WVP Upcoming Events

Event Types

Primary Events: These events are open to WVP volunteers. They count towards credit for Watershed Stewardship Certification. Some events are only open to WVP Certified Stewards. Types of primary events include:

(S)upplemental Event:  These events are held by our partner organizations but count towards WVP service hours.

Independent/Special Project:  WVP Stewards who have attended area specific training may engage in independent projects. See projects tab for details. 

Public Events: These events are indicated by an (*) at the end of the title and are open to both the public and WVP volunteers. Public volunteers may register here.  

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

May

Primary  Events

(M) Training Session: BEHI

Mon, May 20, 6 -8:30  p.m. @ The 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.

WVP Volunteers register here. 


(R) Volunteer Led Work Session: Garlic Mustard Removal

Tue, May 21, 6 -8 p.m. @ Camp Corde, West Creek Reservation

Join Volunteer Leaders Erin Tilbert & Casey Bingelli to help restore native habitat by removing garlic mustard. We will take care to identify garlic mustard and remove it to reduce seed spread. Come prepared to carefully go off trail with work gloves, closed toe shoes, long sleeves, and pants. Trash bags will be provided. 

WVP Volunteers register here. 

(L) Lecture:  Stream Studies and Ecological Response Following the February 2023 Train Derailment in East Palestine with the EPA's Bill Zawiski*  
Wed, May 22 , 6 - 7:30 p.m. @ The Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation

At about 8:55 p.m. ET on February 3, 2023, a Norfolk Southern freight train derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, about a quarter-mile west of the Ohio-Pennsylvania state line. We'll be joined for a lecture by the EPA’s Water Quality Supervisor Bill Zawiski who will speak about the ongoing remediation of that area's waterways


Trained as a biologist, Zawiski has worked for years with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. He has worked on permits for both industrial and municipal dischargers. He has taken an active role in the movement in this area to remove dams to improve the quality of rivers. Bill has coauthored several professional publications on dams and water quality. As the water quality group supervisor, he works on projects throughout northeast Ohio. Bill also taught Environmental Regulation and Water Resources at the University of Akron.

WVP Volunteers register here. 


(R)Work Session: Bioretention Planting 

Wed, May 29 , 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. @ Euclid Beach, Euclid Creek Reservation

Join our Green Infrastructure Team as they plant the bioretentions at Euclid Beach

WVP Volunteers register here. 


(R)Work Session: Bioretention Planting Evening Edition

Thu, May 30 , 6 - 8 p.m. @ Euclid Beach, Euclid Creek Reservation

Join our Green Infrastructure Team as they plant the bioretentions at Euclid Beach. 

WVP Volunteers register here. 


(R)Work Session: Bioretention Planting 

Fri, May 31 , 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. @ Brookside Reservation

Join our Green Infrastructure Team as they plant the bioretentions at Brookside Reservation

WVP Volunteers register here. 


*Event is open to the public. Email us for registration help if needed.

WVP Staff will record your hours for all Primary Events

Supplemental  Events

(S) Homegrown Conservation: Creating Climate and Wildlife-Friendly Yards

Wed, May 15,  6-8 p.m.@ Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works

Climate change and biodiversity loss are creating existential threats to people and nature. But we can help. In this presentation, you’ll learn about how traditional landscape management is contributing to climate change and biodiversity loss and discover small steps we can all take in our own backyards and communities to steward our landscapes for nature and wildlife.


More Details and Registration Here


(S) Spring Plant Swap

Sat, May 1810.30 a.m.- 1 p.m.@ City of Eastlake municipal lot 

All you need to do is remove an invasive plant from your property and upload a photo of the removed plant on our sign-up form. After registering, join us on Saturday, May 18th from 10:30 AM to 1 PM at the City of Eastlake municipal lot to receive your free native plant! 


More Details and Registration Here


(S) Westlake Rain Barrel Workshop

Wed, May 22th, 6-8 p.m. @ Market Square at  Crocker Park , 239 Market Street Westlake, OH 44145

Participants will learn how to assemble and install their rain barrels at this event. Alternatively, participants can pick up their rain barrel and construct at home with provided online instructional video. The $60 fee includes instruction and all materials, including a 60-gallon barrel, drill bits, and a downspout diverter. If you would like to create a two-barrel system, a second barrel and connector kit is available for an additional $40. Register before May 15.


More Details and Registration Here Fee: 60 for kit and barrel


(S) Guided Walk through Acacia Reservation, Transforming a Golf Course into a Natural Are


Thu, May 30th, 6:30 - 8 p.m. @ Cedar Road parking lot, 26899 Cedar Rd, Beachwood, OH 44122W

Join Chris Vild, Environmental Manager for Beachwood, and Jennifer Grieser, Director of Natural Resources for Cleveland Metroparks on a walk through Metropark's Acacia Reservation. The guided walk will cover the history of the space since the Cleveland Metroparks took ownership of the property and what it takes to transform a golf course back into a natural area. 

More Details and Registration Here  

June

Primary  Events

(R) Work Session: Invasive Mugwort Removal

Tue, Jun 4, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. @ Lakefront Administration, Lakefront Reservation

We'll join CMP Natural Resources Manager Val Carter-Stone to identify and remove non-native, invasive mugwort along the lakefront. 

 WVP Volunteers register here. 


(R) Volunteer Led Work Session: Dame's Rocket Removal

Wed, June 5, 6 -8 p.m. @ Eastland Road trailhead of the Lake to Lake Trail , Big Creek Reservation

Join Volunteer Leaders Dave LeBrun & Margaret Rhynard to help restore native habitat by removing dame's rocket. We will take care to identify this phlox mimic and remove it to reduce seed spread. Come prepared to carefully go off trail with work gloves, closed toe shoes, long sleeves, and pants. Trash bags will be provided. 

WVP Volunteers register here. 


(L) Green Infrastructure 101 Training*

Mon, Jun 10, 6 - 7:30pm  @  Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation

Join Stream Restoration Ecologist Elizabeth Hiser to learn about green infrastructure design, planting and monitoring. Learn how it makes a lasting impact on  improving water quality and habitat.

WVP Volunteers register here. 


(R) Green Infrastructure Gardening Series*

Sun, June 16th, 9 - 11 a.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation

Start off your Sunday by joining the WVP team and fellow volunteers for a morning snack and refreshing beverage before we set foot into the Watershed Stewardship Center's Green Infrastructure. In part 1 of this 8 week series, we will remove invasive plant species, add mulch to barren areas, perform other routine maintenance ensuring proper functionality and provide a natural space for wildlife in West Creek Reservation's stormwater control measures.

WVP Volunteers register here. 


(R) Work Session: Invasive Cattail Removal

Tue, Jun 18, 6- 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. This will release the native wetland plants within the Fowles Marsh wetland complex. 

 WVP Volunteers register here. 


(R) Green Infrastructure Gardening Series*

Sun, June 23rd, 9 - 11 a.m. @ Wolf Picnic Area, Huntington Reservation

Start off your Sunday by joining the WVP team and fellow volunteers for a morning snack and refreshing beverage before we set foot into the Watershed Stewardship Center's Green Infrastructure. In part 2 of this 8 week series, we will remove invasive plant species, add mulch to barren areas, perform other routine maintenance ensuring proper functionality and provide a natural space for wildlife in West Creek Reservation's stormwater control measures.

WVP Volunteers register here. 


(M) Training: Water Chemistry

Sat, Jun 29, 11-1  p.m. @ Watershed Stewardship Center's  Laboratory, West Creek Reservation

Have you ever wanted to learn how to monitor, or do you need a refresher? Join CSWCD's Meg Hennessey in a water chemistry training session.  Learn how to collect water samples, measure parameters,  and record data in this hands-on training session. If you have an interest in participating in a Water Quality Monitoring Independent Project, attend this training to get started. 

WVP Volunteers register here. 


(R) Green Infrastructure Gardening Series*

Sun, June 30th , 9 - 11 a.m. @ Sideyard Park, Ohio Erie Canal Reservation

Start off your Sunday by joining the WVP team and fellow volunteers for a morning snack and refreshing beverage before we set foot into the Watershed Stewardship Center's Green Infrastructure. In part 3 of this 8 week series, we will remove invasive plant species, add mulch to barren areas, perform other routine maintenance ensuring proper functionality and provide a natural space for wildlife in West Creek Reservation's stormwater control measures.

WVP Volunteers register here. 



*Event is open to the public. Email us for registration help if needed.

WVP Staff will record your hours for all Primary Events

June

Supplemental  Events

(S) Rocky River Watershed Council: Annual River Cleanup

Sat, Jun 1, 9 a.m. - Noon @ Emerald Necklace Marina

The Rocky River Watershed Council and OCBS will conduct the annual Rocky River clean up on Saturday June 1, 2024, from 9:00 AM to noon. OCBS volunteers are needed to pick up streamside trash and get involved in the stewardship of the Rocky River Watershed.

We will meet at the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation at the pavilion next to the Emerald Necklace Marina on Saturday June 1st at 9:00 am. Be sure to stick around after the cleanup for a cookout at about noon. 

Registration to follow

(S) 25th Annual Big Creek Cleanup

Sat, Jun 1, 9 a.m. - Noon @ Various Locations (listed below)

Volunteers Needed for 25th Annual Big Creek Watershed Cleanup! 

On Saturday, June 1st, 2024, Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District and Big Creek Connects with the support of community stakeholders will host the 25th Annual Big Creek Watershed Cleanup from 9:00am – Noon. Volunteers are needed to help pick up stream side trash and should meet at one of the following locations starting at 8:45am.

 

 

Bags and work gloves will be provided. Dress for the weather and wear work boots or work shoes. Long sleeves and pants are recommended. Children under 18 must have adult supervision. 

Please email nlopez@cuyahogaswcd.org for more information.

(S) Rain Garden Training Course

June 7 - 12 @ Online

This course will teach you how to manage rain water in your yard by designing and installing a rain garden. 

More Details and Registration Here  



(S) Freshwater Science: A HABs Primer

Tue, Jun 18, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. @ Online

Ahead of NOAA’s annual Lake Erie HABs Forecast on June 27, catch up on the background and future of Lake Erie’s HABs with Ohio Sea Grant’s Dr. Chris Winslow. This primer will include up-to-date information on topics such as nutrient sources in the Maumee River watershed that drive blooms, the progress toward meeting nutrient load reduction goals, and best practices for farmers. Dr. Winslow will also provide updates on the state’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative research efforts, as well as the Lake Erie and Aquatic Research Network’s wetland research projects for the H2Ohio initiative.

More Details and Registration Here  

Coming Attractions

Green Infrastructure Gardening Series
Sundays  @   Locations TBA:

Scenic Rivers Macro Monitorings
Tue, Jul 23, (Rain Date: Fri Jul 26), 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  @   Old River Farm Picnic Area, North Chagrin Reservation 

Tue, Sept 10(Rain Date: Fri Sep 13), 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  @   Old River Farm Picnic Area, North Chagrin Reservation 

Volgistics Key

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)