Blue Heron Homecoming

The Blue Heron Homecoming will be postponed until the fall of 2020 due to COVID-19. The date is still to be determined and more updates will be shared on this page. We thank everyone for the continued support and interest in this event each year.

In lieu of the in-person Blue Heron Homecoming, the Akron Waterways Renewed team is partnering with local organizations to create a virtual series called the Blue Heron Hangout! Videos will be posted every week with the focus of environmental education and activities that can be done at home. The series will begin the week of June 15th and continue for the summer. You can find the Blue Heron Hangout on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/akronwaterwaysrenewed/!

 You can now also find the Blue Heron Hangout on its own page linked below! All weekly activities and videos are linked in one location! 

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Blue Heron Hangout

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. 

This will be the 6th annual Blue Heron Homecoming, themed “Vision 2020: Valued Water.” The festival will have hands on activities for kids and adults, educational & historical tours, free food, entertainment, tree seedling giveaways, and other fun giveaways!

The date of the event is Friday, June 19, 2020 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at The Mustill Store (57 W. North Street, Akron 44304).

Ride METRO to the Blue Heron Homecoming for FREE! Valid from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm when you show the flier to the bus operator. METRO regular line-service routes only. Not valid on METRO SCAT, NCX, or Call-A-Bus services. For METRO routes and times, call (330)-762-0341.

More details to come as we get closer to the event! 

Click the flyer below to open a full version! 

Blue Heron Homecoming 2020 flyer (1)

Cuyahoga River Homecoming 

The Cuyahoga River Homecoming is a festival celebrating the environmental progress made for the Cuyahoga River and surrounding tributaries! This celebration was held in conjunction with several other festivals around Northeast Ohio recognizing the 50th anniversary of the infamous fire on the Cuyahoga River in June of 1969. 

We want to thank everyone who participated in the festivities to make this such an amazing event! The Cuyahoga River Homecoming was such a success with help from our exhibitors, volunteers, and community. 

 

Find more photos from the Cuyahoga River Homecoming, here!

 

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 5th annual Blue Heron Homecoming was called the Cuyahoga River Homecoming to celebrate the significant water-quality improvements made to the Cuyahoga River over the 50 years since the infamous 1969 fire. See below for more information.  

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