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Nurture with Nature

December 8 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your family for a monthly program that explores nature through books, games, hikes and other activities. This month we’ll lear...
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Evergreens of Winter

December 10 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
The colors of autumn have muted, allowing evergreen plants and trees to pop out in the landscape. Hike among these beauties to enjoy and ...
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Dog Walk

December 11 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your four legged friend for a hike through the hills of Brecksville. We’ll search for signs of other animals that are preparin...
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Animal Crackers

December 14 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny for a special exploration based on the beloved children’s book, Stranger in the Woods . We’ll discover which animals are ...
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Animal Crackers

December 14 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny for a special exploration based on the beloved children’s book, Stranger in the Woods . We’ll discover which animals...
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Animal Crackers

December 15 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny for a special exploration based on the beloved children’s book, Stranger in the Woods . We’ll discover which animals are ...
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Saturday Story Time

December 17 at 9:30 - 10 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny around the fire for story time before heading out to hand feed the birds.
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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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Life in the Cold Hike

December 18 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Naturalist Joel Kavaras for a hike through the winter woods where we’ll make stops along the way to discuss the science behind ...
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Afternoon of Fun

December 19 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hey kids, have the day off school? Spend the afternoon exploring nature through games, a hike and other activities. Dress for the weather...
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Tracks in the Snow

December 20 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your own T-shirt or bandana to stamp with animal tracks as we learn to identify animals by the prints they leave behind. While...
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Drop-In Discovery: Survival Bracelets

December 21 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to make your own survival bracelet and find out how functional this trendy bracelet can be. Adventure Club kids, bring your passp...
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Drop-In Discovery: Holiday Craft

December 22 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Create a simple yet lovely natural ornament that is suitable for a gift.
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Kids' Winter Hike and Craft

December 22 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Enjoy a fun hike with Naturalist Kathy Schmidt on this first full day of winter, then warm up inside and make a craft that you can give a...
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Family Fun Night

December 22 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your family to celebrate winter. We’ll have a variety of indoor activities, including a story, games, and a craft.  ...
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Drop-In Discovery: Flint & Steel

December 23 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Have you ever made a fire using primitive methods? Drop by and learn to create a spark by striking steel against flint, the first step in...
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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 bl...
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Drop-In Discovery: Winter Birds

December 28 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by Brecksville Nature Center to identify some of the winter birds that visit our feeders, then make a birdfeeder to feed your feathe...
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Drop-In Discovery: Eastern Ratsnake

December 29 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to get a close-up look at Ohio’s largest snake and learn more about this amazing animal.
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Drop-In Discovery: Flint & Steel

December 30 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Have you ever made a fire using primitive methods? Drop by and learn to create a spark by striking steel against flint, the first step in...
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Hand Feed a Chickadee

January 2 - February 26
10:00 a.m. - noon on Saturday and Sunday
Brecksville Reservation
Looking for something to do with your family and friends? Stop by to hand feed the chickadees. We'll supply the black oil sunflower ...
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Drop-In Discovery: Snowflakes

January 7 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Discover the great variety and beauty of snowflakes and then create your own snowflake craft to take with you.
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Chilly Dog Hike

January 7 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your friendly canine companion for a fast-paced hike designed to get you out to enjoy the winter woods and work off some calor...
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Drop-In Discovery: Ratsnake

January 8 at 10 a.m. - noon
Stop by to meet our Eastern ratsnake and learn about the life history of these large snakes. Kids can make a craft to take home.
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19th Century Living for Kids: Dairy Making

January 8 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Dairy farming was one of Ohio’s biggest industries in the early to mid-1800s. Your child will learn what life would be like on an 18...
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Hiking for the Young at Heart

January 10 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Enjoy a brisk hike through the winter woods on the Deer Lick Cave trail. We’ll look for signs of animals that are out braving these cold ...
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Nurture with Nature

January 12 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your family for a monthly program that explores nature through books, games, hikes and other activities. This month we’ll lear...
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Full Wolf Moon Night Hike

January 13 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
The moon was at its fullest last night, but there should still be plenty of moonlight to enjoy the beauty of a winter night under the ris...
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Saturday Story Time

January 14 at 9:30 - 10 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny around the fire for story time before heading out to hand feed the birds.
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Drop-In Discovery: Eastern Box Turtle

January 15 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to meet our resident box turtle, discover how turtles survive in the wild, and make a craft.
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Afternoon of Fun

January 16 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hey kids, have the day off school? Spend the afternoon exploring nature through games, a hike and other activities. Dress for the we...
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Animal Crackers

January 19 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we explore the world of the wise old owl. We’ll have fun learning about how owls survive through activities and a craf...
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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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Underground Railroad History & Hike

January 20 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Historical Interpreter Beth Robb and take a trip back in time. You will learn about local Underground Railroad history and take a la...
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Drop-In Discovery: Conifers

January 21 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Our evergreen pines and spruces cheer up a sometimes gray winter landscape. Find out more about these lovely trees and the cones the...
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Drop-In Discovery: Pine Cone Bird Feeders

January 22 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
After hand feeding the chickadees, stop in the nature center to warm up and make a pine cone bird feeder to take home with you.
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Animal Crackers

January 25 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we explore the world of the wise old owl. We’ll have fun learning about how owls survive through activities and a...
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Animal Crackers

January 25 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we explore the world of the wise old owl. We’ll have fun learning about how owls survive through activities and a craf...
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Family Astronomy Night

January 27 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Want to know more about those twinkling stars in the night sky? You will learn to identify at least five constellations. This is a b...
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Drop-In Discovery

January 28 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Drop by and discover a little bit more about one of our resident animals during this up-close encounter. A craft will be available.
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Drop-In Discovery: Owls

January 29 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to learn about our local owls. Kids can make a craft to take home.
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Drop-In Discovery: Groundhog Day

February 2 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Is spring around the corner? Or will winter hang on? Stop by for a craft, story and to find out more about this furry weather forecaster.
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Saturday Story Time

February 4 at 9:30 - 10 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny around the fire for story time before heading out to hand feed the birds.
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Drop-In Discovery: Ohio Rocks

February 4 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Ohio rocks, literally! Stop by to see and touch some of the rocks found in Ohio, and learn about the valuable and unusual ways they are u...
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Bark Walk

February 4 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your friendly canine companion for a brisk hike through the winter woods that will include a few hints for identifying trees b...
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Drop-In Discovery: Snowflakes

February 5 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Snowflakes are beautiful. Stop by to learn about the different types and how they form. Make a paper snowflake to take home.
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Nurture with Nature

February 9 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your family for a monthly program that explores nature through books, games, hikes and other activities. This month we’ll lear...
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Drop-In Discovery: Winter Trees

February 11 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
In winter when trees have no leaves, how can we know which tree is which? Stop by to learn a few of the most common trees, all in the com...
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Winter Tree Identification

February 11 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
It’s not as difficult as it sounds. Use buds, branches, bark, and a few other clues to learn some common trees in our area. We will ...
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Drop-In Discovery: Ohio Mammals

February 12 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Drop in to learn about Ohio’s mammals. You will get a chance to see and touch some pelts and skulls.
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Winter Wander

February 12 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Come explore the winter wonderland on this hike along the hemlock loop trail.
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Valentines for the Birds

February 15 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Many birds fly south during the winter months. But what happens to the birds that stay? We will learn about winter bird survival, play a ...
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Animal Crackers

February 16 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we search for signs of mammals and their tracks through a hike, activities and a craft. Register by phone beginni...
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Coffee with the Birds

February 17 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 feathered fr...
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History and Hand Feed

February 18 at 9 - 10 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Brecksville Nature Center is the only original Cleveland Metroparks’ Trailside Museum still standing. Come discover what makes it so...
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Drop-In Discovery: Scavenger Hunt

February 19 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Drop by the Nature Center to complete a scavenger hunt about the history of the building.
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Animal Crackers

February 22 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we search for signs of mammals and their tracks through a hike, activities and a craft. Register by phone beginni...
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Animal Crackers

February 22 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we search for signs of mammals and their tracks through a hike, activities and a craft. Register by phone beginning Fe...
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Drop-In Discovery: The Making of a Baseball Bat

February 26 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Louisville Sluggers are made from ash trees. Stop by the nature center to see the stages a log goes through to become a baseball bat.
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