Summer Volunteer Opportunities with PCS!

May3Summer will be here before we know it and you know what that means? It’s time for PCS’s summer volunteer opportunities!! Two great ways that you can get involved with PCS this summer is through our annual programs, Get the Lead Out! and Clean Your Streams 365.

The water levels of the Maumee River are lowering, slowly, and the walleye have made their runs. That means that soon we can wander along the banks of the Maumee looking for left-behind lead and fishing line. Get the Lead Out! is one of our annual programs. It is great for volunteers of all ages and can be done throughout the summer season. We have six public events scheduled throughout the summer, with the first two coming up on June 9th and June 23rd from 6:00-8:00pm at Side Cut Metropark. You can also schedule your own private event. Contact our office if you plan to attend one of our upcoming public events or wish to schedule your own private Get the Lead Out! event. Since the program began in 2005, our volunteer groups have collected almost 300 pounds of lead from the riverbanks! And we want you to help us keep removing lead and line out of our waterways! Still need convincing that this program is great for you? This video will take you up close to what it’s really like to take part in Get the Lead Out! For more information or to register a group, check out our website.

Clean Your Streams 365 is an extension of our annual Clean Your Streams Day that occurs every September. In an effort to give more power to the public to reduce marine debris locally and because our rivers collect trash year round, we decided they should be cleaned 365 days a year (except, of course, when the river is flooded or frozen!). Clean Your Streams 365 allows groups of any size, age, and/or ability level to directly improve rivers by working in streams and along the bank. Upon registration, volunteers will be assigned a location to clean depending on their skills, preference, and cleanup needs. We loan out a supply kit complete with cleanup supplies, First Aid kits, data collection reporting forms, and detailed instructions. Date and time depends on weather, water levels of the river, and group preferences. This way, we can give water a hand virtually 365 days a year! For information or to register a group, check out our website