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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 – 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 works w...
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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 Clev...
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Summer Celebration Hike

July 4 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Summer Celebration Hike Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a heart healthy hike through the rich forests of Rocky River Reservation. Part ...
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Tales Around the Emerald Necklace

July 9 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Tales Around the Emerald Necklace Call it traditional storytelling, spoken word performance, or narrative theater; excellent storyte...
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Useful Plants

July 10 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Useful Plants Lots of Ohio plants have practical uses. Learn about folk remedies, medicinal values, and interesting uses of some of our c...
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Cuyahoga Astronomical Association Wolf-Rayet Stars: Evolution and Death

July 11 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Cuyahoga Astronomical Association Wolf-Rayet Stars: Evolution and Death Club member Steve Spears will share his work on a year-long ...
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Little Explorers: Dragonflies

July 14 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Dragonflies Bring your little explorer to learn about dragonflies. We will have songs, crafts, and outdoor exploration ...
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Little Explorers: Dragonflies

July 14 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Dragonflies Bring your little explorer to learn about dragonflies. We will have songs, crafts, and outdoor explora...
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Fermentation Workshop

July 17 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Fermentation Workshop Learn the easy skills to create healthful, tasty fermented foods yourself. Sample different fermented foods, and th...
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Nature Baby

July 20 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 ...
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Discovering Nature: Pond Pals

July 22 at 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Discovering Nature: Pond Pals Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We will explore the West Channel...
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Insect Safari

July 24 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Insect Safari Join us for a trip around West Channel Pond in search of flying, crawling, wiggling insects. We’ll search under logs a...
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Dog Days of Summer Hike

July 29 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Dog Days of Summer Hike Bring your canine companion and join other dog lovers for a stroll through the woods around the nature center. Do...
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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) Traverse the vast acreage of Cleveland Metroparks with Naturalist Marty Calabrese by bus an...
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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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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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Steelhead Expo

September 24 at 9am-4pm
Rocky River Reservation
Join fellow anglers for a day focused on this amazing sport fish. Learn to read the river, new fly casting techniques, about the lat...
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Hands On Heritage

October 1 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 your han...
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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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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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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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