Blue Heron Homecoming

The Blue Heron Homecoming is an annual environmental festival that allows community members a chance to learn about the Akron Waterways Renewed! program. The festival features representatives from the City of Akron, firms involved with the AWR! program, and partners such as local non-profits and environmental groups.

The Blue Heron Homecoming will actually be called the "Cuyahoga River Homecoming" this year and be held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebrations happening all over Northeast Ohio! The event will take place June 21, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More details will be made available soon!

The festival is named for the great blue herons that nest nearby. This four-foot-tall bird is native to the area, but its population was declining due to the poor water quality of the Cuyahoga River. Since efforts were made to improve water quality, the great blue heron has seen a resurgence in the area, and is commonly seen along the Towpath Trail, Ohio & Erie Canal, Cuyahoga River and Little Cuyahoga River. This resurgence is a testament to the work that's been done so far, and serves as a reminder of the positive impact that the AWR! program is having on the local environment. You can learn more about the great blue heron at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park website here.



Check out our 2018 photos HERE

Check out our 2017 photos HERE

Check out our 2016 photos HERE