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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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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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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. ...
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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 - 9 ...
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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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MAPS Bird Banding

July 2 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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Holiday Hike

July 2 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Let's get out and stretch our legs this holiday weekend. We'll travel along the Canal and Cuyahoga River north to the overlook as we...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

July 5 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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Summer Dancing Series: Urban Line Dance

July 5 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Join the fun as we explore the rhythm of the night. This unique four night series will get your heart beating as we enjoy FREE urban...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

July 5 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 Tours: Northern Route 10 a.m.

July 6 - 7 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? Join us fo...
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CanalWay Storytime

July 6 at 11 - 11:45 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today we will hear stories about bears. Bring your favorite teddy bear and join us for this furry storytime.
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CanalWay Cart Tours: Northern Route Noon

July 6 at 12 - 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? Join us fo...
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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 our eve...
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Preschool: Insects

July 7 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
The buzzing sounds, the feel of leaves and the scent of flowers are fun to explore. We’ll catch and investigate insects as well as t...
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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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2-Hour Cart Tour

July 9 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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Teddy Bear Day

July 9 at 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Celebrate Teddy Bear Picnic day with us. Pack a lunch, blanket and your favorite teddy bear and come to the beach. We will enjoy a r...
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Discovery Table: Predators

July 9 at 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
The secretive coyote, the beautiful fox and prowling raccoons have intrigued us throughout the years. Drop by between the hours below to ...
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An Introduction to Atlatls

July 9 at 1 - 2 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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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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Garfield Park Dog Walk

July 10 at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Stroll the All Purpose Trail loop with your pup. Dogs must be leashed and waste picked up. Walkers without dogs are also welcome. Ga...
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Visit the Lorenzo Carter Cabin

July 10 at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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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Bedford History Hike

July 10 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
View The Great Falls of Tinker’s Creek and explore Viaduct Park with Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus. Then walk to the Bedford Hi...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

July 12 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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Summer Dancing Series: Urban Line Dance

July 12 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Join the fun as we explore the rhythm of the night. This unique four night series will get your heart beating as we enjoy FREE urban...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

July 12 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Naturalist Stacey Allen is your guide on a boat ride going “up the river.” We’ll discuss the Cuyahoga River, bridges, the wildlife that c...
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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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Bug Bonanza

July 14 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Bug Bonanza Explore the meadows in search of nature’s little critters that call it home. Learn why bugs are valuable, necessary members o...
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MAPS Bird Banding

July 16 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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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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Acoustic Players Circle

July 16 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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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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Evening Cart Tour

July 18 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 eveni...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

July 19 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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Summer Dancing Series: Urban Line Dance

July 19 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Join the fun as we explore the rhythm of the night. This unique four night series will get your heart beating as we enjoy FREE urban...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

July 19 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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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.  ...
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Young Explorers 10 a.m.

July 20 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us for a post celebration of Teddy Bear Picnic day. Pack a snack and your favorite teddy bear and come to the park. We will enjoy a ...
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CanalWay Cart Tour:Northern Route

July 20 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? Join us fo...
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CanalWay Cart Tour: Northern Route

July 20 at 12 - 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? Join us for one...
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Young Explorers 1 p.m.

July 20 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us for a post celebration of Teddy Bear Picnic day. Pack a snack and your favorite teddy bear and come to the park. We will enj...
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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 high ...
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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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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 this int...
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MAPS Bird Banding

July 23 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

July 23 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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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 ...
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Afternoon Archery for Kids

July 23 at 1 - 2:30 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 availab...
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Frostville Family Arts Festival: Olmsted Historical Society

July 24 at 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Frostville Family Arts Festival Olmsted Historical Society A great variety of local vendors will be featured at this outdoor music a...
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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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Visit the Lorenzo Carter Cabin

July 24 at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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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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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2-Hour Cart Tour

July 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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Family Bike Ride

July 25 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’ll ride south along the canal stopping to enjoy nature along our ride. We’ll take an ice cream break to enjoy this summer night. Pleas...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

July 26 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 Dancing Series: Urban Line Dance

July 26 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Join the fun as we explore the rhythm of the night. This unique four night series will get your heart beating as we enjoy FREE urban line...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

July 26 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

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 bug jar...
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Ohio & Erie Canalway Bus Tour

July 29 at 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Visit the newly renovated Canal Exploration Center in Independence, Cascade Locks Metropark in Akron and ride on the St. Helena III ...
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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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Little Ones Sleepover

July 29 - 30 at Fri 7 p.m. - Sat 8:30 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Attention parents with little ones. Come experience an unforgettable overnight with your child. We will spend time both indoors and outdo...
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MAPS Bird Banding

July 30 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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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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Hemlock Hike

July 30 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join us for a hike through the Tinker's Creek floodplain. We’ll hike through the woods and along the creek looking for local flora a...
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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 wettabl...
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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...
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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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Little Explorers: Rocky River

August 4 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Rocky River Bring your little explorer to learn about the Rocky River and all the animals that depend on its water...
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Hike n’ Chalk

August 4 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Hike n’ Chalk Let’s hit the trails in search of wildlife then return to the nature center to make a chalk drawing of our favorite finds f...
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Olmsted Historical Society: Farmers Market

August 6
2 - 4 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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Nurture with Nature

August 11 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your family for a monthly program exploring nature through books, games, hikes and other activities. This month we’ll explore a cre...
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Wallin Creek Stomp

August 13 at 9 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Explore Wallin Creek with Naturalist Jenny McClain. We’ll hike a trail to where the creek crosses the road, then make our way up the...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

August 13 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

August 14 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 Creek Exploration

August 14 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
There is an amazing variety of life in our creeks. Bring your family to catch (and release) some of these aquatic critters. Be prepared t...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

August 20 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

August 21 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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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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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 natur...
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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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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. &nb...
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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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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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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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Hands On Heritage

October 1 at 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Hands On Heritage Visit Rocky River Nature Center and surrounding trails for a day of fun focused around traditional skills. Try your han...
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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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