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Environmental Heroes

Leonard Gelfand STEM Center

Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation – Canalway Center

An After School Environmental Adventure
for middle and high school students (minimum age 12)
Get Close! Dig In! Get Wet!
Get Real! Go Wild!
You CAN be a HERO!
Apply now!

Environmental Heroes 2015-2016

Environmental Advocacy


Environmental Heroes Research Resources


Environmental Heroes Newsletter 10-29-2015 (PDF)
Newsletter created by Diana Parsons

Environmental Heroes Newsletter 03-29-2015 (PDF)
Newsletter created by Diana Parsons

Environmental Heroes Newsletter 10-26-2014 (PDF)
Newsletter created by Diana Parsons


Environmental HEROES of the Week 2015-2016

Environmental HEROES of the Week 2014-2015

Environmental HEROES of the Week 2013-2014

Environmental HEROES of the Week 2012-2013

Environmental HEROES of the Week 2011-2012


The Environmental Heroes Program Given
President’s Volunteer Service Award

Letter From the U.S. State Department and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Thanking the Environmental Heroes for Participating in the Climate Change and Renewable Energy Program


Environmental Heroes Pictures

Beaver Activity in the Blue Heron wetlands, December 15, 2015

Doe in North Pond Wetlands, November 3, 2015

Two Lined Salamanders-Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation October 6, 2015

2014 Environmental Heroes Summer and Fall Pictures – Diana Parsons

Baby Turtle at the Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation, September 7, 2014

Environmental Heroes Canal Site One-July 18, 2014

2014 Environmental Heroes Trip Camera Photos

Frog Pond-Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation-Cleveland
Metroparks, April and May 2014

Little Turtle at the Canalway, June 23, 2014

Environmental Education Council of Ohio Conference,
March 29, 2014, Mt. Sterling, Ohio-Deer Creek State Park

U.S. Embassy Guests, June 10, 2014

First Toad of Spring Amphibian Monitoring, June 10, 2014

Selfies with Jason Bolger 2014

Engage in Real Research, Adventure, Exploration!
Where: Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation
4524 East 49th Street
Cuyahoga Hts., Ohio 44125
Move Your Research Findings to Citizen Action!
Make a Difference!

August 2015 – June 2016: Environmental Heroes
What you do matters!
Learn how in this free after school program for middle and high school students (minimum age 12), a joint program of the Cleveland Metroparks at the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation-Canalway Center and Case Western Reserve University’s Leonard Gelfand STEM Center. Self – motivated participants will engage in real science with naturalists and scientists, collecting and analyzing environmental data, and in developing plans to solve environmental problems. Only serious Environmental Heroes, willing to make a commitment for 2 years need apply. Youth will be selected in a competitive process to participate and will spend two weeks in the summer actively developing field observational and investigative skills.

Orientation is August 3-14, 2015, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. weekdays. After school sessions begin September 8, 2015. After school sessions are on Tuesdays 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. through June 28, 2016. All sessions are at the Canalway Center, Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation.

2015-2016 Environmental Heroes Application (PDF)

2015-2016 Application Deadline: June 27, 2015; Essays must accompany application to be considered for interview for open positions.

For more information, please call 216-368-5075 or e-mail: