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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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Woodlands of Bedford: The Trand Hiking Tour

December 10 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Circle Bedford Reservation on this late fall hike with Fred Losi, visiting many special locations such as Viaduct Park, Bridal Veil Falls...
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Evergreens of Winter

December 10 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
The colors of autumn have muted, allowing evergreen plants and trees to pop out in the landscape. Hike among these beauties to enjoy...
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Afternoon Outside: Birds

December 10 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bundle up and join us for a hike along the canal to look for the birds that stay here through the winter. After our hike we will be makin...
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Craft Creation

December 10 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Each snow flake is as unique and special as you are. Make a simple, aesthetic and snow inspired gift that you can share with a speci...
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CanalWay Classic Movie: Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas

December 10 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Told in the classic style of songs, Jim Henson’s charismatic puppets share a story of family and friendship through tales of animal life ...
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Mill Creek Dog Walk

December 11 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Take a brisk walk with your pup along scenic Mill Creek. Enjoy the flora and fauna as well as hearing a bit of the history of the ar...
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Animal Crackers

December 14 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny for a special exploration based on the beloved children’s book, Stranger in the Woods . We’ll discover which animals are ...
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Animal Crackers

December 14 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny for a special exploration based on the beloved children’s book, Stranger in the Woods . We’ll discover which animals...
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Animal Crackers

December 15 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny for a special exploration based on the beloved children’s book, Stranger in the Woods . We’ll discover which animals are ...
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CanalWay Storytime 11 a.m.

December 15 at 11 - 11:45 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Stop by to listen to some stories about what animals do during the cold winter months. While we are warm inside; they fly, dig and s...
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CanalWay Storytime 6 p.m.

December 15 at 6 - 6:45 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Stop by to listen to some stories about what animals do during the cold winter months. While we are warm inside; they fly, dig and sleep ...
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Family Movie Night

December 16 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your family and friends to watch Happy Feet. Learn how penguins dance and sing. You are welcome to bring a pillow or blanket t...
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Saturday Story Time

December 17 at 9:30 - 10 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny around the fire for story time before heading out to hand feed the birds.
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Hand Feed a Chickadee

December 17 - 24
10 a.m. - noon every day
Brecksville Reservation
Looking for something to do with your family and friends over the holidays? Stop by to hand feed the chickadees. We'll supply the bl...
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Over the River Cocoa Hike

December 17 at 10-11:30 a.m.
Brookside Reservation
Take a festive holiday hike over the river and through the woods. Warm drinks provided upon our return. Meadow Ridge Picnic Area
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Acoustic Players Circle

December 17 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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December Dog Walk

December 17 at 2-3:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Take a couple hours to slow down and experience the peace of nature with (or without) a furry companion. Everyone is welcome. Meet inside...
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Candlelit Hike and Caroling

December 17 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join us for the splendid tradition of hiking on a candlelit trail through the dark forest in near silence. After which, we’ll circle...
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Mystery Series-Case of the S'mores Smuggler

December 18 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Patti D. is at it again! This time she swiped s'mores fixings and was last seen fleeing the Watershed Stewardship Center. Can you figure ...
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Hemlock Hike

December 18 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join us for a hike through the Tinker's Creek floodplain. We’ll warm up as we hike through the woods and along the creek enjoying th...
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Wintertime Walk

December 18 at 4 - 5 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Brave the cold weather and come out for a brisk winter hike along the lake. We’ll be moving enough to keep warm while enjoying the calmne...
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Train Car Discussion

December 19 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Did you ever wonder what those trains are hauling? Rail cars come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Historical Interpreter Doug Kusa...
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Tracks in the Snow

December 20 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your own T-shirt or bandana to stamp with animal tracks as we learn to identify animals by the prints they leave behind. While the ...
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Young Explorers 10 a.m.

December 21 at 10 -11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today is the first day of winter. Ever wonder how animals prepare for the cold weather and snow that winter brings? Come to CanalWay...
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Young Explorers 1 p.m.

December 21 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today is the first day of winter. Ever wonder how animals prepare for the cold weather and snow that winter brings? Come to CanalWay Cent...
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Wednesday Walk

December 21 at 4 - 5 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us for a short hike around the Lower 40 Loop Trail to welcome the winter season. We’ll look for evidence of animals that stay a...
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The Night Tree

December 21 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
The Night Tree We will hear the story of The Night Tree , where a family decorates their favorite tree in the forest as a gift for the an...
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Urban Explorations: Cleveland's Arcades

December 22 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Doug Kusak leads an exploration of downtown Cleveland’s arcades: the Old Arcade, Colonial Arcade and Euclid Arcade. We’ll stroll thr...
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Drop-In Discovery: Holiday Craft

December 22 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Create a simple yet lovely natural ornament that is suitable for a gift.
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Gist of Geothermal

December 22 at 1-3pm
West Creek Reservation
Animals burrow into the ground during winter to stay warm. Do humans use geothermal heat? Where does this heat come from? Discover t...
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Stroller School

December 23 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Come in for a short program and a walk. We’ll read a story and meet some animal friends before heading outside for fresh air. Children mu...
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Winter Walk in the Woods

December 23 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Need a break in the midst of the busy holiday season? Take time to enjoy the peace of a winter walk in the woods. Allow the stillnes...
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Hand Feed a Chickadee

December 26 - 31
10 a.m. - noon every day
Brecksville Reservation
Looking for something to do with your family and friends over the holidays? Stop by to hand feed the chickadees. We'll supply the black o...
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12,000 Step Program - Hike for Health

December 27 at 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Health professionals now recommend taking at least 12,000 steps a day to improve or maintain your health. Historical Interpreter Dou...
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Tuesday with the Turtles

December 27 at 11 a.m. - Noon
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Come spend some time with our turtles. We’ll answer some of your turtle questions and give you a chance to get up close to a turtle. Then...
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CanalWay Quick-Step

December 28 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 w...
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Drop-In Discovery: Winter Birds

December 28 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by Brecksville Nature Center to identify some of the winter birds that visit our feeders, then make a birdfeeder to feed your feathe...
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Winter is Wonderful

December 29 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
The cold can’t keep us inside! In this program we will explore the joys of winter through a story, a short hike and a craft. The cra...
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Drop-In Discovery: Eastern Ratsnake

December 29 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to get a close-up look at Ohio’s largest snake and learn more about this amazing animal.
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Schools Out: Ice Crystal Blast

December 29 at 1-2:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Come learn about the atmosphere and precipitation through water crystals. Start a dazzling experiment to visualize crystalline struc...
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Holiday Hike

December 29 at 2:30 - 4 P.M.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’ll meet at the center and head into the valley for one more hike in 2016.  
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Whose Tracks Are Those?

December 30 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
With the snow on the ground it makes it much easier to see what animals have been wandering through your backyard. Let’s go explorin...
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Hand Feed a Chickadee

January 2 - February 26
10:00 a.m. - noon on Saturday and Sunday
Brecksville Reservation
Looking for something to do with your family and friends? Stop by to hand feed the chickadees. We'll supply the black oil sunflower seeds...
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Drop-In Discovery: Snowflakes

January 7 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Discover the great variety and beauty of snowflakes and then create your own snowflake craft to take with you.
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Nature News Today

January 7 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature News Today Each month, join Naturalist Marty Calabrese on an all-ages hike with eyes fixed on the ephemeral. Get the latest scoop ...
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Drop-In Discovery: Ratsnake

January 8 at 10 a.m. - noon
Stop by to meet our Eastern ratsnake and learn about the life history of these large snakes. Kids can make a craft to take home.
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Snowshoe Try-Its at Winteriffic

January 8 at noon - 5:00 p.m. (First come, first served; last Try-It goes out at 4 p.m.)
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Discover how fun, yet challenging snowshoeing can be during these one-hour long "Try-It" sessions. No special boot are required, but wate...
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19th Century Living for Kids: Dairy Making

January 8 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Dairy farming was one of Ohio’s biggest industries in the early to mid-1800s. Your child will learn what life would be like on an 18...
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Winteriffic!

January 8 at
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Winteriffic! There are many things to do outdoors in winter – especially within Cleveland Metroparks. Come outside and sample a few winte...
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Nurture with Nature

January 12 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’ll lear...
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Full Wolf Moon Night Hike

January 13 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
The moon was at its fullest last night, but there should still be plenty of moonlight to enjoy the beauty of a winter night under the ris...
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Saturday Story Time

January 14 at 9:30 - 10 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny around the fire for story time before heading out to hand feed the birds.
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Drop-In Discovery: Eastern Box Turtle

January 15 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to meet our resident box turtle, discover how turtles survive in the wild, and make a craft.
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Snowshoe at the Castle

January 15 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
In the 1800’s, Feargus Squire began construction of Squire’s Castle. Join a naturalist for the opportunity to explore the valley he ...
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Winter Overnight

January 15 - 16 at 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Enjoy a special night for children and their adult to celebrate the beauty of a winter’s night in a log cabin. Enjoy time in the Lodge, h...
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Animal Crackers

January 19 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we explore the world of the wise old owl. We’ll have fun learning about how owls survive through activities and a...
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Drop-In Discovery: Conifers

January 21 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Our evergreen pines and spruces cheer up a sometimes gray winter landscape. Find out more about these lovely trees and the cones they pro...
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Owl HOOT-enanny

January 21 at 12-4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Whooooo do you hear calling in the night? Join us to discover the common to the not so common owls found in Northeast Ohio. Enjoy an...
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Drop-In Discovery: Pine Cone Bird Feeders

January 22 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
After hand feeding the chickadees, stop in the nature center to warm up and make a pine cone bird feeder to take home with you.
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Trailside Explorers

January 22 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
  Would you like to get outside more with your family in 2017? Join Naturalist Selby Majewski for a guided wander. This month w...
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Animal Crackers

January 25 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we explore the world of the wise old owl. We’ll have fun learning about how owls survive through activities and a craf...
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Animal Crackers

January 25 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we explore the world of the wise old owl. We’ll have fun learning about how owls survive through activities and a...
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Family Astronomy Night

January 27 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Want to know more about those twinkling stars in the night sky? You will learn to identify at least five constellations. This is a beginn...
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Drop-In Discovery

January 28 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Drop by and discover a little bit more about one of our resident animals during this up-close encounter. A craft will be available.
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Mammal Drop-In

January 28 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
See and touch a wide variety of native Ohio mammal pelts, skulls and taxidermy mounts. Naturalist Jeff Riebe will answer your questions a...
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Drop-In Discovery: Owls

January 29 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to learn about our local owls. Kids can make a craft to take home.
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Drop-In Discovery: Groundhog Day

February 2 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Is spring around the corner? Or will winter hang on? Stop by for a craft, story and to find out more about this furry weather forecaster.
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Saturday Story Time

February 4 at 9:30 - 10 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny around the fire for story time before heading out to hand feed the birds.
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Drop-In Discovery: Ohio Rocks

February 4 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Ohio rocks, literally! Stop by to see and touch some of the rocks found in Ohio, and learn about the valuable and unusual ways they are u...
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Drop-In Discovery: Snowflakes

February 5 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Snowflakes are beautiful. Stop by to learn about the different types and how they form. Make a paper snowflake to take home.
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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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Nurture with Nature

February 9 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’ll lear...
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Drop-In Discovery: Winter Trees

February 11 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
In winter when trees have no leaves, how can we know which tree is which? Stop by to learn a few of the most common trees, all in the com...
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Winter Tree Identification

February 11 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
It’s not as difficult as it sounds. Use buds, branches, bark, and a few other clues to learn some common trees in our area. We will ...
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Drop-In Discovery: Ohio Mammals

February 12 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Drop in to learn about Ohio’s mammals. You will get a chance to see and touch some pelts and skulls.
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Valentines for the Birds

February 15 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Many birds fly south during the winter months. But what happens to the birds that stay? We will learn about winter bird survival, pl...
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Animal Crackers

February 16 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we search for signs of mammals and their tracks through a hike, activities and a craft. Register by phone beginning Fe...
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History and Hand Feed

February 18 at 9 - 10 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Brecksville Nature Center is the only original Cleveland Metroparks’ Trailside Museum still standing. Come discover what makes it so...
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Drop-In Discovery: Scavenger Hunt

February 19 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Drop by the Nature Center to complete a scavenger hunt about the history of the building.
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Animal Crackers

February 22 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we search for signs of mammals and their tracks through a hike, activities and a craft. Register by phone beginni...
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Animal Crackers

February 22 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we search for signs of mammals and their tracks through a hike, activities and a craft. Register by phone beginning Fe...
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Drop-In Discovery: The Making of a Baseball Bat

February 26 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Louisville Sluggers are made from ash trees. Stop by the nature center to see the stages a log goes through to become a baseball bat.
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Cross-Country Ski Program Interest

February 28 at
Weather in Cleveland is ever-changing. While we hope to have at least 4" of snow for the scheduled snow programs, Mother Nature doesn't a...
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Snowshoe Program Interest Sign-up

February 28 at
Weather in Cleveland is ever-changing. While we hope to have at least 4" of snow for the scheduled snow programs, Mother Nature does...
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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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