Conservation efforts are integral to the work done by Cleveland Metroparks and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
Since 2013, Cleveland Metroparks has acquired nearly 1,000 acres of quality wetlands, streams and forests. With a border to Lake Erie, Cleveland Metroparks realizes the importance of urban watersheds. Stormwater, pollution, algal blooms, invasive species and loss of wetlands pose continuing challenges, and the Park District has received national attention for making watershed stewardship a priority through education, scientific monitoring and environmental restoration. As a result of these efforts, Cleveland Metroparks has lowered regional stormwater management costs by $5.12M annually.