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Friday Nights with Nature: Weekend Wanderlust

February 24 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Friday Nights with Nature: Weekend Wanderlust Gabe Leidy amazes with spectacular destinations reached just a few hours drive from ho...
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Nature Art: Natural Ice Candle Making

February 25 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Art Natural Ice Candle Making Ever seen an ice candle before? Naturalist Beth Whiteley will teach you the process of making these ...
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Fossil Freeway

February 25 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Fossil Freeway What does I-71 have to do with vertebrate paleontology? Come learn how the mid-century highway boom unearthed a wealt...
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Gallery Wall: MesmERIEized by Marcello Mellino

March 1 - 31 at 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily
Rocky River Reservation
Gallery Wall: MesmERIEized by Marcello Mellino For Marcello Mellino the "magic" of water has been focal in his experiences and Lake Erie ...
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Nature News Today

March 4 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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Southwest Camera Club: Macro Photography Tech Talk

March 6 at 3:30 - 8:15 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Southwest Camera Club: Macro Photography Tech Talk Club member Paul Goebel will present a “how-to” on macro photography. 7:30 – 8:15 p.m....
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Migration Census

March 7 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Migration Census Spring migration is gearing up. Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a census of migrating songbirds, waterbirds, rapt...
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Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society: Analysis of Bird Distribution Changes

March 7 at 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society: Analysis of Bird Distribution Changes Matthew Shumar of the Ohio Bird Conservation discusses informatio...
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Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists: Salamanders and Earthworms

March 8 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists: Salamanders and Earthworms How do Salamanders and Earthworms, two animals that live in ...
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Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Swarm Prevention

March 8 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Swarm Prevention Denzil St.Clair discusses how to prevent your bees from swarming, what to look...
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Nature Baby – Maple Sugaring

March 10 at 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Baby – Maple Sugaring The forest awaits you, so let’s get baby out to explore nature. Grab a baby backpack or carry your chil...
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Cuyahoga Astronomical Association: Observatories and Holes in the Ground

March 13 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Cuyahoga Astronomical Association: Observatories and Holes in the Ground Club member and astrophotographer, Matt Franduto is taking a tri...
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Ohio Boating Education Course (All three classes)

March 14 - 28
6 – 9 p.m. on Tuesday
Rocky River Reservation
Learn safe boating fundamentals and laws that apply to paddling, sailing, and power boating.  Successful completion of the...
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Backpacking Basics

March 23 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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Ohio Women in Wilderness

March 25 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Ohio Women in Wilderness Celebrate Women’s History Month and enjoy the trails around the Rocky River Nature Center with this special...
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BSA Merit Badge: Nature

March 25 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
BSA Merit Badge: Nature Calling all Boy Scouts! March unveils the blooms of maples, violets, and other harbingers of spring. Can other wi...
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Bird banding at Rocky River Nature Center

March 26 at 9:30 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
Bird banding at Rocky River Nature Center Better than binoculars, see intricate details of birds as we capture and band birds from t...
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Secret Salamanders

March 31 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Secret Salamanders Young children will love learning more about the shy, secretive salamander. We will hear a story, make a fun craft, an...
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Gallery Wall: MesmERIEized by Marcello Mellino

April 1 - 30 at 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily
Rocky River Reservation
Gallery Wall: MesmERIEized by Marcello Mellino The "magic" of water has been focal in Marcello Mellino’s personal and artistic exper...
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Amphibian Quest

April 2 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a quest to see some of spring’s first amphibians. If the weather is favorable, we may hear treefrogs and...
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Southwest Camera Club: The 20 Best Local Spots for Birdwatching

April 3 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Southwest Camera Club: The 20 Best Local Spots for Birdwatching Metroparks Naturalist Jen Brumfield will share some of the region’s ...
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Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society: Invasive Plant Control on Lake Erie Shoreline.

April 4 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society: Invasive Plant Control on Lake Erie Shoreline. In 2016, The Nature Conservancy was awarded a Great Lake...
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Nature Baby

April 5 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Baby The forest is awaiting you, so let’s get baby out to explore nature. Grab a baby backpack or just carry your child for a...
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Little Explorers: Leap Frog

April 6 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Leap Frog Bring your little explorer to leap and learn all about Ohio’s amphibians. We’ll have stories, crafts, and son...
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Little Explorers: Leap Frog

April 6 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Leap Frog Bring your little explorer to leap and learn all about Ohio’s amphibians. We’ll have stories, crafts, an...
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Bird Songs 101

April 8 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Bird Songs 101 Ever wonder what bird is singing in your backyard? Join Beth Whiteley as we learn the sounds of northeast Ohio’s most comm...
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Steelhead Fly Fishing Excursion

April 8 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 fis...
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Your Piece of the Planet: Yard Map

April 9 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Your Piece of the Planet: Yard Map Yard Map is an amazing online citizen science tool that allows you to map your outdoor space, share it...
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Cuyahoga Astronomical Association: Hoaxes and Panics

April 10 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Cuyahoga Astronomical Association: Hoaxes and Panics Club member Steve Gallant will discuss some of the great astronomical hoaxes, i...
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Full Moon Hike

April 11 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Full Moon Hike Spring’s full moon will be greeted by the sounds of breeding amphibians. Join us for a walk around the wetlands of Rocky R...
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Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: What is a pollen trap and how to use one

April 12 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: What is a pollen trap and how to use one Come and listen to Melanie Seal an experienced be...
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Homeschool Happenings: Reptiles of Rocky River Reservation

April 20 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Homeschool Happenings: Reptiles of Rocky River Reservation Reptiles seem reclusive and mysterious to many of us in Northeast Ohio. Learn ...
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Woodland Wildflowers

April 22 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Woodland Wildflowers Join Naturalist Beth Whiteley for a relaxing walk through the woods in search of early blooming wildflowers. 10...
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Animals of Ohio’s Past

April 22 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Animals of Ohio’s Past Mountain lions, wolves, and bears oh my! The settlement of Ohio marked a time of great change for wild beasts that...
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Your Piece of the Planet: Cleveland Seed Bank

April 23 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Your Piece of the Planet: Cleveland Seed Bank So much of what we eat starts as a humble seed in the ground. Cleveland Seed Bank will...
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Underground Railroad

April 26 at 7 - 8 P.M.
Rocky River Reservation
Underground Railroad Nature played an important role in the Underground Railroad. Learn how freedom seekers worked with the environment t...
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Garden Gala Event & Plant Sale

May 20 - 21
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. every day
Rocky River Reservation
Garden Gala Event & Plant Sale Shop through a top-notch selection of beautiful native plants, enjoy a fascinating, plant-focused...
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Steelhead Expo

September 30 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 technique...
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Hands On Heritage

October 7 at 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Hands On Heritage Visit Rocky River Nature Center and surrounding trails for a day of fun focused around traditional skills. Try you...
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