EVENTS &
ACTIVITIES

All events are FREE unless a fee is noted

 

CUYAHOGA COUNTYSUMMIT COUNTYPORTAGE / GEAUGA COUNTIES

 

 

RIVERDAY EVENTS ON MAY 19 IN CUYAHOGA COUNTY

 

OAKWOOD COMMUNITY PARK TREE PLANTING / OAKWOOD

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Join us as we put conservation on the land and increase the urban canopy by planting trees! Planting trees directly impacts our watersheds by acting as a filter and regulator for water movement through the landscape! Help us add more woody vegetation to a park near Tinkers Creek. Trash bags will be provided. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear work boots or old shoes. Long sleeves and slacks are recommended. Tools and work gloves will be provided. Children under 18 must have adult supervision.

Groups must pre-register at http://www.cuyahogaswcd.org/events/2018/05/19/oakwood-tree-planting

Change of location - Meet at: Oakwood Village Hall, 24800 Broadway Avenue, Oakwood, Ohio 44146

Contact: Jacki Zevenbergen, Stormwater Educator at 216-524-6580 x1006 or jzevenbergen@cuyahogaswcd.org

Sponsored by Village of Oakwood, Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partnership and Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District

 

WILDWOOD PARK WETLAND AND STREAM CLEANUP

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM:  Volunteers will help clean up trash, remove invasive plants like Garlic Mustard, and assist with other maintenance activities in the wetland and streamside at the Wildwood Lacustrine Wetland.

Dress for the weather wearing long sleeves, pants, boots or closed toe work shoes. Recommended to bring water and work gloves. Trash bags and tools will be provided. All groups welcome, but parents must complete waivers for those volunteering under the age of 18, and provide adult supervision.

MEET:  Wildwood Park Shelter, Euclid Creek Reservation, E. 174th St and Lakeshore Blvd Cleveland, Ohio 44110

REGISTER: online by May 18 at http://www.cuyahogaswcd.org/events/2018/05/19/euclid-creek

Contact: Claire Posius at 216-524-6580 x1004 or cposius@cuyahogaswcd.org.

Hosted by Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District

 

CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK RIVERDAY OF SERVICE / BRECKSVILLE

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Do you want to make a positive lasting impact on the environment in Cuyahoga Valley National Park? Join your fellow volunteers in celebrating RiverDay on May 19 by planting native trees! Invite your friends, family, and coworkers to help preserve CVNP for future generations. Kids are welcome age seven and up!

Advanced registration is required. Individuals register online. For clubs, organizations, and corporate groups with 5 or more members, please contact the volunteer office at 330-657-2299 or volunteer@forcvnp.org to register.

Meet: Location given upon registration

Contact: Volunteer Management Office at 330-657-2299 or volunteer@forcvnp.org

Hosted by Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Cuyahoga Valley National Park

 

FredWalksCLE: STEWARDING NATURE EAST AND WEST, WEST CREEK WATERSHED HIKE / PARMA

10:30 AM: FredWalksCLE explores the eternal question – East Side/West Side? Our water can’t tell the difference! Join us to explore our region’s watersheds via two beloved streams east and west: West Creek and the Doan Brook/Shaker Lakes. These two hikes are planned so you can do both on the same day, so join us for one or both and celebrate the differences and similarities in our local waterways while learning about the advocacy that keeps them healthy.

Registration recommended. Register via www.clevelandfoundation.org/CommonGround.
Rain or shine.

Meet:  Watershed Stewardship Center, Parma - 2277 W Ridgewood Dr, Parma, OH 44134

Contact:  Common Ground Team - CommonGround@clevefdn.org, 216-615-7253

Presented in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation Common Ground 2018, Cleveland Metroparks, Doan Brook Watershed Partnership, Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, Kim Woodford, and the West Creek Conservancy.

 

TINKERS CREEK RIVERDAY CLEANUP / GLENWILLOW

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Help clean up in, and next to, Tinkers Creek. Trash bags will be provided. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear work boots or old shoes. Long sleeves, slacks and work gloves are recommended. Children under 18 must have adult supervision. Lunch will be provided to volunteers after the cleanup.

Groups should pre-register at http://cuyahogaswcd.org/events/2018/05/19/riverday-cleanup--glenwillow

Meet: Glenwillow Donald Norman Payne Recreation Complex (7360 Austin Powder Dr. - NW corner of Austin Powder Drive and Pettibone Rd).

Contact: Jacki Zevenbergen, Stormwater Educator at 216-524-6580 ext. 1006 or jzevenbergen@cuyahogaswcd.org

Sponsored by Village of Glenwillow, Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partnership and Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District

 

FredWalksCLE: STEWARDING NATURE EAST AND WEST, DOAN BROOK WATERSHED HIKE / HEIGHTS AREA

1:30 PM:  FredWalksCLE explores the eternal question – East Side/West Side? Our water can’t tell the difference! Join us to explore our region’s watersheds via two beloved streams east and west: West Creek and the Doan Brook/Shaker Lakes. These two hikes are planned so you can do both on the same day, so join us for one or both and celebrate the differences and similarities in our local waterways while learning about the advocacy that keeps them healthy. Register via www.clevelandfoundation.org/CommonGround. Registration recommended. Rain or shine.

MEET:  Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, 2600 S Park Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120

CONTACT:  Common Ground Team - CommonGround@clevefdn.org, 216-615-7253

Presented in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation Common Ground 2018, Cleveland Metroparks, Doan Brook Watershed Partnership, Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, Kim Woodford, and the West Creek Conservancy.

 

RIVER DAY EXPLORATION / PARMA

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM:  Explore how rivers are formed and the many intricacies that affect them.  Start indoors using our interactive stream table; later we’ll journey to West Creek to observe these impacts and discover some of the creatures that call this watershed home.

Ages:  5 years & over with adult.

Terrain:  natural, muddy, in-stream, one hill, 0.5 mile

Contact: Call Watershed Stewardship Center 440-887-1968 or email wsc@clevelandmetroparks.com

Meet:  Watershed Stewardship Center, 2277 W. Ridgewood Dr., Parma, Ohio 44134

Hosted by Cleveland Metroparks

 

 

RIVERDAY EVENTS ON MAY 19 IN SUMMIT COUNTY

 

PADDLE & CLEANUP with BURNING RIVER ADVENTURES / CUYAHOGA FALLS

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM: Paddle & Clean-up from Middlebury Rd. to Water Works Park. We will have boats for rent for this event.

Reservations are required.

MEET:  Water Works Park by the boat launch, 2025 Munroe Falls Ave, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

REGISTER: online at www.PaddleTheRiver.com/BRA

Contact: PaddleTheRiver.com or 330-969-BOAT

Hosted by Burning River Adventures LLC

 

PORTAGE 'N PADDLE CANOE COMPETITION & FESTIVAL/ AKRON

9 AM - 3 PM (various activities): Canoe & Kayak Competition on Akron’s Historic Ohio & Erie Canal. Canoe & carry fun competition through Akron’s lakes, canals, downtown streets and towpath trails in celebration of  Akron’s unique & historic Portage Path legend.

Check-in at 9am, Race begins at 10am at Nesmith Lake, takeout around noon at Spaghetti Warehouse, portage boats to Lock 3. Afterparty at Cascade Lofts - Lunch, awards ceremony, and dedication of the Prehistoric Canoe Encampment at Cascade Locks. Hop the shuttle to see the Historic Native American Canoe Landing at Mustill Store. Register at www.active.com/akron-oh/boating/canoeing-races/akron-portage-n-paddle-2018. Use Discount Code CO4.

Contact: Tom Crain 330-634-6489 or akronportagepaddle@gmail.com

Presented by Akron Portage & Paddle

 

2018 GREAT AMERICAN RIVER DAY CLEANUP & BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT /
CUYAHOGA FALLS

10 AM – 2 PM: Volunteers will clean up litter, pull invasive garlic mustard, and plant flowers and trees at designated public grounds locations. Lunch, cleanup and planting supplies will be provided for project volunteers. VOLUNTEERS SHOULD DRESS FOR THE WEATHER AND WEAR PROTECTIVE CLOTHING FOR THE PROJECT. Register by Wednesday, May 16th by emailing Mcclearyrm@cityofcf.com

Meet: Little Stone Shelter in Water Works Park, 2025 Munroe Falls Ave, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

Contact: Email mcclearyrm@cityofcf.com

Project partners and sponsors: Ohio EPA, Keep America Beautiful, Inc., Keep Ohio Beautiful, Friends of the Crooked River, Cuyahoga River Restoration, State Road Donato’s, City of Cuyahoga Falls Service Department, and Cuyahoga Falls Parks & Recreation

 

CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK RIVERDAY OF SERVICE

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Do you want to make a positive lasting impact on the environment in Cuyahoga Valley National Park? Join your fellow volunteers in celebrating RiverDay on May 19 by planting native trees! Invite your friends, family, and coworkers to help preserve CVNP for future generations. Kids are welcome age seven and up!

Advanced registration is required. Individuals register online. For clubs, organizations, and corporate groups with 5 or more members, please contact the volunteer office at 330-657-2299 or volunteer@forcvnp.org to register.

Meet: Location given upon registration

Contact: Volunteer Management Office at 330-657-2299 or volunteer@forcvnp.org

Hosted by Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Cuyahoga Valley National Park

 

 

 

RIVERDAY EVENTS ON MAY 19 IN PORTAGE / GEAUGA COUNTIES

 

CUYAHOGA RIVER DAY FESTIVAL at HAYMAKER FARMER’S MARKET / KENT

9:00 AM –1:00 PM: Join us at Haymaker Farmers Market, Portage County’s oldest producers-only farmers market. Explore family activities, free children’s critter crafts, free seeds & native tree seedlings, aquatic animals, Macroinvertebrate Detecting, and Kent summer fun information. The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will be sharing safe boating “hands on” demonstrations and water fun awareness.
Groups participating: Kent Parks, Kent Environmental Council , Portage County Soil and Water, KSU Crooked River Adventures, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, City of Kent: Service, Health and Water Reclamation Departments & ODNR.

Meet: Haymaker Farmers Market by the municipal parking lot at the corner of Franklin Ave. and College St. in Kent.

Contact: 330-673-8897 www.kentparksandrec.com or www.kentenvironment.org.

Sponsored by Kent Parks and Recreation & Kent Environmental Council

 

PADDLE ONWARD WITH CAMP HI / HIRAM

10:00 AM and 2:00 PM Launch times: Camp Hi Canoe welcomes paddlers to enjoy an unguided 2 mile trip down the beautiful Upper Cuyahoga River. Fee is $20.

Pre-register at camphicanoe.com.

Meet: 12274 Abbott Rd., Hiram 44234

Contact:  Kendra Hazlett-Becker, 330-569-7621 or kendrab@camphicanoe.com

Hosted by Camp Hi Canoe & Kayak

 

ELECTROFISHING DEMONSTRATION AT TANNERY PARK / KENT

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Who says water and electricity don’t mix? Observe an electrofishing (efishing) demonstration at Tannery Park. You will see how fish are captured with efishing equipment by experienced aquatic life biologists. Captured fish will be grouped, identified, photographed, recorded, and released. There will be opportunities for you to get up close and personal with local fish species in a safe and secure setting in the park so be sure to bring the kids, our budding biologists of tomorrow!
Note: Any successful efishing operation is dependent on “normal” water conditions, meaning

regular flow and turbidity (cloudiness of water). If the river is flowing fast and/or looks like coffee and cream, the efishing demonstration cannot occur per standard efishing methodology.

Meet: Staging area along the Cuyahoga River, Tannery Park, 100 Stow St, Kent

Contact Kent Parks: 330-673-8897 www.kentparksandrec.com

Sponsored by Davey Resource Group

 

PADDLE AND PIZZA WITH BREAKAWAY EXCURSIONS / MANTUA

11:00 AM  - 4:00 PM: In honor of River Day, we will be hosting a kayak paddle on a 5.5 mile section of the Upper Cuyahoga River followed by a pizza party at our store. The section of the river we will be paddling is also known as the Upper Cuyahoga State Scenic River. Plentiful in it's aquatic biodiversity, the Upper Cuyahoga has more than 32 species of fish and mammals, some of which you might see on the paddle trip.

$45.00 per person if you are renting one of our kayaks​ and $15 per person if you have your own kayak. Skill Level: Intermediate, Recreational.

PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE at www.breakawayexcursions.com

Meet at: Breakaway Excursions, 4690 East Prospect Street, Mantua, Ohio 44255

Contact: Doug Hershman or Pam Holliday (440) 773-2465

https://www.breakawayexcursions.com/river-day-paddle-cuyahoga-river

Hosted by Breakaway Excursions

 

CUYAHOGA FAMILY CANOE / BURTON

1:30 – 3:00 PM:   Celebrate River Day with this official River Day opportunity: an easy-paced, short-distance float on the wildlife-rich Upper Cuyahoga River for families. Up to two kids ages 5-11 in middle; 12+ to paddle. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required by phone beginning May 12.

Contact: Call 440-286-9516 or visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org for more information.

MEET:  Eldon Russell Park, Horwath’s Shelter, 16315 Rapids Rd, Burton, OH 44021

Hosted by Geauga Park District

 

 

 

 

 

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River Day is presented by Cuyahoga River Restoration, a 501c3 nonprofit organization (aka Cuyahoga River Community Planning,) whose mission is to restore, revitalize, and protect the Cuyahoga River Watershed and nearshore Lake Erie.

 

You can learn more about our programs, and contribute to the cause, at cuyahogariver.org.