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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.


August

Japanese Stiltgrass Pull
Wednesday, August 31
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Monarch Bluff Picnic Area, West Creek Reservation
  • Restoration
  • Help remove invasive Japanese stilt grass at West Creek Reservation. Introduced in the United States due to its use as packing material for items shipped from China, this grass can quickly spread, creating dense stands and crowding out our native plants.
  • No experience necessary. You will get instructions on how to identify and pull.
  • Registration required. To register, click here.


September


Monday MeetUp: What's Up with Tinker's Creek Watershed Partners
Monday, September 12
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
  • Learning
  • Learn more about a partnership that made a land acquisition and stream restoration project possible along Tinker's Creek in the Bedford Reservation. Tinker's Creek Watershed Partners (TCWP) will discuss the project and how important volunteer support is to their efforts - including water quality and stream bank stability monitoring. Event will include a tour of the restoration site. Refreshments provided by TCWP.
  • Registration required. More location details given with registration. To register, click here.

Macroinvertebrate Monitoring for Scenic Rivers
Wednesday, September 14
10 a.m. - Noon
North Chagrin Reservation
  • Monitoring
  • Help measure the water quality of the Chagrin River. Learn to seine (net) and identify the aquatic macro-invertebrates (insects) that live in the river and are indicators of water quality by determining the type, quantity and diversity of macro-invertebrates.
  • Registration required. To register, click here.

Wildwood Park Fall Wetland Cleanup Day
Saturday, September 17
10 a.m. - Noon
Wildwood Park, Euclid Creek Reservation
  • Restoration
  • Volunteers will help with planting native streamside plants, cleaning up trash, removing invasive plants and other maintenance activities in the wetland and streamside restoration area at the Wildwood Lacustrine Wetland.
  • Please note that this is a supplemental event and no Metroparks staff will be present. Email your hours to wvpinfo@clevelandmetroparks.com.
  • For more details and to register, click here.

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Open House
Saturday, September 17
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
4747 East 49th Street, Cuyahoga Heights
  • Learning
  • Be a part of the celebration of all things water, science, health, and environment with a day full of free fun, tours, food and more.
  • Please note that this is a supplemental event and no Metroparks staff will be present. Email your hours to wvpinfo@clevelandmetroparks.com.
  • For details, click here.

Stormwater Wetland Planting
Tuesday, September 27
1 – 4 p.m.
Washington Learning Center Golf Course,
3841 Washington Park Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44105
  • Restoration
  • Help WVP and Metroparks Natural Resources staff improve the function of a stormwater wetland at Washington Golf Course to its fullest potential. We will be re-planting the wetland with native perennials and sprucing up a well-established rain garden connected to it.
  • Rubber boots, tools, and gloves will be provided. No experience necessary. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle.
  • Registration preferred. To register, click here.


October


Fourth Annual Kent State Water and Land Symposium
Wednesday, October 5, 7 – 9 p.m.
Thursday, October 6, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center
  • Learning
  • Kent State’s 4th Annual Water and Land Symposium will kick off on Wednesday evening with a keynote address from Cynthia Barnett, Journalist and author of Mirage, Blue Revolution and Rain: A Natural and Cultural History. Stick around after the keynote address for a book signing and the first poster session, where you can explore research projects by local students and professionals.
  • The second day of the conference will highlight new approaches to a variety of environmental and social issues through distinguished speakers and formal and informal discussions. Breakout sessions will focus on “Restoration and Ecosystem Services,” “Water and Sustainability,” and “Risk and Resilience.” These breakout and poster sessions will provide an opportunity for more specific discussions focused on key underlying issues.
  • Registration is free and open to the public. For details and to register, click here.

Euclid Creek Second Annual Watershed Summit
Thursday, October 6
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Mayfield Village Community Room, 6621 Wilson Mills Road, Mayfield Village, Ohio 44143
  • Learning
  • Please join Euclid Creek Watershed Program partners for our second joint watershed meeting as we celebrate the accomplishments of the year. Representatives of the Euclid Creek Watershed Council (ECWC), its Committees, Friends of Euclid Creek and watershed partner agencies will update you on the progress we've made in restoring the watershed in 2016.
  • Please RSVP by October 4. For details, click here.

Native Seed Collection
Thursday, October 13
5 – 7:30 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
  • Restoration
  • Help us keep stormwater runoff out of West Creek! Learn more about a stormwater project led by Cleveland Metroparks and lend a hand maintaining rain gardens installed in the right-of-way of this neighborhood-scale project. We will be removing leaves and weeds, trimming back grasses, and removing sediment to prepare the gardens for winter.
  • Dress for wet soil and thorny vegetation; wear boots, long pants, and long sleeves. Limited to 15 volunteers.
  • Registration required. To register, click here.

Native Seed Collection
Thursday, October 20
1 - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
  • Restoration
  • Help collect seeds for use in future restoration projects throughout Cleveland Metroparks. We’ll be collecting seeds from a variety of native plants, such as blazing star (liatris), golden rod, ironweed, joe-pye weed, swamp milkweed, blue vervain, sedges, and grasses. Keep your eye out for upcoming seed cleaning workshops.
  • Dress for wet soil and thorny vegetation; wear boots, long pants, and long sleeves. Limited to 15 volunteers.
  • Registration required. To register, click here.

Monday MeetUp: What’s Up with Cuyahoga River Restoration
Monday, October 24
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location TBD
  • Learning
  • Find out about the organization working to restore and protect one of the 14 American Heritage Rivers—the Cuyahoga River. Cuyahoga Releaf, Habitats for Hard Places, and the Depave programs are some of the many restoration and protection efforts that Cuyahoga River Restoration (CRR) are up to. Learn about how you can volunteer with these efforts and what’s up with delisting the Cuyahoga River as an Area of Concern with the EPA. Refreshments provided by CRR.
  • Registration required. To register, click here.

Rain Garden Maintenance
Wednesday, October 26
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Klusner Ave, Parma
  • Restoration
  • Help us keep stormwater runoff out of West Creek! Learn more about a stormwater project led by Cleveland Metroparks and lend a hand maintaining rain gardens installed in the right-of-way of this neighborhood-scale project. We will be removing leaves and weeds, trimming back grasses, and removing sediment to prepare the gardens for winter.
  • Come for the whole time or for whatever time you can spare. Registration required. To register, click here.


November


Rain Garden Maintenance
Wednesday, November 2
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Parkhaven Drive, Parma
  • Restoration
  • Help us keep stormwater runoff out of West Creek! Learn more about a stormwater project led by Cleveland Metroparks and lend a hand maintaining rain gardens installed in the right-of-way of this neighborhood-scale project. We will be removing leaves and weeds, trimming back grasses, and removing sediment to prepare the gardens for winter.
  • Come for the whole time or for whatever time you can spare. Registration required. To register, click here.

Monday MeetUp: What's Up with Rocky River Watershed Council
Monday, November 21
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Rocky River Nature Center
  • Learning
  • Find out how the volunteer-driven Rocky River Watershed Council (RRWC) is working to restore and protect the Rocky River and its tributaries. The group will highlight its Stream Team approach, recent and ongoing restoration projects, and how data from its water quality monitoring program is utilized to restore the watershed. Attendees will also get the opportunity to participate in a water quality monitoring demonstration and to become volunteer water monitors. Refreshments provided by RRWC.
  • Registration required. To register, click here.

CWRU West Creek Poster Session
Wednesday, November 30
2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek
  • Learning
  • Join Cleveland Metroparks Natural Resources staff and the Principles of Ecology and Aquatic Biology students from Case Western Reserve to learn more about the effects of residential stormwater control retrofits within the West Creek watershed. Students will be presenting data collected over multiple semesters in 4 streams and their analyses.
  • Registration preferred. Registration details to come.