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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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Fly Fishing 1: Introduction

May 31 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Combines classroom and dry land casting to introduce you to basic fly fishing equipment and techniques. Led by Jeff Liskay. Fishing licen...
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Yoga and Hike

May 31 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski the last Tuesday of the month through Septembe...
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Emerald Necklace Hikers

June 3 at 10 a.m. - noon
Hinckley Reservation
Don't feel comfortable navigating the trails on your own? Join this monthly hike to explore the Emerald Necklace, get some exercise and e...
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Dog Hike

June 3 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 of Acacia Reservation...
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Extreme Hiking

June 4 at 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
There is no better way to celebrate National Trails Day than hiking. Plan to hike a variety of trail surfaces and bring a grocery bag to ...
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Emerald Necklace Art Club Monthly Meeting

June 4 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Big Creek Reservation
Draw and paint with us. Members of the Emerald Necklace Art Club are invited to bring their favorite medium as we appreciate the sig...
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Cicada Invasion

June 4 at noon - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Cicada Invasion! We haven’t seen them since 1999 but the 17-year cicadas will be back this spring for a few weeks of flying around, buzzi...
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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 hav...
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Afternoon Archery for Adults

June 5 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Have you ever wanted to try archery? Join us in the valley to discover the fun of archery. Enjoy a new activity surrounded by nature. We’...
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Naturalist at the Pond

June 6 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Stop by anytime this morning to find what’s hidden in Dragonfly Pond. Hold a crayfish or catch a frog. A naturalist will be on hand ...
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

June 6 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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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 Kayak Tour

June 7 at 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Enhance your paddling skills while enjoying a light workout as you paddle the Upper Cuyahoga River, a State Scenic River. The calm water ...
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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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Steps to Sustainability

June 8 at 6 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
For many species, the future of conservation lies in human hands. Join us this evening for an opportunity to learn ways to benefit nature...
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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 gra...
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Mountain Bike Time Trials

June 9 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Challenge yourself with this off-road time trial. Complete one lap on marked single track at Royalview Trail. Categories will be broken i...
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American Canoe Association Level 1: Introduction to Kayaking Instructor Certification Workshop

June 10 - 12 at 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day
Hinckley Reservation
Share your love of kayaking with others by becoming an American Canoe Association certified instructor.  This workshop follows ...
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American Canoe Association Level 1-2 Stand Up Paddleboarding: Instructor Certification Workshop

June 10 - 12 at 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day
Hinckley Reservation
Share your love of stand up paddleboarding with others by becoming an American Canoe Association certified instructor.  This worksho...
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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...
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Hike N’ Paint

June 11 at 9 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Bring your paints along for the ultimate plein air experience. We will hike to a scenic location along the trail and create a masterpiece...
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Emerald Necklace Hikers

June 11 at 10 a.m. - noon
Hinckley Reservation
Don't feel comfortable navigating the trails on your own? Join this monthly hike to explore the Emerald Necklace, get some exercise ...
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Half Hikathon

June 11 - 25
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday
Half Hikathon 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese on this weekly wellness hike series exploring Cleveland Metroparks. We...
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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 yo...
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Nature Journaling

June 11 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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Dog Hike

June 11 at 2 - 3:30 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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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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Afternoon Dog Walk

June 12 at 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join a naturalist for a brisk walk through the forest to get some exercise for your furry friend.
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Hiking for the Young at Heart

June 14 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Naturalist Jenny McClain for a leisurely hike through beautiful Whipp’s Ledges. We’ll look for late summer wildflowers as we explore...
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

June 14 at 6 – 9 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
This entry level course combines classroom and on the water practice to introduce you to equipment, basic paddling strokes, and more...
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Basic Sailing Course June 15th - June 17th

June 15 - 17 at June 15, 4 - 7 p.m, June 16 & 17, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Huntington Reservation
Learn to sail small 14-foot sailboats in pairs and solo during this entry level yet strenuous course. The course will consist of both cla...
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LaDue Kayak Tour

June 15 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Strengthen your core and your senses on a relaxing kayak tour of LaDue Reservoir in Geauga County. Participants will be given instru...
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Full of Flowers

June 16 at 1 - 3 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Tulip tree, tulip poplar, Liriodendron tulipifera ; all are titles used to describe one of Ohio’s most elegant flowering trees. Join Natu...
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Mountain Bike Time Trials

June 16 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Challenge yourself with this off-road time trial. Complete one lap on marked single track at Royalview Trail. Categories will be bro...
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Hike on Bike Tours

June 18 at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown on a summer bicycle tour through South Chagrin and Bedford Reservations. This ride will have designated stop...
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Rivergate Kayak Tours

June 18 at 10 a.m. - noon
Lakefront Reservation
Discover downtown from a new perspective as you refine your kayaking skills and gain an appreciation of Cleveland's historical past ...
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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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Rivergate Kayak Tours

June 18 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Discover downtown from a new perspective as you refine your kayaking skills and gain an appreciation of Cleveland's historical past ...
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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, exciteme...
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Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga – Beginners

June 19 at 8 - 9:45 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga is a fun and enlightening experience. Spend the first 30 minutes learning basic SUP techniques, then...
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Birding the Banks of Euclid Creek

June 19 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on the banks of Euclid Creek searching for woodpeckers, catbirds and sandpipers. 
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Stand Up Paddleboarding I: Introduction to SUP

June 19 at 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 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 paddle str...
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Stand Up Paddleboarding I: Introduction to SUP

June 19 at 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 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 paddle strokes,...
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Drop-In: Pond Dipping

June 19 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Drop in and drop a net to the bottom of Sanctuary Marsh. Tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs and giant water bugs are just a few things that ...
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Get Out...

June 19 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
…and get active. Join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis for a hike. Over the next several months, we’ll add more distance to this hiking series.
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Sunrise on the Longest Day

June 20 at 6 - 7:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
We’re celebrating the summer solstice with dawn and dusk hikes along the Chagrin River. Join us for a walk this morning as the sun r...
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Summer Solstice Hike

June 20 at 3 - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on a hike through the forest and along the gorge to welcome summer. We may see remnants of spring wildfl...
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Sunset on the Longest Day

June 20 at 8 - 9:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
We’re celebrating the summer solstice with dawn and dusk hikes along the Chagrin River. Join us this evening to watch the sun set an...
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The Full Strawberry Moon Stroll

June 20 at 9:30 - 10:45 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
This full moon brings forth some of the first-fruits of Spring. Join us on a short stroll under this warm full moon as we share American ...
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Summer Solstice Concert

June 21 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join SpYder Stompers and Sugar Pie to celebrate the long days of summer. Familiar and original folk songs will make this evening a g...
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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 June 1...
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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 beac...
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Mountain Bike Time Trials

June 23 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Challenge yourself with this off-road time trial. Complete one lap on marked single track at Royalview Trail. Categories will be broken i...
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Yoga and Hike

June 23 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski the last Tuesday of the month through Septembe...
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Stand Up Paddleboarding I: Introduction to SUP

June 23 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 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 paddle strokes,...
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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 r...
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Nocturnal Wetlands

June 24 at 7 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Even though lots of them are out during the day, some of the most interesting creatures actually come out at night. Join a naturalist on ...
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The Novice Naturalist

June 25 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
The 17-year cicada is back! Let’s take a close look at this amazing creature in the order homoptera. Bring your sketch book as we do...
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Dragon Boating

June 25 at 1 – 3 p.m.
Washington Reservation
Celebrate the Asian tradition of dragon boating with a high energy paddle on the Cuyahoga River. Cleveland Dragon Boat Association member...
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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, exc...
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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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In Search of Fireflies

June 25 at 9:30 - 11 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join a naturalist as we venture into the forest in search of fireflies. Our ultimate prize will be if we can spot a congregation of synch...
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Rock Climbing 1: Introduction to Climbing

June 26 at 9 a.m. - noon
Hinckley Reservation
Experience the thrill of climbing on natural rock at Hinckley Reservation. Learn how to belay, use proper climbing techniques and kn...
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Birding the Mouth of Euclid Creek

June 26 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder at the mouth of Euclid Creek in search of waterfowl, kingfishers and cave swallows.
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Rock Climbing 1: Introduction to Climbing

June 26 at 1 - 4 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Experience the thrill of climbing on natural rock at Hinckley Reservation. Learn how to belay, use proper climbing techniques and kn...
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Family Fun Hike

June 26 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join us for a leisurely walk around Acacia Reservation. We’ll look for birds, bugs and flowers as we explore this former golf course.&nbs...
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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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“Try-it” Activities: Stand Up Paddleboarding

June 27 at 4 - 8 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Discover how fun, yet challenging stand up paddleboarding can be during the one-hour long "Try-It" sessions. Kayaking is also available, ...
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“Try-it” Activities: Kayaking

June 27 at 4:15 - 8:15 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Discover how fun, yet challenging kayaking can be during the one-hour long "Try-It" sessions. Stand Up Paddleboarding is also availa...
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Kayaking 2: Supplemental Skills

June 28 at 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Start where you left off in Kayaking I. We taught you how to do a wet exit, but we left you wondering how to get back in your kayak. Lear...
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Fly Fishing 2: Supplemental Skills

June 28 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Learn advanced skills and good fishing locations as you practice casting the fly rod into the lake. Fishing license required. Prereq...
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Lake Erie Kayak Tour

June 28 at 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Enhance your kayak skills as we paddle sit-on-top kayaks behind the breakwall to experience a new view of downtown Cleveland. Water and w...
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Yoga and Hike

June 28 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski the last Tuesday of the month through Septembe...
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Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga – Beginners

June 29 at 6:30 - 8:15 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga is a fun and enlightening experience. Spend the first 30 minutes learning basic SUP techniques, then prac...
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Dog Hike

July 2 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for exercise and socialization. We will hike the wooded trails of the reservation. All dogs...
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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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Worm Safari

July 3 at 10 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Believe it or not, many of the introduced species of earthworms can be devastating to the natural ecosystems that exist in our parks...
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Get Out...

July 3 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
…and get active. Join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis on the trails. Over the next several months, we’ll add more distance to this hiking series.
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Hiking for the Young at Heart

July 5 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
There is no better way to celebrate National Trails Day than on an extra-long hike. Plan to hike a variety of trail surfaces and bri...
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Kelly's Island Paddling Campout (Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting July 5, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip July 15 - 17)

July 5 at Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting July 5, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip July 15 - 17
Hinckley Reservation
Looking to expand your paddling experiences and explore different horizons and shores? Enjoy a weekend on the water with fellow paddlers ...
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Rivergate Kayak Tours

July 5 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Discover downtown from a new perspective as you refine your kayaking skills and gain an appreciation of Cleveland's historical past ...
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Turtle Happy Hour

July 6 at 5 - 7 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Do you enjoy the trails around the center, but just can’t make it there before 5? Tonight the building will be open late just for our eve...
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LaDue Kayak Tour

July 6 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Strengthen your core and your senses on a relaxing kayak tour of LaDue Reservoir in Geauga County. Participants will be given instru...
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Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga – Beginners

July 6 at 6:30 - 8:15 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga is a fun and enlightening experience. Spend the first 30 minutes learning basic SUP techniques, then prac...
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Stand Up Paddleboarding I: Introduction to SUP

July 7 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 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 paddle str...
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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 1:&nb...
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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: Sat...
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Stand Up Paddleboarding I: Introduction to SUP

July 9 at 1:30 - 3:30 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 paddle strokes,...
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The Novice Naturalist

July 9 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
It’s a great month to observe turtles sunning themselves around Sunset Pond and Sanctuary Marsh. Join Naturalist Foster Brown as we ...
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Birds of Acacia

July 10 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna as we search for nesting birds throughout the reservation’s ever-changing landscape. Bring binoculars; some a...
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Kayaking 1 & 2: Flat-water Fundamentals

July 10 at 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
This entry level course combines Kayaking 1 & Kayaking 2 into one extended class with both classroom and on the water practice. ...
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Family Creek Climb

July 10 at 1 - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
What lives in Sulphur Springs Creek? Let’s spend the afternoon exploring and getting dirty. Join Naturalist Selby Majewski as we hike to ...
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Yoga and Hike

July 12 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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Stand Up Paddleboarding I: Introduction to SUP

July 12 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 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 stroke...
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Naturalist at the Marsh

July 14 at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Stop by Sanctuary Marsh during your evening walk around the nature center. Naturalist Carly Martin will be on hand to discover the l...
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Naturalist by the Creek

July 15 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Stop by and discover what Naturalist Melanie Wheeler has on hand as you enjoy the trails and playground near Euclid Creek. This is a grea...
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Fun with Fungus

July 16 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Melanie Wheeler for an exploratory and interactive fungus-focused program. We'll take a closer look at mushrooms and...
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Drop In: Crayfish

July 16 at noon - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Explore the world of these amazing freshwater crustaceans. Learn how they spend their lives underwater, the different parts of a crayfish...
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Insects Galore

July 17 at 1 - 5 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Let’s celebrate the wonderful world of bugs! Meet cool critters from around the world, migrate to Mexico as a monarch butterfly, and...
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

July 18 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Slow down and enjoy a leisurely walk with Naturalist Natalie Schroder as we explore all that this newer reservation holds during the summ...
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Stand Up Paddleboarding I: Introduction to SUP

July 19 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 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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The Full Thunder Moon Stroll

July 19 at 9:30 - 10:45 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown as he leads you on this first full month of summer. July is known for rolling thunder as rainstorms move acr...
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Yoga and Hike

July 21 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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Family Friday Night: Spider Hunt

July 22 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Take an evening hike to the streamside in search of one of Ohio’s largest spiders, the chocolate brown fishing spider. Naturalist Jeff Ri...
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Emerald Necklace Hikers

July 23 at 10 a.m. - noon
Bradley Woods Reservation
Don't feel comfortable navigating the trails on your own? Join this monthly hike to explore the Emerald Necklace, get some exercise ...
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Dog Hike

July 23 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. We will hike the rolling terrain of Acacia Reservation. All...
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Dragon Boating

July 23 at 10 – Noon
Washington Reservation
Celebrate the Asian tradition of dragon boating with a high energy paddle on the Cuyahoga River. Cleveland Dragon Boat Association m...
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Kayaking 1 & 2: Flat-water Fundamentals

July 23 at 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
This entry level course combines Kayaking 1 & Kayaking 2 into one extended class with both classroom and on the water practice. Learn...
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Butterflies: Wings by Day

July 23 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Search for our diurnal scaly-winged insects as we explore the world of butterflies. Wear long pants, bring a water bottle and insect...
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Moths: Wings by Night

July 23 at 8 - 9:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Discover more about the butterflies’ nocturnal cousins. We will search light and bait traps to see the diversity of moths we catch.  
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Early Morning Creek Climb and Breakfast

July 24 at 8 - 10 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join a naturalist for an early morning summer adventure. We'll explore the history and natural history of Sulphur Springs Creek by l...
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Birding the Mouth of Euclid Creek

July 24 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder at the mouth of Euclid Creek in search of waterfowl, kingfishers and cave swallows.
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Underwater Bugs

July 24 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Andrew Mularo on the banks of the Chagrin River to discover the wonderful world of aquatic invertebrates. Participan...
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Yoga and Hike

July 26 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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Trailside Bike Repairs

July 26 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Grab your bike and come learn quick and simple  trail-side  bike repairs. Bring your bike, because time will be spent ridi...
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Stand Up Paddleboarding 2: Supplemental Skills

July 28 at 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Start where you left off in SUP 1.  Learn advanced paddling strokes, bracing, rescues, and more.  Anticipate spending time in t...
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Moth Night Out

July 29 at 8 - 9:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
 Join us for a "Moth Night Out" to observe these nocturnal creatures at our light and bait traps.  
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Rivergate Kayak Tours

July 30 at 10 a.m. - noon
Lakefront Reservation
Discover downtown from a new perspective as you refine your kayaking skills and gain an appreciation of Cleveland's historical past durin...
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Rivergate Kayak Tours

July 30 at 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Discover downtown from a new perspective as you refine your kayaking skills and gain an appreciation of Cleveland's historical past ...
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Catch River Fish

July 30 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Use a seine net to catch shiners, chubs, colorful darters and other interesting native fish in the beautiful Chagrin River. Bring wettabl...
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Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga – Beginners

July 31 at 8:00 - 9:45 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga is a fun and enlightening experience. Spend the first 30 minutes learning basic SUP techniques, then...
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Drop In and Drop a Line

July 31 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 Kudr...
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Stand Up Paddleboarding I: Introduction to SUP

July 31 at 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 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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Stand Up Paddleboarding I: Introduction to SUP

July 31 at 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 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 stroke...
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Rivergate Kayak Tours

August 2 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Discover downtown from a new perspective as you refine your kayaking skills and gain an appreciation of Cleveland's historical past ...
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Beginner Backpacking Trip (Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting August 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Actual Trip: August 12 - 13)

August 3 at (Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting August 3, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m) Actual Trip: August 12, 4 p.m. - August 13, Noon
If you have ever wanted to go backpacking but were nervous about going to the bathroom in the woods, this is the trip for you. Join us fo...
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Lake Erie Stand Up Paddleboarding Tour

August 4 at 6:30 - 8:30 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 ...
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“Try-it” Activities: Stand Up Paddleboarding

August 5 at 4 - 8 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Discover how fun, yet challenging stand up paddleboarding can be during these one-hour long "Try-It" sessions. Kayaking is also available...
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“Try-it” Activities: Kayaking

August 5 at 4:15 - 8:15 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Discover how fun, yet challenging kayaking can be during the one-hour long "Try-It" sessions. Stand Up Paddleboarding is also availa...
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Rock Climbing 1: Introduction to Climbing

August 6 at 9 a.m. - Noon
Hinckley Reservation
Experience the thrill of climbing on natural rock at Hinckley Reservation. Learn how to belay, proper climbing techniques and knots while...
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Rock Climbing 2: Beyond the Basics

August 6 at 1 - 4 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
If you have climbing experience and are looking to learn more about top rope climbing, then venture outside to climb on natural rock...
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Kayaking 1 & 2: Flat-water Fundamentals

August 7 at 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
This entry level course combines Kayaking 1 & Kayaking 2 into one extended class with both classroom and on the water practice. Learn...
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Stand Up Paddleboarding I: Introduction to SUP

August 9 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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Fly Fishing for Steelhead

August 9 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Now that you understand the basics of fly fishing, learn the specifics for catching Steelhead Trout. Jeff Liskay will teach you about the...
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Yoga and Hike

August 9 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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Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga – Beginners

August 10 at 6:30 - 8:15 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga is a fun and enlightening experience. Spend the first 30 minutes learning basic SUP techniques, then prac...
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Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga – Beginners

August 14 at 8:00 - 9:45 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga is a fun and enlightening experience. Spend the first 30 minutes learning basic SUP techniques, then...
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Stand Up Paddleboarding I: Introduction to SUP

August 14 at 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 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 stroke...
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Stand Up Paddleboarding I: Introduction to SUP

August 14 at 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 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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Stand Up Paddleboarding I: Introduction to SUP

August 16 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 stroke...
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Mountain Bike Skills Ride - Beginner

August 16 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...
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Lake Erie Kayak Tour

August 17 at 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Enhance your kayak skills as we paddle sit-on-top kayaks behind the breakwall to experience a new view of downtown Cleveland. Water and w...
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Minister Creek Backpacking Trip (Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting August 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Actual Trip August 26 - 28)

August 17 at Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting August 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Actual Trip August 26 - 28
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us for this 2-night beginner backpacking trip in the beautiful Alleghany National Forest.  Enjoy natural rock overlooks, s...
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Whiskey Island Stand Up Paddleboard Race & Festival

August 20 at 7:30 – 8:15 a.m. race registration. Event open until 4:00 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Cleveland Metroparks and Nalu Standup Paddle & Surf are partnering to offer the 3rd Annual Whiskey Island Stand Up Paddlebo...
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Mountain Bike Skills Ride - Intermediate

August 23 at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Intermediate 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...
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Basic Sailing Course August 24th - August 26th

August 24 - 26 at August 24, 4 - 7 p.m, August 25 & 26, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Huntington Reservation
Learn to sail small 14-foot sailboats in pairs and solo during this entry level yet strenuous course. The course will consist of both cla...
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Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga – Beginners

August 24 at 6:00 - 7:45 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga is a fun and enlightening experience. Spend the first 30 minutes learning basic SUP techniques, then...
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Stand Up Paddleboarding 2: Supplemental Skills

August 25 at 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Start where you left off in SUP 1.  Learn advanced paddling strokes, bracing, rescues, and more.  Anticipate spending time in t...
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Yoga and Hike

August 25 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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Dragon Boating

August 26 at 6 – 8 p.m.
Washington Reservation
Celebrate the Asian tradition of dragon boating with a high energy paddle on the Cuyahoga River. Cleveland Dragon Boat Association member...
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Rivergate Kayak Tours

August 27 at 10 a.m. - noon
Lakefront Reservation
Discover downtown from a new perspective as you refine your kayaking skills and gain an appreciation of Cleveland's historical past ...
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Rivergate Kayak Tours

August 27 at 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Discover downtown from a new perspective as you refine your kayaking skills and gain an appreciation of Cleveland's historical past durin...
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Family Cuyahoga River Tour - Kayak

August 28 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Explore the beauty of the Upper Cuyahoga River as a family while learning essential kayaking skills.   The calm water in this s...
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Family Cuyahoga River Tour - Kayak

August 28 at 1:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Explore the beauty of the Upper Cuyahoga River as a family while learning essential kayaking skills.   The calm water in this sectio...
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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 ...
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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 September...
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Mountain Bike Skills Ride - Youth Clinic

August 30 at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Youth 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...
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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 strength to ...
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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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Rivergate Kayak Tours

September 6 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Discover downtown from a new perspective as you refine your kayaking skills and gain an appreciation of Cleveland's historical past durin...
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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...
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Clarion River Paddling Trip (Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting September 13, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip September 23 - 25)

September 13 at Hinckley Lake Boathouse, Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip September 23 - 25 (all day)
Hinckley Reservation
Paddle with us as we embark down the National Wild and Scenic Clarion River on canoes and kayaks in the beautiful Allegheny National Fore...
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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 t...
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Appalachian Trail Backpacking Trip (Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting September 27, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip October 6 - 9)

September 27 at Garfield Park Center, Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip October 6 - 9 (all day)
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Grab your hiking boots and join us for a 4-day backpacking excursion through historic Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. White blazes will gu...
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Royalview Rumble

October 1 at Registration: 10 a.m. Race: 11 a.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Get ready for the first ever trail run and mountain bike race in Cleveland Metroparks benefiting the Trails Fund in partnership with...
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