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Watershed Volunteer Program

Events listed in blue text are supplemental events and WVP staff will not be present. If you would like to get volunteer hours for attending, please email wvpinfo@clevelandmetroparks.com with the number of hours you worked.


May


Park Service Centennial BioBlitz
Friday and Saturday, May 20-21
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP)
  • Monitoring
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be celebrating the National Park Service Centennial in 2016 with a BioBlitz! CVNP will be one of 7 showcased BioBlitzes across the country with results simulcast to a Biodiversity Festival at the National Mall.
  • Earn WVP hours as a BioBlitz Volunteer or Survey Participant. Please be sure to report hours and your role to wvpinfo@clevelandmetroparks.com
  • For details on the CVNP Centennial BioBlitz or to register as a Survey Participant, click here.


June


Rain Garden Maintenance
Wednesday, June 8
6:30 - 8 pm
Parkhaven Dr., 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.
  • Registration required. To register, click here.

Scenic Rivers SQM Workshop
Wednesday, June 15
6 - 8 pm
North Chagrin Reservation - Old River Farm Picnic Area (South of Rt. 6 on River Rd., Willoughby)
  • Monitoring
  • Join ODNR Scenic Rivers staff for an official Stream Quality Monitoring Training. This hands-on workshop will teach you how to collect and identify Macroinvertebrates, key indicators of water quality. Learn how you can get involved independently.
  • Held rain or shine. Prepare to get wet and bring boots or waders if you have them.
  • For questions, please email Ryan Moss, Scenic Rivers SQM Coordinator, at ryan.moss@dnr.state.oh.us

Cross-Section Monitoring Training
Wednesday, June 22
10 am – 1 pm
Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek
  • Learning
  • Learn how Cleveland Metroparks hydrologists estimate streambank erosion rates and identify problematic reaches within the parks.
  • Get your feet wet during a brief field training on Cross-Section Monitoring. If you like it, you can sign up for more independent volunteer opportunities throughout the summer.
  • Registration required. Due to limits on equipment this event is limited to 10 volunteers. Click here to register.

Cross-Section Monitoring Training
Saturday, June 25
1 pm - 4pm
Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek
  • Learning
  • Learn how Cleveland Metroparks hydrologists estimate streambank erosion rates and identify problematic reaches within the parks.
  • Get your feet wet during a brief field training on Cross-Section Monitoring. If you like it, you can sign up for more independent volunteer opportunities throughout the summer.
  • Registration required. Due to limits on equipment this event is limited to 10 volunteers. Click here to register.

July


A Day in the Life of Euclid Creek
Saturday, July 16
9 am - 2:30 pm
Acacia Reservation, Greenwood Farm, and Euclid Creek Reservation - Wildwood Park
  • What does a creek do all day? Join Cleveland Metroparks and Friends of Euclid Creek to get up close and personal with a unique natural resource in northeast Ohio. Get to know this urban watershed through the water and animals that call it home. Explore all or part of the day.
  • Let’s do lunch at day’s end and look back at the day’s results. Find out how we can help make Euclid Creek healthy.
  • Are you a Watershed Volunteer interested in lending a hand with the days activities? Please email WVP staff at wvpinfo@clevelandmetroparks.com.
  • Registration required for lunch at Wildwood by July 13. To register and for more details, click here.

Macroinvertebrate Monitoring for Scenic Rivers
Wednesday, July 27
10:00 am - 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.


August


Stormwater Credit Workshop
Saturday, August 20
10 am - Noon
Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek Reservation
  • Learning
  • Did you know that NEORSD Stormwater fee credits are available to homeowners? Learn about stormwater control measures you can implement at home. Presentation will include brief presentations and interactive exhibits.
  • More details to come

Backyard Biodiversity Bash
Saturday, August 27
Noon - 4 pm
Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek Reservation
  • Enjoy family-friendly activities and learning stations on how to attract native Ohio biodiversity to your backyard—beautifully!
  • More details to come


September


Macroinvertebrate Monitoring for Scenic Rivers
Wednesday, Sept 14
10:00 am - 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.