2018 Events

January

Seed Cleaning Workshop

Tues, Jan 9, 6 - 8 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation, 2277 W. Ridgewood Drive Parma, OH

Help clean native seeds collected by Cleveland Metroparks volunteers, so that they can be used in future restoration projects throughout the parks. Species may include swamp and common milkweed, native asters, mountain mint, blue vervain, monkey flower, buttonbush and various grasses and sedges. (Restoration)

Annual Meeting: Rocky River Watershed Council

Wed, Jan 24, 6 p.m. @ Medina District Library, 210 S. Broadway, Medina

Attend the Rocky River Watershed Council Annual Meeting to learn from featured speakers, and report back to WVP what you learned. Your notes may appear in future Enews. Bring a friend; the meeting is open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. (Outreach- Supplemental) Registration not required. | Report hours here

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Randy Mitchell, Professor of Biology at the University of Akron - “Bumble Bees in Ohio”

Mel Hauser, Good Nature Organic Lawn Care - “Healthy Lawns for a Healthy Watershed”

Seed Cleaning Drop-in

Tues, Jan 30, 1 - 3:30 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation, 2277 W. Ridgewood Drive Parma, OH

Help clean native seeds collected by Cleveland Metroparks volunteers, so that they can be used in future restoration projects throughout the parks. Species may include swamp and common milkweed, native asters, mountain mint, blue vervain, monkey flower, buttonbush and various grasses and sedges. Limited to 23 volunteers. Come for part or whole time.(Restoration)

Supplemental Learning Events:

Check out these Cleveland Metroparks naturalist led programs to supplement WVP led programs. Registration not required. | Report your hours here

  • Life Under the Ice: Tues, Jan 2, 1 -2:30 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation (Learning)
  • Euclid Creaks: Wed, Jan 3, 10 -11:30 a.m. @ Highland Road Picnic Area, Euclid Creek Reservation (Learning)
  • Lower Mill Creeks: Sat, Jan 20, 1 -2 p.m. @ Aqueduct Trailhead, Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation (Learning)
  • Woodlands of Bedford: Sagamore Creek in Winter: Sat, Jan 27, 1 - 3:30 p.m. @ Alexander Bike Lot, Bedford Reservation (Learning)

February

Urban Watershed Solutions

Sun, Feb 4, 1 - 3 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation, 2277 W. Ridgewood Drive Parma, OH

Expand your urban watershed understanding with a guided tour of the Watershed Stewardship Center; including a giant map of the West Creek watershed and an augmented-reality sand table. Find out how to be the solution for urban watersheds at home or throughout NEO as a Watershed Volunteer Program Certified Watershed Steward. Best suited for teens and adults. Earn up to two continuing education contact hours. (Learning) | view photos from this event here

Monday MeetUp: LinkUp with Watershed Volunteer Program (Winter Orientation)

Mon, Feb 12, 6 - 7:30 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation, 2277 W. Ridgewood Drive Parma, OH

Join the Watershed Volunteer Program (WVP) to kick off the new year and the 2018 Monday MeetUp series! At this orientation, learn more about the WVP 2018 vision, how to link up with learning and service opportunities, and becoming a Certified Watershed Steward. Explore the exhibits at the Watershed Stewardship Center. Meet the WVP staff. Find out how to extend your watershed experience by linking up with NEO watershed groups. (Learning)

See highlights from the last Monday MeetUp of 2017 with this video (best viewed with Chrome or Firefox).

Invasive Plants: Beyond the Backyard

Wed, Feb 21, 6:30 - 8 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation, 2277 W. Ridgewood Drive Parma, OH

Learn why some plants are invasive and how Cleveland Metroparks manages them. Invasive Plant Coordinator Jennifer Hillmer will share stories of our worst weeds and how you can help control their spread. Preview the 2018 invasive removal schedule and explore possibilities of an invasive plant management independent project. (Restoration)

March

Entwined by Vines

Sat, Mar 3, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. @ Brookside Valley Event Site, Brookside Reservation

Learn about several native and nonnative, invasive vines. Join the removal effort of porcelain berry vines, so that our urban forests have a better chance to flourish. Work gloves and garden tools provided. Enjoy complimentary cocoa and chili. Be sure to dress for the weather. Limited to 15 WVP volunteers. (Supplemental: Restoration) | Registration here; report supplemental hours via Volgistics

Annual Meeting: Big Creek Watershed Balanced Growth Partnership*

Wed, Mar 7, 4- 6:30 p.m. @ Brooklyn Senior-Community Center, Brooklyn

Attend the 7th Annual Big Creek Watershed Balanced Growth Partnership Meeting and report back to WVP staff on what you learned. Dinner provided. (Supplemental: Outreach) Registration required by Mar 2 here. | Report supplemental hours via Volgistics

Stream Short Course/Stream 101: Morphology

Wed, Mar 7, 6 - 9 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation, 2277 W. Ridgewood Drive Parma, OH

Sign-up for a four-part course with EnviroScience’s Restoration Manager Joel Bingham to learn about stream morphology and classification, field assessments, data analysis, as well as restoration design and implementation. Open to 20 registered WVP volunteers able to attend all four sessions, able to walk on uneven terrain, and do some manual labor. Eligible for up to 14 continuing education contact hours. Light refreshments provided or BYODinner. Course dates: Wed, Mar 7 @ 6- 9 p.m.; Sun, Mar 11 & 18 @ 4-8 p.m.; Tues, Apr 10 @ 6- 9 p.m.; Sun, May 6 @ 4-8 p.m. | See flyer

This first course will introduce important fluvial geomorphology principles on a hike to several different stream types within West Creek Reservation. Presentations and discussions follow, reinforcing observations. Lastly, the group will work hands-on with the EmRiver stream table and augmented-reality sand table. (Learning) | Registration full

Friday Film: Poisoned Water*

Fri, Mar 9, 7 - 9 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation, 2277 W. Ridgewood Drive Parma, OH

This one-hour NOVA film investigates the public water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and leads us to question whether lead poisoning can occur from Cleveland’s drinking water. Learn about water chemistry and how Cleveland’s water measures up from Cleveland Division of Water, Chief of Public Affairs Dr. Jason Wood, and Water Quality Manager Scott Moegling. This program is open to the public and need not register. WVP volunteers get service hours if you register and sign in. (Learning) | WVP volunteers register here

Greenprint Basics Training*

Mon, Mar 12, 2:30 - 4 p.m. @ Garfield Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library -

The Cuyahoga County Greenprint is a set of web-based planning and mapping tools for reaching this sustainable balance. Current users include planners, service directors, city council members, and interested citizens. Educators are using it in the classroom for design and civics. Find out how you can use the County Greenprint to make your school, home, and community a place thriving with both business and nature.

Greenprint training sessions are open to all. Participants will learn how to use the mapping tool, access best practices, and create basic customized maps.(Supplemental: Learning) | Registration here; For service hours input supplemental hours via Volgistics

WVP/ Natural Resources Volgistics Open House

Thurs, Mar 15, 4 - 7 pm @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation

Cleveland Metroparks switched to a new volunteer management database program, called Volgistics. All active volunteers with an email address on file were sent instructions on how to access and use the system via email on the morning of March 1. If you do not get the email in your inbox or junk folder, please contact us at wvpinfo@clevelandmetroparks.com.

It is important that you try and use Volgistics soon. If you have any problems or need help, you can attend this Open House. Drop in anytime during these listed hours and we will assist you with a little hands-on coaching within Volgistics. This open house is only for those that need help; it is not mandatory or eligible for service hours. Please bring a laptop or tablet, if you have one. | No registration required.

Invasive Plants Removal: Garlic Mustard

Sun, Mar 18, 2 - 4 p.m. @ Lake Isaac Parking Lot, Big Creek Reservation

Learn about the ongoing natural resource management project at Lake Isaac and then chip in by pulling the invasive garlic mustard. Limited to 15 WVP volunteers. This program is open to the public and need not advance register. WVP volunteers get service hours if you register and sign in. (Restoration) | See photos here

Stream Short Course/Stream 102: Survey

Sun, Mar 11/18, 4 - 8 p.m.@ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation, 2277 W. Ridgewood Drive Parma, OH

Sign-up for a four-part course with EnviroScience’s Restoration Manager Joel Bingham to learn about stream morphology and classification, field assessments, data analysis, as well as restoration design and implementation. Open to 20 registered WVP volunteers able to attend all four sessions, able to walk on uneven terrain, and do some manual labor. Eligible for up to 14 continuing education contact hours. Light refreshments provided or BYODinner. Course dates: Wed, Mar 7 @ 6- 9 p.m.; Sun, Mar 11 or 18 @ 4-8 p.m.; Tues, Apr 10 @ 6- 9 p.m.; Sun, May 6 @ 4-8 p.m. | See flyer

The second course will have volunteers in streams of West Creek Reservation for exercises to identify and mark important morphologic features. This exercise will be followed by small group surveying of a stream reach, capturing elevation data along the streambed profile and cross sections. Lastly, the class will reconvene at the Stewardship Center for an introduction to data analysis. (Monitoring) | Registration full

Greenprint Advanced Training*

Tues, Mar 20, 2:30 - 4 p.m. @ Parma- Snow Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library

The Cuyahoga County Greenprint is a set of web-based planning and mapping tools for reaching this sustainable balance. Current users include planners, service directors, city council members, and interested citizens. Educators are using it in the classroom for design and civics. Find out how you can use the County Greenprint to make your school, home, and community a place thriving with both business and nature.

Greenprint advance training sessions are open to all with previous Greenprint experiencing. Participants will learn how to use the mapping tool, access best practices, and create basic customized maps. (Supplemental: Learning) | Report supplemental hours via Volgistics

Outreach @ World Water Day

Sat, Mar 24, 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation, 2277 W. Ridgewood Drive Parma, OH

Share your watershed knowledge and #NEOWaterSteward experience. We’re looking for a few watershed stewards to design and/or implement an interactive activity that helps kids and adults make a connection with watershed stewardship. This will also be an opportunity to recruit new WVP participants. Two to four hour shifts available. (Outreach) | WVP table needs filled; please join as a guest

Monday MeetUp: Measuring Up with Tinker's Creek & Euclid Creek + Certified Watershed Steward Presentation*

Mon, Mar 26, 6 - 8 p.m. @ Acacia Reservation clubhouse, 26899 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, OH

Water quality monitoring is essential to having a snapshot of watershed health and for prioritizing watershed restoration work - and it is a fun way to get out into the creek in 2018 and beyond. Learn about Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners and Friends of Euclid Creek's water quality monitoring program and how to get involved as a WVP Independent Project. At this training, you'll learn different ways a stream can be impacted in our urban watersheds and the monitoring protocol. Part of this training is hands on and outside, so be prepared to get wet! (Monitoring)

Invasive Plants Removal: Garlic Mustard

Tues, Mar 27, 9 a.m. - noon @ Worden’s Ledges, Hinckley Reservation, 895 Ledge Road, Hinckley, OH

Help the population of West Virginia White butterflies that are threatened by the increasing abundance of garlic mustard. Remove (with roots attached) young garlic mustard plants before the butterfly starts flying and laying eggs in early spring. This project requires that you identify garlic mustard before it starts flowering among a variety of native spring ephemerals. Come ready to carefully walk on uneven terrain among spring wildflowers with closed toe shoes, long sleeves, pants and gloves. Open to registered WVP volunteers only. (Restoration) | See Photo here

April

Invasive Plants Removal: Garlic Mustard

Sat, Apr 7, 9 a.m. - noon @ Worden’s Ledges, Hinckley Reservation, 895 Ledge Road, Hinckley, OH

Help the population of West Virginia White butterflies that are threatened by the increasing abundance of garlic mustard. Remove (with roots attached) young garlic mustard plants before the butterfly starts flying and laying eggs in early spring. This project requires that you identify garlic mustard before it starts flowering among a variety of native spring ephemerals. Come ready to carefully walk on uneven terrain among spring wildflowers with closed toe shoes, long sleeves, pants and gloves. Open to registered WVP volunteers only. (Restoration)

Stream Short Course/Stream 103: Analysis

Tues, Apr 10, 6 - 9 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation, 2277 W. Ridgewood Drive Parma, OH

Sign-up for a four-part course with EnviroScience’s Restoration Manager Joel Bingham to learn about stream morphology and classification, field assessments, data analysis, as well as restoration design and implementation. Open to 20 registered WVP volunteers able to attend all four sessions, able to walk on uneven terrain, and do some manual labor. Eligible for up to 14 continuing education contact hours. Light refreshments provided or BYODinner. Course dates: Wed, Mar 7 @ 6- 9 p.m.; Sun, Mar 18 @ 4-8 p.m.; Tues, Apr 10 @ 6- 9 p.m.; Sun, May 6 @ 4-8 p.m. | See flyer

This course will begin with exercises and discussions of data analysis, followed by data interpretation and impairment/instability recognition. The class will then assess a project reach for restoration potential and develop a restoration approach. Familiarity with Excel spreadsheets a plus, but not required. (Monitoring)

Brewing Good: Spring Restoration Refresher*

Fri, Apr 13, 1 - 4 p.m. @ Merwin's Wharf, 1785 Merwin Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

Be part of the spring restoration refresher around Merwin's Wharf and Scranton Flats. Opportunities include: work in the stormwater features (gardens) around Merwin's as well as invasive plant removal, waterside garbage removal, and native plantings at water's edge at Scranton Flats. Bonus, you will learn about the watershed stewardship significance of these projects. Add to the fun and join Great Lakes Brewing Company for a special volunteer appreciation happy hour event afterwards (details to be sent in reminder email). (Restoration)

Rain Garden Q & A*

Sun, Apr 15, 1 - 3 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation, 2277 W. Ridgewood Drive Parma, OH

Thinking about installing a rain garden or reviving the one you already have? Drop-by to ask an expert from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District the ins and outs of rain garden installation and maintenance. (Learning)

Invasive Plants Removal: Garlic Mustard*

Wed, Apr 18, 6 - 8 p.m. @ Hinckley Hills, Hinckley Reservation

Help protect native habitat by removing garlic mustard after learning about this invasive species and learning how to identify it. Come prepared to go off trail with closed toe shoes, long sleeves, pants and gloves. (Restoration) | see photos here

Outreach @ Cleveland State University

Thurs, Apr 19, 5 -9 p.m. @ Student Center, Cleveland State University

Connect CSU students to watershed stewardship at the campus Earth Day celebration (6- 8 p.m.) in the Student Center. You will be provided with WVP supplies and an engaging activity to share with students. Parking in garage next to the Student Center will be validated on site. Must pick up and drop off supplies at the Watershed Stewardship Center during week of the event as no staff will be attending. This is open to 2 WVP active volunteers. (Independent Project: Outreach)

Macroinvertebrate Monitoring: Chagrin River/City Nature Challenge

Fri, Apr 27, 10 a.m. - Noon @ North Chagrin Reservation

Take part in the 2018 City Nature Challenge (Apr 27-30) and the Ohio Wild and Scenic Rivers Program 50 Years celebration. Join Cleveland Metroparks Aquatic Research Coordinator, Claire Weldon to identify what is living in the scenic Chagrin River. Learn to seine (net) and identify the aquatic macroinvertebrates (insects) living in the river that are indicators of water quality. Observations will be reported in iNaturalist under the "Lower Lake Erie Region CSI" project. This event is weather-dependent. Rain date scheduled for Mon, Apr 30, 10 a.m. to noon. Open to 15 registered WVP volunteers. (Monitoring) | View photos here

Monday MeetUp: What's Up with Mill Creek*

Mon, Apr 30, 6 - 8 p.m. @ Highland Park Golf Course

Learn more about Mill Creek Watershed Partnership’s role in restoration work in Mill Creek during this walk and talk. Staff will speak about different restoration efforts completed at the Highland Park Golf Course and the partnerships that made them possible! Park in the overflow parking area south of the main parking area. (Learning) View photos here

Capturing the Cuyahoga*

Mon, Apr 30, 8 - 9 p.m. @ Highland Park Golf Course

Help tell the story of the Cuyahoga River by being part of the team that captures stories from people throughout NEO. In this training, you will learn how you can gather content for a book on the Cuyahoga and the people that contributed (or presently contribute) to decades of restoration. After this training, you will have the opportunity to capture interviews, quotes, and photos as a WVP Independent Project for our partners at Cuyahoga River Restoration. Participants will be credited in the print and digital versions of the book. If you are able, please bring your phone, goPro, tablet, or camera. (Independent Project: Outreach)

May

Invasive Plants Removal: Garlic Mustard*

Wed, May 2, 5 - 7 p.m. @ Brookside Meadow Ridge Picnic Area (rain date: Thurs, May 3, 5 – 7 p.m.)

Help protect native habitat by removing garlic mustard after learning about this invasive species and learning how to identify it. Come prepared to go off trail with closed toe shoes, long sleeves, pants and gloves. (Restoration)

Not a registered WVP volunteer? Register here for youth and adult

Seneca Show and Shovel

Fri, May 4, 4 - 7 p.m. @ Seneca Golf Course, 975 Valley Parkway, Broadview Heights, 44147- meet at North end of Parking Lot

Join us for a restoration style show and tell—show and shovel – to learn about and help maintain the green infrastructure at Seneca Golf Course. Green infrastructure helps to address stormwater challenges. Come see a demonstration of how one green infrastructure (permeable pavement) efficiency can be monitored with an infiltration test. Then grab a shovel to help with various maintenance projects such as removing invasive plants, spreading compost, and planting natives in the detention basin and wetlands. (Restoration)

WVP Independent Project refresher: WVP permeable pavement monitors, please join for a refresher on the infiltration test. Opportunities to join this Independent Project will be discussed.

Invasive Plants Removal: Garlic Mustard*

Sat, May 5, 1 - 3:30 p.m. @ Hinckley Hills, Hinckley Reservation

Help protect native habitat by removing garlic mustard after learning about this invasive species and learning how to identify it. Come prepared to go off trail with closed toe shoes, long sleeves, pants and gloves. (Restoration)

Not a registered WVP volunteer? Register here for Adult

Capturing the Cuyahoga*

Sun, May 6 @ 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center

Help tell the story of the Cuyahoga River by being part of the team that captures stories from people throughout NEO. In this training, you will learn how you can gather content for a book on the Cuyahoga and the people that contributed (or presently contribute) to decades of restoration. After this training, you will have the opportunity to capture interviews, quotes, and photos as a WVP Independent Project for our partners at Cuyahoga River Restoration. Participants will be credited in the print and digital versions of the book. If you are able, please bring your phone, goPro, tablet, or camera. (Independent Project: Outreach)

Stream Short Course/Stream 104: Restoration

Sun, May 6, 4 - 8 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation, 2277 W. Ridgewood Drive Parma, OH

Sign-up for a four-part course with EnviroScience’s Restoration Manager Joel Bingham to learn about stream morphology and classification, field assessments, data analysis, as well as restoration design and implementation. Open to 20 registered WVP volunteers able to attend all four sessions, able to walk on uneven terrain, and do some manual labor. Eligible for up to 14 continuing education contact hours. Light refreshments provided or BYODinner. Course dates: Wed, Mar 7 @ 6- 9 p.m.; Sun, Mar 18 @ 4-8 p.m.; Tues, Apr 10 @ 6- 9 p.m.; Sun, May 6 @ 4-8 p.m. | See flyer

This final course will have participants implementing their restoration approach on the project reach using natural materials to create natural grade controls within a primary headwater stream. The class will hear discussions on project layout, quantity calculations, etc. This course will require manual labor, cutting, measuring, hammering and lifting heavy objects as a team. (Restoration) | View photos here

Special Project: Rain Garden Maintenance Crew Leaders Needed

Wed, May 9, 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. @ Klusner Ave, Parma, OH 44134

Have experience with rain garden maintenance? Enjoy helping to create the next generation of watershed stewards? We are looking for a few experienced WVP volunteers to assist as rain garden maintenance crew leaders with some middle school students. More details will be provided the week prior. (Outreach)

Cleveland Water Open House*

Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. @ Garret A. Morgan Water Treatment Plant, 1245 W. 45th St, Cleveland, OH

Join Cleveland Water as they celebrate Drinking Water Week. They will be giving water treatment plant tours, showing water related demonstrations, providing hands-on exhibits, and have family fun & activities including food trucks! (Supplemental: Learning)

Environmental Policy and Outlook Conference*

Tues, May 15, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. @ Nationwide Farm Bureau 4H Center, Columbus, OH or via Webinar

Join The Ohio State University's Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Developmental Economics for this conferee. In the morning, speakers will be presenting on Water Quality: Pathways to Sustainability. After lunch, the topics will be in the category Energy: Economics and Policy of Renewables and Climate Change. To see the itinerary for the conference, click here. (Supplemental: Learning)

Chagrin River Watershed Partners' Annual Meeting*

Thurs, May 17, 4pm @ Orange Village Council Chamber, 4600 Lander Rd., Orange Village, OH

Attend Chagrin River Watershed Partners' (CRWP) Annual Meeting to learn about their work and report back to WVP what you discover. Your notes may appear in future Enews. (Supplemental: Outreach) | Send notes to wvpinfo@clevelandmetroparks.com.

Wildwood Park Wetland and Stream Cleanup*

Sat, May 19, 10 a.m. to noon @ Wildwood Park Shelter, E. 174th St. and Lakeshore Blvd, Cleveland, OH

Help with spring cleaning of Wildwood Park within Euclid Creek watershed. Clean up trash, remove invasive plants like Garlic Mustard, and assist with other maintenance activities in the wetland and streamside at the Wildwood Lacustrine Wetland. Dress for the weather wearing long sleeves, pants, boots or closed toe work shoes. Recommended to bring water and work gloves. Trash bags and tools will be provided. (Supplemental: Restoration) | Report supplemental hours via Volgistics

River Day*

Sat, May 19, Throughout Cuyahoga River watershed

Please join one of the many events within the Cuyahoga River watershed for River Day. Any of the service events such as tree plantings or stream-clean-ups will be eligible for WVP hours. (Supplemental: Restoration) |Report supplemental hours via Volgistics

Monday MeetUp: What's Up with Rocky River*

Mon, May 21, 6 - 8 p.m. @ Top O' Ledges Picnic Shelter, Hinckley Reservation

Find out how the volunteer-driven Rocky River Watershed Council (RRWC) is working to restore and protect the Rocky River watershed and its tributaries. Recent restoration projects and how data from their water quality monitoring program is utilized will be highlighted. Refreshments provided by RRWC. (Outreach)

Restoration Performance Assessment Training*

Mon, May 21, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. @ Nature Center Auditorium, North Chagrin Reservation

OR Tues, May 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. @ Old Woman Creek NERR Classroom, East Huron, OH

Chagrin River Watershed Partners (CRWP) received an Ohio Department of Natural Resources Coastal Management Assistance Grant to assess the performance of previously implemented stream and wetland restoration projects. For this project, CRWP visited fifteen previously completed stream and/or wetland restoration projects and assessed the degree to which each is functioning as designed using standardized protocols. Where projects were not functioning optimally, CRWP is working with communities and partners to identify remedies and funding sources.

CRWP is holding two half-day trainings to present the findings of these assessments and offer lessons learned for natural resource managers and other interested partners. These trainings will also highlight other restoration performance assessments conducted in northeast Ohio by conservation partners such as Cleveland Metroparks. (Supplemental: Learning) | WVP volunteers report supplemental hours via Volgistics.

Invasive Plants Removal: Garlic Mustard*

Thur, May 24, 6 - 8 p.m. @ Hemlock Creek Picnic Area, Bedford Reservation

Help native floodplain wildflowers thrive by removing garlic mustard. Learn how to identify garlic mustard and how to carefully remove it to reduce seed spread. Come prepared to carefully go off trail with closed toe shoes, long sleeves, and pants. Gloves will be provided. (Restoration) | Photos here

Training: Streambank Erosion Assessment

Thur, May 31, 6 - 8:30 pm @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation

Would you like to walk streams throughout Cleveland Metroparks with a purpose? More details at the stream assessment project page.

June

Rocky River Clean-Up & Lunch*

Sat, June 2, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. @ Scenic Park Picnic Shelter, Rocky River Reservation

Help make Rocky River cleaner and safer for all. Bring family and friends to pick up trash along the river banks. Immediately following clean-up activities return to the picnic shelter for a group photo and a "thank you" grilled lunch compliments of Rocky River Watershed Council and Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders. Trash bags and gloves are provided. Wear long sleeves, pants, and appropriate footwear for potentially dirty and muddy work conditions. This program is open to the public. WVP volunteers get service hours if you register and sign in. (Restoration) | WVP volunteers register here

Not a registered WVP volunteer? Register here for Adult or Under 18

Big Creek Clean-Up*

Sat, June 2, 9 a.m. - noon @ multiple locations

Help protect our local streams and Lake Erie by working together to clean up locations on Big Creek. Please come prepared to work with long sleeves, long pants, and work shoes. Refreshments, trash bags, and gloves will be provided. Children under 18 must have adult supervision. (Supplemental: Restoration) | Details here | Report supplemental hours via Volgistics

Lake Isaac Management Update*

Sun, June 3, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. @ Lake Isaac Parking Lot, Big Creek Reservation

Lake Isaac is undergoing big changes to manage invasive species that have colonized. Learn about the changes underway and walk through the natural resources management project with the project coordinator, Valerie Carter-Stone and Naturalist Joe Higgins. (Supplemental: Learning) | Report supplemental hours via Volgistics

Turtle Monitoring Workshop

Tues, June 5 @ 10 a.m. - noon @ CanalWay Center Parking Lot, Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation

Come meet Cleveland Metroparks turtle expert Owen Lockhart and learn about turtle monitoring and management methods throughout the park district. Get some hands-on field experience with different species of native and invasive turtles. We will be wading in the water, so come prepared with chest waders if you have them. This event is weather-dependent. Rain date scheduled for Thurs, June 7, 10 a.m. to noon. Open to 12 registered WVP volunteers. (Monitoring) WVP volunteers register here | To see photos from this event, click here

Streambank Erosion Assessment BEHI Field Day

Sat, June 9, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. @ Huntington Beach Reservation

Would you like to walk streams throughout Cleveland Metroparks with a purpose? (Independent Project: Monitoring) More details at the stream assessment project page.

Euclid Creek Monitoring Refresher Training/MeetUp

Sun, June 10, 11 a.m. @ Schaefer Park in Lyndhurst

Are you a WVP volutneer signed up for the Euclid Creek water quality monitoring independent project? (Independent Project: Monitoring) More details at the Euclid Creek project page.

Invasive Plants Removal:Various Species*

Wed, June 13, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. @ Brecksville Reservation

Help native plants and wildlife thrive by removing invasive plant such as cattail, vinca, reed canary grass. Learn how to identify a few common invasive plants and how to carefully remove them to reduce seed spread. Come prepared to carefully go off trail with closed toe shoes, long sleeves, and pants. Gloves will be provided. (Restoration)

Independent Project Training: Hydrilla Hunters

Thur, June 14, 6:30 - 8 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation

The Hydrilla Strike Team wants your help! Survey waterbodies for aquatic invasive plants throughout NEO. Observations will help detect and prevent the spread of invaders in our region. This training will provide the tools, identification materials, and reporting pathway. Limited to only registered WVP volunteers. (Monitoring)

Storm Drain Stenciling*

Sat, June 16, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. @ Cleveland Heights Community Center parking lot, 1 Monticello Blvd., Cleveland Heights

Come out and “paint the town” throughout Cleveland Heights. Mark curbs next to residential storm drains by stenciling the message “Lake Erie Starts Here” on pavement to help reduce contaminants flowing into Doan Brook and subsequently Lake Erie. You will have the opportunity to distribute information about the program to neighborhood residents. A stenciling demo and supplies will be provided. Rain date is Sun, June 17 at the same time. Individuals, families, and organizations are welcome to sign up. (Supplemental: Outreach) | Register with Doan Brook Watershed Partnership here | WVP report supplemental hours via Volgistics

Work Session: Streambank Erosion Assessment Cross Section

Sat, June 16, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. @ West Creek Reservation

Would you like to walk streams throughout Cleveland Metroparks with a purpose? (Independent Project: Monitoring) More details at the stream assessment project page.

Work Session: Planting in Strawberry Pond

Mon, June 18, 6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. @ Strawberry Picnic Area, North Chagrin Reservation

Join us to help Cleveland Metroparks install new native plants in Strawberry Pond within North Chagrin Reservation. We have waders to lend, but highly recommend bringing your own. Please bring a water bottle and come prepared to get muddy. Limited to 20 WVP volunteers. (Restoration)

Work Session: Streambank Assessment (BEHI)

Thurs, June 21, 6 - 8:00 p.m. @ Hinckley Reservation

Would you like to walk streams throughout Cleveland Metroparks with a purpose? (Monitoring) More details at the stream assessment project page.

Workshop: Earthworm

Sat, June 23, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. @ Harriet Keeler Memorial Picnic Area, Brecksville Reservation

Join us as we explore the lives of those overlooked ecosystem engineers, the earthworms! We will touch on their life history and habits, their behavior in the soil and how those factors affect our watersheds throughout Cleveland Metroparks and Northeast Ohio. Rain or shine, we will go meet them outside and take a peek at their versatile homes. Open to 18 registered WVP volunteers only. Eligible for up to 3 continuing education contact hours. (Learning) | View photos here, View the Earthworm PPT here

Click here for a webinar provided by The Stewardship Network to learn more about earthworm invasion in Northern forest ecosystems.

Monday MeetUp: What's Up with Bluestone Brooks + Certified Watershed Steward Presentation*

Mon, June 25, 6 - 8 p.m. @ Rear Quarry Picnic Area, Euclid Creek Reservation

The bluestone brooks cut through two levels of sandstone cliffs. The prehistoric bare-rock ecology was rich enough to support eagles, panthers and rattlesnakes. Come see the East Side's intriguing cliffs with our partners from Bluestone Heights. Light refreshments provided. Help us recognize the newest certified watershed stewards with a short presentation at the start of this event. (Learning) | View photos here

Work Session: Streambank Assessment (BEHI)

Thur, June 28, 6 - 8 p.m. @ Buzzard Roost Parking Lot, Hinckley Reservation

Would you like to walk streams throughout Cleveland Metroparks with a purpose? (Monitoring) More details at the stream assessment project page.

Work Session: Rain Gardening

Fri, June 29, 9 - 11 a.m. @ Klusner Avenue and W. Parkview Drive, Parma

Assist Cleveland Metroparks seasonal hydrologists in the community rain gardens within the West Creek watershed. Tools, gloves, and instructions provided. Open to 7 registered volunteers. (Restoration)

July

Work Session: Green Roof Gardening

Mon, July 2, 9 - 11 a.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation

Would you like to help with gardening one of the Watershed Stewardship Center's stormwater features—the green roof? Assist Cleveland Metroparks seasonal hydrologists as they care for the green roof and learn more about the roof's function in controlling stormwater runoff. Tools and instructions provided. Open to 2 registered WVP volunteers. (Restoration)

Work Session: RED, WHITE and BEHI (Streambank Assessment)

Wed, July 4, 1 - 4 p.m. @ Hinckley Reservation

Would you like to walk streams throughout Cleveland Metroparks with a purpose? (Monitoring) More details at the stream assessment project page.

Work Session: Streambank Assessment (Cross Section)

Sat, July 7, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. @ West Creek Reservation

Would you like to walk streams throughout Cleveland Metroparks with a purpose? (Monitoring) More details at the stream assessment project page.

Monday MeetUp: What’s up with Chagrin River Watershed Partners*

Mon, July 9, 6 - 8 p.m. @ North Chagrin Nature Center, North Chagrin Reservation

Learn more about Chagrin River Watershed Partners’ (CRWP) efforts to preserve and restore the Chagrin River watershed and beyond. Together, we will also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Ohio passing the nation’s first Scenic Rivers Act. CRWP will share information on upcoming workshops, events and volunteer opportunities. (Learning)

Workshop: Wood is Good!

Wed, July 11, 6 - 8 p.m. @ Hunting Valley Village Hall & Chagrin River, Chagrin Falls

Join us for a unique opportunity to learn from Biohabitats' Senior Restoration Ecologist why wood is so good for our streams and their aquatic residents. We will view wood-centric stream restoration projects from the Pacific Northwest and then visit a local example currently in construction on the Chagrin River. Open to 20 registered WVP volunteers. (Learning)

Work Session: Chagrin River Macroinvertebrate Monitoring

Thu, July 12, 10 a.m. - Noon @ Old River Farm Picnic Area, North Chagrin Reservation

Help measure the water quality of the Chagrin River as part of the Ohio Wild and Scenic Rivers Program 50th celebration. Learn to seine (net) and identify the aquatic macro-invertebrates (insects) living in the river that are indicators of water quality with Cleveland Metroparks Aquatic Research Coordinator, Claire Weldon. This event is weather-dependent. This is rain date from June 27. Open to 15 registered WVP volunteers. (Monitoring)

Training: Water Sampling for Kent State Researchers

Tue, July 17, 6 - 8:00 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation

Be part of a research project with Kent State University! All hands on deck to help gather water samples at stormwater practices around the Watershed Stewardship Center. The samples will help collect valuable data on the impacts of our management actions. Kent State professors will train us on how to gather samples and record meaningful observations. The more samples that are gathered, the better data Kent State will have to interpret results. Once you are trained, you will do this work as an Independent Project. (Monitoring)

Day in the Life of the Rocky River*

Sat, July 21, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. @ Big Cedar Point Picnic Area, Rocky River Reservation

Be part of the crew to make this day come to life! Help with set up, clean up, welcoming guest, parking, and programming. WVP volunteers will receive WVP service hours. (Outreach)

Be a participant! Spend a day exploring the life of the Rocky River. Find out what lives in and around the river, the watershed geology, and ways to be a #NEOwatersteward. Join for all or some of the family-friendly hikes, games, and demonstrations. This event is offered in partnership with Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Volunteer Program, Rocky River Watershed Council, and Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. Attendance is not eligible for WVP service hours. More event details on www.clevelandmetroparks.com and the Facebook event page.

EVENT PHOTOS HERE

Work Session: Invasive Plants Removal - Yellow Floating Heart

Thu, July 26, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. @ South Chagrin Reservation

Like mud and pond smell? Want to help native aquatic plants and wildlife thrive? Then grab some chest waders and join to help remove invasive yellow floating heart from a pond in South Chagrin Reservation. Learn how to identify this aquatic invasive and how to carefully remove it. Come prepared to get muddy and smelly. Chest waders available to borrow. Limited to 4 WVP volunteers only. (Restoration)

Work Session: Rain Gardening

Sun, July 29, 6 - 8 p.m. @ North Chagrin Nature Center, North Chagrin Reservation

Assist Cleveland Metroparks seasonal hydrologists in the rain gardens and bioswale at around North Chagrin Nature Center. Tools, gloves, and instructions provided. Open to 7 registered volunteers. (Restoration)

August

Work Session: Streambank Assessment (Cross Section)

Thu, Aug 2, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. @ Beechers Brook, Wilson Mills Trailhead, North Chagrin Reservation

Would you like to walk streams throughout Cleveland Metroparks with a purpose? (Monitoring) More details at the stream assessment project page.

Work Session: Rain Gardening

Fri, Aug 3, 9 - 11:30 a.m. @ Klusner Avenue and W. Parkview Drive, Parma

Assist Cleveland Metroparks seasonal hydrologists in the community rain gardens within the West Creek watershed. Tools, gloves, and instructions provided. Open to 7 registered volunteers. (Restoration)

Work Session: Streambank Assessment (BEHI)

Wed, Aug 8, 6 - 8 p.m. @ Buzzard Roost Parking Lot, Hinckley Reservation

Would you like to walk streams throughout Cleveland Metroparks with a purpose? (Monitoring) More details at the stream assessment project page.

Workshop: Streamside Scientist*

Thu, Aug 9, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation

Checking the chemical parameters of a stream allow us to determine the quality of the water. But what do each of those parameters actually mean? How do they impact one another? Join Naturalist Matt Knittel as we explore the chemical parameters of water quality analysis in this indoor program. (Learning)

Monday MeetUp: What’s up with Arcola Creek*

Mon, Aug 13, 6 - 8 p.m. @ Madison Village Cemetery, River Street, Madison, OH (1/4 mile North of Interstate 90)

Explore the world of watershed planning with a tour in Lake County’s Arcola Creek Watershed. We will check out stormwater infiltration practices that also beautify Madison Village, the Madison Village Cemetery stream restoration, and finish up at one of Ohio’s Lake Erie freshwater estuaries. Light refreshments will be provided at the event start. Bring a picnic for dinner on the beach at sunset.

Option to carpool via Cleveland Metropark shuttle from West Creek Reservation in Parma; email wvpinfo@clevelandmetroparks.com, if you would like to ride on the shuttle. (Learning) | CANCELLED, looking to reschedule in fall of 2019

Just One Word...PLASTICS*

Tue, Aug 14, 6:15 - 8:30 p.m. @ Beachwood Community Center, 25325 Fairmount Blvd. Beachwood, OH

Join Friends of Euclid Creek and partners for an evening of desserts and discussion about plastics in our Northeast Ohio watersheds and what you can do to help. Cuyahoga County Council Member Sunny Simon will open with a discussion about the Council’s proposed plastic and paper bag fee. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Sherri Mason, Chair of Geology & Environmental Sciences, & Professor of Chemistry @ SUNY Fredonia discussing the perils of plastics. (Supplemental: Learning) | Register with Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District by Aug 7 here | WVP volunteers report supplemental hours via Volgistics

Work Session: Streambank Assessment (Cross Section)

Wed, Aug 15, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. @ Beechers Brook, Wilson Mills Trailhead, North Chagrin Reservation

Would you like to walk streams throughout Cleveland Metroparks with a purpose? (Monitoring) More details at the stream assessment project page.

WVP Table: Backyard Nature Bash

Sat, Aug 18, various shift options @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation

Join naturalists and natural resource specialists to share knowledge about local biodiversity and how to increase it in own backyards at the WVP outreach table. You can select from past WVP outreach activities or come up with your own by August 8. More info about the event can be found at Cleveland Metroparks event calendar here. (Independent Project: Outreach) | WVP volunteers register here for the shift that works best for you- 11 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., 1 - 3:15 p.m., 2:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Work Session: Rain Gardening

Tue, Aug 21, 9 a.m. - noon @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation

Assist Cleveland Metroparks seasonal hydrologists in the rain gardens and bioretention cell around the Watershed Stewardship Center. Tools, gloves, and instructions provided. (Restoration)

Work Session: Streambank Assessment (BEHI)

Wed, Aug 22, 6 - 8 p.m. @ Buzzard Roost Parking Lot, Hinckley Reservation

Would you like to walk streams throughout Cleveland Metroparks with a purpose? (Monitoring) | More details at the stream assessment project page.

Bus Trip: In Your Wildest Streams*

Sat, Aug 25, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation

Visit one of the most biologically diverse streams east of the Mississippi - French Creek in Meadville, PA. It is home to 27 species of mussels, 80 species of fish, and America’s largest salamander – the eastern hellbender. Get an up-close look at the stream and its amazing biodiversity. Open to adults and youth 16 and over with adult. Meet the bus at Watershed Stewardship Center. Fee is $68 includes transportation, lunch, and snacks. (Supplemental: Learning) | Registration is now closed | WVP volunteers report supplemental hours via Volgistics

WVP Table: Our Great Lake

Sun, Aug 26, 12 - 4:30 p.m. @ Wildwood Marina, Euclid Creek Reservation

Share knowledge about Lake Erie and how to get involved in keeping it great with WVP. You can select from past WVP outreach activities or come up with your own by August 8. More info about the event can be found at Cleveland Metroparks event calendar here. (Independent Project: Outreach)

Work Session: Invasive Plants Removal - Buckthorn

Tue, Aug 28, 1 - 3:30 p.m. @ South Chagrin Reservation

Do you want to help make our forests more resilient to future climate change? We need many hands to help reduce young native tree seedling competition by eliminating invasive woody species. Help remove invasive Glossy Buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula) from the study site by cutting with hand tools and moving debris for later chipping. Come prepared to get deep into the woods with long pants and sleeves as well as sturdy, waterproof boots. Instruction and hand tools provided. For more information on Glossy Buckthorn, click here. (Restoration)

September

Work Session: Rain Gardening

Thu, Sept 6 , 6 - 8 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation

Assist Cleveland Metroparks seasonal hydrologists in the rain gardens and bioretention cell around the Watershed Stewardship Center. Tools, gloves, and instructions provided. (Restoration)

The Great Lake Erie Boat Float*

Sat, Sept 8, 10 a.m. @ Edgewater Beach, Lakefront Reservation

This is unique event to raise awareness about the impacts of plastics on watersheds. Form a team of WVP stewards to design and race a boat in the Great Lake Erie Boat Float. (Supplemental: Outreach)

WVP Table: Richmond Heights Nature Fall Festival

Sat, Sept 8, 10 a.m. – 5: 30 p.m. @ Greenwood Farm, 264 Richmond Road, Richmond Hts.

Join Friends of Euclid Creek to connect residents to nature in and around Euclid Creek at the WVP outreach table. You can select from past WVP outreach activities or come up with your own by August 29. Event details here. (Independent Project: Outreach)

Work Session: Bioretention Planting*

Mon, Sept 10, 9:15 a.m. – Noon @ Wolf Picnic Area, Huntington Reservation

Help us complete this new stormwater project by installing native plants in a bioretention cell. We will also demonstrate an infiltration test on the permeable pavers. Come dress for any weather and mud with steady, closed toe shoes. (Restoration) | See photos here

Work Session: Invasive Plants Removal - Woody Species

Thu, Sept 13, 9:30 a.m. - noon @ South Chagrin Reservation

Do you want to help make our forests more resilient to future climate change? Help reduce young native tree seedling competition by eliminating invasive woody species. We will use hand tools to cut the vegetation and move debris for later chipping. Come prepared to get deep into the woods with long pants and sleeves as well as sturdy, waterproof boots. Instruction and hand tools provided. (Restoration) | See photos here

WVP Table: Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Open House and Clean Water Fest

Sat, Sept 15, 8 a.m. - 4: 30 p.m. @ NEORSD Environmental & Maintenance Services Center, 4747 East 49th Street, Cuyahoga Heights, OH

Join regional watershed stewards for NEORSD Open House fun, learning, and play. Share your knowledge and love for water at the WVP outreach table. You can select from past WVP outreach activities or come up with your own by August 29. More info about the event can be found at NEORSD website here. (Independent Project: Outreach) | WVP volunteers register here for the shift that works best for you- 8 - 11 a.m., 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., 1 - 4:30 p.m.

Storm Drain Stenciling*

Sat, Sept 15, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. @ Cleveland Heights Community Center parking lot, 1 Monticello Blvd., Cleveland Heights

Come out and “paint the town” throughout Cleveland Heights. Mark curbs next to residential storm drains by stenciling the message “Lake Erie Starts Here” on pavement to help reduce contaminants flowing into Doan Brook and subsequently Lake Erie. You will have the opportunity to distribute information about the program to neighborhood residents. A stenciling demo and supplies will be provided. Rain date is Sun, Sept 16 at the same time. Individuals, families, and organizations are welcome to sign up. (Supplemental: Outreach) | Register with Doan Brook Watershed Partnership here | WVP report supplemental hours via Volgistics

Monday MeetUp: What’s up with Doan Brook + Certified Watershed Steward Presentation*

Mon, Sept 17, 6 - 8 p.m. @ Lower Shaker Lake - corner of Brook Rd. and South Park Blvd, Shaker Lakes, OH

The Doan Brook Watershed (DBW) has a long history of DIY citizen activism, including the Underground Railroad, the Freeway Fight, the Shakers, J.D. Rockefeller and now watershed citizen volunteers. Meet up at "Lovers Lane Bridge" to learn, walk and work. DBW Partnership staff will share Doan Brook's rich history and then we will work with Friends of Lower Lake to remove invasive vegetation and plant natives. (Learning)

Check out some historic and not-so-historic photos here.

Work Session: Rain Gardening

Tues, Sept, 18, 6 - 8 p.m. @ Klusner Avenue and W. Parkview Drive, Parma

Assist Cleveland Metroparks seasonal hydrologists in the community rain gardens within the West Creek watershed. Tools, gloves, and instructions provided. (Restoration)

Work Session: Streamside Tree Planting*

Tues, Sept 25, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. @ Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Plant trees along Abram Creek at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport with Rocky River Watershed Council. Get an up-close look at the Abram Creek outlet structure from under the runway! Meet at the bottom of Cedar Point Rd. east of Aerospace Parkway (basically, when you get to the NASA security gate at the corner of Cedar Point Rd. and Aerospace Parkway, turn right and follow Cedar Point Rd. down the hill - look for the signs). Visit tinyurl.com/abramcreek for a Google Map. (Supplemental: Restoration) | Open to all-- Details and registration here | WVP volunteers are eligible to get WVP service hours | Report supplemental hours via Volgistics

Training: Water Sampling for Kent State Researchers

Tue, Sept 25, 6 - 7:30 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation

Be part of a research project with Kent State University! Help gather water samples at stormwater management features around the Watershed Stewardship Center, particularly during storm events. The samples will help collect valuable data on the impacts of our management actions. You will be trained on how to gather samples and record meaningful observations. The more samples that are gathered, the better data Kent State will have to interpret results. Once you are trained, you will do this work as an Independent Project. (Monitoring)

Work Session: Chagrin River Macroinvertebrate Monitoring

Wed, Sept 26, 10 a.m. - Noon @ Old River Farm Picnic Area, North Chagrin Reservation

Help measure the water quality of the Chagrin River as part of the Ohio Wild and Scenic Rivers Program 50th celebration. Learn to seine (net) and identify the aquatic macro-invertebrates (insects) living in the river that are indicators of water quality with Cleveland Metroparks Aquatic Research Coordinator, Claire Weldon. This event is weather-dependent. Rain date scheduled for following Fri, Sept 28, 10 a.m. to noon. Open to 15 registered WVP volunteers. (Monitoring)

Work Session: Streambank Assessment (BEHI)

Thu, Sept 27, 9 a.m. - Noon @ Buzzard Roost Parking Lot, Hinckley Reservation

Would you like to walk streams throughout Cleveland Metroparks with a purpose? (Monitoring) | More details at the stream assessment project page.

Work Session: Euclid Creek Cleanup*

Fri, Sept 28, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. @ Quarry Picnic Area, Euclid Creek Reservation

Join a WVP Certified Watershed Steward who has taken initiative to organize Euclid Creek watershed cleanups in partnership with Cuyahoga County Soil & Water Conservation District. Meet at the Quarry Picnic Area to remove trash throughout the area before it flows downstream. Closed toed sturdy shoes are required and long pants and sleeves are highly recommended. Bring a water bottle and snack. We will work on uneven terrain rain or shine. (Restoration)

October

Monday MeetUp: What’s up with West Creek*

Mon, Oct 1, 6 - 8 p.m. @ Restoration site, park at 7800 Broadview Rd, Parma, OH

Learn firsthand about West Creek Conservancy's restoration work in the West Creek watershed as well as their conservation and urban land reclamation role within Greater Cleveland. Conservancy staff will speak briefly about restoration work throughout the watershed and then we will all assist in the work by planting native vegetation. (Learning)

Work Session: Tree Planting

Wed, Oct 3, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. @ Big Creek Reservation

Meet up with Cleveland Metroparks staff and fellow volunteers for a Big Creek tree planting. Park and meet at the intersections of Snow Road and Big Creek Parkway. Tool and instruction provided. Best to have prior experience planting trees. (Restoration) | See photos here

Work Session: Lion, Tigers and Stream Restoration

Thu, Oct 4, 5 - 7 p.m. @ Timberlane Farm, Mill Stream Run Reservation

It's a floodplain trifecta! Help us install willow and dogwood cutting beds that will improve the vegetation of the Healey Creek floodplain as well as provide material for future bioengineering projects AND browse for animals at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. We will also install log grade control structures in a small stream that flows through the cutting bed area. This will improve stream function and naturally water the cutting beds. Wear long sleeves, pants, and steady boots. Tools and instruction will be provided. (Restoration)

Work Session: Tree Planting

Sat, Oct 6, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. @ Big Creek Reservation

Meet up with Cleveland Metroparks staff and fellow volunteers for a Big Creek tree planting. Park and meet at Memphis Picnic Area. Tool and instruction provided. Best to have prior experience planting trees. (Restoration) | See photos here

WVP Table: Watershed Festival hosted by Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners

Sat, Oct 13, 12-3 p.m. @ Twinsburg Community Center

Join the Tinker's Creek Watershed Festival to connect residents to the wonders of water in and around Tinker's Creek at the WVP outreach table. You can select from past WVP outreach activities or come up with your own by October 1. (Independent Project: Outreach)

Workshop: Native Seed Collection

Mon, Oct 15, 4:30 - 7 p.m. @ Acacia Reservation

Learn the ins and outs of collecting native seeds for use in future restoration projects throughout Cleveland Metroparks. All WVP volunteers are 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) | See photos here

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)

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) | 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) | See photos here

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.

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) | See photos here

November

Work Session: Mirror Valley Bioengineering & Log Ramp Installation

Fri, Nov 2, 1 - 4 p.m. @ Lower Whipps, Hinckley Reservation

Help improve stream function at Mirror Valley! We will install native plants and log grade control structures. Wear long sleeves, pants, and steady boots. Prior log grade control experience preferred. Tools and instruction will be provided. (Restoration)

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) | Photos 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)

Workshop: Native Seed Collection (DATE CHANGED)

Thu, Nov 8, 1 - 3:30 p.m. @ Keystone Shelter, West Creek 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)

Supplemental Event: Tree Planting

Tue, Nov 13, 12 - 2 p.m. @ Garfield Park Reservation

Help plant some trees with the next generation of watershed stewards. Join our partners at West Creek Conservancy as they lead a tree planting with Garfield Heights students. (Supplemental: Outreach) | WVP volunteers that attend can submit supplemental hours under (S:O) Watershed Partner Event Support

WVP LinkUp*

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)

Supplemental Event: Landscaper Workshop*

Thu, Nov 15 @ 1:30 - 4 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation

A workshop for those interested in learning more about how to design, install, and maintain residential stormwater runoff reduction practices. This workshop is designed for professional landscapers, but open to WVP volunteers interested in taking a leadership role with installation and maintenance of community stormwater control measures. (Supplemental: Learning) | More details here | WVP volunteers that attend can submit supplemental hours under (S:L) Conference/Symposium/Workshop/Webinar/Tour

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) | See photos here

Work Session: Biorentention Planting-- CANCELLED

Tue, Nov 20, 1 - 4 p.m. @ North Chagrin Nature Center, North Chagrin Reservation

Come join us for a fall clean up and planting of our bioretention cells at North Chagrin Nature Center. These cells filter stormwater runoff from the parking lot. We will be weeding the cells and planting native plants. This event is weather dependent, if it is snowing we will reschedule for the spring. Tools and instruction will be provided. (Restoration) | CANCELLED

Supplemental Event: Streamside Scientist Along Big Creek*

Sat, Nov 24, 1 - 2 p.m. @ Brookside Reservation

Have you ever wondered about that stream that flows through the zoo? Use your scientist's skills with Naturalist Matt Knittel to determine the health of Big Creek as it flows through Brookside Reservation. (Supplemental: Learning) | Details here | WVP volunteers that attend can submit supplemental hours under (S:L) Conference/Symposium/Workshop/Webinar/Tour

December

Supplemental Event: Plastics & Lake Erie*

Tue, Dec 4, 7 p.m. @ Rocky River Library

Join for this public forum on plastics in Lake Erie. It will be moderated by Elizabeth Miller, Environmental Reporter, Ideastream with the following panelists: Jill Bartolotta, Extension Educator, Ohio Sea Grant College Program; Crystal M. C. Davis, Policy Director, Alliance for the Great Lakes; and Erin D. Huber, Executive Director & Founder Drink Local Drink Tap. (Supplemental: Learning) | Details here | WVP volunteers that attend can submit supplemental hours under (S:L) Conference/Symposium/Workshop/Webinar/Tour

Supplemental Event: Euclid Creek Watershed Plan Open House*

Thu, Dec 6, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. @ Mayfield Library

Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District is updating the watershed management plan for the Euclid Creek watershed. The plan, called a Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategy (NPS-IS for short) will formally identify causes and sources of water quality and habitat degradation in the watershed and recommend overall strategies and specific projects to address these issues. The purpose of this open house is to both explain the process to the community, and to gather information and ideas from the community about the watershed. (Supplemental: Outreach) | Details here | WVP volunteers that attend can submit supplemental hours under (S:O) Watershed Partner Event Support

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. Together, we will 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 guests. (Learning) | View photos and slides here

Supplemental Event: Webinar Review*

Thu, Dec 13, 12 - 1:30 p.m. @ Online

We are seeking WVP volunteers to participate and review this webinar for future use by WVP staff and volunteers. The webinar 'Planning for Climate Change and Stormwater Resiliency' will provide an overview of the problem and will summarize regional and local efforts to respond to more frequent and intense storm events in the mid-Atlantic. In addition, participants will be introduced to the Climate Resilience Toolkit developed by the University of North Carolina and hear about two local case studies – the City of Baltimore and the City of Norfolk. (Supplemental: Learning) | Details here | WVP volunteers that participate can submit supplemental hours under (S:L) Conference/Symposium/Workshop/Webinar/Tour; review form here