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 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. 

CARP Projects

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

  • Saturday, April 27-Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area-1907 Hillcrest Dr. (Cancelled-Alternate Date TBD)
  • Saturday, May 11-Twin Lakes Recreation Area-2500 Chapel Hill Rd. 
  • Saturday, August 31-Perry Phillips Lake-5050 Bristol Lake Pkwy
  • Saturday, September 14-Stephens Lake Park-2001 E Broadway
  • Saturday, September 28-Smiley Lane Park-400 Smiley Lane
  • Saturday, October 12-3M-5400 Paris Rd

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.

2019 CARP Course Presentations: 

C.A.R.P. Intoduction & History-Michael Acton

Aquatic Fauna of Missouri-Amy Meier

Aquatic Plants-Darby Niswonger


2019 CARP Graduates
CARP Volunteer Cheryl Hardy

CARP Volunteer Susan DeMian and Parks Staff

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updated 4-26-19