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Cleveland Metroparks 2016 Tour of Wildflowers

March 1 - June 1
6 a.m. - 11 p.m. (park hours) every day
Are you a nature enthusiast, gardener or just love hiking in the park? Then we’ve got a challenge for you! Grab your digit...
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Family Friday Night: Cicadas

May 27 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
What in the world are those noisy creatures? Learn about the amazing emergence of the 17-year periodical cicada with Naturalist Selby Maj...
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In-Seine Invertebrates

May 28 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
How do we know if a river is healthy or not? Today we will throw on our boots, and take our seines to the Chagrin to discover the in...
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Dog Hike

May 28 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 some of the wooded trails. All dogs must be le...
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Worden's Ledges Hike

May 28 at 3 - 5 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Hike along a beautiful wooded trail that winds through sandstone ledges with Naturalist Kathy Schmidt. Learn about the history of th...
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Bio Blitz: Forest Floor to Treetops

May 29 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Bio Blitz: Forest Floor to Treetops Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a quest to find salamanders, frogs, birds, the first dragonflies of ...
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Wildwood Wetland Walk

May 29 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on a leisurely walk enjoying the restored wetland and creek to see what is calling it home. Cliff s...
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Hidden Insects and Camouflage

May 29 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Did you see it? The most interesting insects are some of the hardest to find. Join Naturalist Andrew Mularo for an afternoon of exploring...
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Cicada Search

May 29 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Seventeen years ago, this area was full of cicadas emerging from the ground. The air may be full of buzzing insects today; learn abo...
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"Remember the Maine" Walk

May 29 at 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Washington Reservation
Observe Memorial Day by taking a walk with Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus to the USS Maine Memorial. Hear the story of the ill-fated ...
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Amazing Arachnids

May 30 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Believe it or not, spiders are one of the most important animals in their habitats. Hike with Naturalist Andrew Mularo and observe t...
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Yoga and Hike

May 31 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski the last Tuesday of the month through September. Ad...
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Emerald Necklace Hikers

June 3 at 10 a.m. - noon
Hinckley Reservation
Don't feel comfortable navigating the trails on your own? Join this monthly hike to explore the Emerald Necklace, get some exercise ...
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Beaver Hike

June 3 at 8:15 - 9:15 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Investigate the life of the American Beaver. We’ll hike to the wetlands to see where the beaver calls home, discuss how they live and the...
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Healthy Planet, Healthy People 5K Run/Walk

June 4 at
8 a.m. - Registration
9 a.m. - 5k Run/Walk
Rocky River Reservation
The most beautiful 5K in the Cleveland area!  This chip-timed 5K run/walk incorporates the beautiful scenery of the Rocky River...
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Urban Explorations:Riverside Cemetery-Brewers and Notables Tour

June 4 at 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Riverside Cemetery’s William Halley leads us to the resting places of several renowned Clevelanders, while Doug Kusak takes an intoxicati...
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Extreme Hiking

June 4 at 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
There is no better way to celebrate National Trails Day than hiking. Plan to hike a variety of trail surfaces and bring a grocery ba...
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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 floodp...
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In Search of Cicadas

June 4 at 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
In Search of Cicadas Cicadas abound! Let’s see if we can find them near Rocky River Nature Center. You won’t want to miss this amazi...
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

June 6 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 first m...
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Woodlands of Bedford: Blooms and Butterflies

June 6 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Explore the floodplains around Tinkers Creek for beautiful late-spring flowers and their associated butterflies with Fred Losi. This...
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Littles Find Cicadas

June 7 at 10 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 2:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin and go in search of big buzzy bugs. 17-year Cicadas are back and you won’t want to miss this fun and educati...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

June 8 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the different seasons through discovery time, a craft and hike.  Register by phone by J...
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Urban Explorations: Ohio City

June 8 at 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Join Mike and Louise McCormick on a walk through Ohio City. So much history abounds in this area. Learn about the famous “Bridge Wars.” E...
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Steps to Sustainability

June 8 at 6 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
For many species, the future of conservation lies in human hands. Join us this evening for an opportunity to learn ways to benefit n...
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Scavenger Hunt

June 9 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Scavenger Hunt Kids will love searching the pond and forest for clues on this naturalist-led scavenger hunt. 10 – 11:30 a.m.   RRNC ...
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A Small Field Life

June 9 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Do you enjoy catching butterflies and grasshoppers? Come to Acacia Reservation to learn about these insects that call the park’s gra...
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Party Animals

June 10 at 10:30 a.m. - noon
Garfield Park Reservation
Bring your little ones to celebrate the animals of the forest. We’ll learn about a few of our favorite forest friends through a story, a ...
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Cicadia Mania

June 10 at 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
This year marks the emergence of the 17 year cicada. Join Naturalist Jenny McClain to experience this natural phenomena and discover...
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Family Friday Night: Explore a Wetland

June 10 at 7 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Search for frogs, newts and snakes with Naturalist Jeff Riebe. We will have nets and viewing containers available to examine what we find...
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Cicadia Mania

June 10 at 9 - 10 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
This year marks the emergence of the 17 year cicada. Join Naturalist Jenny McClain to experience this natural phenomena and discover...
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Hike N’ Paint

June 11 at 9 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Bring your paints along for the ultimate plein air experience. We will hike to a scenic location along the trail and create a masterpiece...
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Emerald Necklace Hikers

June 11 at 10 a.m. - noon
Hinckley Reservation
Don't feel comfortable navigating the trails on your own? Join this monthly hike to explore the Emerald Necklace, get some exercise ...
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Half Hikathon

June 11 - 25
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday
Half Hikathon 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese on this weekly wellness hike series exploring Cleveland Metroparks. We...
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Nature Journaling

June 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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Dog Hike

June 11 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 together. All dogs must be l...
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Bedford Dog Walk

June 12 at 9 - 10 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Bring your dog for a guided walk from the Gorge Overlook to Bridal Veil Falls and back. Dogs must be leashed and waste picked up. Wa...
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Birds of Acacia

June 12 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna searching for barn swallows, bluebirds, and nesting orioles.  
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Biological Succession: Foundations of the Forest

June 12 at 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Have you ever wondered what the first steps are in a growth of a forest? Join a naturalist on an afternoon hike and learn about succ...
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Afternoon Dog Walk

June 12 at 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join a naturalist for a brisk walk through the forest to get some exercise for your furry friend.
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Woodlands of Bedford: Blooms and Butterflies

June 13 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Explore the floodplains around Tinkers Creek for beautiful late-spring flowers and their associated butterflies with Fred Losi. This...
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Hiking for the Young at Heart

June 14 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Naturalist Jenny McClain for a leisurely hike through beautiful Whipp’s Ledges. We’ll look for late summer wildflowers as we explore...
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Nature Baby

June 15 at 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Baby The forest is awaiting you so let’s get baby out to explore nature. Grab a baby backpack or just carry your child for a ...
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Full of Flowers

June 16 at 1 - 3 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Tulip tree, tulip poplar, Liriodendron tulipifera ; all are titles used to describe one of Ohio’s most elegant flowering trees. Join Natu...
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Hike on Bike Tours

June 18 at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown on a summer bicycle tour through South Chagrin and Bedford Reservations. This ride will have designated...
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Prairie Drop-In

June 18 at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to see what is in bloom. Naturalist Kathy Schmidt will be there to identify plants and share their pioneer and American Indian us...
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Discover with Dad

June 18 at 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Spend the morning with dad in the park. We’ll enjoy donuts and take a delightful walk to discover the cultural and natural history o...
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Bedford Hiking Series #6: Viaduct Park

June 18 at 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Bedford Reservation
The Great Falls of Tinkers Creek are the centerpiece of this hike through the history of Viaduct Park. The preserved foundations of downt...
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Prairie Drop-In

June 18 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to see what is in bloom. Naturalist Kathy Schmidt will be there to identify plants and share their pioneer and American Indi...
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Birding the Banks of Euclid Creek

June 19 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on the banks of Euclid Creek searching for woodpeckers, catbirds and sandpipers. 
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Land without Lungs

June 19 at 1 - 2 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Did you know that there are some species of salamander that live on land without lungs? Hike to salamander hollow and observe these ...
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Get Out...

June 19 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
…and get active. Join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis for a hike. Over the next several months, we’ll add more distance to this hiking series.
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Father’s Day Hike

June 19 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Father’s Day Hike Enjoy a family hike around the beautiful West Channel Pond. We’ll search for wildlife like beaver, mink, and water...
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Sunrise on the Longest Day

June 20 at 6 - 7:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
We’re celebrating the summer solstice with dawn and dusk hikes along the Chagrin River. Join us for a walk this morning as the sun rises....
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The Full Strawberry Moon Stroll

June 20 at 9:30 - 10:45 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
This full moon brings forth some of the first-fruits of Spring. Join us on a short stroll under this warm full moon as we share Amer...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

June 22 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the different seasons through discovery time, a craft and hike.  Register by phone by June 1...
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Mid-Week Walk

June 22 at 3:30 - 5 p..m.
Lakefront Reservation
Need a change in your weekly routine? If so, join us for a mid-week walk. We’ll enjoy the view of the lake as we walk along the beac...
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After Work Walk

June 22 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Summer is here. Let’s enjoy the forest trail as we take in the beautiful scenery that the summer season provides. Garfield Park Center pa...
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Towpath Stroll

June 24 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Looking for something to do with the family? Stop by for a naturalist-led walk on the towpath trail to see what is happening this su...
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Nocturnal Wetlands

June 24 at 7 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Even though lots of them are out during the day, some of the most interesting creatures actually come out at night. Join a naturalist on ...
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Mill Creek Trail History Hike

June 25 at 10 - 11 a..m.
Garfield Park Reservation
View the largest waterfall in Cuyahoga County, Mill Creek Falls. Walk to the site of the former Northern Ohio Lunatic Asylum. See th...
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The Novice Naturalist

June 25 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
The 17-year cicada is back! Let’s take a close look at this amazing creature in the order homoptera. Bring your sketch book as we documen...
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Non-Campout

June 25 at 6 - 8:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Do you like the idea of a campout, but don’t want to sleep out? Young families will have fun cooking their dinner, going on a hike, ...
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Great Backyard Campout

June 25 - 26 at June 25 at 7 p.m. thru June 26 at 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
  Bring your family to the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation for an evening under the stars. On Saturday we’ll go on a night hike, w...
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In Search of Fireflies

June 25 at 9:30 - 11 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join a naturalist as we venture into the forest in search of fireflies. Our ultimate prize will be if we can spot a congregation of ...
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Birding the Mouth of Euclid Creek

June 26 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder at the mouth of Euclid Creek in search of waterfowl, kingfishers and cave swallows.
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Lakefront Dog Walk

June 26 at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Bring your dog for a guided walk around Edgewater Park. Dogs must be leashed and waste picked up. Walkers without dogs are welcome. ...
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Hike Huntington

June 26 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Huntington Reservation
Hike Huntington Enjoy the sights and sounds of forest and beach on a beautiful summer morning. 10 – 11 a.m.   HuR Lake Road Trailhea...
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Family Fun Hike

June 26 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join us for a leisurely walk around Acacia Reservation. We’ll look for birds, bugs and flowers as we explore this former golf course...
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Catching Bugs

June 27 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Butterflies, caterpillars, ladybugs and grasshoppers abound in the summer. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder searching the field for these...
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Yoga and Hike

June 28 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski the last Tuesday of the month through Septembe...
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Firefly Safari

June 29 at 8 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in search of fireflies while discovering some fun facts about these incredible insects. Nets and bug jar...
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Dog Hike

July 2 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for exercise and socialization. We will hike the wooded trails of the reservation. All dogs...
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Looking Under Logs

July 2 at 1 - 2 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Even though it can’t always be seen, lots of natural activity takes place underneath a rotting log. Many of nature’s most important proce...
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Bunns Lake Hike

July 3 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Bunns Lake Hike Explore the summer wildlife along Bunns Lake Trail. We’ll search out animals like waterfowl, frogs, turtles, and mor...
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Get Out...

July 3 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
…and get active. Join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis on the trails. Over the next several months, we’ll add more distance to this hiking series.
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Summer Celebration Hike

July 4 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Summer Celebration Hike Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a heart healthy hike through the rich forests of Rocky River Reservation. ...
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Hiking for the Young at Heart

July 5 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
There is no better way to celebrate National Trails Day than on an extra-long hike. Plan to hike a variety of trail surfaces and bring a ...
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Turtle Happy Hour

July 6 at 5 - 7 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Do you enjoy the trails around the center, but just can’t make it there before 5? Tonight the building will be open late just for ou...
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Prairie Drop-In

July 9 at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to see what is in bloom. Naturalist Kathy Schmidt will be there to identify plants and share pioneer and Indian uses of those pla...
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Nature Journaling

July 9 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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The Novice Naturalist

July 9 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
It’s a great month to observe turtles sunning themselves around Sunset Pond and Sanctuary Marsh. Join Naturalist Foster Brown as we study...
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Birds of Acacia

July 10 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna as we search for nesting birds throughout the reservation’s ever-changing landscape. Bring binoculars; s...
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Family Creek Climb

July 10 at 1 - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
What lives in Sulphur Springs Creek? Let’s spend the afternoon exploring and getting dirty. Join Naturalist Selby Majewski as we hike to ...
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Naturalist at the Marsh

July 14 at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Stop by Sanctuary Marsh during your evening walk around the nature center. Naturalist Carly Martin will be on hand to discover the l...
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Naturalist by the Creek

July 15 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Stop by and discover what Naturalist Melanie Wheeler has on hand as you enjoy the trails and playground near Euclid Creek. This is a grea...
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Fun with Fungus

July 16 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Melanie Wheeler for an exploratory and interactive fungus-focused program. We'll take a closer look at mushrooms and...
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Wilderness Skills: Useful Plants

July 16 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike through field and forest with Naturalist Kathy Schmidt to learn about plants that can be used in a variety of ways.
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Biohike: The Winged

July 16 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Biohike: The Winged Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese for an airborne search of the wildlife area. From butterflies to birds, we’ll sp...
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Birding the Banks of Euclid Creek

July 17 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on the banks of the creek searching for woodpeckers, catbirds and sandpipers.
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Insects Galore

July 17 at 1 - 5 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Let’s celebrate the wonderful world of bugs! Meet cool critters from around the world, migrate to Mexico as a monarch butterfly, and...
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

July 18 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Slow down and enjoy a leisurely walk with Naturalist Natalie Schroder as we explore all that this newer reservation holds during the summ...
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The Full Thunder Moon Stroll

July 19 at 9:30 - 10:45 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown as he leads you on this first full month of summer. July is known for rolling thunder as rainstorms mov...
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The American Beaver

July 22 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
The beaver is not only an architect in nature, it also played an important role in the history of the United States. Learn about this int...
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Emerald Necklace Hikers

July 23 at 10 a.m. - noon
Bradley Woods Reservation
Don't feel comfortable navigating the trails on your own? Join this monthly hike to explore the Emerald Necklace, get some exercise ...
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Dog Hike

July 23 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. We will hike the rolling terrain of Acacia Reservation. All...
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Invertebrate Investigation

July 23 at 11 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Join Naturalist Joel Kavaras for a short hike where we will showcase the various invertebrates that crawl, slither, and fly through ...
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Early Morning Creek Climb and Breakfast

July 24 at 8 - 10 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join a naturalist for an early morning summer adventure. We'll explore the history and natural history of Sulphur Springs Creek by litera...
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Birding the Mouth of Euclid Creek

July 24 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder at the mouth of Euclid Creek in search of waterfowl, kingfishers and cave swallows.
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Underwater Bugs

July 24 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Andrew Mularo on the banks of the Chagrin River to discover the wonderful world of aquatic invertebrates. Participants wi...
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Yoga and Hike

July 26 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski, on the last Tuesday of the month through Sept...
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Firefly Safari

July 26 at 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in search of fireflies while discovering some fun facts about these incredible insects. Nets and bug jar...
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Dog Days of Summer Hike

July 29 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Dog Days of Summer Hike Bring your canine companion and join other dog lovers for a stroll through the woods around the nature cente...
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Family Campout

July 29 - 30 at 6 p.m. - 11 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Pitch a tent, have dinner (on your own), play games, and join a naturalist-led night hike. A light breakfast will be provided Saturday mo...
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Moth Night Out

July 29 at 8 - 9:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
 Join us for a "Moth Night Out" to observe these nocturnal creatures at our light and bait traps.  
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Emerald Necklace Hiking Tour (East)

August 13 at 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Emerald Necklace Hiking Tour (East) Traverse the vast acreage of Cleveland Metroparks with Naturalist Marty Calabrese by bus and boot. Le...
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Dusk to Dark

August 27 at 7 - 10 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Dusk to Dark Join us at dusk for this NEW free family friendly event to celebrate everything nocturnal.   We’ll be discovering ...
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Yoga and Hike

August 30 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski, on the last Tuesday of the month through September...
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