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Group and Short-Term Projects

Group Opportunities

Cleveland Metroparks community service projects typically begin in April and run through October, weather-dependent. (Group requests for other months may be considered depending on current project needs and weather permitting).  Depending on which location you are interested (view a list of our locations), we typically have projects for general/beach clean-up, painting, staining, gardening/pruning, staffing special events, trail work, and others. 

We will need the following information in order to research a project for your group:

  • Group Name
  • Full contact information (name, phone, and email)
  • Preferred dates and times
  • Approximate number of participants (youth, adult)
  • Preferred location (*Choose up to 3 Reservations)

We also require a Certificate of Liability Insurance from the sponsoring agency listing Cleveland Metroparks as an additional insured. If this is not available through your group insurance carrier, the alternative is to have each participant complete a Waiver and Release and Medical Treatment Release form.  These forms will be emailed to you once a project is confirmed.  The completed forms should be brought with you and returned to staff upon arrival at your project.

To research meaningful service, we need at least 3-6 weeks advance notice. For larger groups, please allow more time to coordinate advanced logistics, staff, and supplies.

If you are interested in a project, please provide responses to the requested information above to volinfo@clevelandmetroparks.com.

If a project is secured, then confirmation materials will be sent directly to the group coordinator with a map, directions, forms, and full contact information of the staff point person for the project.

Thank you again for your interest and we look forward to working with you to find a volunteer project that is the right fit for your organization with Cleveland Metroparks.

Please allow 1-2 weeks to process your request.


Short-Term Projects

Cleveland Metroparks Volunteer Services coordinates short-term projects (such as Senior Projects or Shadowing)for individual volunteers with staff throughout most of our reservations, centers and golf courses. These opportunities are limited and vary greatly by season.

Please know that every effort is made to find meaningful placements that meet both your preferences and our current needs.

These opportunities are limited and filled on a rolling basis, usually months in advance.

For example, if you are looking for a high school shadow project for the month of May, those slots are usually filled by mid-March.

If you are a minor, a parent/guardian will need to support you throughout the process and sign our Medical Release and Waiver of Liability Forms. These documents will be customized per individual, based on the duration of project, type of service being completed and location.

Regardless of age, each volunteer needs to complete and turn in a customized Medical Release and Waiver of Liability Form to staff before beginning their service.

We will need the following information in order to research a short-term project for you:

  • Name
  • Full contact information (phone, and email)
  • Parent and/or Guardians names (current age if under 18)
  • Preferred dates and times
  • Approximate number of hours
  • Preferred location (*Choose up to 3 Reservations, Centers or Golf Courses)
  • Any other information that you think would be helpful in researching potential opportunities such as:
    • The purpose of your project
    • Requirements of your program
    • Areas of interest

If you are interested in a project, please provide responses to the requested information above to volinfo@clevelandmetroparks.com. 

Thank you again for your interest in volunteering as an individual on a short-term project with Cleveland Metroparks. We look forward to working with you to find a volunteer project that is a good fit based on our current needs and your availability to be involved.

Please allow 1-2 weeks to process your request.