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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 outs...
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Chickadee Feeding Hike

December 11 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Chickadee Feeding Hike Wild black-capped chickadees can be remarkably friendly. Join a naturalist-led walk for an attempt to lure this ge...
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Mill Creek Dog Walk

December 11 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Take a brisk walk with your pup along scenic Mill Creek. Enjoy the flora and fauna as well as hearing a bit of the history of the ar...
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Sunday Drop-by: Snowflake Matching

December 11 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Stop by the Watershed Stewardship Center to celebrate this snowy season with a fun game. Bring your friends to this friendly competition ...
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Chickadee Sunday Drop-by: Make a Box

December 11 at 1-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Drop by any time between 1 and 4 p.m. today to make a beautiful gift box from old greeting cards. Learn about other ways to green yo...
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Animal Crackers

December 14 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny for a special exploration based on the beloved children’s book, Stranger in the Woods . We’ll discover which animals are ...
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Animal Crackers

December 14 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny for a special exploration based on the beloved children’s book, Stranger in the Woods . We’ll discover which animals...
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Animal Crackers

December 15 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny for a special exploration based on the beloved children’s book, Stranger in the Woods . We’ll discover which animals are ...
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CanalWay Storytime 11 a.m.

December 15 at 11 - 11:45 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Stop by to listen to some stories about what animals do during the cold winter months. While we are warm inside; they fly, dig and s...
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CanalWay Storytime 6 p.m.

December 15 at 6 - 6:45 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Stop by to listen to some stories about what animals do during the cold winter months. While we are warm inside; they fly, dig and sleep ...
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Family Movie Night

December 16 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your family and friends to watch Happy Feet. Learn how penguins dance and sing. You are welcome to bring a pillow or blanket t...
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Saturday Story Time

December 17 at 9:30 - 10 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny around the fire for story time before heading out to hand feed the birds.
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Hand Feed a Chickadee

December 17 - 24
10 a.m. - noon every day
Brecksville Reservation
Looking for something to do with your family and friends over the holidays? Stop by to hand feed the chickadees. We'll supply the bl...
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Over the River Cocoa Hike

December 17 at 10-11:30 a.m.
Brookside Reservation
Take a festive holiday hike over the river and through the woods. Warm drinks provided upon our return. Meadow Ridge Picnic Area
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Acoustic Players Circle

December 17 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...
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December Dog Walk

December 17 at 2-3:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Take a couple hours to slow down and experience the peace of nature with (or without) a furry companion. Everyone is welcome. Meet inside...
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Candlelit Hike and Caroling

December 17 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join us for the splendid tradition of hiking on a candlelit trail through the dark forest in near silence. After which, we’ll circle...
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Mystery Series-Case of the S'mores Smuggler

December 18 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Patti D. is at it again! This time she swiped s'mores fixings and was last seen fleeing the Watershed Stewardship Center. Can you figure ...
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Hemlock Hike

December 18 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join us for a hike through the Tinker's Creek floodplain. We’ll warm up as we hike through the woods and along the creek enjoying th...
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Wintertime Walk

December 18 at 4 - 5 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Brave the cold weather and come out for a brisk winter hike along the lake. We’ll be moving enough to keep warm while enjoying the calmne...
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Afternoon of Fun

December 19 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hey kids, have the day off school? Spend the afternoon exploring nature through games, a hike and other activities. Dress for the we...
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Train Car Discussion

December 19 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Did you ever wonder what those trains are hauling? Rail cars come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak wil...
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Tracks in the Snow

December 20 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your own T-shirt or bandana to stamp with animal tracks as we learn to identify animals by the prints they leave behind. While...
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Ninja Animals

December 20 at 1-3:00 pm
West Creek Reservation
Ninjas are stealthy, quiet, quick, and powerful as they move through the dark. What local animals can qualify as ninjas? Naturalist Matt ...
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Drop-In Discovery: Survival Bracelets

December 21 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to make your own survival bracelet and find out how functional this trendy bracelet can be. Adventure Club kids, bring your ...
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Young Explorers 10 a.m.

December 21 at 10 -11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today is the first day of winter. Ever wonder how animals prepare for the cold weather and snow that winter brings? Come to CanalWay Cent...
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Young Explorers 1 p.m.

December 21 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today is the first day of winter. Ever wonder how animals prepare for the cold weather and snow that winter brings? Come to CanalWay...
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Wednesday Walk

December 21 at 4 - 5 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us for a short hike around the Lower 40 Loop Trail to welcome the winter season. We’ll look for evidence of animals that stay active...
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The Night Tree

December 21 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
The Night Tree We will hear the story of The Night Tree , where a family decorates their favorite tree in the forest as a gift for t...
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Urban Explorations: Cleveland's Arcades

December 22 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Doug Kusak leads an exploration of downtown Cleveland’s arcades: the Old Arcade, Colonial Arcade and Euclid Arcade. We’ll stroll through ...
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Drop-In Discovery: Holiday Craft

December 22 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Create a simple yet lovely natural ornament that is suitable for a gift.
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Kids' Winter Hike and Craft

December 22 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Enjoy a fun hike with Naturalist Kathy Schmidt on this first full day of winter, then warm up inside and make a craft that you can give a...
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Family Fun Night

December 22 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your family to celebrate winter. We’ll have a variety of indoor activities, including a story, games, and a craft.  ...
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Stroller School

December 23 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Come in for a short program and a walk. We’ll read a story and meet some animal friends before heading outside for fresh air. Children mu...
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Winter Walk in the Woods

December 23 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Need a break in the midst of the busy holiday season? Take time to enjoy the peace of a winter walk in the woods. Allow the stillnes...
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Hand Feed a Chickadee

December 26 - 31
10 a.m. - noon every day
Brecksville Reservation
Looking for something to do with your family and friends over the holidays? Stop by to hand feed the chickadees. We'll supply the black o...
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Tuesday with the Turtles

December 27 at 11 a.m. - Noon
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Come spend some time with our turtles. We’ll answer some of your turtle questions and give you a chance to get up close to a turtle....
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Make and Take Pioneer Games

December 28 at 11 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
Make and Take Pioneer Games No electricity meant no video games for Ohio’s early settlers. Come learn how pioneers passed the time while ...
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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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Winter is Wonderful

December 29 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
The cold can’t keep us inside! In this program we will explore the joys of winter through a story, a short hike and a craft. The craft is...
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Drop-In Discovery: Eastern Ratsnake

December 29 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to get a close-up look at Ohio’s largest snake and learn more about this amazing animal.
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Schools Out: Ice Crystal Blast

December 29 at 1-2:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Come learn about the atmosphere and precipitation through water crystals. Start a dazzling experiment to visualize crystalline structures...
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Winter Wildlife Scavenger Hunt

December 29 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Winter Wildlife Scavenger Hunt Learn about the amazing ways animals survive the winter and find the hidden clues in order to discove...
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Holiday Hike

December 29 at 2:30 - 4 P.M.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’ll meet at the center and head into the valley for one more hike in 2016.  
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Whose Tracks Are Those?

December 30 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
With the snow on the ground it makes it much easier to see what animals have been wandering through your backyard. Let’s go explorin...
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Hand Feed a Chickadee

January 2 - February 26
10:00 a.m. - noon on Saturday and Sunday
Brecksville Reservation
Looking for something to do with your family and friends? Stop by to hand feed the chickadees. We'll supply the black oil sunflower seeds...
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Nature Trivia Contest

January 4 at 1-2:00 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Do you or your team know about nature? Take on other individuals and teams in a nature trivia contest. Small prize to the winning te...
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Drop-In Discovery: Snowflakes

January 7 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Discover the great variety and beauty of snowflakes and then create your own snowflake craft to take with you.
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Drop-In Discovery: Ratsnake

January 8 at 10 a.m. - noon
Stop by to meet our Eastern ratsnake and learn about the life history of these large snakes. Kids can make a craft to take home.
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Snowshoe Try-Its at Winteriffic

January 8 at noon - 5:00 p.m. (First come, first served; last Try-It goes out at 4 p.m.)
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Discover how fun, yet challenging snowshoeing can be during these one-hour long "Try-It" sessions. No special boot are required, but wate...
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19th Century Living for Kids: Dairy Making

January 8 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Dairy farming was one of Ohio’s biggest industries in the early to mid-1800s. Your child will learn what life would be like on an 18...
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Winteriffic!

January 8 at
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Winteriffic! There are many things to do outdoors in winter – especially within Cleveland Metroparks. Come outside and sample a few winte...
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Little Explorers: Cold Play

January 12 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Cold Play Bring your little explorer to learn all about ice and snow. We’ll have stories, science experiments, son...
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Little Explorers: Cold Play

January 12 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Cold Play Bring your little explorer to learn all about ice and snow. We’ll have stories, science experiments, songs, a...
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Nurture with Nature

January 12 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’ll lear...
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Saturday Story Time

January 14 at 9:30 - 10 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny around the fire for story time before heading out to hand feed the birds.
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Drop-In Discovery: Eastern Box Turtle

January 15 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to meet our resident box turtle, discover how turtles survive in the wild, and make a craft.
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Winter Overnight

January 15 - 16 at 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Enjoy a special night for children and their adult to celebrate the beauty of a winter’s night in a log cabin. Enjoy time in the Lodge, h...
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Afternoon of Fun

January 16 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hey kids, have the day off school? Spend the afternoon exploring nature through games, a hike and other activities. Dress for the we...
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Discovering Nature: Who is Sleeping?

January 18 at 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Discovering Nature: Who is Sleeping? Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We will explore the trail...
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Animal Crackers

January 19 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we explore the world of the wise old owl. We’ll have fun learning about how owls survive through activities and a...
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Drop-In Discovery: Conifers

January 21 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Our evergreen pines and spruces cheer up a sometimes gray winter landscape. Find out more about these lovely trees and the cones they pro...
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Owl HOOT-enanny

January 21 at 12-4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Whooooo do you hear calling in the night? Join us to discover the common to the not so common owls found in Northeast Ohio. Enjoy an...
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Drop-In Discovery: Pine Cone Bird Feeders

January 22 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
After hand feeding the chickadees, stop in the nature center to warm up and make a pine cone bird feeder to take home with you.
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Trailside Explorers

January 22 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
  Would you like to get outside more with your family in 2017? Join Naturalist Selby Majewski for a guided wander. This month w...
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Animal Crackers

January 25 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we explore the world of the wise old owl. We’ll have fun learning about how owls survive through activities and a craf...
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Nature Baby

January 25 at 10 - 11 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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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

January 25 at 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. or 1 - 2:15 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover all things snow and ice. We will have discovery time with experiments, a craft and go on a short ...
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Animal Crackers

January 25 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we explore the world of the wise old owl. We’ll have fun learning about how owls survive through activities and a...
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Family Astronomy Night

January 27 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Want to know more about those twinkling stars in the night sky? You will learn to identify at least five constellations. This is a beginn...
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Drop-In Discovery: Owls

January 29 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to learn about our local owls. Kids can make a craft to take home.
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Drop-In Discovery: Groundhog Day

February 2 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Is spring around the corner? Or will winter hang on? Stop by for a craft, story and to find out more about this furry weather forecaster.
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Saturday Story Time

February 4 at 9:30 - 10 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny around the fire for story time before heading out to hand feed the birds.
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Drop-In Discovery: Ohio Rocks

February 4 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Ohio rocks, literally! Stop by to see and touch some of the rocks found in Ohio, and learn about the valuable and unusual ways they are u...
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Nurture with Nature

February 9 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’ll lear...
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Drop-In Discovery: Winter Trees

February 11 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
In winter when trees have no leaves, how can we know which tree is which? Stop by to learn a few of the most common trees, all in the com...
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Winter Tree Identification

February 11 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
It’s not as difficult as it sounds. Use buds, branches, bark, and a few other clues to learn some common trees in our area. We will ...
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Drop-In Discovery: Ohio Mammals

February 12 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Drop in to learn about Ohio’s mammals. You will get a chance to see and touch some pelts and skulls.
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Valentines for the Birds

February 15 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Many birds fly south during the winter months. But what happens to the birds that stay? We will learn about winter bird survival, pl...
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Animal Crackers

February 16 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we search for signs of mammals and their tracks through a hike, activities and a craft. Register by phone beginning Fe...
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History and Hand Feed

February 18 at 9 - 10 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Brecksville Nature Center is the only original Cleveland Metroparks’ Trailside Museum still standing. Come discover what makes it so...
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Drop-In Discovery: Scavenger Hunt

February 19 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Drop by the Nature Center to complete a scavenger hunt about the history of the building.
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Animal Crackers

February 22 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we search for signs of mammals and their tracks through a hike, activities and a craft. Register by phone beginni...
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Animal Crackers

February 22 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we search for signs of mammals and their tracks through a hike, activities and a craft. Register by phone beginning Fe...
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Drop-In Discovery: The Making of a Baseball Bat

February 26 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Louisville Sluggers are made from ash trees. Stop by the nature center to see the stages a log goes through to become a baseball bat.
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