The public is invited to a multi-media presentation and examination of strategies to restore riveredge ecosystems and their effects on water quality and economic productivity. There is no charge for admission.

Water quality impacts every life on Earth. Whether you are a tenant or landowner, the way you manage the property on which you live affects water quality for everything living in that watershed! The 2017 Edith Chase Symposium offers several opportunities to learn how to improve water quality with simple land-use strategies.

June 2nd – Join us on Friday afternoon at 4:00 PM to celebrate river environments with selected poetry readings at the Wick Poetry Center of Kent State University.

Later that evening at 7:00 PM meet us at the Cene Lecture Hall at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Christina Znidarsic, Senior Watershed Manager with the Chagrin River Watershed Partners will provide a presentation titled, ‘Restoration Through Vegetation’ that will guide us through the watershed process. We will learn specifically about native vegetation and the critical role it plays in water quality. The information Christina shares will help you make informed decisions about how to better manage your landscape to improve the health of the water within your watershed. (Doors open at 6:30 PM) Native seed packets will be available on a first-come basis.

June 3rd – Then on Saturday at 1:00 PM Ken Christensen will provide a guided tour of the riparian restoration at Plum Creek. Ken was the lead ecologist in the creek edge ecosystem restoration following the dam removal in 2011.

Kent Parks and Recreation is hosting this workshop. Please meet at the #2 Shelter House at Plum Creek. The first fifty registrants for this program will receive free native plant packages. To register for the Saturday event contact Marybeth at or call (330)297-7633 x101.

The Edith Chase Symposium Association is an Ohio non-profit scientific educational organization based in Kent. Donations are deductible for federal income tax purposes. For more information about the 3rd Annual Edith Chase Symposium please visit