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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 Neckl...
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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...
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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...
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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 Somm...
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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.  ...
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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 regulatio...
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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 entertainm...
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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...
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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. ...
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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, w...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 Riv...
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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 ...
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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...
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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-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 ...
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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 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 seco...
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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 gl...
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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 ...
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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 ca...
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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 gl...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 fundam...
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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 ...
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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 b...
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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 hist...
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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 lifeg...
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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. Pleas...
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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 d...
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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...
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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, c...
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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 ta...
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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 mos...
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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 geog...
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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 Sept...
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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...
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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...
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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 geog...
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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 bu...
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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 paddleb...
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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 an...
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Discovery Days: Fantastic Fish

July 27 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
In-home day care providers are invited to bring their children ages 3-6 to discover more about our natural world.  We will...
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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 Pa...
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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 paddleb...
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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...
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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...
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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 cente...
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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 natura...
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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 Saturd...
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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 outdo...
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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 additiona...
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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 ...
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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 o...
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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 ...
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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 durin...
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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 fo...
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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 durin...
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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 a...
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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. Ea...
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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 we...
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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 prac...
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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 ...
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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 Kudr...
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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 s...
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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 stroke...
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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 disco...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 Metr...
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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 b...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 seco...
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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 Elemen...
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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 gl...
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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 ...
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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 m...
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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 ...
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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 gl...
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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 seco...
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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...
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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 Elemen...
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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 stepp...
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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 aq...
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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 pad...
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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 t...
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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. O...
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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,...
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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....
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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...
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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 crea...
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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 ...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 Circ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 th...
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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 fo...
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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. L...
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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 ...
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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...
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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 f...
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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...
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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 wi...
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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 ...
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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...
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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 availa...
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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. Saturd...
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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 th...
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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 boo...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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’l...
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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 8,00...
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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 ...
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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 W...
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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...
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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. Hel...
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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 “b...
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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 ...
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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 chai...
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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...
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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. ...
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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 engin...
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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 ...
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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 o...
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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 ...
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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 mo...
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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 abou...
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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 ...
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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-s...
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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 ...
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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 beau...
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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 re...
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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, ...
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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 wi...
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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 P...
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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...
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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 geog...
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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 s...
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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...
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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 Sept...
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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 geog...
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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...
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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 hi...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 cre...
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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 ...
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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 le...
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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,...
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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 o...
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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 differen...
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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 ...
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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...
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Emerald Necklace Hiking Tour (East)

August 13 at 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Emerald Necklace Hiking Tour (East) Traverse the vast acreage of Cleveland Metroparks with Naturalist Marty Calabrese by bus and boot. Le...
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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, Lake...
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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 H...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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 th...
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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 e...
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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 ...
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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 macroinve...
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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. ...
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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 Aviat...
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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 ferm...
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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...
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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 availa...
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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 o...
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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 stroke...
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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 fr...
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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 incr...
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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 dif...
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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 stroke...
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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 prepa...
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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 th...
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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 C...
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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 h...
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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...
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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 usuall...
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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, fi...
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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...
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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 s...
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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. &nb...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 cover...
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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 ...
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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 cover...
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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 w...
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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, s...
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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 onl...
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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 ...
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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 C...
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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 C...
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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 prov...
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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 citi...
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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. Canal...
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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 wa...
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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 e...
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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 ta...
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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...
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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 ca...
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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 cu...
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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...
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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 Paddlebo...
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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 ...
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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 hist...
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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 techniq...
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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....
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 fr...
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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 f...
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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 yo...
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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 alon...
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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 proc...
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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 individua...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 Ri...
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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...
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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 r...
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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 fr...
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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 histo...
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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 pro...
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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 craf...
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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 field...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 th...
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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 eveni...
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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 geog...
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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...
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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 geog...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 m...
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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 cla...
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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...
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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 prac...
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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 th...
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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...
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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 Sept...
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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...
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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 av...
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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 t...
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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 s...
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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 blo...
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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 member...
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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 Gia...
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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 additiona...
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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 equipm...
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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 O...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 f...
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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 s...
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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 durin...
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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 ...
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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 Natura...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 j...
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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. Vis...
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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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