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Urban Birding Blitz

February 26 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Urban Birding Blitz It may be cold, but we’ll search for winter specialty birds, with an outside chance at spotting a rare snowy owl...
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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 aroun...
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Beach and Forest Hike

February 26 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Huntington Reservation
Beach and Forest Hike The beach and surrounding forest provide a beautiful backdrop for a late-winter hike. Enjoy the scenery as we ...
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Winter Walk

February 28 at 4 - 5 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
We’ll brave the winter weather and hopefully see some wildlife on our journey as the month of February ends. Garfield Park Reservation Ga...
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Cleveland Metroparks 2017 Tour of Wildflowers

March 1 - June 1 at 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The race is on! Join hundreds of Clevelanders as we go on nature’s ultimate scavenger hunt; the Tour of Wildflowers! Spend an aftern...
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Amphibian Crossing

March 2 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis to learn about the annual spring migration of amphibians. We’ll discuss their unique life cycles and then ...
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The Critters of CanalWay

March 3 at 4 - 5 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today is world wildlife day. Come to CanalWay Center to learn about the animals that call the center home and watch as we feed them ...
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Nature News Today

March 4 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 scoop ...
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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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Duck, Duck, Goose

March 5 at 10 a.m. - Noon
March is a great time to search for waterfowl. Ducks, geese, gulls and birds of prey can be spotted on the Cuyahoga River. Join in for a ...
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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 pre...
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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 look, h...
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Milkweed for Monarchs

March 5 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
The word milkweed is synonymous with the monarch butterfly. During this workshop, Naturalist Natalie Schroder will help you discover...
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Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists: Salamanders and Earthworms

March 8 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists: Salamanders and Earthworms How do Salamanders and Earthworms, two animals that live in the l...
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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 a...
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Birds and Coffee

March 11 at 10 – 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Relax with a hot cup of coffee as we watch chickadees, nuthatches and other winter birds through one-way glass windows. Join Naturalist J...
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Pollinator Gardening 101

March 11 at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bees and butterflies are a great addition to any garden. Learn what to plant to attract pollinators and beautify your garden. Regist...
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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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Buzzard Day

March 15 at 7 a.m. - ??
Hinckley Reservation
The buzzards are bringing spring back to Cleveland Metroparks Hinckley Reservation. The watch begins at 7 a.m., continuing until the...
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Early Risers Walk

March 16 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Mid-March is a great time to begin the search for spring ephemerals. We’ll skirt the edges of the wetland and watch for early rising wild...
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Early Risers Walk

March 17 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Mid-March is a great time to begin the search for spring ephemerals. We will skirt the edges of Tinker’s Creek and watch for early r...
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The Novice Naturalist

March 18 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown to explore the world of nature. Each month will highlight an interesting topic revealing seasonal developmen...
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Buzzard Spotting

March 19 at 9 a.m. - Noon
Hinckley Reservation
Join naturalists to help spot returning buzzards to Hinckley Reservation.
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Sunday Morning Dog Walk

March 19 at 10 - 11 A.M.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’ll look for signs of green in the park as we stroll on the All-Purpose trail with our dogs on the last weekend of winter.  Ohio &...
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Spring Hike

March 20 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Enjoy a hike through the woodlands of Bedford Reservation as we celebrate the first day of spring. We’ll look for wildflowers, birds...
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Wednesday Walk

March 22 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Join us as we walk out to the overlook on Dike 14 where we’ll see the sun setting on the coast of Lake Erie. On our walk we’ll look for b...
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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 a...
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Woodlands of Bedford: Spring Bird Walk

March 25 at 8 - 11 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Enjoy early spring birding in beautiful Bedford Reservation with Fred Losi. Many different habitats will reveal new arrivals such as...
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Buds Ready to Burst Hike

March 25 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Spring is here and tree buds are swelling and getting ready to unfold into delicate leaves. Join Naturalist Kathy Schmidt on a hike ...
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Salamander Drop-in

March 25 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Drop in and meet some of Ohio’s fascinating and rarely seen amphibians, the salamanders. When the snow and ice start to melt, these creat...
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BSA Merit Badge: Nature

March 25 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
BSA Merit Badge: Nature Calling all Boy Scouts! March unveils the blooms of maples, violets, and other harbingers of spring. Can oth...
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Bird banding at Rocky River Nature Center

March 26 at 9:30 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
Bird banding at Rocky River Nature Center Better than binoculars, see intricate details of birds as we capture and band birds from the fe...
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Spring into the Creek

March 26 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in search of early spring migrants and wildflowers in the woods along Euclid Creek. Bring binocular...
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Sunday Sprouts: Maple Sugaring

March 26 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the longtime tradition of maple sugaring. We will read a story, have discovery time and go on a s...
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Early Spring Hike

March 26 at 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Selby Majewski to search for signs of spring on the rich Scenic Loop Trail. These deep woods are home to a wealth of...
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Spring Break Explorers South

March 28 - 27 at 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Drop the kids off and let them celebrate spring with outdoor exploration!  We’ll search for wildflowers, frogs and fun during a mudd...
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PreSchool: Butterflies

March 30 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
This month’s class is all about butterflies. Your little ones will hear a story about butterflies, take a short hike and pot a butte...
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Take a Walk

March 30 at 5 - 6 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today is national take a walk in the park day so let’s do just that! Join us for a walk around the lower 40 loop of the Ohio & Erie C...
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Secret Salamanders

March 31 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Secret Salamanders Young children will love learning more about the shy, secretive salamander. We will hear a story, make a fun craf...
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Afternoon Outside: Beaver

March 31 at 6 - 7 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’ll discuss the strange adaptations of these mammals that live in our wetlands. We’ll make a craft and take a short hike to see their l...
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Woodcock Watch

March 31 at 7:45 - 8:45 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Naturalist Jenny McClain to experience the spectacular spring performance of the male woodcock. We’ll listen for the distinctiv...
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Egg Hunt

April 2 at 1 - 2 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Brush up on your egg-huntin’ skills as we check some of our best wetlands for the amphibian egg masses left by our slimy friends.   ...
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Amphibian Quest

April 2 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a quest to see some of spring’s first amphibians. If the weather is favorable, we may hear treefrog...
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Southwest Camera Club: The 20 Best Local Spots for Birdwatching

April 3 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Southwest Camera Club: The 20 Best Local Spots for Birdwatching Metroparks Naturalist Jen Brumfield will share some of the region’s top s...
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Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society: Invasive Plant Control on Lake Erie Shoreline.

April 4 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society: Invasive Plant Control on Lake Erie Shoreline. In 2016, The Nature Conservancy was awarded a Great...
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Nature Baby

April 5 at 10 - 11 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 walk...
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Little Explorers: Leap Frog

April 6 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Leap Frog Bring your little explorer to leap and learn all about Ohio’s amphibians. We’ll have stories, crafts, an...
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Little Explorers: Leap Frog

April 6 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Leap Frog Bring your little explorer to leap and learn all about Ohio’s amphibians. We’ll have stories, crafts, and son...
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Bird Songs 101

April 8 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Bird Songs 101 Ever wonder what bird is singing in your backyard? Join Beth Whiteley as we learn the sounds of northeast Ohio’s most...
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Moses Cleaveland Trees

April 8 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Moses Cleaveland Trees In 1946, 150 trees were identified in Cleveland old enough to have witnessed the city’s founding. Learn about the ...
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Biohike: Nightlife

April 8 at 8 - 9 p.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Biohike: Nightlife Come experience the sights and sounds of nighttime. Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese for a flashlights-on walk in ...
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Woodcock Watch

April 8 at 8 - 9 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Naturalist Jenny McClain to experience the spectacular spring performance of the male woodcock. We’ll listen for the distinctive cal...
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Your Piece of the Planet: Yard Map

April 9 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Your Piece of the Planet: Yard Map Yard Map is an amazing online citizen science tool that allows you to map your outdoor space, sha...
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Eco Engineers

April 9 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Eco Engineers Join Naturalist Lindsey Dukles on a walk near the lagoon. We will look for evidence of beavers in the environment they inha...
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Full Moon Hike

April 11 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Full Moon Hike Spring’s full moon will be greeted by the sounds of breeding amphibians. Join us for a walk around the wetlands of Ro...
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Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: What is a pollen trap and how to use one

April 12 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: What is a pollen trap and how to use one Come and listen to Melanie Seal an experienced bee kee...
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Discovering Nature: The Awakening Pond

April 13 at 4 - 4:30 p.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Discovering Nature: The Awakening Pond Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We will explore ar...
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Woodland Wildflowers

April 22 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Woodland Wildflowers Join Naturalist Beth Whiteley for a relaxing walk through the woods in search of early blooming wildflowers. 10:30 –...
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Awesome Amphibians

April 22 at 12 - 3 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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Animals of Ohio’s Past

April 22 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Animals of Ohio’s Past Mountain lions, wolves, and bears oh my! The settlement of Ohio marked a time of great change for wild beasts that...
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Your Piece of the Planet: Cleveland Seed Bank

April 23 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Your Piece of the Planet: Cleveland Seed Bank So much of what we eat starts as a humble seed in the ground. Cleveland Seed Bank will...
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As Lovely as a Tree

April 29 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Celebrate Arbor Day by meeting some of our oldest and loveliest residents – our trees. Join Naturalist Kathy Schmidt to learn about them ...
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Wildflower Walk

April 29 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join a naturalist to see the best in bloom this weekend. Spring wildflowers change daily and it’s always exciting to see what has ju...
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Spring Wildflower Bus Tour

May 6 at 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Visit three of the best locations within Cleveland Metroparks to view spring wildflowers. We will walk on trails that bring us to lovely ...
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Garden Gala Event & Plant Sale

May 20 - 21
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. every day
Rocky River Reservation
Garden Gala Event & Plant Sale Shop through a top-notch selection of beautiful native plants, enjoy a fascinating, plant-focused...
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Party at the Pond

June 4 at 1 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Celebrate the wonders and life around North Chagrin Nature Center. Check out birds through a spotting scope, explore what lives under the...
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Backyard Biodiversity Bash

August 26 at noon - 4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Your backyard can be a lively place with a few wild additions to your yard and garden!  Learn how to improve your backyard habi...
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Nature at Night

September 16 at 5 - 10 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Most of the animal life that calls Northeast Ohio home awakes with the setting sun. Join us for this celebration of  Nature at Night...
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Festival of Trees

September 23 at 1 - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Pawpaws, persimmons, walnuts, oaks and even chestnuts! These trees have been a part of our nations cultural history for generat...
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