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Emerald Necklace Neighbors

March 26 - August 1
2 - 3 p.m. every day
Rocky River Reservation
Emerald Necklace Neighbors You love your parks - now be one of the first to sign up to have your yard certified as an “Emerald Necklace Neighbor” h...
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Rockin at the Docks

May 21 - September 4
8 - 11 p.m. on Saturday
Lakefront Reservation
Don't miss live music at e55 on the Lake every Saturday! Concert Line-up Saturday, May 21 Blue Eyed Soul Saturday, May 28 Cats on Holiday Sunday, M...
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Music at Merwin's Wharf

May 25 - August 31
7 - 10 p.m. on Wednesday
Washington Reservation
Enjoy live music at Merwin's Wharf Wednesdays this summer. Concert Schedule Date Artist Wednesday, May 25 Bobby Neal Wednesday, June 1 Becky Boyd D...
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Music at Emerald Necklace Marina

May 27 - August 26
6 - 9 p.m. on Friday
Rocky River Reservation
Enjoy live music every Friday night at the Emerald Necklace Marina. Concert Schedule Friday, May 27 Bobby St. Vincent Friday, June 3 Sommerfugl Fri...
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Learn-To-Swim Parent & Child- Tadpole

June 4 - August 6
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. on Saturday
Hinckley Reservation
Water acclimation for children 6-18 months old. Parent must accompany child in the water.
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Learn-To-Swim Parent & Child- Guppy

June 4 - August 6
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. on Saturday
Hinckley Reservation
Water acclimation for children 18-36 months old. Parent must accompany child in the water.
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2016 Junior Golf League - Shawnee Hills Golf Course

June 6 - July 25 at Starting times will begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue through 11:30 a.m. on MONDAYS
Bedford Reservation
This league is for intermediate skill players mature enough to handle 9-holes of golf (on the regulation course) on their own.   11 to 17 year...
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2016 Big Met Advanced Junior Golf League

June 6 - August 1 at 11:00am
Rocky River Reservation
This league is for the serious, competitive junior golfer with skills advanced enough to score below 50 on a regular basis on a regulation golf cou...
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Edgewater LIVE 2016

June 9 - August 11
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Thursday
Lakefront Reservation
The wildly popular summer concert series returns with a full lineup of live music, food trucks (schedule here ), yoga and entertainment at Edgewate...
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Euclid Beach LIVE 2016

June 10 - August 12
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Friday
Euclid Creek Reservation
The Euclid Beach LIVE concert series brings the community together for great music, delicious food (schedule here ) and fun for the whole family wh...
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Cedar Valley Square Dance

June 10 - July 31
7 - 8:30 p.m. every 2 weeks on Friday
Rocky River Reservation
Cedar Valley Square Dance Come dance, watch or just visit with friends as Caller Frank Koenig leads circle, line and square dances. Koenig teaches ...
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2016 Cadet Golf League - Shawnee Hills Golf Course

June 13 - August 1 at Starting times will begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue through 10:30 a.m. on MONDAYS
Bedford Reservation
Shawnee Hills will host a Cadet League on its sporty 9-hole Par 3 course.   The Cadet League is for “transitional” junior golfers, with some e...
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2016 Mastick Woods Cadet Golf League (Tuesdays Only)

June 14 - August 9 at 10:00am
Rocky River Reservation
Cleveland Metroparks & Mastick Woods Golf Course will host a Cadet League on its sporty 9-hole executive course.  The Cadet League is for ...
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2016 Little Met Junior Golf League (Thursdays Only)

June 16 - August 4 at 9:30am
Rocky River Reservation
This league is for intermediate skill players mature enough to handle 9-holes of golf on their own. The age guidelines are 11 to 17 years old A fee...
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Hunt of the Month: Ants

July 1 - 31
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
The ants have come to CanalWay center. Come find the 20 ants around the center and bring a picnic to have in the park after. Be sure not to let the...
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Gallery Wall – Robert Walczak

July 1 - 31 at 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Gallery Wall – Robert Walczak Robert Walczak has been long been awed by the natural beauty of Northeast Ohio and especially the Cleveland Metropark...
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Olmsted Historical Society Farmers Market

July 2 - August 27
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday
Rocky River Reservation
Olmsted Historical Society Farmers Market Features local farmers, producers, artisans and vendors all who grow and/or produce their own goods. Each...
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Stinchcomb Summer Concert Series

July 6 - 27
6 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday
Rocky River Reservation
STINCHCOMB SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Cleveland Metroparks has grown tremendously over the past 99 years! Starting with 3.4 acres in Rocky River Reserva...
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Beginners II - 200 Level

July 7 - 28
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Thursdays Only) on Thursday
Brecksville Reservation
This class is suggested for graduates of the Beginners Series. (Although that is not mandatory)� It will reinforce the fundamentals and try to adva...
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Beginners - 200 Level

July 9 - August 13
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (Saturdays Only) on Saturday
North Chagrin Reservation
A hands-on series covering the basics of the full swing, chipping and putting. Basic golf terms, rules and etiquette are reviewed. Loaner equipment...
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Learn-To-Swim Evening Session II-Level I

July 11 - August 10
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 5-12 years. Passed Preschool Level III (Starfish) or no previous experience needed (ages 5+).
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Learn-To-Swim Evening Session II-Starfish

July 11 - August 10
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 4-5 years. Passed Preschool level II (Goldfish) or can fully submerge their heads, bob, float and glide with support.
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Learn-To-Swim Evening Session II-Level VI

July 11 - August 10
6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 5-12 years. Passed Level V. Classes are a combination of stroke proficiency/endurance and personal water safety.
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Learn-To-Swim Evening Session II- Sunfish

July 11 - August 10
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 4-5 years. No previous experience needed.
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Learn-To-Swim Evening Session II-Level IV

July 11 - August 10
6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 5-12 years. Passed Level III or can tread water or float for 1 minute. Able to swim front and back crawl and Elementary Backstroke...
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Learn-To-Swim Evening Session II-Level III

July 11 - August 10
6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 5-12 years. Passed Level II or can swim 5 body lengths on front and back in chest deep water. Tread or float for 15 seconds.
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Learn-To-Swim Evening Session II-Goldfish

July 11 - August 10
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 4-5 years. Passed Preschool Level I (Sunfish) or can put their face in the water independently, blow bubbles and glide at least 2 ...
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Learn-To-Swim Evening Session II-Level V

July 11 - August 10
6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 5-12 years. Passed Level IV or can jump in deep water, swim 25 yards front crawl, change direction, swim on back for 25 yards. Swi...
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Learn-To-Swim Evening Session II-Level II

July 11 - August 10
6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 5-12 years. Passed Level I or can swim 2 body lengths unsupported. Can float on front and back for 5 seconds and can bob fully sub...
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Learn-To-Swim Evening Session II-Level I

July 12 - August 11
7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 5-12 years. Passed Preschool Level III (Starfish) or no previous experience needed (ages 5+).
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Learn-To-Swim Evening Session II-Goldfish

July 12 - August 11
7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 4-5 years. Passed Preschool Level I (Sunfish) or can put their face in the water independently, blow bubbles and glide at least 2 ...
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Learn-To-Swim Evening Session II- Sunfish

July 12 - August 11
7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 4-5 years. No previous experience needed.
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Learn-To-Swim Evening Session II-Starfish

July 12 - August 11
7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 4-5 years. Passed Preschool level II (Goldfish) or can fully submerge their heads, bob, float and glide with support.
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Learn-To-Swim Evening Session II-Level IV

July 12 - August 11
7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 5-12 years. Passed Level III or can tread water or float for 1 minute. Able to swim front and back crawl and Elementary Backstroke...
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Beginners II - 200 Level

July 12 - August 2
6:00 - 7:30 (Tuesdays Only) on Wednesday
Brecksville Reservation
This class is suggested for graduates of the Beginners Series. (Although that is not mandatory)� It will reinforce the fundamentals and try to adva...
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Learn-To-Swim Evening Session II-Level II

July 12 - August 11
7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 5-12 years. Passed Level I or can swim 2 body lengths unsupported. Can float on front and back for 5 seconds and can bob fully sub...
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Learn-To-Swim Evening Session II-Level III

July 12 - August 11
7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 5-12 years. Passed Level II or can swim 5 body lengths on front and back in chest deep water. Tread or float for 15 seconds.
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Beginners - 200 Level

July 13 - August 3
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Wednesdays Only) on Wednesday
Bedford Reservation
A hands-on series covering the basics of the full swing, chipping and putting. Basic golf terms, rules and etiquette are reviewed. Loaner equipment...
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Womens Beginners II - 200 Level

July 20 - August 10
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (Wednesdays Only) on Wednesday
Washington Reservation
This class is for women only who graduated from the Beginners Series. (Although that is not mandatory)� It will reinforce the fundamentals and try ...
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Look About Lodge Summer Concert Series: Blue Lunch

July 24 at 6 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Cleveland Metroparks is hosting free Sunday evening concerts in the park during the summer.  Bring a blanket, chairs and maybe even a picnic d...
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Junior Day Camp - 500 Level

July 25 - 29
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. every day
Washington Reservation
This five day camp for young golfers will include instruction, etiquette, rules, playing and on-course experiences. Juniors should bring a packed l...
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Junior Day Camp - 500 Level

July 25 - 29
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. every day
Brecksville Reservation
This five day camp for young golfers will include instruction, etiquette, rules, playing and on-course experiences. Juniors should bring a packed l...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

July 25 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 history of the...
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American Red Cross Junior Lifeguarding Workshop

July 25 - 29 at 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Cost includes materials and certificate. Please bring a lunch. Gives youths, ages 11 - 15, an opportunity to jump start into a lifeguarding job. Th...
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Family Bike Ride

July 25 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’ll ride south along the canal stopping to enjoy nature along our ride. We’ll take an ice cream break to enjoy this summer night. Please bring ic...
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Lakefront Explorers

July 26 - 28 at 10am-3:30pm
Lakefront Reservation
We will spend three days exploring Cleveland's lakefront; meeting at different sites daily along Lake Erie. Our days will be spent discovering the ...
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Camp Brecksville SR

July 26 - 28 at 10am-2pm
Brecksville Reservation
Hey kids! Join naturalists as we explore Brecksville Reservation in search of the many plants and animals that call this reservation home. We will ...
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Chagrin Navigators

July 26 - 28 at 10am-3pm
South Chagrin Reservation
Does your kid love getting lost in the woods? This week, we'll become confident explorers as we search for natural wonders by map, compass, and GPS...
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Forest, Field, and Farm Camp

July 26 - 28 at 10am-3:30pm
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us for three fun filled days of discovery. We will investigate who lives in the forest, explore fields as we look for insects and take a field...
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Wonders of Water Journey

July 26 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Learn about water through fun activities, then search for life in West Creek. Love, save, and share your experiences to complete most requirements ...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

July 26 at 4 - 6 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on a boat ride going “up the river.” We’ll discuss the Cuyahoga River, bridges, area geography, wat...
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Yoga and Hike

July 26 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski, on the last Tuesday of the month through September. Addition...
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Trailside Bike Repairs

July 26 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Grab your bike and come learn quick and simple  trail-side  bike repairs. Bring your bike, because time will be spent riding on the old c...
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Summer Dancing Series: Urban Line Dance

July 26 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Join the fun as we explore the rhythm of the night. This unique four night series will get your heart beating as we enjoy FREE urban line dance ins...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

July 26 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on a boat ride going “up the river.” We’ll discuss the Cuyahoga River, bridges, area geography, wat...
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Firefly Safari

July 26 at 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in search of fireflies while discovering some fun facts about these incredible insects. Nets and bug jars will be ...
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Kayaking/SUP Youth Day

July 27 at 9am-3pm
Hinckley Reservation
Have fun on the water learning two new sports. We'll explore nature from a new perspective as you learn to walk on water stand up paddleboard (SUP)...
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Birds, Bats & Bugs

July 27 - 29 at 10am- 2pm
Rocky River Reservation
Learn about all things flying during three days of outdoor adventure and exploration. Each day's focus will involve hikes, crafts and activities ce...
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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 sing song...
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West Creek Night Hike: Flies

July 27 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
What do butter, dragon, and fire all have in common? They’re all types of flies! Come walk West Creek Reservation with Naturalist Patti D. to see h...
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Kayaking/SUP Youth Day

July 28 at 9am-3pm
Hinckley Reservation
Have fun on the water learning two new sports. We'll explore nature from a new perspective as you learn to walk on water stand up paddleboard (SUP)...
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Stand Up Paddleboarding 2: Supplemental Skills

July 28 at 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Start where you left off in SUP 1.  Learn advanced paddling strokes, bracing, rescues, and more.  Anticipate spending time in the water.&...
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Ohio & Erie Canalway Bus Tour

July 29 at 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Visit the newly renovated Canal Exploration Center in Independence, Cascade Locks Metropark in Akron and ride on the St. Helena III canal boat in C...
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Dog Days of Summer Hike

July 29 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Dog Days of Summer Hike Bring your canine companion and join other dog lovers for a stroll through the woods around the nature center. Dogs should ...
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Neighborhood Picnic in the Park

July 29 at 11:30-2:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Bring your family and a picnic lunch, and we’ll provide the fun! Get everyone active with some fun animal-theme games, and go on a naturalist-led h...
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Family Campout

July 29 - 30 at 6 p.m. - 11 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Pitch a tent, have dinner (on your own), play games, and join a naturalist-led night hike. A light breakfast will be provided Saturday morning. You...
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Little Ones Sleepover

July 29 - 30 at Fri 7 p.m. - Sat 8:30 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Attention parents with little ones. Come experience an unforgettable overnight with your child. We will spend time both indoors and outdoors explor...
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Moth Night Out

July 29 at 8 - 9:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
 Join us for a "Moth Night Out" to observe these nocturnal creatures at our light and bait traps.  
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2016 Moonlight Golf #2 - Mastick Woods

July 29 at Check-in at 8:45pm, Shotgun start at 9:15
Rocky River Reservation
Event is a shotgun start:  Two foursomes are assigned to each hole. It is extremely rare to lose a Moonlight ball, however additional balls ma...
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MAPS Bird Banding

July 30 at 7 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Visit a bird banding research station in action for an up-close encounter with some of your favorite birds, some of which travel up to 3,000 miles ...
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West Creek Wildflower Walk

July 30 at 9:30-11 a.m.
West Creek Reservation
Observe and learn more about the native, perennial plants in West Creek’s restored meadow. Many of these plants are in their third year of growth a...
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2016 Adult/Junior 2-Player Scramble at Seneca (PeeWee 6-9)

July 30 at 10:00am first time
Brecksville Reservation
This is a competitive event with an emphasis on two players spending some quality time together and having some fun playing golf as a team. It is o...
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Rivergate Kayak Tours

July 30 at 10 a.m. - noon
Lakefront Reservation
Discover downtown from a new perspective as you refine your kayaking skills and gain an appreciation of Cleveland's historical past during this min...
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Moth Mania in the Nature Center

July 30 at 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come to the nature center for presentations, crafts, displays, moth identification, and a closer look at some live specimens. Fun for the family!
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Rivergate Kayak Tours

July 30 at 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Discover downtown from a new perspective as you refine your kayaking skills and gain an appreciation of Cleveland's historical past during this min...
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Hemlock Hike

July 30 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join us for a hike through the Tinker's Creek floodplain. We’ll hike through the woods and along the creek looking for local flora and fauna. Bedfo...
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2016 FootGolf Championship

July 30 at Tee times start at 2:00pm
Rocky River Reservation
This event is an individual stroke play tournament. Categories, based on gender and age, may be formed based on the number of entries. Each player ...
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Catch River Fish

July 30 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Use a seine net to catch shiners, chubs, colorful darters and other interesting native fish in the beautiful Chagrin River. Bring wettable shoes an...
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Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga – Beginners

July 31 at 8:00 - 9:45 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga is a fun and enlightening experience. Spend the first 30 minutes learning basic SUP techniques, then practice SUP y...
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2016 Parent/Child (18+) Championship

July 31 at 10:00am first time
North Chagrin Reservation
A parent and child (18+ of age) will pair up in this fun yet competitive team event.  Step-parents are welcome. 18 holes Front nine scramble, ...
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Drop In and Drop a Line

July 31 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 Kudrna will be...
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Stand Up Paddleboarding I: Introduction to SUP

July 31 at 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a great way to have fun and get a little workout. Lessons will focus on equipment, basic paddling strokes, and sta...
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Stand Up Paddleboarding I: Introduction to SUP

July 31 at 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a great way to have fun and get a little workout. Lessons will focus on equipment, basic paddling strokes, and sta...
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Crayfish in the Creek

July 31 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Children, young and old, will love getting their feet wet and exploring in the creek. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in discovering what lie...
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Look About Lodge Summer Concert Series: Northwest Territory

July 31 at 6 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Cleveland Metroparks is hosting free Sunday evening concerts in the park during the summer.  Bring a blanket, chairs and maybe even a picnic d...
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Hunt of the Month: Bats

August 1 - 31
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
By now the baby bats are leaving mom to hunt for bugs on their own. Look around the CanalWay Center for the 20 bats we have hidden. Then visit the ...
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Gallery Wall: Robert Walczak

August 1 - 31 at 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily
Rocky River Reservation
Gallery Wall: Robert Walczak Robert Walczak has long been awed by the natural beauty of Northeast Ohio, and especially the Cleveland Metroparks It ...
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Junior Day Camp - 500 Level

August 1 - 5
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. every day
Washington Reservation
This five day camp for young golfers will include instruction, etiquette, rules, playing and on-course experiences. Juniors should bring a packed l...
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Learn-To-Swim Morning Session III-Level II

August 1 - 12
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Monday - Friday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 5-12 years. Passed Level I or can swim 2 body lengths unsupported. Can float on front and back for 5 seconds and can bob fully sub...
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Learn-To-Swim Morning Session III-Sunfish

August 1 - 12
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Monday - Friday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 4-5 years. No previous experience needed.
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Learn-To-Swim Morning Session III-Level V

August 1 - 12
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Monday - Friday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 5-12 years. Passed Level IV or can jump in deep water, swim 25 yards front crawl, change direction, swim on back for 25 yards. Swi...
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Learn-To-Swim Morning Session III-Starfish

August 1 - 12
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Monday - Friday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 4-5 years. Passed Preschool level II (Goldfish) or can fully submerge their heads, bob, float and glide with support.
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Learn-To-Swim Morning Session III-Level III

August 1 - 12
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Monday - Friday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 5-12 years. Passed Level II or can swim 5 body lengths on front and back in chest deep water. Tread or float for 15 seconds.
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Learn-To-Swim Morning Session III-Level IV

August 1 - 12
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Monday - Friday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 5-12 years. Passed Level III or can tread water or float for 1 minute. Able to swim front and back crawl and Elementary Backstroke...
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Learn-To-Swim Morning Session III-Level I

August 1 - 12
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Monday - Friday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 5-12 years. Passed Preschool Level III (Starfish) or no previous experience needed (ages 5+).
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Learn-To-Swim Morning Session III-Goldfish

August 1 - 12
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Monday - Friday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 4-5 years. Passed Preschool Level I (Sunfish) or can put their face in the water independently, blow bubbles and glide at least 2 ...
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Junior Day Camp - 500 Level

August 1 - 5
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. every day
Brecksville Reservation
This five day camp for young golfers will include instruction, etiquette, rules, playing and on-course experiences. Juniors should bring a packed l...
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Learn-To-Swim Morning Session III-Level VI

August 1 - 12
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Monday - Friday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 5-12 years. Passed Level V. Classes are a combination of stroke proficiency/endurance and personal water safety.
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

August 1 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 final month of su...
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Learn-To-Swim Morning Session III-Level VI

August 1 - 12
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Monday - Friday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 5-12 years. Passed Level V. Classes are a combination of stroke proficiency/endurance and personal water safety.
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Learn-To-Swim Morning Session III-Level V

August 1 - 12
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Monday - Friday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 5-12 years. Passed Level IV or can jump in deep water, swim 25 yards front crawl, change direction, swim on back for 25 yards. Swi...
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Learn-To-Swim Morning Session III-Goldfish

August 1 - 12
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Monday - Friday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 4-5 years. Passed Preschool Level I (Sunfish) or can put their face in the water independently, blow bubbles and glide at least 2 ...
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Learn-To-Swim Morning Session III-Level III

August 1 - 12
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Monday - Friday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 5-12 years. Passed Level II or can swim 5 body lengths on front and back in chest deep water. Tread or float for 15 seconds.
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Learn-To-Swim Morning Session III-Sunfish

August 1 - 12
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Monday - Friday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 4-5 years. No previous experience needed.
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Learn-To-Swim Morning Session III-Level I

August 1 - 12
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Monday - Friday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 5-12 years. Passed Preschool Level III (Starfish) or no previous experience needed (ages 5+).
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Learn-To-Swim Morning Session III-Starfish

August 1 - 12
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Monday - Friday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 4-5 years. Passed Preschool level II (Goldfish) or can fully submerge their heads, bob, float and glide with support.
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Learn-To-Swim Morning Session III-Level II

August 1 - 12
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Monday - Friday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 5-12 years. Passed Level I or can swim 2 body lengths unsupported. Can float on front and back for 5 seconds and can bob fully sub...
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Learn-To-Swim Morning Session III-Level IV

August 1 - 12
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Monday - Friday
Hinckley Reservation
Recommended ages 5-12 years. Passed Level III or can tread water or float for 1 minute. Able to swim front and back crawl and Elementary Backstroke...
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North Chagrin Nature Photography Club

August 1 at 8 - 9:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Patagonia: From Valdes Peninsula to Tierra Del Fuego Join Ami Horowitz as he travels along Patagonia’s Atlantic coast, from the dry steppe to the i...
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Biology Camp III: Natural Science Professionals

August 2 - 6 at 9am-5pm
West Creek Reservation
Are you interested in becoming a scientist? Perhaps you're not sure exactly what field to go into. In this camp, you'll shadow an aquatic biologist...
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Kayak Exploration Camp

August 2 - 3 at 9am-3pm
Hinckley Reservation
Enjoy the water this summer learning basic kayaking skills on flat water before tackling bigger water during a tour on day two. Basic paddling stro...
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Boats, Bridges, and Building

August 2 - 4 at 10am-3:30pm
Lakefront Reservation
Learn what floats your boat and see why Cleveland is a city of bridges. Meet Tuesday in front of the Science Center, we'll explore the Steamship Wi...
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Euclid Creek Explorers

August 2 - 4 at 10am-3pm
Euclid Creek Reservation
Check out this brand new camp! We will traverse the hills and waterfalls of Euclid Creek in search of the landscape's hidden treasures. On our last...
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Preschool Camp

August 2 - 4 at 10am-noon
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Splish, splash we'll have some fun with water in the park! Each day the wonders of water will be explored through games, activities, and more. We h...
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Stream Stomp

August 2 - 4 at 10am-2pm
Rocky River Reservation
Come stomp, splash and discover the amazing Rocky River at this wet and watery camp. We will explore the river and all the life it holds. We will p...
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Creature Camp

August 2 - 4 at 10am-2pm
South Chagrin Reservation
This camp will be fun for nature-lovers as we explore creatures in the world around us. We'll search for life in the forests, fields, ponds and str...
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Summer Cool Down

August 2 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. Enjoy an informative nature walk down the Towpath. Cool off afterwards with a provided ice cream sandwich...
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Nature Boat Ride 4 p.m.

August 2 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 float dow...
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Night Camp (child with adult)

August 2 - 4 at 6-10pm
Brecksville Reservation
Night hikes, campfires, s'mores, owl calling, and so much more! Explore and enjoy twilight and night time through a variety of activities and games...
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Rivergate Kayak Tours

August 2 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Discover downtown from a new perspective as you refine your kayaking skills and gain an appreciation of Cleveland's historical past during this min...
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Drum Circle

August 2 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Olu Mann’s, of HeartBEAT Afrika, brings a high energy experience as he involves you in the tradition of creating a West African Drum Circle. All ag...
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Nature Boat Ride 7 p.m.

August 2 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 float dow...
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Tree ID 101

August 3 at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Huntington Reservation
Tree ID 101 Have you been wondering what kinds of trees line the paths that you walk? Join Naturalist Bev Walborn for an introduction to tree ident...
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CanalWay StoryTime

August 3 at 11 - 11:45 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’re taking storytime outdoors. Enjoy the sunshine as you hear stories about summer. 
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CanalWay Storytime

August 3 at 6 - 6:45 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’re taking storytime outdoors. Enjoy the sunshine as you hear stories about summer. 
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West Creek Night Hike

August 3 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Enjoy an evening walk to explore the fields, forests and brooks of West Creek using all of your senses. A spirit for adventure is the only requirem...
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Beginner Backpacking Trip (Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting August 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Actual Trip: August 12 - 13)

August 3 at Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting August 3, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m (Actual Trip: August 12, 4 p.m. - August 13, Noon)
If you have ever wanted to go backpacking but were nervous about going to the bathroom in the woods, this is the trip for you. Join us for an overn...
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Beginners - 200 Level

August 3 - 31
6:00 - 7:30 (Wednesdays Only) on Wednesday
Brecksville Reservation
A hands-on series covering the basics of the full swing, chipping and putting. Basic golf terms, rules and etiquette are reviewed. Loaner equipment...
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Sleepy Hollow Night Range Event and Hole in One Contest

August 3 at 9pm - 11pm
Brecksville Reservation
Come to the driving range for a rare night event.  Enjoy drinks, food, range practice, and participate in a hole-in-one contest for Metroparks...
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Little Explorers: Rocky River

August 4 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Rocky River Bring your little explorer to learn about the Rocky River and all the animals that depend on its water. We will have ...
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Hike n’ Chalk

August 4 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Hike n’ Chalk Let’s hit the trails in search of wildlife then return to the nature center to make a chalk drawing of our favorite finds for all to ...
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Little Explorers: Rocky River

August 4 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Rocky River Bring your little explorer to learn about the Rocky River and all the animals that depend on its water. We will have ...
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Rain Barrel Workshop

August 4 at 6-7:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Learn to harvest rain water for all your garden needs and to combat storm water pollution in your community. Each workshop participant will constru...
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Lake Erie Stand Up Paddleboarding Tour

August 4 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Enhance your mind, body and soul during this full body workout as you increase your SUPing skills and discover a new perspective of downtown.  ...
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“Try-it” Activities: Stand Up Paddleboarding

August 5 at 4 - 8 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Discover how fun, yet challenging stand up paddleboarding can be during these one-hour long "Try-It" sessions. Kayaking is also available, but to t...
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“Try-it” Activities: Kayaking

August 5 at 4:15 - 8:15 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Discover how fun, yet challenging kayaking can be during the one-hour long "Try-It" sessions. Stand Up Paddleboarding is also available, but to try...
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Up Close to Nature Campout

August 5 - 6 at 7 p.m. - 10 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Celebrate the end of summer by sleeping out in the natural world. Friday we will explore the forest at night and enjoy a campfire. Saturday we’ll h...
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Bats Along the Canal

August 5 at 8 - 9 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us along the canal as we discover one of Ohio’s nocturnal animals, bats! We’ll watch them dine on bugs as we discuss some of their amazing ada...
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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 and boot. Learn n...
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Rock Climbing 1: Introduction to Climbing

August 6 at 9 a.m. - Noon
Hinckley Reservation
Experience the thrill of climbing on natural rock at Hinckley Reservation. Learn how to belay, proper climbing techniques and knots while learning ...
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Emerald Necklace Art Club: Monthly Meeting

August 6 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Draw and paint with us. Members of the Emerald Necklace Art Club are invited to bring their favorite medium as we appreciate the signs of the seaso...
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Dog Hike

August 6 at 10 - 11:30
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 leashed. &n...
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Spider Safari

August 6 at 10-11:30 a.m.
West Creek Reservation
We will be on the lookout for weavers, jumpers and “wolves”. Join us on a spider safari and discover something new about these important insect eat...
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August Plantings

August 6 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Here, in Zone 5, August is the last opportunity to sow outdoor seeds that can be harvested before the frost returns in October. We’ll learn the bas...
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Erie Street Cemetery Tour

August 6 at 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Join Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus for a guided walk around this fascinating downtown cemetery. See the final resting places of 8,000 people i...
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Woodlands of Bedford: Deerlick Creek Adventure

August 6 at noon - 4 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Fred Losi will guide an in-stream exploration of Deerlick Creek. Three beautiful waterfalls will be explored: Fishbowl, Bridal Veil and Quarry...
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Rock Climbing 2: Beyond the Basics

August 6 at 1 - 4 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
If you have climbing experience and are looking to learn more about top rope climbing, then venture outside to climb on natural rock at Whipp’s Led...
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Ferns in Fruit

August 6 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
While flowers soak up the summer sun, ferns thrive in the cool shade of the forest. Though all ferns may be green, they have amazing diversity. Joi...
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Bike to the Falls

August 6 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Enjoy this summer afternoon while biking through the park. We’ll ride to Mill Creek Falls to see Cuyahoga County’s largest waterfall. Helmet requir...
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Amazing Bats

August 6 at 2 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come meet a live bat and learn what makes these nocturnal mammals so fascinating and beneficial. We will take a short hike to our “bat condo” to se...
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Growing Food Indoors

August 6 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Thinking about how to keep the growing season going? We’ll let you know what species may grow well, how to get started and what it takes to be succ...
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Rocking on the River Concert Series at Paddler's Point

August 6 at 7 - 11 p.m.
Washington Reservation
Don't miss this outdoor concert on the banks of Irish Town Bend featuring Armstrong Bearcat Band.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy som...
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Lakefront Dog Walk

August 7 at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Bring your dog for a guided walk around Edgewater Park. Dogs must be leashed and waste picked up. Walkers without dogs are welcome. Lower Edgewater...
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Kayaking 1 & 2: Flat-water Fundamentals

August 7 at 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
This entry level course combines Kayaking 1 & Kayaking 2 into one extended class with both classroom and on the water practice. Learn basic pad...
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Olmsted Historical Society Antique Engine Show and Classic Car Cruise-In

August 7 at 11a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Olmsted Historical Society Antique Engine Show and Classic Car Cruise-In Lagrange Engine Club displays a collection of antique farm engines, big an...
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Visit the Lorenzo Carter Cabin

August 7 at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Visit the little log cabin that has sat on the east bank of the Flats since 1976. Find out the story behind it as well as the early history of Clev...
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Baseball at Brookside

August 7 at 1-3 p.m.
Brookside Reservation
Let’s gather to learn a bit about the history of one of Cleveland’s oldest baseball stadiums and play some pick-up baseball. Bring your own glove. ...
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Junior Naturalist: Bug Netting

August 7 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
What’s hiding in the tall grass? We’ll use nets and jars to catch and release butterflies, grasshoppers and beetles as we learn all about them.  
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Get Out...

August 7 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
…and get active. Join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis on the trails. Over the next several months, we’ll add more distance to this hiking series.
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Girl Scout Program: Wonders of Water

August 7 at 2-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Go on a journey to follow rain drops. Learn about water, then search for life in West Creek. Love water, save water, and complete most requirements...
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Future Scientists 101

August 7 at 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Future Scientists 101 Bring your future scientist to get a taste of what it is like to be a biologist for a day. We will be learning about plants a...
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Look About Lodge Summer Concert Series: The Crooked

August 7 at 6 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Cleveland Metroparks is hosting free Sunday evening concerts in the park during the summer.  Bring a blanket, chairs and maybe even a picnic d...
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Trail Blazers

August 8 - 10 at 10am-2pm
Rocky River Reservation
This cool and energetic nature camp is designed to maximize outdoor adventure. These three down-and-dirty days will take you salamander-seeking, cr...
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Sprouts: Waves and Wetlands

August 8 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover our great lake together throughout the month of August as we dig, play, and discover nature on the beach. W...
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Night at the Springs

August 8 at 7 - 9 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
When the sun goes down the creeks of South Chagrin teem with incredible nocturnal life. Join Naturalist Andrew Mularo and admire the beautiful crea...
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Cuyahoga Astronomical Association: Cassini Radio Science

August 8 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Cuyahoga Astronomical Association Cassini Radio Science Mr. Dale Force, NASA scientist, will talk about some of the radio science results from the ...
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Water Camp

August 9 - 11 at 10am - 3pm
North Chagrin Reservation
Water is vital for all known forms of life. In this camp we will explore the creeks and ponds of North Chagrin Reservation. On Thursday, we will tr...
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Pond Dipping Drop-By

August 9 at 10-Noon
West Creek Reservation
Amazing creatures live in our ponds, so pack up your natural curiosity and let’s explore these critters in their very own wet and wild habitats. So...
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Discovering Nature: Creek Stomp

August 9 at 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Huntington Reservation
Discovering Nature: Creek Stomp Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We will explore and stomp in Porter Cree...
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Critters in the Pond

August 9 at 1-2:30
Brookside Reservation
Enjoy the weekend with the kids searching for critters in the pond. We’ll use nets and a seine to catch-and-release fish, amphibians, crayfish and ...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat 4 p.m.

August 9 at 4 - 6 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on a boat ride going “up the river.” We’ll discuss the Cuyahoga River, bridges, area geography, wat...
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Stand Up Paddleboarding I: Introduction to SUP

August 9 at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a great way to have fun and get a little workout. Lessons will focus on equipment, basic paddling strokes, and sta...
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Fly Fishing for Steelhead

August 9 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Now that you understand the basics of fly fishing, learn the specifics for catching Steelhead Trout. Jeff Liskay will teach you about the best rig ...
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Yoga and Hike

August 9 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski, on the last Tuesday of the month through September. Addition...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat 7 p.m.

August 9 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on a boat ride going “up the river.” We’ll discuss the Cuyahoga River, bridges, area geography, wat...
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Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga – Beginners

August 10 at 6:30 - 8:15 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga is a fun and enlightening experience. Spend the first 30 minutes learning basic SUP techniques, then practice SUP y...
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Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Winter Prep

August 10 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Winter Prep Winter’s chill seems a long way away, yet now is the time to begin prepping your hive for fal...
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National S'mores Day

August 10 at 7-8:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Enjoy one of the few remaining nights of summer around a fire with stories, songs and s’mores. Bring a water bottle and a comfy camp chair. Patio b...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

August 10 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to learn all about frogs. We will use nets to catch tadpoles, as well as read a story and make a craft. Dress for mud a...
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August Adventure

August 11 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
August Adventure Come and see what we can find in the woodlands that surround the nature center. Kids will get a chance to use some scientific tool...
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Nurture with Nature

August 11 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your family for a monthly program exploring nature through books, games, hikes and other activities. This month we’ll explore a creek. Wear s...
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Nocturnal Critters Campfire

August 11 at 8 - 9 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your family for a night around the campfire. Learn about the signs and noises of nocturnal animals in the area. Bring a chair or blanket and ...
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Bridging West Creek

August 12 at 9 a.m.-Noon
West Creek Reservation
The bridge names in West Creek tell the story of its history.   Join Naturalist Joe Higgins to hike the bridges of West Creek and learn the ta...
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2016 Greater Cleveland Amateur Championship

August 12 - 14 at
Brecksville Reservation
Enter the 2016 Greater Cleveland Amateur Championship, to be played at Sleepy Hollow, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August  12,13, and 14.&nbs...
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Under the Hilliard Road Bridge

August 12 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Under the Hilliard Road Bridge This illustrated history hike will examine the story of the Hilliard Road Bridge, which looms above some of the firs...
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Nature Bingo

August 12 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Bingo Bring the kids for a walk in the park accompanied by an exciting game of nature bingo. We will explore several different habitats whil...
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Emerald Necklace Folk & Traditional Arts Series

August 12 at 7 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Cleveland Metroparks at Look About Lodge as we celebrate folk and traditional art forms that reflect the historic and cultural life of Northea...
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A Night of Meteors

August 12 at 10 - 11:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder with ...
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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. Learn new fo...
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Hike on a Bike Tour

August 13 at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
This interpretive hike on a bike program will meet at Wildwood Parking lot. Short stops will take us through Euclid Beach Park, Lakefront Reservati...
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Summer Photo Hike

August 13 at 9 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Capture nature’s summer sights with your camera as we hike along the scenic Chagrin River. We will stop along the way to see the famous Henry Churc...
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Wallin Creek Stomp

August 13 at 9 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Explore Wallin Creek with Naturalist Jenny McClain. We’ll hike a trail to where the creek crosses the road, then make our way up the creek bed back...
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Wildflowers of West Creek

August 13 at 9:30-11 a.m.
West Creek Reservation
This is prime time to experience West Creek’s meadow. Native wildflowers have really taken hold in our meadows, and we anticipate plenty of color, ...
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Drop In and Drop a Line

August 13 at 10 - noon
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your little ones for an opportunity to land a fish out of historic Sunset Pond. Naturalist Jake Kudrna will be out on the back patio with a f...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

August 13 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 this grand t...
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Nature Detectives

August 13 at 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Detectives Use magnifying glasses to get up close and personal with the natural world and solve mysteries like what does it eat, where does ...
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Bug Hunt

August 13 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
In August, many insects have reached maturity and can be found in meadows throughout Cleveland Metroparks. Join Naturalist Jeff Riebe to search for...
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Macro Mayhem

August 13 at 1-3:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Learn about our creeks’ crawly critters with Naturalist Matt Knittel. Start indoors, then explore the stream and real live macroinvertebrates. Brin...
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Nature Journaling

August 13 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 camera. Register o...
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Tales Around the Necklace

August 13 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Celebrate with stories. August's specially designated days include Bad Poetry Day (19th), National Tell A Joke Day (16th), and Aviation Day (19th)....
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Go Mothing!

August 13 at 8:30-10 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Mark Warman as we attract as many moths as possible using light and different recipes for moth delicacies: a mash of fermented frui...
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Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga – Beginners

August 14 at 8:00 - 9:45 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga is a fun and enlightening experience. Spend the first 30 minutes learning basic SUP techniques, then practice SUP y...
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Birds of Acacia

August 14 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna as we search for birds throughout Acacia Reservation’s ever-changing landscape. Bring binoculars, some available to use...
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Pond Dipping Drop-by

August 14 at 10-Noon
Drop by the pond near the Prehistoric Play Pit to examine life under water. We’ll provide dip nets, field guides, and aquariums to observe and iden...
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Stand Up Paddleboarding I: Introduction to SUP

August 14 at 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a great way to have fun and get a little workout. Lessons will focus on equipment, basic paddling strokes, and sta...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

August 14 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 this grand t...
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Drop In: Monarchs

August 14 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Monarch butterflies are reveled around the world for their miraculous 2,000 mile journey each year. Drop in to learn more about this incredible, sm...
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Sunday Drop-By: Nature Tangrams

August 14 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Drop by to learn about the science, math and ancient history behind these puzzles. Create your own nature-inspired tangram using different shapes o...
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Stand Up Paddleboarding I: Introduction to SUP

August 14 at 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a great way to have fun and get a little workout. Lessons will focus on equipment, basic paddling strokes, and sta...
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Family Creek Exploration

August 14 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
There is an amazing variety of life in our creeks. Bring your family to catch (and release) some of these aquatic critters. Be prepared to get wet....
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Sprouts: Waves and Wetlands

August 15 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover our great lake together throughout the month of August as we dig, play, and discover nature on the beach. W...
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Nighttime Bug Noises

August 15 at 7 - 9 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Andrew Mularo on an evening hike and listen to all of the intriguing noises made by the nocturnal insects of South Chagrin. Nets pr...
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Bats: Creatures of the Night

August 15 at 8 - 9 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bats are often misunderstood and feared, however, they are extremely beneficial. Join us to learn more about bats and what is causing a huge declin...
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March to the Monument

August 16 - 15 at 9:30 - 12:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
March to the Monument Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a hearty hike from the Emerald Necklace Marina to Stinchcomb Memorial. Along the way we’ll ...
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Hiking for the Young at Heart

August 16 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
The dog days of summer are here. Join Naturalist Joel Kavaras for this monthly hike. We’ll head to Deer Lick Cave where the air is usually a little...
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Mid-month Meandering at Memphis

August 16 at 10-11:30 a.m.
Big Creek Reservation
Join a walk near Big Creek at the Memphis Picnic Area. This lovely little park should be abuzz with activity from insects, birds, fish, and more! M...
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Nature Boat Ride 4 p.m.

August 16 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 float dow...
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Stand Up Paddleboarding I: Introduction to SUP

August 16 at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a great way to have fun and get a little workout. Lessons will focus on equipment, basic paddling strokes, and sta...
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Mountain Bike Skills Ride - Beginner

August 16 at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Beginner class
Bedford Reservation
Grab your mountain bike and come ride with a certified mountain bike coach as you learn and advance your skills and riding technique.  Field s...
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Nature Boat Ride 7 p.m.

August 16 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 float dow...
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Cart Tour 10 a.m.

August 17 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Take a cart tour north on the trail and focus on the cultural history of our reservation. Refreshments when you return. Fee: $5 Register on line be...
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Young Explorers 10 a.m.

August 17 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Bring your preschooler out for an hour of fun in the sun at the beach. We will explore the beach and learn about the sand that covers it. See you a...
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Cart Tour - Noon

August 17 at Noon - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Take a cart tour north on the trail and focus on the cultural history of our reservation. Refreshments when you return. Fee: $5 Register on line be...
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Young Explorers 1 p.m.

August 17 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Bring your preschooler out for an hour of fun in the sun at the beach. We will explore the beach and learn about the sand that covers it. See you a...
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Lake Erie Kayak Tour

August 17 at 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Enhance your kayak skills as we paddle sit-on-top kayaks behind the breakwall to experience a new view of downtown Cleveland. Water and weather con...
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Minister Creek Backpacking Trip (Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting August 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Actual Trip August 26 - 28)

August 17 at Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting August 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Actual Trip August 26 - 28
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us for this 2-night beginner backpacking trip in the beautiful Alleghany National Forest.  Enjoy natural rock overlooks, stream side camp...
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West Creek Night Hike

August 17 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Enjoy an evening walk to explore the fields, forests and brooks of West Creek using all of your senses. A spirit for adventure is the only requirem...
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Wednesday Walk

August 17 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
We’ll hike along the upper ridge of Tinkers Creek then into the forest along the mountain bike trail. We’ll look for wildlife along the trail as we...
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Hike to the Overlook

August 18 at 10 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Some of Cleveland’s most scenic views can be found along our rivers and streams. We will travel along Overlook trail to find one of the Chagrin Riv...
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Biohike: Beavers

August 18 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Biohike: Beavers How can an herbivorous mammal with only 20 teeth re-engineer a landscape in just one night? Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese for ex...
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Full Moon Float

August 18 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
A full moon is the perfect time to enjoy an evening kayaking while being guided around the lake in search of wildlife. All equipment provided. Meet...
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FrogWatch Season Wrap-Up

August 18 at 7-8:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Volunteers have surveyed amphibians throughout Cleveland Metroparks. Join us to hear stories from the field, mingle with fellow citizen scientists,...
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Full Moon Hike

August 18 at 8 - 9 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’ll Hike along the towpath under a full moon. We’ll keep a casual pace and stop to observe and discuss some nature along the way. CanalWay Center...
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The Full Sturgeon Moon Stroll

August 18 at 9:30 - 10:45 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
This seasonal moon has many names that native tribes and colonial setters have associated with this month. The Sturgeon Full Moon was common in our...
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Emerald Necklace Hikers

August 19 at 10 a.m. - noon
Euclid Creek Reservation
Don't feel comfortable navigating the trails on your own? Join this monthly hike to explore the Emerald Necklace, get some exercise and enjoy each ...
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Preschool: Bats

August 19 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Learn where bats live, what they eat, what they look like and why? We’ll sing a bat song, play a bat game and make a paper bat to take home with yo...
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CanalWay Cart Tour: Southern Route 10 a.m.

August 19 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
  This tour will take you south on the trail. View an aqueduct and cross over roads via pedestrian bridges as we explore the natural and cultu...
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Dogs Days of Summer

August 19 at 11 a.m. - Noon
Bedford Reservation
Come alone or bring your leashed canine companion on a hike in beautiful Bedford Reservation. We’ll enjoy the cover of the forest canopy as we hike...
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CanalWay Cart Tour: Southern Route - Noon

August 19 at Noon - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
This tour will take you south on the trail. View an aqueduct and cross over roads via pedestrian bridges as we explore the natural and cultural his...
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Ledge Pool Dive-In Movie II

August 19 at 8 p.m. (depending on sunset)
Hinckley Reservation
Evolving from single-celled yellow organisms at the dawn of time, Minions live to serve, but find themselves working for a continual series of unsu...
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Whiskey Island Stand Up Paddleboard Race & Festival

August 20 at 7:30 – 8:15 a.m. race registration. Event open until 4:00 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Cleveland Metroparks and Nalu Standup Paddle & Surf are partnering to offer the 3rd Annual Whiskey Island Stand Up Paddleboard Race &...
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Emerald Necklace Hikers

August 20 at 10 a.m. - noon
Euclid Creek Reservation
Don't feel comfortable navigating the trails on your own? Join this monthly hike to explore the Emerald Necklace, get some exercise and enjoy each ...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

August 20 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 history of the...
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Nature Art Series – Plants in Pastel

August 20 at 10 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Art Series – Plants in Pastel Drawing with chalk is not just for kids. Naturalist Beth Whiteley will provide you with techniques in using th...
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Stormwater Credit Workshop for Homeowners

August 20 at 10-Noon
West Creek Reservation
Stormwater runoff causes flooding and streambank erosion and contributes to water quality problems that negatively impact Northeast Ohio. The North...
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Creek Walk

August 20 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Enjoy the cool water as we hike a section of Tinker’s Creek. Wear shoes and clothes to get wet as we will be in the water exploring the banks and t...
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Moses Cleaveland Trees

August 20 at 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Moses Cleaveland Trees In 1946, 150 trees were identified in Cleveland old enough to have witnessed the city’s founding. Learn about the journey of...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

August 20 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 this grand t...
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Women Only - Golf Swing - Woods - 500 Level

August 20 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Learn the fundamentals and refine skills. For women who have abandoned using their driver or struggle to use it well. This session will focus more ...
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An Introduction to Atlatls

August 20 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 your hand at thro...
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Acoustic Players Circle

August 20 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Players, singers and listener enjoy acoustic music of varied styles in a relaxed, informal, family-friendly setting. Come lead, play along with, si...
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Wilderness Skills: Cattail Mat

August 20 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
The long, slender leaves of the cattail have traditionally been used to weave mats. Create your own small mat by using the same process. Register o...
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2016 Mastick Woods Course Championship

August 20 at Tee times start at 2:00pm
Rocky River Reservation
Mastick Woods Course Championship Entry fees is $20 which includes 9-Hole green fee and Hot Dog snack following the event. Each individual will com...
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Discovery Table: Meadow Mania

August 20 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Join a naturalist as we explore and discover the amazing animals that call the meadow home. Magnifiers and nets will be available to help you get a...
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Reptiles, Amphibians & Fun!

August 20 at 4 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Animal lovers will enjoy seeing over 50 live animals and learning about them from our naturalists. Kids will enjoy trying out the turtle races or t...
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Breakfast in the Park

August 21 at 8 - 10 a.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Join us for a hot, delicious breakfast. While volunteer chefs prepare our breakfast, we’ll enjoy a leisurely hike along the Rocky River. WJ Green L...
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Towpath Dog Walk

August 21 at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your dog for a guided walk on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath. Dogs must be leashed and waste picked up. Walkers without dogs are welcome. ...
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Birding the Banks of Euclid Creek

August 21 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on the banks of the creek searching for woodpeckers, catbirds and sandpipers.
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Explore Bradley Woods

August 21 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Explore Bradley Woods Learn about this unique swamp forest habitat and explore high and low in search of wildlife. Tall boots and pants recommended...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

August 21 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 this grand t...
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Visit the Lorenzo Carter Cabin

August 21 at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Visit the little log cabin that has sat on the east bank of the Flats since 1976. Find out the story behind it as well as the early history of Clev...
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Sunday Drop-By: Using Binoculars

August 21 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Let’s take a closer look at the wildlife of West Creek using binoculars. Naturalist Patti D. will show you how to use binoculars properly, and disc...
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Searching for Snakes

August 21 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Searching for Snakes We’ll hike in search of snakes in the forest and wetlands, then return to the nature center to make a fun snake craft to take ...
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Monarch Walk

August 21 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Monarchs have returned and are being seen nectaring on many of our summer blooms. They are also growing in numbers. Search the fields and meadows w...
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Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey

August 21 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a waterside search for remarkably colorful dragonflies and damselflies, some of ou...
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Critter Collection Party

August 21 at 6:30-8 p.m.
Big Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Joe Higgins to collect insects and spiders using a scientific instrument called a "pooter."  It's as fun as it sounds to colle...
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Sprouts: Waves and Wetlands

August 22 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover our great lake together throughout the month of August as we dig, play, and discover nature on the beach. W...
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Evening Cart Tour

August 22 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join our naturalist on an evening cart tour along the Ohio & Erie Canal. We’ll look for signs of wildlife that roam in the evening hours. We’ll...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat 4 p.m.

August 23 at 4 - 6 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on a boat ride going “up the river.” We’ll discuss the Cuyahoga River, bridges, area geography, wat...
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Mountain Bike Skills Ride - Intermediate

August 23 at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Intermediate class
Bedford Reservation
Grab your mountain bike and come ride with a certified mountain bike coach as you learn and advance your skills and riding technique.  Field s...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat 7 p.m.

August 23 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on a boat ride going “up the river.” We’ll discuss the Cuyahoga River, bridges, area geography, wat...
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Snakes at Jackson

August 24 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join naturalist Jake Kudrna as he meanders along the Chagrin River and throughout Jackson Field in search of snakes. We will discuss the proper han...
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Cart Tour 10 a.m.

August 24 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Take a cart tour north on the trail and focus on the cultural history of our reservation. Refreshments when you return. Fee: $5 Register on line be...
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Nature Baby

August 24 at 10:30 - 11:30 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 in the woo...
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Cart Tour Noon

August 24 at Noon - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Take a cart tour north on the trail and focus on the cultural history of our reservation. Refreshments when you return. Fee: $5 Register on line be...
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Biohike: Caterpillars

August 24 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Biohike: Caterpillars From moths to monarchs, join Naturalist Marty Calabrese on a quest for caterpillars. A gentle turn of a leaf may reveal hidde...
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Basic Sailing Course August 24th - August 26th

August 24 - 26 at August 24, 4 - 7 p.m, August 25 & 26, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Huntington Reservation
Learn to sail small 14-foot sailboats in pairs and solo during this entry level yet strenuous course. The course will consist of both classroom and...
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Kayak the Canal

August 24 at 5:30 -8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Explore the wildlife of the Canal from the water. We will watch for great blue herons, turtles, beavers and more as we paddle to the Lock and back ...
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Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga – Beginners

August 24 at 6:00 - 7:45 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga is a fun and enlightening experience. Spend the first 30 minutes learning basic SUP techniques, then practice SUP y...
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West Creek Night Hike

August 24 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Enjoy an evening walk to explore the fields, forests and brooks of West Creek using all of your senses. A spirit for adventure is the only requirem...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

August 24 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to learn all about frogs. We will use nets to catch tadpoles, as well as read a story and make a craft. Dress for mud a...
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Yoga and Hike

August 25 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski, on the last Tuesday of the month through September. Addition...
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Urban Explorations: Tremont

August 25 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak and Volunteer Mollie Alstott invite you to stroll along as we explore some of the historic Tremont area. Meeting ...
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After School Archery

August 25 at 4 - 5:30 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 available for you...
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Stand Up Paddleboarding 2: Supplemental Skills

August 25 at 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Start where you left off in SUP 1.  Learn advanced paddling strokes, bracing, rescues, and more.  Anticipate spending time in the water.&...
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After Work Archery

August 25 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Have you ever wanted to test your archery skills? Join us in the valley  to discover the fun of archery. Enjoy a new activity surrounded by na...
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Forest Hills Hike

August 25 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Join a naturalist to explore the trails of Forest Hills. We will look and listen for creatures that come out at dusk.
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Late Summer Wildflower Walk

August 26 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Late Summer Wildflower Walk Stroll around the meadow with Naturalist Beth Whiteley as we look at the variety of wildflowers that bloom during the l...
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Dragon Boating

August 26 at 6 – 8 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Celebrate the Asian tradition of dragon boating with a high energy paddle on the Cuyahoga River. Cleveland Dragon Boat Association members will int...
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Hoodlebugs and Giants Hike and Campfire

August 26 at 7 - 9:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join a naturalist to hike an area that has inspired many tales. Learn where to find a hoodlebug and about  the Bentleyville Giant. Followed by...
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2016 Moonlight Golf #3 - Mastick Woods

August 26 at Check-in at 8:00pm, Shotgun start at 8:30pm
Rocky River Reservation
Event is a shotgun start:  Two foursomes are assigned to each hole. It is extremely rare to lose a Moonlight ball, however additional balls ma...
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Early Morning on the Lake

August 27 at 8 - 10 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Naturalist Pam Taylor to kayak around the edges of the lake in search of the wildlife that live on or near the lake. All equipment provided. R...
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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 along Ohio's coas...
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Nature Writing

August 27 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 take a sh...
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Prairie Drop-In

August 27 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 the insect and bird life attracted to the prairie. T...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

August 27 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 history of the...
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2016 Shawnee Stroke Play Tournament

August 27 at 10:00am first time
Bedford Reservation
Individual 18 hole stroke play event Last day to enter Sunday, August 20 or when full Prizes determined by number of entries Prizes to be paid in m...
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Rivergate Kayak Tours

August 27 at 10 a.m. - noon
Lakefront Reservation
Discover downtown from a new perspective as you refine your kayaking skills and gain an appreciation of Cleveland's historical past during this min...
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Backyard Biodiversity Bash

August 27 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 for wildlif...
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Ohio Trail Pioneer Adventure

August 27 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Ohio Trail Pioneer Adventure Face the decisions and challenges of a pioneer family moving the Western Reserve and compete for your survival. Hike w...
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Rivergate Kayak Tours

August 27 at 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Discover downtown from a new perspective as you refine your kayaking skills and gain an appreciation of Cleveland's historical past during this min...
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Drop-In Children’s Nature Craft

August 27 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
What child doesn't like to paint on rocks? Naturalist Foster Brown and friendly volunteer assistants will help each participant get started to pain...
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Whipp's Ledges: Stories in the Stones

August 27 at 3 - 5 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Rock walls, fossils, etchings carved into stone, and Robert Whipp. All these have a fascinating story to tell. Join Naturalist Kathy...
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Dusk to Dark

August 27 at 7 - 10 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Dusk to Dark Join us at dusk for this NEW free family friendly event to celebrate everything nocturnal.   We’ll be discovering nature at night...
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CanalWay Campout

August 27 - 28 at 7 p.m. - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your family to the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation for an evening under the stars. On Saturday we’ll go on night hike, watch for bats over ...
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The Novice Naturalist

August 27 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
The marsh and ponds in and around North Chagrin Nature Center are teaming with dragonflies and damselflies this time of year. Come join Naturalist ...
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Dog Paddle and Pet-a-Palooza

August 28 at 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
It's not raining cats and dogs, just hundreds of dogs at Cleveland Metroparks Ledge Pool for the annual Dog Paddle and Pet-a-Palooza. Visitors can ...
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Birding the Mouth of Euclid Creek

August 28 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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Family Cuyahoga River Tour - Kayak

August 28 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Explore the beauty of the Upper Cuyahoga River as a family while learning essential kayaking skills.   The calm water in this section will all...
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Fall Wildflowers 101

August 28 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Our wetlands and meadows erupt with color this time of year. Join Naturalist Selby Majewski to learn about our special fall blooms and how to ident...
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Family Cuyahoga River Tour - Kayak

August 28 at 1:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Explore the beauty of the Upper Cuyahoga River as a family while learning essential kayaking skills.   The calm water in this section will all...
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Climb the Creek

August 28 at 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Take this late summer chance to get your feet wet and climb Sulphur Springs Creek waterfalls with a naturalist. Wear sturdy wettable shoes.  &...
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Sprouts: Waves and Wetlands

August 29 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover our great lake together throughout the month of August as we dig, play, and discover nature on the beach. W...
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Urban Bird Survey

August 30 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Urban Bird Survey Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a survey of nesting and migrant birds at Wendy Park. Surprises await at this remarkable park on...
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Rolling Hills in the Morning

August 30 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Enjoy a walk as we look for what has changed recently in this constantly evolving park. We’ll also keep our eyes open for the butterflies and bloom...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat 4 p.m.

August 30 at 4 - 6 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on a boat ride going “up the river.” We’ll discuss the Cuyahoga River, bridges, area geography, wat...
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Lake Erie Stand Up Paddleboarding Tour

August 30 at 6 - 8:00 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Enhance your mind, body and soul during this full body workout as you increase your SUPing skills and discover a new perspective of downtown.  ...
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Yoga and Hike

August 30 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski, on the last Tuesday of the month through September. Addition...
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Mountain Bike Skills Ride - Youth Clinic

August 30 at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Youth Clinic
Bedford Reservation
Grab your mountain bike and come ride with a certified mountain bike coach as you learn and advance your skills and riding technique.  Field s...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat 7 p.m.

August 30 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on a boat ride going “up the river.” We’ll discuss the Cuyahoga River, bridges, area geography, wat...
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CanalWay Cart Tour: Southern Route 10 a.m.

August 31 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
  This tour will take you south on the trail. View an aqueduct and cross over roads via pedestrian bridges as we explore the natural and cultu...
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Nature Walk with a Stroller

August 31 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Enjoy a morning with Naturalist Carly Martin to enjoy the nature that surrounds us as we take a casual walk through this fascinating, changing land...
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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 sing song...
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CanalWay Cart Tour: Southern Route - Noon

August 31 at Noon - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
This tour will take you south on the trail. View an aqueduct and cross over roads via pedestrian bridges as we explore the natural and cultural his...
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Trail Mix Walk

August 31 at 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today is National Trail Mix Day. Join us as we make our own healthy snack before hitting the trail with Naturalist Angelec Hillsman. Ages: families...
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Handcycling Clinic

August 31 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Learn a new skill or re-visit an activity you once loved. Handcycling is a great way for individuals to use their upper body strength to pedal a bi...
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West Creek Night Hike

August 31 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Enjoy an evening walk to explore the fields, forests and brooks of West Creek using all of your senses. A spirit for adventure is the only requirem...
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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 center. After y...
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Gallery Wall: Laurie Musser

September 1 - 30 at 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily
Rocky River Reservation
Gallery Wall: Laurie Musser Get still and quiet. Observe and listen. Laurie celebrates nature through experiencing its beauty and creating impressi...
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Kids Explore the Creek ​

September 1 at 10 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin and explore Sulphur Springs Creek at a curious child’s pace. Everyone must wear sturdy wettable footwear.
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Stand Up Paddleboarding I: Introduction to SUP

September 1 at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a great way to have fun and get a little workout. Lessons will focus on equipment, basic paddling strokes, and sta...
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Emerald Necklace Hikers

September 2 at 10 a.m. - noon
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Don't feel comfortable navigating the trails on your own? Join this monthly hike to explore the Emerald Necklace, get some exercise and enjoy each ...
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Biohike: Nightlife

September 2 at 8 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Biohike: Nightlife Come experience the sights and sounds of the night, in the absence of moonlight. Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese for a flashligh...
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Olmsted Historical Society: Farmers Market

September 3 - 24
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday
Rocky River Reservation
Olmsted Historical Society: Farmers Market Features local farmers, producers, artisans and vendors all who grow and/or produce their own goods. Eac...
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Emerald Necklace Art Club: Monthly Meeting

September 3 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Huntington Reservation
Draw and paint with us. Members of the Emerald Necklace Art Club are invited to bring their favorite medium as we appreciate the signs of the seaso...
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History Hike: Dogs of All Wars Memorial

September 3 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
History Hike: Dogs of All Wars Memorial Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus leads a dog-friendly hike to this memorial. Hear about Smoky the Fire Do...
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National Wildlife Day

September 3 at 10-Noon
West Creek Reservation
Explore West Creek and see how many species we can find in our wetland, meadow and forest.   We’ll input the results of our mini bioblitz into...
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Emerald Necklace Hikers

September 3 at 10 a.m. - noon
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Don't feel comfortable navigating the trails on your own? Join this monthly hike to explore the Emerald Necklace, get some exercise and enjoy each ...
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Painting Nature in Pastels

September 3 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Huntington Reservation
Inspired by nature? Try painting it in a new way, with chalk or oil pastels. In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to apply the media t...
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Hopper Hike

September 3 at 2-3:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Hunting for grasshoppers, leafhoppers and other insects in the meadow is fun. Bring the kids for a hike with Naturalist Debra Shankland, and discov...
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Family Fun Hike at Whipp's Ledges

September 3 at 3 - 5 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Bring out the family for a strenuous, yet fun hike among spectacular sandstone ledges with Naturalist Kathy Schmidt. We’ll search for old carvings,...
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Go Mothing!

September 3 at 9-10:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Mark Warman as we attract as many moths as possible using light and different recipes for moth delicacies: a mash of fermented frui...
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Lakefront Birding Blitz

September 4 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Lakefront Birding Blitz Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a bird survey at Cleveland’s renowned Wendy Park. Some of the season’s first migrant birds...
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Family Fun Hike

September 4 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Experience early fall with a leisurely stroll along the parkway.  We’ll take our time checking out flowers and looking for wildlife along the ...
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Sunday Drop-by: September’s Seed Migration

September 4 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Not only are animals on the move, so are seeds. Unlike wildlife that uses their own power to get around, seeds rely on a variety of transportation ...
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Butterflies at the Beach

September 4 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
 Join a naturalist in search of monarch butterflies preparing for their southern migration along the shores of Lake Erie.
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

September 5 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 month of fa...
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Caterpillar Drop-in

September 5 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Stop by the main entrance of the reservation anytime this afternoon to meet a caterpillar and learn all about the moths and butterflies found at Ac...
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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 fall migrant songbirds. This adventure includes two fu...
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Rivergate Kayak Tours

September 6 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Discover downtown from a new perspective as you refine your kayaking skills and gain an appreciation of Cleveland's historical past during this min...
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Mountain Bike Skills Ride - Family Clinic

September 6 at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Family Clinic
Bedford Reservation
Grab your mountain bike and come ride with a certified mountain bike coach as you learn and advance your skills and riding technique.  Field s...
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Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society: Conservation Law Enforcement

September 6 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society Conservation Law Enforcement Human interactions with wildlife are common in suburban and urban settings. Join Ryan...
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Monthly Meandering: Migration

September 7 at 8-9:30 a.m.
Big Creek Reservation
Meet Naturalist Patti Donnellan at Lake Isaac for a walk to look for birds in migration mode. Lake Isaac Waterfowl Sanctuary
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Animal Crackers

September 7 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to explore the prairie and learn all about insects!  Register by phone beginning August 29
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Animal Crackers

September 7 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to explore the prairie and learn all about insects!  Register by phone beginning August 29
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Along the Chagrin

September 7 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on a stroll along the Chagrin River. We will keep an eye out for critters while admiring the scenery of this State Scen...
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The Beaver Wars

September 7 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
The Beaver Wars This history hike will examine a series of fierce trade conflicts in the Great Lakes region throughout the mid-17 th century. Inves...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

September 7 at 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. or 1 – 2:15 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the different places animals call home through a story, discovery time and a craft. Register by phone by Se...
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High Mileage Hike

September 8 at 9 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Join a naturalist to get a few miles under our boots before the changing of the seasons. We will point out some of Ohio’s iconic trees to keep in m...
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Little Explorers: Monarchs

September 8 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Monarchs Bring your little explorer to discover the magic of the beautiful monarch butterfly and their mysterious migration. We’l...
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Little Explorers: Monarchs

September 8 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Monarchs Bring your little explorer to discover the magic of the beautiful monarch butterfly and their mysterious migration. We’l...
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Nurture with Nature

September 8 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 spiders. Register by phone b...
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A Swift’s Night Out

September 8 at 6:45 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
In early autumn, chimney swifts gather by the thousands to prepare for their journey south. Watch the stunning display of these incredible aerialis...
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Hike the Hilltop

September 9 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Hike the Hilltop Get out and hike with a naturalist up and down the Mount Pleasant Loop Trail. We will enjoy the sights and sounds of the woodland ...
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Emerald Necklace Folk & Traditional Arts Series

September 9 at 7 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Cleveland Metroparks at Look About Lodge as we celebrate folk and traditional art forms that reflect the historic and cultural life of Northea...
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Evening Dog Hike

September 9 at 7 - 8:30 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 leashed.
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2016 Moonlight Golf #4 - Mastick Woods

September 9 at Check-in at 7:45pm, Shotgun start at 8:15pm
Rocky River Reservation
Event is a shotgun start:  Two foursomes are assigned to each hole. It is extremely rare to lose a Moonlight ball, however additional balls ma...
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Nocturnal Neighbors

September 9 at 8:30-10:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Joe Higgins to search West Creek’s floodplains for creatures of the night.   We’ll be on the watch for owls, flying squirrels,...
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NEOCycle Mountain Bike Race

September 10 at Registration: 8 a.m. Race: 9 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
N EOCycle has grown the past few years, and it continues to grow with the addition of a thrilling mountain bike race for 2016.  Gather at Bedf...
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Extreme Hiking

September 10 at 9 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
We’re off for another adventure! Join Naturalist Pam Taylor as we explore some of the best South Chagrin has to offer. It is very likely that your ...
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Hikathon Mini

September 10 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Hikathon Mini Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese for a deep-woods hike. The Red Loop offers slopes and ravines with dramatic stream views through a qu...
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2016 Bill Barbour Cup

September 10 at 10:00am first time
Brecksville Reservation
2 Player 18-hole event Cleveland Metroparks Player of the Year Tournament $140 - includes green fees, carts and range tokens for both players Tee t...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

September 10 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 this grand t...
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Rocky River and Me

September 10 at 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Rocky River and Me Get your science gear and learn how to test the health of the Rocky River, both inside and out. Study the river’s past, meet the...
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Monarch Migration

September 10 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Monarch butterflies are beginning their journey to Mexico. We'll visit our local prairie and meadows in search of these amazing migrating insects, ...
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Dragonfly Pond Watch

September 10 at 2:30-3:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Birds migrate. Butterflies migrate. Dragonflies migrate? Yes! Spend your afternoon learning the about migratory dragonflies. Short introduction ind...
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Tales Around the Necklace

September 10 at 7:30-9 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Call it traditional storytelling, spoken word performance, or narrative theater; excellent storytelling artists bring us entertaining and enlighten...
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Birds of Acacia

September 11 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna as we search for birds throughout Acacia Reservation’s ever-changing landscape. Bring binoculars, some available to bor...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

September 11 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 this grand t...
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Knee High Naturalists

September 11 at 12 - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Young children and their families will love this day built for their love of nature. Children can run with a kite, meet a giant chipmunk, touch a t...
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Meet the Artist – Laurie Musser

September 11 at 1 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Meet the Artist – Laurie Musser Laurie celebrates nature through experiencing its beauty and creating impressions of those experiences in her wildl...
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Sunday Drop-by: Case of the Missing Naturalist

September 11 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
The Case of the Missing Naturalist! Patti D. swiped an item from the Watershed Stewardship Center and was last seen on one of our trails with it. C...
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Grandparent’s Hike

September 11 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Grandparent’s Hike Celebrate Grandparent’s Day by getting out for some fresh air with the family. A short hike will be followed by a nature-inspire...
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Get Out...

September 11 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
…and get active. Join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis on the trails. Over the next couple months, we’ll add more distance to this hiking series.
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Big Creek Critters

September 11 at 4-5 p.m.
Grab a net and take a dip into Big Creek to see what critters we can find.   Their presence or absence in the creek tells us a unique creek st...
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Cuyahoga Astronomical Association: Lightspeed and Gravitational Waves

September 12 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Cuyahoga Astronomical Association Lightspeed and Gravitational Waves Club member Tim Campbell will share the fascinating story of Albert Michaelson...
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Polliwog Preschool

September 12 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
  Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder to discover nature in this drop-off program. We will flutter through the fields, wade in the wetlands and t...
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Wildflowers and Pollinator Wander

September 13 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Let’s take a slow and in-depth look at what’s happening around the marsh. We’ll see how many bees, butterflies, and asters we can find.
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Clarion River Paddling Trip (Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting September 13, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip: September 23, 1 p.m. - 25, 9 p.m.)

September 13 at Hinckley Lake Boathouse, Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting, September 13, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip: September 23, 1 p.m. - 25, 9 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Paddle with us as we embark down the National Wild and Scenic Clarion River on canoes and kayaks in the beautiful Allegheny National Forest. Spend ...
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Yoga and Hike

September 13 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski, on the last Tuesday of the month through September. Addition...
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Monarchs, Milkweed and My Backyard

September 13 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Gain an appreciation for milkweed plants and their critical role in a monarch butterfly’s life cycle, with Naturalist Mark Warman. Short indoor pre...
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Summer Field Hike

September 14 at 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
  Come explore the diverse habitats around Jackson Field. We will search for late summer birds, insects and plant life in the field, forest an...
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Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Creating Ideal Honeybee Habitat

September 14 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association Creating Ideal Honeybee Habitat OSU Extension Educator Denise Ellsworth, program director for honeybee and...
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Youth Outdoors New Volunteer Orientation

September 14 at 7-9 pm
Share your interest in outdoor recreation with urban youth from Cleveland! We are looking for adults to assist with adventure experiences such as h...
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Animal Crackers

September 15 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to explore the prairie and learn all about insects!  Register by phone beginning August 29
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Home School Happenings: Hands on Heritage

September 15 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Home School Happenings Hands on Heritage Early settlers of the Rocky River Valley used many skills when creating their homesteads. Home Schoolers w...
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Monarch Migration

September 15 at 5 - 7 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder surveying the lakefront in search of migrating monarchs. We will also tag some as they continue their journey to M...
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Incredible Insects Drop-In

September 16 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come meet some live insects and arachnids from around the world. Discover what makes them so fascinating and beneficial.
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Hike to Henry Church Rock

September 16 at 2 - 3 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Stone steps lead to a cool ravine along the scenic Chagrin River, where hemlocks soar above mossy crags and lush ferns. Take a journey to see some ...
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Chagrin River Bird Quest

September 16 at 4 - 6 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland (ASGC) and Cleveland Metroparks for the second annual Chagrin River Bird Quest. Explore the Chagrin River...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

September 16 at 6:30 and 8 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 this grand t...
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2016 Moonlight Golf #5 - Little Met

September 16 at Check-in at 7:15pm, Shotgun start at 7:45pm
Rocky River Reservation
Event is a shotgun start:  Two foursomes are assigned to each hole. It is extremely rare to lose a Moonlight ball, however additional balls ma...
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The Full Corn Moon Stroll

September 16 at 9 - 10:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
This seasonal moon has many names that native tribes and colonial settlers have associated with this month. The Full Corn Moon celebrates the begin...
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Primitive Skills Series

September 17 at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Learn primitive skills that allow you to be self-reliant in the wilderness or in your own backyard. Start using a fire using flint and steel and a ...
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Ledges to Lake Adventure Race

September 17 at 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. race starts. (Boat drop-off area closes at 8:30 a.m.)
Hinckley Reservation
Combine the thrills of Hinckley Reservation in this fun but challenging race.  Start with a 3.3 mile run around Hinckley Lake then hop into yo...
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American Red Cross Pet First Aid

September 17 at 9 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
Pet First Aid teaches participants emergency care procedures for cats and dogs and provides tips for keeping your pet happy and healthy too. Traini...
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2016 North Chagrin Nature Photography Contest and Show

September 17 - 24 at 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Photography Contest Rules: Photos must not feature cultivated plants, domestic or zoo animals, or human made structures. Northeast Ohio’s native pl...
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Ferns in Fruit

September 17 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
While flowers soak up the summer sun, ferns thrive in the cool shade of the forest. Though all ferns may be green, they have amazing diversity. Joi...
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Rolling Hills Hike

September 17 at 10 a.m. - Noon
Hinckley Reservation
Rolling Hills Hike Join Naturalist Wendy Weirich for a closer look at our southernmost trail with an abundant diversity of life. 10 a.m. - Noon&nbs...
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Nature Sense

September 17 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Sense Use your five senses to explore the woods. Learn what you can see, smell, touch, and hear on a hike around the Nature Center. Activiti...
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Nature Art Series – Streamside Sketching

September 17 at 10 a.m. - noon
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Nature Art Series – Streamside Sketching Waterways are important supports to living things. They don’t just provide necessities for survival; they ...
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Fort Hill Stairs

September 17 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Fort Hill Stairs Ascend the newly built steps to the top of Fort Hill with Naturalist Marty Calabrese. Your voyage continues at 100-feet above the ...
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Nature Journaling

September 17 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 camera. Register o...
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Chagrin River Bird Quest

September 17 at 4 - 6 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland (ASGC) and Cleveland Metroparks for the second annual Chagrin River Bird Quest. Explore the Chagrin River...
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Coffee at the Overlook

September 18 at 9 - 10:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join a naturalist as we hike up to a point high above the Chagrin River. We’ll stop at the top and reflect on nature’s beauty with a cup of coffee.
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Genius Olympics

September 18 at 1-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Teams of three will compete against each other in challenges that test their problem solving, teamwork skills, and knowledge of the outdoors. We wi...
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Sunday Drop-by: Migration

September 18 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
It’s not just for the birds! Let’s explore some of the many other animals that are on the move in the fall.
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Owl Box Workshop

September 18 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Are you looking to add an owl nest box to your property? Now is your chance! In this workshop we will do our best to attract eastern screech owls b...
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Late Bloomers

September 18 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Late Bloomers Search for late-season wildflowers and fall-fruiting fungi among the forests and wetlands of Rocky River Reservation. 2 – 4 p.m. &nbs...
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Southwest Camera Club: Summer Memories

September 19 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Southwest Camera Club Summer Memories Bring in your digital files or print images of your activities, vacations, and memories from over the summer ...
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North Chagrin Nature Photography Club

September 19 at 8 - 9:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Patagonia: Mountains, Lakes & Glaciers.  Join Ami Horowitz for part two of his photo adventure to Patagonia. Tall mountains and glaciers m...
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Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program

September 20 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program Preschoolers are invited to join Naturalist Bev Walborn to discover the wonders of nature in this drop off p...
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Hiking for the Young at Heart

September 20 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Get out and explore the trails to and through Whipp's Ledges while learning the story behind the name of this great rocky place. Hinckley Lake Boat...
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Naturalist at Euclid Creek

September 20 at noon - 1:30 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Naturalist Carly Martin will be stationed near the creek today. Stop by to meet a live animal and learn a little more about the life around us.
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Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program

September 20 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program Preschoolers are invited to join Naturalist Bev Walborn to discover the wonders of nature in this drop off p...
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Chagrin River Homeschool

September 21 at 10 a.m. - noon or 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Third Wednesday of every month, September through May. Join us for a unique drop-off program, geared for students in grades 1 st – 3 rd , and 4 th ...
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Naturalist at Acacia

September 21 at noon - 1:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Naturalist Carly Martin will be stationed near the trailhead today. Stop by to meet a live animal and learn a little more about the life around us....
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West Creek Night Hike

September 21 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Cooler days are ahead! Let’s celebrate the last day of summer with Naturalist Patti D. on a wildlife walk around West Creek Reservation. Monarch Bl...
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Buds-a-Bursting: Fall Equinox

September 22 at 9:30-11 a.m.
Big Creek Reservation
Autumn brings fall leaves and fall flowers. Trek our urban forested trails and meadows to track the late-bloomers for Project Budburst.   Memp...
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Discovering Nature: Trees

September 23 at 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Discovering Nature: Trees Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We will explore the trees that call the swamp ...
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Family Friday Night: Fall Equinox

September 23 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
  W hat is the fall equinox? Let’s explore natural and human made mysteries at this astronomical change of seasons. We’ll also share our wishe...
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2016 Moonlight Golf #6 - Mastick Woods

September 23 at Check-in at 7:15pm, Shotgun start at 7:45pm
Rocky River Reservation
Event is a shotgun start:  Two foursomes are assigned to each hole. It is extremely rare to lose a Moonlight ball, however additional balls ma...
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Steelhead Expo

September 24 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Steelhead Expo Join fellow anglers for a day focused on this incredible sport fish. Learn to read the river and new fly casting techniques, check o...
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All Aboard the Lakeshore Electric

September 24 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Huntington Reservation
All Aboard the Lakeshore Electric The rise and fall of Cleveland’s Lakeshore Electric Railway mirrors the story of interurban railways across the c...
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Fabulous Fall Fungi

September 24 at 10-Noon
West Creek Reservation
Forests can’t function without fungi. Find out about the critical ecosystem roles that fungi play, and how they may help us solve environmental pro...
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2016 Fall Two-Player Scramble

September 24 at
Rocky River Reservation
2016 Fall Two-Player Scramble Cleveland Metroparks Player of the Year Tournament Series $120.00 entry fee.  Includes greens fees, and snack fo...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

September 24 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 this grand t...
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Pawpaws in the Park

September 24 at noon - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Discover the phenomenal natural and cultural history of this forgotten fruit. Taste a pawpaw (while supplies last) and learn fun pawpaw recipes. Th...
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Apple Eaters

September 24 at 1-2:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Join a naturalist as we investigate growth of the delicious fruit and the living organisms that would love to take a bite. Taste test different app...
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The Novice Naturalist

September 24 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Owls are some of the most amazing birds on earth. Naturalist Foster Brown will share fun facts and ancient myths about owls. This Novice Naturalist...
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Waterbird Watch

September 25 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Huntington Reservation
Waterbird Watch Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a waterbird survey on the high bluffs overlooking Lake Erie. Northeast Ohio’s fall migration of w...
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Family Cuyahoga River Tour - Kayak

September 25 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Explore the beauty of the Upper Cuyahoga River as a family while learning essential kayaking skills.   The calm water in this section will all...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

September 25 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 this grand t...
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Plant Garlic

September 25 at 11 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
Plant Garlic Garlic is one of the easiest foods to grow, and the time to plant is now. Learn all you need to grow great garlic, and take home some ...
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FallFest: 18th Century Festival

September 25 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, free, family-ori...
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Sunday Drop-by: Wildlife Winter Prep

September 25 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Let’s discover some of the ways wildlife around West Creek Reservation prepare for winter. Animal skins and skulls reveal the differences in how an...
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Family Cuyahoga River Tour - Kayak

September 25 at 1:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Explore the beauty of the Upper Cuyahoga River as a family while learning essential kayaking skills.   The calm water in this section will all...
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Animals in Autumn

September 25 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Animals in Autumn What are Ohio animals doing in the fall? We’ll hike to discover how animals prepare for winter then return to the nature center t...
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Monarch Monday

September 26 at 11 am-1 pm
Lakefront Reservation
Don’t miss the migration!   Monarchs are on-wing at the shores of Lake Erie, which serves as an important stop-over during their 2000 mile jou...
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Appalachian Trail Backpacking Trip (Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting September 27, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip October 6, 7 a.m. - October 9, 10 p.m.)

September 27 at Garfield Park Center, Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip October October 6, 7 a.m. - October 9, 10 p.m.)
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Grab your hiking boots and join us for a 4-day backpacking excursion through historic Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. White blazes will guide the wa...
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Yoga and Hike

September 27 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski, on the last Tuesday of the month through September. Addition...
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Get to Know the Great Lakes

September 27 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
What makes these lakes so Great? How do they stack up against each other? Answer these questions and more in a series of fun activities designed to...
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Nature Baby

September 28 at 10:30 - 11:30 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 in the woo...
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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 sing song...
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Campfire-Songs and Skits

September 30 at 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Go for a short hike to observe seasonal changes and then learn and participate in fireside camp songs, and skits. S'mores snack for every singer! W...
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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 hidden throughout t...
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Royalview Rumble

October 1 at Registration: 10 a.m. Race: 11 a.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Get ready for the first ever trail run and mountain bike race in Cleveland Metroparks benefiting the Trails Fund in partnership with Second Sole an...
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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 traditional skills. ...
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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 this grand t...
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All Natural Soap Making

October 1 at 11a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
All Natural Soap Making For hundreds of years people have made necessary products for everyday use in their own homes. Learn the art of soap making...
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Ohio Heritage Luncheon catered by Merwin’s Wharf

October 1 at Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Ohio Heritage Luncheon catered by Merwin’s Wharf Learn the fascinating history behind the foods that were hunted, farmed, and foraged to feed early...
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Taste of the Past: The American Chestnut

October 1 at 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Taste of the Past: The American Chestnut Once a towering giant of the eastern forest, the American chestnut tree was virtually eliminated by a micr...
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

October 2 at 9 a.m. – noon
This entry level course combines classroom and on the water practice to introduce you to equipment, basic paddling strokes and more. Be prepared to...
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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 waterbirds ...
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2016 Cleveland Metroparks Golf Tour Championship

October 8 at 10:00am first time
North Chagrin Reservation
Cleveland Metroparks Golf Tour Championship $60 - Includes green fee (Golf carts optional and may be rented day of event). 18-hole individual strok...
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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 this grand t...
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Boy Scout Merit Badge: Environmental Science I & II

October 8 - 9 at Noon-4 pm both Saturday and Sunday
West Creek Reservation
Join our certified merit badge counselors for a two-part (October 9, Noon-4 pm also) interactive program designed to meet requirements 1,...
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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 this grand t...
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Gourmet Backcountry Cooking

October 13 at 6 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Tired of eating boil in a bag meals while backpacking? Let your taste buds go wild as you discover tips and tricks to cooking delicious gourmet mea...
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American Red Cross Babysitter Training

October 14 at 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Participants 11 to 15 years old learn the skills and confidence to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. Through hands-on activitie...
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Steelhead Fly Fishing Excursion

October 15 at 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Discover the tranquility of fly fishing in the Rocky River under the guidance of Jeff Liskay. Learn advanced steelhead fly fishing techniques inclu...
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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 from this grand t...
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Kayaking 2: Supplemental Skills

October 16 at 9 a.m. – noon
Start where you left off in Kayaking I. We taught you how to do a wet exit, but we left you wondering how to get back in your kayak. Learn deep wat...
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Waterfall Bus Tour

October 22 at 9 am-4:30 pm
Garfield Park Reservation
Join Naturalist Debra Shankland on a tour of Cleveland Metroparks largest waterfalls. You’ll enjoy the Emerald Necklace’s stunning fall scenery all...
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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 sing song...
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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 CanalWay to fin...
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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 on this unique g...
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Land Navigation 1

November 5 at 1 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Do you ever feel like your phone has become an extension of yourself? Come out and take a break from technology, and learn a new skill with an old ...
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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 cover impor...
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American Red Cross Pet First Aid

November 12 at 9 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
Pet First Aid teaches participants emergency care procedures for cats and dogs and provides tips for keeping your pet happy and healthy too. Traini...
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Land Navigation 2

November 12 at 12:30 - 3:30p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Brush up on your map and compass skills with this intermediate course, which will delve more deeply into compass skills, such as triangulation. You...
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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 waterfowl, gu...
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First People Festival

November 19 at 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
First People Festival Ever wonder who were the first people that lived in Ohio? Find out what we know about these past cultures and how have they c...
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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 will sing song...
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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 outside to enjoy th...
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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 sing song...
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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 the complexities ...
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