WVP Upcoming Events

The safety of Cleveland Metroparks staff, volunteers, guests and community is a top priority and Cleveland Metroparks is continuing to take appropriate action to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Please do your part:

PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE

  • Wash hands with soap and water, for at least twenty (20) seconds, or use hand sanitizer

  • Avoid touching face

  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of elbow

  • Stay home if you have any symptoms such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath

RESPECT SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • Practice social distancing of at least six (6) feet separation between all individuals (co-workers, guests, visitors, etc)

  • Refrain from handshakes, hugs, elbow bumps and other physical contact with people, unless life-threatening emergency

  • Use the same equipment throughout the work session, no sharing between individuals; you are encouraged to bring your own equipment

WEAR PPE

  • Wear a face covering when (1) interacting with the public; (2) when social distancing of six (6) feet cannot be maintained; or (3) whenever you enter common areas in a building (e.g., hallways, restrooms, kitchens, etc.)

  • Bring your work gloves that are appropriate for the task

Please note there will be no hour requirements this year to remain active. Thank you and stay well!

See you soon for some watershed stewardship fun!

Special thanks to Audrey Atzel, Jenn Grieser, Evan Harm, Kevin Harrison, Laurie Philips, Margaret Rhynard, Nadia Swit, Bre Turner, and Adam Zimmerman to contributing to the "In Our Own Words" video. Enjoy watching it!

March

Training: Safety & Sustainability*

Wed, Mar 10, 6:30- 7:45 p.m. @ WedEx

Start the field season thinking safety and sustainability. This interactive, virtual training will provide a series of talks from different Cleveland Metroparks staff. The focus will be on safety and sustainability principles applicable to our wok in NEO watersheds. This training is highly recommended for any WVP volunteer that plans to assist with monitoring and restoration projects this year. (Learning) | WVP volunteers register here.

Not a WVP volunteer yet? Register here join us for this session.

Work Session: Tree Care

Mon, Mar 15 -AND- Wed, Mar 17, 9 a.m. - noon @ Acacia Reservation

Come learn about a recent tree research project on mycorrhizal fungi and help us with some long-term care of trees in the Acacia study area. Work will include fixing tree guards, thinning Oak and Sumac saplings, and training young trees. Dress for the weather and bring work gloves, face covering, and drinking water. Tools (hard rakes, pruners, and loppers) provided or bring your own. (Restoration) | WVP volunteers register here.


Talk: Showcase of Forest Health & Restoration

Fri, Mar 19, noon - 12:45 p.m. @ WebEx

Join us for a showcase of forest health management within Cleveland Metroparks. Forest Health Project Coordinator Daniel Volk will discuss conditions and impacts of forest health within Cleveland Metroparks. Learn how a smartphone app is being used by professionals and citizen scientists to track beech leaf disease throughout the park district and beyond. Senior Conversation Science Manager Dr. Connie Hausman will share details about forest restoration efforts, including service events to plant trees, follow-up tree care work days, and independent assignments by Restoration Site Stewards (RSS). Additionally, hear how RSS are helping to grow new plants in our hoop house and care for our special native plant propagation garden. At the end of the talks, there will be an opportunity to ask questions and indicate if you want to contribute to these efforts. (Learning) | WVP volunteers register here. Recording will be made available on the past 2021 events page soon after.

Monday MeetUp: Between the Lake and the Doan

Mon, Mar 22, 1 - 3 p.m. @ Lakefront Reservation

Celebrate World Water Day with a hike along Lake Erie. The Doan Brook Watershed Partnership staff will share concept plans for new estuary habitat and a new confluence between the Lake and the Doan. We will be joined by Linda Sternheimer, Director of Planning at the Port of Cleveland, who will share their invasive management and habitat restoration goals at the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve. Rain date is Mon, March 29 at the same time. Limited in-person slots available. Recording of highlights will be available. (Learning) | WVP volunteers register here.

Work Session: Invasive Plant Removal

Sat, Mar 27, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -AND- Mon, Mar 29, 3:30 - 6 p.m. @ Big Creek Reservation

Be part of habitat restoration by removing invasive Garlic Mustard by hand pulling. Must bring your own face covering and gloves. Wear waterproof boots. (Restoration) | WVP volunteers register here.


Certified Steward Tour: Chippewa Gorge Trail Preview

Wed, Mar 31, 2 - 4 p.m. @ Brecksville Reservation

Trails Development Manager Ralph Protano will lead us on a guided tour of the new Chippewa Gorge Trail. Hear how the decision was made to create the trail and methods used to be good stewards to the watershed in the construction and ongoing maintenance. Hike will be on stairs and uneven surface for up to three miles. Limited in-person slots available. Recording of highlights will be available. (Learning) | WVP certified stewards register here.

April

Work Session: Live Stake Installation

Thu, Apr 2, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. @ Hinckley Reservation

Help install live stakes at a recently acquired property along the East Branch of the Rocky River. Installing live stakes helps protect the stream bank from erosion over time. Be prepared to walk on uneven terrain to work site. Dress for the weather and bring gloves and waterproof boots in a backpack (waders or knee-high rubber boots as you could be standing in the water). Mallets and rebar will be provided or bring your own to help make the pilot holes for the live stakes. If needed due to weather, the backup date for this session will be Mon, Apr 5 at 1 p.m. (Restoration) |WVP volunteers register here.

Resources to prepare:

  • Live Stake Q & A sheet from Central Lake Erie Collaborative here

  • Video overview from our recent Jackson Field installation at South Chagrin Reservation here

Supplemental Event: Stream Sweeps

April 3, 17, -AND- 18, 1 - 3 p.m. @ various locations

Join Doan Brook Watershed Partnership to take care of our urban environment by cleaning up winter trash and pulling invasive plants in the Doan Brook and Dugway Brook watersheds. Volunteer as an individual or a group - all ages welcome. (Supplemental) | Register with our partners here. WVP volunteers that attend can submit supplemental hours under (S:O) Watershed Partner Event Support.

Workshop: Fish ID & Sampling

Tue, Apr 6, 9 - 11:30 a.m. @ Rocky River Reservation

Join Cleveland Metroparks' aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec to learn about local fish species, how park biologists sample and transfer fish, and how you can be part of fish-related special projects. The morning will include an electrofishing demonstration as well as a discussion of fish diversity and identification. WVP volunteers interested in assisting with upcoming fish special projects and/or outreach events are strongly encouraged to attend. Backup date if needed will be Tue, Apr 20 at the same time. (Monitoring) | WVP volunteers register here.

Resource to prepare:

  • School of the Wild: Fantastic Fish here


Monday MeetUp: Tinker's Creek Walk + Talk + Pull

Mon, Apr 12, 2 - 4:30 p.m. @ Bedford Reservation

Come for a walk, talk, and pull! You will walk and talk about Tinker's Creek Watershed Partners, the Northern Ohio Watershed Corps, and restoration efforts led by Cleveland Metroparks in the watershed. There will be an opportunity to be part of the restoration by pulling invasive garlic mustard along the way. Come prepared to carefully go off trail with closed toe shoes, long sleeves, and pants. (Learning/Restoration) | WVP volunteers register here.

Workshop: Invasive Plant Management

Wed, Apr 21, 1 - 4 p.m. @ North Chagrin Reservation

Get-hands on knowledge of stream restoration. The overall project goal is to increase the IBI score (Index of Biotic Integrity) by allowing fish passage to upstream reaches of Beecher's Brook. The restoration will stabilize the streambanks, remove a large culvert and concrete channel, install a bridge over the channel, create pools and riffles, and establish more native vegetation in the riparian corridor. During this workshop, we will together get the restoration project started on the right track by learning about and removing invasive plants from the area. Species to be removed include garlic mustard, dame's rocket, bush honeysuckle, and privet. Parts of it will be recorded for replay. (Restoration) | WVP volunteers register here.


Supplemental Event: Annual Pest to Pesto

Fri, Apr 23 - Sun, Apr 25 @ Bath Nature Preserve

Join the Yellow Creek Foundation for it’s 3rd Annual Pest to Pesto. The service opportunity would involve pulling and cleaning an invasive plant, garlic mustard in northern Summit County at various times on Friday, April 23-Sunday April 25. Once you register, the details will be given. (Supplemental) | Register with our partners here. WVP volunteers that attend can submit supplemental hours under (S:O) Watershed Partner Event Support.


TO COME... Work Session: Tree Plantings

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

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

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