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Conservation Club.

Conservation Club is an opportunity for high school students who are interested in careers in Natural Resources, Park Services, and Outdoor Recreation to learn skills and career development from Metroparks Staff. Come trek into the wilds to learn current land management practices, as well as, participate in stewardship and restoration projects! Venture into the parks to learn how to build and maintain our public areas! Experience exciting outdoor recreational programs such as kayaking and tree climbing!

Being a Conservation Club member is an excellent way to earn service hours, gain valuable hands on career experience, and build friendships with others who have similar interests.

Exciting Activities and Hands on Experiences!

Conservation Club members help with a variety of activities including habitat restoration, tree planting, invasive plant removal, building trails, vehicle maintenance, and more- all the while learning proper field techniques from Metroparks Natural Resources and Park Services Staff. Members will also have opportunities to learn outdoor skills activities such as camping, tree climbing, and kayaking.

Requirement and Commitment: Conservation Club participants must be between the ages of 14 and 18 at the time of application. This program is aimed for individuals interested in a career in natural resource management, park operations, and/or outdoor recreation so individual interests will be evaluated during the application and interviewing process.

There will be a total of 13 Conservation Club sessions beginning in September 2021 and ending in June 2022. Members are expected to attend at least 9 sessions in order to go on the multi-day excursion offered at the end of the program. 

Training: Metroparks provides on-site training for all Conservation Club members. 

The Application Process.

If interested, apply by contacting Meredith Busic (information below). Applications will be reviewed and we will be in communication with you about signing up for an informal interview. No more than 10 Conservation Club members will be accepted for the 2021-2022 season.

Applications are due by August 16th, 2021.

Questions? Contact Meredith Busic, meredith.busic@metroparkstoledo.com, 419-262-8826.

2021-2022 Conservation Club Sessions Schedule



September 11, 2021

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Session 1: Meet and Greet

Swan Creek Metropark

September 25, 2021

9 a.m. to Noon

 Session 2: Trail Building

Oak Openings Preserve Metropark

October 16, 2021

9 a.m. to Noon

Session 3: Natural Resources Conservation

Blue Creek Metropark

October 30, 2021

Noon to 3 p.m.

Session 4: Tree Climbing and the Blue Creek Seed Nursery

Blue Creek Metropark

November 20, 2021

Session 5

December 11, 2021

Session 6: Vehicle Maintenance

January 22, 2022

Session 7: Survival Skills

February 12, 2022

Session 8: Interviewing

March 19, 2022

Session 9

April 9, 2022

Session 10: Reforestation

April 30, 2022

Session 11

May 21, 2022

Session 12

June 4, 2022

Session 13: Paddling and River Cleanup

June 20 – 23, 2022

Silver Lake State Park, Michigan: The End of the Year Excursion

 Job opportunity for Conservation Club Members

At the end of the Conservation Club year participants who are 16 or older will have the opportunity to apply for a paid seasonal position as a Stewardship Worker with Metroparks Toledo. This position’s goal is to apply the knowledge and skills learned throughout the course of Conservation Club towards meaningful professional development.