Columbia Aquatic Restoration Project

CARP (Columbia Aquatic Restoration Project) is a volunteer program designed to support the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department in implementing an aquatic plant and shoreline management plan.  Participants will learn about lake and pond ecology during two training classes and hands-on training labs. Topics covered will include Aquatic Ecology, Aquatic Plant Identification, Wetland Restoration, and Rain Gardens. After the course, volunteers can assist the city horticulturist with organized projects, to be held on weekend mornings.

2020 CARP Projects

All projects will be held on Saturday mornings from 8:30-10:30 a.m. 

Saturday, September 26-TBD
Saturday, October 3-3M (tree planting)

Please note:  CARP projects are scheduled on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Complete an online application to become a CARP volunteer.

2019 CARP Course Presentations: 

C.A.R.P. Intoduction & Historyopens PDF file -Michael Acton

Aquatic Fauna of Missouriopens PDF file -Amy Meier

Aquatic Plantsopens PDF file -Darby Niswonger

2019 CARP Graduates
CARP Volunteer Cheryl Hardy
CARP Volunteer Susan DeMian and Parks Staff

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