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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. To learn more about becoming a Certified Watershed Steward, send us an email wvpinfo@clevelandmetroparks.com. Click here to complete the Cleveland Metroparks Volunteer Application.

All events listed in blue are supplemental. WVP staff will not be collecting attendance. Please report your hours here.



February


Monday MeetUp: What's Up with Chagrin River Watershed Partners
Monday, February 13
6 – 7:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Nature Center
  • Learning
  • Learn how Chagrin River Watershed Partners (CRWP) is preserving and restoring the Chagrin River and streams, wetlands and natural areas across Northeast Ohio. The group will highlight its conservation efforts that help keep our region a great place to live, work and play. Find out what you can do to support clean streams and a healthy Lake Erie and ways to get involved with the Watershed Partners. Refreshments will be provided by CRWP.
  • Registration required. To register, click here.

Aquahacking: Cleveland Team Info Session
Friday, February 24
10 a.m. - Noon
Kent State University Cunningham Hall Main Lobby, 1275 University Esplanade, Kent
  • Restoration
  • Join Cleveland Water Alliance, Kent State University, and other partners for the first information session about registration, rules, resources, and upcoming events for ErieHack Cleveland!
  • **This event is supplemental. No WVP staff will be present. Please report your hours here.
  • RSVP to Annie Krieger at akrieger@kent.edu. For details, click here.


March


Watershed Volunteer Program Link Up
Tuesday, March 7
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek
  • Learning
  • Interested in becoming a Certified Watershed Steward? Are you new to the Watershed Volunteer Program (WVP)? Come out and learn about this unique program within Cleveland Metroparks Division of Natural Resources designed to train individuals to be watershed stewards through a variety of learning, restoration, and monitoring programs. If you are looking to join the program or have recently been accepted, we invite you to come get the baseline information to make your volunteer experience flow. Experienced WVP volunteers are welcome to attend and share your experience as a #NEOWaterSteward.
  • Registration encouraged. To register, click here.

Kent State Green Infrastructure Research Update
Wednesday, March 15
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek
  • Learning
  • In the pursuit of innovative ways to better manage stormwater, practitioners are increasingly adopting green infrastructure over traditional “grey” infrastructure. Green infrastructure utilizes natural processes to treat runoff and manage flooding. Join us for a presentation from Kent State University on research on the various green infrastructure practices installed around the Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek. We’ll hear more about how well these installations are functioning and discuss the significance of the results.
  • Registration encouraged. To register, click here.

World Water Day Celebration
Saturday, March 18
Noon – 4 p.m.
Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek
  • We’re looking for a few Watershed Stewards to help out with a special WVP activity. Please fill out the Special Events Volunteer Form if interested in lending a hand and to share your ideas.

Monday MeetUp: What's Up with Big Creek Connects
Monday, March 20
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Auditorium, Main Entrance Wildlife Way
  • Learning
  • Big Creek Connects is working to restore one of the largest and most urbanized tributary to the Cuyahoga River. Learn how you can volunteer with their efforts, what you can do at home, and about the 6.5 mile Big Creek greenway plans. Light refreshments provided.
  • Registration required. To register, click here.

WSC Wetland Restoration
Wednesday, March 29
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek
  • Restoration
  • Join us to help Cleveland Metroparks install new plants in the Watershed Stewardship Center wetlands. We have waders to lend, but highly recommend bringing your own. Please bring a water bottle and come prepared to get muddy.
  • Registration required. Limited to 15 volunteers. To register, click here.


April


Monday MeetUp: What’s Up with Doan Brook Watershed Partnership
Monday, April 3
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Doan Brook Watershed Partnership Office, 12200 Fairhill Rd., Cleveland, OH
  • Learning
  • Learn about the rewarding ways you can volunteer with the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership. Volunteers are involved in events, hikes, land stewardship, outreach, storm drain stenciling, and volunteer leadership. Light refreshments provided by Doan Brook Watershed Partnership.
  • Registration required. To register, click here.

THINK Forum: Can We Solve the Global Water Crisis?
Tuesday, April 4
6 p.m.
Silver Hall, Case Western Reserve University campus
  • Learning
  • Jay Famiglietti, NASA Senior Water Scientist, has been working for more than 25 years on spreading the word of climate change in academics, business, government and to the general public. He is widely considered among the world’s authorities on the global water cycle and climate change.
  • **This event is supplemental. No WVP staff will be present. Please report your hours here.
  • To reserve your free tickets, click here.


May


Monday MeetUp: What’s Up with Friends of Yellow Creek
Monday, May 15
6 - 8 p.m.
University of Akron Field Station at Bath Nature Preserve, 4160 Ira Road, Bath, OH
  • Learning
  • Meet Friends of Yellow Creek as they present the state of the Yellow Creek watershed including areas of concern, education and conservation efforts. Tour wetland and stream restoration projects in the Preserve. Light refreshments provided by Friends of Yellow Creek.
  • Registration required. To register, click here.

River Day 2017
Saturday, May 20
  • Save the date! More details to come.

Macroinvertebrate Monitoring for Scenic Rivers
Wednesday, May 15
10 a.m. - Noon
North Chagrin Reservation
  • Monitoring
  • Help measure the water quality of the Chagrin River with Cleveland Metroparks Aquatic Research Coordinator, Claire Weldon. Learn to seine (net) and identify the aquatic macro-invertebrates (insects) living in the river that are indicators of water quality. Attend all three 2017 sampling sessions for an invitation to a bonus sampling round. Limited to 15 volunteers.
  • Registration required. To register, click here.


June


Monday MeetUp: What’s Up with Mill Creek Watershed Partnership
Monday, June 5
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Garfield Heights Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library, 5409 Turney Rd, Cleveland, OH 44125
  • Learning
  • Learn more about Mill Creek Watershed Partnership’s role in restoration work in the Mill Creek. Staff will speak about different restoration projects around the Mill Creek watershed and how you can become involved in the restoration efforts! Light refreshments provided by Mill Creek Watershed Partnership.
  • Registration required. To register, click here.


July


A Day in the Life of Euclid Creek 2017
Saturday, July 15
  • Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details on WVP’s flagship community outreach and education event! Click here for a 2016 video recap.
  • We need Watershed Stewards to help out with event-day logistics and learning activities. If interested in lending WVP a hand at this special event or another, please fill out the Special Event Volunteer Form.

Macroinvertebrate Monitoring for Scenic Rivers
Wednesday, July 26
10 a.m. - Noon
North Chagrin Reservation
  • Monitoring
  • Help measure the water quality of the Chagrin River with Cleveland Metroparks Aquatic Research Coordinator, Claire Weldon. Learn to seine (net) and identify the aquatic macro-invertebrates (insects) living in the river that are indicators of water quality. Attend all three 2017 sampling sessions for an invitation to a bonus sampling round.
  • Registration required. More details to come.


August


Monday MeetUp: What’s Up with Friends of Euclid Creek
Monday, August 7
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Wildwood Shelter at Wildwood Park, Euclid Creek Reservation (park entrance at Lake Shore Blvd. and E. 174th Street in Cleveland)
  • Learning
  • Learn what Friends of Euclid Creek are up to with a tour of wetland and stream restoration projects. Hear about historic stream use and how you can shape the future of a clean stream. Light refreshments provided by Friends of Euclid Creek.
  • Registration required. To register, click here.

Backyard Biodiversity Bash
Saturday, August 26
Noon – 4 p.m.
Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek
  • We’re looking for a few Watershed Stewards to help out with a special WVP activity. Please fill out the Special Events Volunteer Form if interested in lending a hand and share your thoughts or ideas.


September


Macroinvertebrate Monitoring for Scenic Rivers
Wednesday, September 13
10 a.m. - Noon
North Chagrin Reservation
  • Monitoring
  • Help measure the water quality of the Chagrin River with Cleveland Metroparks Aquatic Research Coordinator, Claire Weldon. Learn to seine (net) and identify the aquatic macro-invertebrates (insects) living in the river that are indicators of water quality. Attend all three 2017 sampling sessions for an invitation to a bonus sampling round.
  • Registration required. More details to come.