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.

    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. Apply here 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




    Photo of CARP Volunteer Cheryl Hardy

    Planting at Bethel Park (September 2017)

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

    CARP logo

    updated 11-6-17