Groundwork Cincinnati-Mill Creek is pleased to welcome a new relationship with our sister organization, the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities. Our complementary missions empower us to coordinate and leverage our efforts to better serve the diverse needs of urban and suburban Mill Creek stakeholders. Watch this space for future collaborative and joint efforts and check them out here!
Spring Break at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
Over spring break six of the Green Team youth traveled with Groundwork staff members to Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge! This protected area in Indiana is known for being a haven for a variety of animals- some that stay year-round and some that are just passing through during their long migration. During our stay, we planted over 1,000 prairie grass plugs at a prescribed burn site, helped build a footbridge on the Turkey Trail, paddled around one of their many marshes, and did all the bird watching we could handle! We are excited to work with this refuge in the future!
The Green Team Goes to Texas!
The Green Team spent the past weekend at the Lone Star Trail Building School in Dallas, Texas. They learned several important skills needed to construct multi-use trails, including how to design trail systems and how to use an inclinometer to map out trails and prevent erosion. They also got to work with members of Green Teams from several other Groundwork Trusts from across the country! Stay tuned to see how they implement the knowledge gained from this program on our own trails here in the Mill Creek watershed!
Introducing: The Groundwork Cincinnati 2017 Green Team!
This new and exciting program will help prepare local youth to enter the workforce! The 5 individuals will spend 6 weeks learning vital skills and earning certificates that will be crucial in applying for careers in the green industry. They will be travelling to Dallas this weekend to attend the Lone Star Trail Building School. Stay tuned for updates about their progress, including future collaborations!
Groundwork Cincinnati welcomes Josiah Wolf's SPACE WALK to the Mill Creek Greenway Trail at Salway Park
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Groundwork teams up with the National Park Service & REI
The REI Foundation announced this week a $1 million investment in the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. The initiative, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Interior and National Park Service, is aimed at connecting inner city youth and veterans to national parks. Locally, Groundwork Cincinnati will receive funding and outdoor equipment from REI to support its year-round Green Team youth programs.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said "Thanks to REI's generosity, we're putting young people and returning veterans to work restoring and protecting our nation's land, water and wildlife while creating a connection to nature and public lands that can last a lifetime." The REI program will support conservation and restoration projects in local communities and in a national park, combining community service, outdoor recreation and leadership development, Jewell said.
Tanner Yess, Groundwork Cincinnati’s Green Jobs Site Manager, said that the REI Foundation will underwrite a canoe/kayak based recreation and service-learning trip this summer for fourteen Green Team youth to Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Tennessee and Kentucky. The summer employment program is co-sponsored by Easter Seals Tri-State and the City of Cincinnati’s Youth 2 Work program.
The REI equipment, including kayaks, paddles, life vests, camping supplies, and a trailer to transport the gear, will also be used in Cincinnati for work by Groundwork staff, with up to one thousand Blue Team youth each year participating in the nonprofit’s environmental education and training programs.
Groundwork Cincinnati/Mill Creek is one of 22 Groundwork Trusts across the country focused on youth, economically distressed communities, urban waters, trails, and transformation of derelict properties. The nonprofit’s work is centered in the Lower Mill Creek watershed in the City of Cincinnati.
To date, Groundwork Cincinnati has engaged over 39,000 students in hands on environmental education activities, completed 35 ecological restoration projects in the Mill Creek corridor, planted thousands of trees and five edible forest gardens, built and collaborated on construction of five miles of the City’s Mill Creek Greenway Trail, and transformed five miles of blighted properties into public greenspace, trails, and gardens. Its national partners include Groundwork USA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service.
The REI Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Recreational Equipment, Inc. in 1993. The Foundation's mission is to help ensure that tomorrow's outdoor enthusiasts and conservation stewards reflect the diversity of America. REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 6 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service.
Groundwork Cincinnati-Mill Creek is honored to have served as project manager for Cincinnati Connects. The plan was made possible with support from Interact for Health and technical work by Human Nature, Inc., AECOM Cincinnati, Kolar Design, and the UC Economics Center. The project's steering committee included representatives from the City Of Cincinnati Government, OKI Regional Council of Governments, Cincinnati Parks, Great Parks of Hamilton County, Tri-State Trails, Green Umbrella, Little Duck Creek Trail, Ohio River Trail West, Wasson Way Project, Ohio River Trail - Oasis, and Queen City Bike. Please see the poster and download the report below: