Independent Project: WVP Outreach Table @ Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Sat, Jan 4, 5 - 10 p.m. @ The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Share knowledge about Northeast Ohio watersheds and how to get involved with watershed stewardship. You will work alongside Cleveland Metroparks staff at this public event. Connect with others about your #NEOWaterSteward experience, through a WVP outreach display, and about opportunities with WVP. More info about the event can be found here. (Independent Project: Outreach) | WVP volunteers that participate can submit independent hours under (IP:O) WVP Table.
Monday MeetUp: Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District*
Mon, Jan 6, 6 - 7:30 p.m. @ CCSWD office, Garfield Heights, OH
The Solid Waste District is the leading resource in Cuyahoga County helping people to rot (compost), reduce, reuse and recycle at home and at work. Education Specialist Carin Miller will give an interactive presentation that tells the story of our trash and how we can help reduce the environmental impact of waste throughout NEO watersheds. You’ll learn best practices for how to be sustainable and what you can do to make a meaningful difference right in your community. (Learning) | Photos here. Visit https://www.cuyahogarecycles.org for answers to all your recycling & waste disposal questions.
Urban Watershed 101 Lunch & Learn*
Wed, Jan 15, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation
Bring your lunch and 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 Watershed Steward. Best suited for teens and adults. Earn up to two continuing education contact hours. (Learning) | View event photos and presentation here.
Work Session: Seed Cleaning & Germination Preparation
Tue, Jan 21, 6 - 8 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation
Help clean and germinate native seeds collected by Cleveland Metroparks volunteers to be used in future restoration projects throughout the parks. Come prepared to work inside and get your hands dirty. (Restoration) | View event photos here.
Supplemental Event: Ohio Sea Grant Series: Plastic Pollution*
Wed, Jan 29, 6 - 7:30 p.m. @ Tri-C Westshore Campus, Westlake, OH
Unprecedented use of plastics is resulting in significant global impacts to human health and safety, wildlife and the environment. Of increasing concern are microscopic pieces of plastic known as microplastics. Join Jill Bartolotta, Expansion Educator for the Ohio Sea Grant College Program, as she explains the impact of plastic pollution on the Great Lakes and those who call them home. | WVP volunteers that attended can submit supplemental hours under (S:L) Conference/Symposium/Workshop/Webinar/Tour.
Monday MeetUp: Alliance for the Great Lakes*
Mon, Feb 3, 6 - 7:30 p.m. @ Canalway Center, Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
The Alliance for the Great Lakes is a regional organization dedicated to the protection of the Great Lakes for today and tomorrow. Come learn what the Alliance offers, including a beach clean-up program, an Ambassador program, and numerous ways to weigh in on policy for volunteers of all ages. (Learning) | View event photos and presentation here.
Supplemental Event: Master RAIN Gardener 5-Week Online Course
Mon, Feb 3 - Fri, Mar 20 @ online
Rain gardens work with nature to collect and filter rainwater that runs off impervious surfaces like rooftops and driveways. In this Master Rain Gardener Program, experienced instructors provide customized feedback which will enable you to design and install a rain garden. Topics will include site assessment, soil analysis, design, construction, plant selection, mulching, and maintenance. This 5-week course is open to residents of Northeast Ohio and includes an optional field trip on Sat, Mar 21. The online course consists of recorded webinars that can be watched at your convenience within the course timeline, allowing for more flexibility for those who are unable to attend the in-person classes. Graduates of the course will receive a certificate, Master Rain Gardener T-shirt, and yard sign upon course completion. (Supplemental: Learning) | View additional 2020 course dates with our partners here. WVP volunteers that attend can submit supplemental hours under (S:L) Conference/Symposium/Workshop/Webinar/Tour.
Supplemental Event: FrogWatch*
Fri, Feb 7, 6 - 7:30 p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation
Have a love of frogs? Come learn how fun frog monitoring can be. This introductory training will give you the tools to identify frogs in our region. Learn to listen for their calls and help us gauge the health of West Creek’s amphibian populations through citizen science. | WVP volunteers that attend can submit supplemental hours under (S:L) Conference/Symposium/Workshop/Webinar/Tour.
KSU Lab Tour & Appreciation Lunch
Mon, Feb 10, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. @ Kent State University
This gathering is for those that participated in the green infrastructure study at the Watershed Stewardship Center in partnership with Kent State University. We will follow a water sample on its journey to becoming data. Tour the lab, see how the samples are prepared for various analyses, and explore the analytical machines. Following the tour will be an appreciation lunch and opportunity to hear preliminary data statistics and how WVP contributed to the study. (Learning) | View event photos here.
Work Session: Monitoring along Rocky River
Wed, Feb 12, 1 - 2:30 p.m. @ Bonnie Park, Mill Stream Run Reservation
Come get your hands wet (we will have hand-warmers for you) to collect some water quality data of Rocky River above and below the existing dam. The dam will be removed in spring 2020, and we would like to get a snapshot of water quality before and after the dam is removed. The dam removal and other restoration efforts around Bonnie Park are aimed at improving the water quality and overall health of the ecosystem. (Monitoring) | View event photos here.