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 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!
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
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
Certified Steward Tour: Chippewa Gorge Trail Preview
Wed, Mar 31, 2 - 4 p.m. @ Brecksville Reservation
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.
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Supplemental Event: Stream Sweeps
Workshop: Fish ID & Sampling
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
Workshop: Invasive Plant Management
Wed, Apr 21, 1 - 4 p.m. @ North Chagrin Reservation
Supplemental Event: Annual Pest to Pesto
TO COME... Work Session: Tree Plantings
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 email@example.com.