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Hunt of the Month: Caterpillars

April 1 - 30
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
As spring emerges so will the caterpillars. There are 20 Caterpillars hidden around CanalWay Center, come find them and then step ou...
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Scranton Rd Peninsula Hop

April 30 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak walks, talks and bops about this oasis created under Hope (Memorial Bridge). It’ll be a “miled” hike wi...
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Gordon Park History Hike

April 30 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Join Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus for a stroll around historic Gordon Park. Beginning in 1893, this was a recreation hub for C...
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Trains - Cars

April 30 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Did you ever wonder what those trains are hauling? Rail cars come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak wil...
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Hunt of the Month: Hummingbirds

May 1 - 31
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
By now hummingbirds have migrated back north, so come find the 20 paper hummingbirds hidden throughout CanalWay Center. After you fi...
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CanalWay Storytime

May 4 at 11 - 11:45 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Vroom-vroom, beep-beep go the vehicles in the park! Drive down into the valley and stop at the center to listen to stories about transpor...
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CanalWay Storytime

May 4 at 6 - 6:45 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Vroom-vroom, beep-beep go the vehicles in the park! Drive down into the valley and stop at the center to listen to stories about tra...
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Cleveland Astronomical Society: Shuttle Columbia Accident - What Really Happened?

May 5 at 6:30 - 7 p.m. meeting, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Speaker
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Matt Melis, NASA Aerospace engineer, worked on the Columbia Accident Investigation. He’ll provide a behind the scenes perspective do...
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Morning with Mom

May 7 at 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Spend the morning with mom in the park. We’ll enjoy muffins and take a marvelous walk to learn about the cultural and natural histor...
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Olmsted Historical Society: Farmers Market

May 7 - 28
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday
Rocky River Reservation
Olmsted Historical Society Farmers Market Head to the Event Barn for our Farmers Market featuring local farmers, producers, artisans and ...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

May 7 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on an extended northern tour of Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. We’ll discuss the...
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2-Hour Cart Tour 10 a.m. - noon

May 8 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on an extended northern tour of Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. We’ll discuss the hist...
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2-Hour Cart Tour 2-4 p.m.

May 8 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on an extended northern tour of Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. We’ll discuss the...
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2-Hour Cart Tour 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

May 14 at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on an extended northern tour of Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. We’ll discuss the hist...
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An Introduction to Atlatls

May 14 at Noon - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Learn the history of the atlatl, an ancient spear-throwing device that has been used around the world for thousands of years. Try yo...
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2-Hour Cart Tour 2-4 p.m.

May 14 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on an extended northern tour of Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. We’ll discuss the hist...
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Bike the Canal

May 14 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
It’s Bike Month! Bring your own bike to enjoy a leisurely bike ride from CanalWay Center to Rockside Road. Bring money, as we’ll sto...
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Tales Around the Necklace

May 14 at 7-8:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Call it traditional storytelling, spoken word performance, or narrative theater, excellent storytelling artists bring entertaining and en...
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History Hike: Lawrence Grist Mill

May 17 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
History Hike: Lawrence Grist Mill Explore the stories of the Lawrence Grist Mill that was located southeast of Rocky River Nature Ce...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

May 17 at 4 - 6 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on a boat ride going “up the river.” We’ll discuss the Cuyahoga River, bridges, area geog...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat

May 17 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on a boat ride going “up the river.” We’ll discuss the Cuyahoga River, bridges, area...
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Young Explorers 10 a.m.

May 18 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Let’s get moving as we learn about transportation. We’ll take a closer look at vehicles found in and around Ohio & Erie Canal Reserva...
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Young Explorers 1 p.m.

May 18 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Let’s get moving as we learn about transportation. We’ll take a closer look at vehicles found in and around Ohio & Erie Canal Re...
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Appalachian Trail Backpacking Trip (Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting May 18, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip June 2 - 5)

May 18 at CanalWay Center, Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip June 2 - 5 (all day)
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 will gu...
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Evening Cart Tour

May 20 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
  Join our Naturalist on an evening cart tour along the canal. We’ll look for signs of wildlife that roam in the evening hours ...
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Nature Writing

May 21 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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Visit the Lorenzo Carter Cabin

May 21 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Visit the little log cabin that has sat on the east bank of the Flats since 1976. Learn the story behind it as well as the early his...
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Family Bike Ride

May 28 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Load up your family, friends and bicycles for a casual bike ride along the Towpath. We’ll stop along the way to discuss some of the wildl...
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Worden's Ledges Hike

May 28 at 3 - 5 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Hike along a beautiful wooded trail that winds through sandstone ledges with Naturalist Kathy Schmidt. Learn about the history of th...
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Visit the Lorenzo Carter Cabin

May 29 at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Visit the little log cabin that has sat on the east bank of the Flats since 1976. Learn the story behind it as well as the early history ...
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Military Memorabilia

May 29 at Noon - 4 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
View WWI, CCC camps, WWII, Korea and Vietnam military items from Joseph Woyma’s family collection. Veteran’s come and place a pin in...
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"Remember the Maine" Walk

May 29 at 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Washington Reservation (including Rivergate)
Observe Memorial Day by taking a walk with Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus to the USS Maine Memorial. Hear the story of the ill-fated ...
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Military Memorabilia

May 30 at 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
View WWI, CCC camps, WWII, Korea and Vietnam military items from Joseph Woyma’s family collection. Veteran’s come and place a pin in...
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Emerald Necklace Folk & Traditional Arts Series

June 10 at 7 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Cleveland Metroparks at Look About Lodge as we celebrate folk and traditional art forms that reflect the historic and cultural life ...
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Afternoon at Stan Hywet Hall

June 11 at Noon - 5 p.m.
Join us on a tour of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. We’ll ride on the bus down to Akron for a walking tour of the summer Gardens on ...
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Hike on Bike Tours

June 18 at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown on a summer bicycle tour through South Chagrin and Bedford Reservations. This ride will have designated stop...
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Military History Days

June 26 at 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Military History Days Olmsted Historical Society Exhibitors displaying artifacts will show the role of the military from Rome to Kor...
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First People Festival

November 19 at 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
First People Festival Ever wonder who were the first people that lived in Ohio? Find out what we know about these past cultures and how h...
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