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Emerald Necklace Neighbors

March 26 - August 1
2 - 3 p.m. every day
Rocky River Reservation
Emerald Necklace Neighbors You love your parks - now be one of the first to sign up to have your yard certified as an “Emerald Neckl...
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Gallery Wall – Robert Walczak

July 1 - 31 at 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Gallery Wall – Robert Walczak Robert Walczak has been long been awed by the natural beauty of Northeast Ohio and especially the Cleveland...
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Gallery Wall: Robert Walczak

August 1 - 31 at 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily
Rocky River Reservation
Gallery Wall: Robert Walczak Robert Walczak has long been awed by the natural beauty of Northeast Ohio, and especially the Cleveland...
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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. We ...
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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 fi...
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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. We ...
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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) **CANCELLED DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION** Traverse the vast acreage of Cleveland Metroparks with Nat...
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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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Cuyahoga Astronomical Association: Cassini Radio Science

August 8 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Cuyahoga Astronomical Association Cassini Radio Science Mr. Dale Force, NASA scientist, will talk about some of the radio science re...
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Fly Fishing for Steelhead

August 9 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Now that you understand the basics of fly fishing, learn the specifics for catching Steelhead Trout. Jeff Liskay will teach you about the...
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Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Winter Prep

August 10 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Winter Prep Winter’s chill seems a long way away, yet now is the time to begin prepping yo...
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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 scien...
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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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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 e...
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Nature Art Series – Plants in Pastel

August 20 at 10 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Art Series – Plants in Pastel Drawing with chalk is not just for kids. Naturalist Beth Whiteley will provide you with techniques i...
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Moses Cleaveland Trees

August 20 at 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Moses Cleaveland Trees In 1946, 150 trees were identified in Cleveland old enough to have witnessed the city’s founding. Learn about...
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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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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 damselfl...
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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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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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Ohio Trail Pioneer Adventure

August 27 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Ohio Trail Pioneer Adventure Face the decisions and challenges of a pioneer family moving the Western Reserve and compete for your surviv...
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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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Gallery Wall: Laurie Musser

September 1 - 30 at 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily
Rocky River Reservation
Gallery Wall: Laurie Musser Get still and quiet. Observe and listen. Laurie celebrates nature through experiencing its beauty and creatin...
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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 ...
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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 inclu...
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Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society: Conservation Law Enforcement

September 6 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society Conservation Law Enforcement Human interactions with wildlife are common in suburban and urban sett...
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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 cent...
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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 ...
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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 migra...
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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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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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Meet the Artist – Laurie Musser

September 11 at 1 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Meet the Artist – Laurie Musser Laurie celebrates nature through experiencing its beauty and creating impressions of those experienc...
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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 natu...
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Cuyahoga Astronomical Association: Lightspeed and Gravitational Waves

September 12 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Cuyahoga Astronomical Association Lightspeed and Gravitational Waves Club member Tim Campbell will share the fascinating story of Al...
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Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Creating Ideal Honeybee Habitat

September 14 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association Creating Ideal Honeybee Habitat OSU Extension Educator Denise Ellsworth, program director for ho...
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Home School Happenings: Hands on Heritage

September 15 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Home School Happenings Hands on Heritage Early settlers of the Rocky River Valley used many skills when creating their homesteads. H...
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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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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-...
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Preparedness: Inside and Out

September 17 at Noon - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Preparedness: Inside and Out Cleveland Metroparks partnered with the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management in recognition of Nat...
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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. ...
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Southwest Camera Club: Summer Memories

September 19 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Southwest Camera Club Summer Memories Bring in your digital files or print images of your activities, vacations, and memories from over t...
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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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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 this ...
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Steelhead Expo

September 24 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Steelhead Expo Join fellow anglers for a day focused on this incredible sport fish. Learn to read the river and new fly casting tech...
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Plant Garlic

September 25 at 11 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
Plant Garlic Garlic is one of the easiest foods to grow, and the time to plant is now. Learn all you need to grow great garlic, and take ...
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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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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 walk ...
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Hands On Heritage

October 1 at 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Hands On Heritage 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. RRNC Visit Rocky River Nature Center and surrounding trails for a day of fun focused around tradi...
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All Natural Soap Making

October 1 at 11a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
All Natural Soap Making For hundreds of years people have made necessary products for everyday use in their own homes. Learn the art of s...
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Ohio Heritage Luncheon catered by Merwin’s Wharf

October 1 at Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Ohio Heritage Luncheon catered by Merwin’s Wharf Learn the fascinating history behind the foods that were hunted, farmed, and forage...
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Taste of the Past: The American Chestnut

October 1 at 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Taste of the Past: The American Chestnut Once a towering giant of the eastern forest, the American chestnut tree was virtually eliminated...
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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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Steelhead Fly Fishing Excursion

October 15 at 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Discover the tranquility of fly fishing in the Rocky River under the guidance of Jeff Liskay. Learn advanced steelhead fly fishing techni...
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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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Backpacking Basics

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

November 19 at 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
First People Festival Ever wonder who were the first people that lived in Ohio? Find out what we know about these past cultures and how h...
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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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