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Cleveland Metroparks 2016 Tour of Wildflowers

March 1 - June 1
6 a.m. - 11 p.m. (park hours) every day
Are you a nature enthusiast, gardener or just love hiking in the park? Then we’ve got a challenge for you! Grab your digit...
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Emerald Necklace Neighbors

March 26 - August 1
2 - 3 p.m. every day
Rocky River Reservation
Emerald Necklace Neighbors You love your parks - now be one of the first to sign up to have your yard certified as an “Emerald Necklace N...
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Spring Birding Workshop

May 5 - 7
6 a.m. - 5 p.m. every day
Rocky River Reservation
Spring Birding Workshop Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a three-day course focusing on migrant songbirds. Take two bus trip birdin...
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Wildflowers and Wanderers

May 6 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Wildflowers and Wanderers Join Naturalist Beth Whiteley as we hike the woods around the nature center looking for spring wildflowers and ...
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Morning with Mom

May 7 at 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Spend the morning with mom in the park. We’ll enjoy muffins and take a marvelous walk to learn about the cultural and natural histor...
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Native Plant Sale

May 7 - 8 at 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Native plants can be beautiful and beneficial additions to your garden. Using native plants can provide beauty while attracting butterfli...
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Wildflower Walk

May 7 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join a naturalist and see the best in bloom for this week. Spring wildflowers change daily and it’s always exciting to see what has ...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

May 7 at 2 - 4 p.m.
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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Birds of Acacia

May 8 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna as we search for spring migrants throughout this ever-changing landscape. Bring binoculars, some availab...
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2-Hour Cart Tour 10 a.m. - noon

May 8 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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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2-Hour Cart Tour 2-4 p.m.

May 8 at 2 - 4 p.m.
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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Hiking for the Young at Heart

May 10 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join Naturalist Jenny McClain to hike along Tinker’s Creek and look for blooming bluebells and other spring wildflowers. Hemlock Creek Pi...
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Treadway Trail Wildflower Hke

May 10 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
We are going to be hiking on a City of Cleveland connector trail. This path is known to have beautiful wildflowers along its hillsid...
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Periodical Cicada Primer

May 10 at 7-8:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Science tells a fascinating story of these patient, elegant organisms and their explosive activity every 17 years. Satisfy your curiosity...
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Spring Discovery Hike

May 12 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Life is bursting with budding wildflowers, the return of migrant birds, fresh fungi, and more! Watch the season unfold every Thursda...
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Nurture with Nature

May 12 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your family for a monthly program exploring nature through books, games, and hikes. This month we'll learn about wildflowers. Regis...
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Aquatic Insects: Assessing Rivers and Streams

May 12 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Aquatic insects have a big role in the environment and ecological monitoring. Find out how these tiny creatures are used to assess t...
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Sunrise Walk

May 13 at 5 - 6:30 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Join a leisurely walk around Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve. We’ll learn why this nature preserve is so special and enjoy the sunris...
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Magee Marsh Trip A

May 13 at 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Magee Marsh Trip A Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield to visit one of the hottest spots in the country to watch warblers and other specta...
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National Frog Jumping Day

May 13 at 7-9 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
What species of frog is jump-jump-jumping into our wetlands? Come learn about our native frogs. How many can we hear and see? Also, make ...
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2-Hour Cart Tour 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

May 14 at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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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Nature Journaling

May 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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Love a Tree Hike

May 14 at 2-3:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
There are many ways to enjoy nature. Naturalist Matt Knittel shares some fun and artistic methods to learn more about trees. Write a...
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2-Hour Cart Tour 2-4 p.m.

May 14 at 2 - 4 p.m.
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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Woodland Wildflowers

May 14 at 3 - 5 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Stroll through the spring forest with Naturalist Kathy Schmidt. Enjoy the stunning beauty of the woodland wildflowers and hear the s...
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Bike the Canal

May 14 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
It’s Bike Month! Bring your own bike to enjoy a leisurely bike ride from CanalWay Center to Rockside Road. Bring money, as we’ll stop for...
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Birding Blitz

May 15 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Birding Blitz Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a big morning of birding at one of Cleveland’s top hotspots: Wendy Park. The woodlot...
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Tons of Turtles

May 15 at 11 a.m. - noon
North Chagrin Reservation
Spring is high-time for turtles to be on the move. Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna for a short indoor presentation on turtle behavior, follow...
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Snakes of Cleveland Metroparks

May 15 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Have you ever wondered if that snake you saw was venomous or what species it may be? Naturalist Jake Kudrna will take you through an...
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Your Piece of the Planet: Build a Pollinator Garden

May 15 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Your Piece of the Planet: Build a Pollinator Garden. Native plants beautify your yard while providing food and shelter to wildlife, plus ...
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Woodlands of Bedford: Blooms and Butterflies

May 16 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Explore the floodplains around Tinkers Creek for beautiful late-spring flowers and their associated butterflies with Fred Losi. This...
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Magee Marsh Trip B

May 17 at 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Magee Marsh Trip B Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield to visit one of the hottest spots in the country to watch warblers and other spectacular...
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Cicadas Afterschool

May 17 at 4 - 5 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
  Kids will love getting ready for the 17-year cicada emergence. Join a naturalist to learn a little more about these insects a...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

May 17 at 4 - 6 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on a boat ride going “up the river.” We’ll discuss the Cuyahoga River, bridges, area geog...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

May 17 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on a boat ride going “up the river.” We’ll discuss the Cuyahoga River, bridges, area...
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Biohike: Wildflowers

May 18 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Biohike: Wildflowers With longer days and shorter nights, wildflowers are emerging and painting the forest floor with color. Join Natural...
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Cicadas Afterschool

May 18 at 4 - 5 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
  Kids will love getting ready for the 17-year cicada emergence. Join a naturalist to learn a little more about these insects a...
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West Creek Night Hike

May 18 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Enjoy an evening walk to explore the fields and forests of West Creek using all of our senses. A spirit for adventure is the only require...
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Spring Discovery Hike

May 19 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Life is bursting with budding wildflowers, the return of migrant birds, fresh fungi, and more! Watch the season unfold every Thursda...
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Discovering Nature: Bunns Lake

May 20 at 4 - 4:30 p.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Discovering Nature: Bunns Lake Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We’ll explore Bunns Lake trail ...
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Evening Cart Tour

May 20 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
  Join our Naturalist on an evening cart tour along the canal. We’ll look for signs of wildlife that roam in the evening hours ...
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Bird’n the Flats

May 21 at 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Bird’n the Flats The pockets of Cuyahoga River create unexpected sanctuary for migratory birds. Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese for bird ...
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May Meandering

May 21 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
One of our smallest reservations packs a nice punch. Join a naturalist as we hike the interior trails of the reservation. Garfield P...
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Spring Photo Hike

May 21 at 2 - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Capture the sights of the season as spring unfurls: the tender shoots of green to the delicate wildflowers, mourning cloak butterflies an...
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Catching the Last Wave: Bird Migration

May 22 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Catching the Last Wave: Bird Migration Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a walk around the center’s woodland trails for the last big...
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Last Chance Wildflower Walk

May 22 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Search for the last blooms of spring on the Scenic Loop trail with Naturalist Selby Majewski. We’ll try to fill any remaining gaps in you...
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Introduction to Monarch Watch

May 22 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Monarchs are a spectacular insect with a fascinating life. Come to this introductory session to learn more about their life cycle an...
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Little Explorers: Rainbows of the Woods

May 23 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Rainbows of the Woods Join Naturalist Bev Walborn with your little explorer to discover colors through the ra...
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Woodlands of Bedford: Blooms and Butterflies

May 23 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Explore the floodplains around Tinkers Creek for beautiful late-spring flowers and their associated butterflies with Fred Losi. This...
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Stroller School

May 24 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Come in for a short program and a walk. We’ll read a story, sing a song and meet some animal friends before heading outside for fresh air...
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Nature Boat Ride 4 p.m.

May 24 at 4 - 6 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
View Cleveland’s wildlife from a boat. We’ll discuss the plants that inhabit the river bed and look for a wide variety of waterfowl ...
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Nature Boat Ride 7 p.m.

May 24 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
View Cleveland’s wildlife from a boat. We’ll discuss the plants that inhabit the river bed and look for a wide variety of waterfowl as we...
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Homeschool in the Valley

May 25 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Look up in the sky- It’s a bird! Have you ever wished you could fly like a bird? Join Naturalist Angelec Hillsman to learn about the...
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Biohike: Cicadas

May 25 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Biohike: Cicadas Periodical cicadas are expected to emerge this spring. The last emergence was 1999. Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese for ...
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West Creek Night Hike

May 25 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Enjoy an evening walk to explore the fields and forests of West Creek using all of our senses. A spirit for adventure is the only re...
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Spring Discovery Hike

May 26 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Life is bursting with budding wildflowers, the return of migrant birds, fresh fungi, and more! Watch the season unfold every Thursday in ...
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Preschool: Wiggling Worms

May 26 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Worms are all around us and under our feet. We’ll hike, look for worms and wiggle as we learn about worms in our world. Register onl...
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It’s a Tree

May 26 at 12 - 1 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on a quick hike though Wildwood Park to shine a light on some of the park’s greatest trees.
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Family Friday Night: Cicadas

May 27 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
What in the world are those noisy creatures? Learn about the amazing emergence of the 17-year periodical cicada with Naturalist Selb...
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Birding & Cicadas by Pontoon

May 28 at 7 - 8:30 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Hop aboard the Floating Water Lab for an early morning float. If the timing is right, we could experience the sights and sounds of period...
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In-Seine Invertebrates

May 28 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
How do we know if a river is healthy or not? Today we will throw on our boots, and take our seines to the Chagrin to discover the in...
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Turtle Drop-in

May 28 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Meet a couple of live Ohio turtles, see and touch some different turtle shells and discover where these ancient reptiles live.  
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Turtles Tales

May 28 at Noon - 2 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Stop by our trailside table to learn about turtles. On land and in water, the turtles of Northeast Ohio are a site to see. Garfield ...
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Family Bike Ride

May 28 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Load up your family, friends and bicycles for a casual bike ride along the Towpath. We’ll stop along the way to discuss some of the wildl...
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Bio Blitz: Forest Floor to Treetops

May 29 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Bio Blitz: Forest Floor to Treetops Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a quest to find salamanders, frogs, birds, the first dragonflie...
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Wildwood Wetland Walk

May 29 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on a leisurely walk enjoying the restored wetland and creek to see what is calling it home. Cliff swallo...
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Hidden Insects and Camouflage

May 29 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Did you see it? The most interesting insects are some of the hardest to find. Join Naturalist Andrew Mularo for an afternoon of expl...
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Cicada Search

May 29 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Seventeen years ago, this area was full of cicadas emerging from the ground. The air may be full of buzzing insects today; learn about th...
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Amazing Arachnids

May 30 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Believe it or not, spiders are one of the most important animals in their habitats. Hike with Naturalist Andrew Mularo and observe t...
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Nature Boat Ride 4 p.m.

May 31 at 4 - 6 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
View Cleveland’s wildlife from a boat. We’ll discuss the plants that inhabit the river bed and look for a wide variety of waterfowl as we...
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Nature Boat Ride 7 p.m.

May 31 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
View Cleveland’s wildlife from a boat. We’ll discuss the plants that inhabit the river bed and look for a wide variety of waterfowl ...
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Hunt of the Month: Frogs

June 1 - 30
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
In the summer when you walk around outside you might hear some frogs calling. We have hidden 20 frogs throughout the CanalWay Center. See...
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Ohio Wetlands Day Trifecta Bus Tour

June 3 at 7 am-5 pm
West Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Mark Warman on a tour to explore three living postcards from the ice age. Triangle Lake Bog, Kent Bog, and Herrick F...
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Cicada Invasion

June 4 at noon - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Cicada Invasion! We haven’t seen them since 1999 but the 17-year cicadas will be back this spring for a few weeks of flying around, buzzi...
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In Search of Cicadas

June 4 at 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
In Search of Cicadas Cicadas abound! Let’s see if we can find them near Rocky River Nature Center. You won’t want to miss this amazi...
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Sunday Drop By: Butterflies

June 5 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Check out butterfly habitat, life cycle and food requirements in the great outdoors . Look for winged jewels in action in our meadows and...
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Tour of Wildflowers Party

June 5 at 1 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Celebrate the end of spring wildflower season. Tour participants are welcome to stop by anytime this afternoon to have your flowers ...
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Your Piece of the Planet: Native Plants for Every Yard

June 5 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Your Piece of the Planet: Native Plants for Every Yard Native plants have the ability to thrive in the variable landscapes of our yards. ...
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Naturalist at the Pond

June 6 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Stop by anytime this morning to find what’s hidden in Dragonfly Pond. Hold a crayfish or catch a frog. A naturalist will be on hand ...
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Littles Find Cicadas

June 7 at 10 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 2:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin and go in search of big buzzy bugs. 17-year Cicadas are back and you won’t want to miss this fun and educati...
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Strawberry Planter Olmsted Historical Society

June 8 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Strawberry Planter Olmsted Historical Society Receive hands on instructions to create your own small strawberry planter and learn to...
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Steps to Sustainability

June 8 at 6 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
For many species, the future of conservation lies in human hands. Join us this evening for an opportunity to learn ways to benefit nature...
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Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Feeding Your Hive

June 8 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Feeding Your Hive Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture Magazine, will be speaking about...
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Scavenger Hunt

June 9 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Scavenger Hunt Kids will love searching the pond and forest for clues on this naturalist-led scavenger hunt. 10 – 11:30 a.m.   RRNC ...
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A Small Field Life

June 9 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Do you enjoy catching butterflies and grasshoppers? Come to Acacia Reservation to learn about these insects that call the park’s gra...
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Cicadia Mania

June 10 at 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
This year marks the emergence of the 17 year cicada. Join Naturalist Jenny McClain to experience this natural phenomena and discover some...
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Family Friday Night: Explore a Wetland

June 10 at 7 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Search for frogs, newts and snakes with Naturalist Jeff Riebe. We will have nets and viewing containers available to examine what we...
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Cicadia Mania

June 10 at 9 - 10 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
This year marks the emergence of the 17 year cicada. Join Naturalist Jenny McClain to experience this natural phenomena and discover some...
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Mohican and Amish Country Birding Bus Trip

June 11 at 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Mohican and Amish Country Birding Bus Trip  Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a whirlwind birding trip to the hemlock valleys o...
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Planting to Attract Pollinators

June 11 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Planting to Attract Pollinators Pollinators are the imperative to our survival. Naturalist Beth Whiteley will discuss how you can aid the...
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Nature Journaling

June 11 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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Pond Safari

June 11 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Pond Safari Who lives in the pond? Grab a net and try your hand at capturing a variety of aquatic creatures. 2 – 3:30 p.m.   RRNC Te...
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Birds of Acacia

June 12 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna searching for barn swallows, bluebirds, and nesting orioles.  
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Edible Container Garden

June 12 at 11 a.m. - Noon
Rocky River Reservation
Edible Container Garden Learn tips for successful container gardening and grow everything you need for a salad in one beautiful patio pot...
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Junior Naturalist: Pond Dipping

June 12 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
What strange creatures live in the marsh? We’ll use our nets and our brains to find out. Plan on getting messy today.    
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Biological Succession: Foundations of the Forest

June 12 at 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Have you ever wondered what the first steps are in a growth of a forest? Join a naturalist on an afternoon hike and learn about successio...
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Little Explorers: Rabbits and Raindrops

June 13 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Rabbits and Raindrops Bring your little explorer to learn about mother and baby rabbits while we read Rabbits &...
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Nature Baby

June 15 at 10:30 - 11:15 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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Full of Flowers

June 16 at 1 - 3 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Tulip tree, tulip poplar, Liriodendron tulipifera ; all are titles used to describe one of Ohio’s most elegant flowering trees. Join...
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Prairie Drop-In

June 18 at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to see what is in bloom. Naturalist Kathy Schmidt will be there to identify plants and share their pioneer and American Indian us...
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Fish Frolic

June 18 at 1-2 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Can you outswim a pike?   Naturalist Matt will teach you a few fishy games to play with you and your friends! Have fishy fun fr...
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Prairie Drop-In

June 18 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to see what is in bloom. Naturalist Kathy Schmidt will be there to identify plants and share their pioneer and American Indian us...
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Evening Float

June 18 at 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Paddle a kayak into dusk with Naturalist Pam Taylor. You will be guided around the lake while watching the transition of wildlife fr...
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Birding the Banks of Euclid Creek

June 19 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on the banks of Euclid Creek searching for woodpeckers, catbirds and sandpipers. 
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Land without Lungs

June 19 at 1 - 2 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Did you know that there are some species of salamander that live on land without lungs? Hike to salamander hollow and observe these ...
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Drop-In: Pond Dipping

June 19 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Drop in and drop a net to the bottom of Sanctuary Marsh. Tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs and giant water bugs are just a few things that can b...
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Father’s Day Hike

June 19 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Father’s Day Hike Enjoy a family hike around the beautiful West Channel Pond. We’ll search for wildlife like beaver, mink, and water...
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Biodiversity Blitz

June 19 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Biodiversity Blitz Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a tree-top-to-forest-floor search. Needed is a keen eye for biodiversity. We’ll seek...
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Summer Solstice Hike

June 20 at 3 - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on a hike through the forest and along the gorge to welcome summer. We may see remnants of spring w...
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Urban Birding Survey

June 21 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Urban Birding Survey Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a survey of nesting birds at Wendy Park. Surprises await us at this remarkable par...
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Nocturnal Wetlands

June 24 at 7 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Even though lots of them are out during the day, some of the most interesting creatures actually come out at night. Join a naturalis...
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The Novice Naturalist

June 25 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
The 17-year cicada is back! Let’s take a close look at this amazing creature in the order homoptera. Bring your sketch book as we documen...
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Butterfly Investigators

June 25 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Butterfly Investigators Want to know more about local butterflies? Hike the trails to look for these beautiful and important creatur...
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Birding the Mouth of Euclid Creek

June 26 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder at the mouth of Euclid Creek in search of waterfowl, kingfishers and cave swallows.
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Hike Huntington

June 26 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Huntington Reservation
Hike Huntington Enjoy the sights and sounds of forest and beach on a beautiful summer morning. 10 – 11 a.m.   HuR Lake Road Tra...
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Your Piece of the Planet: Managing Water in the Landscape

June 26 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Your Piece of the Planet: Managing Water in the Landscape Traditional water management systems like French drains can overload sewers and...
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Hunt of the Month: Ants

July 1 - 31
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
The ants have come to CanalWay center. Come find the 20 ants around the center and bring a picnic to have in the park after. Be sure...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

July 6 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover some slithering friends through discovery time, a craft and hike. Register by phone by July 4  
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Turtle Happy Hour

July 6 at 5 - 7 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Do you enjoy the trails around the center, but just can’t make it there before 5? Tonight the building will be open late just for ou...
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Prairie Drop-In

July 9 at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to see what is in bloom. Naturalist Kathy Schmidt will be there to identify plants and share pioneer and Indian uses of those pla...
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The Novice Naturalist

July 9 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
It’s a great month to observe turtles sunning themselves around Sunset Pond and Sanctuary Marsh. Join Naturalist Foster Brown as we ...
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Birds of Acacia

July 10 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna as we search for nesting birds throughout the reservation’s ever-changing landscape. Bring binoculars; some a...
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Naturalist at the Marsh

July 14 at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Stop by Sanctuary Marsh during your evening walk around the nature center. Naturalist Carly Martin will be on hand to discover the l...
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A Day in the Life of Euclid Creek

July 16 at 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
What does a creek do all day?   Join Cleveland Metroparks and Friends of Euclid Creek to get up close and personal with a unique nat...
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Fun with Fungus

July 16 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Melanie Wheeler for an exploratory and interactive fungus-focused program. We'll take a closer look at mushrooms and...
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Drop In: Crayfish

July 16 at noon - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Explore the world of these amazing freshwater crustaceans. Learn how they spend their lives underwater, the different parts of a crayfish...
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Wilderness Skills: Useful Plants

July 16 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike through field and forest with Naturalist Kathy Schmidt to learn about plants that can be used in a variety of ways.
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Birding the Banks of Euclid Creek

July 17 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on the banks of the creek searching for woodpeckers, catbirds and sandpipers.
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

July 20 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover some slithering friends through discovery time, a craft and hike. Register by phone by July ...
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Owl Happy Hour

July 20 at 5 - 7 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Do you enjoy the trails around the nature center, but just can’t make it there before 5? Tonight the building will be open late just for ...
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The American Beaver

July 22 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
The beaver is not only an architect in nature, it also played an important role in the history of the United States. Learn about thi...
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Invertebrate Investigation

July 23 at 11 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Join Naturalist Joel Kavaras for a short hike where we will showcase the various invertebrates that crawl, slither, and fly through the s...
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Drop-In Children’s Nature Craft

July 23 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown as we create cute mice out of dried teasel flower heads. This simple craft is perfect for young childre...
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Butterflies: Wings by Day

July 23 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Search for our diurnal scaly-winged insects as we explore the world of butterflies. Wear long pants, bring a water bottle and insect repe...
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Moths: Wings by Night

July 23 at 8 - 9:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Discover more about the butterflies’ nocturnal cousins. We will search light and bait traps to see the diversity of moths we catch. ...
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Birding the Mouth of Euclid Creek

July 24 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder at the mouth of Euclid Creek in search of waterfowl, kingfishers and cave swallows.
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Catch River Fish

July 30 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Use a seine net to catch shiners, chubs, colorful darters and other interesting native fish in the beautiful Chagrin River. Bring we...
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Hunt of the Month: Bats

August 1 - 31
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
By now the baby bats are leaving mom to hunt for bugs on their own. Look around the CanalWay Center for the 20 bats we have hidden. Then ...
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Emerald Necklace Hiking Tour (West)

August 6 at 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Emerald Necklace Hiking Tour (West) Traverse the vast acreage of Cleveland Metroparks with Naturalist Marty Calabrese by bus an...
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Emerald Necklace Hiking Tour (East)

August 13 at 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Emerald Necklace Hiking Tour (East) Traverse the vast acreage of Cleveland Metroparks with Naturalist Marty Calabrese by bus and boot. Le...
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Shorebird Workshop Bus Tour

August 27 at 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Shorebird Workshop Bus Tour  Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a daylong adventure seeking migrant shorebirds and waterbirds al...
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Backyard Biodiversity Bash

August 27 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 all about improving your backyard habi...
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Hunt of the Month: Mushrooms

September 1 - 30
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Mushrooms come in a wide variety of shapes and colors, come to CanalWay Center and find our 20 colorful mushrooms hidden around the ...
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Fall Birding Workshop

September 6 - 8
7 a.m - 5 p.m. every day
Rocky River Reservation
Fall Birding Workshop  Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a three-day course focusing on migrant songbirds. This weekend adventu...
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Hunt of the Month: Deer

October 1 - 31
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
As fall colors begin to appear deer become more active. Come to CanalWay to learn why and to find the 20 bucks and does we have hidd...
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Fall Big Day Bus Trip

October 8 at 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Fall Big Day Bus Trip  Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a big day of birding to seek newly arrived migrant songbirds and water...
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Hunt of the Month: Beaver

November 1 - 30
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Winter is approaching and beavers are hard at work gathering branches to eat during the winter months if the water freezes. Stop by ...
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Rock the River Geology Bus Tour - South

November 3 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Rock the River Geology Bus Tour - South Join Naturalist Bev Walborn and Baldwin Wallace University Geology professor, Paul Hilston on thi...
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Birds of the North Shore Bus Trip

November 19 at 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Birds of the North Shore Bus Trip  Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a birding excursion during prime late-fall migration to see...
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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 outside t...
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Gull & Waterfowl Workshop

December 29 - 31
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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