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Snowshoe Rentals

December 17, 2016 - March 31, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. every day
North Chagrin Reservation
Have you wanted to try using snowshoes but didn’t know where to rent them? North Chagrin Nature Center rents snowshoes in adult and ...
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Owl HOOT-enanny

January 21 at 12-4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Whooooo do you hear calling in the night? Join us to discover the common to the not so common owls found in Northeast Ohio. Enjoy an afte...
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Sunday Morning Dog Walk

January 22 at 10 -11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your best friend for a winter walk in the park. We’ll explore the Lower 40 Loop Trail and talk about history and nature along ...
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Snoga

January 22 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
What do you get when you combine snow and yoga? Snoga of course! Hike on snow-covered trails as you pause at scenic locations with certif...
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Trailside Explorers

January 22 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
  Would you like to get outside more with your family in 2017? Join Naturalist Selby Majewski for a guided wander. This month w...
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Polliwog Preschool

January 23 - February 27
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. on Monday
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover nature in this drop-off program. Winter may be the time that many plants and animals are hibernat...
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Winter Hike Series

January 24 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Challenge yourself to hike every Tuesday in January. We’ll take a brisk walk on the trails of South Chagrin and learn that winter is...
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Cookies & Cocoa Snowshoe Hike

January 24 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Embrace winter by raising your heartbeat with an invigorating snowshoe hike. Learn snowshoeing basics including terminology, turning...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

January 25 at 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. or 1 - 2:15 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover all things snow and ice. We will have discovery time with experiments, a craft and go on a s...
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Owls of Acacia

January 27 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Acacia Reservation is a prime urban oasis for a variety of birds, including owls. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder to hear what nighttime...
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Fat Bike Race and Celebration

January 28 at 8:15 a.m. registration
Bedford Reservation
Join Cleveland Metroparks for the second annual Fat Bike Race and Celebration in Cleveland Metroparks, with support from Broadway Cy...
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Winter Hike Series

January 31 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Challenge yourself to hike every Tuesday in January. We’ll take a brisk walk on the trails of South Chagrin and learn that winter is not ...
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Ice Climbing Adventure (Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting January 31, 5:15 - 7:45 p.m. - Actual Trip February 4)

January 31 at Kendall Cliffs - Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting 5:15 - 7:45 p.m. - Actual Trip to Fenton, MI on February 4 (all day)
Garfield Park Reservation
An ice ax, harness, helmet and crampons could only mean one thing. It's time for an ice climbing adventure. Learn how to ice climb a...
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Ice Climbing Adventure (Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting January 31, 7:30 - 9:45 p.m. - Actual Trip February 4)

January 31 at Kendall Cliffs - Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting 7:30 - 9:45 p.m. - Actual Trip to Fenton, MI on February 4 (all day)
Garfield Park Reservation
An ice ax, harness, helmet and crampons could only mean one thing. It's time for an ice climbing adventure. Learn how to ice climb as we ...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

February 1 at 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Groundhog Day is one day away. Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover our seasonal friend, the groundhog. We will have discovery ti...
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Kids Explore the Winter Field

February 2 at 10 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
  Let’s explore the fields along the Chagrin River at a curious child’s pace.
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Dog Hike

February 4 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. We will hike the wooded trails of North Chagrin Reserv...
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Dog Hike

February 4 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. We will hike the wooded trails of North Chagrin Reservation...
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Birds at the Overlook

February 5 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on an adventure through the woods to our legendary overlook where we have been hand feeding for alm...
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Cookies & Cocoa Snowshoe Hike

February 7 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Embrace winter by raising your heartbeat with an invigorating snowshoe hike. Learn snowshoeing basics including terminology, turning...
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Ever-Green in the Winter

February 9 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Stefanie Verish in search of the evergreens of winter. Learn how these plants survive as they do and explore the sto...
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Terrific Trees

February 10 at 5 - 6 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Tonight marks the Festival of Trees. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on a dusk hike to discover what these trees do to survive these col...
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Sunrise Hike with Snowshoes

February 11 at 7 - 8 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown on this early morning hike as we greet the morning sun. We will catch a glimpse of the woodland early r...
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A Touch of Winter on the Rocks and River

February 11 at 9 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Hike along the edge of the Chagrin River and see how winter has changed our natural landscape.    
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Nature Journaling

February 11 at 1 - 3 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Experience nature through the seasons. We will record our observations in a journal of our own creation. You may want to bring a cam...
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Birds of Acacia

February 12 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna as we search for birds throughout Acacia Reservation’s ever-changing landscape. Bring binoculars, some availa...
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Trailside Explorers

February 12 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
  Would you like to get outside more with your family? Join Naturalist Selby Majewski for a guided wander as we search for sign...
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Alphabet Soup Projects: Hike for your Supper

February 12 at 3 - 7 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Much of the early work in Cleveland Metroparks came from WPA ( Works Progress Administration) and CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps). Join...
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Hike for your Health

February 14 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Love yourself today with a brisk walk through Garfield Park Reservation. We’ll hope to raise your heart rate as we include some hill...
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Snowshoes at the Overlook

February 15 at noon - 1:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join a naturalist on a hike while we search for winter wildlife and admire excellent views. As long as there is at least four inches of s...
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Wednesday Walk

February 15 at 4 - 5 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us for a brisk walk around the Lower 40 loop trail. We’ll travel into the valley to walk along the Ohio & Erie Canal and th...
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Owls of A.B. Williams Woods

February 16 at 1 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Over the years A.B. Williams Woods have been home to barred, screech and great horned owls. On this hike we will search for signs of owls...
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Furry Friends Hike

February 18 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Furry Friends Hike Fetch Fido and bring him to the park for some fresh air and a frosty hike through the Bradley Woods Reservation. ...
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Snoga

February 18 at 10:30 - noon
West Creek Reservation
What do you get when you combine snow and yoga? Snoga of course! Hike on snow-covered trails as you pause at scenic locations with certif...
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Afternoon Outside: Snowshoes

February 18 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Celebrate winter as we play outside in the snow. Join us in trying to hike on the snow with snowshoes. Space is limited for this int...
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Snowshoe Night Hike

February 18 at 7 - 8 :30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us this evening to hike in nature on the snow with snowshoes. Space is limited for this introduction to snowshoes, several inches of...
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Sunday Morning Dog Walk

February 19 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Garfield Park is a beautiful place in winter. We’ll walk on the paved trail around the reservation and see what birds and mammals ar...
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A Forest of Firsts

February 19 at 2 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
The forests of North Chagrin Reservation are home to the first Trailside Museum and first naturalists of Cleveland Metroparks. Join Natur...
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Euclid Creaks

February 22 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on a short hike through the floodplain of Euclid Creek. We will take the time to admire the sights and s...
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Hump Day Hike

February 22 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Tired of being indoors? Come explore the field and forest in search of nature’s beauty. See majestic riverside cliffs, hear a nuthatch ca...
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Cross-Country Ski Allegany State Park Trip

February 22 at Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting February 22, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip March 3-5 (all day)
Bedford Reservation
PHONE REGISTRATION ONLY starting December 15: 216-341-1704 Join us on a weekend away where days are spent exploring Art Roscoe’...
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Family Friday Night: Animal Tracks

February 24 at 7 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Learn all about footprints and other signs of wild animals! We’ll make sets of our own tracks and become wildlife detectives as we try to...
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Nature Writing

February 25 at 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join writers Jenny Clark and Linda Tuthill as they prompt us to express our creative side through the wonders of natural history. Ta...
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White Pine Hike

February 25 at 2 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Take a stroll through an ancient grove of Eastern White Pines and imagine what Ohio was like hundreds of years ago. This remnant stand of...
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Late Winter Walk

February 26 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Late Winter Walk Spring is just around the corner. We will search hopefully for sign of the season’s change on this fast-paced trek ...
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Build a Quinzee

February 26 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Explore ways humans and animals protect themselves from winter. If enough snow, we’ll construct a Quinzhee, or snow shelter. If there’s n...
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Birds at the Overlook

February 26 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on an adventure through the woods to our legendary overlook where we have been hand feeding for almost 9...
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Kids Explore Muddy Trails

March 2 at 10 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin and explore the muddy trails of March.  
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March Forth

March 4 at noon - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin as we march forth on March 4 th . We’ll explore a habitat flanked by eastern hemlocks and another edged...
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A Great Migration

March 5 at 11a.m. - noon
North Chagrin Reservation
Year after year, amphibians throughout Ohio migrate from the safety of the forest to their ancestral breeding pools. This indoor presenta...
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Spring Wildflowers 101

March 5 at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Consider this your personal wildflower primer! Spring flowers are a welcome distraction this time of year. We’ll discuss where to lo...
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Woodcock Watch

March 10 at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Woodcocks are a secretive bird with a rather fantastic mating display. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder to learn about the special adapta...
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Sunrise Hike and Snowshoes

March 11 at 6:30 - 7:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown on this morning hike as we greet the sun. We will catch a glimpse of woodland early risers, and possibl...
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Snoga

March 11 at 10:30 - noon
West Creek Reservation
What do you get when you combine snow and yoga? Snoga of course! Hike on snow-covered trails as you pause at scenic locations with certif...
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Nature Journaling

March 11 at 1 - 3 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Experience nature through the seasons. We will record our observations in a journal of our own creation. You may want to bring a cam...
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Birds of Acacia

March 12 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna as we search for birds throughout Acacia Reservation’s ever-changing landscape. Bring binoculars, some availa...
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

March 12 at 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
This entry level course combines classroom and on the water practice to introduce you to equipment, basic paddling strokes, and more...
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Trailside Explorers

March 12 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come outside on our monthly child-paced wander. This month, we discover the secrets of Squire’s Castle. We’ll explore this fascinating bu...
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

March 13 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Slow down and enjoy a leisurely walk with Naturalist Natalie Schroder as we explore all that Acacia Reservation holds during this fi...
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Hump Day Hike

March 15 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Tired of being indoors? Come explore the field and forest in search of nature’s beauty. See majestic riverside cliffs, hear a nuthatch ca...
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Castle to Cabins

March 16 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Much of the history of North Chagrin has been reclaimed by the forest. On this hike, we will rediscover some of this reservation’s h...
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Family Friday Night: Maple Sugaring

March 17 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Have you ever tapped a tree? Join us to learn how maple syrup is created. We’ll experience every step of the process and attempt to make ...
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Land Navigation 1

March 18 at 9 a.m. - noon
North Chagrin Reservation
Do you ever feel like your phone has become an extension of yourself? Come out and take a break from technology, and learn a new ski...
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Dog Hike

March 18 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. Join Naturalist Jeff Riebe and Kira as we hike the wooded t...
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View from the Top

March 19 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Euclid Creek is home to rare trees and breathtaking views. Naturalist Jake Kudrna will lead you to one of the highest points in the ...
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Vernal Venture

March 22 at 9 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Now that we’re officially into spring, let’s venture out and hike the hills of Sulphur Springs. On this quick-paced hike, we’ll stop here...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

March 22 at 10:30 -11:45 a.m.and 1 - 2:15 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
  Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the longtime tradition of maple sugaring. We will have discovery time, a craft and go...
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Woodcock Watch

March 24 at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Woodcocks are a secretive bird with a rather fantastic mating display. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder to learn about the special adapta...
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

March 26 at 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
This entry level course combines classroom and on the water practice to introduce you to equipment, basic paddling strokes, and more...
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Rock Climbing: Anchor Building 1

March 30 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Maintain your rock climbing enthusiasm through the long winter months by expanding your top rope climbing knowledge. Join us for a c...
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Awesome Amphibians

April 22 at 1 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join us this afternoon to celebrate the Awesome Amphibians of Cleveland Metroparks! The whole family can enjoy live animal displays,...
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