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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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Your Piece of the Planet

April 3 - June 26
2 - 3 p.m. on Sunday
Rocky River Reservation
April 3 Cool Weather Crops Who wants to wait for Mother’s Day to start a garden? Learn what seeds you can plant now to ensure you are enj...
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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 birdin...
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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 and ...
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Flowers for Mom

May 8 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Flowers for Mom Stop in to the nature center to paint and plant a pot of flowers and herbs for the special mom in your life. 2 – 3 p...
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Cuyahoga Astronomical Association: Copernicus to Newton

May 9 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Cuyahoga Astronomical Association Copernicus to Newton Gary Kader, from Baldwin Wallace University, will discuss how The Renaissance revo...
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Bicycle Maintenance 1

May 10 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Come learn what makes the wheels go around on your bike in this lecture style class with some hands-on experience.  Topics will...
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Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Power of Pollination

May 11 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association Power of Pollination Amy Roskilly from Cuyahoga County Soil and Water Conservation District will...
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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 specta...
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Preparedness: Inside and Out

May 14 at Noon - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Emergencies happen, are you ready? Several participating agencies such as the County Office of Emergency Management, Greater Cleveland Re...
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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 Cle...
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Your Piece of the Planet: Build a Pollinator Garden

May 15 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Your Piece of the Planet: Build a Pollinator Garden. Native plants beautify your yard while providing food and shelter to wildlife, plus ...
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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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History Hike: Lawrence Grist Mill

May 17 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
History Hike: Lawrence Grist Mill Explore the stories of the Lawrence Grist Mill that was located southeast of Rocky River Nature Center....
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Bicycle Maintenance 2

May 17 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
After taking Bicycle Maintenance 1, join us for the next step in becoming more proficient at working on your own bike. This mostly h...
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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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Nature Art Series: Watercolor Butterflies and Moths

May 21 at 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Art Series: Watercolor Butterflies and Moths Butterflies and moths will be our muse as beginners and seasoned artists are led...
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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 wave...
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Little Explorers: Rainbows of the Woods

May 23 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Rainbows of the Woods Join Naturalist Bev Walborn with your little explorer to discover colors through t...
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Little Explorers: Rainbows of the Woods

May 23 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Rainbows of the Woods Join Naturalist Bev Walborn with your little explorer to discover colors through the rainbows of ...
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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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Fly Fishing 1: Introduction

May 31 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Combines classroom and dry land casting to introduce you to basic fly fishing equipment and techniques. Led by Jeff Liskay. Fishing licen...
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Gallery Wall – Cynthia Katzan

June 1 - 30
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Daily every day
Rocky River Reservation
Gallery Wall – Cynthia Katzan Cynthia Katzan’s colorful works celebrate sublime everyday moments in our natural surroundings. Her wo...
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Healthy Planet, Healthy People 5K Run/Walk

June 4 at
8 a.m. - Registration
9 a.m. - 5k Run/Walk
Rocky River Reservation
The most beautiful 5K in the Cleveland area!  This chip-timed 5K run/walk incorporates the beautiful scenery of the Rocky River Rese...
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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 amazi...
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Your Piece of the Planet: Native Plants for Every Yard

June 5 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Your Piece of the Planet: Native Plants for Every Yard Native plants have the ability to thrive in the variable landscapes of our yards. ...
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Southwest Camera Club

June 6 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Southwest Camera Club Champion of Champions – our final competition of the year, where any image that has placed 1 st , 2 nd or 3 rd...
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Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Feeding Your Hive

June 8 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Feeding Your Hive Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture Magazine, will be speaking about the ...
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Scavenger Hunt

June 9 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Scavenger Hunt Kids will love searching the pond and forest for clues on this naturalist-led scavenger hunt. 10 – 11:30 a.m.   ...
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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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Meet the Artist: Cynthia Katzan

June 11 at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Meet the Artist: Cynthia Katzan The artist will demonstrate her watercolor techniques and answer questions. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.   ...
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Planting to Attract Pollinators

June 11 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Planting to Attract Pollinators Pollinators are the imperative to our survival. Naturalist Beth Whiteley will discuss how you can aid the...
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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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Edible Container Garden

June 12 at 11 a.m. - Noon
Rocky River Reservation
Edible Container Garden Learn tips for successful container gardening and grow everything you need for a salad in one beautiful patio pot...
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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 &...
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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 & Rai...
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Cuyahoga Astronomical Association: Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Southern Hemisphere

June 13 at 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Cuyahoga Astronomical Association Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Southern Hemisphere Paul Harding, from the Case Western Reserve Universi...
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Nature Baby

June 15 at 10:30 - 11:15 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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Nature Art Series: Recycled Hummingbird Feeders

June 18 at 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Art Series: Recycled Hummingbird Feeders It can take over 450 years for a plastic bottle to degrade. Help the planet and the ...
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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 snak...
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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...
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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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Your Piece of the Planet: Managing Water in the Landscape

June 26 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Your Piece of the Planet: Managing Water in the Landscape Traditional water management systems like French drains can overload sewer...
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Fly Fishing 2: Supplemental Skills

June 28 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Learn advanced skills and good fishing locations as you practice casting the fly rod into the lake. Fishing license required. Prerequisit...
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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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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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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 boo...
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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 along O...
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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 ad...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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