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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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Sunday Morning Dog Walk

January 22 at 10 -11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your best friend for a winter walk in the park. We’ll explore the Lower 40 Loop Trail and talk about history and nature along the w...
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Snoga

January 22 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
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 c...
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Trailside Explorers

January 22 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
  Would you like to get outside more with your family in 2017? Join Naturalist Selby Majewski for a guided wander. This month we’ll ...
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Look About Littles

January 23 - March 6
1 - 2:30 p.m. on Monday
South Chagrin Reservation
Young children will love this 6 week nature and outdoor class. Each week, we'll explore the magic of winter through outdoor explorat...
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Polliwog Preschool

January 23 - February 27
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. on Monday
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover nature in this drop-off program. Winter may be the time that many plants and animals are hibernat...
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Cookies & Cocoa Snowshoe Hike

January 24 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Embrace winter by raising your heartbeat with an invigorating snowshoe hike. Learn snowshoeing basics including terminology, tu...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

January 25 at 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. or 1 - 2:15 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover all things snow and ice. We will have discovery time with experiments, a craft and go on a short ...
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Owls of Acacia

January 27 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Acacia Reservation is a prime urban oasis for a variety of birds, including owls. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder to hear what nigh...
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Winter Tree ID Hike

January 28 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Winter Tree ID Hike Ever been hiking in the woods in the winter and spy an eye-catching tree and wonder, “What kind of tree is that?” Joi...
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Snow Hike

January 28 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Celebrate the snow with a different kind of activity. Join us in trying to hike through nature on the snow with snowshoes. Space is ...
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Chickadee Feeding Hike

January 29 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Chickadee Feeding Hike Wild black-capped chickadees can be remarkably friendly. Join Naturalist Ashley Hall for an attempt to lure this g...
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Winter Wonderland Hike

January 29 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Winter Wonderland Hike Get your heart pumping on this fast-paced trek through the quiet winter forest of Bradley Woods. We will paus...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

February 1 at 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Groundhog Day is one day away. Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover our seasonal friend, the groundhog. We will have discovery time, a...
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Kids Explore the Winter Field

February 2 at 10 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
  Let’s explore the fields along the Chagrin River at a curious child’s pace.
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Nature News Today

February 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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Hand Feed a Chickadee Hike

February 4 at 11 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
Hand Feed a Chickadee Hike Black-capped chickadee, tufted titmouse, white-breasted nuthatch and other wintering birds are surprising...
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Dog Hike

February 4 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. We will hike the wooded trails of North Chagrin Reservation...
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Dog Hike

February 4 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. We will hike the wooded trails of North Chagrin Reserv...
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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 by the...
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Coffee with the Birds

February 5 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Coffee with the Birds Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a relaxed morning of watching birds at the nature center’s feeders. Join us ...
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Waterbirds at Wildwood

February 5 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on a survey for gulls and other waterbirds. Meet in the parking lot closest to the walking bridge. After...
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Chickadee Feeding Hike

February 5 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Chickadee Feeding Hike Wild black-capped chickadees can be remarkably friendly. Join Naturalist Ashley Hall for an attempt to lure t...
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Winter Walk

February 5 at 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Whether the groundhog predicted an early spring or not, winter is here at the moment. So, come to CanalWay Center for an invigorating wal...
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Birds at the Overlook

February 5 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on an adventure through the woods to our legendary overlook where we have been hand feeding for alm...
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Cookies & Cocoa Snowshoe Hike

February 7 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Embrace winter by raising your heartbeat with an invigorating snowshoe hike. Learn snowshoeing basics including terminology, turning...
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Terrific Trees

February 10 at 5 - 6 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Tonight marks the Festival of Trees. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on a dusk hike to discover what these trees do to survive thes...
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Full Moon HIke

February 10 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
The full snow moon will be making an appearance tonight, or you may call it the full hunger moon as both names are correct. Come out and ...
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Sunrise Hike with Snowshoes

February 11 at 7 - 8 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown on this early morning hike as we greet the morning sun. We will catch a glimpse of the woodland early r...
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Woodlands of Bedford: Frozen Tinker's Creek Hike

February 11 at 9 a.m. - Noon
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We will hike downhill to examine the secluded floodplain of Tinker’s Creek, including the 150 year old stone dam of Powers Mill. &nb...
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The Novice Naturalist

February 11 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown as we explore nature. Each month will highlight a topic revealing seasonal developments outside in the ...
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Fight the Frost

February 11 at noon - 4 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Winter doesn’t scare us, we live in Ohio! No matter what the groundhog says, we’ll fight the frost! Cure your cabin fever by joining...
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Nature Journaling

February 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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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 11 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Celebrate this special day with women from around the world and Northeast Ohio. Meet several of the unconventional female scientists who ...
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Frozen Waterfalls

February 11 at 2 - 4:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join Naturalist Pam Taylor to hike into the gorge of Bedford Reservation in search of seasonal waterfalls. Frozen or not, you won’t ...
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Birds of Acacia

February 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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Trailside Explorers

February 12 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
  Would you like to get outside more with your family? Join Naturalist Selby Majewski for a guided wander as we search for sign...
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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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Alphabet Soup Projects: Hike for your Supper

February 12 at 3 - 7 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Much of the early work in Cleveland Metroparks came from WPA ( Works Progress Administration) and CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps)....
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Hike for your Health

February 14 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Love yourself today with a brisk walk through Garfield Park Reservation. We’ll hope to raise your heart rate as we include some hilled te...
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Snowshoes at the Overlook

February 15 at noon - 1:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join a naturalist on a hike while we search for winter wildlife and admire excellent views. As long as there is at least four inches...
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Wednesday Walk

February 15 at 4 - 5 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us for a brisk walk around the Lower 40 loop trail. We’ll travel into the valley to walk along the Ohio & Erie Canal and the Cuy...
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Urban Explorations: Cleveland's Arcades

February 16 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Doug Kusak leads an exploration of downtown Cleveland’s arcades: the Old Arcade, Colonial Arcade and Euclid Arcade. We’ll stroll thr...
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Owls of A.B. Williams Woods

February 16 at 1 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Over the years A.B. Williams Woods have been home to barred, screech and great horned owls. On this hike we will search for signs of owls...
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Furry Friends Hike

February 18 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Furry Friends Hike Fetch Fido and bring him to the park for some fresh air and a frosty hike through the Bradley Woods Reservation. ...
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Snoga

February 18 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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Snowshoe Night Hike

February 18 at 7 - 8 :30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us this evening to hike in nature on the snow with snowshoes. Space is limited for this introduction to snowshoes, several inch...
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Sunday Morning Dog Walk

February 19 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Garfield Park is a beautiful place in winter. We’ll walk on the paved trail around the reservation and see what birds and mammals are sti...
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History Hike: President's Day and the Canal

February 19 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
What do U.S. Presidents and the Ohio & Erie Canal have in common? Plenty! Our leaders planned, travelled and even worked on the ...
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A Forest of Firsts

February 19 at 2 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
The forests of North Chagrin Reservation are home to the first Trailside Museum and first naturalists of Cleveland Metroparks. Join Natur...
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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 s...
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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 walk...
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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 nuthat...
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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 try to...
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Extreme Hiking

February 25 at 9 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Get out of the house and into the woods! This extreme hike is one of the shorter ones, but the scenery is spectacular. Final distanc...
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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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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 stri...
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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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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 aroun...
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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 ...
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Hinckley Lake History Hike

February 26 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Historical Interpreter Beth Robb on a hike through time. We’ll hike a portion of the Hinckley Lake Loop Trail and learn the local hi...
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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 9...
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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 Reservation Ga...
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Eagle Watch

March 4 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Naturalist Jenny McClain for an early spring hike in search of eagles, beaver and other wildlife activity.  Plateau Picnic...
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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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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...
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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 the la...
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Harriet Keeler Hike

March 5 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Harriet Keeler was an inspiring individual to students and readers of her books during the late 1800’s-early 1900’s. We’ll learn abo...
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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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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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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 adapta...
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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 possibl...
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Extreme Hiking

March 11 at 9 a.m. - noon
Hinckley Reservation
The buzzards will be returning very soon. Let’s hike to some of their favorite places in the reservation. Trail conditions could be chall...
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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 c...
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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 camera. ...
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Hike Beneath the Moon

March 11 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
The moon is nearly full so let's take advantage of the light it will provide us along the trail.
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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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Dog Walk

March 12 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Winter is coming to its end. It’s time to bring your four-legged friend and get out of your state of torpor as we search for signs o...
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Trailside Explorers

March 12 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come outside on our monthly child-paced wander. This month, we discover the secrets of Squire’s Castle. We’ll explore this fascinating bu...
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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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Hiking for the Young at Heart

March 14 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
We will try to squeeze in a cave and an eagle nest on this Tuesday morning hike. Join Naturalist Pam Taylor as we explore the history of ...
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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 nuthat...
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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 compass skills, such as tri...
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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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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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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 adapta...
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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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Spring is Here Hike

March 26 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Spring is in the air so join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis for a hike on the Hinckley Lake Loop trail to look for signs of spring.  Hinc...
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