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Cleveland Metroparks 2016 Tour of Wildflowers

March 1 - June 1
6 a.m. - 11 p.m. (park hours) every day
Are you a nature enthusiast, gardener or just love hiking in the park? Then we’ve got a challenge for you! Grab your digit...
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Woodcock Watch

April 29 at 8 - 9 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Woodcocks are a secretive bird with a rather fantastic mating display. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder to learn about the special adapta...
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Bedford Hiking Series #3: Hemlock Creek

April 30 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Explore the flood plain of Bedford Reservation! We’ll take a leisurely hike so we don’t miss a moment of the fleeting presence of sp...
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Reptiles of Northeast Ohio

April 30 at 2 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come meet some of Ohio’s resident reptiles with Naturalist Jeff Riebe. Learn how to identify some of our most common turtles and snakes, ...
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Drop-In Children’s Nature Craft

April 30 at 2 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Naturalist and Artist Jeff Riebe produced a wetlands coloring book for children. This drop-in will be a perfect opportunity to pick ...
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Towpath Dog Walk

May 1 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your dog for a guided walk on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath. Dogs must be leashed and picked up after. Walker without dogs are ...
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May Day! May Day!

May 1 at 1-2 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
May Day! May Day! No cause for alarm, just a great day to get out on the trails. You never know what we may find now that the t...
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Basking Butterflies - Flighty Fun

May 2 at 10-11 a.m.
West Creek Reservation
Meet West Creek's spring meadow beauties. These important pollinators are critical to ecosystem health. We will identify and monitor butt...
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Flowers Along the Creek

May 4 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna along the trails of Euclid Creek in search of this season’s wildflowers. We will hike the same route thr...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

May 4 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the different seasons through discovery time, a craft and hike.  Register by phone by May 2 ...
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Wildflower Folklore Hike

May 4 at 1 - 3 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Spring wildflowers have charm and great beauty, but they also have amazing cultural tales that are connected with them. Join Natural...
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National Weather Observers Day

May 4 at 2-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
What type of cloud are you? We can't answer that question, but we will discuss and identify the types of clouds in our sky, what causes t...
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Wildflowers of Huntington

May 4 at 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Huntington Reservation
Wildflowers of Huntington Join Naturalist Bev Walborn to discover the spring wildflowers blooming in Huntington Reservation. We will...
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Wednesday Walk

May 4 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join a walk through the woods to look for signs of spring along both mountain bike trail and all purpose trail. Bedford Reservation Brida...
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Evening with Amphibians

May 4 at 7-8:30 p.m.
Brookside Reservation
Red back salamanders, frogs in chorus, tadpoles in a wetland are on our list. We are going to discover amphibians in this hike and h...
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Spring Birding Workshop

May 5 - 7
6 a.m. - 5 p.m. every day
Rocky River Reservation
Spring Birding Workshop Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a three-day course focusing on migrant songbirds. Take two bus trip birding adv...
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Spring Discovery Hike

May 5 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Life is bursting with budding wildflowers, the return of migrant birds, fresh fungi, and more! Watch the season unfold every Thursda...
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Spring Wander

May 5 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
This area is a great place to find wildflowers and other signs of spring. Explore hills and valleys hunting for the hidden gems of the se...
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Bedford Hiking Series #4: Night Hike

May 6 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Enjoy spring during this series of six hikes. From ravines and overlooks to waterfalls and wildflowers these hikes offer you an awes...
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Wildflowers and Wanderers

May 6 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Wildflowers and Wanderers Join Naturalist Beth Whiteley as we hike the woods around the nature center looking for spring wildflowers and ...
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Morning with Mom

May 7 at 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Spend the morning with mom in the park. We’ll enjoy muffins and take a marvelous walk to learn about the cultural and natural histor...
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The Novice Naturalist

May 7 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Becoming acquainted with seasonal wildflowers is a must for all enthusiasts of nature. Join Naturalist Foster Brown as we explore early M...
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Birds of Acacia

May 8 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna as we search for spring migrants throughout this ever-changing landscape. Bring binoculars, some availab...
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Mother's Day with Mother Nature

May 8 at 1 - 2 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Skip buying expensive flowers this year and come see nature in spring bloom. Share the afternoon with your mom on a nice, easy hike in be...
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

May 9 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Slow down and enjoy a leisurely walk as we explore all that this reservation holds during this busy month of spring. We’ll be in sea...
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Periodical Cicada Primer

May 10 at 7-8:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Science tells a fascinating story of these patient, elegant organisms and their explosive activity every 17 years. Satisfy your curiosity...
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Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Power of Pollination

May 11 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association Power of Pollination Amy Roskilly from Cuyahoga County Soil and Water Conservation District...
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Spring Discovery Hike

May 12 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Life is bursting with budding wildflowers, the return of migrant birds, fresh fungi, and more! Watch the season unfold every Thursday in ...
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Nurture with Nature

May 12 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 wildflowers. ...
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Aquatic Insects: Assessing Rivers and Streams

May 12 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Aquatic insects have a big role in the environment and ecological monitoring. Find out how these tiny creatures are used to assess the he...
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Magee Marsh Trip A

May 13 at 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Magee Marsh Trip A Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield to visit one of the hottest spots in the country to watch warblers and other specta...
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National Frog Jumping Day

May 13 at 7-9 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
What species of frog is jump-jump-jumping into our wetlands? Come learn about our native frogs. How many can we hear and see? Also, make ...
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Nature Journaling

May 14 at 1 - 3 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Experience nature through the seasons. We will record our observations in a journal of our own creation. You may want to bring a cam...
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Love a Tree Hike

May 14 at 2-3:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
There are many ways to enjoy nature. Naturalist Matt Knittel shares some fun and artistic methods to learn more about trees. Write a poem...
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In Search of Cicadas

May 14 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Hike with Naturalist Carly Martin as we go in search of emerging 17-Year Cicadas. The last time these big buzzy insects made an appe...
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All About Cicadas

May 14 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin for a mostly indoor presentation about 17-year cicadas. These fascinating insects should be emerging any day...
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Seven Wonders of Cleveland Metroparks Bus Trip

May 15 at 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Tie up those walking shoes and join Naturalist Natalie Schroder for a day of wonder as we discover some of the top sights within Cle...
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Birding Blitz

May 15 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Birding Blitz Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a big morning of birding at one of Cleveland’s top hotspots: Wendy Park. The woodlots cou...
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Tons of Turtles

May 15 at 11 a.m. - noon
North Chagrin Reservation
Spring is high-time for turtles to be on the move. Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna for a short indoor presentation on turtle behavior, f...
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Snakes of Cleveland Metroparks

May 15 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Have you ever wondered if that snake you saw was venomous or what species it may be? Naturalist Jake Kudrna will take you through an intr...
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Your Piece of the Planet: Build a Pollinator Garden

May 15 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Your Piece of the Planet: Build a Pollinator Garden. Native plants beautify your yard while providing food and shelter to wildlife, ...
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Woodlands of Bedford: Blooms and Butterflies

May 16 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Explore the floodplains around Tinkers Creek for beautiful late-spring flowers and their associated butterflies with Fred Losi. This hike...
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Magee Marsh Trip B

May 17 at 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Magee Marsh Trip B Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield to visit one of the hottest spots in the country to watch warblers and other specta...
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History Hike: Lawrence Grist Mill

May 17 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
History Hike: Lawrence Grist Mill Explore the stories of the Lawrence Grist Mill that was located southeast of Rocky River Nature Center....
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Cicadas Afterschool

May 17 at 4 - 5 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
  Kids will love getting ready for the 17-year cicada emergence. Join a naturalist to learn a little more about these insects a...
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Animal Crackers

May 18 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to celebrate the end of the Animal Crackers school year with a Teddy Bear Picnic. Bring your favorite teddy bear, or othe...
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Flowers Along the Creek

May 18 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna along the trails of Euclid Creek in search of this season’s wildflowers. We will hike the same route thr...
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Animal Crackers

May 18 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to celebrate the end of the Animal Crackers school year with a Teddy Bear Picnic. Bring your favorite teddy bear, or othe...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

May 18 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the different seasons through discovery time, a craft and hike.  Register by phone by M...
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Biohike: Wildflowers

May 18 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Biohike: Wildflowers With longer days and shorter nights, wildflowers are emerging and painting the forest floor with color. Join Natural...
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Cicadas Afterschool

May 18 at 4 - 5 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
  Kids will love getting ready for the 17-year cicada emergence. Join a naturalist to learn a little more about these insects a...
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West Creek Night Hike

May 18 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Enjoy an evening walk to explore the fields and forests of West Creek using all of our senses. A spirit for adventure is the only require...
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Animal Crackers

May 19 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to celebrate the end of the Animal Crackers school year with a Teddy Bear Picnic. Bring your favorite teddy bear, or...
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Spring Discovery Hike

May 19 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Life is bursting with budding wildflowers, the return of migrant birds, fresh fungi, and more! Watch the season unfold every Thursday in ...
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Discovering Nature: Bunns Lake

May 20 at 4 - 4:30 p.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Discovering Nature: Bunns Lake Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We’ll explore Bunns Lake t...
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Evening Cart Tour

May 20 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
  Join our Naturalist on an evening cart tour along the canal. We’ll look for signs of wildlife that roam in the evening hours and d...
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Bird’n the Flats

May 21 at 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Bird’n the Flats The pockets of Cuyahoga River create unexpected sanctuary for migratory birds. Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese for ...
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Nature Writing

May 21 at 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join writers Jenny Clark and Linda Tuthill as they prompt us to express our creative side through the wonders of natural history. We will...
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Bedford Hiking Series #5: Broadway Trailhead

May 21 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Enjoy spring during this series of six hikes. You'll have an awesome opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while exploring the boundry o...
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Wilderness Skills: Firemaking

May 21 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Learn the basics of starting a fire using primitive methods with Naturalist Kathy Schmidt. Create a spark with flint and steel, then coax...
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Spring Photo Hike

May 21 at 2 - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Capture the sights of the season as spring unfurls: the tender shoots of green to the delicate wildflowers, mourning cloak butterfli...
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Full Flower Moon Stroll

May 21 at 9 - 10:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
May conjures up the beauties that have been lying dormant under the cold winter earth. Stroll in Acacia Reservation with a naturalist as ...
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Catching the Last Wave: Bird Migration

May 22 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Catching the Last Wave: Bird Migration Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a walk around the center’s woodland trails for the last big...
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Last Chance Wildflower Walk

May 22 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Search for the last blooms of spring on the Scenic Loop trail with Naturalist Selby Majewski. We’ll try to fill any remaining gaps in you...
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Introduction to Monarch Watch

May 22 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Monarchs are a spectacular insect with a fascinating life. Come to this introductory session to learn more about their life cycle an...
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Woodlands of Bedford: Blooms and Butterflies

May 23 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Explore the floodplains around Tinkers Creek for beautiful late-spring flowers and their associated butterflies with Fred Losi. This hike...
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Stroller School

May 24 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Come in for a short program and a walk. We’ll read a story, sing a song and meet some animal friends before heading outside for fres...
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Barn Swallows and Bluebirds

May 24 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Man-made cavities and tree holes are perfect places for amazing birds. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder to seek out these marvelous insec...
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Nature Boat Ride 4 p.m.

May 24 at 4 - 6 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
View Cleveland’s wildlife from a boat. We’ll discuss the plants that inhabit the river bed and look for a wide variety of waterfowl ...
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Nature Boat Ride 7 p.m.

May 24 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
View Cleveland’s wildlife from a boat. We’ll discuss the plants that inhabit the river bed and look for a wide variety of waterfowl as we...
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Discovery Days: Beautiful Blooms

May 25 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
In-home day care providers are invited to bring their children ages 3-6 to discover more about our natural world.  We...
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Homeschool in the Valley

May 25 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Look up in the sky- It’s a bird! Have you ever wished you could fly like a bird? Join Naturalist Angelec Hillsman to learn about the flig...
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Biohike: Cicadas

May 25 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Biohike: Cicadas Periodical cicadas are expected to emerge this spring. The last emergence was 1999. Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese...
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West Creek Night Hike

May 25 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Enjoy an evening walk to explore the fields and forests of West Creek using all of our senses. A spirit for adventure is the only require...
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Spring Discovery Hike

May 26 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Life is bursting with budding wildflowers, the return of migrant birds, fresh fungi, and more! Watch the season unfold every Thursda...
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Preschool: Wiggling Worms

May 26 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Worms are all around us and under our feet. We’ll hike, look for worms and wiggle as we learn about worms in our world. Register online b...
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It’s a Tree

May 26 at 12 - 1 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on a quick hike though Wildwood Park to shine a light on some of the park’s greatest trees.
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Family Friday Night: Cicadas

May 27 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
What in the world are those noisy creatures? Learn about the amazing emergence of the 17-year periodical cicada with Naturalist Selby Maj...
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In-Seine Invertebrates

May 28 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
How do we know if a river is healthy or not? Today we will throw on our boots, and take our seines to the Chagrin to discover the in...
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Turtle Drop-in

May 28 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Meet a couple of live Ohio turtles, see and touch some different turtle shells and discover where these ancient reptiles live.  
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Cicada Invasion

May 28 at 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Brecksville Reservation
The Periodical Cicada emergence was amazing in 1999 in Brecksville Reservation. Will it be again? Join Naturalist Wendy Weirich to s...
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Dog Hike

May 28 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. We will hike some of the wooded trails. All dogs must be le...
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Bio Blitz: Forest Floor to Treetops

May 29 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Bio Blitz: Forest Floor to Treetops Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a quest to find salamanders, frogs, birds, the first dragonflie...
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Wildwood Wetland Walk

May 29 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on a leisurely walk enjoying the restored wetland and creek to see what is calling it home. Cliff swallo...
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Hidden Insects and Camouflage

May 29 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Did you see it? The most interesting insects are some of the hardest to find. Join Naturalist Andrew Mularo for an afternoon of expl...
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Cicada Search

May 29 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Seventeen years ago, this area was full of cicadas emerging from the ground. The air may be full of buzzing insects today; learn about th...
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Amazing Arachnids

May 30 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Believe it or not, spiders are one of the most important animals in their habitats. Hike with Naturalist Andrew Mularo and observe t...
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Nature Boat Ride 4 p.m.

May 31 at 4 - 6 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
View Cleveland’s wildlife from a boat. We’ll discuss the plants that inhabit the river bed and look for a wide variety of waterfowl as we...
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Nature Boat Ride 7 p.m.

May 31 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
View Cleveland’s wildlife from a boat. We’ll discuss the plants that inhabit the river bed and look for a wide variety of waterfowl ...
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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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Dog Hike

June 3 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. We will hike the rolling terrain of Acacia Reservation...
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Acacia Rain Barrel Workshop

June 4 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
A rain barrel collects and stores rainwater that would be lost to runoff that can be used to water lawns and gardens. Join us, along with...
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Emerald Necklace Art Club Monthly Meeting

June 4 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Big Creek Reservation
Draw and paint with us. Members of the Emerald Necklace Art Club are invited to bring their favorite medium as we appreciate the sig...
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Cicada Invasion

June 4 at noon - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Cicada Invasion! We haven’t seen them since 1999 but the 17-year cicadas will be back this spring for a few weeks of flying around, buzzi...
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In Search of Cicadas

June 4 at 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
In Search of Cicadas Cicadas abound! Let’s see if we can find them near Rocky River Nature Center. You won’t want to miss this amazi...
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Tour of Wildflowers Party

June 5 at 1 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Celebrate the end of spring wildflower season. Tour participants are welcome to stop by anytime this afternoon to have your flowers verif...
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Naturalist at the Pond

June 6 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Stop by anytime this morning to find what’s hidden in Dragonfly Pond. Hold a crayfish or catch a frog. A naturalist will be on hand ...
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

June 6 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Slow down and enjoy a leisurely walk with Naturalist Natalie Schroder as we explore all that Acacia Reservation holds during this first m...
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Littles Find Cicadas

June 7 at 10 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 2:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin and go in search of big buzzy bugs. 17-year Cicadas are back and you won’t want to miss this fun and ed...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

June 8 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the different seasons through discovery time, a craft and hike.  Register by phone by June 2...
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Steps to Sustainability

June 8 at 6 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
For many species, the future of conservation lies in human hands. Join us this evening for an opportunity to learn ways to benefit n...
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Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Feeding Your Hive

June 8 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Feeding Your Hive Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture Magazine, will be speaking about the ...
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Scavenger Hunt

June 9 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Scavenger Hunt Kids will love searching the pond and forest for clues on this naturalist-led scavenger hunt. 10 – 11:30 a.m.   ...
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A Small Field Life

June 9 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Do you enjoy catching butterflies and grasshoppers? Come to Acacia Reservation to learn about these insects that call the park’s grasslan...
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Cicadia Mania

June 10 at 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
This year marks the emergence of the 17 year cicada. Join Naturalist Jenny McClain to experience this natural phenomena and discover...
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Family Friday Night: Explore a Wetland

June 10 at 7 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Search for frogs, newts and snakes with Naturalist Jeff Riebe. We will have nets and viewing containers available to examine what we find...
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Cicadia Mania

June 10 at 9 - 10 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
This year marks the emergence of the 17 year cicada. Join Naturalist Jenny McClain to experience this natural phenomena and discover...
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Mohican and Amish Country Birding Bus Trip

June 11 at 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Mohican and Amish Country Birding Bus Trip  Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a whirlwind birding trip to the hemlock valleys of Moh...
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Hike N’ Paint

June 11 at 9 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Bring your paints along for the ultimate plein air experience. We will hike to a scenic location along the trail and create a master...
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Half Hikathon

June 11 - 25
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday
Half Hikathon 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese on this weekly wellness hike series exploring Cleveland Metroparks. We...
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Planting to Attract Pollinators

June 11 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Planting to Attract Pollinators Pollinators are the imperative to our survival. Naturalist Beth Whiteley will discuss how you can ai...
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Owls - Hunters of the Night

June 11 at 11 a.m. - noon
North Chagrin Reservation
This program will take a look at several of the owls found in Northeast Ohio. Come see a live owl, and learn about their unique character...
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Nature Journaling

June 11 at 1 - 3 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Experience nature through the seasons. We will record our observations in a journal of our own creation. You may want to bring a cam...
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Wilderness Skills: Hiking Survival Pack

June 11 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Eleven essential survival items should be found in every hiking pack. Find out what they are, and how to create a lightweight pack. Meado...
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Pond Safari

June 11 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Pond Safari Who lives in the pond? Grab a net and try your hand at capturing a variety of aquatic creatures. 2 – 3:30 p.m.   RR...
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Dog Hike

June 11 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. We will hike the wooded trails together. All dogs must be l...
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Birds of Acacia

June 12 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna searching for barn swallows, bluebirds, and nesting orioles.  
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Junior Naturalist: Pond Dipping

June 12 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
What strange creatures live in the marsh? We’ll use our nets and our brains to find out. Plan on getting messy today.    
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Biological Succession: Foundations of the Forest

June 12 at 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Have you ever wondered what the first steps are in a growth of a forest? Join a naturalist on an afternoon hike and learn about succ...
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Little Explorers: Rabbits and Raindrops

June 13 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Rabbits and Raindrops Bring your little explorer to learn about mother and baby rabbits while we read Rabbits & Rai...
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Cuyahoga Astronomical Association: Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Southern Hemisphere

June 13 at 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Cuyahoga Astronomical Association Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Southern Hemisphere Paul Harding, from the Case Western Reserve Universi...
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Nature Baby

June 15 at 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Baby The forest is awaiting you so let’s get baby out to explore nature. Grab a baby backpack or just carry your child for a walk ...
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Full of Flowers

June 16 at 1 - 3 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Tulip tree, tulip poplar, Liriodendron tulipifera ; all are titles used to describe one of Ohio’s most elegant flowering trees. Join...
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Nurture with Nature

June 16 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Explore nature through books, games, hikes and other activities. This month we’ll learn about cicadas. Register by phone beginning June 1...
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Hike on Bike Tours

June 18 at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown on a summer bicycle tour through South Chagrin and Bedford Reservations. This ride will have designated...
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Prairie Drop-In

June 18 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 their pioneer and American Indian us...
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Prairie Drop-In

June 18 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to see what is in bloom. Naturalist Kathy Schmidt will be there to identify plants and share their pioneer and American Indi...
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Birding the Banks of Euclid Creek

June 19 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on the banks of Euclid Creek searching for woodpeckers, catbirds and sandpipers. 
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Land without Lungs

June 19 at 1 - 2 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Did you know that there are some species of salamander that live on land without lungs? Hike to salamander hollow and observe these ...
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Drop-In: Pond Dipping

June 19 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Drop in and drop a net to the bottom of Sanctuary Marsh. Tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs and giant water bugs are just a few things that can b...
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Biodiversity Blitz

June 19 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Biodiversity Blitz Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a tree-top-to-forest-floor search. Needed is a keen eye for biodiversity. We’ll...
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Sunrise on the Longest Day

June 20 at 6 - 7:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
We’re celebrating the summer solstice with dawn and dusk hikes along the Chagrin River. Join us for a walk this morning as the sun rises....
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Summer Solstice Hike

June 20 at 3 - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on a hike through the forest and along the gorge to welcome summer. We may see remnants of spring w...
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Sunset on the Longest Day

June 20 at 8 - 9:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
We’re celebrating the summer solstice with dawn and dusk hikes along the Chagrin River. Join us this evening to watch the sun set and fin...
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The Full Strawberry Moon Stroll

June 20 at 9:30 - 10:45 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
This full moon brings forth some of the first-fruits of Spring. Join us on a short stroll under this warm full moon as we share Amer...
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Urban Birding Survey

June 21 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Urban Birding Survey Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a survey of nesting birds at Wendy Park. Surprises await us at this remarkable par...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

June 22 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the different seasons through discovery time, a craft and hike.  Register by phone by J...
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Nocturnal Wetlands

June 24 at 7 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Even though lots of them are out during the day, some of the most interesting creatures actually come out at night. Join a naturalist on ...
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The Novice Naturalist

June 25 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
The 17-year cicada is back! Let’s take a close look at this amazing creature in the order homoptera. Bring your sketch book as we do...
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Butterfly Investigators

June 25 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Butterfly Investigators Want to know more about local butterflies? Hike the trails to look for these beautiful and important creatures. W...
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Non-Campout

June 25 at 6 - 8:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Do you like the idea of a campout, but don’t want to sleep out? Young families will have fun cooking their dinner, going on a hike, ...
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In Search of Fireflies

June 25 at 9:30 - 11 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join a naturalist as we venture into the forest in search of fireflies. Our ultimate prize will be if we can spot a congregation of synch...
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Birding the Mouth of Euclid Creek

June 26 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder at the mouth of Euclid Creek in search of waterfowl, kingfishers and cave swallows.
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Drop In and Drop a Line

June 26 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 Kudr...
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Hike Huntington

June 26 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Huntington Reservation
Hike Huntington Enjoy the sights and sounds of forest and beach on a beautiful summer morning. 10 – 11 a.m.   HuR Lake Road Tra...
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Family Fun Hike

June 26 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join us for a leisurely walk around Acacia Reservation. We’ll look for birds, bugs and flowers as we explore this former golf course.&nbs...
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Your Piece of the Planet: Managing Water in the Landscape

June 26 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Your Piece of the Planet: Managing Water in the Landscape Traditional water management systems like French drains can overload sewer...
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Discovery Days: Interesting Insects

June 29 at 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
In-home day care providers are invited to bring their children ages 3-6 to discover more about our natural world.  We will...
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Firefly Safari

June 29 at 8 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in search of fireflies while discovering some fun facts about these incredible insects. Nets and bu...
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Discovery Days: Fantastic Fish

July 27 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
In-home day care providers are invited to bring their children ages 3-6 to discover more about our natural world.  We will...
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Emerald Necklace Hiking Tour (West)

August 6 at 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Emerald Necklace Hiking Tour (West) Traverse the vast acreage of Cleveland Metroparks with Naturalist Marty Calabrese by bus an...
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Emerald Necklace Hiking Tour (East)

August 13 at 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Emerald Necklace Hiking Tour (East) Traverse the vast acreage of Cleveland Metroparks with Naturalist Marty Calabrese by bus and boot. Le...
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Shorebird Workshop Bus Tour

August 27 at 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Shorebird Workshop Bus Tour  Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a daylong adventure seeking migrant shorebirds and waterbirds al...
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Discovery Days: Sensational Summertime

August 31 at 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
In-home day care providers are invited to bring their children ages 3-6 to discover more about our natural world.  We will...
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Fall Birding Workshop

September 6 - 8
7 a.m - 5 p.m. every day
Rocky River Reservation
Fall Birding Workshop  Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a three-day course focusing on migrant songbirds. This weekend ad...
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Discovery Days: Cool Camouflage

September 28 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
In-home day care providers are invited to bring their children ages 3-6 to discover more about our natural world.  We will...
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Fall Big Day Bus Trip

October 8 at 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Fall Big Day Bus Trip  Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a big day of birding to seek newly arrived migrant songbirds and ...
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Discovery Days: Totally Turtles

October 26 at 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
In-home day care providers are invited to bring their children ages 3-6 to discover more about our natural world.  We will...
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Rock the River Geology Bus Tour - South

November 3 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Rock the River Geology Bus Tour - South Join Naturalist Bev Walborn and Baldwin Wallace University Geology professor, Paul Hilston o...
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Birds of the North Shore Bus Trip

November 19 at 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Birds of the North Shore Bus Trip  Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a birding excursion during prime late-fall migration to seek wat...
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Discovery Days: Mammal Mysteries

November 30 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
In-home day care providers are invited to bring their children ages 3-6 to discover more about our natural world.  We...
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Discovery Days: Birds of Winter

December 28 at 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
In-home day care providers are invited to bring their children ages 3-6 to discover more about our natural world.  We will...
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Gull & Waterfowl Workshop

December 29 - 31
7 a.m. - 5 p.m. every day
Rocky River Reservation
Gull & Waterfowl Workshop  Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for three-day course to take an in-depth look at th...
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