoration, and monitoring programs. If you are looking to join the program or have recently been accepted, we invite you to come get the baseline information to make your volunteer experience flow. Experienced WVP volunteers are welcome to attend and share your experience as a #NEOWaterSteward.
  • Registration encouraged. To register, click here.


Monday MeetUp: What's Up with Big Creek Connects
Monday, March 20
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Auditorium, Main Entrance Wildlife Way
  • Learning
  • Big Creek Connects is working to restore one of the largest and most urbanized tributary to the Cuyahoga River. Learn how you can volunteer with their efforts, what you can do at home, and about the 6.5 mile Big Creek greenway plans. Light refreshments provided.
  • Registration required. To register, click here.


April


Monday MeetUp: What’s Up with Doan Brook Watershed Partnership
Monday, April 3
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Doan Brook Watershed Partnership Office, 12200 Fairhill Rd., Cleveland, OH
  • Learning
  • Learn about the rewarding ways you can volunteer with the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership. Volunteers are involved in events, hikes, land stewardship, outreach, storm drain stenciling, and volunteer leadership. Light refreshments provided by Doan Brook Watershed Partnership.
  • Registration details to come.


May


Monday MeetUp: What’s Up with Friends of Yellow Creek
Monday, May 15
6 - 8 p.m.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Auditorium, Main Entrance Wildlife Way
  • Learning
  • Meet Friends of Yellow Creek as they present the state of the Yellow Creek watershed including areas of concern, education and conservation efforts. Tour wetland and stream restoration projects in the Preserve. Light refreshments provided by Friends of Yellow Creek.
  • Registration details to come.

June


Monday MeetUp: What’s Up with Mill Creek Watershed Partnership
Monday, June 5
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Auditorium, Main Entrance Wildlife Way
  • Learning
  • Learn more about Mill Creek Watershed Partnership’s role in restoration work in the Mill Creek. Staff will speak about different restoration projects around the Mill Creek watershed and how you can become involved in the restoration efforts! Light refreshments provided by Mill Creek Watershed Partnership.
  • Registration details to come.

July


A Day in the Life of Euclid Creek 2017
Saturday, July 15
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Wildwood Shelter at Wildwood Park, Euclid Creek Reservation (park entrance at Lake Shore Blvd. and E. 174th Street in Cleveland)
  • Click here for a video recap of last year's event. More 2017 details to come.

August


Monday MeetUp: What’s Up with Friends of Euclid Creek
Monday, August 7
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Wildwood Shelter at Wildwood Park, Euclid Creek Reservation (park entrance at Lake Shore Blvd. and E. 174th Street in Cleveland)
  • Learning
  • Learn what Friends of Euclid Creek are up to with a tour of wetland and stream restoration projects. Hear about historic stream use and how you can shape the future of a clean stream. Light refreshments provided by Friends of Euclid Creek.
  • Registration details to come.