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Specialized Activities

Specialized Volunteer Activities
(require special application and training)

Summer Youth Volunteer Program

The Summer Youth Volunteer Program is a special opportunity for motivated youth ages 10-15 to give back and make a difference throughout Cleveland Metroparks. This volunteer program will begin its pilot season in 2016.

Most volunteer opportunities will be on weekdays with one session per month on Saturdays during the summer. Individuals interested in service projects must commit to 5 volunteer sessions in July and August, with a required kickoff in June.

Summer Youth Volunteers will be provided with meaningful volunteer opportunities throughout various reservations and centers throughout the Park District. For the pilot year, activities will be primarily focused in the central locations such as at the CanalWay Center and Watershed Stewardship Center, and the Lakefront, Ohio & Erie Canal, Washington, Garfield Park, West Creek, Big Creek and Brookside Reservations. Families will be responsible for transportation of participating youth volunteers to service projects.

Service projects will allow youth volunteers to meet new people, learn from staff, see behind the scenes of various locations, and be exposed to multiple park careers such as Outdoor Experiences, Natural Resources and Park Operations. Activities will vary from native habitat restoration projects like plantings and invasive plant removals, to park maintenance improvements throughout Cleveland Metroparks to make a difference!

Participation in the summer volunteer program will provide youth with leadership development and offer ongoing special event and volunteer opportunities following the conclusion of the program. For youth who are interested in becoming an ongoing volunteer in other areas throughout the year with Cleveland Metroparks, this is your way to start!

Interested youth who will be 10-15 this summer will need to complete an application by Friday, April 8, 2016. For more information, please visit:

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Trail Ambassadors (formerly Trail Monitors)

Since 2005, Cleveland Metroparks and its visitors have benefitted from the service of Trail Ambassador (formerly known as Trail Monitor) volunteers.  These volunteers monitor Park District trails, including some of the new Lakefront properties, to interact with visitors, alert management crews to any hazardous situation and be first responders in emergencies on the trails. 

Trail Ambassadors are pairs of volunteers who are First Aid/CPR certified and hike or bike throughout the Park District from May through December.  Trail Ambassador volunteers are expected to donate a minimum of 40 hours during the season. Optional winter monitoring is available after completion of the first regular season.  Convenient online scheduling allows volunteers to choose their date, time and monitor location. 

Trail Ambassador volunteers, age 30 and older, are invited to participate in this fun and rewarding volunteer activity.  Prospective volunteers must complete a supplement application, participate in an interview, and submit to a background check.  If accepted, volunteers must attend a training class and First Aid/CPR certification class, if not currently certified.  Applications are due by January 31st each year.

For an application or additional information about the Summer Youth Volunteer Program or becoming a Trail Ambassador, contact Volunteer Services at 440-253-2145 or


Cleveland Metroparks Volunteer Services
Watershed Stewardship Center
2277 West Ridgewood Drive
Parma, OH  44134


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