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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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Hunt of the Month: Hummingbirds

May 1 - 31
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
By now hummingbirds have migrated back north, so come find the 20 paper hummingbirds hidden throughout CanalWay Center. After you find th...
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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 cl...
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Olmsted Historical Society: Farmers Market

May 7 - 28
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday
Rocky River Reservation
Olmsted Historical Society Farmers Market Head to the Event Barn for our Farmers Market featuring local farmers, producers, artisans and ...
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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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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 Selby Maj...
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Cicada Invasion

May 28 at 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Brecksville Reservation
The Periodical Cicada emergence was amazing in 1999 in Brecksville Reservation. Will it be again? Join Naturalist Wendy Weirich to s...
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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 Park ...
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Drop In Nature Craft – Owls

May 28 at 1 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Stop in and make your own owl craft out of natural material. We will use walnut shells to fashion an adorable owl and provide cool f...
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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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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 history ...
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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...
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"Remember the Maine" Walk

May 29 at 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Washington Reservation (including Rivergate)
Observe Memorial Day by taking a walk with Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus to the USS Maine Memorial. Hear the story of the ill-fated ...
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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...
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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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Fly Fishing 1: Introduction

May 31 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Combines classroom and dry land casting to introduce you to basic fly fishing equipment and techniques. Led by Jeff Liskay. Fishing ...
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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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Insect Extravaganza

June 1 at 10 a.m. - noon
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Explore the world of insects with Eco Explorers through activity stations. Who is making all that noise? How do they move? Where do they ...
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CanalWay Storytime

June 1 at 11 - 11:45 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Dive into some good books with us! We’ll splish and splash as we hear stories and poems about fish and other water critters. 
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CanalWay Storytime

June 1 at 6 - 6:45 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Dive into some good books with us! We’ll splish and splash as we hear stories and poems about fish and other water critters. 
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Dog Hike

June 3 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. We will hike the rolling terrain of Acacia Reservation...
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Beaver Hike

June 3 at 8:15 - 9:15 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Investigate the life of the American Beaver. We’ll hike to the wetlands to see where the beaver calls home, discuss how they live and the...
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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 ...
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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 Rese...
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Olmsted Historical Society Farmers Market

June 4
10 a.m. - 2 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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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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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, ...
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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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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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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 geog...
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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...
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Insect Extravaganza

June 8 at 10 a.m. - noon
West Creek Reservation
Explore the world of insects with Eco Explorers through activity stations. Who is making all that noise? How do they move? Where do they ...
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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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Cart Tour and Cookies

June 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 will t...
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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 t...
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Cart Tour and Cookies

June 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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Party Animals

June 10 at 10:30 a.m. - noon
Garfield Park Reservation
Bring your little ones to celebrate the animals of the forest. We’ll learn about a few of our favorite forest friends through a stor...
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Cedar Valley Square Dance

June 10 - July 31
7 - 8:30 p.m. every 2 weeks on Friday
Rocky River Reservation
Cedar Valley Square Dance Come dance, watch or just visit with friends as Caller Frank Koenig leads circle, line and square dances. Koeni...
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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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2-Hour Cart Tour

June 11 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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An Introduction to Atlatls

June 11 at Noon - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Learn the history of the atlatl, an ancient spear throwing device that has been used around the world for thousands of years. Try yo...
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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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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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Evening Cart Tour

June 13 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join a naturalist on an evening cart tour along the Ohio & Erie Canal. We’ll look for signs of wildlife that roam in the evening hour...
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Young Explorers 10 a.m.

June 15 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
  What’s wet, has fins and breathes through gills? You guessed it a fish! Through a variety of activities your little one will ...
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Insect Extravaganza

June 15 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brookside Reservation
Explore the world of insects with Eco Explorers through activity stations. Who is making all that noise? How do they move? Where do they ...
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Young Explorers 1 p.m.

June 15 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
  What’s wet, has fins and breathes through gills? You guessed it a fish! Through a variety of activities your little one will ...
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Nurture with Nature

June 16 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Explore nature through books, games, hikes and other activities. This month we’ll learn about cicadas. Register by phone beginning June 1...
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Cart Tour and Cookies

June 17 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 and Cookies

June 17 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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Discover with Dad

June 18 at 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Spend the morning with dad in the park. We’ll enjoy donuts and take a delightful walk to discover the cultural and natural history o...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

June 18 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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Fish Frenzy Weekend-Saturday

June 18 at 10:30-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Take a peek underwater to discover the fascinating world of fish. Get hooked on fish with an indoor introduction to the sport with "...
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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 Kayaking

June 18 at 1:30 - 4 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Naturalists will help families explore Hinckley Lake from kayaks. We’ll look for great blue herons and other wildlife. All equipment prov...
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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, exc...
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Fish Frenzy Weekend-Sunday

June 19 at Noon-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Take a peek underwater to discover the fascinating world of fish. Play games that are fishy fun, enjoy crafts, and even catch live fish i...
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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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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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Preschool: Lifecycles

June 20 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today we are going to discover the different life cycles of animals. We’ll learn how tadpoles grow up to be frogs, how caterpillars are b...
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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...
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Summer Solstice Concert

June 21 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join SpYder Stompers and Sugar Pie to celebrate the long days of summer. Familiar and original folk songs will make this evening a great ...
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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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Hillcrest Concert Band

June 21 at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring a chair or blanket and come enjoy the music of the Hillcrest Concert Band.    
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Insect Extravaganza

June 22 at 10 a.m. - noon
North Chagrin Reservation
Explore the world of insects with Eco Explorers through activity stations. Who is making all that noise? How do they move? Where do ...
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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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2-Hour Cart Tour

June 25 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...
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Drop-In Children’s Nature Craft

June 25 at 2 - 3:30
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown as we make necklaces from seeds, nuts and hollow twigs. Bring your own seeds and nuts or we will provide you...
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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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Non-Campout

June 25 at 6 - 8:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Do you like the idea of a campout, but don’t want to sleep out? Young families will have fun cooking their dinner, going on a hike, ...
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Great Backyard Campout

June 25 - 26 at June 25 at 7 p.m. thru June 26 at 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 a night hike, w...
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In Search of Fireflies

June 25 at 9:30 - 11 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join a naturalist as we venture into the forest in search of fireflies. Our ultimate prize will be if we can spot a congregation of ...
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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. Lower...
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Drop In and Drop a Line

June 26 at 10 - noon
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your little ones by North Chagrin Nature Center for an opportunity to land a fish out of historic Sunset Pond. Naturalist Jake...
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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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Military History Days

June 26 at 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Military History Days Olmsted Historical Society Exhibitors displaying artifacts will show the role of the military from Rome to Kor...
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Family Fun Hike

June 26 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join us for a leisurely walk around Acacia Reservation. We’ll look for birds, bugs and flowers as we explore this former golf course.&nbs...
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Catching Bugs

June 27 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Butterflies, caterpillars, ladybugs and grasshoppers abound in the summer. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder searching the field for ...
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Insect Extravaganza

June 28 at 10 a.m. - noon
Garfield Park Reservation
Explore the world of insects with Eco Explorers through activity stations. Who is making all that noise? How do they move? Where do they ...
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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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Fly Fishing 2: Supplemental Skills

June 28 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Learn advanced skills and good fishing locations as you practice casting the fly rod into the lake. Fishing license required. Prerequisit...
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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...
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Firefly Safari

June 29 at 8 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in search of fireflies while discovering some fun facts about these incredible insects. Nets and bug jar...
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On the Edge of Lake Erie Hike

July 1 at 8 - 9 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Join Naturalist Wendy Weirich for a closer look at the former Dike 14 property now called the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve. 8...
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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 not ...
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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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Nurture with Nature

July 7 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 lightening bugs. R...
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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 ...
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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: Saturday...
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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 thos...
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Firefly Frenzy

July 9 at 9:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Huntington Reservation
Firefly Frenzy Lust, betrayal, violence – fireflies are not quite what they seem. Join Naturalist Valerie Fetzer for an adult look at you...
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Reptile Romp

July 14 at Noon-1:30 p.m.
Big Creek Reservation
Discover the fascinating world of reptiles as we discuss snakes and turtles and their ecological and evolutionary importance.  ...
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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 from th...
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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 fr...
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Full Moon Night Hike

July 19 at 8:30-10 p.m
West Creek Reservation
Enjoy West Creek Reservation under the glow of July’s full moon, also known as the Buck, Thunder, or Hay moon. 8:30 – 10 p.m.   WCR ...
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West Creek Night Hike: Red, White & Blue

July 20 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
West Creek Night Hike: Red, White & Blue Celebrate patriotism and civic pride with a hike in Parma’s Big Backyard. We’ll search ...
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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 from th...
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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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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 fr...
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Family Kayaking

July 24 at 1:30 - 4 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Naturalists will help families explore Hinckley Lake from kayaks. We’ll look for great blue herons and other wildlife. All equipment prov...
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Firefly Safari

July 26 at 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in search of fireflies while discovering some fun facts about these incredible insects. Nets and bu...
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Neighborhood Picnic in the Park

July 29 at 11:30-2:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Bring your family and a picnic lunch, and we’ll provide the fun! Get everyone active with some fun animal-theme games, and go on a natura...
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Family Campout

July 29 - 30 at 6 p.m. - 11 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Pitch a tent, have dinner (on your own), play games, and join a naturalist-led night hike. A light breakfast will be provided Saturd...
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Moth Mania in the Nature Center

July 30 at 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come to the nature center for presentations, crafts, displays, moth identification, and a closer look at some live specimens. Fun for the...
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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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Drop In and Drop a Line

July 31 at 10 - noon
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your little ones by North Chagrin Nature Center for an opportunity to land a fish out of historic Sunset Pond. Naturalist Jake Kudr...
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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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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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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 hidden th...
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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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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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