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Building a Rain Garden: The Digging!

Posted on 06/28/19 by Elizabeth in Educational Outreach

Abby Costillow from Cleveland Metroparks showing MRG students how to dig a flat rain garden on a slope. If only it was this easy to move dirt!

We have been immersed in our first Master Rain Garden Workshop the past three weeks! This weeks class was all about digging! If you are building a rain garden this year here are some tips we teach in the class to help make sure your rain garden is the right depth, that it is level, and that you... read more

Cleveland Foundation Intern Spotlight: Lindsey Schneider

Posted on 06/18/19 by Jacki in Educational Outreach

Lindsey on left

Hi there, my name is Lindsey Schneider and I’m spending my summer as a Cleveland Foundation intern hosted by Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District. To give a bit of background information on the Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship Program, it began back in 1999 as an opportunity to expose undergraduate students to the non-profit and public sector scene... read more

Celebrating the Cuyahoga River-From Brown to Blue

Posted on 06/11/19 by Janine in Educational Outreach

On June 22, the city of Cleveland and the Cuyahoga River will celebrate a half-century of cleaner water. Cleveland, a Rust Belt city, often heralded as the “Mistake on the Lake” has rebounded from rust to blue. So, having been of a certain age in 1969, I want to take you on a quick tour through the decades. In... read more

Backyard Invasive Plants: Common Reed Grass (Phragmites australis)

Posted on 06/04/19 by Elizabeth in Friends of Euclid Creek

Aggressive Invasive Plants

Common Reed Grass (Phragmites australis) is an aggressive invasive plant. We often see them along highways growing in ditches and ponds. Although considered attractive by many, their beauty is not worth the destruction they cause. Originally from Eurasia, they have spread throughout the U.S. and Canada. These dense, fast growing stands destroy natural habitats that provide critical food and... read more

Rain Barrels - get one, get two, get three!

Posted on 05/28/19 by Amy in Educational Outreach

Cuyahoga SWCD rain barrel system (note elevation with concrete blocks)

We have been offering rain barrel workshops for over 11 years now and have sold thousands to the public. Rain barrels are a catchment system that captures the rainwater that runs off your roof and down your downspout. This morning talking to my hairdresser, Joe, he mentioned that he has a rain barrel. It's a barrel that sits in... read more