A Cleveland Metroparks Naturalist is on-hand daily from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. to answer your questions. Call the Cleveland Metroparks Outdoor Experiences Facility closest to you to have your questions answered by a naturalist.
|Brecksville Nature Center
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
|Garfield Park Nature Center
Garfield Park Reservation
|North Chagrin Nature Center
North Chagrin Reservation
|Rocky River Nature Center
Rocky River Reservation
|Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek
West Creek Reservation
|Look About Lodge
South Chagrin Reservation
(Open for programming only. Staff available for call-in questions, daily.)
Director of Outdoor Experiences
started working with Cleveland Metroparks at Garfield Park Nature Center in
1993. She spent 14 years as the Manager/Naturalist at Look About Lodge in
South Chagrin Reservation, and then managed Rocky River Nature Center. Wendy
enjoys all the wonders of nature especially birds, wildflowers, and gardening in
harmony with nature.
Special Project Manager
Cleveland Metroparks 100th Anniversary - 2017
Carl began with Cleveland Metroparks in April 1983 as a seasonal naturalist. He was promoted to full-time naturalist in 1985, then to Nature Center Manager at Garfield Park Nature Center in 1993. He has worked at Brecksville, Rocky River, North Chagrin and Garfield Park nature centers. On February 10, 2014, Carl began his new position of Special Project Manager, where he will be coordinating Cleveland Metroparks 100th Anniversary in 2017, as well as being a member of the Guest Service Training Team for all Cleveland Metroparks employees.
Cleveland Metroparks in 1994 as an Information Specialist at Garfield Park
Nature Center. Currently, she assists the Chief of the Outdoor Experiences by
keeping track of budgets, staff trainings and conferences, projects, and a
variety of daily details.
She enjoys regular visits to North Chagrin Reservation, backyard bird feeding,
and sharing time with her family.
North Chagrin Nature Center/Look About Lodge
North Chagrin Nature Center/Look About Lodge Manager
Barb has been with Cleveland Metroparks since 1985. She has a special interest in all things leafy - plant watching, native plant landscaping and land conservation. Barb also enjoys connecting with nature through writing and play. Get outside and get to know your nature neighbors!
Traci was an animal
care/education intern and docent volunteer at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo before
her current station as Naturalist with Outdoor Experiences. She previously worked
with World Bird Sanctuary in Mystic, CT as a supervisor for free-flight bird
shows. Her special interests include animal behavior dynamics (in training
and care), raptors, dragonflies, and honey bees.
Lynne started working at Cleveland Metroparks in 2001 as a nature shop assistant manager. She recently changed her work environment from retail to education, when she became the Information Specialist for North Chagrin Nature Center. In her spare time, Lynne enjoys camping and hiking.
Deb Marcinski has been a part-time
naturalist at North Chagrin Nature Center since 1988. She enjoys leading hikes
in North Chagrin and Euclid Creek Reservations. She is involved with marsh
monitoring and monarch butterfly citizen science projects.
Jeff began working with the North
Chagrin Nature Center staff in 1999. He enjoys seining for native fish, training
birds of prey, and creating and maintaining live animal exhibits at the nature
Look About Lodge Naturalist and Geocaching Coordinator, Carly has been a naturalist at the Lodge since 1998. She has varied nature interests including night hikes, adventurous programs, monarch tagging and creek walking. Cleveland Metroparks Geocaching is overseen by Carly who enjoys the challenges provided by this cutting edge new hobby. Carly's motto is "You can't have fun 'less you're getting dirty!"
Denise came to Look About Lodge in the fall of 1996. She attended a bird ID workshop presented by Wendy in the spring of that year and has been hooked since. Denise loves talking with park patrons when they call the Lodge.
Stefanie became a member of the Look About Lodge staff in 2005. She creates art for various park projects and special events. Her favorite activities include public programming that encourage people to appreciate nature through artistic expression.
Selby joined the staff at North Chagrin Nature Center in 2014 after working seasonally at the CanalWay Center. She enjoys community-building in the outdoors, getting messy in the name of knowledge, and discovering nature in unexpected places with children and adults.
Garfield Park Nature Center
LaDonna joined Cleveland
Metroparks Outdoor Experiences in 2010. Previously, she served for several years
with the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center as a Field Instructor,
Program Specialist-Urban Outreach, and Residential Summer Camp Coordinator.
LaDonna enjoys facilitating fun, purpose driven experiences where visitors learn
to see themselves as a part of the natural world.
Beth joined the staff of
Cleveland Metroparks as a seasonal camp counselor and then interpreter at the
zoo. In 2010, she worked as a seasonal at Garfield Park Nature Center, becoming
part time the same year. Beth loves working with children and adults especially
when helping them express themselves through art with nature as their
Angelec has been a full-time naturalist at North Chagrin Nature Center since 2004. She enjoys working with children in the outdoors. Angelec is the volunteer coordinator at her location.
Faith joined Cleveland Metroparks in 2012 as
an Information Specialist at Garfield Park Nature Center. Faith enjoys
the simple beauty found in nature. In her spare time she enjoys
spending time observing nature and gardening.
Brecksville Nature Center
Manager, Brecksville Nature Center
has been with Cleveland Metroparks since 1989. Her interests include nature
photography, hiking, and bicycling. She specializes in aquatic biology, insects,
Kelly has worked at
Brecksville Nature Center since the fall of 2000. She enjoys doing various
programs for people of all ages, especially children. She enjoys hiking and just
Pam joined Cleveland
Metroparks in July 2001 as an interpreter/education intern with the Zoo. In June
2003, Pam transferred to Garfield Park Nature Center as a seasonal naturalist
and in January 2004 was selected for her current position as part-time
naturalist. She enjoys hiking and camping.
John Miller, Ph.D.
John is a retired biology
professor who has been with Cleveland Metroparks since 2002. His interests
include insects, the prairie, and aquatic biology.
Jenny joined the Outdoor Experiences staff permanently in 1996 and has worked at the Brecksville Nature
Center since 2000. Her special interests include monarch butterfly natural
history and pre-K programs. She also enjoys getting people of all ages out on
the trails throughout Cleveland Metroparks.
Foster has been with Cleveland Metroparks since 1996. He combines the arts with interpretation in presenting awarding winning music, storytelling and characterizations to folks of northeast Ohio. He enjoys making his annual canoe trip to Algonquin Provincial Park with his family.
Linda joined the staff of Outdoor Experiences in 2000 working with Foster Brown Historical Interpreter for Cleveland Metroparks. Her specialties are local and Ohio history. She enjoys hiking, handcrafts and historical research and music. Linda is also an Information Specialist for Youth Outdoors.
Rocky River Nature Center
Nature Center Manager
Valerie has been with Cleveland Metroparks since 2001. She
began her journey as an Education Specialist at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo where
she coordinated the overnight and day camp programs. She then joined the Outdoor Experiences staff in July 2007. Currently working out of Rocky River Nature
Center, Valerie strives to connect people of all ages with the natural beauty
that surrounds them.
Min has worked for Cleveland
Metroparks since 1998. Her interests include all things aquatic, namely fish
and frogs. Her goal is to get people of all ages to enjoy nature.
Gretchen has worked as a
naturalist at Rocky River Nature Center since 1999. Previously she worked at
nature centers in Pennsylvania and Ohio. She is especially interested in
educating children of all ages about nature and the environment. She enjoys
bicycling, canoeing, backbacking and bird watching.
Kathy has been with Cleveland Metroparks
since 1982. She especially enjoys bringing children's books to life in the
"Books Alive" series.
Joni joined the Rocky River staff
in 1985 as a part time naturalist. She also has 26 years experience in special
education, currently with Cleveland Public Schools. Her interests in reading and
writing led to the monthly book review program she offers in Cleveland
Metroparks, focusing on writing about nature.
Bethany started working with
Cleveland Metroparks in 2007. She is deeply fascinated by all aspects of nature,
but has a special fondness for anything slimy, scaly, creepy, or crawly.
Jen eagerly combines her passions for extreme birding, field studies, outdoor education and detailed scientific illustration into a truly “wild” career. She passionately offers thrilling public and school programs park-wide. Since 2005 she's written and illustrated six field guides to the flora and fauna of Cleveland Metroparks as well as a coloring book and worked with the Park District graphics design team. She composed over 100 dragonfly and damselfly illustrations for the second edition of The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Northeast Ohio. Jen is heavily involved in the national birding community, guiding tours throughout the country and speaking at festivals including Midwest Birding Symposium and the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. She is a rep on the Leica Birding Optics prostaff team.
Cleveland Metroparks in 1988. She provides administrative and secretarial
support for the nature center staff. Among her interests are storytelling,
puppetry, and crafts, and combining these interest with nature study.
Kathy began work for Cleveland
Metroparks in 1996 after volunteering for many years. Among her many interests
are photography, gardening and most outdoor activities. She is an avid nature
After retiring, Paul joined Cleveland
Metroparks as a seasonal in Rocky River Park Maintenance. Paul joined the staff
at Rocky River Nature Center in 2008. His interests are in photography and he
teaches macro photography for the Cleveland Metroparks Southwest Camera
Stacey has been a naturalist at Cleveland Metroparks
since 1993. Her specialties are sharing nature with preschoolers and
historic-cultural activities with all ages. She spends much of her free time
working in fiber arts.
Jill has worked seasonally with
Cleveland Metroparks since 1999. She has worked with a variety of departments
but is excited to now be in Outdoor Experiences as Naturalist 1 at CanalWay
Center. Jill loves working with children and exploring nature and is an avid
Cultural History Interpreter
Doug has a
lifelong love of learning and a desire to spread enthusiasm for the wonders all
around us. Those traits serve him well in his exploits for Cleveland Metroparks
(since 2007), the Great Lakes Science Center (since 2002), and the steamship Wm.
G. Mather (since 2003).
Cultural History Interpreter
Cleveland Metroparks in 2010 after working as an interpreter for various
agencies in Lake County for 12 years. Coming to CanalWay was like coming home
since she grew up on Canal Road and spent a great deal of time exploring the
surrounding parks. Karen is interested in local history, particularly Native
Americans, and she especially enjoys working with children.
Jo Ann Kubicki
Jo Ann started as
secretary for Outdoor Recreation in 1991. Since 2000, she has
been the Information Specialist for CanalWay Visitor Center. She is interested
in history, nature photography, and bird watching. She has been assisting with
surveys of amphibians, bat, owls, coyotes, and deer and also leads Audubon bird
Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek
Gayle is the Manager of the Watershed Stewardship Center. She has enjoyed promoting science and outdoor education in various roles, including Education Specialist and Conservation Coordinator at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. After earning her MS in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development, she served as a Regulatory Wetland Scientist at St. Johns River Water Management District. Gayle is excited to promote sustainable practices and healthy watersheds through citizen science, environmental stewardship opportunities, and the exploration of our urban parklands.
A Cleveland Metroparks Naturalist since 1994, Debra has had the privilege of working at Garfield Park, Rocky River, and Brecksville nature centers, and also at Look About Lodge and CanalWay Center. Her special interests include plants, frogs, fungi and ecosystem integrity. She is the on-site volunteer coordinator for the Watershed Stewardship Center and a citizen science advocate, helping people to be effective stewards of our environment.
Terri joined the team at the Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek the week of the grand opening in June 2013. She has an unnatural affinity for citizen science bird surveys and pulling garlic mustard. She enjoys spending time with her family, exploring new places and any excuse to play outside.
Nature Tracks/Eco Explorers
Demetrius Lambert-Falconer joined the Cleveland Metroparks family
in April of 1999. She worked at Garfield Park Nature Center as a Naturalist,
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo as an Education Specialist for the Sarah Allison
Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine, and Manager Trainee for NatureTracks.
Currently, Demetrius manages both NatureTracks and Eco Explorers, mobile
education outreach programs.
Mario has been
an Education Specialist for Nature Tracks Outreach Program since January 2009.
He enjoys combining education, entertainment, and technology as a means to help
teach inner-city elementary school students.
Education Specialist (Eco Explorers)
Beverly Walborn began her career with Cleveland Metroparks in November
2010 as an Education Specialist for Eco Explorers. Prior to joining Cleveland
Metroparks, Beverly spent seven years with the Lake Erie Nature & Science
Center working with preschool children in the Log Cabin Explorer’s Club.
Education Specialist (Eco Explorers)
Dudziak began her full-time employment with Cleveland Metroparks in November
2010 when she became an Education Specialist for Eco Explorers. Prior to that
time, Sarah worked for Cleveland Metroparks as a seasonal naturalist at Garfield
Park Nature Center. Sarah has a strong education and science background, and
gained experience as a teaching assistant at Miami University where she taught
science in a college laboratory setting.
Rachel joined Nature
Tracks in September 2011. She loves teaching children all about animals and the
importance of the natural world. In her spare time she enjoys biking on the
towpath, taking pictures and exploring the outdoors.
Beverly serves as the scheduling coordinator for the mobile
education units, NatureTracks and Eco Explorers. She coordinates dates, times
and locations of schools, early learning and senior centers, as well as
festivals and Cleveland Metroparks events.
Ashley enjoys helping youth to connect with nature particularly with
natural areas that are in their "backyard". Joining Youth Outdoors
in 2012 aids in accomplishing this goal. Her interests include hiking,
backpacking, skiing, rock climbing, trail building, and wilderness
Outdoor Recreation Secretary
Laura joined the Outdoor Recreation staff as a part-time secretary in March 2009. Laura enjoys
boating and fishing.
Outdoor Recreation Inclusion
In June 2011, Rachel joined Cleveland Metroparks from Five
Rivers MetroParks in Dayton. Some of Rachel’s favorite trips have been leading
backpacking trips in the Grand Canyon and on the Appalachian Trail. In addition
to backpacking, Rachel enjoys cycling, in-line skating, horseback riding, scuba
diving, and kayaking. Her favorite word is “AWESOME,” so be sure to say it when
you participate in a trip/program with her.
Manager, Youth Outdoors
John provides program management and leadership for Youth Outdoors. His interests include teaching outdoor skills and providing opportunities for youth to enjoy nature. John is an avid hiker, backpacker, fisherman, canoe camper and cross-country skier. He has worked at Youth Outdoors since 1999.
Extension Educator, Youth Outdoors
Greg provides co-leadership for Youth Outdoors, including volunteer management and program development. Employed by Ohio State University Extension 4-H, Greg has worked for Youth Outdoors since 2000. His interests include canoeing, skiing, backpacking and teen leadership development.
Andy has a passion for outdoor activities of all kinds. He enjoys sharing this passion and teaching other. His past experiences include leading expeditions and teaching about natural resources across the country and abroad. Andy now enjoys providing outdoor recreation experiences for the youth of Cleveland.
Brian enjoys leading programs that help urban youth develop outdoor skills and gain an appreciation of the natural world. His interests include hiking, cycling, fly fishing, photography and kayaking. Brian joined Youth Outdoors in 2003.
Valerie joined the Youth Outdoors team in 2006. Her interests include hiking, biking, snowshoeing, camping, and backpacking. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for outdoor adventure with youth of all ages.
Faruq’s experience includes serving the needs of culturally, racially and socioeconomically diverse populations within the United States and internationally. As an educator and outdoor enthusiast, Faruq has a talent for providing positive experiences that captures the imagination of youth and adults. He previously served as lead facilitator for the Center for Families and Children in the Fathers and Families Together program based in Cleveland. When not at work, Faruq especially enjoys fishing with his family that includes two daughters and two sons.
Linda joined the staff of Outdoor Experiences in 2000, working with Foster Brown, Historical Interpreter. Additionally, Linda works in the Youth Outdoors office. Her specialties are local and Ohio history. She also enjoys hiking, handcrafts, historical research, music and fostering rescue dogs.
Kathy joined Cleveland Metroparks in 1993. Prior to working with Youth Outdoors, she served as the Division Secretary for Outdoor Experiences and then as Bookshop Assistant for EarthWords. When she can find free time, she enjoys gardening or spending time in the outdoors with her family hiking, camping and boating.