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Nature Baby

December 7 at 10:00 - 11:00 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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Hump Day Hike

December 7 at 10 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Take a walk down a steep ravine to the Chagrin River to see Henry Church Rock and the magnificent scenery that surrounds it. Learn about ...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

December 7 at 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. or 1 – 2:15 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover nighttime creatures. We will have discovery time, a craft and go on a short hike. Please dre...
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Kids Explore What Birds Eat

December 8 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin to discover what winter birds eat at a curious child’s pace. Everyone must wear sturdy footwear. Canceled in...
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Evergreen Trees

December 9 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Ever wonder why and how some trees stay green all winter? Come join us to find out. We’ll learn some interesting facts about evergre...
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Discovering Nature: Dunkleosteus

December 9 at 3 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Discovering Nature: Dunkleosteus Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We’ll check out the life size...
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Woodlands of Bedford: The Trand Hiking Tour

December 10 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Circle Bedford Reservation on this late fall hike with Fred Losi, visiting many special locations such as Viaduct Park, Bridal Veil ...
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Nature Journaling

December 10 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 camera. ...
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Evergreens of Winter

December 10 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
The colors of autumn have muted, allowing evergreen plants and trees to pop out in the landscape. Hike among these beauties to enjoy...
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Chickadee Feeding Hike

December 10 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Chickadee Feeding Hike Wild black-capped chickadees can be remarkably friendly. Join a naturalist-led walk for an attempt to lure this ge...
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Dog Hike

December 10 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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Birds of Acacia

December 11 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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Chickadee Feeding Hike

December 11 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Chickadee Feeding Hike Wild black-capped chickadees can be remarkably friendly. Join a naturalist-led walk for an attempt to lure th...
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Mill Creek Dog Walk

December 11 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Take a brisk walk with your pup along scenic Mill Creek. Enjoy the flora and fauna as well as hearing a bit of the history of the area. D...
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Dog Walk

December 11 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your four legged friend for a hike through the hills of Brecksville. We’ll search for signs of other animals that are preparin...
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Birds at the Overlook

December 11 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Winter is a time of bird abundance if you take the time to look. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on an adventure through the woods to ou...
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Winter at Acacia

December 13 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join Naturalist Selby Majewski for a brisk walk through the park as we check off birds, winter weeds, and steps this morning.  ...
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The Full Cold Moon Stroll

December 14 at 8 - 9:45 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
December typically brings cold and clear nights. Joins us on a refreshing stroll on the Sylvan Trail and Overlook Trail enjoying the Cold...
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Euclid Creaks

December 15 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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Extreme Hiking

December 17 at 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Naturalist Pam Taylor as we cross creeks and climb the hills in Hinckley. Please wear appropriate footwear, trail surfaces may be sl...
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Winter Waterfalls Bus Tour

December 17 at 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Winter and water usually do not go together, unless there is a waterfall. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder for a full day of water e...
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Biohike: Trees

December 17 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Huntington Reservation
Biohike: Trees Walk with Naturalist Marty Calabrese and find hidden gems of the woodland realm. Learn the basics behind winter tree ident...
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The Novice Naturalist

December 17 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come learn about the elusive coyote. Legends and mysteries surround this wonderful resident of Ohio. Learn to separate the fact from...
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Over the River Cocoa Hike

December 17 at 10-11:30 a.m.
Brookside Reservation
Take a festive holiday hike over the river and through the woods. Warm drinks provided upon our return. Meadow Ridge Picnic Area
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December Dog Walk

December 17 at 2-3:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Take a couple hours to slow down and experience the peace of nature with (or without) a furry companion. Everyone is welcome. Meet i...
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Candlelit Hike and Caroling

December 17 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join us for the splendid tradition of hiking on a candlelit trail through the dark forest in near silence. After which, we’ll circle a ca...
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Chickadee Feeding Hike

December 18 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Chickadee Feeding Hike Wild black-capped chickadees can be remarkably friendly. Join a naturalist-led walk for an attempt to lure th...
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Feed the Birds

December 18 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Hike to the overlook and attempt to feed chickadees from the palm of your hand. We’ll return to the nature center for hot chocolate.  
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Over the River and Through the Woods

December 18 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Over the River and Through the Woods Get your heart pumping on this rambling hike that takes you up above and alongside the beautifu...
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Hemlock Hike

December 18 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join us for a hike through the Tinker's Creek floodplain. We’ll warm up as we hike through the woods and along the creek enjoying the cri...
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Wintertime Walk

December 18 at 4 - 5 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Brave the cold weather and come out for a brisk winter hike along the lake. We’ll be moving enough to keep warm while enjoying the c...
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Tracks in the Snow

December 20 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your own T-shirt or bandana to stamp with animal tracks as we learn to identify animals by the prints they leave behind. While the ...
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Holiday Hike

December 21 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Holiday Hike Need a break from holiday stress? Join Naturalist Ashley Hall for a brisk morning hike on the first official day of win...
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Wednesday Walk

December 21 at 4 - 5 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us for a short hike around the Lower 40 Loop Trail to welcome the winter season. We’ll look for evidence of animals that stay active...
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No Parents Needed

December 22 at 9 a.m. - noon or 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Kids will have a blast playing outside while parents get things done. We’ll hand feed chickadees, go for a hike, and play games. Sna...
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BSA Merit Badge: Nature

December 23 at 9:30 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
BSA Merit Badge: Nature Calling all Boy Scouts! Nature may have quieted for winter break, but there’s plenty to explore inside the nature...
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Stroller School

December 23 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Come in for a short program and a walk. We’ll read a story and meet some animal friends before heading outside for fresh air. Childr...
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Winter Walk in the Woods

December 23 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Need a break in the midst of the busy holiday season? Take time to enjoy the peace of a winter walk in the woods. Allow the stillness of ...
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12,000 Step Program - Hike for Health

December 27 at 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Health professionals now recommend taking at least 12,000 steps a day to improve or maintain your health. Historical Interpreter Dou...
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Snow Camp

December 27 - 29 at 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in the wintery weather building an outdoor shelter, hiking to feed the birds, making s’mores at a campfi...
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CanalWay Quick-Step

December 28 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak leads a short hike from CanalWay Center, down to the Lower 40 Loop Trail, and back into the warm w...
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Holiday Hike

December 29 at 2:30 - 4 P.M.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’ll meet at the center and head into the valley for one more hike in 2016.  
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Tracking Winter Wildlife 101

December 30 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Tracking Winter Wildlife 101 Join Naturalist Ashley Hall for an introduction to tracking using environmental clues left behind by th...
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Whose Tracks Are Those?

December 30 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
With the snow on the ground it makes it much easier to see what animals have been wandering through your backyard. Let’s go exploring to ...
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New Year’s Eve Hike

December 31 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
New Year’s Eve Hike Let’s usher out 2016 with a hike! We will wander the trails watching for wildlife while getting in some exercise...
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Cookies & Cocoa Snowshoe Hike

January 6 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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Nature News Today

January 7 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature News Today Each month, join Naturalist Marty Calabrese on an all-ages hike with eyes fixed on the ephemeral. Get the latest s...
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Birds of Acacia

January 8 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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Birds at the Overlook

January 8 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Winter is a time of bird abundance if you take time to look. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on an adventure through the woods to o...
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

January 9 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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Hiking for the Young at Heart

January 10 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Enjoy a brisk hike through the winter woods on the Deer Lick Cave trail. We’ll look for signs of animals that are out braving these ...
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Euclid Creaks

January 12 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 sounds...
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Full Moon Hike

January 12 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Full Moon Hike Celebrate the first full moon of the year on a quiet walk through the nighttime forest. We’ll keep an ear out for cal...
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Full Moon Hike

January 12 at 7-8:30pm
West Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Patti Donnellan on a leisurely evening stroll to view this month’s full Wolf Moon, as well as our sister planet, Venus. B...
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Full Wolf Moon Night Hike

January 13 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
The moon was at its fullest last night, but there should still be plenty of moonlight to enjoy the beauty of a winter night under th...
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Family Friday Night: Spooky Owl Hike

January 13 at 7 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Take a walk through the dark woods in search of owls! These awesome and mysterious raptors will often call to one another on cold winter ...
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Sunrise Hike with Snowshoes

January 14 at 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
The peace experienced on early morning hikes is like no other. Join us on our first 2017 monthly hike through A.B. Williams Woods to...
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Extreme Hiking

January 14 at 9 a.m. - noon
Bedford Reservation
Get out of the house and into the woods. Join Naturalist Pam Taylor as we explore the trails of Bedford Reservation. Final distance will ...
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Hand Feed a Chickadee Hike

January 14 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Hand Feed a Chickadee Hike Black-capped chickadee, tufted titmouse, white-breasted nuthatch and other wintering birds are surprising...
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Nature Journaling

January 14 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 camera. ...
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Dog Hike

January 14 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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Waterbirds at Wildwood

January 15 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on a survey for gulls and other waterbirds. Meet in the parking lot closest to the walking bridge. After...
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Snowshoe at the Castle

January 15 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
In the 1800’s, Feargus Squire began construction of Squire’s Castle. Join a naturalist for the opportunity to explore the valley he ...
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Winter Overnight

January 15 - 16 at 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Enjoy a special night for children and their adult to celebrate the beauty of a winter’s night in a log cabin. Enjoy time in the Lodge, h...
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Discovering Nature: Who is Sleeping?

January 18 at 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Discovering Nature: Who is Sleeping? Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We will explore the ...
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Moses Cleaveland Tree Hike

January 19 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
General Moses Cleaveland hit the mouth of the Cuyahoga River July 22, 1796, but he wasn’t the first one here! Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna...
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Underground Railroad History & Hike

January 20 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Historical Interpreter Beth Robb and take a trip back in time. You will learn about local Underground Railroad history and take...
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Winter Night along the Chagrin

January 20 at 8:15 - 10 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin for a walk along the Chagrin River under the cover of dark and winter. Terrain: 1.5 miles, mostly flat  ...
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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...
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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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Look About Littles

January 23 - March 6
10 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 2:30 p.m. on Monday
South Chagrin Reservation
Young children will love this 6 week nature and outdoor class. Each week, we'll explore the magic of winter through outdoor exploration, ...
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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 hib...
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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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Bark Walk

February 4 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your friendly canine companion for a brisk hike through the winter woods that will include a few hints for identifying trees b...
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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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Full Moon HIke

February 10 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
The full snow moon will be making an appearance tonight, or you may call it the full hunger moon as both names are correct. Come out...
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Frozen Waterfalls

February 11 at 2 - 4:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join Naturalist Pam Taylor to hike into the gorge of Bedford Reservation in search of seasonal waterfalls. Frozen or not, you won’t want ...
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Winter Wander

February 12 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Come explore the winter wonderland on this hike along the hemlock loop trail.
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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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Extreme Hiking

February 25 at 9 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Get out of the house and into the woods! This extreme hike is one of the shorter ones, but the scenery is spectacular. Final distanc...
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Hinckley Lake History Hike

February 26 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Historical Interpreter Beth Robb on a hike through time. We’ll hike a portion of the Hinckley Lake Loop Trail and learn the local hi...
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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 c...
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