WVP Upcoming Events

June

Primary Events


(R) Work Session: Invasive Plant Removal
Wed, Jun 29, 5:30 - 8 p.m. @ Lake Isaac, Big Creek Reservation
Help restore the native vegetation of this wetland complex. Join CMP Natural Resources Manager Val Carter-Stone to remove non-native, invasive cattail and phragmites. This will release the native wetland plants within the Fowles Marsh wetland complex. Water-proof boots are needed and some can be provided by contacting us before noon on the day of the session. Best to wear long sleeves to project your arms from sun and scratches. Tools and instruction will be provided. (Restoration) | WVP volunteers register here.

July

Primary Events

(R) Work Session: Green Infrastructure Maintenance*

Sat, July 2, 9 - 11 a.m. @ Wolf Picnic Area, Huntington Reservation

Spend a few hours with fellow WVPers to lend a hand at the Wolf Picnic Area parking lot bioswales. Help keep these green infrastructures well maintained so they can help improve water quality and habitat. This session will be led by Stream Restoration Ecologist Elizabeth Hiser. Bring your water, work gloves and tools (hand trowel or shovel). Some tools will be provided. (Restoration) | WVP volunteers register here.

(M) Training/Work Session: Green Infrastructure Monitoring + Maintenance

Thu, Jul 7, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. @ Wildwood Park, Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Stream Restoration Ecologist Elizabeth Hiser to learn about green infrastructure monitoring and assist with maintenance. Help make a lasting impact on improving water quality and habitat. Learn about how to monitor permeable pavement throughout NEO as a WVP independent project as Elizabeth will lead a demonstration. There may also be opportunities to weed, mulch, or plant native vegetation. Bring your work gloves and tools (hand trowel or shovel). Some tools will be provided. (Monitoring) | WVP volunteers register here.

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.

(L) Orientation: LinkUp with Watershed Volunteer Program*

Mon, Jul 11, 6- 8 p.m. and Sat, Jul 23, 10 - noon @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation

Not a watershed steward? This session is for those looking to start with the Watershed Volunteer Program (WVP) as a registered Cleveland Metroparks volunteer. Come learn about the various learning and service opportunities through the program, how to become a Certified Watershed Steward, and ways to get involved in special/independent projects. There will be a green infrastructure tour of the Watershed Stewardship Center, a presentation on how to link up with WVP, and time to connect with fellow stewards and staff. Bring questions you have flowing through your mind about WVP. These will be duplicate sessions, please sign up for the one that fits your schedule best.

  • Cleveland Metroparks volunteers register here.

  • Register here if not already a Cleveland Metroparks volunteer.


Who should attend: For those looking for more information before applying to WVP. After attending, you will receive additional information on how to become a Cleveland Metroparks WVP volunteer. If you are unable to attend one of these LinkUp sessions, a virtual LinkUp session is available for viewing.


Can't wait to learn more? Here is an intro video to check out before we link up.

(M) Training: Chagrin River Macroinvertebrate Monitoring

Wed, July 13, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. @ 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. 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. Rain date is Fri, July 15 at the same time. (Monitoring) | WVP volunteers register here.


(R) Work Session: Invasive Plant Removal

Fri, Jul 15, 5:30 - 8 p.m. @ Lake Isaac, Big Creek Reservation

Help restore the native vegetation of this wetland complex. Join CMP Natural Resources Manager Val Carter-Stone to remove non-native, invasive cattail and phragmites. This will release the native wetland plants within the Fowles Marsh wetland complex. Water-proof boots are needed and some can be provided by contacting us before noon day of the session. Best to wear long sleeves to project your arms from sun and scratches. Tools and instruction will be provided. (Restoration) | WVP volunteers register here.

(L) Talk: Dragonfly Monitoring

Sun, July 17, 10 -11:30 a.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation

Dragonfly Pond Watch is a Community Science program that studies and reports on the movements of the five major migratory dragonfly species native to north America. Join Naturalist Peter Frank to learn the tips, tricks, and tools you'll need to study one of America's yearly migrations! Rain date is Sun, Jul 24 at the same time. (Learning) | WVP volunteers register here.


(M) Training: Bank Erosion Hazard Index (BEHI)

Mon, Jul 18, 10 a.m. - noon @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation
Get a refresher course, or learn for the first time, about the BEHI assessment. Stream Restoration Ecologist Elizabeth Hiser will lead a training on how to assess streambank erosion using BEHI assessment methodology. BEHI looks at several streambank characteristics to determine the erosion potential: bank angle or undercutting, geologic layers, root structures within the bank, and more. (Monitoring) | WVP volunteers register here.


(L) Monday MeetUp: Medina County Parks Watershed Approach

Mon, Jul 25, 6 - 8 p.m. @ Lake Chippewa, Medina
Connect and learn how Medina County Parks District approaches watershed challenges and opportunities at this walk and talk. With Natural Resources Manager Jim Spetz, we will explore how watersheds function, the impacts of development and impervious surfaces on stormwater moving through the system. The role of native plants in the ecosystem, as well as the functional role they play in a healthy watershed will also be discussed. Conversely, we'll talk about the impact of invasive plants, and how we all can contribute to healthier ecosystems and our individual watersheds. (Learning) | WVP volunteers register here.

(R) Work Session: Invasive Plant Removal

Thu, Jul 28, 5:30 - 8 p.m. @ Polaris Career Center, Big Creek Reservation
Help restore the native vegetation of this wetland complex. Join CMP Natural Resources Manager Val Carter-Stone to remove non-native, invasive cattail and phragmites. This will release the native wetland plants within the Fowles Marsh wetland complex. Water-proof boots are needed and some can be provided by contacting us before noon on the day of the session. Best to wear long sleeves to project your arms from sun and scratches. Tools and instruction will be provided. (Restoration) | WVP volunteers register here.

Supplemental Events


(S:O) ODNR Scenic Rivers Stream Quality Monitoring

Thu, July 7, 6 - 7:30 p.m. @ Old River Farm Picnic Area, North Chagrin Reservation
Join Becky Donaldson, ODNR Stream Quality Monitoring Coordinator, for a Scenic Rivers stream quality monitoring workshop. Discover how stream life is used to indicate water quality and how you can be part of monitoring efforts on Chagrin River as a WVP Independent Project. Wear clothing to be on the river rain or shine. (Supplemental) | Register with ONDR here. WVP volunteers that attend can submit supplemental hours for this training under (S:O) Watershed Partner Event Support. Email us if you wish to add this as a WVP Independent Project after you attend the training.

(S:L) Cuyahoga County Public Library | Moses Cleaveland Trees: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Wed, Jul 13, 7 - 8 p.m. @ Parma-Snow Branch
A 2021 inventory discovered 70 standing trees out of the original 273 Moses Cleaveland Trees that were designated as descendants of the local prehistoric forest. Join Dr. Roy Larick to learn how these magnificent tree specimens (they are photogenic!) can provide insight into which big tree species grew where in natural Cleveland and how they can help us to grow a more natural urban canopy. (Supplemental) | Register with the host here. WVP volunteers that attend can submit supplemental hours under (S:L) Conference/Symposium/Workshop/Webinar/Tour.

August

Supplemental Events

(S:L) Cuyahoga County Public Library | Moses Cleaveland Trees: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Mon, Aug 8, 7 - 8 p.m. @ Brooklyn Branch
A 2021 inventory discovered 70 standing trees out of the original 273 Moses Cleaveland Trees that were designated as descendants of the local prehistoric forest. Join Dr. Roy Larick to learn how these magnificent tree specimens (they are photogenic!) can provide insight into which big tree species grew where in natural Cleveland and how they can help us to grow a more natural urban canopy. (Supplemental:Learning) | Register with the host here. WVP volunteers that attend can submit supplemental hours under (S:L) Conference/Symposium/Workshop/Webinar/Tour.

Event Types

Primary Event (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

    • Talk: These learning sessions deliverer content indoors on a specific watershed topic

    • 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 Event (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

Special/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

Abbreviations you will find in Volgistics:

WVP- Watershed Volunteer Program

NR- Natural Resources

IP- Independent/Special Projects

L- Learning

M- Monitoring

O- Outreach

R- Restoration

S- Supplemental (hosted by partner organizations)

Have further questions about events or registering? Please contact WVP staff at wvpinfo@clevelandmetroparks.com.

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