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Gallery Wall: History of Rocky River Reservation

February 1 - 28
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily every day
Gallery Wall History of Rocky River Reservation Enjoy historical photos and drawings depicting the history of Cleveland Metroparks a...
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Nature Writing

February 25 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. Take a ...
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Centennial Conversations: Zoo

February 25 at 11 a.m. - Noon
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo was born as one man’s personal animal collection and has grown to become an internationally influential ani...
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White Pine Hike

February 25 at 2 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Take a stroll through an ancient grove of Eastern White Pines and imagine what Ohio was like hundreds of years ago. This remnant stand of...
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Fossil Freeway

February 25 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Fossil Freeway What does I-71 have to do with vertebrate paleontology? Come learn how the mid-century highway boom unearthed a wealt...
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Hinckley Lake History Hike

February 26 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Historical Interpreter Beth Robb on a hike through time. We’ll hike a portion of the Hinckley Lake Loop Trail and learn the local hi...
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History of Maple Sugaring

March 3 - 19
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
Rocky River Reservation
History of Maple Sugaring The end of winter arrives in northern Ohio at a snail’s pace, indicated by “drip-drip-drip” as snow and ic...
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Building the Past - WPA & CCC

March 3 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
During the Great Depression the WPA and CCC programs provided job opportunities. We’ll learn about the impact of these federal programs o...
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Centennial Conversations: Golf

March 4 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Golf has been an important form of recreation within Cleveland Metroparks throughout the last century. Our professionals will share ...
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Discovering Nature: Maple Sugaring

March 10 at 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Discovering Nature: Maple Sugaring Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We will explore the history...
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Harriet Tubman Hike

March 10 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
On the day of Harriet Tubman’s birth, we’ll traverse the darkened forest of Bedford Reservation. On the trail we’ll discuss the impo...
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Cargo Ships

March 11 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Cleveland is a port city and ships are vital to our economy. Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak will help you understand how these behemot...
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Trailside Explorers

March 12 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come outside on our monthly child-paced wander. This month, we discover the secrets of Squire’s Castle. We’ll explore this fascinati...
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Castle to Cabins

March 16 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Much of the history of North Chagrin has been reclaimed by the forest. On this hike, we will rediscover some of this reservation’s histor...
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Family Friday Night: Maple Sugaring

March 17 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Have you ever tapped a tree? Join us to learn how maple syrup is created. We’ll experience every step of the process and attempt to ...
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Public Square

March 18 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
One of the first sections of Cleaveland laid out by surveyors was also home to the first offices of what has become your Cleveland Metrop...
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Viaduct Park History Hike

March 18 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Explore Viaduct Park with Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus. View The Great Falls of Tinker’s Creek and hear about the rich history...
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Maple Sugaring Drop-by

March 19 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Stop in anytime this afternoon to learn about this truly American tradition. A naturalist will be on hand with the tools of the trade and...
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Women's History and a Cup of Tea

March 19 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Enjoy a cup of hot tea and celebrate National Women’s History Month with Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus. While you sip, we’ll ta...
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Irishtown Bend

March 22 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
In Cleveland our river is crooked, and tales of the Bend you’ve mis-took-ed, we’ll show you what’s true, give Irish their due, Doug hopes...
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Urban Explorations: Burke Lakefront Airport

March 23 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Join Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak to learn about the history and workings of Burke Lakefront Airport, and to tour the Internati...
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Your Parks, Their Stories

March 23 at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
If you haven’t heard the name William Stinchcomb yet, then it is about time. Many referred to him as the “Father of Cleveland Metroparks....
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Scranton Road Peninsula Hop

March 25 at 10 a.m. - Noon
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak walks, talks and bops about this oasis created under Hope (Memorial Bridge). It’ll be a “miled” hi...
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Ohio Women in Wilderness

March 25 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Ohio Women in Wilderness Celebrate Women’s History Month and enjoy the trails around the Rocky River Nature Center with this special hist...
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19th Century Living for Kids: Weaving

March 26 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join us as we learn about the importance of making your own fabrics in the early 1800’s. We’ll also make a weaving craft to take hom...
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Look About Lodge Open House

March 26 at 1 - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Drop by the Lodge today to enjoy the ambiance, relax by the fireplace, and talk to a naturalist about 79 years of connecting people with ...
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Sunday Sprouts: Maple Sugaring

March 26 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the longtime tradition of maple sugaring. We will read a story, have discovery time and go o...
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Urban Explorations: Flats Bridges

March 30 at 1 - 4 p.m.
Spend your afternoon hiking in the Flats with Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak. Cleveland’s a city of bridges and we plan to span the ga...
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Bowl Burning

April 8 at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Create a bowl from a chunk of wood using the ancient technique of controlled burning with coals from a fire. Naturalists Sharon Hosk...
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Moses Cleaveland Trees

April 8 at 1 - 2 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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Albion of Yore

April 15 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Albion of Yore The area around Bonnie Park was once its own city called Albion. This short hike serves as an introduction to the his...
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Remains to be Seen

April 21 at 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Travel back in time to when the Berea Quarries were a booming business. Join Naturalists Beth Robb and Kathy Schmidt to search for the qu...
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Animals of Ohio’s Past

April 22 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Animals of Ohio’s Past Mountain lions, wolves, and bears oh my! The settlement of Ohio marked a time of great change for wild beasts...
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Remains to be Seen

April 22 at 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Travel back in time to when the Berea Quarries were a booming business. Join Naturalists Sharon Hosko and Kathy Schmidt to search for the...
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Underground Railroad

April 26 at 7 - 8 P.M.
Rocky River Reservation
Underground Railroad Nature played an important role in the Underground Railroad. Learn how freedom seekers worked with the environm...
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Inter-Urban Railway History & Hike

April 30 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Inter-Urban Railways were once a major mode of transportation in Ohio. Join us on a short hike to learn about their importance and see re...
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FallFest: 18th Century Festival

September 24 at 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Help celebrate the pioneers of the Western Reserve at Cleveland Metroparks annual FallFest: 18th Century Festival.  This fun, f...
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Hands On Heritage

October 7 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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Historic Hudson Valley Bus Tour

October 13 - 15 at 8 a.m. Friday - 10 p.m. Sunday
    Registration Begins March 1                          ...
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