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Snowshoe Rentals

December 17, 2016 - March 31, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. every day
North Chagrin Reservation
Have you wanted to try using snowshoes but didn’t know where to rent them? North Chagrin Nature Center rents snowshoes in adult and ...
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Hunt of the Month: Birds

January 2 - 31
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. thru Sat, Noon - 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Winter is a great time to watch the birds at the feeders. The color of the birds shines bright against a snowy background. See if you can...
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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 ...
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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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CanalWay Quick-Step

January 21 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak leads a short hike from CanalWay Center, down to the Lower 40 Loop Trail, and back into the warm w...
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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 afte...
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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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Sunday Morning Dog Walk

January 22 at 10 -11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your best friend for a winter walk in the park. We’ll explore the Lower 40 Loop Trail and talk about history and nature along the w...
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Make & Take: Old Fashioned Games and Toys

January 22 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Children have always played with toys and games, but what did they do before plastic and electronics? Come find out and try some toy...
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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 we’ll ...
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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...
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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 craf...
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Preschool: Snowflakes

January 26 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
To the snow we go. We’ll use a short hike, craft and story to explore snowflakes. Register online beginning January 2 at 9 .am. Regi...
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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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Snow Hike

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

January 28 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Prepare for Groundhog Day by investigating groundhog behavior and habitat. We’ll enjoy a story and make a craft to celebrate this “shadow...
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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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Snow Day

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

February 1 - 28
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday thru Saturday, Noon - 5 p.m. Sunday every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We have hidden 20 hiking boots around CanalWay Center. Stop by to find the boots inside then bundle up and go outside to hike around...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

February 1 at 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Groundhog Day is one day away. Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover our seasonal friend, the groundhog. We will have discovery time, a...
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Kids Explore the Winter Field

February 2 at 10 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
  Let’s explore the fields along the Chagrin River at a curious child’s pace.
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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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Winter is Wonderful: Winter Trees

February 4 at 11 a.m. - Noon
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
The cold can’t keep us inside! This winter adventure includes a short walk, a tree story, and a craft to create a winter tree scene....
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Train Car Discussion

February 4 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 Kusak wil...
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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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Winter Walk

February 5 at 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Whether the groundhog predicted an early spring or not, winter is here at the moment. So, come to CanalWay Center for an invigorating wal...
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Drop In: Groundhogs

February 5 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Punxsutawney Phil has already made his decision on the next six weeks, but come to CanalWay to learn more about his species and his ...
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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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Animal Valentines

February 10 at 6 - 7 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Show your love with images from the animal world. We’ll put our hearts into making animal shaped Valentine’s Day cards to share with the ...
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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 th...
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Birds of Prey Weekend

February 11 - 12
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day every day
Rocky River Reservation
B i rds of Prey Weekend February 11 & 12, 2017 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day Rocky River Nature Center A weekend celebrating the remarkab...
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Fight the Frost

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

February 12 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
  Would you like to get outside more with your family? Join Naturalist Selby Majewski for a guided wander as we search for signs of ...
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Vintage Valentines

February 13 at 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Get ready for Valentine’s Day by creating homemade cards like people did in the past. We’ll also read a story and play a heart-theme...
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Young Explorers 10 a.m.

February 15 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Who chews down trees with their big orange teeth and makes their home out of sticks and twigs? Beavers do, and we’ll spend our day learni...
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Young Explorers 1 p.m.

February 15 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Who chews down trees with their big orange teeth and makes their home out of sticks and twigs? Beavers do, and we’ll spend our day l...
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Wednesday Walk

February 15 at 4 - 5 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us for a brisk walk around the Lower 40 loop trail. We’ll travel into the valley to walk along the Ohio & Erie Canal and the Cuy...
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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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Urban Explorations: Cleveland's Arcades

February 16 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 through ...
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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 beginni...
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Great Backyard Bird Count

February 17 at 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Stop by the center anytime to help count our backyard birds. People across the continent will be counting birds at their backyard feeders...
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Family Movie Night

February 17 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us as we watch The Nut Job. It tells the adventure of Surly the squirrel and Buddy the rat as they try to restock the park’s su...
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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 spec...
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Great Backyard Bird Count

February 18 at 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Stop by the center anytime to help count our backyard birds. People across the continent will be counting birds at their backyard fe...
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Up With Upcycling Fair

February 18 at noon - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Wait! Don’t throw it away! We have ideas for you to convert that unwanted item or waste material into something cool and functional. This...
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Afternoon Outside: Snowshoes

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

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

February 19 at 10 a.m. - Noon
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
The Great Backyard Bird Count is under way this weekend. Come for a morning bird walk and help count all the birds that are seen and hear...
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Great Backyard Bird Count

February 19 at 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Stop by the center anytime to help count our backyard birds. People across the continent will be counting birds at their backyard fe...
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History Hike: President's Day and the Canal

February 19 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
What do U.S. Presidents and the Ohio & Erie Canal have in common? Plenty! Our leaders planned, travelled and even worked on the canal...
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A Forest of Firsts

February 19 at 2 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
The forests of North Chagrin Reservation are home to the first Trailside Museum and first naturalists of Cleveland Metroparks. Join ...
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Winter Science Fun

February 19 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Do you love performing science experiments? We’ll be spending the afternoon out in the cold experimenting with ice and snow. Ages: 7 – 9 ...
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Afternoon Bird Walk

February 19 at 3 - 5 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
The Great Backyard Bird Count is under way this weekend. Come for an afternoon bird walk and help count all the birds that are seen ...
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Great Backyard Bird Count

February 20 at 9:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Stop by the center anytime to help count our backyard birds. People across the continent will be counting birds at their backyard feeders...
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Build a Birdfeeder

February 20 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Stop by CanalWay Center to see what birds are visiting our feeders. We’ll have supplies for you to make a birdfeeder to attract bird...
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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 beginning Fe...
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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 beginni...
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Preschool: Backyard Birds

February 23 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your preschooler to spend some time learning about the birds that visit our feeders. We’ll discuss or backyard birds and make a bir...
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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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Build a Quinzee

February 26 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Explore ways humans and animals protect themselves from winter. If enough snow, we’ll construct a Quinzhee, or snow shelter. If there’s n...
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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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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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Winter Walk

February 28 at 4 - 5 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
We’ll brave the winter weather and hopefully see some wildlife on our journey as the month of February ends. Garfield Park Reservati...
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Hunt of the Month: Clovers

March 1 - 31
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon - Sat, Noon - 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
This month when you visit CanalWay Center you'll be searching for clovers. Test your luck to see if you can find all 20. Then head outsid...
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Building the Past - WPA & CCC

March 3 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
During the Great Depression the WPA and CCC programs provided job opportunities. We’ll learn about the impact of these federal progr...
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Harriet Keeler Hike

March 5 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Harriet Keeler was an inspiring individual to students and readers of her books during the late 1800’s-early 1900’s. We’ll learn about th...
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Nurture with Nature

March 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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Trailside Explorers

March 12 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come outside on our monthly child-paced wander. This month, we discover the secrets of Squire’s Castle. We’ll explore this fascinating bu...
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Buzzard Day

March 15 - 14 at 7 a.m. - ??
Hinckley Reservation
The buzzards are bringing spring back to Cleveland Metroparks Hinckley Reservation. Join the Official Buzzard Spotter to welcome bac...
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Animal Crackers

March 15 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to explore the fascinating world of rocks and fossils through activities and a hike.  Register by phone beginning Ma...
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Animal Crackers

March 15 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to explore the fascinating world of rocks and fossils through activities and a hike.  Register by phone beginni...
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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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Animal Crackers

March 16 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to explore the fascinating world of rocks and fossils through activities and a hike.  Register by phone beginni...
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Buzzard Spotting

March 19 at 9 a.m. - noon
Hinckley Reservation
Join naturalists to help spot returning buzzards to Hinckley Reservation.   Buzzard Roost
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Maple Sugaring Drop-by

March 19 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Stop in anytime this afternoon to learn about this truly American tradition. A naturalist will be on hand with the tools of the trad...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

March 22 at 10:30 -11:45 a.m.and 1 - 2:15 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
  Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the longtime tradition of maple sugaring. We will have discovery time, a craft and go on a...
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Backpacking Basics

March 23 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 w...
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Buds Ready to Burst Hike

March 25 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Spring is here and tree buds are swelling and getting ready to unfold into delicate leaves. Join Naturalist Kathy Schmidt on a hike to id...
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Woodcock Watch

March 31 at 7:45 - 8:45 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Naturalist Jenny McClain to experience the spectacular spring performance of the male woodcock. We’ll listen for the distinctiv...
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Backyard Biodiversity Bash

August 26 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 habitat f...
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