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Carl Casavecchia

Carl CasavecchiaCarl 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.


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100 Years of History
Posted: 3/9/2016
The book unfolds…word by word….picture by picture. With each turn of the page, 100 years of Cleveland Metroparks history and memories come to life. Started, and wrestled with for the last two years, the pages are now coming to life. Editor Judy MacKeigan, Cleveland Metroparks historian/archivist leads a team of fellow employees in the creation of this Centennial book which will give readers a good glimpse of the first 100 years of Cleveland Metroparks through photos, illustrations and writings.  &n...

 

History = Enjoyment = Appreciation
Posted: 10/28/2015
I really enjoy how tidbits of history can take me places, either in my mind or in reality. On October 20, I visited Shawnee Hills Golf Course in Bedford Reservation to check on a few interpretive signs. This beautiful fall day came on the heels of a snowy weekend. With the fall color still abundant, I decided to bypass the offer of a golf cart and walk to Tee #12 and Tee #16 to find the signs.                   &nb...

 

Stuff. Save or Toss?
Posted: 9/2/2015
Hoarder or thrower? Save it or trash it? We all fall somewhere along the continuum of these groups when it comes to going through our stuff. I’ll admit, I’m more of a saver – not quite to the hoarder stage, but it depends on what it is. And yes, it’s hard for me to throw stuff out.   I’m not saying my way or the other is correct, it’s just the way I am. My mind always asks, could this be used someday?   And “the stuff” almost always conjures up some memory of how it came to be in my possession...

 

From Rocky River Trailside Museum to Nature Center
Posted: 7/22/2015
  “I can remember coming here in high school with my biology class” was something I heard quite often in my year at Rocky River Nature Center. This was a great place to study aquatic life, the valley history, geology and more. Prior to working there, my early, limited exposure to the Rocky River Valley was on one of these biology class field trips the guests were describing.   ​            Rocky River Trailside Interpretive Center - 1971 That a...

 

Unwritten Benefits
Posted: 5/27/2015
After 32 years of working for Cleveland Metroparks, I have witnessed not only my own benefits of being out in the park, but those of many others. Anything from family reunions in picnic areas with the amazing aromas of grilling ribs to children studying an inchworm crawling across a leaf they are holding to the fisherman standing in the river hoping for a bite to strollers whizzing by with jogging moms pushing them. Then there’s the class who has come out to discover the many habitats of the park a...

 

Drifting back to 1940-41…
Posted: 4/24/2015
Upon digging through the annual reports, I am intrigued to discover all the details of the progress in Cleveland Metroparks. Last month I wrote about happenings in 1959. This time I chose 1940-41. I wanted to see what was happening in the Park District around the beginning of World War II. As a country, we were coming out of the Great Depression and Federal Works Programs as part of the New Deal were in full swing.           CCC Camp -  Euclid Creek Reservation Oh how ...

 

1959
Posted: 3/19/2015
Have you ever looked back at a calendar of events, activities, songs, movies and more from the year you were born? If you have, I’m sure you’ve learned a few things new about life during your first moments on earth. If you haven’t, give it a try and discover what came about around the time you did. Oh, and for those of you (including myself) whose birth years are further back in time, enjoy the surprise (or shock) at what you read. Along these lines, I thought I’d give a shot at reading Cleveland Metrop...

 

Augmented Reality
Posted: 2/27/2015
Not long ago I learned of the term “augmented reality”.   Dictionary.com defines it as “ an   enhanced   image   or   environment   as   viewed   on   a   screen   or   other display,   produced   by   overlaying  computer -generated   images,   sounds, or   other   data   on   a   real-world   environment. ” For my fellow football fans, the yellow line on the TV screen marking the fir...

 

A Wintry Revealing of Roots
Posted: 1/28/2015
Earlier this month I was in warm Tempe, Arizona. The environment and the architecture were all new and excitingly enticing for discovery. Now, I sit looking out at the snow on another cold, wintry northeast Ohio day. I could easily fall back into the warmth of my memories, but instead I ponder this blog and its title, Roots Revealed . I am taken on an enjoyable mental tour of some of the “roots” I revealed through explorations over the past 32 years in Cleveland Metroparks. My first year in Br...

 

The Duck’s Head
Posted: 12/24/2014
I had heard for years about the infamous Dike 14, owned by the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority and operated adjacent to the Cleveland Lakefront State Park along the shores of Lake Erie. Adventurous birders who explored the area were amazed at the large number of bird species found there, not to mention the other wildlife as well. Tantalizing as it was to venture out there, the 88-acre plot of land still had some unanswered questions for me. This site, roughly the same size as the Cleveland Stat...

 

Giving Thanks for Your Stories
Posted: 11/26/2014
As I sit here the day before Thanksgiving, that sense of gratefulness of the season comes over me for many things. As I ponder what to write about, I turn my thoughts to the appreciation for the very organization I work for and have come to embrace. I recall the hikes of discovery as I prepared for various programs over the years. The discovery of some place new that held deep historical meaning thrilled me as I got to later share it with the many guests on my hikes. I can still recall many of the names...

 

Wandering Roots in Bedford Reservation
Posted: 9/30/2014
Roots Revealed is Cleveland Metroparks history blog that brings to light some of the history of the parks and its people. As I read the blogs and even prepare to write some of them, I am initially drawn to certain aspects of the park’s history. This month, I wanted to write about some of the history I have discovered in Bedford Reservation over the years. This reservation of over 2200 acres is full of history from the area’s early inhabitants to the days of mills and railroads to the resource changes du...

 

My Story-Your Story-Our Parks
Posted: 8/27/2014
“Your Parks, Your Stories” is a two-year project  (2014-2015) where Historical Interpreter Foster Brown, Historian Judy MacKeigan, along with a host of volunteers are collecting stories from you, our park guests about your experiences in Cleveland Metroparks. This project is not only helping us get to know Cleveland Metroparks through many more eyes, but is also providing more information for our upcoming 100 th Anniversary in 2017.  I hope you’ll consider sharing some of your stories to help ...

 

Anniversary Celebrations
Posted: 7/25/2014
  On July 23, Cleveland Metroparks turned 97 years old. Started in 1917 after many years of deliberation in the Ohio State Legislature, the Cleveland Metropolitan Park District became the first metropolitan park district in the state of Ohio. The first acquisition of land was a 3.4 acre parcel in Rocky River Reservation. By 1920, Cleveland Metroparks owned 109 acres of land in Rocky River and Big Creek, a number that would balloon to 9000 acres in nine reservations by 1929. The original nine reserv...

 

Reflections in A.B. Williams Memorial Woods
Posted: 6/25/2014
I traveled this past May, during North Chagrin Nature Center’s 30 th Anniversary Celebration, to the A.B. Williams Memorial Woods, a 65 acre parcel of beech-maple woods near Forest Lane Picnic Area. As I meandered down the path I enjoyed the spring wildflowers, the songs of the awakening birds, the splashes of tiny frogs leaping into the water as I walked by, and the fresh smell of nature’s rebirth following a long winter. It was, to say the least, a nice walk along the woodland path. I’ll admit, m...

 

Reflections on Hallowed Ground
Posted: 5/28/2014
As I embark on a new adventure in Cleveland Metroparks, coordinating its 100 th Anniversary in 2017, I find myself being able to get out and explore more areas within the park that I haven’t had the chance to revisit for a long time. My first move from Garfield Park Nature Center in February 2014 was to the Park Operations Administration building in Rocky River Reservation. I enjoyed exploring bits and pieces of the reservation during my six weeks there before my next move to Lakefront Reservation in la...