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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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Cart Tour Noon

August 24 at Noon - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Take a cart tour north on the trail and focus on the cultural history of our reservation. Refreshments when you return. Fee: $5 Register ...
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Kayak the Canal

August 24 at 5:30 -8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Explore the wildlife of the Canal from the water. We will watch for great blue herons, turtles, beavers and more as we paddle to the...
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Urban Explorations: Tremont

August 25 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak and Volunteer Mollie Alstott invite you to stroll along as we explore some of the historic Tremont area...
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After School Archery

August 25 at 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your child to the valley to discover the fun of archery. Enjoy a new activity surrounded by nature. We’ll have all supplies av...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

August 27 at 10 a.m. - Noon
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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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 how to improve your backyard habi...
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Drop-In Children’s Nature Craft

August 27 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
What child doesn't like to paint on rocks? Naturalist Foster Brown and friendly volunteer assistants will help each participant get start...
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Dusk to Dark

August 27 at 7 - 10 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Dusk to Dark Join us at dusk for this NEW free family friendly event to celebrate everything nocturnal.   We’ll be discovering ...
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CanalWay Campout

August 27 - 28 at 7 p.m. - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your family to the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation for an evening under the stars. On Saturday we’ll go on night hike, watch for ...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat 4 p.m.

August 30 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 7 p.m.

August 30 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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CanalWay Cart Tour: Southern Route 10 a.m.

August 31 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
  This tour will take you south on the trail. View an aqueduct and cross over roads via pedestrian bridges as we explore the na...
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CanalWay Cart Tour: Southern Route - Noon

August 31 at Noon - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
This tour will take you south on the trail. View an aqueduct and cross over roads via pedestrian bridges as we explore the natural and cu...
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Trail Mix Walk

August 31 at 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today is National Trail Mix Day. Join us as we make our own healthy snack before hitting the trail with Naturalist Angelec Hillsman....
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Community Sailing Kickoff - America's Cup Trophy

August 31 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Cleveland Metroparks launches a new Community Sailing Program. To  kick off this new sailing program, Cleveland Metro...
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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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Evening Cart Tour

September 2 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join our Naturalist on an evening cart tour along the Ohio & Erie Canal. We’ll look for signs of wildlife that roam in the evening ho...
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Olmsted Historical Society: Farmers Market

September 3 - 24
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday
Rocky River Reservation
Olmsted Historical Society: Farmers Market Features local farmers, producers, artisans and vendors all who grow and/or produce their...
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Visit the Lorenzo Carter Cabin

September 3 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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Family Fun Hike at Whipp's Ledges

September 3 at 3 - 5 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Bring out the family for a strenuous, yet fun hike among spectacular sandstone ledges with Naturalist Kathy Schmidt. We’ll search fo...
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Family Fun Hike

September 4 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Experience early fall with a leisurely stroll along the parkway.  We’ll take our time checking out flowers and looking for wildlife ...
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Butterflies at the Beach

September 4 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
 Join a naturalist in search of monarch butterflies preparing for their southern migration along the shores of Lake Erie.
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Cuyahoga River By Boat 4 pm

September 6 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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Mountain Bike Skills Ride - Family Clinic

September 6 at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Family Clinic
Bedford Reservation
Grab your mountain bike and come ride with a certified mountain bike coach as you learn and advance your skills and riding technique...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat 7 pm

September 6 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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Preschool: Harvest

September 8 at 10 -11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Harvest time is here. Bring your little ones for a fun investigation of fruit. We’ll learn about the harvest through a craft, story ...
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Nurture with Nature

September 8 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 spiders. Register ...
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Cart Tour 10 a.m.

September 9 at 10 -11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Have you wanted to walk to the end of our trail, but the distance was too far? Or wondered about the history of the area? Our cart w...
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Cart Tour - Noon

September 9 at Noon - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Have you wanted to walk to the end of our trail, but the distance was too far? Or wondered about the history of the area? Our cart will t...
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NEOCycle

September 9 - 11 at
Lakefront Reservation
The Midwest's biggest urban cycling festival taking place September 9-11 on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio. For mor...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

September 10 at 10 a.m. - noon
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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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

September 10 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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CanalWay Campfire

September 10 at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’ll enjoy the beginning of fall around the campfire at our new fire pit. We’ll have plenty of marshmallows for all. Bring a lawn chair ...
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Woodlands of Bedford: Tinker's Creek Stream Walk

September 11 at 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join Fred Losi on the 32 nd annual in-stream exploration of the ‘green grand canyon’ of Bedford Reservation, the Great Gorge of Tink...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

September 11 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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Knee High Naturalists

September 11 at 12 - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Young children and their families will love this day built for their love of nature. Children can run with a kite, meet a giant chip...
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Family Bike Ride

September 11 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
 L oad up your family, friends, and bicycles, for a casual bike ride along the Towpath. We’ll stop along the way to discuss some of ...
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Grandparent’s Hike

September 11 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Grandparent’s Hike Celebrate Grandparent’s Day by getting out for some fresh air with the family. A short hike will be followed by a...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat 4 pm

September 13 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 7 pm

September 13 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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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

September 16 at 6:30 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 from th...
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Rolling Hills Hike

September 17 at 10 a.m. - Noon
Hinckley Reservation
Rolling Hills Hike Join Naturalist Wendy Weirich for a closer look at our southernmost trail with an abundant diversity of life. 10 ...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

September 17 at 10 a.m. - noon
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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Cleaning Naturally

September 17 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Is your home full of cleaning products? If so, join us to learn about cleaning green. You’ll receive a cleaning naturally recipe boo...
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Beautiful Butterflies

September 18 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join Naturalist Meghan Leitner searching the gardens for butterflies and caterpillars. Learn the life cycle of these special insects and ...
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Cart Tour 10 a.m.

September 21 at 10 -11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Have you wanted to walk to the end of our trail, but the distance was too far? Or wondered about the history of the area? Our cart w...
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Cart Tour - Noon

September 21 at Noon - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Have you wanted to walk to the end of our trail, but the distance was too far? Or wondered about the history of the area? Our cart will t...
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Urban Explorations: Flats Bridges

September 22 at 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Spend an enjoyable afternoon hiking in the Flats with Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak. Cleveland’s a city of bridges and we plan t...
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Night Hike

September 23 at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Learn about how the human eye adapts to the night sky. We’ll go on a short hike and play tricks with our sight. Ohio & Erie Canal Res...
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Cave Adventure Bus Tour

September 24 at 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Travel with us to explore Ohio’s Seneca Caverns. They are as close to its original, natural and wild state as possible. We’ll be und...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

September 24 at 10 a.m. - noon
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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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

September 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 fr...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

September 25 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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FallFest: 18th Century Festival

September 25 at 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Help celebrate the pioneers of the Western Reserve at Cleveland Metroparks annual FallFest: 18th Century Festival.  This fun, f...
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Young Explorers 10 a.m.

September 28 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Through hands on activities and games observe rocks up close to discover what makes them so special. Ages: 3 - 5 years with adult Registe...
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Young Explorers 1 p.m.

September 28 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Through hands on activities and games observe rocks up close to discover what makes them so special. Ages: 3 - 5 years with adult Re...
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Explore West Creek by Smartphone

September 28 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Explore the Watershed Stewardship Center and surrounding wetlands with a smartphone/tablet (your own or ours) using the new ParkApps app ...
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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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North Chagrin Nature Photography Show

October 1 - 31 at 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come enjoy the nature photographs of various local, amateur photographers.    
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Hands On Heritage

October 1 at 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Hands On Heritage 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. RRNC Visit Rocky River Nature Center and surrounding trails for a day of fun focused around tradi...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

October 1 at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 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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Aquatic Invaders for Kids

October 1 at 1-2:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Become a scientist for an afternoon with Naturalist Mark Warman. View plant life under the microscope and understand what it means t...
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North Chagrin Nature Photography Art Show Reception

October 1 at 1 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come meet some of the photographers behind the North Chagrin Nature Center Photography Show, and enjoy some light refreshments as you see...
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Sunday Drop-By: Birds of West Creek

October 2 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Let's observe who is at the feeders during this busy migration time. Identification tips, field guide, binocular use, and bird list ...
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Family Fun Hike

October 2 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Where do leaves go after they fall? This time of year there are colorful leaves everywhere but most of them will disappear before spring....
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History Revealed: Lake Abram

October 4 at 5-7 p.m.
Big Creek Reservation
From the Ice Age to the Tech Age, massive mammals to onion farms, Lake Abram boasts an extraordinary history begging to be told. Sto...
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West Creek Night Hike: Winter Prep

October 5 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Many animals are beginning to get ready for winter. An evening walk with Naturalist Patti Donnellan around West Creek Reservation will re...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

October 8 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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Wilderness Skills: Tree Identification Hike

October 8 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
One of the most important skills to learn is tree identification which is necessary for so many other wilderness skills. Join Naturalist ...
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Nature at Night

October 8 at 5 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
As the sun sets, nature awakens. Join us to discover the life that glides through dark skies, hunts in the shadowy forest and slips ...
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Worden's Ledges by Lantern Light

October 8 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Let lantern light lead you through scenic Worden’s Ledges to hear stories of the carvings and natural history of the area. Worden Heritag...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

October 9 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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Animal Crackers

October 13 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to discover the beauty of fall. We’ll go for a hike and make a craft as we explore the world of leaves and trees.
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Kids Explore the Trees

October 13 at 10 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin and explore the forest at a curious child’s pace. Everyone must wear sturdy footwear.  
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

October 15 at 1:30, 3, 4:30 and 6 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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Look About Littles

October 17 at 10 - 11:30 a.m. or 1 - 2:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Preschoolers who love nature will enjoy this six-week nature class. This extended time will allow us to explore a little deeper into...
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Autumn Splendor

October 18 at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Admire the beauty of autumn on a hike around Hinckley Lake. We'll discuss why leaves change colors as the trees prepare for winter. ...
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Animal Crackers

October 19 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to discover the beauty of fall. We’ll go for a hike and make a craft as we explore the world of leaves and trees.
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Animal Crackers

October 19 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to discover the beauty of fall. We’ll go for a hike and make a craft as we explore the world of leaves and trees.
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Nurture with Nature

October 20 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your family for a monthly program that explores nature through books, games, hikes and other activities. This month we will le...
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Eerie Evening Hike

October 27 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your flashlight, favorite scary story, and join us on a hike to hear what goes bump in the night. Extra flashlights are available t...
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Skull Identification

October 29 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join us to learn basic identifying features of Ohio mammal skulls, including what those mammals like to eat.
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Drop-In Children’s Nature Craft

October 29 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown as we create our own fun and freaky animals out of fallen leaves. Kids of all ages will love this craft. Thi...
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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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Backpacking Basics

November 10 at 6 – 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Learn the basics to having a safe and enjoyable backcountry experience before investing in expensive gear. Our knowledgeable staff will c...
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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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