Join Friends of the Crooked River for the River Rat Revelry!

Join Friends of the Crooked River for our annual gathering-the River Rat Revelry

Find out where we’ve been and what’s in store for the Cuyahoga River and its friends.
Sewers, Dams, WaterTrail, Programs and Projects.

When: Tuesday, April 19, 6 – 9 PM
Where: The Banquet Room – The Quirk Center
1201 Grant Avenue, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223

All Things Cuyahoga River and City of Akron
Pat Gsellman, Program Manager
Akron Waterways Renewed

Music: The Cool Sounds of Paul Pira
Refreshments and Music: 6 PM
Program: 7 PM
Camaraderie: 8 PM
Bring your interest in the river and a dish to share

For more info:
Elaine Marsh

Reminder: Get your tickets for the Environmental Conservation Dinner!

Don’t forget to join us at the 18th Annual Portage County Environmental Conservation Awards Dinner on Sat. April 30th from 5:30-9:00pm at the Kent American Legion Hall 1945 Mogadore Rd. Kent, OH 44240

Purchase Tickets Here

Portage Park District Foundation Announces Award Winners

The 18th Annual Portage Environmental Conservation Awards Dinner will take place Saturday April 30th and will feature a reception with music, hors d’oeuvres featuring local foods, a buffet dinner, silent auction, and more.  The 2016 Portage County Environmental Conservation Award Winners to be honored at the event include:


John Gwinn—Stewardship

Fran Teresi—Environmental Education

The Socially Responsible Sweat Shop—Green Enterprise

Kent State University/University Architect—Green Building/Development

Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority—Green Building/Development

Charles and Marilyn Beckwith—Lifetime Achievement

Honor Roll for Land Conservation—Donald and Adriann Sampson; and Randy Bradley

Fundraising proceeds will benefit the Portage Park District Foundation, whose mission is to support the Park District’s critical work of conserving Portage County’s natural  heritage.

The dinner will be held April 30th at the Kent American Legion, 1945 Mogadore Road from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Register to attend or support the dinner by visiting our page here

Astronomy Event at Morgan Preserve March 12

Join our Sky Ranger Guy Gillespie to explore all that the spring sky has to offer!

We will take a “tour” of the solar system and its many constellations.

If you have your own telescope, bring it along to learn about best viewing practices and set up.

We will also learn how to make a pocket solar system.

Dress for the weather, bring snacks and a flashlight!

Morgan Preserve

ST RT 44 Shalersville

Sat. March 12, 2016    6:30pm

Be part of the LEAP Citizen Science Inventory on iNaturalist


Do you like to explore nature in Northeast Ohio?
Submit your findings to the Lower Lake Erie Region Citizen Science Inventory on iNaturalist

A growing community of citizen naturalists from around the globe are contributing hundreds of nature observations every day with iNaturalist. You can help, too.

By using the iNaturalist website or smartphone app, local observations can be turned into research-grade Citizen Science data that helps Northeast Ohio Parks organizations, biologists, & scientists around the world.

Getting Started
Visit to create an account. From there, you can browse using the projects tab to learn more about the Lower Lake Erie Region Citizen Science Inventory. To go mobile, download the free smartphone app from the Apple store or Android marketplace.