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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


Macroinvertebrate Monitoring for Scenic Rivers
Wednesday, May 11
10:00 am - Noon
North Chagrin Reservation
  • Monitoring
  • Help Metroparks staff measure the water quality of the Chagrin River at our own Scenic Rivers site. 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. This is a weather-dependent event
  • REGISTRATION IS FULL. To join the wait list, please email wvpinfo@clevelandmetroparks.com. Or consider registering for the July or September outings (see below).

Aquatic Insects: Assessing Rivers & Streams
Thursday, May 12
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek
  • Monitoring
  • Aquatic insects have a big role in the environment and ecological monitoring. Find out how these tiny creatures are used to assess the health of waterways and learn to identify them under microscopes. Presented by Midwest Biodiversity Institute, Ohio’s experts in aquatic bioassessments.
  • For more info, click here.

Wildwood Bioswale and Wetland Maintenance
Saturday, May 14
10 am - Noon
Wildwood Park - Euclid Creek Reservation, E. 174th St and Lakeshore Blvd. Cleveland, Ohio 44109
  • Restoration
  • Volunteers will help with invasive plant removal and other maintenance activities in the rain gardens, wetland, and streamside at the Wildwood Lacustrine Wetland.
  • Meet at the Wildwood Park Shelter. Wildwood Park is located at E. 174th St. and Lakeshore Blvd. in Cleveland. Dress for the weather, Bring water, Wear long sleeves and pants, boots or work shoes, and work gloves are recommended.
  • All groups welcome, but parents must complete waivers for those volunteering under the age of 18, and provide adult supervision.
  • To register online, click here by May 12. Contact Claire Posius at 216-524-6580 x16 or cposius@cuyahogaswcd.org with any questions.

Garlic Mustard Pull
Tuesday, May 17
6:00 - 8:00pm
Hinckley Reservation, Hinckley Hills Parking Lot
  • Restoration
  • Come out and help remove garlic mustard, an invasive plant, from an area in Hinckley Reservation. Participants will receive background information on garlic mustard and learn how to identify it.
  • Event can take place in light rain. We will hike 1-2 miles from the parking lot and will be slightly off trail.
  • For details, click here.

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. For details on the events at CVNP or if you are interested in being a Survey Participant at CVNP, click here.
  • WVP is helping CVNP recruit volunteers for their Bioblitz! If you are interested in Volunteering, click here. Fill out the form and CVNP will give you an assignment or pair you with an expert based on your response.


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


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


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.