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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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Acacia for the Young at Heart

December 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. All abilities are ...
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Furrows of the Valley

December 6 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Enjoy the open landscapes and grooves of the valley once the leaves have fallen. We’ll hike the Scenic Loop trail and see who’s out ...
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Hump Day Hike

December 7 at 10 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Take a walk down a steep ravine to the Chagrin River to see Henry Church Rock and the magnificent scenery that surrounds it. Learn about ...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

December 7 at 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. or 1 – 2:15 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover nighttime creatures. We will have discovery time, a craft and go on a short hike. Please dre...
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Preschool: Mammals

December 8 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Have you ever wondered what mammals live in Cleveland Metroparks? Bring your preschooler to discover and see the pelts and bones of these...
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Kids Explore What Birds Eat

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

December 9 at 3 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Discovering Nature: Dunkleosteus Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We’ll check out the life size...
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Family Friday Night: Animals in Winter

December 9 at 7 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Where are all the frogs, turtles and insects during the winter? What do beavers and bats do during the colder months of the year? Fi...
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Woodlands of Bedford: The Trand Hiking Tour

December 10 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Circle Bedford Reservation on this late fall hike with Fred Losi, visiting many special locations such as Viaduct Park, Bridal Veil Falls...
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Coffee with the Birds

December 10 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Coffee with the Birds Join Naturalist Beth Whiteley to sit and watch winter birds as they visit the feeders at the nature center. Le...
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Nature Journaling

December 10 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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Afternoon Outside: Birds

December 10 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bundle up and join us for a hike along the canal to look for the birds that stay here through the winter. After our hike we will be ...
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Chickadee Feeding Hike

December 10 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Chickadee Feeding Hike Wild black-capped chickadees can be remarkably friendly. Join a naturalist-led walk for an attempt to lure this ge...
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Dog Hike

December 10 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. We will hike the wooded trails of North Chagrin Reserv...
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Waterbird Survey

December 11 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Huntington Reservation
Waterbird Survey Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a survey of migrant waterbirds as they move along the lakefront towards their winter s...
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Bird Banding

December 11 at 9:30 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
Bird Banding Better than binoculars, see intricate details of birds as we capture and band birds from the feeder. Learn about bird b...
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Birds of Acacia

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

December 11 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Chickadee Feeding Hike Wild black-capped chickadees can be remarkably friendly. Join a naturalist-led walk for an attempt to lure th...
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Birds at the Overlook

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

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

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

December 15 - 17
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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Euclid Creaks

December 15 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on a short hike through the floodplain of Euclid Creek. We will take the time to admire the sights and sounds...
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Homeschool Happenings: White-tailed Deer

December 15 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Homeschool Happenings: White-tailed Deer We are all familiar with the big brown-eyed, gentle white-tailed deer, but what do you real...
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Hand Feed a Chickadee

December 17 - 24
10 a.m. - noon every day
Brecksville Reservation
Looking for something to do with your family and friends over the holidays? Stop by to hand feed the chickadees. We'll supply the black o...
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Biohike: Trees

December 17 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Huntington Reservation
Biohike: Trees Walk with Naturalist Marty Calabrese and find hidden gems of the woodland realm. Learn the basics behind winter tree ...
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The Novice Naturalist

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

December 17 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come see a live owl up close and find out what makes these birds such amazing hunters. Raptor biofacts will be available to see and ...
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Coyote Pep-Talk

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

December 18 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Chickadee Feeding Hike Wild black-capped chickadees can be remarkably friendly. Join a naturalist-led walk for an attempt to lure th...
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Feed the Birds

December 18 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Hike to the overlook and attempt to feed chickadees from the palm of your hand. We’ll return to the nature center for hot chocolate.  
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Over the River and Through the Woods

December 18 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Over the River and Through the Woods Get your heart pumping on this rambling hike that takes you up above and alongside the beautifu...
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Hemlock Hike

December 18 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join us for a hike through the Tinker's Creek floodplain. We’ll warm up as we hike through the woods and along the creek enjoying the cri...
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Armchair Birds

December 18 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Armchair Birds Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a laid-back look at the excellent diversity of birds visiting the feeders at the na...
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Holiday Hike

December 21 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Holiday Hike Need a break from holiday stress? Join Naturalist Ashley Hall for a brisk morning hike on the first official day of winter. ...
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No Parents Needed

December 22 at 9 a.m. - noon or 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Kids will have a blast playing outside while parents get things done. We’ll hand feed chickadees, go for a hike, and play games. Sna...
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BSA Merit Badge: Nature

December 23 at 9:30 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
BSA Merit Badge: Nature Calling all Boy Scouts! Nature may have quieted for winter break, but there’s plenty to explore inside the nature...
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Christmas Eve Sunrise Hike

December 24 at 7:30 - 9 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come and enjoy a crisp, fresh and quiet morning walk through a deep woods. Naturalist, Foster Brown will lead this hike along the Sy...
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Hand Feed a Chickadee

December 26 - 31
10 a.m. - noon every day
Brecksville Reservation
Looking for something to do with your family and friends over the holidays? Stop by to hand feed the chickadees. We'll supply the black o...
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Snow Camp

December 27 - 29 at 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in the wintery weather building an outdoor shelter, hiking to feed the birds, making s’mores at a c...
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Winter Break Explorers

December 28 at 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Drop the kids off and let them discover all there is to do at South Chagrin in winter! We will go on a scavenger hunt, go sledding if the...
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Starry Night

December 29 at 8-9 pm
Big Creek Reservation
A new moon means dark skies and bright stars. Naturalist Joe Higgins will be your guide as we discuss the final frontier. BCR
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Tracking Winter Wildlife 101

December 30 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Tracking Winter Wildlife 101 Join Naturalist Ashley Hall for an introduction to tracking using environmental clues left behind by the qui...
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New Year’s Eve Hike

December 31 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
New Year’s Eve Hike Let’s usher out 2016 with a hike! We will wander the trails watching for wildlife while getting in some exercise...
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Winter Hike Series

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

January 4 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Moths, midges, and mantids. What do they have to do with winter? They are easily found in the meadow when the leaves of fall are gon...
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Emerald Necklace Art Club: Monthly Meeting

January 7 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
North Chagrin 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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Nature News Today

January 7 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature News Today Each month, join Naturalist Marty Calabrese on an all-ages hike with eyes fixed on the ephemeral. Get the latest s...
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Birds of Acacia

January 8 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna as we search for birds throughout Acacia Reservation’s ever-changing landscape. Bring binoculars, some availa...
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Birds at the Overlook

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

January 9 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Slow down and enjoy a leisurely walk with Naturalist Natalie Schroder as we explore all that Acacia Reservation holds during this first m...
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Winter Hike Series

January 10 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Challenge yourself to hike every Tuesday in January. We’ll take a brisk walk on the trails of South Chagrin and learn that winter is...
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Euclid Creaks

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

January 12 at 10 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin and explore deer at a curious child’s pace.  
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Family Friday Night: Spooky Owl Hike

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

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

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

January 14 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Hand Feed a Chickadee Hike Black-capped chickadee, tufted titmouse, white-breasted nuthatch and other wintering birds are surprising...
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Nature Journaling

January 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 camera. ...
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Dog Hike

January 14 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. We will hike the wooded trails of North Chagrin Reserv...
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Gull and Waterfowl Quest

January 15 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Gull and Waterfowl Quest Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a primer on gull and waterfowl identification. Lake Erie’s waters and shores h...
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Waterbirds at Wildwood

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

January 15 at 9:30 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
Bird Banding Better than binoculars, see intricate details of birds as we capture and band birds. Learn about bird banding, an essential ...
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Winter Overnight

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

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

January 20 at 8 - 9 a.m
Brecksville Reservation
Would you like to learn more about the birds coming to the nature center’s feeders? Enjoy a cup of coffee while watching our feather...
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Winter Night along the Chagrin

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

January 21 at 12-4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Whooooo do you hear calling in the night? Join us to discover the common to the not so common owls found in Northeast Ohio. Enjoy an...
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Trailside Explorers

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

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

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

January 24 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Challenge yourself to hike every Tuesday in January. We’ll take a brisk walk on the trails of South Chagrin and learn that winter is...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

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

January 27 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Acacia Reservation is a prime urban oasis for a variety of birds, including owls. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder to hear what nigh...
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Live Animal Lessons

January 28 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Everyone likes live animal programs, right? Come each month as Naturalist Foster Brown carefully and respectfully shares the natural hist...
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Owl Sketching

January 28 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Have you ever tried to draw an owl in the forest at night? There is a better way! Visit our live owls, and learn how to draw these a...
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Mammal Drop-In

January 28 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
See and touch a wide variety of native Ohio mammal pelts, skulls and taxidermy mounts. Naturalist Jeff Riebe will answer your questions a...
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Behind the Scenes: Animal Care

January 29 at 2-3:30pm
West Creek Reservation
Have you ever wanted to feed a snake, or watch a toad gulp down a cricket? Join a naturalist behind the scenes to see what it takes ...
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Winter Hike Series

January 31 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Challenge yourself to hike every Tuesday in January. We’ll take a brisk walk on the trails of South Chagrin and learn that winter is not ...
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