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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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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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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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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 ther...
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Cross-Country Ski 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 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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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 Reservation Ga...
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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 o...
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CanalWay Storytime 11 a.m.

March 2 at 11 - 11:45 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with books of his rhyming stories and wacky words. Ages: 6 years & under with adult Register by p...
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CanalWay Storytime 6 p.m.

March 2 at 6 - 6:45 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with books of his rhyming stories and wacky words. Ages: 6 years & under with adult Register...
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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 programs o...
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History of Maple Sugaring

March 4 - 19
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
Rocky River Reservation
History of Maple Sugaring The end of winter arrives in northern Ohio at a snail’s pace, indicated by “drip-drip-drip” as snow and ic...
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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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Discovering Nature: Maple Sugaring

March 10 at 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Discovering Nature: Maple Sugaring Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We will explore the history...
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Harriet Tubman Hike

March 10 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
On the day of Harriet Tubman’s birth, we’ll traverse the darkened forest of Bedford Reservation. On the trail we’ll discuss the impo...
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Cargo Ships

March 11 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Cleveland is a port city and ships are vital to our economy. Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak will help you understand how these behemot...
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Leprechaun Hunt 12 p.m.

March 12 at 12 -1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by searching for leprechauns. Those sneaky little fellows are hiding among the trees near CanalWay Cente...
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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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Leprechaun Hunt 3 p.m.

March 12 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by searching for leprechauns. Those sneaky little fellows are hiding among the trees near CanalWay Cente...
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Buzzard Day

March 15 at 7 a.m. - ??
Hinckley Reservation
The buzzards are bringing spring back to Cleveland Metroparks Hinckley Reservation. The watch begins at 7 a.m., continuing until the firs...
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Young Explorers 10 a.m.

March 15 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
The Leprechauns have been busy all month following the rainbow and looking for their pot of gold. Come to CanalWay Center to learn w...
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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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Young Explorers 1 p.m.

March 15 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
The Leprechauns have been busy all month following the rainbow and looking for their pot of gold. Come to CanalWay Center to learn w...
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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 beginning Ma...
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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. Participan...
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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 beginning Ma...
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Early Risers Walk

March 16 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Mid-March is a great time to begin the search for spring ephemerals. We’ll skirt the edges of the wetland and watch for early rising...
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Early Risers Walk

March 17 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Mid-March is a great time to begin the search for spring ephemerals. We will skirt the edges of Tinker’s Creek and watch for early rising...
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Viaduct Park History Hike

March 18 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Explore Viaduct Park with Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus. View The Great Falls of Tinker’s Creek and hear about the rich history...
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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.
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Sunday Morning Dog Walk

March 19 at 10 - 11 A.M.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’ll look for signs of green in the park as we stroll on the All-Purpose trail with our dogs on the last weekend of winter.  O...
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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 trade and...
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Women's History and a Cup of Tea

March 19 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Enjoy a cup of hot tea and celebrate National Women’s History Month with Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus. While you sip, we’ll ta...
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Spring Hike

March 20 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Enjoy a hike through the woodlands of Bedford Reservation as we celebrate the first day of spring. We’ll look for wildflowers, birds and ...
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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...
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Wednesday Walk

March 22 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Join us as we walk out to the overlook on Dike 14 where we’ll see the sun setting on the coast of Lake Erie. On our walk we’ll look for b...
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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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Family Movie Night

March 24 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us as we watch Madagascar. We’ll observe the adventures of a few zoo animals as they travel to a faraway land in search of freedom. ...
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Woodlands of Bedford: Spring Bird Walk

March 25 at 8 - 11 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Enjoy early spring birding in beautiful Bedford Reservation with Fred Losi. Many different habitats will reveal new arrivals su...
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Scranton Road Peninsula Hop

March 25 at 10 a.m. - Noon
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak walks, talks and bops about this oasis created under Hope (Memorial Bridge). It’ll be a “miled” hike wi...
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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 ...
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Spring into the Creek

March 26 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in search of early spring migrants and wildflowers in the woods along Euclid Creek. Bring binoculars, so...
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Sunday Sprouts: Maple Sugaring

March 26 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the longtime tradition of maple sugaring. We will read a story, have discovery time and go o...
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PreSchool: Butterflies

March 30 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
This month’s class is all about butterflies. Your little ones will hear a story about butterflies, take a short hike and pot a butterfly ...
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Urban Explorations: Flats Bridges

March 30 at 1 - 4 p.m.
Spend your afternoon hiking in the Flats with Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak. Cleveland’s a city of bridges and we plan to span t...
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Take a Walk

March 30 at 5 - 6 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today is national take a walk in the park day so let’s do just that! Join us for a walk around the lower 40 loop of the Ohio & Erie C...
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Afternoon Outside: Beaver

March 31 at 6 - 7 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’ll discuss the strange adaptations of these mammals that live in our wetlands. We’ll make a craft and take a short hike to see th...
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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 distinctive cal...
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April's Fool's Day Fun

April 1 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
How well do you know your animals and plants? Test your knowledge on this silly and amusing self-guided scavenger hunt through fores...
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Animal Crackers

April 5 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your preschooler for a fun day discovering more about animals that come from eggs! We’ll read a story, make a craft and explore out...
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Animal Crackers

April 5 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your preschooler for a fun day discovering more about animals that come from eggs! We’ll read a story, make a craft and explor...
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Animal Crackers

April 6 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your preschooler for a fun day discovering more about animals that come from eggs! We’ll read a story, make a craft and explore out...
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Woodcock Watch

April 8 at 8 - 9 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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Backpacking Basics

April 12 at 6 – 9 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Learn the basics to having a safe and enjoyable backcountry experience before investing in expensive gear. Our knowledgeable staff will c...
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Nurture with Nature

April 13 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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As Lovely as a Tree

April 29 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Celebrate Arbor Day by meeting some of our oldest and loveliest residents – our trees. Join Naturalist Kathy Schmidt to learn about them ...
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Garden Gala Event & Plant Sale

May 20 - 21
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. every day
Rocky River Reservation
Garden Gala Event & Plant Sale Shop through a top-notch selection of beautiful native plants, enjoy a fascinating, plant-focused...
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Healthy Planet, Healthy People 5K Run/Walk

June 3 at
8 a.m. - Registration
9 a.m. - 5k Run/Walk
Rocky River Reservation
Celebrate your health on National Trails Day, while supporting Cleveland Metroparks programs at Rocky River Nature Center, with this chal...
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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 habi...
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Nature at Night

September 16 at 5 - 10 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Most of the animal life that calls Northeast Ohio home awakes with the setting sun. Join us for this celebration of  Nature at Night...
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FallFest: 18th Century Festival

September 24 at 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Help celebrate the pioneers of the Western Reserve at Cleveland Metroparks annual FallFest: 18th Century Festival.  This fun, f...
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Hands On Heritage

October 7 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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