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We love to get people out on the land. So, our events are all about enjoying our region's wonderful natural resources, with great people. Below are highlights of some of our most popular events. To learn more about activities taking place throughout the year, check out our Events Calendar  or contact us with any ideas at



Grand River Cleanup

Keeping the Wild and Scenic Grand River in Ashtabula and Lake Counties clean and pristine! Clean-up of the river corridor happens both on the water and off. Team River collects trash and debris from the banks of the Grand with help of canoes, donated by Lake Metroparks and ODNR Scenic Rivers.Team Terra Firma will hit the parks along that stretch to keep the land around the river trash free. A Barbeque follows for all of the volunteers.



Conservation Rocks All Star Jam

Building conservation awareness through partnership and music.

By day, they help preserve land in northern Ohio, creating public parks, protecting rivers, forests and farms for future generations.  By night, they jam.  Join some of the region’s top musician/conservationists for Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s Conservation Rocks show in the Ballroom. The event is designed to build awareness for the land conservation movement in northern Ohio.


Gold Panning on the vermilion

Find your fortune in a setting that will bring you back to the old days


Did you know that gold has been found in the Vermilion River? Yes, the precious metal has been pulled from the stream. And, you can try your hand at panning for gold at this popular event hosted by the Land Conservancy's Firelands chapter. The search takes place at the Lorain County Metro Parks Vermilion River Reservation. The Land Conservancy provides experienced guides and we invite participants to come prepared with shoes you don't mind getting wet and a big bucket for your treasures!




Kids in the Creek

A multi-generational family tradition: water, critters, and kids

Western Reserve Land Conservancy events - Kids in Creek 1Kids in the Creek, one of our most popular summer events, celebrates families, water, and nature. Kids of all ages (one - 101 years old) explore a quiet stretch of the Chagrin River and learn about the importance of cold water conservation. Families bring the generations together as they splash through the water, catch critters, and identify them. The Land Conservancy provides helpful and friendly naturalists as well nets, identifier books, and buckets. Come join the fun in July at West Geauga Commons in Chesterland.





The Land Conservancy's annual benefit at a spectacular locationWestern Reserve Land Conservany Rich Cochran

Each September, Land Conservancy's friends and supporters gather to celebrate our mission to protect the scenic beauty, working lands, and natural resources of northern Ohio. EverGreen EverBlue is the Land Conservancy's biggest annual fundraiser and one of our region's most celebrated gatherings. Each year, the party is held at a new, speciallocation somewhere in the region we serve. Our very own Paddles for Preservation ensures the fundraising is fun, fast, and firmly connected to protecting land.


Fall Festival

Autumn in Ohio: what's not to celebrate?

Land Conservancy families fall into October each year with festivals throughout the region. There are always pumpkins for painting, hayrides for riding, and campfires for s'moring. In Medina, the ever-popular Hoot and Harvest Festival features a special program, with owl spotting and rehabilitated raptor led by the Medina Raptor Center. In Geauga County, families gather around a special farm-setting, enjoying horses, hay, and remarkable fall colors.