Metro is dedicated to acquiring regional trails, open spaces and natural areas to preserve wildlife habitat, protect the scenic qualities of the metropolitan region, and provide opportunities for outdoor recreation. Working cooperatively with nonprofit groups, businesses and citizens, Metro is taking the lead to establish a regional system of parks, greenspaces, open space, greenways, and trails for wildlife and people. Metro has a variety of done-in-a-day and recurring restoration projects available at parks and natural areas across the region suitable for groups of all sizes and ages.
Metro’s volunteer wildlife monitoring program provides valuable information about Metro’s natural areas while offering a unique and in-depth service opportunity for community members. By focusing on indicator species, such as amphibians and birds, volunteers provide data to help Metro’s science and stewardship team gauge the progress of its restoration efforts and track the effects of public use on wildlife.