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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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Woodcock Watch

April 29 at 8 - 9 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Woodcocks are a secretive bird with a rather fantastic mating display. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder to learn about the special adapta...
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Bedford Hiking Series #3: Hemlock Creek

April 30 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Explore the flood plain of Bedford Reservation! We’ll take a leisurely hike so we don’t miss a moment of the fleeting presence of sp...
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“Try-it” Activities: Rock Climbing

May 1 at 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Discover how fun, yet challenging rock climbing can be during these "Try-Its".  Participants can register for 1-hour samplers of roc...
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May Day! May Day!

May 1 at 1-2 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
May Day! May Day! No cause for alarm, just a great day to get out on the trails. You never know what we may find now that the t...
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Basking Butterflies - Flighty Fun

May 2 at 10-11 a.m.
West Creek Reservation
Meet West Creek's spring meadow beauties. These important pollinators are critical to ecosystem health. We will identify and monitor butt...
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Flowers Along the Creek

May 4 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna along the trails of Euclid Creek in search of this season’s wildflowers. We will hike the same route thr...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

May 4 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 May 2 ...
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Wildflower Folklore Hike

May 4 at 1 - 3 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Spring wildflowers have charm and great beauty, but they also have amazing cultural tales that are connected with them. Join Natural...
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National Weather Observers Day

May 4 at 2-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
What type of cloud are you? We can't answer that question, but we will discuss and identify the types of clouds in our sky, what causes t...
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Spring Discovery Hike

May 5 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Life is bursting with budding wildflowers, the return of migrant birds, fresh fungi, and more! Watch the season unfold every Thursda...
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Spring Wander

May 5 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
This area is a great place to find wildflowers and other signs of spring. Explore hills and valleys hunting for the hidden gems of the se...
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Emerald Necklace Hikers

May 6 at 10 a.m. - noon
Bedford 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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Emerald Necklace Hikers

May 7 at 10 a.m. - noon
Bedford 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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The Novice Naturalist

May 7 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Becoming acquainted with seasonal wildflowers is a must for all enthusiasts of nature. Join Naturalist Foster Brown as we explore ea...
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

May 8 at 9 a.m. – noon
This entry level course combines classroom and on the water practice to introduce you to equipment, basic paddling strokes, and more. &nb...
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Get Out...

May 8 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 a little more distance to thi...
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

May 9 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Slow down and enjoy a leisurely walk as we explore all that this reservation holds during this busy month of spring. We’ll be in search o...
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Hiking for the Young at Heart

May 10 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join Naturalist Jenny McClain to hike along Tinker’s Creek and look for blooming bluebells and other spring wildflowers. Hemlock Cre...
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Bicycle Maintenance 1

May 10 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Come learn what makes the wheels go around on your bike in this lecture style class with some hands-on experience.  Topics will cove...
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Spring Discovery Hike

May 12 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Life is bursting with budding wildflowers, the return of migrant birds, fresh fungi, and more! Watch the season unfold every Thursda...
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Afternoon Archery for Kids

May 14 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your child to the valley to discover the fun of archery. Enjoy a new activity surrounded by nature. We’ll have all supplies availab...
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Nature Journaling

May 14 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 cam...
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Afternoon Archery for Adults

May 14 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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In Search of Cicadas

May 14 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Hike with Naturalist Carly Martin as we go in search of emerging 17-Year Cicadas. The last time these big buzzy insects made an appe...
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Bike the Canal

May 14 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
It’s Bike Month! Bring your own bike to enjoy a leisurely bike ride from CanalWay Center to Rockside Road. Bring money, as we’ll stop for...
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Seven Wonders of Cleveland Metroparks Bus Trip

May 15 at 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Tie up those walking shoes and join Naturalist Natalie Schroder for a day of wonder as we discover some of the top sights within Cle...
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

May 15 at 9 a.m. – noon
This entry level course combines classroom and on the water practice to introduce you to equipment, basic paddling strokes, and more. &nb...
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Garfield Park Dog Walk

May 15 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Stroll the All Purpose Trail Loop around Garfield Park with your pup. Dogs must be leashed and waste picked up. Walkers without dogs...
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Tons of Turtles

May 15 at 11 a.m. - noon
North Chagrin Reservation
Spring is high-time for turtles to be on the move. Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna for a short indoor presentation on turtle behavior, follow...
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Snakes of Cleveland Metroparks

May 15 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Have you ever wondered if that snake you saw was venomous or what species it may be? Naturalist Jake Kudrna will take you through an...
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Dog Walk

May 15 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Hike with your four-legged friend along the Rocky River. This area is a great place to see Virginia bluebells and other wildflowers. ...
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Cicadas Afterschool

May 17 at 4 - 5 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
  Kids will love getting ready for the 17-year cicada emergence. Join a naturalist to learn a little more about these insects a...
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Bicycle Maintenance 2

May 17 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
After taking Bicycle Maintenance 1, join us for the next step in becoming more proficient at working on your own bike. This mostly hands-...
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Flowers Along the Creek

May 18 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna along the trails of Euclid Creek in search of this season’s wildflowers. We will hike the same route thr...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

May 18 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 May 16...
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Cicadas Afterschool

May 18 at 4 - 5 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
  Kids will love getting ready for the 17-year cicada emergence. Join a naturalist to learn a little more about these insects a...
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Appalachian Trail Backpacking Trip (Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting May 18, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip June 2 - 5)

May 18 at CanalWay Center, Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip June 2 - 5 (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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Spring Discovery Hike

May 19 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Life is bursting with budding wildflowers, the return of migrant birds, fresh fungi, and more! Watch the season unfold every Thursda...
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Ride the Emerald Rim

May 21 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Celebrate National Bike to Work Week immersed in nature as you pedal through the Emerald Necklace on a cycling adventure. Starting from t...
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Extreme Hiking

May 21 at 9 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Trees are leafing out and the forest canopy is closing quickly. Hike with Naturalist Pam Taylor through the forest. Wear appropriate...
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Nature Writing

May 21 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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Spring Photo Hike

May 21 at 2 - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Capture the sights of the season as spring unfurls: the tender shoots of green to the delicate wildflowers, mourning cloak butterfli...
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Full Flower Moon Stroll

May 21 at 9 - 10:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
May conjures up the beauties that have been lying dormant under the cold winter earth. Stroll in Acacia Reservation with a naturalist as ...
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Last Chance Wildflower Walk

May 22 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Search for the last blooms of spring on the Scenic Loop trail with Naturalist Selby Majewski. We’ll try to fill any remaining gaps i...
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Introduction to Monarch Watch

May 22 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Monarchs are a spectacular insect with a fascinating life. Come to this introductory session to learn more about their life cycle and how...
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Barn Swallows and Bluebirds

May 24 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Man-made cavities and tree holes are perfect places for amazing birds. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder to seek out these marvelous ...
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Evening Dog Walk

May 24 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join an after-work walk through the forest to get some exercise for your furry friend.
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Handcycling Clinic

May 25 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Mill Stream Run 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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Spring Discovery Hike

May 26 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Life is bursting with budding wildflowers, the return of migrant birds, fresh fungi, and more! Watch the season unfold every Thursday in ...
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It’s a Tree

May 26 at 12 - 1 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on a quick hike though Wildwood Park to shine a light on some of the park’s greatest trees.
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“Try-it” Activities: Mountain Biking

May 26 at 4 - 8 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Discover how fun, yet challenging mountain biking can be during these one-hour long “Try-It" sessions. Try-Its will be on the hour f...
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Family Friday Night: Cicadas

May 27 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
What in the world are those noisy creatures? Learn about the amazing emergence of the 17-year periodical cicada with Naturalist Selb...
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In-Seine Invertebrates

May 28 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
How do we know if a river is healthy or not? Today we will throw on our boots, and take our seines to the Chagrin to discover the inverte...
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Turtle Drop-in

May 28 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Meet a couple of live Ohio turtles, see and touch some different turtle shells and discover where these ancient reptiles live.  
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Family Bike Ride

May 28 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Load up your family, friends and bicycles for a casual bike ride along the Towpath. We’ll stop along the way to discuss some of the wildl...
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Dog Hike

May 28 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 some of the wooded trails. All dogs must ...
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Worden's Ledges Hike

May 28 at 3 - 5 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Hike along a beautiful wooded trail that winds through sandstone ledges with Naturalist Kathy Schmidt. Learn about the history of the man...
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Wildwood Wetland Walk

May 29 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on a leisurely walk enjoying the restored wetland and creek to see what is calling it home. Cliff s...
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Hidden Insects and Camouflage

May 29 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Did you see it? The most interesting insects are some of the hardest to find. Join Naturalist Andrew Mularo for an afternoon of exploring...
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Cicada Search

May 29 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Seventeen years ago, this area was full of cicadas emerging from the ground. The air may be full of buzzing insects today; learn abo...
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Amazing Arachnids

May 30 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Believe it or not, spiders are one of the most important animals in their habitats. Hike with Naturalist Andrew Mularo and observe these ...
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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 ...
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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 September. Ad...
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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 ...
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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. All...
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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 ba...
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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 signs of...
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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, ...
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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 with ...
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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 fi...
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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 educati...
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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 w...
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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 June 2...
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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 n...
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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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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 bro...
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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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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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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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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 master...
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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 and e...
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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 Metropark...
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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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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 ex...
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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. &nb...
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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 bot...
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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 tour of LaDue Reservoir in Geauga County. Participants will be given instruction on ho...
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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...
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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 broken i...
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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...
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Rivergate Kayak Tours

June 18 at 10 a.m. - noon
Washington Reservation (including Rivergate)
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

June 18 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Washington Reservation (including Rivergate)
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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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 prac...
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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 strokes,...
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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 str...
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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 can b...
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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 ser...
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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 rises....
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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 w...
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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 and fin...
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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 Amer...
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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 great ...
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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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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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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 str...
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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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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 naturalis...
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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 documen...
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Dragon Boating

June 25 at 1 – 3 p.m.
Washington Reservation (including Rivergate)
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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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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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 ...
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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 knots w...
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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 knots w...
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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...
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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 these...
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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 availa...
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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 available, ...
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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....
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Fly Fishing 2: Supplemental Skills

June 28 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Learn advanced skills and good fishing locations as you practice casting the fly rod into the lake. Fishing license required. Prerequisit...
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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 ...
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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 September. Ad...
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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...
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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.
Washington Reservation (including Rivergate)
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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LaDue Kayak Tour

July 6 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Strengthen your core and your senses on a relaxing tour of LaDue Reservoir in Geauga County. Participants will be given instruction on ho...
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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...
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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 strokes,...
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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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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 str...
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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. Learn...
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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 Pad...
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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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