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Appalachian Trail Backpacking Trip (Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting September 27, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip October 6, 7 a.m. - October 9, 10 p.m.)

September 27 at Garfield Park Center, Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip October October 6, 7 a.m. - October 9, 10 p.m.)
Garfield Park Reservation
Grab your hiking boots and join us for a 4-day backpacking excursion through historic Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. White blazes wi...
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Bike-Train-Bike

October 1 at 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. end time depends on ability and speed of bike riders
Doug Kusak leads a history adventure on a bicycle and an iron horse. We start at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Rockside Road Station, r...
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Olmsted Historical Society Farmers Market

October 1 - 31
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday
Rocky River Reservation
Olmsted Historical Society Farmers Market Features local farmers, producers, artisans and vendors all who grow and/or produce their ...
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Hands On Heritage

October 1 at 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Hands On Heritage 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. RRNC Visit Rocky River Nature Center and surrounding trails for a day of fun focused around traditiona...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

October 1 at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Step back in time to the Fur trade era and help us paddle a 34-foot canoe. Hear stories, sing songs, and taste a traditional soup fr...
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All Natural Soap Making

October 1 at 11a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
All Natural Soap Making For hundreds of years people have made necessary products for everyday use in their own homes. Learn the art of s...
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Ohio Heritage Luncheon catered by Merwin’s Wharf

October 1 at Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Ohio Heritage Luncheon catered by Merwin’s Wharf Excite your tastes buds and pick up an interesting tidbit or two about the way our ...
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Papermaking Workshop

October 1 at 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join us as instructors from the Cleveland Institute of Art guide us through the process of making paper from plant fibers. Materials prov...
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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. Do...
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An Introduction to Atlatls

October 2 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Learn the history of the atlatl, an ancient spear-throwing device that has been used around the world for thousands of years. Try your ha...
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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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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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Medina County Fall Foliage Bus Tour

October 8 at 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The colors of fall should be brilliant as we e xplore the history of Medina County. This tour will cover 3 townships and highlight the ag...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

October 8 at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Step back in time to the Fur trade era and help us paddle a 34-foot canoe. Hear stories, sing songs, and taste a traditional soup fr...
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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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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

October 9 at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Step back in time to the Fur trade era and help us paddle a 34-foot canoe. Hear stories, sing songs, and taste a traditional soup fr...
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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.    
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Emerald Necklace Folk & Traditional Arts Series

October 14 at 7 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Cleveland Metroparks at Look About Lodge as we celebrate folk and traditional art forms that reflect the historic and cultural ...
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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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2-Hour Cart Tour

October 15 at 10 a.m. - Noon
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on an extended northern tour of Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. We’ll discuss the hist...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

October 15 at 1:30, 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Step back in time to the Fur trade era and help us paddle a 34-foot canoe. Hear stories, sing songs, and taste a traditional soup fr...
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Family Bike Ride In the Park

October 15 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Easy-going Doug Kusak leads an easy-going bike ride from CanalWay Center to Harvard Road and back. It’s an exercise in exercise, exciteme...
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Ohio Archaeology Day

October 16 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
October is Ohio Archaeology Month. Join us for this kid-friendly program where Naturalist Beth Robb will show your kids how to "exca...
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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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Maritime History Bus Adventure - Toledo

October 19 at 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Doug Kusak sets sail for adventure in northwest Ohio. Dabble in the history and science of great lakes shipping at the National Muse...
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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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2-Hour Cart Tour

October 22 at 10 a.m. - Noon
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on an extended northern tour of Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. We’ll discuss the...
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Learn to Make Cordage

October 23 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Learn to Make Cordage Hand-twisted rope has been used since prehistory. Learn the useful skill of creating your own cordage with a variet...
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Urban Explorations: Kingsbury Run...the Torso Murders

October 26 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Historically Kingsbury Run was the dumping site of severed torsos and upended political care ers. We’ll discover the history and hor...
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Plants and the World Wars

October 26 at 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Plants and the World Wars Botany played an important, but often overlooked role, in both world wars. From victory gardens to milkweed dri...
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Bowl Burning

October 29 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Create a bowl from a chunk of wood using the ancient technique of controlled burning with coals from a fire. Naturalists Sharon Hosk...
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Urban Explorations: Kingsbury Run...the Torso Murders

October 29 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Historically Kingsbury Run was the dumping site of severed torsos and upended political care ers. We’ll discover the history and horrors ...
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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...
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Frontier Hearth Cooking

November 4 at 6:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Go back to the 18th century with our volunteers Don and Nancy Howell as they teach traditional hearth cooking methods. Prepare your own d...
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Emerald Necklace Folk & Traditional Arts Series

November 4 at 7 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Cleveland Metroparks at Look About Lodge as we celebrate folk and traditional art forms that reflect the historic and cultural ...
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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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Light and Shadow: Pinhole Camera and Sun Print Workshop

November 5 at 1 - 4:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Cleveland Metroparks and the Cleveland Institute of Art for an introductory-level, hands-on workshop that explores two fundamen...
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Make a Basket at the Lodge

November 6 at 12:30 - 6 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join basket weaver Renell Roebuck to make your own market basket, measuring about 7x11 inches. Whether you use it as a gift or to hold yo...
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First People Festival

November 19 at 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
First People Festival Ever wonder who were the first people that lived in Ohio? Find out what we know about these past cultures and ...
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