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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 ...
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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 for a...
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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 Sm...
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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 and e...
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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 ap...
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Holiday Hike

September 3 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Let’s get out and stretch our legs this holiday weekend. We’ll travel through the woodlands of Bedford. Enjoying the sights and sounds as...
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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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Hike to the Overlook and Back

September 4 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Come down to Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation for a nice brisk walk to the overlook and back to the Center. We will stop and examin...
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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 first m...
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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 ...
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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 cent...
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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...
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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 incredibl...
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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 o...
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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 be l...
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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 li...
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Hikathon Mini

September 10 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 views th...
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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 migr...
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Woodlands of Bedford: Tinker's Creek Stream Walk

September 11 at 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join Fred Losi on the 32 nd annual in-stream exploration of the ‘green grand canyon’ of Bedford Reservation, the Great Gorge of Tinker’s ...
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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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Urban Explorations: Gordon Square to Westerly

September 15 at 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Hike with Doug Kusak through Gordon Square Arts District to tour the Westerly Wastewater Treatment Plant. It’s a walk flush with history ...
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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 the...
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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 journey to...
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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 th...
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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 celebrates...
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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...
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Fort Hill Stairs

September 17 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Fort Hill Stairs Navigate your way to the top of Fort Hill with Naturalist Marty Calabrese. Your voyage continues at 100-feet above the R...
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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 cam...
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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 the Cha...
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Family Night Hike

September 17 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Bring your youngsters for an evening of fun on the trail. We’ll hike and play games as we learn about what is happening in nature at...
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Garfield Park Dog Walk

September 18 at 9 - 10 a.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Stroll the All Purpose Trail loop with your pup. We'll discuss the natural and cultural history of the park as we walk. Dogs must be leas...
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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...
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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. 2 – 4...
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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. Hin...
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Wednesday Walk

September 21 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Hike the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve. Once at the overlook we’ll enjoy a beautiful view of downtown as the sun begins to set. Lak...
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Urban Explorations: Flats Bridges

September 22 at 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Spend an enjoyable afternoon hiking in the Flats with Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak. Cleveland’s a city of bridges and we plan t...
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Autumn Hike

September 22 at 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Kick off the first day of autumn with us. We’ll take in the beautiful sights and sounds as we hike Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve. P...
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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 our wi...
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Night Hike

September 23 at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Learn about how the human eye adapts to the night sky. We’ll go on a short hike and play tricks with our sight. Ohio & Erie Cana...
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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 railways ac...
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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 paw...
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Nature Scavenger Hunt

September 25 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Join us for a fun filled hike as we search for animals, insects, plants and more on our nature filled scavenger hunt through the Ohio &am...
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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.)
Garfield Park 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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Explore West Creek by Smartphone

September 28 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Explore the Watershed Stewardship Center and surrounding wetlands with a smartphone/tablet (your own or ours) using the new ParkApps app ...
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Wagging through the Woods Dog Walk

October 1 at 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Grab your canine companion for a quick walk through the woods this morning. The scents from the night before are sure to get th...
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Sunday Drop-By: Birds of West Creek

October 2 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Let's observe who is at the feeders during this busy migration time. Identification tips, field guide, binocular use, and bird list updat...
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Get Out...

October 2 at 2 - 5 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
…and get active. Join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis for a hike. Next month will complete this hiking series.
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History Revealed: Lake Abram

October 4 at 5-7 p.m.
Big Creek Reservation
From the Ice Age to the Tech Age, massive mammals to onion farms, Lake Abram boasts an extraordinary history begging to be told. Stop by ...
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West Creek Night Hike: Winter Prep

October 5 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Many animals are beginning to get ready for winter. An evening walk with Naturalist Patti Donnellan around West Creek Reservation wi...
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Little Explorers: Squirrel Secrets

October 6 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Squirrel Secrets Bring your little explorer to learn what it’s like to be a squirrel in autumn and see how seasonal cha...
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Little Explorers: Squirrel Secrets

October 6 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Squirrel Secrets Bring your little explorer to learn what it’s like to be a squirrel in autumn and see how seasona...
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Emerald Necklace Hikers

October 7 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville 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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Discovering Nature: Fall Colors

October 7 at 3:30 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Discovering Nature: Fall Colors Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We will discover the fall...
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Biohike: River Series

October 8 at 9 - 10 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Biohike: River Series An Emerald Necklace of 23,135 acres was launched with just 3 protected acres nearly 100 years ago. Visit the Rocky,...
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Wilderness Skills: Tree Identification Hike

October 8 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
One of the most important skills to learn is tree identification which is necessary for so many other wilderness skills. Join Natura...
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Tree Identification

October 8 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Tree Identification Have you wondered what kind of trees were in your yard but you weren’t really sure how to determine their identity? J...
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Nature at Night

October 8 at 5 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
As the sun sets, nature awakens. Join us to discover the life that glides through dark skies, hunts in the shadowy forest and slips ...
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Worden's Ledges by Lantern Light

October 8 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Let lantern light lead you through scenic Worden’s Ledges to hear stories of the carvings and natural history of the area. Worden Heritag...
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Birds of Acacia

October 9 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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Fall Foliage Hike

October 9 - October 9, 2106 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Fall Foliage Hike Get your blood pumping as we traverse the Quarry Loop Trail in search of outstanding displays of fall color. 10 – 11:30...
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Hiking for the Young at Heart

October 11 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Naturalist Jen Giles on a hike around Hinckley Lake. Admire the fall leaf color, migrating birds, and wildflowers as we walk ar...
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Autumn Nooks and Crannies

October 11 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Experience the colors, crunch and creatures of fall with a walk on the Scenic Loop Trail. Join us to catch the ebb and flow of the season...
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Hike in the Valley

October 13 at 1 - 2 p,m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join us on a quick hike through the Chagrin River Valley to admire the scenic waterfalls and artwork of Henry Church Rock.   &n...
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Beginner Tree Identification

October 14 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Min Keung to identify the most common trees in Northeast Ohio. Learn the names of the trees around you. We will do a shor...
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Autumn Photo Hike

October 15 at 9 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
  Capture the sights of the season as autumn paints the trees with color. Discover how nature prepares for the coming winter as...
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Biohike: River Series

October 15 at 9 - 10 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Biohike: River Series An Emerald Necklace of 23,135 acres was launched with just 3 protected acres nearly 100 years ago. Visit the Rocky,...
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True Colors

October 15 at 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
True Colors October is a fascinating time of year when our local trees remove their disguises and show their true colors. Join Natur...
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Nature Journaling

October 15 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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Breakfast in the Park

October 16 at 9 - 11 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Naturalist Sharon Hosko for a morning hike while volunteer chefs prepare a hot breakfast. Registration is limited and required....
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Features of the Creek

October 16 at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna as we stroll along Euclid Creek in search of signs of fall.
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Fall Colors Hike

October 16 at 2 - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in one of the most spectacular spots of the park. The colors should be in full splendor as we traip...
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Full Moon Hike

October 16 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Full Moon Hike Enjoy the crisp autumn air on this nocturnal trek around the forests and wetlands of Rocky River Nature Center. 7 – 8:30 p...
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Full Moon Hike: Hunter's Moon

October 16 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Enjoy an autumn evening hike through the forest and prairie under the rising “Hunter’s Moon” with Naturalist Kathy Schmidt.
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The Full Hunter's Moon Stroll

October 16 at 8:30 - 10 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
This seasonal moon has many names that native tribes and colonial settlers have associated with this month. The Full Harvest Moon celebra...
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Autumn Splendor

October 18 at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Admire the beauty of autumn on a hike around Hinckley Lake. We'll discuss why leaves change colors as the trees prepare for winter.&...
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Loop the Lake

October 19 at 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
It's not too late to squeeze in one last Walking Works hike. Join Naturalist Pam Taylor to enjoy the colors of fall as she hikes around t...
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Nature Baby

October 19 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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Colors of Fall

October 20 at 1 - 2 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on a hike to the Chagrin River Overlook to view the breathtaking fall colors of this state-recognized Scenic ...
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Nature Writing

October 22 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...
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Biohike: River Series

October 22 at 9 - 10 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Biohike: River Series An Emerald Necklace of 23,135 acres was launched with just 3 protected acres nearly 100 years ago. Visit the Rocky,...
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Carousel Hike

October 22 at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
  The trails go up and down like the colorful animals of a carousel. Let’s hop on and enjoy the sights and sounds of this glori...
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The Novice Naturalist

October 22 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Identifying local trees is one of the first skills a young naturalist should learn. This program will give clues in recognizing common tr...
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Emerald Necklace Hikers

October 22 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville 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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Euclid Creek History Hike

October 23 at 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
  The Euclid Creek Corridor is full of history, from an amazing creature called Dunkleosteus to Bluestone Quarries. Join Naturalist ...
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

October 24 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 pe...
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Autumn Nooks and Crannies

October 25 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Experience the colors, crunch and creatures of fall with a walk on the Scenic Loop Trail. Join us to catch the ebb and flow of the season...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

October 26 at 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. or 1 – 2:15 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover special fall fruits through a story, discovery time and a craft Register by phone by October 17
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Eerie Evening Hike

October 27 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your flashlight, favorite scary story, and join us on a hike to hear what goes bump in the night. Extra flashlights are available t...
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Night Owl Hike

October 27 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Night Owl Hike Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on an evening hike listening and looking for barred owls and other nocturnal animals th...
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Family Friday Night: Halloween Creatures

October 28 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join us to meet owls, spiders, snakes and more! Learn the truth about Halloween animal myths and take a night hike to listen for owls in ...
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Extreme Hiking

October 29 at 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Naturalist Pam Taylor on her favorite section of the Buckeye Trail. Prepare for hills and wet feet on this hike. We will be car...
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Orienteering Basics

October 29 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Orienteering Basics Join a naturalist to navigate the trails using an age-old technique. With only a topographic map and compass in hand,...
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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 w...
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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 triangul...
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