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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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Nature in Watercolor

May 1 - June 30
Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun Noon - 5 p.m. every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Experience the wonder of nature through an exhibition of watercolor paintings by artists from Nancy Notarianni’s adult watercolor class. ...
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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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Visit the Lorenzo Carter Cabin

May 29 at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Visit the little log cabin that has sat on the east bank of the Flats since 1976. Learn the story behind it as well as the early his...
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Military Memorabilia

May 29 at Noon - 4 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
View WWI, CCC camps, WWII, Korea and Vietnam military items from Joseph Woyma’s family collection. Veteran’s come and place a pin in a ma...
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"Remember the Maine" Walk

May 29 at 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Washington Reservation
Observe Memorial Day by taking a walk with Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus to the USS Maine Memorial. Hear the story of the ill-f...
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Military Memorabilia

May 30 at 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
View WWI, CCC camps, WWII, Korea and Vietnam military items from Joseph Woyma’s family collection. Veteran’s come and place a pin in a ma...
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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 ...
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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 as we...
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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...
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MAPS Bird Banding

June 4 at 7 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Visit a bird banding research station in action for an up-close encounter with some of your favorite birds, some of which travel up to 3,...
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Healthy Planet, Healthy People 5K Run/Walk

June 4 at
8 a.m. - Registration
9 a.m. - 5k Run/Walk
Rocky River Reservation
The most beautiful 5K in the Cleveland area!  This chip-timed 5K run/walk incorporates the beautiful scenery of the Rocky River...
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Discovery Table: Urban Animals

June 4 at 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Urban animals can be many, varied and secretive. Drop by to lift the mysterious veil on a few of NEOH’s common species. Red Oak Shelter a...
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National Trails Day Hike

June 4 at 1-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Explore all of West Creek Reservation’s six miles of trails, while observing the flora and fauna of the meadow, upland forest, and f...
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Cicada Search

June 4 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
We’ll be out searching for the 17 year cicadas, also known as the periodical cicada. We’ll have bug nets and containers so you have a cha...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

June 7 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...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

June 7 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 geog...
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Wednesday Walk

June 8 at 6 - 7 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Hike over and under the bridges of the Valley. We’ll start at the aqueduct and head south to the I-480 Bridge looking for wildlife a...
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Cicada Search

June 9 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
On this hike we'll learn to identify signs of returning, periodical cicadas. If our search is successful, then this site will be a treat ...
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MAPS Bird Banding

June 11 at 7 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Visit a bird banding research station in action for an up-close encounter with some of your favorite birds, some of which travel up ...
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Afternoon at Stan Hywet Hall

June 11 at Noon - 5 p.m.
Join us on a tour of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. We’ll ride on the bus down to Akron for a walking tour of the summer Gardens on the H...
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Family Bike Ride in the Park

June 11 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, exc...
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Bedford Dog Walk

June 12 at 9 - 10 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Bring your dog for a guided walk from the Gorge Overlook to Bridal Veil Falls and back. Dogs must be leashed and waste picked up. Walkers...
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Visit the Lorenzo Carter Cabin

June 12 at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Visit the little log cabin that has sat on the east bank of the Flats since 1976. Find out the story behind it as well as the early ...
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Bedford Hiking Series #6: Viaduct Park

June 18 at 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Bedford Reservation
The Great Falls of Tinkers Creek are the centerpiece of this hike through the history of Viaduct Park. The preserved foundations of downt...
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Acoustic Players Circle

June 18 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Players, singers and listeners will enjoy acoustic music of varied styles in a relaxed, informal, family-friendly setting. Come lead...
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Family Bike Ride in the Park

June 18 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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Living Water

June 19 at Noon - 4:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
This drop in program will show us the wonderful creatures that live in the local water before it is treated for safe drinking. Come ...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

June 21 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

June 21 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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Mid-Week Walk

June 22 at 3:30 - 5 p..m.
Lakefront Reservation
Need a change in your weekly routine? If so, join us for a mid-week walk. We’ll enjoy the view of the lake as we walk along the beach and...
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After Work Walk

June 22 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Summer is here. Let’s enjoy the forest trail as we take in the beautiful scenery that the summer season provides. Garfield Park Cent...
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Malabar Farm Bus Tour

June 24 at 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
The 581-acre Malabar Farm in Pleasant Valley was the dream of Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Louis Bromfield. See the farm as it was duri...
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Towpath Stroll

June 24 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Looking for something to do with the family? Stop by for a naturalist-led walk on the towpath trail to see what is happening this su...
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Family Campout at Squire's Castle (SOLD OUT)

June 24 - 25 at 6 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT Reserve your spot for this special family campout at Squire's Castle. Try disc golf or slacklining, or just relax ...
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MAPS Bird Banding

June 25 at 7 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Visit a bird banding research station in action for an up-close encounter with some of your favorite birds, some of which travel up ...
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Mill Creek Trail History Hike

June 25 at 10 - 11 a..m.
Garfield Park Reservation
View the largest waterfall in Cuyahoga County, Mill Creek Falls. Walk to the site of the former Northern Ohio Lunatic Asylum. See the rem...
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Family Bike Ride in the Park

June 25 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, exc...
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Kite Making

June 25 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Make a light weight, paper bag kite that will fly high in the sky. Bring your brown paper bag and we’ll provide the decorations. Register...
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Lakefront Dog Walk

June 26 at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Bring your dog for a guided walk around Edgewater Park. Dogs must be leashed and waste picked up. Walkers without dogs are welcome. ...
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Visit the Lorenzo Carter Cabin

June 26 at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Visit the little log cabin that has sat on the east bank of the Flats since 1976. Find out the story behind it as well as the early histo...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

June 28 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...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

June 28 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 geog...
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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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Kelly's Island Paddling Campout (Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting July 5, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip July 15 - 17)

July 5 at Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting July 5, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip July 15 - 17
Hinckley Reservation
Looking to expand your paddling experiences and explore different horizons and shores? Enjoy a weekend on the water with fellow paddlers ...
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Paddlesports Family Campout - Clinic 2

July 8 - 9 at Mandatory On-Land Clinic 2: Friday at 8:30 p.m.; Paddlesport Session 2: Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
2 Clinics Available. Please register for either Clinic 1 or Clinic 2: Clinic 1: Friday at 7:30 p.m.& Paddlesports Session 1: Sat...
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Paddlesports Family Campout - Clinic 1

July 8 - 9 at Mandatory On-Land Clinic 1: Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Paddlesport Session 1: Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
2 Clinics Available.  Please register for either Clinic 1 or Clinic 2: Clinic 1: Friday at 7:30 p.m.& Paddlesports Session 1:&nb...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

July 16 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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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

July 17 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 from th...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle - Evening Paddle

July 22 at 6:30 p.m. and 8 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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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

July 24 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 from th...
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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. ...
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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 cente...
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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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