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Spring Bird Walks - Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve

April 10 - May 15
7:30 - 10:30 am on Sunday
Lakefront Reservation
Watch the spring migrants return or travel through to their summer breeding grounds during the 83 rd Annual Series of Spring Bird Wa...
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Spring Bird Walks - North Chagrin Reservation

April 10 - May 15
7:30 - 10:30 am on Sunday
North Chagrin Reservation
Watch the spring migrants return or travel through to their summer breeding grounds during the 83 rd Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks. ...
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Spring Bird Walks - Brecksville (Station Rd)

April 10 - May 15
7:30 - 10:30 am on Sunday
Brecksville Reservation
Watch the spring migrants return or travel through to their summer breeding grounds during the 83 rd Annual Series of Spring Bird Wa...
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Spring Bird Walks - Hinckley Reservation

April 10 - May 15
7:30 - 10:30 am on Sunday
Hinckley Reservation
Watch the spring migrants return or travel through to their summer breeding grounds during the 83 rd Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks. ...
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Spring Bird Walks - Rocky River Reservation

April 10 - May 15
7:30 - 10:30 am on Sunday
Rocky River Reservation
Watch the spring migrants return or travel through to their summer breeding grounds during the 83 rd Annual Series of Spring Bird Wa...
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Spring Bird Walks - Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation

April 10 - May 15
7:30 - 10:30 am on Sunday
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Watch the spring migrants return or travel through to their summer breeding grounds during the 83 rd Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks. ...
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Spring Bird Walks - Bedford

April 10 - May 15
7:30 - 10:30 am on Sunday
Bedford Reservation
Watch the spring migrants return or travel through to their summer breeding grounds during the 83 rd Annual Series of Spring Bird Wa...
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Spring Bird Walks - South Chagrin Reservation

April 10 - May 15
7:30 - 10:30 am on Sunday
South Chagrin Reservation
Watch the spring migrants return or travel through to their summer breeding grounds during the 83 rd Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks. ...
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Spring Bird Walks - Big Creek Rsvn

April 10 - May 15
7:30 - 10:30 am on Sunday
Big Creek Reservation
Watch the spring migrants return or travel through to their summer breeding grounds during the 83rd Annual Series of Spring Bird Wal...
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Spring Bird Walks - Huntington Reservation

April 10 - May 15
7:30 - 10:30 am on Sunday
Huntington Reservation
Watch the spring migrants return or travel through to their summer breeding grounds during the 83 rd Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks. ...
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Hunt of the Month: Hummingbirds

May 1 - 31
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
By now hummingbirds have migrated back north, so come find the 20 paper hummingbirds hidden throughout CanalWay Center. After you fi...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

May 4 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the different seasons through discovery time, a craft and hike.  Register by phone by May 2 ...
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Wildflowers of Huntington

May 4 at 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Huntington Reservation
Wildflowers of Huntington Join Naturalist Bev Walborn to discover the spring wildflowers blooming in Huntington Reservation. We will...
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Wednesday Walk

May 4 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join a walk through the woods to look for signs of spring along both mountain bike trail and all purpose trail. Bedford Reservation Brida...
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Evening with Amphibians

May 4 at 7-8:30 p.m.
Brookside Reservation
Red back salamanders, frogs in chorus, tadpoles in a wetland are on our list. We are going to discover amphibians in this hike and h...
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Spring Birding Workshop

May 5 - 7
6 a.m. - 5 p.m. every day
Rocky River Reservation
Spring Birding Workshop Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a three-day course focusing on migrant songbirds. Take two bus trip birding adv...
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Spring Wander

May 5 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
This area is a great place to find wildflowers and other signs of spring. Explore hills and valleys hunting for the hidden gems of t...
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Boy Scout Merit Badge: Bird Study I & II

May 6 - 7 at Friday from 6:00- 9:00 pm, Saturday from 9-noon
West Creek Reservation
Join our certified merit badge counselors for this hands-on, field-intensive program designed to provide scouts an opportunity to complet...
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Wildflowers and Wanderers

May 6 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Wildflowers and Wanderers Join Naturalist Beth Whiteley as we hike the woods around the nature center looking for spring wildflowers...
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Emerald Necklace Art Club: Monthly Meeting

May 7 at 1 - 4 p.m.
Brookside Reservation
Draw and paint with us. Members of the Emerald Necklace Art Club are invited to bring their favorite medium as we appreciate the signs of...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

May 7 at 2 - 4 p.m.
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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Birds of Acacia

May 8 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna as we search for spring migrants throughout this ever-changing landscape. Bring binoculars, some available fo...
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2-Hour Cart Tour 10 a.m. - noon

May 8 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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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2-Hour Cart Tour 2-4 p.m.

May 8 at 2 - 4 p.m.
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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Acacia for the Young at Heart

May 9 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Slow down and enjoy a leisurely walk as we explore all that this reservation holds during this busy month of spring. We’ll be in sea...
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Treadway Trail Wildflower Hke

May 10 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
We are going to be hiking on a City of Cleveland connector trail. This path is known to have beautiful wildflowers along its hillside. Ca...
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Periodical Cicada Primer

May 10 at 7-8:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Science tells a fascinating story of these patient, elegant organisms and their explosive activity every 17 years. Satisfy your curi...
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Aquatic Insects: Assessing Rivers and Streams

May 12 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Aquatic insects have a big role in the environment and ecological monitoring. Find out how these tiny creatures are used to assess the he...
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Sunrise Walk

May 13 at 5 - 6:30 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Join a leisurely walk around Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve. We’ll learn why this nature preserve is so special and enjoy the s...
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Magee Marsh Trip A

May 13 at 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Magee Marsh Trip A Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield to visit one of the hottest spots in the country to watch warblers and other spectacular...
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National Frog Jumping Day

May 13 at 7-9 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
What species of frog is jump-jump-jumping into our wetlands? Come learn about our native frogs. How many can we hear and see? Also, ...
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2-Hour Cart Tour 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

May 14 at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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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Nature Journaling

May 14 at 1 - 3 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Experience nature through the seasons. We will record our observations in a journal of our own creation. You may want to bring a cam...
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2-Hour Cart Tour 2-4 p.m.

May 14 at 2 - 4 p.m.
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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In Search of Cicadas

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

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

May 14 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin for a mostly indoor presentation about 17-year cicadas. These fascinating insects should be emerging an...
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Seven Wonders of Cleveland Metroparks Bus Trip

May 15 at 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Tie up those walking shoes and join Naturalist Natalie Schroder for a day of wonder as we discover some of the top sights within Clevelan...
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Birding Blitz

May 15 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Birding Blitz Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a big morning of birding at one of Cleveland’s top hotspots: Wendy Park. The woodlot...
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Tons of Turtles

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

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

May 16 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Explore the floodplains around Tinkers Creek for beautiful late-spring flowers and their associated butterflies with Fred Losi. This hike...
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Magee Marsh Trip B

May 17 at 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Magee Marsh Trip B Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield to visit one of the hottest spots in the country to watch warblers and other specta...
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Cicadas Afterschool

May 17 at 4 - 5 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
  Kids will love getting ready for the 17-year cicada emergence. Join a naturalist to learn a little more about these insects and wh...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

May 17 at 4 - 6 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on a boat ride going “up the river.” We’ll discuss the Cuyahoga River, bridges, area...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

May 17 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on a boat ride going “up the river.” We’ll discuss the Cuyahoga River, bridges, area geog...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

May 18 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the different seasons through discovery time, a craft and hike.  Register by phone by M...
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Biohike: Wildflowers

May 18 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Biohike: Wildflowers With longer days and shorter nights, wildflowers are emerging and painting the forest floor with color. Join Natural...
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Cicadas Afterschool

May 18 at 4 - 5 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
  Kids will love getting ready for the 17-year cicada emergence. Join a naturalist to learn a little more about these insects a...
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West Creek Night Hike

May 18 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Enjoy an evening walk to explore the fields and forests of West Creek using all of our senses. A spirit for adventure is the only require...
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Discovering Nature: Bunns Lake

May 20 at 4 - 4:30 p.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Discovering Nature: Bunns Lake Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We’ll explore Bunns Lake t...
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Evening Cart Tour

May 20 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
  Join our Naturalist on an evening cart tour along the canal. We’ll look for signs of wildlife that roam in the evening hours and d...
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Bird’n the Flats

May 21 at 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Bird’n the Flats The pockets of Cuyahoga River create unexpected sanctuary for migratory birds. Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese for ...
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Nature Writing

May 21 at 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join writers Jenny Clark and Linda Tuthill as they prompt us to express our creative side through the wonders of natural history. We will...
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May Meandering

May 21 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
One of our smallest reservations packs a nice punch. Join a naturalist as we hike the interior trails of the reservation. Garfield P...
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Spring Photo Hike

May 21 at 2 - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Capture the sights of the season as spring unfurls: the tender shoots of green to the delicate wildflowers, mourning cloak butterflies an...
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Lessons from a Stream Hike

May 21 at 2-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Celebrate the 25th Annual RiverDay by taking a tip or two from a stream. First we’ll look at some sedimentary action on our stream t...
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Full Flower Moon Stroll

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

May 22 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Catching the Last Wave: Bird Migration Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a walk around the center’s woodland trails for the last big...
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Last Chance Wildflower Walk

May 22 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Search for the last blooms of spring on the Scenic Loop trail with Naturalist Selby Majewski. We’ll try to fill any remaining gaps in you...
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Woodlands of Bedford: Blooms and Butterflies

May 23 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Explore the floodplains around Tinkers Creek for beautiful late-spring flowers and their associated butterflies with Fred Losi. This...
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Stroller School

May 24 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Come in for a short program and a walk. We’ll read a story, sing a song and meet some animal friends before heading outside for fresh air...
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Barn Swallows and Bluebirds

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

May 24 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.

May 24 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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Homeschool in the Valley

May 25 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Look up in the sky- It’s a bird! Have you ever wished you could fly like a bird? Join Naturalist Angelec Hillsman to learn about the flig...
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West Creek Night Hike

May 25 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Enjoy an evening walk to explore the fields and forests of West Creek using all of our senses. A spirit for adventure is the only re...
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Preschool: Wiggling Worms

May 26 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Worms are all around us and under our feet. We’ll hike, look for worms and wiggle as we learn about worms in our world. Register online b...
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Family Friday Night: Cicadas

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

May 28 at 7 - 8:30 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Hop aboard the Floating Water Lab for an early morning float. If the timing is right, we could experience the sights and sounds of period...
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In-Seine Invertebrates

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

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

May 28 at Noon - 2 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Stop by our trailside table to learn about turtles. On land and in water, the turtles of Northeast Ohio are a site to see. Garfield ...
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Family Bike Ride

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

May 28 at 1-2:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
The sights, sounds and other sensations brought on by thousands of 17-year cicadas can be overwhelming--but that’s the point. Unrave...
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Dog Hike

May 28 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. We will hike some of the wooded trails. All dogs must be le...
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Bio Blitz: Forest Floor to Treetops

May 29 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Bio Blitz: Forest Floor to Treetops Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a quest to find salamanders, frogs, birds, the first dragonflie...
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Wildwood Wetland Walk

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

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

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

May 30 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Believe it or not, spiders are one of the most important animals in their habitats. Hike with Naturalist Andrew Mularo and observe t...
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Nature Boat Ride 4 p.m.

May 31 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.

May 31 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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West Creek Night Hike: Evening Songs

June 1 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Join a naturalist for an evening hike around West Creek to listen for early summer singers. Birds and frogs will be primary target. Come ...
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Dog Hike

June 3 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. We will hike the rolling terrain of Acacia Reservation...
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Emerald Necklace Art Club Monthly Meeting

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

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

June 4 at 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
In Search of Cicadas Cicadas abound! Let’s see if we can find them near Rocky River Nature Center. You won’t want to miss this amazing ph...
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Sunday Drop By: Butterflies

June 5 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Check out butterfly habitat, life cycle and food requirements in the great outdoors . Look for winged jewels in action in our meadow...
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

June 6 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Slow down and enjoy a leisurely walk with Naturalist Natalie Schroder as we explore all that Acacia Reservation holds during this first m...
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Littles Find Cicadas

June 7 at 10 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 2:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin and go in search of big buzzy bugs. 17-year Cicadas are back and you won’t want to miss this fun and ed...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

June 8 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the different seasons through discovery time, a craft and hike.  Register by phone by June 2...
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Steps to Sustainability

June 8 at 6 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
For many species, the future of conservation lies in human hands. Join us this evening for an opportunity to learn ways to benefit n...
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West Creek Night Hike: Frogs

June 8 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Whether they’re under logs, in the water, or just hiding out in the greenery, we’ll be keeping our eyes to and ears to the wetlands for t...
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Pond Dipping Drop-By

June 9 at 10-noon
Big Creek Reservation
Pond Dipping Drop-By Drop by the pond near the Prehistoric Play Pit to examine life under water. We’ll provide dip nets, field guide...
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A Small Field Life

June 9 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Do you enjoy catching butterflies and grasshoppers? Come to Acacia Reservation to learn about these insects that call the park’s grasslan...
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Family Friday Night: Explore a Wetland

June 10 at 7 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Search for frogs, newts and snakes with Naturalist Jeff Riebe. We will have nets and viewing containers available to examine what we...
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Mohican and Amish Country Birding Bus Trip

June 11 at 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Mohican and Amish Country Birding Bus Trip  Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a whirlwind birding trip to the hemlock valleys of Moh...
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Hike N’ Paint

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

June 11 - 25
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday
Half Hikathon 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese on this weekly wellness hike series exploring Cleveland Metroparks. We...
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Owls - Hunters of the Night

June 11 at 11 a.m. - noon
North Chagrin Reservation
This program will take a look at several of the owls found in Northeast Ohio. Come see a live owl, and learn about their unique char...
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Nature Journaling

June 11 at 1 - 3 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Experience nature through the seasons. We will record our observations in a journal of our own creation. You may want to bring a camera. ...
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Pond Safari

June 11 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Pond Safari Who lives in the pond? Grab a net and try your hand at capturing a variety of aquatic creatures. 2 – 3:30 p.m.   RR...
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Dog Hike

June 11 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. We will hike the wooded trails together. All dogs must be l...
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Go Mothing!

June 11 at 9-10:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Welcome to the Dark Side of lepidoptera! Join Naturalist Mark Warman as we attract moths using light and different recipes for moth ...
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Birds of Acacia

June 12 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna searching for barn swallows, bluebirds, and nesting orioles.  
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Junior Naturalist: Pond Dipping

June 12 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
What strange creatures live in the marsh? We’ll use our nets and our brains to find out. Plan on getting messy today.    
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Build a Bird

June 12 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Joe Higgins on a hike around West Creek to observe birds in their natural habitat. Pay particular attention to their phys...
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Biological Succession: Foundations of the Forest

June 12 at 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Have you ever wondered what the first steps are in a growth of a forest? Join a naturalist on an afternoon hike and learn about succ...
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Little Explorers: Rabbits and Raindrops

June 13 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Rabbits and Raindrops Bring your little explorer to learn about mother and baby rabbits while we read Rabbits & Rai...
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Little Explorers: Rabbits and Raindrops

June 13 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Rabbits and Raindrops Bring your little explorer to learn about mother and baby rabbits while we read Rabbits &...
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Hike on Bike Tours

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

June 18 at 10:30-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Take a peek underwater to discover the fascinating world of fish. Get hooked on fish with an indoor introduction to the sport with "...
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Evening Float

June 18 at 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Paddle a kayak into dusk with Naturalist Pam Taylor. You will be guided around the lake while watching the transition of wildlife from da...
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Birding the Banks of Euclid Creek

June 19 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on the banks of Euclid Creek searching for woodpeckers, catbirds and sandpipers. 
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Fish Frenzy Weekend-Sunday

June 19 at Noon-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Take a peek underwater to discover the fascinating world of fish. Play games that are fishy fun, enjoy crafts, and even catch live fish i...
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Land without Lungs

June 19 at 1 - 2 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Did you know that there are some species of salamander that live on land without lungs? Hike to salamander hollow and observe these ...
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Drop-In: Pond Dipping

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

June 19 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Father’s Day Hike Enjoy a family hike around the beautiful West Channel Pond. We’ll search for wildlife like beaver, mink, and water...
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Biodiversity Blitz

June 19 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Biodiversity Blitz Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a tree-top-to-forest-floor search. Needed is a keen eye for biodiversity. We’ll seek...
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Sunrise on the Longest Day

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

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

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

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

June 21 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Urban Birding Survey Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a survey of nesting birds at Wendy Park. Surprises await us at this remarkabl...
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Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies

June 22 at 10-11:30 a.m.
West Creek Reservation
Search for early summer insects in the meadow. Discover the differences between beetles, bugs and butterflies with Naturalist Debra Shank...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

June 22 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the different seasons through discovery time, a craft and hike.  Register by phone by J...
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Nocturnal Wetlands

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

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

June 25 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Butterfly Investigators Want to know more about local butterflies? Hike the trails to look for these beautiful and important creatures. W...
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Non-Campout

June 25 at 6 - 8:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Do you like the idea of a campout, but don’t want to sleep out? Young families will have fun cooking their dinner, going on a hike, ...
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In Search of Fireflies

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

June 26 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder at the mouth of Euclid Creek in search of waterfowl, kingfishers and cave swallows.
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Drop In and Drop a Line

June 26 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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Hike Huntington

June 26 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Huntington Reservation
Hike Huntington Enjoy the sights and sounds of forest and beach on a beautiful summer morning. 10 – 11 a.m.   HuR Lake Road Tra...
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Family Fun Hike

June 26 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join us for a leisurely walk around Acacia Reservation. We’ll look for birds, bugs and flowers as we explore this former golf course.&nbs...
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Catching Bugs

June 27 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Butterflies, caterpillars, ladybugs and grasshoppers abound in the summer. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder searching the field for ...
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West Creek Night Hike: Raptors

June 29 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Join a naturalist for an evening hike around West Creek to spot local flying predators! Look to the sky to see how many of these magnific...
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Firefly Safari

June 29 at 8 - 9 p.m.
North 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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Emerald Necklace Art Club: Monthly Meeting

July 2 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Draw and paint with us. Members of the Emerald Necklace Art Club are invited to bring their favorite medium as we appreciate the signs of...
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Dog Hike

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

July 2 at 1 - 2 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Even though it can’t always be seen, lots of natural activity takes place underneath a rotting log. Many of nature’s most important proce...
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Worm Safari

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

July 3 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Monarchs have returned and are being seen nectaring on many of our summer blooms. Search the fields and meadows with Naturalist Natalie S...
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Drop-in Bug Hunt

July 5 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Stop by anytime this afternoon to grab a net and hunt for insects. A naturalist will be on hand to help identify what you catch.  
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

July 6 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover some slithering friends through discovery time, a craft and hike. Register by phone by July 4  
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Turtle Happy Hour

July 6 at 5 - 7 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Do you enjoy the trails around the center, but just can’t make it there before 5? Tonight the building will be open late just for ou...
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Boy Scout Merit Badge: Reptile & Amphibian Study I & II

July 7 - 8 at Noon-3 pm on both Thursday and Friday, Friday at Beyer's Pond in Big Creek Reservation
West Creek Reservation
Join our certified merit badge counselors for this interactive, two-part program designed to fulfill requirements 1-7 & 9-10 of the R...
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Nature Journaling

July 9 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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The Novice Naturalist

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

July 10 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna as we search for nesting birds throughout the reservation’s ever-changing landscape. Bring binoculars; s...
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Family Creek Climb

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

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

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

July 17 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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Insects Galore

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

July 18 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Slow down and enjoy a leisurely walk with Naturalist Natalie Schroder as we explore all that this newer reservation holds during the...
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The Full Thunder Moon Stroll

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

July 20 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover some slithering friends through discovery time, a craft and hike. Register by phone by July ...
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Owl Happy Hour

July 20 at 5 - 7 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Do you enjoy the trails around the nature center, but just can’t make it there before 5? Tonight the building will be open late just for ...
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Family Friday Night: Spider Hunt

July 22 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Take an evening hike to the streamside in search of one of Ohio’s largest spiders, the chocolate brown fishing spider. Naturalist Je...
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Dog Hike

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 24 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Monarchs have returned and are being seen nectaring on many of our summer blooms. Search the fields and meadows with Naturalist Natalie S...
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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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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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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...
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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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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 an...
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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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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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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 all about improving your backyard habi...
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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 ...
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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 migrant songbirds. This weekend adventu...
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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 hidd...
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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 water...
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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 ...
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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 on thi...
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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 see...
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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 outside t...
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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 th...
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