July 3The dog days of summer have arrived and what better way to enjoy the sunshine than participating in a PCS volunteer event! We have several events this month, some hosted by us, and others in conjunction with organizations from our area.

–   Get the Lead Out! –  Do you want to help out your local community in a fun and exciting way? Join PCS on July 14th and 26th from 6:00 to 8:00pm to participate in our public Get the Lead Out! program at Orleans Park in Perrysburg.  GLO is a cleanup program that provides volunteers a way to have a clear and direct impact on improving wildlife habitat in and around the river by removing fishing line, lead lures, and trash from the mighty Maumee River. Contact our office if you plan to attend!

–   Paddle Palooza – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is hosting the 2nd Annual Paddle Palooza on July 10th, from 11:00 to 4:00pm at Maumee Bay State Park. Try different kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, and more on the inland pond and learn about different organizations from around the area, like PCS!

–   Tree Training Workshop – PCS, in partnership with the Cuyahoga River Restoration, and with funding from the Tree Fund, is hosting the Tree Training Initiative Workshop on July 15th from 8:30 to 4:00pm at the Ward Pavilion at Wildwood Metropark. Register by July 11th to save your spot!

–   Fishing Derby – The National Museum of the Great Lakes offers this program, through their Kids Klub, on July 16th from 10:00 to 2:00pm. Catch and release fish from the Maumee River and learn about the different fish species swimming in our river. This program is free for members and is included in the cost of admission for non-members. PCS will host an educational table during this event so be sure to stop by and say hi! 

–   Paddle Ohio 2016: Canoe Experience – The Toledo Metroparks, along with Wood County Park District and ODNR Paddle Ohio, are proud to offer this free paddle experience as a part of the Paddle Ohio series on July 23rd, with the first paddle group going out at 9:00am. While you paddle, learn about the importance of water quality and stream monitoring from guest lecturer Christina Kuchle. For more information or to register, check out Metroparks’ website. Spots are filling up fast!