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Yoga and Hike

July 26 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski, on the last Tuesday of the month through Sept...
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Firefly Safari

July 26 at 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in search of fireflies while discovering some fun facts about these incredible insects. Nets and bug jar...
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Dog Days of Summer Hike

July 29 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Dog Days of Summer Hike Bring your canine companion and join other dog lovers for a stroll through the woods around the nature cente...
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Family Campout

July 29 - 30 at 6 p.m. - 11 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Pitch a tent, have dinner (on your own), play games, and join a naturalist-led night hike. A light breakfast will be provided Saturday mo...
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Little Ones Sleepover

July 29 - 30 at Fri 7 p.m. - Sat 8:30 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Attention parents with little ones. Come experience an unforgettable overnight with your child. We will spend time both indoors and ...
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Moth Night Out

July 29 at 8 - 9:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
 Join us for a "Moth Night Out" to observe these nocturnal creatures at our light and bait traps.  
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Hemlock Hike

July 30 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join us for a hike through the Tinker's Creek floodplain. We’ll hike through the woods and along the creek looking for local flora a...
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Crayfish in the Creek

July 31 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Children, young and old, will love getting their feet wet and exploring in the creek. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in discoverin...
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

August 1 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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Summer Cool Down

August 2 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. Enjoy an informative nature walk down the Towpath. Cool off afterwards with a provided ice crea...
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Beginner Backpacking Trip (Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting August 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Actual Trip: August 12 - 13)

August 3 at Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting August 3, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m (Actual Trip: August 12, 4 p.m. - August 13, Noon)
If you have ever wanted to go backpacking but were nervous about going to the bathroom in the woods, this is the trip for you. Join ...
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Hike n’ Chalk

August 4 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Hike n’ Chalk Let’s hit the trails in search of wildlife then return to the nature center to make a chalk drawing of our favorite finds f...
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Little Explorers: Rocky River

August 4 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Rocky River Bring your little explorer to learn about the Rocky River and all the animals that depend on its water...
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Dog Hike

August 6 at 10 - 11:30
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. We will hike the wooded trails together. All dogs must be l...
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Erie Street Cemetery Tour

August 6 at 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Join Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus for a guided walk around this fascinating downtown cemetery. See the final resting places of...
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Woodlands of Bedford: Deerlick Creek Adventure

August 6 at noon - 4 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Fred Losi will guide an in-stream exploration of Deerlick Creek. Three beautiful waterfalls will be explored: Fishbowl, Bridal Veil ...
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Ferns in Fruit

August 6 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
While flowers soak up the summer sun, ferns thrive in the cool shade of the forest. Though all ferns may be green, they have amazing...
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Lakefront Dog Walk

August 7 at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Bring your dog for a guided walk around Edgewater Park. Dogs must be leashed and waste picked up. Walkers without dogs are welcome. Lower...
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Junior Naturalist: Bug Netting

August 7 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
What’s hiding in the tall grass? We’ll use nets and jars to catch and release butterflies, grasshoppers and beetles as we learn all ...
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Get Out...

August 7 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
…and get active. Join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis on the trails. Over the next several months, we’ll add more distance to this hiking series.
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Sprouts: Waves and Wetlands

August 8 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover our great lake together throughout the month of August as we dig, play, and discover nature ...
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Night at the Springs

August 8 at 7 - 9 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
When the sun goes down the creeks of South Chagrin teem with incredible nocturnal life. Join Naturalist Andrew Mularo and admire the beau...
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Yoga and Hike

August 9 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski, on the last Tuesday of the month through Sept...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

August 10 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to learn all about frogs. We will use nets to catch tadpoles, as well as read a story and make a craft. Dress...
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Emerald Necklace Hiking Tour (East)

August 13 at 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Emerald Necklace Hiking Tour (East) Traverse the vast acreage of Cleveland Metroparks with Naturalist Marty Calabrese by bus and boo...
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Hike on a Bike Tour

August 13 at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
This interpretive hike on a bike program will meet at Wildwood Parking lot. Short stops will take us through Euclid Beach Park, Lakefront...
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Summer Photo Hike

August 13 at 9 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Capture nature’s summer sights with your camera as we hike along the scenic Chagrin River. We will stop along the way to see the fam...
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Bug Hunt

August 13 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
In August, many insects have reached maturity and can be found in meadows throughout Cleveland Metroparks. Join Naturalist Jeff Riebe to ...
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Nature Journaling

August 13 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

August 14 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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Sprouts: Waves and Wetlands

August 15 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover our great lake together throughout the month of August as we dig, play, and discover nature ...
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March to the Monument

August 16 - 15 at 9:30 - 12:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
March to the Monument Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a hearty hike from the Emerald Necklace Marina to Stinchcomb Memorial. Along the ...
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Hiking for the Young at Heart

August 16 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
The dog days of summer are here. Join Naturalist Joel Kavaras for this monthly hike. We’ll head to Deer Lick Cave where the air is u...
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Minister Creek Backpacking Trip (Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting August 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Actual Trip August 26 - 28)

August 17 at Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting August 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Actual Trip August 26 - 28
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us for this 2-night beginner backpacking trip in the beautiful Alleghany National Forest.  Enjoy natural rock overlooks, stream...
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Wednesday Walk

August 17 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
We’ll hike along the upper ridge of Tinkers Creek then into the forest along the mountain bike trail. We’ll look for wildlife along ...
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Hike to the Overlook

August 18 at 10 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Some of Cleveland’s most scenic views can be found along our rivers and streams. We will travel along Overlook trail to find one of the C...
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Full Moon Hike

August 18 at 8 - 9 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’ll Hike along the towpath under a full moon. We’ll keep a casual pace and stop to observe and discuss some nature along the way. ...
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The Full Sturgeon Moon Stroll

August 18 at 9:30 - 10:45 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
This seasonal moon has many names that native tribes and colonial setters have associated with this month. The Sturgeon Full Moon was com...
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Emerald Necklace Hikers

August 19 at 10 a.m. - noon
Euclid Creek Reservation
Don't feel comfortable navigating the trails on your own? Join this monthly hike to explore the Emerald Necklace, get some exercise ...
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Dogs Days of Summer

August 19 at 11 a.m. - Noon
Bedford Reservation
Come alone or bring your leashed canine companion on a hike in beautiful Bedford Reservation. We’ll enjoy the cover of the forest canopy ...
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Emerald Necklace Hikers

August 20 at 10 a.m. - noon
Euclid Creek Reservation
Don't feel comfortable navigating the trails on your own? Join this monthly hike to explore the Emerald Necklace, get some exercise ...
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Creek Walk

August 20 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Enjoy the cool water as we hike a section of Tinker’s Creek. Wear shoes and clothes to get wet as we will be in the water exploring the b...
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Moses Cleaveland Trees

August 20 at 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Moses Cleaveland Trees In 1946, 150 trees were identified in Cleveland old enough to have witnessed the city’s founding. Learn about...
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Towpath Dog Walk

August 21 at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your dog for a guided walk on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath. Dogs must be leashed and waste picked up. Walkers without dogs are...
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Birding the Banks of Euclid Creek

August 21 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on the banks of the creek searching for woodpeckers, catbirds and sandpipers.
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Explore Bradley Woods

August 21 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Explore Bradley Woods Learn about this unique swamp forest habitat and explore high and low in search of wildlife. Tall boots and pants r...
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Searching for Snakes

August 21 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Searching for Snakes We’ll hike in search of snakes in the forest and wetlands, then return to the nature center to make a fun snake...
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Sprouts: Waves and Wetlands

August 22 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover our great lake together throughout the month of August as we dig, play, and discover nature on th...
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Snakes at Jackson

August 24 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join naturalist Jake Kudrna as he meanders along the Chagrin River and throughout Jackson Field in search of snakes. We will discuss...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

August 24 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to learn all about frogs. We will use nets to catch tadpoles, as well as read a story and make a craft. Dress...
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Yoga and Hike

August 25 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski, on the last Tuesday of the month through Sept...
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Urban Explorations: Tremont

August 25 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak and Volunteer Mollie Alstott invite you to stroll along as we explore some of the historic Tremont area...
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Forest Hills Hike

August 25 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Join a naturalist to explore the trails of Forest Hills. We will look and listen for creatures that come out at dusk.
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Late Summer Wildflower Walk

August 26 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Late Summer Wildflower Walk Stroll around the meadow with Naturalist Beth Whiteley as we look at the variety of wildflowers that bloom du...
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Hoodlebugs and Giants Hike and Campfire

August 26 at 7 - 9:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join a naturalist to hike an area that has inspired many tales. Learn where to find a hoodlebug and about  the Bentleyville Gia...
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Nature Writing

August 27 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. We will...
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Whipp's Ledges: Stories in the Stones

August 27 at 3 - 5 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Rock walls, fossils, etchings carved into stone, and Robert Whipp. All these have a fascinating story to tell. Join N...
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Dusk to Dark

August 27 at 7 - 10 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Dusk to Dark Join us at dusk for this NEW free family friendly event to celebrate everything nocturnal.   We’ll be discovering natur...
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The Novice Naturalist

August 27 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
The marsh and ponds in and around North Chagrin Nature Center are teaming with dragonflies and damselflies this time of year. Come j...
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Birding the Mouth of Euclid Creek

August 28 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder at the mouth of Euclid Creek in search of waterfowl, kingfishers and cave swallows.
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Fall Wildflowers 101

August 28 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Our wetlands and meadows erupt with color this time of year. Join Naturalist Selby Majewski to learn about our special fall blooms a...
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Climb the Creek

August 28 at 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Take this late summer chance to get your feet wet and climb Sulphur Springs Creek waterfalls with a naturalist. Wear sturdy wettable shoe...
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Sprouts: Waves and Wetlands

August 29 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover our great lake together throughout the month of August as we dig, play, and discover nature ...
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Yoga and Hike

August 30 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski, on the last Tuesday of the month through September...
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Trail Mix Walk

August 31 at 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today is National Trail Mix Day. Join us as we make our own healthy snack before hitting the trail with Naturalist Angelec Hillsman....
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Emerald Necklace Hikers

September 2 at 10 a.m. - noon
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Don't feel comfortable navigating the trails on your own? Join this monthly hike to explore the Emerald Necklace, get some exercise and e...
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Biohike: Nightlife

September 2 at 8 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Biohike: Nightlife Come experience the sights and sounds of the night, in the absence of moonlight. Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese ...
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History Hike: Dogs of All Wars Memorial

September 3 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
History Hike: Dogs of All Wars Memorial Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus leads a dog-friendly hike to this memorial. Hear about Smoky t...
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Emerald Necklace Hikers

September 3 at 10 a.m. - noon
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Don't feel comfortable navigating the trails on your own? Join this monthly hike to explore the Emerald Necklace, get some exercise ...
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Painting Nature in Pastels

September 3 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Huntington Reservation
Inspired by nature? Try painting it in a new way, with chalk or oil pastels. In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to apply t...
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Family Fun Hike at Whipp's Ledges

September 3 at 3 - 5 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Bring out the family for a strenuous, yet fun hike among spectacular sandstone ledges with Naturalist Kathy Schmidt. We’ll search fo...
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Family Fun Hike

September 4 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Experience early fall with a leisurely stroll along the parkway.  We’ll take our time checking out flowers and looking for wildlife ...
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

September 5 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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Along the Chagrin

September 7 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on a stroll along the Chagrin River. We will keep an eye out for critters while admiring the scenery of this ...
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The Beaver Wars

September 7 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
The Beaver Wars This history hike will examine a series of fierce trade conflicts in the Great Lakes region throughout the mid-17 th...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

September 7 at 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. or 1 – 2:15 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the different places animals call home through a story, discovery time and a craft. Register by p...
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A Swift’s Night Out

September 8 at 6:45 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
In early autumn, chimney swifts gather by the thousands to prepare for their journey south. Watch the stunning display of these incr...
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Hike the Hilltop

September 9 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Hike the Hilltop Get out and hike with a naturalist up and down the Mount Pleasant Loop Trail. We will enjoy the sights and sounds of the...
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Evening Dog Hike

September 9 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. We will hike the wooded trails together. All dogs must...
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Extreme Hiking

September 10 at 9 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
We’re off for another adventure! Join Naturalist Pam Taylor as we explore some of the best South Chagrin has to offer. It is very likely ...
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Hikathon Mini

September 10 at 10 - 11 a.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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Monarch Migration

September 10 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Monarch butterflies are beginning their journey to Mexico. We'll visit our local prairie and meadows in search of these amazing migrating...
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Birds of Acacia

September 11 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 a...
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Grandparent’s Hike

September 11 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Grandparent’s Hike Celebrate Grandparent’s Day by getting out for some fresh air with the family. A short hike will be followed by a natu...
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Get Out...

September 11 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
…and get active. Join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis on the trails. Over the next couple months, we’ll add more distance to this hiking s...
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Polliwog Preschool

September 12 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
  Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder to discover nature in this drop-off program. We will flutter through the fields, wade in the wetl...
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Wildflowers and Pollinator Wander

September 13 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Let’s take a slow and in-depth look at what’s happening around the marsh. We’ll see how many bees, butterflies, and asters we can find.
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Yoga and Hike

September 13 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski, on the last Tuesday of the month through September...
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Summer Field Hike

September 14 at 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
  Come explore the diverse habitats around Jackson Field. We will search for late summer birds, insects and plant life in the f...
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Monarch Migration

September 15 at 5 - 7 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder surveying the lakefront in search of migrating monarchs. We will also tag some as they continue their jo...
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Hike to Henry Church Rock

September 16 at 2 - 3 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Stone steps lead to a cool ravine along the scenic Chagrin River, where hemlocks soar above mossy crags and lush ferns. Take a journ...
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Chagrin River Bird Quest

September 16 at 4 - 6 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland (ASGC) and Cleveland Metroparks for the second annual Chagrin River Bird Quest. Explore the Cha...
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The Full Corn Moon Stroll

September 16 at 9 - 10:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
This seasonal moon has many names that native tribes and colonial settlers have associated with this month. The Full Corn Moon celeb...
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Ferns in Fruit

September 17 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
While flowers soak up the summer sun, ferns thrive in the cool shade of the forest. Though all ferns may be green, they have amazing dive...
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Fort Hill Stairs

September 17 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Fort Hill Stairs Ascend the newly built steps to the top of Fort Hill with Naturalist Marty Calabrese. Your voyage continues at 100-...
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Nature Journaling

September 17 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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Chagrin River Bird Quest

September 17 at 4 - 6 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland (ASGC) and Cleveland Metroparks for the second annual Chagrin River Bird Quest. Explore th...
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Coffee at the Overlook

September 18 at 9 - 10:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join a naturalist as we hike up to a point high above the Chagrin River. We’ll stop at the top and reflect on nature’s beauty with a cup ...
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Late Bloomers

September 18 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Late Bloomers Search for late-season wildflowers and fall-fruiting fungi among the forests and wetlands of Rocky River Reservation. ...
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Hiking for the Young at Heart

September 20 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Get out and explore the trails to and through Whipp's Ledges while learning the story behind the name of this great rocky place. Hinckley...
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Discovering Nature: Trees

September 23 at 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Discovering Nature: Trees Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We will explore the trees that ...
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Family Friday Night: Fall Equinox

September 23 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
  W hat is the fall equinox? Let’s explore natural and human made mysteries at this astronomical change of seasons. We’ll also share...
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All Aboard the Lakeshore Electric

September 24 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Huntington Reservation
All Aboard the Lakeshore Electric The rise and fall of Cleveland’s Lakeshore Electric Railway mirrors the story of interurban railwa...
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Pawpaws in the Park

September 24 at noon - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Discover the phenomenal natural and cultural history of this forgotten fruit. Taste a pawpaw (while supplies last) and learn fun pawpaw r...
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Appalachian Trail Backpacking Trip (Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting September 27, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip October 6, 7 a.m. - October 9, 10 p.m.)

September 27 at Garfield Park Center, Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip October October 6, 7 a.m. - October 9, 10 p.m.)
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Grab your hiking boots and join us for a 4-day backpacking excursion through historic Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. White blazes wi...
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Yoga and Hike

September 27 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski, on the last Tuesday of the month through September...
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Nature Baby

September 28 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Baby The forest is awaiting you so let’s get baby out to explore nature. Grab a baby backpack or just carry your child for a ...
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Backpacking Basics

November 10 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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Land Navigation 2

November 12 at 12:30 - 3:30p.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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