November 15 2021

Make a Difference Day: By the numbers

A big shout out to everyone who joined us for Make a Difference Day on Saturday, Oct. 23. This annual day of service helps MetroParks button up the parks for the cold weather months, aides with reforestation efforts and more.

Total volunteer impact:

• 225 volunteers
• 616.5 hours
• 60 pounds of landfill litter and debris collected
• .35 miles of rivers and lakes cleaned
• .70 miles of hiking, biking or equestrian corridor cleared
• 2.75 acres of invasive plants removed
• 6 play/recreational areas cleaned, restored, maintained and/or constructed
• 780 trees or shrubs planted
• 5,480 flowers and bulbs planted.

Thank you to our Make a Difference Day sponsors, Montgomery County Environmental Services, Keep Montgomery County Beautiful, Lexis Nexis and QEI Engineers Inc.

The weather may be cooling, but you can still use your time to support nature in our MetroParks and at home.

Five Rivers MetroParks has myriad opportunities for you to support your MetroParks, from volunteering with friends during annual service days to long-term opportunities that allow you to build new skills and explore your outdoor hobbies.

New for 2022, MetroParks will launch its new Get Connected platform, which will allow established and potential volunteers to view opportunities, participate in virtual trainings and more. For now, you can learn more about volunteer with Five Rivers MetroParks by visiting You can also read about some of our awesome volunteers, such as Jacey Campbell the the Steele Family on our Nature is Open blog.

You can make a difference every day for the environment by adopting a greener lifestyle, which includes incorporating sustainable practices into your household. Whether you commit to keep a stash of reusable shopping bags in your car or have a long-term plan to create a native landscape, starting your sustainability journey by learning new things is a great start. Check out the links below to learn more:

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