Volunteers needed for Country Lights, Breakfast with Santa
and Farmpark toy workshops. Call the Volunteer office at 440-585-3418.
Volunteering is such a wonderful way of giving back
community. In the process, you may find that you are also
helping yourself. As we go about our daily volunteering, we
often fail to take the time to enjoy the things around us.
have you given yourself lately? When was the last time you
took a walk in the park, visited the lake just to watch the tide,
discovered the beauty of
some of a new park, took a hike, rode
your bike, watched the sun rise or set, eyed the birds up in the
sky. Take time to marvel at all of the wonderful
beauty to be
seen right here right now at Lake Metroparks!
--Merle Walker, Volunteer Program Manager
The Lake Metroparks Volunteer Department supports the
Lake Metroparks Mission Statement by providing a substantial resource of diverse volunteers to enrich and expand Lake Metroparks services and programs as well as generate goodwill through citizen participation in the Lake Metroparks system.
Lake Metroparks recognizes volunteers are a valuable resource that enrich and expand park district services and programs. Volunteerism generates goodwill through citizen participation
and is recognized as an educational
and recreational program due to intrinsic benefits gained from volunteering.
Lake Metroparks encourages and provides opportunities for the participation of volunteers.
Many volunteers have skills, talents and expertise to offer. Some desire to learn more about a topic that interests them. Choose from hundreds of volunteer opportunities to use your skills and interests to help others, gain valuable experience, make new friends and feel good about contributing to your community. Whether it's a few hours per week or one day a month, volunteering makes a difference in your life and the lives of your neighbors.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Lake Metroparks!
All new volunteers are required to go through an orientation to enable the volunteer department staff to review park policies and procedures and to learn more about their interests.
Lake Metroparks Volunteer Office Lakefront Lodge 30525 Lake Shore Blvd.
Willowick, Ohio 44095
Merle Walker, Volunteer Program Manager: 440-585-3418
Beverly Caduff, Volunteer Program Specialist: 440-585-2322
Gloria Payne, Volunteer Program Assistant: 440-585-2520
Lake Metroparks Farmpark’s mission is to help our urban society understand how farmers raise food, fiber, and other products that sustain and enhance human life. To fulfill this vision, Lake Metroparks Farmpark maintains a collection of livestock including equine, bovine, caprine, porcine, ovine, and avian individuals. Sustaining a suitable group of animals to meet exhibit and program needs is the goal of the Animal Care and Interpretation Department.
Lake Metroparks Farmpark’s College Internship Program works with students to develop animal care and handling techniques as well as routine care procedures. Staff will work with interns to meet specific curriculum requirements for college credit.
Interns will be scheduled depending on time required to meet interns curriculum needs, availability of staff, and timing of animal care tasks. Hours will vary and, as animal care is a 24/7 responsibility, may include weekends and/or holidays. This is an unpaid internship and on-site housing is not available.
Understand the role of Farmpark’s mission in the region.
Learn how to handle and restrain domestic livestock for safe movement and care needs.
Work with staff to maintain suitable environments for livestock
Learn the methods used for parasite detection in livestock.
Work with staff to administer medications.
Work with staff to meet parturition needs of livestock.
Learn routine procedures of care for livestock on site.
Candidate must be currently enrolled in a post – secondary degree program.
Valid Ohio driver’s license and current tetanus inoculation
Be able to lift or move 50 lbs. able to sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, taste or smell. Vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Able to work in a variety of conditions such as extreme temperature, precipitation, and humid conditions with a variety of sights and smells.
Must be able to communicate in oral and written forms, able to work in a team environment.
Demonstrate ability to provide effective customer service when communicating with visitors.
Able to follow assignments and projects through to completion.
Successful completion of Lake Metroparks volunteer application process.
Eleven students from Boston University are spending their spring break volunteering at Lake Metroparks. The trip is arranged through the university’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program. The students are helping our Outdoor Education staff in different areas of our park system this week.
The students from BU experienced the GREEN MAN GROUP float in a dress rehearsal in preparation for Lake Metropark's entry in the
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Cleveland. Earlier in the week, the BU students helped take down lights and clean up at the ski center. They also became official toymakers as they spent time cutting wooden toys in preparation for Santa’s Toy Workshop, part of Country Lights.