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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. ...
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Afternoon Archery for Kids

July 23 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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Afternoon Archery for Adults

July 23 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...
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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 repe...
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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 litera...
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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. Participants wi...
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Family Bike Ride

July 25 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’ll ride south along the canal stopping to enjoy nature along our ride. We’ll take an ice cream break to enjoy this summer night. ...
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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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Crayfish in the Creek

July 31 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Children, young and old, will love getting their feet wet and exploring in the creek. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in disco...
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

August 1 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 final m...
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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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Up Close to Nature Campout

August 5 - 6 at 7 p.m. - 10 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Celebrate the end of summer by sleeping out in the natural world. Friday we will explore the forest at night and enjoy a campfire. Saturd...
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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 ...
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Dog Hike

August 6 at 10 - 11:30
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 be l...
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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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Ferns in Fruit

August 6 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
While flowers soak up the summer sun, ferns thrive in the cool shade of the forest. Though all ferns may be green, they have amazing dive...
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Bike to the Falls

August 6 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Enjoy this summer afternoon while biking through the park. We’ll ride to Mill Creek Falls to see Cuyahoga County’s largest waterfall...
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Amazing Bats

August 6 at 2 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come meet a live bat and learn what makes these nocturnal mammals so fascinating and beneficial. We will take a short hike to our “bat co...
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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. ...
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Junior Naturalist: Bug Netting

August 7 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
What’s hiding in the tall grass? We’ll use nets and jars to catch and release butterflies, grasshoppers and beetles as we learn all about...
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Get Out...

August 7 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 ...
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Sprouts: Waves and Wetlands

August 8 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover our great lake together throughout the month of August as we dig, play, and discover nature on th...
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Night at the Springs

August 8 at 7 - 9 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
When the sun goes down the creeks of South Chagrin teem with incredible nocturnal life. Join Naturalist Andrew Mularo and admire the...
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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 stroke...
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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 abou...
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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 September...
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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...
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A Night of Meteors

August 12 at 10 - 11:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. Join Naturalist Natalie Schr...
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Hike on a Bike Tour

August 13 at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
This interpretive hike on a bike program will meet at Wildwood Parking lot. Short stops will take us through Euclid Beach Park, Lake...
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Drop In and Drop a Line

August 13 at 10 - noon
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your little ones for an opportunity to land a fish out of historic Sunset Pond. Naturalist Jake Kudrna will be out on the back pati...
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Bug Hunt

August 13 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
In August, many insects have reached maturity and can be found in meadows throughout Cleveland Metroparks. Join Naturalist Jeff Rieb...
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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 prac...
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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 s...
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Drop In: Monarchs

August 14 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Monarch butterflies are reveled around the world for their miraculous 2,000 mile journey each year. Drop in to learn more about this incr...
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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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Sprouts: Waves and Wetlands

August 15 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover our great lake together throughout the month of August as we dig, play, and discover nature on th...
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Nighttime Bug Noises

August 15 at 7 - 9 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Andrew Mularo on an evening hike and listen to all of the intriguing noises made by the nocturnal insects of South C...
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Hiking for the Young at Heart

August 16 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
The dog days of summer are here. Join Naturalist Joel Kavaras for this monthly hike. We’ll head to Deer Lick Cave where the air is usuall...
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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 s...
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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. &nb...
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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 ...
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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, stream...
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Hike to the Overlook

August 18 at 10 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Some of Cleveland’s most scenic views can be found along our rivers and streams. We will travel along Overlook trail to find one of ...
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Emerald Necklace Hikers

August 19 at 10 a.m. - noon
Euclid Creek 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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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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Emerald Necklace Hikers

August 20 at 10 a.m. - noon
Euclid Creek 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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An Introduction to Atlatls

August 20 at 1 - 2 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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Reptiles, Amphibians & Fun!

August 20 at 4 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Animal lovers will enjoy seeing over 50 live animals and learning about them from our naturalists. Kids will enjoy trying out the turtle ...
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Towpath Dog Walk

August 21 at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your dog for a guided walk on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath. Dogs must be leashed and waste picked up. Walkers without dog...
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Birding the Banks of Euclid Creek

August 21 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on the banks of the creek searching for woodpeckers, catbirds and sandpipers.
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Sprouts: Waves and Wetlands

August 22 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover our great lake together throughout the month of August as we dig, play, and discover nature ...
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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. &nb...
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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 bot...
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Kayak the Canal

August 24 at 5:30 -8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Explore the wildlife of the Canal from the water. We will watch for great blue herons, turtles, beavers and more as we paddle to the Lock...
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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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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

August 24 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to learn all about frogs. We will use nets to catch tadpoles, as well as read a story and make a craft. Dress...
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Yoga and Hike

August 25 at 10 - 11:30 a.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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After School Archery

August 25 at 4 - 5:30 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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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...
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After Work Archery

August 25 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Have you ever wanted to test your archery skills? Join us in the valley  to discover the fun of archery. Enjoy a new activity surrou...
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Forest Hills Hike

August 25 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Join a naturalist to explore the trails of Forest Hills. We will look and listen for creatures that come out at dusk.
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Dragon Boating

August 26 at 6 – 8 p.m.
Lakefront 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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Hoodlebugs and Giants Hike and Campfire

August 26 at 7 - 9:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join a naturalist to hike an area that has inspired many tales. Learn where to find a hoodlebug and about  the Bentleyville Gia...
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Nature Writing

August 27 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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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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CanalWay Campout

August 27 - 28 at 7 p.m. - 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 night hike, watch...
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The Novice Naturalist

August 27 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
The marsh and ponds in and around North Chagrin Nature Center are teaming with dragonflies and damselflies this time of year. Come join N...
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Birding the Mouth of Euclid Creek

August 28 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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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 sectio...
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Fall Wildflowers 101

August 28 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Our wetlands and meadows erupt with color this time of year. Join Naturalist Selby Majewski to learn about our special fall blooms a...
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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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Climb the Creek

August 28 at 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Take this late summer chance to get your feet wet and climb Sulphur Springs Creek waterfalls with a naturalist. Wear sturdy wettable...
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Sprouts: Waves and Wetlands

August 29 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover our great lake together throughout the month of August as we dig, play, and discover nature on th...
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Rolling Hills in the Morning

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

August 30 at 6 - 8:00 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Enhance your mind, body and soul during this full body workout as you increase your SUPing skills and discover a new perspective of downt...
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Yoga and Hike

August 30 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski, on the last Tuesday of the month through Sept...
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Mountain Bike Skills Ride - 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. &nb...
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Nature Walk with a Stroller

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

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

September 1 at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a great way to have fun and get a little workout. Lessons will focus on equipment, basic paddling stroke...
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Emerald Necklace Hikers

September 2 at 10 a.m. - noon
Mill Stream Run 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

September 3 at 10 a.m. - noon
Mill Stream Run 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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Family Fun Hike at Whipp's Ledges

September 3 at 3 - 5 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Bring out the family for a strenuous, yet fun hike among spectacular sandstone ledges with Naturalist Kathy Schmidt. We’ll search fo...
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Family Fun Hike

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

September 5 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Slow down and enjoy a leisurely walk with Naturalist Natalie Schroder as we explore all that Acacia Reservation holds during this fi...
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Caterpillar Drop-in

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

September 6 at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Family Clinic
Bedford Reservation
Grab your mountain bike and come ride with a certified mountain bike coach as you learn and advance your skills and riding technique. &nb...
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Along the Chagrin

September 7 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on a stroll along the Chagrin River. We will keep an eye out for critters while admiring the scenery of ...
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High Mileage Hike

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

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

September 9 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. We will hike the wooded trails together. All dogs must be l...
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NEOCycle Mountain Bike Race

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

September 10 at 9 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
We’re off for another adventure! Join Naturalist Pam Taylor as we explore some of the best South Chagrin has to offer. It is very likely ...
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Birds of Acacia

September 11 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna as we search for birds throughout Acacia Reservation’s ever-changing landscape. Bring binoculars, some a...
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Get Out...

September 11 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
…and get active. Join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis on the trails. Over the next couple months, we’ll add more distance to this hiking series.
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Wildflowers and Pollinator Wander

September 13 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Let’s take a slow and in-depth look at what’s happening around the marsh. We’ll see how many bees, butterflies, and asters we can find.
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Clarion River Paddling Trip (Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting September 13, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip: September 23, 1 p.m. - 25, 9 p.m.)

September 13 at Hinckley Lake Boathouse, Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting, September 13, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip: September 23, 1 p.m. - 25, 9 p.m.
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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Yoga and Hike

September 13 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski, on the last Tuesday of the month through Sept...
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Monarch Migration

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

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

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

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

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

September 17 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
While flowers soak up the summer sun, ferns thrive in the cool shade of the forest. Though all ferns may be green, they have amazing...
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Chagrin River Bird Quest

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

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

September 18 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Are you looking to add an owl nest box to your property? Now is your chance! In this workshop we will do our best to attract eastern scre...
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Hiking for the Young at Heart

September 20 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Get out and explore the trails to and through Whipp's Ledges while learning the story behind the name of this great rocky place. Hin...
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Naturalist at Euclid Creek

September 20 at noon - 1:30 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Naturalist Carly Martin will be stationed near the creek today. Stop by to meet a live animal and learn a little more about the life arou...
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Chagrin River Homeschool

September 21 at 10 a.m. - noon or 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Third Wednesday of every month, September through May. Join us for a unique drop-off program, geared for students in grades 1 st – 3...
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Naturalist at Acacia

September 21 at noon - 1:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Naturalist Carly Martin will be stationed near the trailhead today. Stop by to meet a live animal and learn a little more about the life ...
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Pawpaws in the Park

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

September 24 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Owls are some of the most amazing birds on earth. Naturalist Foster Brown will share fun facts and ancient myths about owls. This Novice ...
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Family Cuyahoga River Tour - Kayak

September 25 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

September 25 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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Appalachian Trail Backpacking Trip (Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting September 27, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip October 6, 7 a.m. - October 9, 10 p.m.)

September 27 at Garfield Park Center, Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip October October 6, 7 a.m. - October 9, 10 p.m.)
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 wi...
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Yoga and Hike

September 27 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski, on the last Tuesday of the month through September...
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Campfire-Songs and Skits

September 30 at 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Go for a short hike to observe seasonal changes and then learn and participate in fireside camp songs, and skits. S'mores snack for ...
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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 Seco...
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

October 2 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....
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Gourmet Backcountry Cooking

October 13 at 6 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Tired of eating boil in a bag meals while backpacking? Let your taste buds go wild as you discover tips and tricks to cooking delicious g...
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Steelhead Fly Fishing Excursion

October 15 at 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Discover the tranquility of fly fishing in the Rocky River under the guidance of Jeff Liskay. Learn advanced steelhead fly fishing t...
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Kayaking 2: Supplemental Skills

October 16 at 9 a.m. – noon
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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Land Navigation 1

November 5 at 1 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Do you ever feel like your phone has become an extension of yourself? Come out and take a break from technology, and learn a new ski...
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Backpacking Basics

November 10 at 6 – 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Learn the basics to having a safe and enjoyable backcountry experience before investing in expensive gear. Our knowledgeable staff will c...
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Land Navigation 2

November 12 at 12:30 - 3:30p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Brush up on your map and compass skills with this intermediate course, which will delve more deeply into compass skills, such as tri...
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