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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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Young Explorers 10 a.m.

September 28 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Through hands on activities and games observe rocks up close to discover what makes them so special. Ages: 3 - 5 years with adult Registe...
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Young Explorers 1 p.m.

September 28 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Through hands on activities and games observe rocks up close to discover what makes them so special. Ages: 3 - 5 years with adult Re...
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Explore West Creek by Smartphone

September 28 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Explore the Watershed Stewardship Center and surrounding wetlands with a smartphone/tablet (your own or ours) using the new ParkApps app ...
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Bike-Train-Bike

October 1 at 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. end time depends on ability and speed of bike riders
Doug Kusak leads a history adventure on a bicycle and an iron horse. We start at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Rockside Road Stati...
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Spiders of the World

October 1 - 31
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon - Sat, Noon - 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Drop by the CanalWay Center to test your personal comfort level by getting up close to some of the spiders of the world. Several species ...
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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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North Chagrin Nature Photography Show

October 1 - 31 at 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come enjoy the nature photographs of various local, amateur photographers.    
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Hands On Heritage

October 1 at 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Hands On Heritage 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. RRNC Visit Rocky River Nature Center and surrounding trails for a day of fun focused around tradi...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

October 1 at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 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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Aquatic Invaders for Kids

October 1 at 1-2:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Become a scientist for an afternoon with Naturalist Mark Warman. View plant life under the microscope and understand what it means t...
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North Chagrin Nature Photography Art Show Reception

October 1 at 1 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come meet some of the photographers behind the North Chagrin Nature Center Photography Show, and enjoy some light refreshments as you see...
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Fall Dog Walk

October 2 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Enjoy the crisp, cool air and changing leaves as you stroll with your pet while learning some of the history of this unique area. Do...
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Sunday Drop-By: Birds of West Creek

October 2 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Let's observe who is at the feeders during this busy migration time. Identification tips, field guide, binocular use, and bird list updat...
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An Introduction to Atlatls

October 2 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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Family Fun Hike

October 2 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Where do leaves go after they fall? This time of year there are colorful leaves everywhere but most of them will disappear before spring....
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History Revealed: Lake Abram

October 4 at 5-7 p.m.
Big Creek Reservation
From the Ice Age to the Tech Age, massive mammals to onion farms, Lake Abram boasts an extraordinary history begging to be told. Sto...
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CanalWay Storytime

October 5 at 11 - 11:45 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Twinkle, twinkle, little star. We’ll discover who you are through stories, songs and poems. Please join us for a starry time. Ages: 6 yea...
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West Creek Night Hike: Winter Prep

October 5 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Many animals are beginning to get ready for winter. An evening walk with Naturalist Patti Donnellan around West Creek Reservation wi...
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Hike From Lake to Lake

October 8 at 9 a.m.-Noon
Big Creek Reservation
Hike from Lake Abram to Lake Isaac with Naturalist Debra Shankland. We'll look for fruits of fall and the wildlife that depend on them wh...
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Medina County Fall Foliage Bus Tour

October 8 at 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The colors of fall should be brilliant as we e xplore the history of Medina County. This tour will cover 3 townships and highlight t...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

October 8 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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Wilderness Skills: Tree Identification Hike

October 8 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
One of the most important skills to learn is tree identification which is necessary for so many other wilderness skills. Join Natura...
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Nature at Night

October 8 at 5 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
As the sun sets, nature awakens. Join us to discover the life that glides through dark skies, hunts in the shadowy forest and slips throu...
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Worden's Ledges by Lantern Light

October 8 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Let lantern light lead you through scenic Worden’s Ledges to hear stories of the carvings and natural history of the area. Worden He...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

October 9 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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Sunday Drop-by: Migrate, Hibernate, or Adapt

October 9 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Can you guess which animal will leave, sleep through, or adjust to the harsh winter? Do you know where some of these animals go? Let...
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Tails for Trails

October 9 at 4-8p.m.
West Creek Reservation
West Creek Conservancy supports new parks and trails in your community. Grab lunch and shop at local exhibitors. Enjoy a dog-friendly hik...
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Autumn Hike

October 11 at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Join Naturalist Meghan Leitner for an after work hike. We’ll observe the beautiful colors of fall and hopefully see some late migrat...
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After Work Walk

October 12 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Let’s enjoy the forest trail s as we take in the beautiful scenery that the fall season has to offer . Garfield Park Reservation Garfield...
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Animal Crackers

October 13 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to discover the beauty of fall. We’ll go for a hike and make a craft as we explore the world of leaves and trees.
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Kids Explore the Trees

October 13 at 10 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin and explore the forest at a curious child’s pace. Everyone must wear sturdy footwear.  
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The Sights of Autumn

October 13 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
F all colors should be in full swing. The beautiful changes can be enjoyed during this leisurely hike along the tree lined ridge of ...
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Leisurely Hike at the Lake

October 14 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Enjoy the brisk air during this hike at the lake from Upper to Lower Edgewater and back again. Lakefront Reservation Upper Edgewater Shel...
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Hike to Mill Creek Falls

October 15 at 10 a.m. - Noon
Garfield Park Reservation
Visit Cuyahoga County’s tallest waterfall. The color of autumn’s changing tree foliage will be a great backdrop to this cascading cr...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

October 15 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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Acoustic Players Circle

October 15 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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Tree Leaves

October 15 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
We’ll enjoy a short fall hike through the forest. We’ll bring back some leaves to the picnic area to identify and make them into somethin...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

October 15 at 1:30, 3, 4:30 and 6 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 Bike Ride In the Park

October 15 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, exciteme...
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Afternoon Archery for Kids

October 16 at 2 - 3:30 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 av...
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Look About Littles

October 17 at 10 - 11:30 a.m. or 1 - 2:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Preschoolers who love nature will enjoy this six-week nature class. This extended time will allow us to explore a little deeper into autu...
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Autumn Splendor

October 18 at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Admire the beauty of autumn on a hike around Hinckley Lake. We'll discuss why leaves change colors as the trees prepare for winter.&...
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Animal Crackers

October 19 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to discover the beauty of fall. We’ll go for a hike and make a craft as we explore the world of leaves and trees.
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Young Explorers 10 a.m.

October 19 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Let’s explore the night sky. Together we’ll learn about the moon and stars through hands-on activities and games. Ages: 3 – 5 years ...
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Animal Crackers

October 19 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to discover the beauty of fall. We’ll go for a hike and make a craft as we explore the world of leaves and trees.
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Young Explorers 1 p.m.

October 19 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Let’s explore the night sky. Together we’ll learn about the moon and stars through hands-on activities and games. Ages: 3 – 5 years ...
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Wednesday Walk

October 19 at 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Grab a friend and join us for a fall hike. We’ll discuss some of the local flora and fauna as we hike Bridal Veil Falls to the Gorge Over...
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Nurture with Nature

October 20 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 will le...
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Family Movie Night

October 21 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
This month we’ll be watching Charlotte’s Web. Join us as we watch a spider that can spell words in her web. Snacks will be available for ...
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Woodlands of Beford: Autumn Color

October 22 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join Fred Losi as we view the colors of autumn in this rich and diverse area of Bedford Reservation. We’ll view large tulip trees, c...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

October 22 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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Fall Hike

October 22 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
The leaves are changing and falling to the ground. We’ll hike through the forest of Bedford and discuss some of the local flora and ...
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The Colors of Fall

October 23 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Come to CanalWay Center to learn about the colors of fall. We’ll enjoy a brisk fall hike and retrieve colorful fall leaves to be used in ...
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Preschool: Camouflage

October 25 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your preschooler to CanalWay Center to learn about how animals use camouflage. We’ll find some animals that are hiding in...
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Eerie Evening Hike

October 27 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your flashlight, favorite scary story, and join us on a hike to hear what goes bump in the night. Extra flashlights are available t...
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Halloween Party

October 28 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Come to CanalWay Center to join us for some Halloween fun. There will be snacks, games, pumpkin carving and more. Wear your costume ...
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Skull Identification

October 29 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join us to learn basic identifying features of Ohio mammal skulls, including what those mammals like to eat.
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Drop-In Children’s Nature Craft

October 29 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown as we create our own fun and freaky animals out of fallen leaves. Kids of all ages will love this craft...
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CanalWay Campfire

October 29 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’ll enjoy the beginning of fall around the campfire at our new fire pit. We’ll have plenty of marshmallows for all. Bring a lawn chair ...
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Halloween Dog Hike

October 30 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your best friend all decked out for Halloween for this family friendly dog walk. Dogs must be leashed and waste picked up. Of ...
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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 Canal...
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The American Beaver

November 5 at 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
The beaver is not just an architect in nature, it also played an important role in the history of the United States. Learn about thi...
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Leaf Art Hike

November 6 at noon - 2 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Naturalist Beth Robb on a short hike to collect fallen leaves, and then use the leaves to create a leaf based art project to take ho...
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Mr. Squire's Castle

November 6 at 3 - 4 :30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Feargus B. Squire dreamed of a majestic country estate for weekend getaways with his family. What was built was never finished and i...
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Backpacking Basics

November 10 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 will c...
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Nurture with Nature

November 10 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your family for a monthly program that explores nature through books, games, and other activities. This month we will learn ab...
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Animal Crackers

November 16 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Come explore the world of beavers this month with Miss Jenny. We’ll discover how these unique animals survive through a variety of activi...
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Animal Crackers

November 16 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Come explore the world of beavers this month with Miss Jenny. We’ll discover how these unique animals survive through a variety of a...
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Animal Crackers

November 17 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Come explore the world of beavers this month with Miss Jenny. We’ll discover how these unique animals survive through a variety of activi...
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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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