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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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Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program

January 17 - February 21
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday
Rocky River Reservation
January 17 – February 21 Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program Preschoolers ages 4 - 6 are invited to join Naturalist Bev Walborn to dis...
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Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program

January 17 - February 21
1 - 3 p.m. on Tuesday
Rocky River Reservation
January 17 – February 21 Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program Preschoolers ages 4 - 6 are invited to join Naturalist Bev Walborn t...
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Euclid Creaks

February 22 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on a short hike through the floodplain of Euclid Creek. We will take the time to admire the sights and sounds...
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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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Hump Day Hike

February 22 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Tired of being indoors? Come explore the field and forest in search of nature’s beauty. See majestic riverside cliffs, hear a nuthatch ca...
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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 ...
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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 trai...
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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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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. Take a ...
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Hikathon Mini

February 25 at 10 - 12:30 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Hikathon Mini Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese for a deep-woods hike. The Red Loop offers slopes and ravines with dramatic stream vie...
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Birds and Coffee

February 25 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. Brush up on your ...
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Bedford Winter Walk

February 25 at 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Bedford Reservation
Join a naturalist as we explore a unique and less traveled trail. This narrow path opens to reveal one of Bedford Reservation’s most...
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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 knowledge ...
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White Pine Hike

February 25 at 2 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Take a stroll through an ancient grove of Eastern White Pines and imagine what Ohio was like hundreds of years ago. This remnant sta...
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Urban Birding Blitz

February 26 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Urban Birding Blitz It may be cold, but we’ll search for winter specialty birds, with an outside chance at spotting a rare snowy owl. Mee...
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Late Winter Walk

February 26 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Late Winter Walk Spring is just around the corner. We will search hopefully for sign of the season’s change on this fast-paced trek ...
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Beach and Forest Hike

February 26 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Huntington Reservation
Beach and Forest Hike The beach and surrounding forest provide a beautiful backdrop for a late-winter hike. Enjoy the scenery as we wind ...
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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 ther...
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Birds at the Overlook

February 26 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on an adventure through the woods to our legendary overlook where we have been hand feeding for almost 90 yea...
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Winter Walk

February 28 at 4 - 5 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
We’ll brave the winter weather and hopefully see some wildlife on our journey as the month of February ends. Garfield Park Reservati...
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Cleveland Metroparks 2017 Tour of Wildflowers

March 1 - June 1 at 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The race is on! Join hundreds of Clevelanders as we go on nature’s ultimate scavenger hunt; the Tour of Wildflowers! Spend an afternoon, ...
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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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Amphibian Crossing

March 2 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis to learn about the annual spring migration of amphibians. We’ll discuss their unique life cycles and then ...
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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 ...
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Emerald Necklace Art Club: Monthly Meeting

March 4 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Draw and paint with us. Members of the Emerald Necklace Art Club are invited to bring their favorite medium as we appreciate the signs of...
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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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March Forth

March 4 at noon - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin as we march forth on March 4 th . We’ll explore a habitat flanked by eastern hemlocks and another edged with...
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Waterbirds at Wildwood

March 5 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Spring waterfowl migration is still underway. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on a survey of ducks, mergansers and other birds on t...
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Duck, Duck, Goose

March 5 at 10 a.m. - Noon
March is a great time to search for waterfowl. Ducks, geese, gulls and birds of prey can be spotted on the Cuyahoga River. Join in for a ...
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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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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, raptors a...
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Nurture with Nature

March 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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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 child for...
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Woodcock Watch

March 10 at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Woodcocks are a secretive bird with a rather fantastic mating display. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder to learn about the special a...
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Sunrise Hike and Snowshoes

March 11 at 6:30 - 7:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown on this morning hike as we greet the sun. We will catch a glimpse of woodland early risers, and possibly han...
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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 Natural...
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Snoga

March 11 at 10:30 - noon
West Creek Reservation
What do you get when you combine snow and yoga? Snoga of course! Hike on snow-covered trails as you pause at scenic locations with certif...
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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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Birds of Acacia

March 12 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna as we search for birds throughout Acacia Reservation’s ever-changing landscape. Bring binoculars, some availa...
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

March 13 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Slow down and enjoy a leisurely walk with Naturalist Natalie Schroder as we explore all that Acacia Reservation holds during this fi...
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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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Hump Day Hike

March 15 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Tired of being indoors? Come explore the field and forest in search of nature’s beauty. See majestic riverside cliffs, hear a nuthatch ca...
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Early Risers Walk

March 16 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Mid-March is a great time to begin the search for spring ephemerals. We’ll skirt the edges of the wetland and watch for early rising...
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Castle to Cabins

March 16 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Much of the history of North Chagrin has been reclaimed by the forest. On this hike, we will rediscover some of this reservation’s histor...
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Early Risers Walk

March 17 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Mid-March is a great time to begin the search for spring ephemerals. We will skirt the edges of Tinker’s Creek and watch for early r...
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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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Land Navigation 1

March 18 at 9 a.m. - noon
North Chagrin Reservation
Do you ever feel like your phone has become an extension of yourself? Come out and take a break from technology, and learn a new ski...
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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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Land Navigation 2

March 18 at 1 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Brush up on your map and compass skills with this intermediate course, which will delve more deeply into more complex compass skills...
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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 wooded t...
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Sunday Morning Dog Walk

March 19 at 10 - 11 A.M.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’ll look for signs of green in the park as we stroll on the All-Purpose trail with our dogs on the last weekend of winter.  O...
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View from the Top

March 19 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Euclid Creek is home to rare trees and breathtaking views. Naturalist Jake Kudrna will lead you to one of the highest points in the reser...
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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 trad...
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Spring Hike

March 20 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Enjoy a hike through the woodlands of Bedford Reservation as we celebrate the first day of spring. We’ll look for wildflowers, birds and ...
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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...
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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 on a...
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Wednesday Walk

March 22 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Join us as we walk out to the overlook on Dike 14 where we’ll see the sun setting on the coast of Lake Erie. On our walk we’ll look ...
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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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Woodcock Watch

March 24 at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Woodcocks are a secretive bird with a rather fantastic mating display. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder to learn about the special a...
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Woodlands of Bedford: Spring Bird Walk

March 25 at 8 - 11 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Enjoy early spring birding in beautiful Bedford Reservation with Fred Losi. Many different habitats will reveal new arrivals such as...
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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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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 of t...
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Buds Ready to Burst Hike

March 25 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Spring is here and tree buds are swelling and getting ready to unfold into delicate leaves. Join Naturalist Kathy Schmidt on a hike ...
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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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Spring into the Creek

March 26 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in search of early spring migrants and wildflowers in the woods along Euclid Creek. Bring binocular...
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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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Early Spring Hike

March 26 at 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Selby Majewski to search for signs of spring on the rich Scenic Loop Trail. These deep woods are home to a wealth of wild...
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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...
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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 morn...
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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 butte...
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Take a Walk

March 30 at 5 - 6 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today is national take a walk in the park day so let’s do just that! Join us for a walk around the lower 40 loop of the Ohio & Erie C...
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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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Afternoon Outside: Beaver

March 31 at 6 - 7 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’ll discuss the strange adaptations of these mammals that live in our wetlands. We’ll make a craft and take a short hike to see their l...
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Woodcock Watch

March 31 at 7:45 - 8:45 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Naturalist Jenny McClain to experience the spectacular spring performance of the male woodcock. We’ll listen for the distinctiv...
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Emerald Necklace Art Club: Monthly Meeting

April 1 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Draw and paint with us. Members of the Emerald Necklace Art Club are invited to bring their favorite medium as we appreciate the signs of...
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April's Fool's Day Fun

April 1 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
How well do you know your animals and plants? Test your knowledge on this silly and amusing self-guided scavenger hunt through fores...
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Egg Hunt

April 2 at 1 - 2 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Brush up on your egg-huntin’ skills as we check some of our best wetlands for the amphibian egg masses left by our slimy friends.   ...
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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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Dusk Happenings

April 2 at 6 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin as we explore what nature is up to this evening. We’ll start by exploring the Chagrin Valley but may caravan...
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

April 3 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Slow down and enjoy a leisurely walk with Naturalist Natalie Schroder as we explore all that Acacia Reservation holds during spring....
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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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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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Moses Cleaveland Trees

April 8 at 1 - 2 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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Biohike: Nightlife

April 8 at 8 - 9 p.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Biohike: Nightlife Come experience the sights and sounds of nighttime. Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese for a flashlights-on walk in the p...
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Woodcock Watch

April 8 at 8 - 9 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Naturalist Jenny McClain to experience the spectacular spring performance of the male woodcock. We’ll listen for the distinctiv...
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Eco Engineers

April 9 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Eco Engineers Join Naturalist Lindsey Dukles on a walk near the lagoon. We will look for evidence of beavers in the environment they inha...
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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 Ro...
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Backpacking Basics

April 12 at 6 – 9 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal 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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Discovering Nature: The Awakening Pond

April 13 at 4 - 4:30 p.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Discovering Nature: The Awakening Pond Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We will explore ar...
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Nurture with Nature

April 13 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 learn abo...
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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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Wildflower Walk

April 29 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join a naturalist to see the best in bloom this weekend. Spring wildflowers change daily and it’s always exciting to see what has ju...
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Spring Wildflower Bus Tour

May 6 at 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Visit three of the best locations within Cleveland Metroparks to view spring wildflowers. We will walk on trails that bring us to lovely ...
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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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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 under the...
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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...
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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 habitat f...
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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 ...
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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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