Photo courtesy of Rob Core

FLOW projects

volunteers planting trees


Tour some of FLOW’s projects via this story map (click to view)

Thanks to Shelly Douglas for creating this story map!

FLOW by the numbers 2021

Event attendees: 1600

19 outreach events

29 Tree Plantings:
Containerized and Balled & Burlapped trees planted: 898
Saplings planted: 7600
Saplings/trees given away: 2,501
(at our 1st grade tree giveaway, FLOW Tree Ambassadors Giveaway and Worthington Tree Nursery Giveaway)
 
 
Litter cleanups: 49

45 Misc volunteer events –
maintenance of physical areas (bridge building, kiosk installation, and more)

Honeysuckle/Invasive Removal: 40 Events

dragonfly nymph11 Tributaries monitored at 17 sites
 

FLOW TREE NURSERIES 

FLOW maintains two tree nurseries, one in Worthington on Godown Road next to the dog park, and one in Weinland Park on 8th Avenue. Both are cared for by volunteers.

Worthington tree nursery

Trees are protected from deer browsing by plastic tree tubes

The purpose of the Worthington nursery which was started in 2018 is to increase the size and survivability of trees that FLOW plants and gives to the community. The nursery gives FLOW more native plants at a better size. The nursery includes native species like sycamore, oaks, dogwood, spicebush, elderberry, filbert, black cherry, hickory, river birch, and bald cypress.

 

 
 
 
 
Weinland park tree nursery

Raised beds add extra moisture retention for the seedlings

The Weinland Park nursery was started in 2015 and a raised bed was installed in 2020. The purpose of the nursery is to grow-up bare root stock in 3-gallon pots for distribution in the Weinland Park neighborhood and in the lower Olentangy watershed. Approximately 500 trees were distributed last year (2021).  Last fall, Engineers Without Borders, an OSU student organization, built two additional beds to triple the capacity of the nursery.  (1200 tress will be stocked in the nursery this spring). This year they’ll be working on improvements to the rain water capture and distribution system.

 

FLOW TREE NURSERIES 

FLOW maintains two tree nurseries, one in Worthington on Godown Road next to the dog park, and one in Weinland Park on 8th Avenue. Both are cared for by volunteers.

Worthington tree nursery

Trees are protected from deer browsing by plastic tree tubes

The purpose of the Worthington nursery which was started in 2018 is to increase the size and survivability of trees that FLOW plants and gives to the community. The nursery gives FLOW more native plants at a better size. The nursery includes native species like sycamore, oaks, dogwood, spicebush, elderberry, filbert, black cherry, hickory, river birch, and bald cypress.

 

Weinland park tree nursery

Raised beds add extra moisture retention for the seedlings

 
 
The Weinland Park nursery was started in 2015 and a raised bed was installed in 2020.  The purpose of the nursery is to grow-up bare root stock in 3-gallon pots for distribution in the Weinland Park neighborhood and in the lower Olentangy watershed.  Approximately 500 trees were distributed last year (2021).  Last fall, Engineers Without Borders, an OSU student organization, built two additional beds to triple the capacity of the nursery.  (1200 tress will be stocked in the nursery this spring). This year they’ll be working on improvements to the rain water capture and distribution system.
 

FLOW’s recent projects

Photos from recent events and projects can be found on our Facebook page

SLYH RUN PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE
FLOW has been working for the last 4 years to get a pedestrian bridge over Slyh Run at Cranbrook Elementary School so that the students could get safely to school, to see the 0.1 acre prairie garden we installed on the north parcel, view the stream inserts we installed, and enjoy the riparian corridor. It finally came together this week.
It took 32 cubic yards of concrete and rebar
35.35 tons of gravel
countless bolts, washers and screws
lots of people power and a 50 ton crane!

POLLINATOR GARDENS
FLOW has installed numerous pollinator gardens in the watershed, in partnership with a number of organizations.

This thriving garden is on Olentangy River Road at the Anheuser-Busch Sports Park. (click to enlarge) How many species can you identify?