ALL STAR CONSERVATION Summer Supervisor School 2019

Cleveland, Ohio
Sunday, July 28, 2019
ALL STAR CONSERVATION Summer Supervisor School 2019
Sunday, July 28, 2019 3:00 PM -
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 4:00 PM (Eastern Standard )

Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Tower
(216) 696-9200
1360 West Mall Drive
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
United States

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Agenda  - Sunday, July 28

3pm-7pm:  Registration

3pm-7pm:  Hospitality Room, hosted by Area 2

3pm-5pm:  OFSWCD Director's Meeting

7pm- 8:30pm: Kids Pizza Party

7pm-9pm:  Auxiliary Reception & Live Auction

·       Memorial Program, Auxiliary Scholarship Winners, Poster Contest Voting, Live Auction, Taste of Cleveland Reception featuring a selection of Award-Winning Ohio wines and opportunities to meet leaders in the Ohio Wine Industry. 

Agenda  - Monday, July 29: 

6:30am - 3:00pm: Registration

6:30am-8:00am:  Breakfast Buffet

8:00am - 4:00pm:  Children's Tour (LEAVES at 8:20am) 

·       Children’s Program – Cuyahoga, Mahoning

·       Today’s day of fun starts with a walk to the Cuyahoga County Courthouse for a tour of this historic building. Completed in 1912, it is a beautiful landmark where famous court cases have been held and movies have been filmed. Meet a judge or magistrate for an inside look at a courtroom. Next we will walk to the Cleveland City Hall, opened in 1916 for a tour of the Rotunda and Red Room. We hope to have a short visit with the Mayor. Our next stop will be the USS Cod Submarine Memorial where we will have a guided tour through this National Historic Landmark. Come aboard and travel back in time to a place where survival depended upon silence, deep water, and well-aimed torpedoes. We’ll walk along the shores of Lake Erie to have our lunch at the Great Lakes Science Center. We’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore hundreds of hands on exhibits for all ages. Special exhibits like “Vroom! A Car Adventure” and “Cleveland Creates Zone” will be available during our visit. These are in addition to the many regular exhibits like NASA Glenn Visitor Center, Biomedtech, Nano Mini, Solarworks, Wind Turbine, Windworks and Augmented Reality Sandboxes. We’ll cap off the day with a walk past the Cleveland Browns Stadium and a ride on the Rapid Transit train to Tower City and then a walk to the hotel. Comfortable shoes are the order of the day as we’ll be walking during and between most of our stops.

8:00am - 4:00pm:         Auxiliary Tour  (LEAVES at 8:30am)

·       Auxiliary Program 

·       Hop on board of Lolly the Trolley for a trip to the historic and trendy Ohio City neighborhood and Cleveland Flats. This tour starts with a trip to the Cleveland’s Historic West Side Market. Since opening to shoppers on November 2, 1912, the West Side Market- Cleveland’s oldest continuously operating municipally owned market, has anchored the historic Ohio City neighborhood.  Vendors sell meats, cheeses, fish, pasta, bakery and a variety of ethnic items. From there you will walk over to the six-acre Ohio City Farm with its great views of the Cleveland skyline.  The Ohio City Farm, one of the largest contiguous urban farms in the United States at nearly six acres, exists to provide fresh, local, and healthy food to Cleveland’s underserved residents, boost the local food economy, and educate the community about the importance of a complete food system. Next you will get an inside tour of Great Lakes Brewery. Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC), comprised of a brewery and a brewpub and located right around the corner from Ohio City Farm, was founded in 1988 by brothers Pat and Dan Conway as the first microbrewery in the state of Ohio. From there the Trolley will wind through one of Cleveland’s oldest neighborhoods where you will see a mix of historic and modern homes.  Next you will go down to the Flats East Bank, which has been revitalized with trendy restaurants, a brewery, and a new river walk. You will meander to the Alley Cat for lunch, which sits on the Cuyahoga River. After lunch you will hear about the recent celebration of a River Reborn. From there, you will stop at the Towpath Trail restoration site to learn about that and projects now being planned. Time permitting, you will travel to the stunning former Cleveland Trust Building that has been repurposed into a modern grocery store with a unique wine tasting area.

8:30am – 11:00am: Coffee Break

9:00am – 10:45am:       GENERAL SESSION

                                    Welcome and Address by Special Guests

                                    Bob Short, OFSWCD President   

Special Guest Speaker:  Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, CEO Northwest Ohio Regional Sewer District

11:00-am 12:00pm:  Workshop Session I

12:15pm - 1:30pm:       Lunch

                                    Area 2 Highlight Video

                                    Employee’s Assoc Awards

                                    Guest Speaker, TBA!

1:45pm - 2:45pm:    Workshop Session II

2:45pm – 3:00pm:   Break

3:00pm - 4:00pm:  Workshop Session III

Monday Evening Activities

Good Time 3 *Must purchase ticket, Trolley will be available to transport to the Good Time 3 Riverboat Cruise

Cleveland Rocks! –Other Places to Visit:  Picwick & Frolic Comedy Bar, East Bank of Flats, The Warehouse District and the many other restaurants in walking distance from the hotel.

Tuesday 6:30am-8:00am: 
Breakfast Buffet

Tuesday Tours 8:00am – 3:00pm, lunch will be provided on all tours


Tour A: Stream and Wetland Restoration Tour

Travel to the Mentor Marsh Preserve in Lake County to view the largest wetland restoration project on the Lake Erie the Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve in Mentor (Lake) Ohio.   The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has been leading the 800-acre wetland restoration, battling the Giant Reed Grass, Phragmites australis, with everything from hand pruners to helicopters.  Museum staff will lead the tour and discuss the challenges of managing a project of this scale. Next, we will head back to Cuyahoga County and stop at the Cleveland Metroparks’ Wildwood Park to learn about a large stream restoration project that restored the old oxbow and created a wetland area that is helping contain stormwater and providing improved habitat for fish and birds.  From there we will drive through Rockefeller Park and stop at the Cleveland Museum of Art for lunch and 30 mins to enjoy the museum. Outside of the Museum you will learn about the just-completed Doan Brook Stream Restoration Project.  This urban creek has a very developed watershed and has experienced nearly every hydromodification there is.  We’ll visit the stream restoration and review the design and function of the project with Cuyahoga SWCD and Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District staff. Our final stop is the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, once an industrial dumping area for Cuyahoga River dredge material; it has now been naturalized and turned into the area largest natural area in the City of Cleveland.  We’ll meet staff from the Cleveland Cuyahoga Port Authority for a guided walk through the preserve.

Tour B: Green Infrastructure Tour

Cleveland is going from the Rust Belt to the Green Belt, so it is appropriate to take a look at green infrastructure projects that help resolve some of the issues of increased storm events, increase green space and protect our Great Lake Erie.  Green infrastructure is a cost-effective, resilient approach to managing wet weather impacts that provides many community benefits. Along the way you will hear about the redesign of Cleveland’s Public Square and the best practices used at this new downtown park. The tour will head southeast to the historic Slavic Village neighborhood to learn about a Complete Streets project that incorporates an infiltration basin for stormwater.  From there we will head northeast to learn about some of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Project Clean Lake sites that include deep tunnels, bio-retention basins, including a large biotention basin on Doan Brook.  Along the way, you will also see one of the Cuyahoga River Restoration’s “DePave” projects at Morningstar Baptist Church. As we go north into University Circle, you will hear about Case Western Reserve University’s Nord Family Greenway Project and hear about the Doan Brook stream restoration project. Lunch and free time will be at the renowned Cleveland Museum of Art.  After lunch, the tour will stop at the historic (1891) St. Casimer Church where you will learn about the installation of green infrastructure practices on the property, along with an inside peek of the beautiful church.  Time permitting, there will be a stop of the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve.  Dress for the weather. Some walking.

Tour C: Field of Dreams: How Geauga County is Redefining Agriculture

Today's tour takes you into Geauga County, just east of downtown Cleveland.  Geauga County boasts the home of the 4th largest settlement of Amish and very diverse agriculture.  The rolling hills of Geauga County provide the perfect environment for dairy, horse, corn, soybean, hay, maple syrup, and produce.  Although the average size of Geauga's farms has declined over the years, the number of farms has not.  There are more smaller farms in production in the county today than there were 30 years ago.  The result is a vital growing industry producing over $26,000,000 dollars in revenue annually.  These farms include a focus on local produce and products and the County has embraced it and has catered to it.  The tour will include a stop at Messenger Century Farm which has been preserved through the Western Reserve Land Conservancy.  Co-owner of the farm, Dee Belew, a Soil and Water Conservation District Board member, will share the history of the farm and its migration to producer of 200-300 gallons of maple syrup and 4 acres of pick your own blueberries.  The next stop of the tour will highlight the high tech end of the agriculture spectrum with John Bonner and Great Lakes Growers featuring their many acres of hydroponically produced lettuce and herbs that is able to be produced ALL year round instead of the "seasonal" agriculture mostly seen throughout the County.  Certified non-GMO with no pesticides or herbicides and locally produced, the consumer can feel confident and trust the safety and quality of their fresh greens. Next, we will visit Patterson Farms with the first stop at the Mulberry Road Farm. Here we will see a farm that produces apples, peaches, strawberries, and maple syrup that has been around for generations and has become an agritourism location destination.  On our way to lunch, we will be stopping by neighboring Rogish Farm. Bob, a former Soil and Water Conservation District Board member, with his wife Amy grow pumpkins, Christmas trees and fresh cut flowers.  The tour will wrap up at Orchard Hills Center at Patterson Fruit Farm where a delicious lunch will be provided and prepared with some of the local products you have seen on the tour.  After lunch you will have some time to browse and shop at Patterson Fruit Farm’s Market and pick up some local products before departing to the hotel.

Tour D: Lorain County Agriculture and Horticulture Tour


Head west with us to Schriver Organics located in Grafton, Ohio.  Jason and Angela Schriver are organic farmers who feel small farms can survive and even thrive through sustainable agriculture practices.  They will speak on their decision to transition into organic farming including the challenges, rewards, and the steps involved. Enjoy coffee and donuts provided by the Schrivers at this stop. 

We board the bus to head north in Lorain County to Willoway Nurseries.  Willoway Nurseries is a progressive, forward thinking company that is third generation family-owned.  They are at the forefront of the horticulture industry with technology, marketing, and growing techniques. Willoway has approximately 550 acres of field production and 450 acres of container stock which includes 32 acres of climate-controlled greenhouses.  We will tour the facilities with Willoway staff. 

From Willoway Nurseries, we board the bus and after a very short drive, we stop at Miller Nature Preserve located on 78 acres of wooded land in the heart of Avon.  Miller Nature Preserve opened in 2011 and includes a 5000 square foot conservatory, a butterfly house and thematic walking gardens.  The Conservatory displays various plant specimens from all over the world.  There is a path that follows colorful landscaped gardens including an orchid collection.  There will be a guided tour of the facility and we will have lunch at the Orchid Café.

With time permitting, we will make a stop at Avon Cabela’s.  It’s the fourth Cabela’s in Ohio and is a 81,000-sq-ft store packed with outdoor equipment.  It features a mountain replica, wildlife displays, hand-painted murals, an aquarium and much more.  


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