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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 2023 and ending in June 2024. 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 HERE or 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.

Applications are due by July 21 , 2023. Applicants will be notified the week of the 24 to schedule an interview. Informal interviews will be held the week of July 31. Applicants will be contacted by Friday, August 11 whether they have or had not been accepted to the program.

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

2023 – 2024 Conservation Club Schedule



September 9 2023

11 a.m. – 2 p.m

1. Meet and Greet

Middlegrounds Metropark

September 30, 2023

9 a.m. – Noon

2. Trail Maintenance

Oak Openings Preserve Metropark

October 21, 2023

9 a.m. – Noon

3. Trash Pickup and Archery

Keil Farm

November 4, 2023

9 a.m. – Noon

4. Natural Resources Reforestation

Bend View Metropark

November 18, 2023

9 a.m. – Noon

5. Tree Climbing and Boot Pickup

Toledo Botanical Gardens

December 9, 2023

9 a.m. – Noon

6. Woody Invasive Species Removal


January 13, 2024

9 a.m. – Noon

7. Vehicle Maintenance

Oak Openings Preserve Metropark

February 10, 2024

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

8. Survival Skills and Interviewing

Pearson Metropark

March 16, 2024

9. Monitoring


April 6, 2024

9 a.m. – Noon

10. Natural Resources Conservation- Blue Creek Seed Nursery

Blue Creek Metropark

April 20, 2024

Noon - 3 p.m.

11. Natural Resources Invasive Pulling

Manhattan Marsh Metropark

May 18, 2024

Any one shift

12. Outdoor Expo Program Assistance

Side Cut Metropark

June 8, 2024

9 a.m. – Noon

13. StewardSHIP: Paddling and river cleanup

Audubon Island, Perrysburg 

June 24 – 27, 2024

End of the Year Excursion: Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

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 2023 – 2024 year from June 24 thru June 27, Conservation Club members will get to travel to the beautiful and scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park in North Eastern Ohio! More information on the awesome adventures that await participants is to come!


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