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2-Hour Cart Tour

July 25 at 10 a.m. - noon
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on an extended northern tour of Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. We’ll discuss the...
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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. Pleas...
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Firefly Safari

July 26 at 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in search of fireflies while discovering some fun facts about these incredible insects. Nets and bu...
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West Creek Night Hike: Flies

July 27 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
What do butter, dragon, and fire all have in common? They’re all types of flies! Come walk West Creek Reservation with Naturalist Patti D...
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Little Ones Sleepover

July 29 - 30 at Fri 7 p.m. - Sat 8:30 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Attention parents with little ones. Come experience an unforgettable overnight with your child. We will spend time both indoors and ...
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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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MAPS Bird Banding

July 30 at 7 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Visit a bird banding research station in action for an up-close encounter with some of your favorite birds, some of which travel up ...
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Hemlock Hike

July 30 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join us for a hike through the Tinker's Creek floodplain. We’ll hike through the woods and along the creek looking for local flora and fa...
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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 we...
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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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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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Hunt of the Month: Bats

August 1 - 31
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
By now the baby bats are leaving mom to hunt for bugs on their own. Look around the CanalWay Center for the 20 bats we have hidden. Then ...
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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 fi...
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Summer Cool Down

August 2 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. Enjoy an informative nature walk down the Towpath. Cool off afterwards with a provided ice crea...
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Nature Boat Ride 4 p.m.

August 2 at 4 - 6 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
View Cleveland’s wildlife from a boat. We’ll discuss the plants that inhabit the river bed and look for a wide variety of waterfowl ...
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Nature Boat Ride 7 p.m.

August 2 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
View Cleveland’s wildlife from a boat. We’ll discuss the plants that inhabit the river bed and look for a wide variety of waterfowl as we...
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CanalWay StoryTime

August 3 at 11 - 11:45 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’re taking storytime outdoors. Enjoy the sunshine as you hear stories about summer. 
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West Creek Night Hike

August 3 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Enjoy an evening walk to explore the fields, forests and brooks of West Creek using all of your senses. A spirit for adventure is the onl...
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Little Explorers: Rocky River

August 4 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Rocky River Bring your little explorer to learn about the Rocky River and all the animals that depend on its water...
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Hike n’ Chalk

August 4 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Hike n’ Chalk Let’s hit the trails in search of wildlife then return to the nature center to make a chalk drawing of our favorite finds f...
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Little Explorers: Rocky River

August 4 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Rocky River Bring your little explorer to learn about the Rocky River and all the animals that depend on its water...
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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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Bats Along the Canal

August 5 at 8 - 9 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us along the canal as we discover one of Ohio’s nocturnal animals, bats! We’ll watch them dine on bugs as we discuss some of th...
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Emerald Necklace Hiking Tour (West)

August 6 at 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Emerald Necklace Hiking Tour (West) Traverse the vast acreage of Cleveland Metroparks with Naturalist Marty Calabrese by bus and boo...
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Emerald Necklace Art Club: Monthly Meeting

August 6 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Draw and paint with us. Members of the Emerald Necklace Art Club are invited to bring their favorite medium as we appreciate the sig...
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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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Spider Safari

August 6 at 10-11:30 a.m.
West Creek Reservation
We will be on the lookout for weavers, jumpers and “wolves”. Join us on a spider safari and discover something new about these impor...
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Woodlands of Bedford: Deerlick Creek Adventure

August 6 at noon - 4 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Fred Losi will guide an in-stream exploration of Deerlick Creek. Three beautiful waterfalls will be explored: Fishbowl, Bridal Veil ...
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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 “b...
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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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Girl Scout Program: Wonders of Water

August 7 at 2-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Go on a journey to follow rain drops. Learn about water, then search for life in West Creek. Love water, save water, and complete mo...
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Future Scientists 101

August 7 at 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Future Scientists 101 Bring your future scientist to get a taste of what it is like to be a biologist for a day. We will be learning abou...
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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 ...
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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 beau...
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Pond Dipping Drop-By

August 9 at 10-Noon
West Creek Reservation
Amazing creatures live in our ponds, so pack up your natural curiosity and let’s explore these critters in their very own wet and wi...
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Discovering Nature: Creek Stomp

August 9 at 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Huntington Reservation
Discovering Nature: Creek Stomp Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We will explore and stomp in P...
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Critters in the Pond

August 9 at 1-2:30
Brookside Reservation
Enjoy the weekend with the kids searching for critters in the pond. We’ll use nets and a seine to catch-and-release fish, amphibians...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

August 10 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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August Adventure

August 11 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
August Adventure Come and see what we can find in the woodlands that surround the nature center. Kids will get a chance to use some ...
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Nocturnal Critters Campfire

August 11 at 8 - 9 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your family for a night around the campfire. Learn about the signs and noises of nocturnal animals in the area. Bring a chair or bl...
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Nature Bingo

August 12 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Bingo Bring the kids for a walk in the park accompanied by an exciting game of nature bingo. We will explore several differen...
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Emerald Necklace Hiking Tour (East)

August 13 at 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Emerald Necklace Hiking Tour (East) Traverse the vast acreage of Cleveland Metroparks with Naturalist Marty Calabrese by bus and boot. Le...
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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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Summer Photo Hike

August 13 at 9 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Capture nature’s summer sights with your camera as we hike along the scenic Chagrin River. We will stop along the way to see the famous H...
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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...
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Nature Detectives

August 13 at 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Detectives Use magnifying glasses to get up close and personal with the natural world and solve mysteries like what does it eat, w...
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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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Macro Mayhem

August 13 at 1-3:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Learn about our creeks’ crawly critters with Naturalist Matt Knittel. Start indoors, then explore the stream and real live macroinvertebr...
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Nature Journaling

August 13 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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Go Mothing!

August 13 at 8:30-10 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Mark Warman as we attract as many moths as possible using light and different recipes for moth delicacies: a mash of ferm...
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Birds of Acacia

August 14 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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Pond Dipping Drop-by

August 14 at 10-Noon
Drop by the pond near the Prehistoric Play Pit to examine life under water. We’ll provide dip nets, field guides, and aquariums to observ...
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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...
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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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March to the Monument

August 16 - 15 at 9:30 - 12:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
March to the Monument Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a hearty hike from the Emerald Necklace Marina to Stinchcomb Memorial. Along the ...
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Mid-month Meandering at Memphis

August 16 at 10-11:30 a.m.
Big Creek Reservation
Join a walk near Big Creek at the Memphis Picnic Area. This lovely little park should be abuzz with activity from insects, birds, fi...
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Nature Boat Ride 4 p.m.

August 16 at 4 - 6 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
View Cleveland’s wildlife from a boat. We’ll discuss the plants that inhabit the river bed and look for a wide variety of waterfowl as we...
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Nature Boat Ride 7 p.m.

August 16 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
View Cleveland’s wildlife from a boat. We’ll discuss the plants that inhabit the river bed and look for a wide variety of waterfowl ...
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Cart Tour 10 a.m.

August 17 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Take a cart tour north on the trail and focus on the cultural history of our reservation. Refreshments when you return. Fee: $5 Register ...
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Cart Tour - Noon

August 17 at Noon - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Take a cart tour north on the trail and focus on the cultural history of our reservation. Refreshments when you return. Fee: $5 Regi...
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West Creek Night Hike

August 17 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Enjoy an evening walk to explore the fields, forests and brooks of West Creek using all of your senses. A spirit for adventure is the onl...
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Wednesday Walk

August 17 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
We’ll hike along the upper ridge of Tinkers Creek then into the forest along the mountain bike trail. We’ll look for wildlife along ...
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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 the C...
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Biohike: Beavers

August 18 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Biohike: Beavers How can an herbivorous mammal with only 20 teeth re-engineer a landscape in just one night? Join Naturalist Marty C...
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Full Moon Float

August 18 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
A full moon is the perfect time to enjoy an evening kayaking while being guided around the lake in search of wildlife. All equipment prov...
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Full Moon Hike

August 18 at 8 - 9 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’ll Hike along the towpath under a full moon. We’ll keep a casual pace and stop to observe and discuss some nature along the way. ...
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The Full Sturgeon Moon Stroll

August 18 at 9:30 - 10:45 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
This seasonal moon has many names that native tribes and colonial setters have associated with this month. The Sturgeon Full Moon was com...
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CanalWay Cart Tour: Southern Route 10 a.m.

August 19 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
  This tour will take you south on the trail. View an aqueduct and cross over roads via pedestrian bridges as we explore the na...
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Dogs Days of Summer

August 19 at 11 a.m. - Noon
Bedford Reservation
Come alone or bring your leashed canine companion on a hike in beautiful Bedford Reservation. We’ll enjoy the cover of the forest canopy ...
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CanalWay Cart Tour: Southern Route - Noon

August 19 at Noon - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
This tour will take you south on the trail. View an aqueduct and cross over roads via pedestrian bridges as we explore the natural a...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

August 20 at 10 a.m. - Noon
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on an extended northern tour of Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. We’ll discuss the hist...
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Creek Walk

August 20 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Enjoy the cool water as we hike a section of Tinker’s Creek. Wear shoes and clothes to get wet as we will be in the water exploring ...
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Discovery Table: Meadow Mania

August 20 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Join a naturalist as we explore and discover the amazing animals that call the meadow home. Magnifiers and nets will be available to help...
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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 tu...
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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 dogs are...
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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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Explore Bradley Woods

August 21 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Explore Bradley Woods Learn about this unique swamp forest habitat and explore high and low in search of wildlife. Tall boots and pants r...
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Sunday Drop-By: Using Binoculars

August 21 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Let’s take a closer look at the wildlife of West Creek using binoculars. Naturalist Patti D. will show you how to use binoculars pro...
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Searching for Snakes

August 21 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Searching for Snakes We’ll hike in search of snakes in the forest and wetlands, then return to the nature center to make a fun snake craf...
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Monarch Walk

August 21 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Monarchs have returned and are being seen nectaring on many of our summer blooms. They are also growing in numbers. Search the field...
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Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey

August 21 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a waterside search for remarkably colorful dragonflies and damselflies, ...
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Critter Collection Party

August 21 at 6:30-8 p.m.
Big Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Joe Higgins to collect insects and spiders using a scientific instrument called a "pooter."  It's as fun as it ...
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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 on th...
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Evening Cart Tour

August 22 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join our naturalist on an evening cart tour along the Ohio & Erie Canal. We’ll look for signs of wildlife that roam in the eveni...
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Snakes at Jackson

August 24 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join naturalist Jake Kudrna as he meanders along the Chagrin River and throughout Jackson Field in search of snakes. We will discuss the ...
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Cart Tour 10 a.m.

August 24 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Take a cart tour north on the trail and focus on the cultural history of our reservation. Refreshments when you return. Fee: $5 Regi...
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Nature Baby

August 24 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Baby The forest is awaiting you so let’s get baby out to explore nature. Grab a baby backpack or just carry your child for a walk ...
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Cart Tour Noon

August 24 at Noon - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Take a cart tour north on the trail and focus on the cultural history of our reservation. Refreshments when you return. Fee: $5 Regi...
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Biohike: Caterpillars

August 24 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Biohike: Caterpillars From moths to monarchs, join Naturalist Marty Calabrese on a quest for caterpillars. A gentle turn of a leaf may re...
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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...
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West Creek Night Hike

August 24 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Enjoy an evening walk to explore the fields, forests and brooks of West Creek using all of your senses. A spirit for adventure is the onl...
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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. ...
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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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Late Summer Wildflower Walk

August 26 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Late Summer Wildflower Walk Stroll around the meadow with Naturalist Beth Whiteley as we look at the variety of wildflowers that blo...
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Early Morning on the Lake

August 27 at 8 - 10 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Naturalist Pam Taylor to kayak around the edges of the lake in search of the wildlife that live on or near the lake. All equipment p...
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Shorebird Workshop Bus Tour

August 27 at 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Shorebird Workshop Bus Tour  Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a daylong adventure seeking migrant shorebirds and waterbirds al...
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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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2-Hour Cart Tour

August 27 at 10 a.m. - Noon
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on an extended northern tour of Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. We’ll discuss the...
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Backyard Biodiversity Bash

August 27 at noon - 4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Your backyard can be a lively place with a few wild additions to your yard and garden!  Learn how to improve your backyard habitat f...
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Dusk to Dark

August 27 at 7 - 10 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Dusk to Dark Join us at dusk for this NEW free family friendly event to celebrate everything nocturnal.   We’ll be discovering ...
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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 for ...
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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 j...
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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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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 ...
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Urban Bird Survey

August 30 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Urban Bird Survey Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a survey of nesting and migrant birds at Wendy Park. Surprises await at this remarkab...
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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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CanalWay Cart Tour: Southern Route 10 a.m.

August 31 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
  This tour will take you south on the trail. View an aqueduct and cross over roads via pedestrian bridges as we explore the natural...
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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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CanalWay Cart Tour: Southern Route - Noon

August 31 at Noon - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
This tour will take you south on the trail. View an aqueduct and cross over roads via pedestrian bridges as we explore the natural and cu...
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West Creek Night Hike

August 31 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Enjoy an evening walk to explore the fields, forests and brooks of West Creek using all of your senses. A spirit for adventure is th...
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Hunt of the Month: Mushrooms

September 1 - 30
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Mushrooms come in a wide variety of shapes and colors, come to CanalWay Center and find our 20 colorful mushrooms hidden around the cente...
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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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Biohike: Nightlife

September 2 at 8 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Biohike: Nightlife Come experience the sights and sounds of the night, in the absence of moonlight. Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese for a...
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Emerald Necklace Art Club: Monthly Meeting

September 3 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Huntington Reservation
Draw and paint with us. Members of the Emerald Necklace Art Club are invited to bring their favorite medium as we appreciate the sig...
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National Wildlife Day

September 3 at 10-Noon
West Creek Reservation
Explore West Creek and see how many species we can find in our wetland, meadow and forest.   We’ll input the results of our mini bio...
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Painting Nature in Pastels

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

September 3 at 2-3:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Hunting for grasshoppers, leafhoppers and other insects in the meadow is fun. Bring the kids for a hike with Naturalist Debra Shankland, ...
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Go Mothing!

September 3 at 9-10:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Mark Warman as we attract as many moths as possible using light and different recipes for moth delicacies: a mash of...
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Lakefront Birding Blitz

September 4 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Lakefront Birding Blitz Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a bird survey at Cleveland’s renowned Wendy Park. Some of the season’s first mig...
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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 wild...
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Butterflies at the Beach

September 4 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
 Join a naturalist in search of monarch butterflies preparing for their southern migration along the shores of Lake Erie.
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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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Fall Birding Workshop

September 6 - 8
7 a.m - 5 p.m. every day
Rocky River Reservation
Fall Birding Workshop  Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a three-day course focusing on fall migrant songbirds. This adventure ...
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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 this ...
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The Beaver Wars

September 7 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
The Beaver Wars This history hike will examine a series of fierce trade conflicts in the Great Lakes region throughout the mid-17 th...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

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

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

September 8 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Monarchs Bring your little explorer to discover the magic of the beautiful monarch butterfly and their mysterious migra...
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Little Explorers: Monarchs

September 8 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Monarchs Bring your little explorer to discover the magic of the beautiful monarch butterfly and their mysterious ...
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A Swift’s Night Out

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

September 9 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Hike the Hilltop Get out and hike with a naturalist up and down the Mount Pleasant Loop Trail. We will enjoy the sights and sounds o...
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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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Hikathon Mini

September 10 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Hikathon Mini Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese for a deep-woods hike. The Red Loop offers slopes and ravines with dramatic stream vie...
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Rocky River and Me

September 10 at 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Rocky River and Me Get your science gear and learn how to test the health of the Rocky River, both inside and out. Study the river’s past...
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Dragonfly Pond Watch

September 10 at 2:30-3:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Birds migrate. Butterflies migrate. Dragonflies migrate? Yes! Spend your afternoon learning the about migratory dragonflies. Short i...
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Birds of Acacia

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

September 11 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Grandparent’s Hike Celebrate Grandparent’s Day by getting out for some fresh air with the family. A short hike will be followed by a...
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Big Creek Critters

September 11 at 4-5 p.m.
Grab a net and take a dip into Big Creek to see what critters we can find.   Their presence or absence in the creek tells us a uniqu...
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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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Monarchs, Milkweed and My Backyard

September 13 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Gain an appreciation for milkweed plants and their critical role in a monarch butterfly’s life cycle, with Naturalist Mark Warman. Short ...
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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 the...
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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 journey to...
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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 th...
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Nature Sense

September 17 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Sense Use your five senses to explore the woods. Learn what you can see, smell, touch, and hear on a hike around the Nature Center...
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Nature Art Series – Streamside Sketching

September 17 at 10 a.m. - noon
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Nature Art Series – Streamside Sketching Waterways are important supports to living things. They don’t just provide necessities for ...
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Fort Hill Stairs

September 17 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Fort Hill Stairs Ascend the newly built steps to the top of Fort Hill with Naturalist Marty Calabrese. Your voyage continues at 100-feet ...
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Nature Journaling

September 17 at 1 - 3 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Experience nature through the seasons. We will record our observations in a journal of our own creation. You may want to bring a cam...
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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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Late Bloomers

September 18 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Late Bloomers Search for late-season wildflowers and fall-fruiting fungi among the forests and wetlands of Rocky River Reservation. 2 – 4...
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Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program

September 20 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program Preschoolers are invited to join Naturalist Bev Walborn to discover the wonders of nature in ...
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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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Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program

September 20 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program Preschoolers are invited to join Naturalist Bev Walborn to discover the wonders of nature in ...
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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 rd ,...
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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 ...
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Discovering Nature: Trees

September 23 at 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Discovering Nature: Trees Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We will explore the trees that call ...
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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 No...
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Waterbird Watch

September 25 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Huntington Reservation
Waterbird Watch Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a waterbird survey on the high bluffs overlooking Lake Erie. Northeast Ohio’s fall migr...
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Animals in Autumn

September 25 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Animals in Autumn What are Ohio animals doing in the fall? We’ll hike to discover how animals prepare for winter then return to the ...
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Monarch Monday

September 26 at 11 am-1 pm
Lakefront Reservation
Don’t miss the migration!   Monarchs are on-wing at the shores of Lake Erie, which serves as an important stop-over during their 200...
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Nature Baby

September 28 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Baby The forest is awaiting you so let’s get baby out to explore nature. Grab a baby backpack or just carry your child for a ...
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Hunt of the Month: Deer

October 1 - 31
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
As fall colors begin to appear deer become more active. Come to CanalWay to learn why and to find the 20 bucks and does we have hidden th...
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Fall Big Day Bus Trip

October 8 at 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Fall Big Day Bus Trip  Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a big day of birding to seek newly arrived migrant songbirds and ...
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Boy Scout Merit Badge: Environmental Science I & II

October 8 - 9 at Noon-4 pm both Saturday and Sunday
West Creek Reservation
Join our certified merit badge counselors for a two-part (October 9, Noon-4 pm also) interactive program designed to meet requi...
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Rock the River Geology Bus Tour - South

November 3 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Rock the River Geology Bus Tour - South Join Naturalist Bev Walborn and Baldwin Wallace University Geology professor, Paul Hilston o...
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Birds of the North Shore Bus Trip

November 19 at 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Birds of the North Shore Bus Trip  Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a birding excursion during prime late-fall migration to seek wat...
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Hunt of the Month: Snowflakes

December 1 - 31
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Winter is still hanging around so s top by the CanalWay Center to search for 20 hidden snowflakes. Find snow inside and then go outs...
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Gull & Waterfowl Workshop

December 29 - 31
7 a.m. - 5 p.m. every day
Rocky River Reservation
Gull & Waterfowl Workshop  Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for three-day course to take an in-depth look at the com...
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