Primary events (learning, monitoring, restoration, or outreach): Open to WVP volunteers (at times limited to certified stewards) and eligible for credit towards the Watershed Stewardship Certification; registration via Volgistics; hours are tracked by WVP staff via each event sign-in sheet; WVP staff present; types of primary events include these classifications:
- Monday Meetups: Monthly sessions with a different watershed group that are a mixture of social, learning, and restoration or monitoring work session
- Workshop: These sessions have a portions of content learning and demonstrations; could be held indoors or out
- Work Session: Focus primarily on monitoring or restoration work; prior knowledge is helpful
- Training: Provides background and procedures for conducting Independent or Special Projects that are done in small teams either as special, occasional projects or independent projects without staff present; click here for projects webpages
Supplemental events (learning, monitoring, restoration, or outreach): Eligible for WVP service hours; see each event for registration details; hosted by partners with no WVP staff present; report these hours directly into Volgistics
Independent Project (learning, monitoring, restoration, or outreach): Eligible for WVP service hours who have attended training per project; see each project page for details; no WVP staff present; report these hours directly into Volgistics
Public: Open to the public and WVP volunteers are eligible for service hours; indicated with an asterisk (*) at the end of the title
Annual Meeting: Cuyahoga SWCD & Euclid Creek Watershed Summit*
Thu, Oct 18, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Attend the 69th Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District Annual Meeting in conjunction with the Euclid Creek Watershed Summit. (Supplemental: Outreach) Details will be at Cuyahoga SWCD website here. | WVP volunteers report supplemental hours via Volgistics
Work Session: Marrek "Pond" Restoration*
Sun, Oct 21, 2 - 6 p.m. @ Brooklyn Exchange Cabin, Hinckley Reservation
Come learn about one of our newest grant-funded projects - earthen dam removal with wetland and stream restoration. We will install live willow and dogwood stakes as well as other native plant material. There will also be an opportunity for a small group to help install log grade control structures on a small stream where a pond used to be. Old clothes and knee or hip boots are a must. (Restoration) | WVP volunteers register here soon
Not a registered WVP volunteer? Adults registration here.
Supplemental Event: Big Creek Connects' Youth Stream Monitoring
Mon, Oct 22, 9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m and/or 11:30 - 3 p.m. @ Memphis Picnic Area, Big Creek
Engage the next generation of watershed stewards! Join Big Creek Connects as they provide a youth stream monitoring experience for Cleveland students. You will have the opportunity to assist in leading a hike, helping to monitor water chemistry, or sampling macroinvertebrates. This day will be a group of 120 Menlo Park Academy 7th and 8th graders. Assist all day or either shift. (Supplemental: Outreach) | Register with Bob Gardin at Big Creek Connect here | WVP volunteers that attend can submit supplemental hours under (S:O) Watershed Partner Event Support.
Supplemental Event: Rain Garden Party*
Tues, Oct 23, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. @ Greenwood Farm, Richmond Heights (Location change)
Help the Euclid Creek Watershed Program give some TLC to the rain garden at the Kiwanis Lodge. Come learn about rain gardens and lend a hand in removing weeds and installing new native plants in the garden. Be prepared to work rain or shine and get dirty. Dress for the weather. Bring water, gloves, and a friend (or two!). Tools and gloves will be provided. (Supplemental: Restoration) | Open to all; register with Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District here | WVP volunteers that attend can submit supplemental hours under (S:R) Euclid Creek Rain Garden.
Work Session: Invasive Plant Removal for the Bats
Thu, Oct 25, 1:30 - 4 p.m. @ Lagoon Picnic Area, Rocky River Reservation
To celebrate Bat Week, join for an invasive removal session for the bats to improve their habitat. Learn how to identify and pull. Knee or hip boots are a must. Waders can be provided upon request. (Restoration) | WVP volunteers register here soon
Cuyahoga River AOC Symposium*
Fri, Oct 26, 8:30 a.m - 3 p.m. @ Natatorium, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Get updates on the Cuyahoga River Area of Concern (AOC) and celebrate successes with stakeholders of Lake Erie tributaries that comprise the AOC. There will be a networking, news and trivia at the symposium. Our keynote, Dr. Chris Winslow of OSU Sea Grant, will share the climate change outlook for northeast Ohio and Lake Erie. Registration includes lunch, too. (Supplemental: Learning) | Open to all; details and registration here | WVP volunteers that attend can submit supplemental hours under (S:L) Conference/Symposium/Webinar/Tour.
Are you a certified watershed steward with WVP? If you have completed your certification and contributed over 10 hours of service with us this year, you are eligible for free admission. To apply, complete this application form.
Work Session: Shoring up the Shoreline
Mon, Oct 29, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. @ Wendy Park
Help shore up the shoreline at Wendy Park by planting woody vegetation including willow and red-osier dogwood cuttings. Come dressed ready for any weather and uneven terrain. Instruction, gloves, and tools provided. Limited to 10 WVP volunteers. (Restoration) | WVP volunteers register here
Workshop: Native Seed Collection
Thu, Nov 1, 1 - 3:30 p.m. @ W.J. Green Picnic Area, Mill Stream Run Reservation
Learn the ins and outs of collecting native seeds for use in future restoration projects throughout Cleveland Metroparks. All WVP are volunteers welcome to attend the workshop; certified watershed stewards will have the opportunity to sign up for a seed collection independent project at various locations. Dress for wet soil and thorny vegetation; wear boots, long pants, and long sleeves. (Restoration) | WVP volunteers register here soon
Monday MeetUp: What’s up with Big Creek*
Mon, Nov 5, 6 - 8 p.m. @ Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Join Big Creek Connects and Cleveland Museum of Natural History staff as we explore how the Big Creek area has evolved - from what was once an ancient sea bed, through the retreat of the glaciers and the formation of the Big Creek watershed, to the man-made landscape we see today. (Learning) | WVP volunteers register here
Not a registered WVP volunteer? Register two months prior here
WVP Table: Keep It Great/The State of Lake Erie
Wed, Nov 7, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. @ The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Share knowledge about Lake Erie and how to get involved in keeping it great with WVP. You will work alongside WVP Coordinator Lisa Meranti at this public event. Select from past WVP outreach activities or come up with your own. More info about the event can be found at here. (Independent Project: Outreach) | WVP volunteers register here
WVP Link Up
Wed, Nov 14, 6 - 7:30 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center
Want to know how to up your watershed stewardship throughout Northeast Ohio? This is for those new to WVP, want to know more about the program, or want to meet fellow watershed stewards. Come out and link up with facts about the Watershed Volunteer Program that is designed to train citizen scientists through a variety of learning, restoration, and monitoring opportunities. Find out about the option to become a Certified Watershed Steward, how to use our online volunteer management system—Volgistics, and any other questions flowing through your mind. Open to new or veteran WVP volunteers. (Learning) | WVP volunteers register here
Work Session: Timberlane Restoration
Fri, Nov 16, 1 - 4 p.m. @ Timberlane Farm, Mill Stream Run Reservation
Help improve stream function at Timberlane Farm! We will install log grade control structures in Healey Creek that flows through the cutting bed area. Wear long sleeves, pants, and steady boots. Waders can be provided upon request. Prior log grade control experience preferred. Tools and instruction will be provided. (Restoration) | WVP volunteers register here
Monday MeetUp: Watershed Volunteer Program Potluck + Certified Watershed Steward Presentation*
Mon, Dec 10, 6 - 8 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation
Come celebrate a great year of the Watershed Volunteer Program! We will award the newest certified watershed stewards and the outstanding stewards of 2018. Review highlights from the year and brainstorm all the ways to make 2019 a watershed year for NEO watershed stewardship. We invite you to bring your favorite fall dish to share and a friend. (Learning) | WVP volunteers register here
Save the Date
Cuyahoga River Celebration*
Sat, June 22, 2019
The count down has begun to the celebration of the knowledge and stewardship that has come since the last fire on the Cuyahoga River on June 22, 1969. For a visual tour of the Cuyahoga then and now, click here.