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Hunt of the Month: Birds

January 2 - 31
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. thru Sat, Noon - 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Winter is a great time to watch the birds at the feeders. The color of the birds shines bright against a snowy background. See if yo...
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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 identifying com...
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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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Fireside Concert Series: Mark Dvorak

January 20 at 7 - 8:15 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Fireside Concerts are back at Look About Lodge in 2017. Mark Dvorak is a remarkable musician and entertainer who takes traditional folk m...
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Nature Art Series: Recycled Snowflakes

January 21 at 10 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Art Series: Recycled Snowflakes Join Naturalist Beth Whiteley to learn how to turn an old book into a beautiful winter snowfl...
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CanalWay Quick-Step

January 21 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak leads a short hike from CanalWay Center, down to the Lower 40 Loop Trail, and back into the warm welcom...
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Saturday Night Specials: Birding Ohio’s Lakeshore

January 21 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
A very birdy seasonal romp  with Chuck Slusarczyk, Jr. highlighting the diversity of bird life that can be found in the la...
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Sunday Morning Dog Walk

January 22 at 10 -11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your best friend for a winter walk in the park. We’ll explore the Lower 40 Loop Trail and talk about history and nature along the w...
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Gems & Jewels of the World

January 22 at 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Gems & Jewels of the World Parma Lapidary Club members demonstrate faceting, cabbing, wire wrapping, silversmithing and other sk...
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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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Fireside Concert Series: SpYder Stomp & Sugar Pie

January 27 at 7 - 8:15 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Look About Lodge will host local band, SpYder Stomp & Sugar Pie. Kevin Richards from Roots of American Music with friends Jack D...
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Snow Hike

January 28 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Celebrate the snow with a different kind of activity. Join us in trying to hike through nature on the snow with snowshoes. Space is limit...
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Snowshoe Night Hike

January 28 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join us for an evening hike in nature on the snow with snowshoes. Space is limited for this introduction to snowshoe and several inc...
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Saturday Night Specials: Scotland, from the Lowlands to the Highlands

January 28 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Animal curator Tad Schoffner of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo spends much of his free time visiting and learning about western Europ...
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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. Jo...
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Needle-Felting: The Cutest Owl

January 29 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Try your hand at needle-felting your very own adorable owl amongst our live owls. Local felter, Erin Carlson will lead you through this f...
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Snow Day

January 29 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Come to CanalWay Center to brave the cold and enjoy a day playing in the snow. We’ll be making snow people, animals or whatever else...
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Hunt of the Month: Hiking Boots

February 1 - 28
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday thru Saturday, Noon - 5 p.m. Sunday every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We have hidden 20 hiking boots around CanalWay Center. Stop by to find the boots inside then bundle up and go outside to hike around in t...
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Fireside Concert Series: Lee Murdock

February 3 at 7 - 8:15 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Welcome Lee Murdock to the Fireside stage. Making folk music for the modern era, Lee Murdock’s work is a documentary and also an ant...
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Saturday Night Specials: Alaska

February 4 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Gale Franko and Alan Studt to see the wildlife living in Denali National Park. Enjoy a spectacular glacier cruise into pristine Prin...
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Coffee with the Birds

February 5 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Coffee with the Birds Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a relaxed morning of watching birds at the nature center’s feeders. Join us ...
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Winter Walk

February 5 at 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Whether the groundhog predicted an early spring or not, winter is here at the moment. So, come to CanalWay Center for an invigorating wal...
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Southwest Camera Club: Competition: Nature Landscape, Pictorial

February 6 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Southwest Camera Club Competition: Nature Landscape, Pictorial Open to all. Digital and prints will be accepted. Each person is allo...
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North Chagrin Nature Photography Club

February 6 at 8 - 9:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Lines in Nature Straight lines, squiggly lines, diagonal lines and dramatic lines. Bring in five shots that show how they linearly made t...
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Elementary Science Olympiad Review:Water Quality

February 7 at 4 - 4:45 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Students participating in the ESO can come and study their nature topics with a naturalist. Today we’ll review for the Water Quality...
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Fly Tying 1: Introduction

February 8 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Learn the basics of tying flies with Jeff Liskay.  Topics covered include tools and materials needed and how they work, parts of you...
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Fireside Concert Series: Paul Kovac and Friends

February 10 at 7 - 8:15 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Paul Kovac & Caroline Taylor will present an evening of instrumental & vocal music, featuring twin fiddles, accordion, guita...
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Woodlands of Bedford: Frozen Tinker's Creek Hike

February 11 at 9 a.m. - Noon
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We will hike downhill to examine the secluded floodplain of Tinker’s Creek, including the 150 year old stone dam of Powers Mill. &nb...
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Fight the Frost

February 11 at noon - 4 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Winter doesn’t scare us, we live in Ohio! No matter what the groundhog says, we’ll fight the frost! Cure your cabin fever by jo...
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Tales Around the Emerald Necklace

February 11 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Call it traditional storytelling, spoken word performance, or narrative theater, excellent storytelling artists bring entertaining and en...
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Saturday Night Specials: John Coulter's Yellowstone

February 11 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Karen Beck for an educational look at the first true mountain man and his epic journey. Retrace his route and explore Yellowsto...
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Owl Box Workshop

February 12 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Owl Box Workshop Are you looking to add an owl nest box to your property? Now is your chance! In this workshop we will do our best to att...
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Hike for your Health

February 14 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Love yourself today with a brisk walk through Garfield Park Reservation. We’ll hope to raise your heart rate as we include some hill...
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Wednesday Walk

February 15 at 4 - 5 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us for a brisk walk around the Lower 40 loop trail. We’ll travel into the valley to walk along the Ohio & Erie Canal and the Cuy...
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Fireside Concert Series: Hey Mavis

February 17 at 7 - 8:15 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
If you like Americana music with class and flare, then Hey Mavis will not disappoint. This favorite Northeast Ohio local band featur...
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Great Backyard Bird Count

February 18 at 10-11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
February 18 Great Backyard Bird Count Bird watchers of all ages are invited to count birds with a naturalist. Data is added real-time via...
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Olmsted Historical Society: Winter Farmers Market

February 18 at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Olmsted Historical Society Winter Farmers Market Featuring local farmers, producers, artisans, and vendors who grow and/or produce t...
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Furry Friends Hike

February 18 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Furry Friends Hike Fetch Fido and bring him to the park for some fresh air and a frosty hike through the Bradley Woods Reservation. Trail...
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Seed Starting

February 18 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Starting seeds can be a fun way to beat back the winter blues. Come learn about some of the basic considerations for beginning your ...
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Afternoon Outside: Snowshoes

February 18 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Celebrate winter as we play outside in the snow. Join us in trying to hike on the snow with snowshoes. Space is limited for this introduc...
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Snowshoe Night Hike

February 18 at 7 - 8 :30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us this evening to hike in nature on the snow with snowshoes. Space is limited for this introduction to snowshoes, several inch...
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“Arctic” Birding

February 19 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
“Arctic” Birding Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield to search for rare birds overwintering along the Lake Erie shoreline. We’ll scour through ...
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Sunday Morning Dog Walk

February 19 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Garfield Park is a beautiful place in winter. We’ll walk on the paved trail around the reservation and see what birds and mammals ar...
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Bake Bread

February 19 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Bake Bread Learn the basic information required to bake rustic, hand-shaped loaves of bread at home, and take home some sourdough starter...
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Great Backyard Bird Count

February 20 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Great Backyard Bird Count Bird watchers of all ages are invited to count birds with a naturalist. Data is added real-time via eBird ...
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Fireside Concert Series: Katelyn and Jessica Lyons

February 24 at 7 - 8:15 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Katelyn and Jessica Lyons are well respected and acclaimed violinists whose music will fill the rafters and hearts of all who come to thi...
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Friday Nights with Nature: Weekend Wanderlust

February 24 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Friday Nights with Nature: Weekend Wanderlust Gabe Leidy amazes with spectacular destinations reached just a few hours drive from ho...
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Nature Art: Natural Ice Candle Making

February 25 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Art Natural Ice Candle Making Ever seen an ice candle before? Naturalist Beth Whiteley will teach you the process of making these ...
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Bedford Winter Walk

February 25 at 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Bedford Reservation
Join a naturalist as we explore a unique and less traveled trail. This narrow path opens to reveal one of Bedford Reservation’s most...
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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. Mee...
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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 ...
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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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North Chagrin Nature Photography Club

March 6 at 8 - 9:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Out of Focus BackgroundsI t’s known as Bokeh, and it refers to having background images just out of focus to emphasize the main subj...
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Fly Tying 2: Patterns

March 15 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Now that you understand the basics of tying flies, learn how to tie different patterns under the guidance of Jeff Liskay. Participants wi...
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Awesome Amphibians

April 22 at 1 - 4 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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