Columbia Aquatic Restoration Project

Learn about CARP via this City Channel Video.

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 Designing for Storm Water. After the course, you will assist the city horticulturist with organized projects, to be held on Sunday and Saturday mornings.  Following the classes, participants are asked to volunteer a minimum of 18 hours on City of Columbia aquatic management projects in city parks.  

Please note:  CARP projects are scheduled on Sunday and Saturday mornings. We ask that you consider this before you register for this volunteer program. You must be a trained C.A.R.P. volunteer to attend the projects except as a C.A.R.P. volunteer’s guest. Complete an online application to become a C.A.R.P. volunteer.

C.A.R.P. Classes will be held on Wednesday, February 21 & 28, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at the Parks Management Center, located at 1507 Business Loop 70 West. 

2017 CARP Course Presentations: 

C.A.R.P. Introduction-Brett O’Brien

Storm Water Education-Mike Heimos

Aquatic Fauna of Missouri-Amy Meier

Aquatic Plants-Liz Sweda

C.A.R.P. What to Expect-Michael Acton




CARP Volunteer Cheryl Hardy

Planting at Bethel Park (September 2017)

CARP Volunteer Susan DeMian and Parks Staff
Installation of porous pavers at Longview Park (October 2017)

CARP logo

updated 2-20-18