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Volunteer Opportunity: Grand River Cleanup

May 19 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for a unique volunteer event! Canoe or kayak along the wild & scenic Grand River while gathering unwanted waste along the way. We have found tires, beds, and many treasures during our 18 years of cleaning up the river. Who knows what you will pull out this year?!

This event will happen rain or shine. If weather and river conditions are unsafe, we will hike local trails and cleanup waste and invasive species.

Spots in canoes are limited. First to register will be the first assigned to a spot in the river. We will fill up fast! If you do not get a spot, we will put you on a wait list and assign you to hike local trails with a Land Conservancy staff member. Only those ages 14 & up are permitted on the water. All volunteers are required to sign a waiver on the day of this event. (Click to preview the waiver)

Event details:
7:15 AM | Canoe/ Kayak drop off at Harpersfield Covered Bridge
7:15 AM | Volunteer check in at Hidden Valley Park Shelter
8:00 AM | Welcome and safety overview / Shuttle to canoes at Harpersfield
8:30 AM – 12 PM | River cleanup or you may clean up along the river
12:00 – 1 PM | Hot lunch (The time volunteers arrive for lunch greatly depends on the speed and height of the river. Lunch will be available until everyone is back on land!)
1 – 2 PM | Cleanup site and load canoes

Volunteer check in and lunch location starting at 7:15 AM:
Lake Metroparks Hidden Valley Park Shelter, 4872 Klasen Road, Madison Twp., OH 44057 *Directions: Take I-90 to Rt. 528 south for 1.5 miles. Turn right (west) onto Klasen Road. Hidden Valley Park is near the end of Klasen Road on the left. Website with photo and directions to site:

Canoe and Kayak drop off location starting at 7:15 AM:
If you are bringing your own canoe or kayak, you will need to drop it off at Harpersfield Covered Bridge. This is located at Harpersfield Covered Bridge, 1122 Harpersfield Rd, Geneva, OH 44041. You can leave it there with a Land Conservancy staff member and drive to the volunteer check in station. You may park and will be shuttled to your canoe/kayak. Limited number of canoes will be provided. You must sign in at the volunteer check in station to participate in this cleanup.

Don’t have a canoe or kayak?
No problem! Some loaned canoes will travel the upper and some will travel the lower section of the river. Volunteers will be shuttled back to the Hidden Valley Park Shelter for lunch at 12 PM or when you have completed your section of the river. Lunch will remain out until everyone is back on land.

Ample parking is available on site.

Please wear comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting wet or dirty. Close toed shoes are recommended. Volunteers are encouraged to bring: bug spray, sunscreen, reusable water bottles, gloves, hats, and sunglasses.

Water, coffee, and donuts will be provided at check in. Hot lunch will be provided at noon and remain out until all volunteers are back on land.

If you would like to be paired with a group or another person, please register together to be assigned to the same section of the river. Please contact with any questions you may have.


PLEASE NOTE: You may be photographed or recorded by the Western Reserve Land Conservancy during this event. Your image or words may be used in materials prepared by or for the Land Conservancy, including marketing related-materials.


May 19
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Catlin Layton


Hidden Valley MetroPark
4902 Klasen Rd.
Madison, OH 44057 United States
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