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Hunt of the Month: Mushrooms

September 1 - 30
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Mushrooms come in a wide variety of shapes and colors, come to CanalWay Center and find our 20 colorful mushrooms hidden around the ...
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Bike-Train-Bike

October 1 at 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. end time depends on ability and speed of bike riders
Doug Kusak leads a history adventure on a bicycle and an iron horse. We start at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Rockside Road Station, r...
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Spiders of the World

October 1 - 31
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon - Sat, Noon - 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Drop by the CanalWay Center to test your personal comfort level by getting up close to some of the spiders of the world. Several spe...
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Hunt of the Month: Deer

October 1 - 31
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
As fall colors begin to appear deer become more active. Come to CanalWay to learn why and to find the 20 bucks and does we have hidden th...
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American Red Cross Babysitter Training

October 1 at 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Participants 11 to 15 years old learn the skills and confidence to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. Through han...
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Hands On Heritage

October 1 at 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Hands On Heritage 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. RRNC Visit Rocky River Nature Center and surrounding trails for a day of fun focused around traditiona...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

October 1 at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Step back in time to the Fur trade era and help us paddle a 34-foot canoe. Hear stories, sing songs, and taste a traditional soup fr...
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Fall Dog Walk

October 2 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Enjoy the crisp, cool air and changing leaves as you stroll with your pet while learning some of the history of this unique area. Dogs mu...
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An Introduction to Atlatls

October 2 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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History Revealed: Lake Abram

October 4 at 5-7 p.m.
Big Creek Reservation
From the Ice Age to the Tech Age, massive mammals to onion farms, Lake Abram boasts an extraordinary history begging to be told. Stop by ...
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CanalWay Storytime

October 5 at 11 - 11:45 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Twinkle, twinkle, little star. We’ll discover who you are through stories, songs and poems. Please join us for a starry time. Ages: ...
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West Creek Night Hike: Winter Prep

October 5 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Many animals are beginning to get ready for winter. An evening walk with Naturalist Patti Donnellan around West Creek Reservation will re...
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Medina County Fall Foliage Bus Tour

October 8 at 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The colors of fall should be brilliant as we e xplore the history of Medina County. This tour will cover 3 townships and highlight t...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

October 8 at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Step back in time to the Fur trade era and help us paddle a 34-foot canoe. Hear stories, sing songs, and taste a traditional soup from th...
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Fall Hayrides

October 8 - 22
6 - 10 p.m. on Saturday
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Select Saturday Night Fall Hayrides are Open to the Public on October 8, 15 and 22nd 6-10pm. Enjoy Tractor Drawn Public Hayrides on ...
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Wilderness Skills: Tree Identification Hike

October 8 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
One of the most important skills to learn is tree identification which is necessary for so many other wilderness skills. Join Naturalist ...
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Worden's Ledges by Lantern Light

October 8 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Let lantern light lead you through scenic Worden’s Ledges to hear stories of the carvings and natural history of the area. Worden He...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

October 9 at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Step back in time to the Fur trade era and help us paddle a 34-foot canoe. Hear stories, sing songs, and taste a traditional soup from th...
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Sunday Drop-by: Migrate, Hibernate, or Adapt

October 9 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Can you guess which animal will leave, sleep through, or adjust to the harsh winter? Do you know where some of these animals go? Let...
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Tails for Trails

October 9 at 4-8p.m.
West Creek Reservation
West Creek Conservancy supports new parks and trails in your community. Grab lunch and shop at local exhibitors. Enjoy a dog-friendly hik...
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Autumn Hike

October 11 at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Join Naturalist Meghan Leitner for an after work hike. We’ll observe the beautiful colors of fall and hopefully see some late migrat...
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After Work Walk

October 12 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Let’s enjoy the forest trail s as we take in the beautiful scenery that the fall season has to offer . Garfield Park Reservation Garfield...
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Animal Crackers

October 13 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to discover the beauty of fall. We’ll go for a hike and make a craft as we explore the world of leaves and trees.&nb...
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Monthly Meandering: Brookside

October 13 at 10-11:30 a.m.
Brookside Reservation
Join Naturalist Patti Donnellan as we discover the beauty of Brookside Reservation's upper reaches. The trees should be sending out their...
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Kids Explore the Trees

October 13 at 10 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin and explore the forest at a curious child’s pace. Everyone must wear sturdy footwear.  
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Outdoor Adventures for Homeschoolers: Bike Aboard

October 13 at 1 - 5 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Board the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad with your bike, then ride back along the Towpath Trail. We will see a beaver marsh, visit an ol...
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The Sights of Autumn

October 13 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
F all colors should be in full swing. The beautiful changes can be enjoyed during this leisurely hike along the tree lined ridge of ...
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Leisurely Hike at the Lake

October 14 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Enjoy the brisk air during this hike at the lake from Upper to Lower Edgewater and back again. Lakefront Reservation Upper Edgewater Shel...
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School's Out Science Investigation: Owl Pellets

October 14 at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Owls swallow their prey whole-bones, fur, feathers and all. Unable to digest these features owls regurgitate them as a pellet. Disse...
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Hike to Mill Creek Falls

October 15 at 10 a.m. - Noon
Garfield Park Reservation
Visit Cuyahoga County’s tallest waterfall. The color of autumn’s changing tree foliage will be a great backdrop to this cascading creek t...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

October 15 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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Acoustic Players Circle

October 15 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Players, singers and listeners will enjoy acoustic music of varied styles in a relaxed, informal, family-friendly setting. Come lead, pla...
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Tree Leaves

October 15 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
We’ll enjoy a short fall hike through the forest. We’ll bring back some leaves to the picnic area to identify and make them into som...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

October 15 at 1:30, 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Step back in time to the Fur trade era and help us paddle a 34-foot canoe. Hear stories, sing songs, and taste a traditional soup from th...
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Family Bike Ride In the Park

October 15 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Easy-going Doug Kusak leads an easy-going bike ride from CanalWay Center to Harvard Road and back. It’s an exercise in exercise, exc...
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Minecraft Mineralogy

October 15 at 2-3:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Compare the mega-popular video game to real life mineral mining. What does it take to mine materials from under the earth's surface? Unpl...
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Ohio Archaeology Day

October 16 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
October is Ohio Archaeology Month. Join us for this kid-friendly program where Naturalist Beth Robb will show your kids how to "exca...
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Afternoon Archery for Kids

October 16 at 2 - 3:30 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 availab...
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Full Moon Hike: Hunter's Moon

October 16 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Enjoy an autumn evening hike through the forest and prairie under the rising “Hunter’s Moon” with Naturalist Kathy Schmidt.
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Autumn Splendor

October 18 at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Admire the beauty of autumn on a hike around Hinckley Lake. We'll discuss why leaves change colors as the trees prepare for winter. ...
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Animal Crackers

October 19 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to discover the beauty of fall. We’ll go for a hike and make a craft as we explore the world of leaves and trees.&nb...
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Young Explorers 10 a.m.

October 19 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Let’s explore the night sky. Together we’ll learn about the moon and stars through hands-on activities and games. Ages: 3 – 5 years with ...
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Animal Crackers

October 19 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to discover the beauty of fall. We’ll go for a hike and make a craft as we explore the world of leaves and trees.&nb...
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Young Explorers 1 p.m.

October 19 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Let’s explore the night sky. Together we’ll learn about the moon and stars through hands-on activities and games. Ages: 3 – 5 years with ...
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Wednesday Walk

October 19 at 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Grab a friend and join us for a fall hike. We’ll discuss some of the local flora and fauna as we hike Bridal Veil Falls to the Gorge...
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Nurture with Nature

October 20 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your family for a monthly program that explores nature through books, games, hikes and other activities. This month we will learn a...
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Family Movie Night

October 21 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
This month we’ll be watching Charlotte’s Web. Join us as we watch a spider that can spell words in her web. Snacks will be available...
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Woodlands of Beford: Autumn Color

October 22 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join Fred Losi as we view the colors of autumn in this rich and diverse area of Bedford Reservation. We’ll view large tulip trees, cucumb...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

October 22 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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Creepy Creatures Drop-In

October 22 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Halloween is coming up so we will bring out a snake, spider, and other “creepy” creatures to celebrate. You may find out that these anima...
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Fall Hike

October 22 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
The leaves are changing and falling to the ground. We’ll hike through the forest of Bedford and discuss some of the local flora and ...
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The Colors of Fall

October 23 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Come to CanalWay Center to learn about the colors of fall. We’ll enjoy a brisk fall hike and retrieve colorful fall leaves to be used in ...
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Preschool: Camouflage

October 25 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your preschooler to CanalWay Center to learn about how animals use camouflage. We’ll find some animals that are hiding in...
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Discovery Days: Totally Turtles

October 26 at 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
In-home day care providers are invited to bring their children ages 3-6 to discover more about our natural world.  We will...
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Eerie Evening Hike

October 27 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your flashlight, favorite scary story, and join us on a hike to hear what goes bump in the night. Extra flashlights are availa...
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Halloween Party

October 28 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Come to CanalWay Center to join us for some Halloween fun. There will be snacks, games, pumpkin carving and more. Wear your costume and b...
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Skull Identification

October 29 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join us to learn basic identifying features of Ohio mammal skulls, including what those mammals like to eat.
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Drop-In Children’s Nature Craft

October 29 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown as we create our own fun and freaky animals out of fallen leaves. Kids of all ages will love this craft. Thi...
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CanalWay Campfire

October 29 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’ll enjoy the beginning of fall around the campfire at our new fire pit. We’ll have plenty of marshmallows for all. Bring a lawn c...
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Halloween Dog Hike

October 30 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your best friend all decked out for Halloween for this family friendly dog walk. Dogs must be leashed and waste picked up. Of cours...
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Hunt of the Month: Beaver

November 1 - 30
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Winter is approaching and beavers are hard at work gathering branches to eat during the winter months if the water freezes. Stop by ...
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Friday Family Film: Flushed Away!

November 4 at 5:30 - 8 pm
West Creek Reservation
Shrek creators did it again-turned gross topics into laughs for all ages! Join us for creative crafts with an "upcycled" twist and post f...
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Leaf Art Hike

November 6 at noon - 2 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Naturalist Beth Robb on a short hike to collect fallen leaves, and then use the leaves to create a leaf based art project to ta...
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Nurture with Nature

November 10 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your family for a monthly program that explores nature through books, games, and other activities. This month we will learn about t...
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Girl Scout Program: Wonders of Water

November 13 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Learn about how water influences our daily lives, then search for aquatic life in West Creek. Love water, save water, and share wate...
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Animal Crackers

November 16 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Come explore the world of beavers this month with Miss Jenny. We’ll discover how these unique animals survive through a variety of activi...
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Animal Crackers

November 16 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Come explore the world of beavers this month with Miss Jenny. We’ll discover how these unique animals survive through a variety of a...
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Animal Crackers

November 17 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Come explore the world of beavers this month with Miss Jenny. We’ll discover how these unique animals survive through a variety of activi...
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First People Festival

November 19 at 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
First People Festival Ever wonder who were the first people that lived in Ohio? Find out what we know about these past cultures and ...
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Drop-In Children’s Nature Craft

November 19 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown as we create our own dragonflies from sticks and maple leaf samaras. Kids of all ages will love this craft. ...
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Discovery Days: Mammal Mysteries

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

December 1 - 31
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Winter is still hanging around so s top by the CanalWay Center to search for 20 hidden snowflakes. Find snow inside and then go outside t...
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Discovery Days: Birds of Winter

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