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Rolling Hills in the Morning

August 30 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Enjoy a walk as we look for what has changed recently in this constantly evolving park. We’ll also keep our eyes open for the butter...
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Lake Erie Stand Up Paddleboarding Tour

August 30 at 6 - 8:00 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 downt...
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Yoga and Hike

August 30 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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Mountain Bike Skills Ride - Beginner

August 30 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 Walk with a Stroller

August 31 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Enjoy a morning with Naturalist Carly Martin to enjoy the nature that surrounds us as we take a casual walk through this fascinating...
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Trail Mix Walk

August 31 at 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today is National Trail Mix Day. Join us as we make our own healthy snack before hitting the trail with Naturalist Angelec Hillsman. Ages...
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Handcycling Clinic

August 31 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Learn a new skill or re-visit an activity you once loved. Handcycling is a great way for individuals to use their upper body strengt...
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Kids Explore the Creek ​

September 1 at 10 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin and explore Sulphur Springs Creek at a curious child’s pace. Everyone must wear sturdy wettable footwear.
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Stand Up Paddleboarding I: Introduction to SUP

September 1 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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Painting Nature in Pastels

September 3 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Huntington Reservation
Inspired by nature? Try painting it in a new way, with chalk or oil pastels. In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to apply t...
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Holiday Hike

September 3 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Let’s get out and stretch our legs this holiday weekend. We’ll travel through the woodlands of Bedford. Enjoying the sights and soun...
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Family Fun Hike

September 4 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Experience early fall with a leisurely stroll along the parkway.  We’ll take our time checking out flowers and looking for wildlife ...
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Hike to the Overlook and Back

September 4 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Come down to Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation for a nice brisk walk to the overlook and back to the Center. We will stop and examin...
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

September 5 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 first m...
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Caterpillar Drop-in

September 5 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Stop by the main entrance of the reservation anytime this afternoon to meet a caterpillar and learn all about the moths and butterfl...
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Mountain Bike Skills Ride - Family Clinic

September 6 at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Family Clinic
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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Along the Chagrin

September 7 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on a stroll along the Chagrin River. We will keep an eye out for critters while admiring the scenery of ...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

September 7 at 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. or 1 – 2:15 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the different places animals call home through a story, discovery time and a craft. Register by p...
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High Mileage Hike

September 8 at 9 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Join a naturalist to get a few miles under our boots before the changing of the seasons. We will point out some of Ohio’s iconic tre...
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A Swift’s Night Out

September 8 at 6:45 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
In early autumn, chimney swifts gather by the thousands to prepare for their journey south. Watch the stunning display of these incredibl...
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Evening Dog Hike

September 9 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
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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NEOCycle Mountain Bike Race

September 10 at Registration: 8 a.m. Race: 9 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
N EOCycle has grown the past few years, and it continues to grow with the addition of a thrilling mountain bike race for 2016.  Gath...
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Hikathon Mini

September 10 at 10 - 12:30 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Hikathon Mini Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese for a deep-woods hike. The Red Loop offers slopes and ravines with dramatic stream vie...
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Birds of Acacia

September 11 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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Family Bike Ride

September 11 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
 L oad up your family, friends, and bicycles, for a casual bike ride along the Towpath. We’ll stop along the way to discuss som...
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Wildflowers and Pollinator Wander

September 13 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Let’s take a slow and in-depth look at what’s happening around the marsh. We’ll see how many bees, butterflies, and asters we can find.
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Yoga and Hike

September 13 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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Monarch Migration

September 15 at 5 - 7 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder surveying the lakefront in search of migrating monarchs. We will also tag some as they continue their jo...
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Hike to Henry Church Rock

September 16 at 2 - 3 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Stone steps lead to a cool ravine along the scenic Chagrin River, where hemlocks soar above mossy crags and lush ferns. Take a journ...
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Chagrin River Bird Quest

September 16 at 4 - 6 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland (ASGC) and Cleveland Metroparks for the second annual Chagrin River Bird Quest. Explore the Cha...
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The Full Corn Moon Stroll

September 16 at 9 - 10:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
This seasonal moon has many names that native tribes and colonial settlers have associated with this month. The Full Corn Moon celeb...
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Ledges to Lake Adventure Race

September 17 at 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. race starts. (Boat drop-off area closes at 8:30 a.m.)
Hinckley Reservation
Combine the thrills of Hinckley Reservation in this fun but challenging race.  Start with a 3.3 mile run around Hinckley Lake then h...
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Ferns in Fruit

September 17 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin 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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Nature Journaling

September 17 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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Chagrin River Bird Quest

September 17 at 4 - 6 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland (ASGC) and Cleveland Metroparks for the second annual Chagrin River Bird Quest. Explore th...
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Family Night Hike

September 17 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Bring your youngsters for an evening of fun on the trail. We’ll hike and play games as we learn about what is happening in nature at nigh...
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Garfield Park Dog Walk

September 18 at 9 - 10 a.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Stroll the All Purpose Trail loop with your pup. We'll discuss the natural and cultural history of the park as we walk. Dogs must be...
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Coffee at the Overlook

September 18 at 9 - 10:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join a naturalist as we hike up to a point high above the Chagrin River. We’ll stop at the top and reflect on nature’s beauty with a cup ...
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Wednesday Walk

September 21 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Hike the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve. Once at the overlook we’ll enjoy a beautiful view of downtown as the sun begins to set...
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Autumn Hike

September 22 at 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Kick off the first day of autumn with us. We’ll take in the beautiful sights and sounds as we hike Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve. P...
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Family Friday Night: Fall Equinox

September 23 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
W hat is the fall equinox? Let’s explore natural and human made mysteries at this astronomical change of seasons. We’ll also share o...
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Pawpaws in the Park

September 24 at noon - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Discover the phenomenal natural and cultural history of this forgotten fruit. Taste a pawpaw (while supplies last) and learn fun pawpaw r...
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Sunset Hike

September 24 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Join us for an end of summer hike. Enjoy a serene sunset on the beach after a gentle hike to observe the sights and sounds of the la...
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Yoga and Hike

September 27 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 September...
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Family Fun Hike

October 2 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Where do leaves go after they fall? This time of year there are colorful leaves everywhere but most of them will disappear before sp...
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Nature at Night

October 8 at 5 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
As the sun sets, nature awakens. Join us to discover the life that glides through dark skies, hunts in the shadowy forest and slips throu...
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Birds of Acacia

October 9 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 a...
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Autumn Nooks and Crannies

October 11 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Experience the colors, crunch and creatures of fall with a walk on the Scenic Loop Trail. Join us to catch the ebb and flow of the season...
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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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Hike in the Valley

October 13 at 1 - 2 p,m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join us on a quick hike through the Chagrin River Valley to admire the scenic waterfalls and artwork of Henry Church Rock.    
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Wildwood Bird Walk

October 14 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Bring your binoculars and we will search the shores of Lake Erie and the nearby woods and meadows for winged wonders great and small...
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Beginner Tree Identification

October 14 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Min Keung to identify the most common trees in Northeast Ohio. Learn the names of the trees around you. We will do a shor...
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Autumn Photo Hike

October 15 at 9 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
  Capture the sights of the season as autumn paints the trees with color. Discover how nature prepares for the coming winter as...
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Nature Journaling

October 15 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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Features of the Creek

October 16 at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna as we stroll along Euclid Creek in search of signs of fall.
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Fall Colors Hike

October 16 at 2 - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in one of the most spectacular spots of the park. The colors should be in full splendor as we traipse th...
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The Full Hunter's Moon Stroll

October 16 at 8:30 - 10 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
This seasonal moon has many names that native tribes and colonial settlers have associated with this month. The Full Harvest Moon ce...
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Look About Littles

October 17 at 10 - 11:30 a.m. or 1 - 2:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Preschoolers who love nature will enjoy this six-week nature class. This extended time will allow us to explore a little deeper into autu...
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Colors of Fall

October 20 at 1 - 2 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on a hike to the Chagrin River Overlook to view the breathtaking fall colors of this state-recognized Sc...
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Nature Writing

October 22 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 will...
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Carousel Hike

October 22 at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
  The trails go up and down like the colorful animals of a carousel. Let’s hop on and enjoy the sights and sounds of this glori...
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The Novice Naturalist

October 22 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Identifying local trees is one of the first skills a young naturalist should learn. This program will give clues in recognizing common tr...
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Euclid Creek History Hike

October 23 at 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
  The Euclid Creek Corridor is full of history, from an amazing creature called Dunkleosteus to Bluestone Quarries. Join Natura...
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

October 24 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 peak we...
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Autumn Nooks and Crannies

October 25 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Experience the colors, crunch and creatures of fall with a walk on the Scenic Loop Trail. Join us to catch the ebb and flow of the s...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

October 26 at 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. or 1 – 2:15 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover special fall fruits through a story, discovery time and a craft Register by phone by October 17
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River and Field Hike

October 27 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
  Come explore the diverse habitats around Jackson Field. We will search for signs of life and seasonal changes in the field, f...
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Family Friday Night: Halloween Creatures

October 28 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join us to meet owls, spiders, snakes and more! Learn the truth about Halloween animal myths and take a night hike to listen for owls in ...
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Dog Hike

October 29 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. We will hike the rolling terrain together. All dogs mu...
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Witch-Hazel Hike

October 30 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Need one last flower fix before they leave us until spring? This hike will lead you through the forest in search of the wondrous witch-ha...
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