2019 EVENTS
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NATURE BOAT TOUR: RESURRECTING A RIVER

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

2019 marks 50 years since the last fire on the Cuyahoga River. Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna as we tour the Cuyahoga River aboard the water taxi to discover the life that has returned, and the integral part Cleveland Metroparks has played in its resurrection. Register online beginning April 22 at www.clevelandmetroparks.com  FEE: $15

Meet: Merwin’s Wharf, 1785 Merwin Avenue Cleveland, OH 44113

Contact: Jake Kudrna, (216) 206-1000 x7207 or jfk1@clevelandmetroparks.com

Hosted by Cleveland Metroparks

 

KENT CUYAHOGA RIVER DAY FESTIVAL AT HAYMAKER'S FARMER'S MARKET
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Explore river themed activities, children's art, environmental displays, and visit with aquatic animals.
Learn about plastics, do hands-on boating safety activities with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, take home free native tree seedlings and milkweed seeds, and learn about the watershed and ways to explore Kent's hike, bike, historical and water trails.

Meet: Corner of Franklin Ave. & College St.
Contact: 330-673-8897, www.kentparksandrec.com, or www.kentenvironment.org
Sponsored by Kent Parks and Recreation & Kent Environmental Council

 

HISTORY WALK ON WHISKEY ISLAND / CLEVELAND

9:00 AM–11:00 AM

Enjoy the beauty of that special place where the Cuyahoga meets Lake Erie. Experience the calm of
a spring morning and learn about the fascinating history of this place. See historic photos and hear about the struggle led by Ed Hauser to save this green space from becoming a gravel dock.

Meet: Wendy Park sign, far side of parking lot, 2800 Whiskey Island, Cleveland 44102

Contact: John Kaminski at 440-666-1674 or riverkeeper@wideopenwest.com or www.cuyahogariver.net Sponsored by Friends of the Crooked River

 

ELECTROFISHING DEMONSTRATION AT TANNERY PARK
10:00 AM - 12:00NOON

Observe an electrofishing (efishing) demonstration. See how fish are captured by experienced
aquatic life biologists. Get up close and personal with local fish species (be sure to bring the kids!)
Watch the website for posted updates, as Plum Creek Park is the backup location in high water
conditions, or for cancellations due to river conditions.
Contact: Kent Parks & Rec, 330-673-8897 or www.kentparksandrec.com
Sponsored by Davey Resource Group

 

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

Register: online by May 17 at https://www.cuyahogaswcd.org/euclid-creek/events/2019/05/18/wildwood-park-spring-cleanup-day

Contact: Elizabeth Hiser at 216-524-6580 x1002 or ehiser@cuyahogaswcd.org

Hosted by Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District

 

WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS STREAM CLEANUP

10:00 AM – 12:00 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 you don’t mind getting wet, as we will be in a shallow creek. Long sleeves, slacks and work gloves are recommended. Children under 18 must have adult supervision.

Groups encouraged to pre-register: online at https://cuyahogaswcd.org/events/2019/05/18/warrensville-heights-riverday-stream-cleanup

Meet at: Highland Woods Apartments, 4748 Country Lane 4748 Country Lane, Warrensville Heights, OH 44128

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

Sponsored by City of Warrensville Heights, Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partnership and 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 18 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

 

CITY OF CUYAHOGA FALLS GREAT AMERICAN RIVERDAY CLEANUP & BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT / CUYAHOGA FALLS

10 AM - 2 PM

Volunteers of all ages will clean up litter, pull garlic mustard plants, and plant flowers at designated public grounds locations. Lunch and clean up and planting supplies will be provided for project volunteers. Dress for the weather and wear protective clothing for the project.

Meet:  Little Stone Shelter in Water Works Park, 2025 Munroe Falls Avenue

Contact: Register via email at mcclearyrm@cityofcf.com by Wednesday, May 15th.

Sponsored by the City of Cuyahoga Falls – Service Department and Parks & Recreation, Ohio EPA, Keep Ohio Beautiful, Inc., Cuyahoga River Restoration, Friends of the Crooked River, State Road Donato’s Pizza, and the Summit Soil & Water Conservation District.

 

BURNING RIVER ADVENTURES

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Opening Day/Kick off celebration of the 5th season! Enjoy a relaxing self-guided tour down the Cuyahoga River on River Day! Rent a kayak, canoe or tube (weather and water-level permitting). We will have games, snacks and free demos of our Jackson Kayak fleet. Book discounted rentals for the day at PaddleTheRiver.com  or visit our Facebook link at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1119437511596258/

Call 330-969-BOAT (330-969-2628) to reserve.

Meet: Water Works Park -- Peninsula Pavilion, 2025 Munroe Falls Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, 44221

Sponsored by Burning River Adventures LLC

 

MYCOWEAR REFORESTATION FESTIVAL & ECO-GATHERING

10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Help Mycowear reach its goal to plant and freely distribute 10,000 tree seeds right here in Richfield, Ohio. The festival is free and will include a potluck picnic, various educational classes, and cool activities, followed by live music featuring local musicians, including a dance party along with flow arts Saturday evening after the first day's planting. All guests get to take home a newly planted tree and vegetable seeds to share with their families and friends. Learn more at www.mycowear.com

Meet: Farnam Manor Museum, 4223 Brecksville Rd., Richfield, OH 44286

Contact: Dale Hoskins 954-889-4540 imakebutter@yahoo.com

 

WHERE BIG CREEK MEETS THE CUYAHOGA RIVER

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Learn about water pollution and restoration measures related to the infamous 1969 fire. Examine construction of the Towpath Trail extension underway while learning about related public access efforts. Guest speakers: Rob Stoerkel, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer district; Jim Ridge - Brand Manager, Canalway Partners; Doug Cooper, past president and CEO, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
Refreshments will be provided. Wear sturdy clothing.

Meet for 1:00pm departure at the Sand Bar, 4002 Jennings Road, Cleveland 44109

Contact Bob Gardin at 216-269-6472 or email bgardin@bigcreekconnects.org

Sponsored by Big Creek Connects www.bigcreekconnects.org

 

BURNING RIVER REQUIEM - FIRES ON THE WATER

1:00 – 2:30 PM

The Cuyahoga River is famous for its feats of fire. Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak waters down the hype and fans the flames of industrial disease while casting a sideways glance at other rivers that burned with envy. Register online beginning April 22 at 9:30 a.m.

Meet: CanalWay Center, 4524 East 49th Street, Cuyahoga Heights, OH 44125

Contact Doug Kusak, Historical Interpreter, at 216-206-1000 or dak@clevelandmetroparks.com

Hosted by Cleveland Metroparks

 

HISTORY WALK OF CLEVELAND LAKEFRONT NATURE PRESERVE

2:00 – 4:00 PM

Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve contains a diverse mix of habitats including grasslands, a forest area, meadows, mudflats, shrublands and wetlands. Join Roy Larick on a history-based walk in one of the most interesting creations in Cleveland.

Contact Andrew Klooster at 216-325-7781 x 6783

 

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY CROOKED RIVER ADVENTURES: KAYAK, CANOE, TUBE & BIKE RENTALS

ALL DAY

Rent a kayak, canoe, tube or bike and have a River Day adventure along the Cuyahoga (weather and water-level permitting). Reservations strongly advised.

Meet:  KSU Canoe Livery, Tannery Park, 100 Stow St, Kent

Contact and Reservations: 330-541-7467 www.kent.edu/recservices/crooked-river-adventures

Sponsored by Kent State University Crooked River Adventures

 

 

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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.