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Nature Baby

September 28 at 10:30 - 11:30 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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Explore West Creek by Smartphone

September 28 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Explore the Watershed Stewardship Center and surrounding wetlands with a smartphone/tablet (your own or ours) using the new ParkApps app ...
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Wagging through the Woods Dog Walk

October 1 at 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Grab your canine companion for a quick walk through the woods this morning. The scents from the night before are sure to get th...
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Fall Dog Walk

October 2 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Enjoy the crisp, cool air and changing leaves as you stroll with your pet while learning some of the history of this unique area. Dogs mu...
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Sunday Drop-By: Birds of West Creek

October 2 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Let's observe who is at the feeders during this busy migration time. Identification tips, field guide, binocular use, and bird list ...
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Get Out...

October 2 at 2 - 5 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
…and get active. Join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis for a hike. Next month will complete this hiking series.
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History Revealed: Lake Abram

October 4 at 5-7 p.m.
Big Creek Reservation
From the Ice Age to the Tech Age, massive mammals to onion farms, Lake Abram boasts an extraordinary history begging to be told. Sto...
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West Creek Night Hike: Winter Prep

October 5 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Many animals are beginning to get ready for winter. An evening walk with Naturalist Patti Donnellan around West Creek Reservation will re...
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Little Explorers: Squirrel Secrets

October 6 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Squirrel Secrets Bring your little explorer to learn what it’s like to be a squirrel in autumn and see how seasona...
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Little Explorers: Squirrel Secrets

October 6 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Squirrel Secrets Bring your little explorer to learn what it’s like to be a squirrel in autumn and see how seasonal cha...
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Emerald Necklace Hikers

October 7 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville 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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Discovering Nature: Fall Colors

October 7 at 3:30 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Discovering Nature: Fall Colors Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We will discover the fall colo...
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Hike From Lake to Lake

October 8 at 9 a.m.-Noon
Big Creek Reservation
Hike from Lake Abram to Lake Isaac with Naturalist Debra Shankland. We'll look for fruits of fall and the wildlife that depend on th...
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Biohike: River Series

October 8 at 9 - 10 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Biohike: River Series An Emerald Necklace of 23,135 acres was launched with just 3 protected acres nearly 100 years ago. Visit the Rocky,...
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Wilderness Skills: Tree Identification Hike

October 8 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
One of the most important skills to learn is tree identification which is necessary for so many other wilderness skills. Join Natura...
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Tree Identification

October 8 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Tree Identification Have you wondered what kind of trees were in your yard but you weren’t really sure how to determine their identity? J...
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Nature at Night

October 8 at 5 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
As the sun sets, nature awakens. Join us to discover the life that glides through dark skies, hunts in the shadowy forest and slips ...
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Worden's Ledges by Lantern Light

October 8 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Let lantern light lead you through scenic Worden’s Ledges to hear stories of the carvings and natural history of the area. Worden Heritag...
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Birds of Acacia

October 9 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 a...
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Fall Foliage Hike

October 9 - October 9, 2106 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Fall Foliage Hike Get your blood pumping as we traverse the Quarry Loop Trail in search of outstanding displays of fall color. 10 – 11:30...
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Sunday Drop-by: Migrate, Hibernate, or Adapt

October 9 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Can you guess which animal will leave, sleep through, or adjust to the harsh winter? Do you know where some of these animals go? Let...
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Hiking for the Young at Heart

October 11 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Naturalist Jen Giles on a hike around Hinckley Lake. Admire the fall leaf color, migrating birds, and wildflowers as we walk around ...
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Autumn Nooks and Crannies

October 11 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Experience the colors, crunch and creatures of fall with a walk on the Scenic Loop Trail. Join us to catch the ebb and flow of the s...
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Autumn Hike

October 11 at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Join Naturalist Meghan Leitner for an after work hike. We’ll observe the beautiful colors of fall and hopefully see some late migrating b...
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After Work Walk

October 12 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Let’s enjoy the forest trail s as we take in the beautiful scenery that the fall season has to offer . Garfield Park Reservation Gar...
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Monthly Meandering: Brookside

October 13 at 10-11:30 a.m.
Brookside Reservation
Join Naturalist Patti Donnellan as we discover the beauty of Brookside Reservation's upper reaches. The trees should be sending out their...
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Hike in the Valley

October 13 at 1 - 2 p,m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join us on a quick hike through the Chagrin River Valley to admire the scenic waterfalls and artwork of Henry Church Rock.   &n...
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The Sights of Autumn

October 13 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
F all colors should be in full swing. The beautiful changes can be enjoyed during this leisurely hike along the tree lined ridge of Tinke...
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Leisurely Hike at the Lake

October 14 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Enjoy the brisk air during this hike at the lake from Upper to Lower Edgewater and back again. Lakefront Reservation Upper Edgewater...
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Beginner Tree Identification

October 14 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Min Keung to identify the most common trees in Northeast Ohio. Learn the names of the trees around you. We will do a shor...
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Autumn Photo Hike

October 15 at 9 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
  Capture the sights of the season as autumn paints the trees with color. Discover how nature prepares for the coming winter as...
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Biohike: River Series

October 15 at 9 - 10 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Biohike: River Series An Emerald Necklace of 23,135 acres was launched with just 3 protected acres nearly 100 years ago. Visit the Rocky,...
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Hike to Mill Creek Falls

October 15 at 10 a.m. - Noon
Garfield Park Reservation
Visit Cuyahoga County’s tallest waterfall. The color of autumn’s changing tree foliage will be a great backdrop to this cascading cr...
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True Colors

October 15 at 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
True Colors October is a fascinating time of year when our local trees remove their disguises and show their true colors. Join Naturalist...
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Nature Journaling

October 15 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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Tree Leaves

October 15 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
We’ll enjoy a short fall hike through the forest. We’ll bring back some leaves to the picnic area to identify and make them into somethin...
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Breakfast in the Park

October 16 at 9 - 11 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Naturalist Sharon Hosko for a morning hike while volunteer chefs prepare a hot breakfast. Registration is limited and required....
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Features of the Creek

October 16 at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna as we stroll along Euclid Creek in search of signs of fall.
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Fall Colors Hike

October 16 at 2 - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in one of the most spectacular spots of the park. The colors should be in full splendor as we traip...
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Full Moon Hike

October 16 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Full Moon Hike Enjoy the crisp autumn air on this nocturnal trek around the forests and wetlands of Rocky River Nature Center. 7 – 8:30 p...
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Full Moon Hike: Hunter's Moon

October 16 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Enjoy an autumn evening hike through the forest and prairie under the rising “Hunter’s Moon” with Naturalist Kathy Schmidt.
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The Full Hunter's Moon Stroll

October 16 at 8:30 - 10 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
This seasonal moon has many names that native tribes and colonial settlers have associated with this month. The Full Harvest Moon celebra...
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Autumn Splendor

October 18 at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Admire the beauty of autumn on a hike around Hinckley Lake. We'll discuss why leaves change colors as the trees prepare for winter.&...
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Loop the Lake

October 19 at 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
It's not too late to squeeze in one last Walking Works hike. Join Naturalist Pam Taylor to enjoy the colors of fall as she hikes around t...
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Nature Baby

October 19 at 10:30 - 11:30 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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Wednesday Walk

October 19 at 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Grab a friend and join us for a fall hike. We’ll discuss some of the local flora and fauna as we hike Bridal Veil Falls to the Gorge Over...
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Colors of Fall

October 20 at 1 - 2 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on a hike to the Chagrin River Overlook to view the breathtaking fall colors of this state-recognized Sc...
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Nature Writing

October 22 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. We will...
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Biohike: River Series

October 22 at 9 - 10 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Biohike: River Series An Emerald Necklace of 23,135 acres was launched with just 3 protected acres nearly 100 years ago. Visit the R...
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Woodlands of Beford: Autumn Color

October 22 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join Fred Losi as we view the colors of autumn in this rich and diverse area of Bedford Reservation. We’ll view large tulip trees, cucumb...
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Carousel Hike

October 22 at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
  The trails go up and down like the colorful animals of a carousel. Let’s hop on and enjoy the sights and sounds of this glori...
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The Novice Naturalist

October 22 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Identifying local trees is one of the first skills a young naturalist should learn. This program will give clues in recognizing common tr...
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Emerald Necklace Hikers

October 22 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville 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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Fall Hike

October 22 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
The leaves are changing and falling to the ground. We’ll hike through the forest of Bedford and discuss some of the local flora and fauna...
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The Colors of Fall

October 23 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Come to CanalWay Center to learn about the colors of fall. We’ll enjoy a brisk fall hike and retrieve colorful fall leaves to be use...
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Euclid Creek History Hike

October 23 at 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
  The Euclid Creek Corridor is full of history, from an amazing creature called Dunkleosteus to Bluestone Quarries. Join Naturalist ...
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

October 24 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 pe...
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Autumn Nooks and Crannies

October 25 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Experience the colors, crunch and creatures of fall with a walk on the Scenic Loop Trail. Join us to catch the ebb and flow of the season...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

October 26 at 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. or 1 – 2:15 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover special fall fruits through a story, discovery time and a craft Register by phone by October 17
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Eerie Evening Hike

October 27 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your flashlight, favorite scary story, and join us on a hike to hear what goes bump in the night. Extra flashlights are available t...
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Night Owl Hike

October 27 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Night Owl Hike Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on an evening hike listening and looking for barred owls and other nocturnal animals th...
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Family Friday Night: Halloween Creatures

October 28 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join us to meet owls, spiders, snakes and more! Learn the truth about Halloween animal myths and take a night hike to listen for owls in ...
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Extreme Hiking

October 29 at 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Naturalist Pam Taylor on her favorite section of the Buckeye Trail. Prepare for hills and wet feet on this hike. We will be car...
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Orienteering Basics

October 29 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Orienteering Basics Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese to navigate the trails using an age-old technique. With only a topographic map and co...
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Halloween Dog Hike

October 30 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your best friend all decked out for Halloween for this family friendly dog walk. Dogs must be leashed and waste picked up. Of ...
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Harvard Grove Cemetery Tour

October 30 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
           Explore Harvard Grove with Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus. See the final resting places of n...
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Kids Explore Seeds

November 3 at 10 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin and explore for seeds at a curious child’s pace. Everyone must wear sturdy footwear. Canceled in the ev...
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Colors of Fall

November 3 at 1 - 2 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
The Chagrin River has been recognized by the state of Ohio as a Scenic River. Join a naturalist on a hike to the overlook to view the bre...
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Fall Sunset on the Beach

November 3 at 6 - 7 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
The days may be getting shorter, but the sun still makes a beautiful show as it sets in the west.   Enjoy a short walk and watc...
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Worden's History & Hike

November 5 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Worden’s Ledges offers a unique look at part of the history of Hinckley Township. Join seasonal Naturalist Beth Robb as we take a step ba...
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Hike Above the Chagrin

November 6 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Pack a snack and join Naturalist Carly Martin as we hike a trail that overlooks the Chagrin River. We’ll stop at the overlook and en...
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Leaf Art Hike

November 6 at noon - 2 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Naturalist Beth Robb on a short hike to collect fallen leaves, and then use the leaves to create a leaf based art project to take ho...
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Family Fun Hike

November 6 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring the whole family for a stroll through the woods with a naturalist.   We’ll explore the Hickory Fox Loop Trail together.
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Get Out...

November 6 at 2 - 5 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
…and get active. Join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis for a hike. This hike will complete this hiking series.
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

November 7 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 mo...
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River Stroll

November 10 at 10 a.m. - noon
North Chagrin Reservation
Join a naturalist as we hike along the Chagrin River on one of the newest trails in North Chagrin Reservation.
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Backpacking Basics

November 10 at 6 – 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Learn the basics to having a safe and enjoyable backcountry experience before investing in expensive gear. Our knowledgeable staff w...
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Emerald Necklace Hikers

November 11 at 10 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Don't feel comfortable navigating the trails on your own? Join this monthly hike to explore the Emerald Necklace, get some exercise and e...
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Overnight at North Chagrin

November 11 - 12 at 7 p.m. - 9 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join us for a night at the nature center after hours. Your family will enjoy indoor and outdoor activities, including a night hike t...
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Emerald Necklace Hikers

November 12 at 10 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Don't feel comfortable navigating the trails on your own? Join this monthly hike to explore the Emerald Necklace, get some exercise and e...
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Land Navigation 2

November 12 at 12:30 - 3:30p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Brush up on your map and compass skills with this intermediate course, which will delve more deeply into compass skills, such as tri...
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Nature Journaling

November 12 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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Birds of Acacia

November 13 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 a...
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Hiking for the Young at Heart

November 15 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
The leaves have all fallen from the trees and the forest is making its final preparations for Old Man Winter. Join Naturalist Pam Taylor ...
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Features of the Creek

November 16 at 11 a.m. -1 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join a naturalist on a stroll along Euclid Creek in search of signs of fall.
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Dog Hike

November 19 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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Changing Seasons Hike

November 20 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Explore the changing habitats and see everything start to transition from fall to winter colors.
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Wildwood Waterbird Watch

November 20 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
November marks a crucial time for waterbird migration. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder scanning the lake and break walls for mergansers,...
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The Buck Stops Here

November 26 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Naturalist Jenny McClain as we search for signs of white-tailed deer through the forests and along ravines. We’ll look for scra...
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Dog Walk

November 26 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
After far too much food and staying inside, it’s time to grab your canine companion and hit the trails with Naturalist Pam Taylor. We wil...
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Hike to Deer Lick Cave

November 27 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis for a hike on the Deer Lick Cave trail. We will search for signs of the changing seasons as plants an...
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