Annual Big Creek Cleanup
Every year, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Cleveland Metroparks staff and volunteers get wet and dirty as they clean up Big Creek, a tributary of the Cuyahoga River that runs directly through the Zoo and Brookside Reservation. The trash is sorted so that plastic, aluminum and steel are recycled.
Besides cleaning up the Creek, participants have also worked on efforts to eradicate invasive plant species, such as Japanese knotweed and garlic mustard, from the banks of Big Creek to allow room for Ohio's native vegetation, have erected bird nesting boxes and also cleaned up other nearby areas of the watershed.
Big Creek Cleanup was started as a grass roots after-work project by a handful of Zoo staff in the 1980s. It has grown to include over 50 individuals primarily from Cleveland Metroparks and Friends of Big Creek who donate their time to clean up the local watershed.