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Kids Explore What Birds Eat

December 8 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin to discover what winter birds eat at a curious child’s pace. Everyone must wear sturdy footwear. Cancel...
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Kayaking 2: Supplemental Skills

December 8 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Registration Closed. Start where you left off in Kayaking 1. We taught you how to do a wet exit, but we left you wondering how to get bac...
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Fly Tying Basics

December 8 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Learn the basics of tying flies with Jeff Liskay.  Topics covered include tools and materials needed and how they work, parts o...
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Family Friday Night: Animals in Winter

December 9 at 7 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Where are all the frogs, turtles and insects during the winter? What do beavers and bats do during the colder months of the year? Find ou...
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Dog Hike

December 10 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 of North Chagrin Reserv...
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Birds of Acacia

December 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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Dog Walk

December 11 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your four legged friend for a hike through the hills of Brecksville. We’ll search for signs of other animals that are preparin...
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Birds at the Overlook

December 11 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Winter is a time of bird abundance if you take the time to look. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on an adventure through the woods to ou...
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Winter at Acacia

December 13 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join Naturalist Selby Majewski for a brisk walk through the park as we check off birds, winter weeds, and steps this morning.  ...
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The Full Cold Moon Stroll

December 14 at 8 - 9:45 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
December typically brings cold and clear nights. Joins us on a refreshing stroll on the Sylvan Trail and Overlook Trail enjoying the Cold...
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Euclid Creaks

December 15 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on a short hike through the floodplain of Euclid Creek. We will take the time to admire the sights and s...
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Extreme Hiking

December 17 at 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Naturalist Pam Taylor as we cross creeks and climb the hills in Hinckley. Please wear appropriate footwear, trail surfaces may be sl...
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The Novice Naturalist

December 17 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come learn about the elusive coyote. Legends and mysteries surround this wonderful resident of Ohio. Learn to separate the fact from...
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Coyote Pep-Talk

December 18 at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Coyotes have become an integral part of Northeast Ohio ecosystems. We will search for signs of coyotes while Naturalist Jake Kudrna dispe...
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Feed the Birds

December 18 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Hike to the overlook and attempt to feed chickadees from the palm of your hand. We’ll return to the nature center for hot chocolate....
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No Parents Needed

December 22 at 9 a.m. - noon or 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Kids will have a blast playing outside while parents get things done. We’ll hand feed chickadees, go for a hike, and play games. Snack an...
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Christmas Eve Sunrise Hike

December 24 at 7:30 - 9 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come and enjoy a crisp, fresh and quiet morning walk through a deep woods. Naturalist, Foster Brown will lead this hike along the Sy...
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12,000 Step Program - Hike for Health

December 27 at 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Health professionals now recommend taking at least 12,000 steps a day to improve or maintain your health. Historical Interpreter Doug Kus...
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Hiking for the Young at Heart

December 27 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Winter is done knocking at the door, it has arrived. Join Naturalist Pam Taylor on this monthly hike through the woods. Please wear ...
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Snow Camp

December 27 - 29 at 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in the wintery weather building an outdoor shelter, hiking to feed the birds, making s’mores at a campfi...
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Last Sunrise of the Year Hike

December 31 at 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Celebrate the last day and sunrise of 2016. Hike along the shore of Hinckley Lake to view the sunrise, and then return to hot coffee...
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Winter Hike Series

January 3 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Challenge yourself to hike every Tuesday in January. We’ll take a brisk walk on the trails of South Chagrin and learn that winter is not ...
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Winter Walk

January 4 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Moths, midges, and mantids. What do they have to do with winter? They are easily found in the meadow when the leaves of fall are gon...
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Cookies & Cocoa Snowshoe Hike

January 6 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Embrace winter by raising your heartbeat with an invigorating snowshoe hike. Learn snowshoeing basics including terminology, turning...
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Winter Woodland Hike

January 7 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Immerse yourself in the quiet of the forest in the winter. We will follow the boardwalk to admire the evergreen boughs of the histor...
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Saturday Night Specials: Patagonia and its Nature

January 7 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
  Join Dr. Ami Horowitz and travel f rom  snow-capped mountains, glaciers and windy steppe to deserted shorelines, Patagonia su...
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Birds of Acacia

January 8 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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Snowshoe Try-Its at Winteriffic

January 8 at noon - 5:00 p.m. (First come, first served; last Try-It goes out at 4 p.m.)
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Discover how fun, yet challenging snowshoeing can be during these one-hour long "Try-It" sessions. No special boot are required, but wate...
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Birds at the Overlook

January 8 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Winter is a time of bird abundance if you take time to look. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on an adventure through the woods to o...
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

January 9 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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Hiking for the Young at Heart

January 10 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Enjoy a brisk hike through the winter woods on the Deer Lick Cave trail. We’ll look for signs of animals that are out braving these ...
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Winter Hike Series

January 10 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Challenge yourself to hike every Tuesday in January. We’ll take a brisk walk on the trails of South Chagrin and learn that winter is not ...
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Cross-Country Skiing 1: Introduction

January 10 at 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing during this introductory class including basic terminology, strides, turning, and going up ...
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Euclid Creaks

January 12 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on a short hike through the floodplain of Euclid Creek. We will take the time to admire the sights and sounds...
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Kids Explore Deer

January 12 at 10 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin and explore deer at a curious child’s pace.  
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Full Wolf Moon Night Hike

January 13 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
The moon was at its fullest last night, but there should still be plenty of moonlight to enjoy the beauty of a winter night under the ris...
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Family Friday Night: Spooky Owl Hike

January 13 at 7 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Take a walk through the dark woods in search of owls! These awesome and mysterious raptors will often call to one another on cold wi...
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Sunrise Hike with Snowshoes

January 14 at 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
The peace experienced on early morning hikes is like no other. Join us on our first 2017 monthly hike through A.B. Williams Woods to the ...
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Extreme Hiking

January 14 at 9 a.m. - noon
Bedford Reservation
Get out of the house and into the woods. Join Naturalist Pam Taylor as we explore the trails of Bedford Reservation. Final distance ...
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Birds and Coffee

January 14 at 10 – 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Brush up on your bird identification skills as you enjoy a hot cup of coffee. We will get a front row seat and close up views of a variet...
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Dog Hike

January 14 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 of North Chagrin Reserv...
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Saturday Night Specials: The People and Water of Vietnam

January 14 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
As Vietnam’s population and economy grow, so do the demands on freshwater resources. Urbanized rivers, flooding and wastewater management...
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Waterbirds at Wildwood

January 15 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on a survey for gulls and other waterbirds. Meet in the parking lot closest to the walking bridge. ...
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Snowshoe at the Castle

January 15 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
In the 1800’s, Feargus Squire began construction of Squire’s Castle. Join a naturalist for the opportunity to explore the valley he once ...
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Winter Overnight

January 15 - 16 at 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Enjoy a special night for children and their adult to celebrate the beauty of a winter’s night in a log cabin. Enjoy time in the Lod...
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Winter Hike Series

January 17 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Challenge yourself to hike every Tuesday in January. We’ll take a brisk walk on the trails of South Chagrin and learn that winter is not ...
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Cross-Country Skiing 1: Introduction

January 17 at 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing during this introductory class including basic terminology, strides, turning, and going up ...
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Moses Cleaveland Tree Hike

January 19 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
General Moses Cleaveland hit the mouth of the Cuyahoga River July 22, 1796, but he wasn’t the first one here! Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna...
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

January 19 at 6 – 9 p.m.
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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Winter Night along the Chagrin

January 20 at 8:15 - 10 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin for a walk along the Chagrin River under the cover of dark and winter. Terrain: 1.5 miles, mostly flat  ...
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Owl HOOT-enanny

January 21 at 12-4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Whooooo do you hear calling in the night? Join us to discover the common to the not so common owls found in Northeast Ohio. Enjoy an...
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Saturday Night Specials: Birding Ohio’s Lakeshore

January 21 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
A very birdy seasonal romp  with Chuck Slusarczyk, Jr. highlighting the diversity of bird life that can be found in the lakesho...
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Cross-Country Skiing 1: Introduction

January 22 at 9 - 11:30 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing during this introductory class including basic terminology, strides, turning, and going up ...
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

January 22 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. Be p...
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Cross-Country Skiing 2: Supplemental Skills

January 22 at 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Now that moving across flat terrain is easy, learn downhill techniques such as wedge turns, step turns, and practice linking turns t...
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Snoga

January 22 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
What do you get when you combine snow and yoga? Snoga of course! Hike on snow-covered trails as you pause at scenic locations with certif...
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Trailside Explorers

January 22 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
  Would you like to get outside more with your family in 2017? Join Naturalist Selby Majewski for a guided wander. This month w...
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Look About Littles

January 23 - March 6
10 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 2:30 p.m. on Monday
South Chagrin Reservation
Young children will love this 6 week nature and outdoor class. Each week, we'll explore the magic of winter through outdoor exploration, ...
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Polliwog Preschool

January 23 - February 27
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. on Monday
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover nature in this drop-off program. Winter may be the time that many plants and animals are hib...
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Winter Hike Series

January 24 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Challenge yourself to hike every Tuesday in January. We’ll take a brisk walk on the trails of South Chagrin and learn that winter is not ...
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Cookies & Cocoa Snowshoe Hike

January 24 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Embrace winter by raising your heartbeat with an invigorating snowshoe hike. Learn snowshoeing basics including terminology, tu...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

January 25 at 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. or 1 - 2:15 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover all things snow and ice. We will have discovery time with experiments, a craft and go on a short ...
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Kayaking 2: Supplemental Skills

January 26 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Start where you left off in Kayaking 1. 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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Owls of Acacia

January 27 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Acacia Reservation is a prime urban oasis for a variety of birds, including owls. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder to hear what nighttime...
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Fat Bike Race and Celebration

January 28 at 8:15 a.m. registration
Bedford Reservation
Registration opens December 15th   at 8:30 a.m. Join Cleveland Metroparks for the second annual Fat Bike Race and Celebration i...
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Saturday Night Specials: Scotland, from the Lowlands to the Highlands

January 28 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Animal curator Tad Schoffner of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo spends much of his free time visiting and learning about western Europ...
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Winter Hike Series

January 31 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Challenge yourself to hike every Tuesday in January. We’ll take a brisk walk on the trails of South Chagrin and learn that winter is...
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Ice Climbing Adventure (Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting January 31, 5:15 - 7:45 p.m. - Actual Trip February 4)

January 31 at Kendall Cliffs - Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting 5:15 - 7:45 p.m. - Actual Trip to Fenton, MI on February 4 (all day)
Garfield Park Reservation
An ice ax, harness, helmet and crampons could only mean one thing. It's time for an ice climbing adventure. Learn how to ice climb as we ...
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Ice Climbing Adventure (Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting January 31, 7:30 - 9:45 p.m. - Actual Trip February 4)

January 31 at Kendall Cliffs - Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting 7:30 - 9:45 p.m. - Actual Trip to Fenton, MI on February 4 (all day)
Garfield Park Reservation
An ice ax, harness, helmet and crampons could only mean one thing. It's time for an ice climbing adventure. Learn how to ice climb a...
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Youth Kayaking

February 2 at 6 – 8 p.m.
Come out and make a splash in the warmth of the pool as you learn to kayak.  Learning basic strokes and wet exits will be integrated...
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Cross-Country Skiing 1: Introduction

February 2 at 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing during this introductory class including basic terminology, strides, turning, and going up ...
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"Try-It" Activities: Cross-Country Skiing

February 4 at 11 a.m. - noon OR 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Discover how fun, yet challenging cross-country skiing can be during these one-hour long "Try-It" sessions. Snowshoeing is also available...
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Cross-Country Skiing 1: Introduction

February 5 at 9 - 11:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing during this introductory class including basic terminology, strides, turning, and going up ...
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

February 5 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. Be p...
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Cross-Country Skiing 2: Supplemental Skills

February 5 at 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Now that moving across flat terrain is easy, learn downhill techniques such as wedge turns, step turns, and practice linking turns t...
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Hiking for the Young at Heart

February 7 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Naturalist Jenny McClain for a hike through Hinckley’s winter woods that is sure to warm us up. We’ll keep our eyes open for tracks ...
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Cookies & Cocoa Snowshoe Hike

February 7 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Embrace winter by raising your heartbeat with an invigorating snowshoe hike. Learn snowshoeing basics including terminology, tu...
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Fly Tying 1: Introduction

February 8 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Learn the basics of tying flies with Jeff Liskay.  Topics covered include tools and materials needed and how they work, parts of you...
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Cookies & Cocoa Cross-Country Ski Tour

February 8 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Enhance you skiing techniques during this guided tour across open fields and mixed terrain. Enjoy cookies and cocoa afterwards. Dres...
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

February 9 at 6 – 9 p.m.
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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Full Moon HIke

February 10 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
The full snow moon will be making an appearance tonight, or you may call it the full hunger moon as both names are correct. Come out...
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Frozen Waterfalls

February 11 at 2 - 4:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join Naturalist Pam Taylor to hike into the gorge of Bedford Reservation in search of seasonal waterfalls. Frozen or not, you won’t want ...
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Winter Wander

February 12 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Come explore the winter wonderland on this hike along the hemlock loop trail.
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Cookies & Cocoa Cross-Country Ski Tour

February 13 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Enhance you skiing techniques during this guided tour across open fields and mixed terrain. Enjoy cookies and cocoa afterward. Dressing i...
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

February 16 at 6 – 9 p.m.
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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Snoga

February 18 at 10:30 - noon
West Creek Reservation
What do you get when you combine snow and yoga? Snoga of course! Hike on snow-covered trails as you pause at scenic locations with certif...
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Cross-Country Skiing 1: Introduction

February 21 at 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing during this introductory class including basic terminology, strides, turning, and going up ...
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Cross-Country Ski Alleghany State Park Trip

February 22 at Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting February 22, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip March 3-5 (all day)
Bedford Reservation
PHONE REGISTRATION ONLY starting December 15: 216-341-1704 Join us on a weekend away where days are spent exploring Art Roscoe’s 20 ...
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Kayaking 2: Supplemental Skills

February 23 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Start where you left off in Kayaking 1. 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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Extreme Hiking

February 25 at 9 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Get out of the house and into the woods! This extreme hike is one of the shorter ones, but the scenery is spectacular. Final distance wil...
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Kayaking 2: Supplemental Skills

February 26 at 9 a.m. - noon
Start where you left off in Kayaking 1. 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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Cross-Country Ski Program Interest

February 28 at
Weather in Cleveland is ever-changing. While we hope to have at least 4" of snow for the scheduled snow programs, Mother Nature doesn't a...
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Snowshoe Program Interest Sign-up

February 28 at
Weather in Cleveland is ever-changing. While we hope to have at least 4" of snow for the scheduled snow programs, Mother Nature does...
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Snoga

March 11 at 10:30 - noon
West Creek Reservation
What do you get when you combine snow and yoga? Snoga of course! Hike on snow-covered trails as you pause at scenic locations with certif...
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Fly Tying 2: Patterns

March 15 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Now that you understand the basics of tying flies, learn how to tie different patterns under the guidance of Jeff Liskay. Participan...
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Wilderness First Aid

April 1 - 2 at 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us for a two-day workshop to learn wilderness first aid skills from experts in the field. Designed specifically for groups and their...
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