x 6418 Merle Walker
x 6322 Beverly Caduff
x 6520 Gloria Payne
Volunteering for something you
one of the most gratifying
you can do.
a bonus: Volunteering is fun!
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.
Jonathan Foise is an avid park supporter and has been a committed volunteer for Lake Metroparks since the late 1980s. A perennial and dependable "man of many hats" for Penitentiary Glen Reservation, he was one of our first agency volunteers. Jonathan was instrumental as the park district formed an agency-wide approach to volunteerism...
Eugene Stewart has been a golf marshal at Pine Ridge Country Club for more than 22 years. His long history with the golf course began when he worked as a caddy when Pine Ridge was a private country club. When Pine Ridge opened its doors
to the public and became a Lake Metroparks facility, Eugene was the first volunteer assistant...
Click here to download the Spring 2016 volunteer highlights article.
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.
Click herefor a list of volunteer opportunities in 2016.
New Volunteer Orientation
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. Meetings are held at 6 pm on the first Thursday of the month at Lakefront Lodge in Willowick.
Meeting dates for 2016:
Lake Metroparks Volunteer Office Lakefront Lodge 30525 Lake Shore Blvd.
Willowick, Ohio 44095
Merle Walker, Volunteer Program Manager: 440-585-3041 x6418
Beverly Caduff, Volunteer Program Specialist: 440-585-3041 x6322
Gloria Payne, Volunteer Program Assistant: 440-585-3041 x6520
Lake Metroparks Farmpark College Internship Program
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.
Click here to download internship letter with objectives, requirements and contact information.
Will call tickets/Vendor check in
Course Monitors/ Flaggers
Dress in costumes
Domestic animal care
Sales associates in Gift Shop
Drivers for the draft horse team
Tractor driver for people mover
Tourism and Corporate host and hostess
Penitentiary Glen Nature Center/Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center
Sale assistants at The Nature Store
Wildlife animal care
Tourism and Corporate host and hostess
Pine Ridge Country Club Saturday afternoons and evenings