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Hunt of the Month: Snowflakes

December 1 - 31
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Winter is still hanging around so s top by the CanalWay Center to search for 20 hidden snowflakes. Find snow inside and then go outs...
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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 Falls...
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Afternoon Outside: Birds

December 10 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bundle up and join us for a hike along the canal to look for the birds that stay here through the winter. After our hike we will be ...
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Waterbird Survey

December 11 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Huntington Reservation
Waterbird Survey Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a survey of migrant waterbirds as they move along the lakefront towards their winter s...
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Bird Banding

December 11 at 9:30 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
Bird Banding Better than binoculars, see intricate details of birds as we capture and band birds from the feeder. Learn about bird b...
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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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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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Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists: Annual Holiday Photo Contest

December 14 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists Annual Holiday Photo Contest We will end the year with a show and tell of the reptiles a...
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Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Beekeeping Forum

December 14 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Beekeeping Forum Have a question about beekeeping? Come to our open forum and ask our panel of ...
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Gull & Waterfowl Workshop

December 15 - 17
7 a.m. - 5 p.m. every day
Rocky River Reservation
Gull & Waterfowl Workshop  Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for three-day course to take an in-depth look at th...
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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 sounds...
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CanalWay Storytime 11 a.m.

December 15 at 11 - 11:45 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Stop by to listen to some stories about what animals do during the cold winter months. While we are warm inside; they fly, dig and s...
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Homeschool Happenings: White-tailed Deer

December 15 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Homeschool Happenings: White-tailed Deer We are all familiar with the big brown-eyed, gentle white-tailed deer, but what do you really kn...
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CanalWay Storytime 6 p.m.

December 15 at 6 - 6:45 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Stop by to listen to some stories about what animals do during the cold winter months. While we are warm inside; they fly, dig and s...
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Hand Feed a Chickadee

December 17 - 24
10 a.m. - noon every day
Brecksville Reservation
Looking for something to do with your family and friends over the holidays? Stop by to hand feed the chickadees. We'll supply the black o...
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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 ...
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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 fict...
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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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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 this ge...
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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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Armchair Birds

December 18 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Armchair Birds Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a laid-back look at the excellent diversity of birds visiting the feeders at the na...
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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 winter. ...
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Young Explorers 10 a.m.

December 21 at 10 -11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today is the first day of winter. Ever wonder how animals prepare for the cold weather and snow that winter brings? Come to CanalWay...
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Young Explorers 1 p.m.

December 21 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today is the first day of winter. Ever wonder how animals prepare for the cold weather and snow that winter brings? Come to CanalWay Cent...
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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 a...
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The Night Tree

December 21 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
The Night Tree We will hear the story of The Night Tree , where a family decorates their favorite tree in the forest as a gift for the an...
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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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Hand Feed a Chickadee

December 26 - 31
10 a.m. - noon every day
Brecksville Reservation
Looking for something to do with your family and friends over the holidays? Stop by to hand feed the chickadees. We'll supply the black o...
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Tuesday with the Turtles

December 27 at 11 a.m. - Noon
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Come spend some time with our turtles. We’ll answer some of your turtle questions and give you a chance to get up close to a turtle....
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Winter Wildlife Scavenger Hunt

December 29 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Winter Wildlife Scavenger Hunt Learn about the amazing ways animals survive the winter and find the hidden clues in order to discover the...
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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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Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society: Recent Advances in Ornithology

January 3 at 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society: Recent Advances in Ornithology Dr. Andy Jones, Department of Ornithology at The Cleveland Museum of Nat...
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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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Winteriffic Ice Fishing

January 8 at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Winteriffic Ice Fishing Aquatic Biologist Mike Durkalec shares the ABCs of ice fishing. Learn proper technique, safety consideration...
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Winteriffic Ice Fishing

January 8 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Winteriffic Ice Fishing Aquatic Biologist Mike Durkalec shares the ABCs of ice fishing. Learn proper technique, safety considerations, eq...
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Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists: Herps of Illinois

January 11 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists Herps of Illinois Although we usually think of herps living in the southern United State...
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Little Explorers: Cold Play

January 12 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Cold Play Bring your little explorer to learn all about ice and snow. We’ll have stories, science experiments, songs, a...
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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 s...
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Kids Explore Deer

January 12 at 10 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin and explore deer at a curious child’s pace.  
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Little Explorers: Cold Play

January 12 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Cold Play Bring your little explorer to learn all about ice and snow. We’ll have stories, science experiments, son...
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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 calling ...
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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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Gull and Waterfowl Quest

January 15 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Gull and Waterfowl Quest Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a primer on gull and waterfowl identification. Lake Erie’s waters and shores h...
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Drop-In Discovery: Eastern Box Turtle

January 15 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to meet our resident box turtle, discover how turtles survive in the wild, and make a craft.
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Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program

January 17 - February 21
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday
Rocky River Reservation
January 17 – February 21 Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program Preschoolers ages 4 - 6 are invited to join Naturalist Bev Walborn to dis...
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Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program

January 17 - February 21
1 - 3 p.m. on Tuesday
Rocky River Reservation
January 17 – February 21 Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program Preschoolers ages 4 - 6 are invited to join Naturalist Bev Walborn t...
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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 trail...
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Winter Birding Blitz

January 19 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Huntington Reservation
Winter Birding Blitz Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a search for wintering birds along Lake Erie’s shore. Learn tips on identifyin...
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Homeschool Happenings: Woodpeckers in Winter

January 19 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Homeschool Happenings: Woodpeckers in Winter Many birds look for warmer weather during Ohio’s wicked winter. Although, our hearty woodpec...
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Coffee with the Birds

January 20 at 8 - 9 a.m
Brecksville Reservation
Would you like to learn more about the birds coming to the nature center’s feeders? Enjoy a cup of coffee while watching our feather...
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River Birding

January 21 at 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
River Birding The pockets of Cuyahoga River create unexpected sanctuary for migratory birds. Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese for bird wat...
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Drop-In Discovery: Conifers

January 21 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Our evergreen pines and spruces cheer up a sometimes gray winter landscape. Find out more about these lovely trees and the cones the...
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Chickadee Feeding Hike

January 22 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Chickadee Feeding Hike Wild black-capped chickadees can be remarkably friendly. Join Naturalist Ashley Hall for an attempt to lure this g...
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Owl Quest

January 22 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Owl Quest Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a quest to see or hear barred owls on their day-time roosts. Rocky River Reservation’s mi...
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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 hibernat...
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Nature Baby

January 25 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...
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Urban Birding Blitz

January 26 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Urban Birding Blitz Wendy Park, on the west shores of downtown Cleveland, is one of the most remarkable birding sites in Ohio. It may be ...
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Winter Tree ID Hike

January 28 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Winter Tree ID Hike Ever been hiking in the woods in the winter and spy an eye-catching tree and wonder, “What kind of tree is that?...
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Biotalk: The American Chestnut

January 28 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Biotalk: The American Chestnut Once a towering giant of the eastern forest, the American chestnut tree was virtually eliminated by a micr...
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Mammal Drop-In

January 28 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
See and touch a wide variety of native Ohio mammal pelts, skulls and taxidermy mounts. Naturalist Jeff Riebe will answer your questi...
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Coffee with the Birds

January 29 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Coffee with the Birds Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a relaxed morning of watching local birds at the nature center’s feeders. Join us...
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Chickadee Feeding Hike

January 29 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Chickadee Feeding Hike Wild black-capped chickadees can be remarkably friendly. Join Naturalist Ashley Hall for an attempt to lure t...
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Winter Wonderland Hike

January 29 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Winter Wonderland Hike Get your heart pumping on this fast-paced trek through the quiet winter forest of Bradley Woods. We will pause occ...
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Winter Tree Identification

February 11 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
It’s not as difficult as it sounds. Use buds, branches, bark, and a few other clues to learn some common trees in our area. We will ...
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Coffee with the Birds

February 17 at 8 - 9 a.m
Brecksville Reservation
Would you like to learn more about the birds coming to the nature center’s feeders? Enjoy a cup of coffee while watching our feathered fr...
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