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Cleveland Metroparks 2016 Tour of Wildflowers

March 1 - June 1
6 a.m. - 11 p.m. (park hours) every day
Are you a nature enthusiast, gardener or just love hiking in the park? Then we’ve got a challenge for you! Grab your digit...
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Hunt of the Month: Hummingbirds

May 1 - 31
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
By now hummingbirds have migrated back north, so come find the 20 paper hummingbirds hidden throughout CanalWay Center. After you find th...
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Visit the Lorenzo Carter Cabin

May 29 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. Learn the story behind it as well as the early his...
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Military Memorabilia

May 29 at Noon - 4 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
View WWI, CCC camps, WWII, Korea and Vietnam military items from Joseph Woyma’s family collection. Veteran’s come and place a pin in a ma...
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"Remember the Maine" Walk

May 29 at 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Washington Reservation
Observe Memorial Day by taking a walk with Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus to the USS Maine Memorial. Hear the story of the ill-f...
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Military Memorabilia

May 30 at 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
View WWI, CCC camps, WWII, Korea and Vietnam military items from Joseph Woyma’s family collection. Veteran’s come and place a pin in a ma...
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Nature Boat Ride 4 p.m.

May 31 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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Nature Boat Ride 7 p.m.

May 31 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 as we...
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Hunt of the Month: Frogs

June 1 - 30
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
In the summer when you walk around outside you might hear some frogs calling. We have hidden 20 frogs throughout the CanalWay Center...
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Insect Extravaganza

June 1 at 10 a.m. - noon
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Explore the world of insects with Eco Explorers through activity stations. Who is making all that noise? How do they move? Where do they ...
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CanalWay Storytime

June 1 at 11 - 11:45 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Dive into some good books with us! We’ll splish and splash as we hear stories and poems about fish and other water critters. 
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CanalWay Storytime

June 1 at 6 - 6:45 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Dive into some good books with us! We’ll splish and splash as we hear stories and poems about fish and other water critters. 
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Beaver Hike

June 3 at 8:15 - 9:15 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Investigate the life of the American Beaver. We’ll hike to the wetlands to see where the beaver calls home, discuss how they live an...
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MAPS Bird Banding

June 4 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 to 3,...
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Olmsted Historical Society Farmers Market

June 4
10 a.m. - 2 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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Discovery Table: Urban Animals

June 4 at 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Urban animals can be many, varied and secretive. Drop by to lift the mysterious veil on a few of NEOH’s common species. Red Oak Shelter a...
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Cicada Search

June 4 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
We’ll be out searching for the 17 year cicadas, also known as the periodical cicada. We’ll have bug nets and containers so you have ...
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In Search of Cicadas

June 4 at 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
In Search of Cicadas Cicadas abound! Let’s see if we can find them near Rocky River Nature Center. You won’t want to miss this amazing ph...
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Sunday Drop By: Butterflies

June 5 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Check out butterfly habitat, life cycle and food requirements in the great outdoors . Look for winged jewels in action in our meadow...
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Afternoon Archery for KIids

June 5 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your child to the valley to discover the fun of archery with Jill Hauger. Enjoy a new activity surrounded by nature. We’ll have all...
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Littles Find Cicadas

June 7 at 10 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 2:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin and go in search of big buzzy bugs. 17-year Cicadas are back and you won’t want to miss this fun and ed...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

June 7 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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Cuyahoga River By Boat

June 7 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...
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Insect Extravaganza

June 8 at 10 a.m. - noon
West Creek Reservation
Explore the world of insects with Eco Explorers through activity stations. Who is making all that noise? How do they move? Where do they ...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

June 8 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the different seasons through discovery time, a craft and hike.  Register by phone by J...
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Wednesday Walk

June 8 at 6 - 7 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Hike over and under the bridges of the Valley. We’ll start at the aqueduct and head south to the I-480 Bridge looking for wildlife and en...
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Cart Tour and Cookies

June 9 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Have you wanted to walk to the end of our trail, but the distance was too far? Or wondered about the history of the area? Our cart w...
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Cicada Search

June 9 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
On this hike we'll learn to identify signs of returning, periodical cicadas. If our search is successful, then this site will be a treat ...
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Cart Tour and Cookies

June 9 at Noon - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Have you wanted to walk to the end of our trail, but the distance was too far? Or wondered about the history of the area? Our cart w...
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A Small Field Life

June 9 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Do you enjoy catching butterflies and grasshoppers? Come to Acacia Reservation to learn about these insects that call the park’s grasslan...
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Party Animals

June 10 at 10:30 a.m. - noon
Garfield Park Reservation
Bring your little ones to celebrate the animals of the forest. We’ll learn about a few of our favorite forest friends through a stor...
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Family Friday Night: Explore a Wetland

June 10 at 7 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Search for frogs, newts and snakes with Naturalist Jeff Riebe. We will have nets and viewing containers available to examine what we find...
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MAPS Bird Banding

June 11 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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2-Hour Cart Tour

June 11 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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Owls - Hunters of the Night

June 11 at 11 a.m. - noon
North Chagrin Reservation
This program will take a look at several of the owls found in Northeast Ohio. Come see a live owl, and learn about their unique char...
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An Introduction to Atlatls

June 11 at Noon - 1 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 your ha...
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Pond Safari

June 11 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Pond Safari Who lives in the pond? Grab a net and try your hand at capturing a variety of aquatic creatures. 2 – 3:30 p.m.   RR...
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Family Bike Ride in the Park

June 11 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, exciteme...
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Bedford Dog Walk

June 12 at 9 - 10 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Bring your dog for a guided walk from the Gorge Overlook to Bridal Veil Falls and back. Dogs must be leashed and waste picked up. Wa...
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Visit the Lorenzo Carter Cabin

June 12 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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Junior Naturalist: Pond Dipping

June 12 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
What strange creatures live in the marsh? We’ll use our nets and our brains to find out. Plan on getting messy today.    
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Build a Bird

June 12 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Joe Higgins on a hike around West Creek to observe birds in their natural habitat. Pay particular attention to their phys...
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Little Explorers: Rabbits and Raindrops

June 13 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Rabbits and Raindrops Bring your little explorer to learn about mother and baby rabbits while we read Rabbits &...
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Little Explorers: Rabbits and Raindrops

June 13 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Rabbits and Raindrops Bring your little explorer to learn about mother and baby rabbits while we read Rabbits & Rai...
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Evening Cart Tour

June 13 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join a naturalist on an evening cart tour along the Ohio & Erie Canal. We’ll look for signs of wildlife that roam in the evening...
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Young Explorers 10 a.m.

June 15 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
  What’s wet, has fins and breathes through gills? You guessed it a fish! Through a variety of activities your little one will learn...
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Insect Extravaganza

June 15 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brookside Reservation
Explore the world of insects with Eco Explorers through activity stations. Who is making all that noise? How do they move? Where do ...
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Young Explorers 1 p.m.

June 15 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
  What’s wet, has fins and breathes through gills? You guessed it a fish! Through a variety of activities your little one will learn...
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Nurture with Nature

June 16 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Explore nature through books, games, hikes and other activities. This month we’ll learn about cicadas. Register by phone beginning J...
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Cart Tour and Cookies

June 17 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Have you wanted to walk to the end of our trail, but the distance was too far? Or wondered about the history of the area? Our cart will t...
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Cart Tour and Cookies

June 17 at Noon - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Have you wanted to walk to the end of our trail, but the distance was too far? Or wondered about the history of the area? Our cart w...
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Discover with Dad

June 18 at 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Spend the morning with dad in the park. We’ll enjoy donuts and take a delightful walk to discover the cultural and natural history of Ohi...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

June 18 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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Uncle Robby’s Fishy Tales

June 18 at 10:30 - Noon
West Creek Reservation
Bring the whole family to learn the FUN-damentals of fishing. West Creek Reservation Park Manager, Rob Angiocchi will get boys and girls ...
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Fish Frenzy Weekend-Saturday

June 18 at 10:30-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Take a peek underwater to discover the fascinating world of fish. Get hooked on fish with an indoor introduction to the sport with "...
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Bedford Hiking Series #6: Viaduct Park

June 18 at 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Bedford Reservation
The Great Falls of Tinkers Creek are the centerpiece of this hike through the history of Viaduct Park. The preserved foundations of downt...
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Fish Frolic

June 18 at 1-2 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Can you outswim a pike?   Naturalist Matt will teach you a few fishy games to play with you and your friends! Have fishy fun fr...
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Family Kayaking

June 18 at 1:30 - 4 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Naturalists will help families explore Hinckley Lake from kayaks. We’ll look for great blue herons and other wildlife. All equipment prov...
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Family Bike Ride in the Park

June 18 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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Fish Frenzy Weekend-Sunday

June 19 at Noon-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Take a peek underwater to discover the fascinating world of fish. Play games that are fishy fun, enjoy crafts, and even catch live fish i...
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Living Water

June 19 at Noon - 4:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
This drop in program will show us the wonderful creatures that live in the local water before it is treated for safe drinking. Come ...
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Father’s Day Hike

June 19 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Father’s Day Hike Enjoy a family hike around the beautiful West Channel Pond. We’ll search for wildlife like beaver, mink, and water snak...
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Preschool: Lifecycles

June 20 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today we are going to discover the different life cycles of animals. We’ll learn how tadpoles grow up to be frogs, how caterpillars ...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

June 21 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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Cuyahoga River By Boat

June 21 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...
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Insect Extravaganza

June 22 at 10 a.m. - noon
North Chagrin Reservation
Explore the world of insects with Eco Explorers through activity stations. Who is making all that noise? How do they move? Where do they ...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

June 22 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the different seasons through discovery time, a craft and hike.  Register by phone by J...
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Mid-Week Walk

June 22 at 3:30 - 5 p..m.
Lakefront Reservation
Need a change in your weekly routine? If so, join us for a mid-week walk. We’ll enjoy the view of the lake as we walk along the beach and...
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After Work Walk

June 22 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Summer is here. Let’s enjoy the forest trail as we take in the beautiful scenery that the summer season provides. Garfield Park Cent...
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Malabar Farm Bus Tour

June 24 at 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
The 581-acre Malabar Farm in Pleasant Valley was the dream of Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Louis Bromfield. See the farm as it was duri...
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Towpath Stroll

June 24 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Looking for something to do with the family? Stop by for a naturalist-led walk on the towpath trail to see what is happening this su...
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Family Campout at Squire's Castle (SOLD OUT)

June 24 - 25 at 6 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT Reserve your spot for this special family campout at Squire's Castle. Try disc golf or slacklining, or just relax ...
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MAPS Bird Banding

June 25 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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Mill Creek Trail History Hike

June 25 at 10 - 11 a..m.
Garfield Park Reservation
View the largest waterfall in Cuyahoga County, Mill Creek Falls. Walk to the site of the former Northern Ohio Lunatic Asylum. See the rem...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

June 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...
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Family Bike Ride in the Park

June 25 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, exciteme...
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Kite Making

June 25 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Make a light weight, paper bag kite that will fly high in the sky. Bring your brown paper bag and we’ll provide the decorations. Reg...
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Non-Campout

June 25 at 6 - 8:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Do you like the idea of a campout, but don’t want to sleep out? Young families will have fun cooking their dinner, going on a hike, and d...
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Great Backyard Campout

June 25 - 26 at June 25 at 7 p.m. thru June 26 at 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 a night hi...
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Lakefront Dog Walk

June 26 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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Drop In and Drop a Line

June 26 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...
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Visit the Lorenzo Carter Cabin

June 26 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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Catching Bugs

June 27 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Butterflies, caterpillars, ladybugs and grasshoppers abound in the summer. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder searching the field for ...
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Insect Extravaganza

June 28 at 10 a.m. - noon
Garfield Park Reservation
Explore the world of insects with Eco Explorers through activity stations. Who is making all that noise? How do they move? Where do they ...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

June 28 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...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

June 28 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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Discovery Days: Interesting Insects

June 29 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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Firefly Safari

June 29 at 8 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in search of fireflies while discovering some fun facts about these incredible insects. Nets and bug jar...
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Fascinating Fireflies

June 30 at 8:30-10 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Join Naturalist Joe Higgins on a firefly spotting adventure. Whether you call them fireflies or lightning bugs, you are sure to lear...
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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 not ...
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Olmsted Historical Society Farmers Market

July 2 - 31
10 a.m. - 2 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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Looking Under Logs

July 2 at 1 - 2 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Even though it can’t always be seen, lots of natural activity takes place underneath a rotting log. Many of nature’s most important proce...
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Sunday Drop-by: Finger Weaving

July 3 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Learn about the roots of this centuries-old craft and weave a patriotic red, white and blue bracelet for yourself or for a loved one...
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Hunger Games

July 6 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Do you have what it takes to survive? If you’re a deer, can you find food, shelter and water? Come play the Hunger Games to find out if y...
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Nurture with Nature

July 7 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your family for a monthly program exploring nature through books, games, and hikes. This month we’ll learn about lightening bu...
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Ledge Pool Dive-In Movie I

July 8 at 8 p.m. (depending on sunset)
Hinckley Reservation
In this delightful family film, a sheep takes the day off to have some fun and gets more than he anticipated when a mix up with a farmer,...
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Paddlesports Family Campout - Clinic 1

July 8 - 9 at Mandatory On-Land Clinic 1: Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Paddlesport Session 1: Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
2 Clinics Available.  Please register for either Clinic 1 or Clinic 2: Clinic 1: Friday at 7:30 p.m.& Paddlesports Session ...
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Paddlesports Family Campout - Clinic 2

July 8 - 9 at Mandatory On-Land Clinic 2: Friday at 8:30 p.m.; Paddlesport Session 2: Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
2 Clinics Available. Please register for either Clinic 1 or Clinic 2: Clinic 1: Friday at 7:30 p.m.& Paddlesports Session 1: Saturday...
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Prairie Drop-In

July 9 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 share pioneer and Indian uses of thos...
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Pond-dip Drop-by

July 12 at 1:30-3:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Take a “dip” at the wetlands. Amazing creatures live there, so pack up your natural curiosity and explore these critters in their wet and...
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Little Explorers: Dragonflies

July 14 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Dragonflies Bring your little explorer to learn about dragonflies. We will have songs, crafts, and outdoor explora...
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Reptile Romp

July 14 at Noon-1:30 p.m.
Big Creek Reservation
Discover the fascinating world of reptiles as we discuss snakes and turtles and their ecological and evolutionary importance.   We’l...
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Little Explorers: Dragonflies

July 14 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Dragonflies Bring your little explorer to learn about dragonflies. We will have songs, crafts, and outdoor explora...
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Log Flipping

July 14 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Mark Warman to uncover the living world beneath logs in the woods. These microcosms of vibrant life are sure to surprise....
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

July 16 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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Sunday Drop-by: Wildlife Foods

July 16 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Use a chart to determine what species of animal eats what food item. Apply your knowledge to wildlife species here at the park. You may b...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

July 17 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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Nature Baby

July 20 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 walk ...
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Discovering Nature: Pond Pals

July 22 at 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Discovering Nature: Pond Pals Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We will explore the West Ch...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle - Evening Paddle

July 22 at 6:30 p.m. and 8 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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The American Beaver

July 22 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
The beaver is not only an architect in nature, it also played an important role in the history of the United States. Learn about thi...
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Invertebrate Investigation

July 23 at 11 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Join Naturalist Joel Kavaras for a short hike where we will showcase the various invertebrates that crawl, slither, and fly through the s...
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Frostville Family Arts Festival: Olmsted Historical Society

July 24 at 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Frostville Family Arts Festival Olmsted Historical Society A great variety of local vendors will be featured at this outdoor music a...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

July 24 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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West Creek Scavenger Hunt

July 24 at 1-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Follow a map and embark on a quest to put your skills to the ultimate test. Plants and animals make up your list as riddles and clue...
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Family Kayaking

July 24 at 1:30 - 4 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Naturalists will help families explore Hinckley Lake from kayaks. We’ll look for great blue herons and other wildlife. All equipment prov...
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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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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 bug jar...
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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...
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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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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. Then ...
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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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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 all about improving your backyard habi...
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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...
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Discovery Days: Sensational Summertime

August 31 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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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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Discovery Days: Cool Camouflage

September 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 will...
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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 hidd...
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Hands On Heritage

October 1 at 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Hands On Heritage Visit Rocky River Nature Center and surrounding trails for a day of fun focused around traditional skills. Try your han...
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American Red Cross Babysitter Training

October 14 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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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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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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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 how h...
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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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