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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 2022 and ending in June 2023. 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 2022-2023 season.

Applications are due by August 12th, 2022. Applicants will be notified the week of the 15th to schedule an interview. Informal interviews will be held on Friday, August 26th, Saturday, August 27th, and Sunday, August 28th. Applicants will be contacted on Monday, August 29th wither they have or had not been accepted to the program.

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

2022-2023 Conservation Club Sessions Schedule



September 10th, 2022

11:00am – 2:00pm

Session 1: Meet and Greet

Middlegrounds Metropark

September 24th, 2022

9:00am – 12:00pm

 Session 2: Trail Building

Oak Openings Preserve Metropark

October 8th, 2022

9:00am – 12:00pm

Session 3: Stewardship and Archery

Swan Creek Metropark

October 22nd, 2022

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Session 4: Tree Climbing and the Blue Creek Seed Nursery

Blue Creek Metropark

November 12th, 2022

9:00am – 12:00pm

Session 5: Natural Resources Restoration- Invasive Species Removal

Farnsworth Metropark

December 10th, 2022

11:00am – 2:00pm

Session 6: Interviewing Skills and Oak Wilt Walk

Wildwood Preserve Metropark

January 14th, 2023

9:00am – 12:00pm

Session 7: Vehicle Maintenance

Pearson Metropark

February 18th, 2023

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Session 8: Survival Skills and Boot Pickup

Side Cut Metropark

March 25th, 2023

6:30pm – 9:30pm

Session 9: Frog Monitoring and Citizen Science

Oak Openings Preserve Metropark

April 8h, 2023

9:00am – 12:00pm

Session 10: Natural Resources Reforestation


April 22nd, 2023

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Session 11: Natural Resource Restoration- Garlic Mustard Pulling

Secor Metropark

May 20th, 2023

Any one shift

Session 12: Outdoor Expo Assistance!


June 3rd, 2023

Session 13: Paddling and River Cleanup


June 19th – 22nd, 2023

The Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee: The End of the Year Excursion

The Excursion

Conservation Club members who attend 9 of the offered sessions will be able to participate in a free multi-day excursion. This will be a chance to utilize the skills learned over the course of the year and to gain more knowledge about other area industries related to natural resource management and conservation as well as park management. Activities will include a mix of outdoor recreation and education opportunities.

At the end of the 2022 – 2023 year from June 19th thru June 22nd, Conservation Club members will get to travel to the northern portion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee! More information on the awesome adventures that await participants is to come!


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