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Cicada Sensation

May 28 at 1-2:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
The sights, sounds and other sensations brought on by thousands of 17-year cicadas can be overwhelming--but that’s the point. Unrave...
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Sunday Drop-by: Hiding in Plain Sight

May 29 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Let’s take a look at the use of camouflage in all types of animals, from birds to bugs and mammals to fish.
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West Creek Night Hike: Evening Songs

June 1 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Join a naturalist for an evening hike around West Creek to listen for early summer singers. Birds and frogs will be primary target. ...
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Ohio Wetlands Day Trifecta Bus Tour

June 3 at 7 am-5 pm
West Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Mark Warman on a tour to explore three living postcards from the ice age. Triangle Lake Bog, Kent Bog, and Herrick Fen ar...
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National Trails Day Hike

June 4 at 1-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Explore all of West Creek Reservation’s six miles of trails, while observing the flora and fauna of the meadow, upland forest, and f...
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Sunday Drop By: Butterflies

June 5 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Check out butterfly habitat, life cycle and food requirements in the great outdoors . Look for winged jewels in action in our meadows and...
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Sunday Stroll: Cicada Sounds

June 5 at 2:30-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Cicadas announce their presence by filling the midday summer sizzle with their unmistakable chorus. Join a naturalist for an easy hi...
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Insect Extravaganza

June 8 at 10 a.m. - noon
West Creek Reservation
Explore the world of insects with Eco Explorers through activity stations. Who is making all that noise? How do they move? Where do they ...
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West Creek Night Hike: Frogs

June 8 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Whether they’re under logs, in the water, or just hiding out in the greenery, we’ll be keeping our eyes to and ears to the wetlands ...
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West Creek Headwaters Hike

June 11 at 1-2:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Where does West Creek originate, and what does it look like there? Let’s take a hike around the headwaters in our neighborhood to explore...
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Go Mothing!

June 11 at 9-10:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Welcome to the Dark Side of lepidoptera! Join Naturalist Mark Warman as we attract moths using light and different recipes for moth ...
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Build a Bird

June 12 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Joe Higgins on a hike around West Creek to observe birds in their natural habitat. Pay particular attention to their phys...
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Uncle Robby’s Fishy Tales

June 18 at 10:30 - Noon
West Creek Reservation
Bring the whole family to learn the FUN-damentals of fishing. West Creek Reservation Park Manager, Rob Angiocchi will get boys and g...
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Fish Frenzy Weekend-Saturday

June 18 at 10:30-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Take a peek underwater to discover the fascinating world of fish. Get hooked on fish with an indoor introduction to the sport with "Uncle...
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Fish Frolic

June 18 at 1-2 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Can you outswim a pike?   Naturalist Matt will teach you a few fishy games to play with you and your friends! Have fishy fun fr...
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Fish Frenzy Weekend-Sunday

June 19 at Noon-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Take a peek underwater to discover the fascinating world of fish. Play games that are fishy fun, enjoy crafts, and even catch live fish i...
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Biology Camp I: Citizen Scientists

June 21 - 24 at 10am-3pm
West Creek Reservation
Have you ever wondered what bird is singing outside your window? Or which frogs are calling at night? Learn about our local wildlife...
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Summer Solstice 3rd Anniversary Hike

June 21 at 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Many cultures celebrate Mother Earth on the summer solstice. Connect with nature on the first full day of summer and celebrate West Creek...
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Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies

June 22 at 10-11:30 a.m.
West Creek Reservation
Search for early summer insects in the meadow. Discover the differences between beetles, bugs and butterflies with Naturalist Debra ...
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Boy Scout Merit Badge: Plant Science I & II

June 24 - 25 at Friday, 6/24 from 4-7:30 pm and Saturday, 6/25/16 from Noon-3:30 pm.
West Creek Reservation
Discover fascinating organisms in the Kingdom Plantae and their incredible adaptations to survive in all sorts of places. Naturalist...
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West Creek Night Hike: Raptors

June 29 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Join a naturalist for an evening hike around West Creek to spot local flying predators! Look to the sky to see how many of these mag...
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Go Mothing!

July 2 at 9-10:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Mark Warman as we attract as many moths as possible using light and recipes to suit moth delicacies: a mash of fermented ...
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Red, White & Blue Hike

July 3 at 12-1:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Celebrate your country by taking to the trails in search of our national colors.   We will look for cardinals, bluebirds, white...
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Sunday Drop-by: Finger Weaving

July 3 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Learn about the roots of this centuries-old craft and weave a patriotic red, white and blue bracelet for yourself or for a loved one. No ...
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Hunger Games

July 6 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Do you have what it takes to survive? If you’re a deer, can you find food, shelter and water? Come play the Hunger Games to find out...
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Boy Scout Merit Badge: Reptile & Amphibian Study I & II

July 7 - 8 at Noon-3 pm on both Thursday and Friday, Friday at Beyer's Pond in Big Creek Reservation
West Creek Reservation
Join our certified merit badge counselors for this interactive, two-part program designed to fulfill requirements 1-7 & 9-10 of the R...
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Sunday Drop-by: Birding 101

July 10 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Learn the basics of birdwatching, including using binoculars and field guides, clues for bird identification, feeding wild birds, an...
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Pond-dip Drop-by

July 12 at 1:30-3:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Take a “dip” at the wetlands. Amazing creatures live there, so pack up your natural curiosity and explore these critters in their wet and...
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West Creek Night Hike: Birds

July 13 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Take an evening stroll to watch bird behavior change as dusk settles upon the meadow and wooded valley. Monarch Bluff Picnic Area &n...
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Log Flipping

July 14 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Mark Warman to uncover the living world beneath logs in the woods. These microcosms of vibrant life are sure to surprise....
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Living Stories Campfire

July 15 at 7-9 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Help Naturalist Matt act out fun stories around the campfire, while enjoying s’mores. Bring something soft to sit on, and a reusable...
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Sunday Drop-by: Wildlife Foods

July 16 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Use a chart to determine what species of animal eats what food item. Apply your knowledge to wildlife species here at the park. You may b...
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Biology Camp II: Scientific Experimenters

July 19 - 22 at 10am-3pm
West Creek Reservation
Do you enjoy discovering? Coming up with new ideas? Carrying out experiments? Join us this summer to learn how to design and conduct...
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Full Moon Night Hike

July 19 at 8:30-10 p.m
West Creek Reservation
Enjoy West Creek Reservation under the glow of July’s full moon, also known as the Buck, Thunder, or Hay moon. 8:30 – 10 p.m.   WCR ...
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West Creek Night Hike: Red, White & Blue

July 20 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
West Creek Night Hike: Red, White & Blue Celebrate patriotism and civic pride with a hike in Parma’s Big Backyard. We’ll search ...
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Tactics with Plastics

July 22 at 2-3:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Plastic pollution is an increasing challenge. Join Cathi Lehn, Sustainable Cleveland Coordinator, to learn more about it and what can be ...
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Beat the Heat Dog Walk

July 23 at 7:30-9 a.m.
West Creek Reservation
Let’s hit the trail with our furry friends early today so we can relax in the shade later. Discover some spectacular summer wildflow...
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West Creek Scavenger Hunt

July 24 at 1-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Follow a map and embark on a quest to put your skills to the ultimate test. Plants and animals make up your list as riddles and clues giv...
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Wonders of Water Journey

July 26 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Learn about water through fun activities, then search for life in West Creek. Love, save, and share your experiences to complete mos...
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Neighborhood Picnic in the Park

July 29 at 11:30-2:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Bring your family and a picnic lunch, and we’ll provide the fun! Get everyone active with some fun animal-theme games, and go on a natura...
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West Creek Wildflower Walk

July 30 at 9:30-11 a.m.
West Creek Reservation
Observe and learn more about the native, perennial plants in West Creek’s restored meadow. Many of these plants are in their third y...
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Biology Camp III: Natural Science Professionals

August 2 - 6 at 9am-5pm
West Creek Reservation
Are you interested in becoming a scientist? Perhaps you're not sure exactly what field to go into. In this camp, you'll shadow an aquatic...
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Backyard Biodiversity Bash

August 27 at noon - 4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Your backyard can be a lively place with a few wild additions to your yard and garden!  Learn all about improving your backyard...
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Boy Scout Merit Badge: Environmental Science I & II

October 8 - 9 at Noon-4 pm both Saturday and Sunday
West Creek Reservation
Join our certified merit badge counselors for a two-part (October 9, Noon-4 pm also) interactive program designed to meet requi...
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