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Emerald Necklace Neighbors

March 26 - August 1
2 - 3 p.m. every day
Rocky River Reservation
Emerald Necklace Neighbors You love your parks - now be one of the first to sign up to have your yard certified as an “Emerald Neckl...
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Hunt of the Month: Frogs

June 1 - 30
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
In the summer when you walk around outside you might hear some frogs calling. We have hidden 20 frogs throughout the CanalWay Center. See...
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Hunt of the Month: Ants

July 1 - 31
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
The ants have come to CanalWay center. Come find the 20 ants around the center and bring a picnic to have in the park after. Be sure...
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MAPS Bird Banding

July 2 at 7 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Visit a bird banding research station in action for an up-close encounter with some of your favorite birds, some of which travel up to 3,...
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Holiday Hike

July 2 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Let's get out and stretch our legs this holiday weekend. We'll travel along the Canal and Cuyahoga River north to the overlook as we...
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CanalWay Cart Tours: Northern Route 10 a.m.

July 6 - 7 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Have you wanted to walk to the end of our trail, but the distance was too far? Or wondered about the history of the area? Join us for one...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

July 6 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover some slithering friends through discovery time, a craft and hike. Register by phone by July ...
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CanalWay Storytime

July 6 at 11 - 11:45 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today we will hear stories about bears. Bring your favorite teddy bear and join us for this furry storytime.
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CanalWay Cart Tours: Northern Route Noon

July 6 at 12 - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Have you wanted to walk to the end of our trail, but the distance was too far? Or wondered about the history of the area? Join us fo...
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Turtle Happy Hour

July 6 at 5 - 7 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Do you enjoy the trails around the center, but just can’t make it there before 5? Tonight the building will be open late just for our eve...
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Preschool: Insects

July 7 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
The buzzing sounds, the feel of leaves and the scent of flowers are fun to explore. We’ll catch and investigate insects as well as t...
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Prairie Drop-In

July 9 at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to see what is in bloom. Naturalist Kathy Schmidt will be there to identify plants and share pioneer and Indian uses of those pla...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

July 9 at 10 a.m. - Noon
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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Teddy Bear Day

July 9 at 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Celebrate Teddy Bear Picnic day with us. Pack a lunch, blanket and your favorite teddy bear and come to the beach. We will enjoy a relaxi...
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Discovery Table: Predators

July 9 at 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
The secretive coyote, the beautiful fox and prowling raccoons have intrigued us throughout the years. Drop by between the hours belo...
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The Novice Naturalist

July 9 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
It’s a great month to observe turtles sunning themselves around Sunset Pond and Sanctuary Marsh. Join Naturalist Foster Brown as we study...
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Birds of Acacia

July 10 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna as we search for nesting birds throughout the reservation’s ever-changing landscape. Bring binoculars; s...
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Garfield Park Dog Walk

July 10 at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Stroll the All Purpose Trail loop with your pup. Dogs must be leashed and waste picked up. Walkers without dogs are also welcome. Garfiel...
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Dragonfly and Butterfly Survey

July 10 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Dragonfly and Butterfly Survey Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a quest for incredible insects: damselflies, dragonflies, butterflie...
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Little Explorers: Dragonflies

July 14 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Dragonflies Bring your little explorer to learn about dragonflies. We will have songs, crafts, and outdoor exploration ...
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Little Explorers: Dragonflies

July 14 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Dragonflies Bring your little explorer to learn about dragonflies. We will have songs, crafts, and outdoor explora...
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Bug Bonanza

July 14 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Bug Bonanza Explore the meadows in search of nature’s little critters that call it home. Learn why bugs are valuable, necessary members o...
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Naturalist at the Marsh

July 14 at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Stop by Sanctuary Marsh during your evening walk around the nature center. Naturalist Carly Martin will be on hand to discover the l...
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MAPS Bird Banding

July 16 at 7 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Visit a bird banding research station in action for an up-close encounter with some of your favorite birds, some of which travel up to 3,...
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Beginner's Birding

July 16 at 8:30-10 a.m.
Big Creek Reservation
Cover the basics with Naturalist Mark Warman then apply your birding skills in the field. We'll take our time on the trail searching...
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A Day in the Life of Euclid Creek

July 16 at 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
What does a creek do all day?   Join Cleveland Metroparks and Friends of Euclid Creek to get up close and personal with a unique nat...
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Woodlands of Bedford: Summer Sagamore Creek Walk

July 16 at 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Enjoy a slow exploration of this cool, rocky creek with Fred Losi. We’ll travel directly in the stream, exploring features such as a...
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Fun with Fungus

July 16 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Melanie Wheeler for an exploratory and interactive fungus-focused program. We'll take a closer look at mushrooms and lear...
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Drop In: Crayfish

July 16 at noon - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Explore the world of these amazing freshwater crustaceans. Learn how they spend their lives underwater, the different parts of a cra...
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Wilderness Skills: Useful Plants

July 16 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hike through field and forest with Naturalist Kathy Schmidt to learn about plants that can be used in a variety of ways.
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Biohike: The Winged

July 16 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Biohike: The Winged Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese for an airborne search of the wildlife area. From butterflies to birds, we’ll sp...
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Birding the Banks of Euclid Creek

July 17 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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Evening Cart Tour

July 18 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join our Naturalist on an evening cart tour along the Ohio & Erie Canal. We’ll look for signs of wildlife that roam in the eveni...
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Young Explorers 10 a.m.

July 20 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us for a post celebration of Teddy Bear Picnic day. Pack a snack and your favorite teddy bear and come to the park. We will enjoy a ...
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CanalWay Cart Tour:Northern Route

July 20 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Have you wanted to walk to the end of our trail, but the distance was too far? Or wondered about the history of the area? Join us fo...
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CanalWay Cart Tour: Northern Route

July 20 at 12 - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Have you wanted to walk to the end of our trail, but the distance was too far? Or wondered about the history of the area? Join us for one...
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Young Explorers 1 p.m.

July 20 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us for a post celebration of Teddy Bear Picnic day. Pack a snack and your favorite teddy bear and come to the park. We will enj...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

July 20 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover some slithering friends through discovery time, a craft and hike. Register by phone by July 18 &n...
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Owl Happy Hour

July 20 at 5 - 7 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Do you enjoy the trails around the nature center, but just can’t make it there before 5? Tonight the building will be open late just...
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Discovering Nature: Pond Pals

July 22 at 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Discovering Nature: Pond Pals Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We will explore the West Channel...
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The American Beaver

July 22 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
The beaver is not only an architect in nature, it also played an important role in the history of the United States. Learn about thi...
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MAPS Bird Banding

July 23 at 7 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Visit a bird banding research station in action for an up-close encounter with some of your favorite birds, some of which travel up to 3,...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

July 23 at 10 a.m. - Noon
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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Invertebrate Investigation

July 23 at 11 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Join Naturalist Joel Kavaras for a short hike where we will showcase the various invertebrates that crawl, slither, and fly through the s...
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Butterfly Survey

July 23 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Butterfly Survey Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese for an informal butterfly survey along the meadow-forest edge. We’ll catch and rele...
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Drop-In Children’s Nature Craft

July 23 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown as we create cute mice out of dried teasel flower heads. This simple craft is perfect for young children up ...
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Butterflies: Wings by Day

July 23 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Search for our diurnal scaly-winged insects as we explore the world of butterflies. Wear long pants, bring a water bottle and insect...
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Moths: Wings by Night

July 23 at 8 - 9:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Discover more about the butterflies’ nocturnal cousins. We will search light and bait traps to see the diversity of moths we catch.  
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Birding the Mouth of Euclid Creek

July 24 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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Insect Safari

July 24 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Insect Safari Join us for a trip around West Channel Pond in search of flying, crawling, wiggling insects. We’ll search under logs and am...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

July 25 at 10 a.m. - noon
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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Family Bike Ride

July 25 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’ll ride south along the canal stopping to enjoy nature along our ride. We’ll take an ice cream break to enjoy this summer night. Pleas...
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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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MAPS Bird Banding

July 30 at 7 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Visit a bird banding research station in action for an up-close encounter with some of your favorite birds, some of which travel up to 3,...
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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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Catch River Fish

July 30 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Use a seine net to catch shiners, chubs, colorful darters and other interesting native fish in the beautiful Chagrin River. Bring wettabl...
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Hunt of the Month: Bats

August 1 - 31
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
By now the baby bats are leaving mom to hunt for bugs on their own. Look around the CanalWay Center for the 20 bats we have hidden. ...
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Tree ID 101

August 3 at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Huntington Reservation
Tree ID 101 Have you been wondering what kinds of trees line the paths that you walk? Join Naturalist Bev Walborn for an introduction to ...
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Little Explorers: Rocky River

August 4 at 10 - 11 a.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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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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Emerald Necklace Hiking Tour (West)

August 6 at 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Emerald Necklace Hiking Tour (West) Traverse the vast acreage of Cleveland Metroparks with Naturalist Marty Calabrese by bus and boo...
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Future Scientists 101

August 7 at 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Future Scientists 101 Bring your future scientist to get a taste of what it is like to be a biologist for a day. We will be learning...
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August Adventure

August 11 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
August Adventure Come and see what we can find in the woodlands that surround the nature center. Kids will get a chance to use some scien...
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Nature Bingo

August 12 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Bingo Bring the kids for a walk in the park accompanied by an exciting game of nature bingo. We will explore several differen...
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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 boot. Le...
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Wildflowers of West Creek

August 13 at 9:30-11 a.m.
West Creek Reservation
This is prime time to experience West Creek’s meadow. Native wildflowers have really taken hold in our meadows, and we anticipate pl...
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Nature Detectives

August 13 at 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Detectives Use magnifying glasses to get up close and personal with the natural world and solve mysteries like what does it eat, w...
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Bats: Creatures of the Night

August 15 at 8 - 9 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bats are often misunderstood and feared, however, they are extremely beneficial. Join us to learn more about bats and what is causin...
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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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Biohike: Beavers

August 18 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Biohike: Beavers How can an herbivorous mammal with only 20 teeth re-engineer a landscape in just one night? Join Naturalist Marty C...
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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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Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey

August 21 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a waterside search for remarkably colorful dragonflies and damselflies, ...
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Nature Baby

August 24 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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Biohike: Caterpillars

August 24 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Biohike: Caterpillars From moths to monarchs, join Naturalist Marty Calabrese on a quest for caterpillars. A gentle turn of a leaf may re...
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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 blo...
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Shorebird Workshop Bus Tour

August 27 at 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Shorebird Workshop Bus Tour  Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a daylong adventure seeking migrant shorebirds and waterbirds along O...
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Prairie Drop-In

August 27 at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to see what is in bloom. Naturalist Kathy Schmidt will be there to identify plants and the insect and bird life attracted to...
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Backyard Biodiversity Bash

August 27 at noon - 4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Your backyard can be a lively place with a few wild additions to your yard and garden!  Learn how to improve your backyard habitat f...
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Urban Bird Survey

August 30 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Urban Bird Survey Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a survey of nesting and migrant birds at Wendy Park. Surprises await at this rem...
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Hunt of the Month: Mushrooms

September 1 - 30
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Mushrooms come in a wide variety of shapes and colors, come to CanalWay Center and find our 20 colorful mushrooms hidden around the cente...
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Fall Birding Workshop

September 6 - 8
7 a.m - 5 p.m. every day
Rocky River Reservation
Fall Birding Workshop  Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a three-day course focusing on migrant songbirds. This weekend ad...
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Hunt of the Month: Deer

October 1 - 31
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
As fall colors begin to appear deer become more active. Come to CanalWay to learn why and to find the 20 bucks and does we have hidden th...
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Fall Big Day Bus Trip

October 8 at 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Fall Big Day Bus Trip  Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a big day of birding to seek newly arrived migrant songbirds and ...
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Hunt of the Month: Beaver

November 1 - 30
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Winter is approaching and beavers are hard at work gathering branches to eat during the winter months if the water freezes. Stop by Canal...
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Rock the River Geology Bus Tour - South

November 3 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Rock the River Geology Bus Tour - South Join Naturalist Bev Walborn and Baldwin Wallace University Geology professor, Paul Hilston o...
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Birds of the North Shore Bus Trip

November 19 at 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Birds of the North Shore Bus Trip  Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a birding excursion during prime late-fall migration to seek wat...
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Hunt of the Month: Snowflakes

December 1 - 31
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Winter is still hanging around so s top by the CanalWay Center to search for 20 hidden snowflakes. Find snow inside and then go outs...
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Gull & Waterfowl Workshop

December 29 - 31
7 a.m. - 5 p.m. every day
Rocky River Reservation
Gull & Waterfowl Workshop  Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for three-day course to take an in-depth look at the com...
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