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Snowshoe Rentals

December 17, 2016 - March 31, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. every day
North Chagrin Reservation
Have you wanted to try using snowshoes but didn’t know where to rent them? North Chagrin Nature Center rents snowshoes in adult and ...
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Hunt of the Month: Hiking Boots

February 1 - 28
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday thru Saturday, Noon - 5 p.m. Sunday every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We have hidden 20 hiking boots around CanalWay Center. Stop by to find the boots inside then bundle up and go outside to hike around in t...
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Nature Baby

February 22 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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Preschool: Backyard Birds

February 23 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your preschooler to spend some time learning about the birds that visit our feeders. We’ll discuss or backyard birds and make a bir...
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Discovering Nature: Evergreens

February 24 at 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Discovering Nature: Evergreens Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We will explore the winter...
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Fireside Concert Series: Katelyn and Jessica Lyons

February 24 at 7 - 8:15 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Katelyn and Jessica Lyons are well respected and acclaimed violinists whose music will fill the rafters and hearts of all who come to thi...
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Family Friday Night: Animal Tracks

February 24 at 7 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Learn all about footprints and other signs of wild animals! We’ll make sets of our own tracks and become wildlife detectives as we t...
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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 home, i...
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Nature Writing

February 25 at 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join writers Jenny Clark and Linda Tuthill as they prompt us to express our creative side through the wonders of natural history. Ta...
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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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Live Animal Lessons

February 25 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown as he shares the natural history of different live animals every month. You will gain respect and knowl...
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February Food Film: Bees - Tales from the Hive

February 25 at 3 - 4:15 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
You don’t want to miss this visual study of a year in the life of a honeybee hive! Macro lenses capture breathtaking images of this stunn...
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Bird Box Workshop

February 26 at noon - 1:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Are you interested in attracting more wildlife to your yard? In this workshop we will learn about and construct bird boxes that will...
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Build a Quinzee

February 26 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Explore ways humans and animals protect themselves from winter. If enough snow, we’ll construct a Quinzhee, or snow shelter. If there’s n...
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Hunt of the Month: Clovers

March 1 - 31
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon - Sat, Noon - 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
This month when you visit CanalWay Center you'll be searching for clovers. Test your luck to see if you can find all 20. Then head o...
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Kids Explore Muddy Trails

March 2 at 10 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin and explore the muddy trails of March.  
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CanalWay Storytime 11 a.m.

March 2 at 11 - 11:45 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with books of his rhyming stories and wacky words. Ages: 6 years & under with adult Register...
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CanalWay Storytime 6 p.m.

March 2 at 6 - 6:45 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with books of his rhyming stories and wacky words. Ages: 6 years & under with adult Register by p...
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Cleveland Astronomical Society: Gemini - A 50-Year Retrospective

March 2 at 6:30 - 7 p.m. Meeting, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Speaker
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
The Gemini Space Program was the proving ground for technology & procedures that led to the successful Apollo spacecraft moon la...
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The Critters of CanalWay

March 3 at 4 - 5 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today is world wildlife day. Come to CanalWay Center to learn about the animals that call the center home and watch as we feed them a sna...
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Building the Past - WPA & CCC

March 3 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
During the Great Depression the WPA and CCC programs provided job opportunities. We’ll learn about the impact of these federal progr...
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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 scoop ...
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A Great Migration

March 5 at 11a.m. - noon
North Chagrin Reservation
Year after year, amphibians throughout Ohio migrate from the safety of the forest to their ancestral breeding pools. This indoor pre...
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Spring Wildflowers 101

March 5 at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Consider this your personal wildflower primer! Spring flowers are a welcome distraction this time of year. We’ll discuss where to look, h...
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Milkweed for Monarchs

March 5 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
The word milkweed is synonymous with the monarch butterfly. During this workshop, Naturalist Natalie Schroder will help you discover...
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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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North Chagrin Nature Photography Club

March 6 at 8 - 9:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Out of Focus BackgroundsI t’s known as Bokeh, and it refers to having background images just out of focus to emphasize the main subj...
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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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Cargo Ships

March 11 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Cleveland is a port city and ships are vital to our economy. Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak will help you understand how these be...
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Birds and Coffee

March 11 at 10 – 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Relax with a hot cup of coffee as we watch chickadees, nuthatches and other winter birds through one-way glass windows. Join Naturalist J...
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Nature Journaling

March 11 at 1 - 3 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Experience nature through the seasons. We will record our observations in a journal of our own creation. You may want to bring a cam...
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Pollinator Gardening 101

March 11 at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bees and butterflies are a great addition to any garden. Learn what to plant to attract pollinators and beautify your garden. Register by...
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Second Saturday Nature Craft

March 11 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come create an animal out of a dried milkweed pod. These dangling seed pods which released hundreds of seeds are perfect for fashion...
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Glass with a Nature Art Class

March 11 at 6 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Enjoy the cozy atmosphere of Look About Lodge as Naturalist Stefanie Verish leads you through a nature-art project. You can bring your be...
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Leprechaun Hunt 12 p.m.

March 12 at 12 -1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by searching for leprechauns. Those sneaky little fellows are hiding among the trees near CanalWay Cente...
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Leprechaun Hunt 3 p.m.

March 12 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by searching for leprechauns. Those sneaky little fellows are hiding among the trees near CanalWay Center. He...
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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 ...
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Young Explorers 10 a.m.

March 15 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
The Leprechauns have been busy all month following the rainbow and looking for their pot of gold. Come to CanalWay Center to learn what m...
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Young Explorers 1 p.m.

March 15 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
The Leprechauns have been busy all month following the rainbow and looking for their pot of gold. Come to CanalWay Center to learn w...
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Family Friday Night: Maple Sugaring

March 17 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Have you ever tapped a tree? Join us to learn how maple syrup is created. We’ll experience every step of the process and attempt to make ...
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Public Square

March 18 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
One of the first sections of Cleaveland laid out by surveyors was also home to the first offices of what has become your Cleveland M...
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The Novice Naturalist

March 18 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown to explore the world of nature. Each month will highlight an interesting topic revealing seasonal developmen...
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Dog Hike

March 18 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. Join Naturalist Jeff Riebe and Kira as we hike the woo...
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Maple Sugaring Drop-by

March 19 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Stop in anytime this afternoon to learn about this truly American tradition. A naturalist will be on hand with the tools of the trade and...
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Women's History and a Cup of Tea

March 19 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Enjoy a cup of hot tea and celebrate National Women’s History Month with Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus. While you sip, we’ll ta...
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Vernal Venture

March 22 at 9 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Now that we’re officially into spring, let’s venture out and hike the hills of Sulphur Springs. On this quick-paced hike, we’ll stop here...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

March 22 at 10:30 -11:45 a.m.and 1 - 2:15 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
  Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the longtime tradition of maple sugaring. We will have discovery time, a craft and go...
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Your Parks, Their Stories

March 23 at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
If you haven’t heard the name William Stinchcomb yet, then it is about time. Many referred to him as the “Father of Cleveland Metroparks....
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Family Movie Night

March 24 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us as we watch Madagascar. We’ll observe the adventures of a few zoo animals as they travel to a faraway land in search of free...
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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 hist...
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Live Animal Lessons

March 25 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Everyone likes live animal programs, right? Join Naturalist Foster Brown as he carefully and respectfully shares the natural history...
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Salamander Drop-in

March 25 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Drop in and meet some of Ohio’s fascinating and rarely seen amphibians, the salamanders. When the snow and ice start to melt, these creat...
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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 oth...
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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 the fe...
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Bird Box Workshop

March 26 at noon - 1:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Are you interested in attracting more wildlife to your yard? In this workshop we will learn about and construct bird boxes that will...
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Look About Lodge Open House

March 26 at 1 - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Drop by the Lodge today to enjoy the ambiance, relax by the fireplace, and talk to a naturalist about 79 years of connecting people with ...
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Sunday Sprouts: Maple Sugaring

March 26 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the longtime tradition of maple sugaring. We will read a story, have discovery time and go o...
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Spring Break Explorers South

March 28 - 27 at 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Drop the kids off and let them celebrate spring with outdoor exploration!  We’ll search for wildflowers, frogs and fun during a mudd...
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Spring Break Explorers North

March 30 at 9 - 1 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Drop the kids off and let them celebrate spring with outdoor exploration! We’ll search for wildflowers, frogs and fun during a muddy...
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PreSchool: Butterflies

March 30 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
This month’s class is all about butterflies. Your little ones will hear a story about butterflies, take a short hike and pot a butterfly ...
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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 craf...
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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 experience...
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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 treefrog...
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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 top s...
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North Chagrin Nature Photography Club

April 3 at 8 - 9:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bugs Anyone? They’re creepy! They’re crawly!   But they are oh so fascinating. Bring in five shots without the hand of man. Mot...
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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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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, sha...
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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 bee kee...
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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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Awesome Amphibians

April 22 at 1 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join us this afternoon to celebrate the Awesome Amphibians of Cleveland Metroparks! The whole family can enjoy live animal displays, amph...
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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...
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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 pres...
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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 environm...
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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 prog...
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Party at the Pond

June 4 at 1 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Celebrate the wonders and life around North Chagrin Nature Center. Check out birds through a spotting scope, explore what lives unde...
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Insects Galore

July 30 at 1 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Let’s celebrate the wonderful world of bugs! Meet cool critters from around the world, migrate to Mexico as a monarch butterfly, and see ...
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Backyard Biodiversity Bash

August 26 at noon - 4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Your backyard can be a lively place with a few wild additions to your yard and garden!  Learn how to improve your backyard habi...
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Nature at Night

September 16 at 5 - 10 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Most of the animal life that calls Northeast Ohio home awakes with the setting sun. Join us for this celebration of  Nature at Night...
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North Chagrin Photography Contest and Show Drop Off

September 17 - 24 at 9:30 - 5 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Amateur photographers are invited to enter their best photo celebrating the natural wonders of Northeast Ohio. Prizes will be awarde...
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Festival of Trees

September 23 at 1 - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Pawpaws, persimmons, walnuts, oaks and even chestnuts! These trees have been a part of our nations cultural history for generations....
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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 tech...
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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 your han...
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Historic Hudson Valley Bus Tour

October 13 - 15 at 8 a.m. Friday - 10 p.m. Sunday
    Registration Begins March 1                          ...
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