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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 ...
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Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program

September 20 - October 25
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday
Rocky River Reservation
Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program Preschoolers are invited to join Naturalist Bev Walborn to discover the wonders of nature in this ...
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Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program

September 20 - October 25
1 - 3 p.m. on Tuesday
Rocky River Reservation
Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program Preschoolers are invited to join Naturalist Bev Walborn to discover the wonders of nature in ...
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Animals in Autumn

September 25 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Animals in Autumn What are Ohio animals doing in the fall? We’ll hike to discover how animals prepare for winter then return to the natur...
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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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Bike-Train-Bike

October 1 at 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. end time depends on ability and speed of bike riders
Doug Kusak leads a history adventure on a bicycle and an iron horse. We start at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Rockside Road Station, r...
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Spiders of the World

October 1 - 31
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon - Sat, Noon - 5 p.m. Sun every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Drop by the CanalWay Center to test your personal comfort level by getting up close to some of the spiders of the world. Several spe...
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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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Aquatic Invaders for Kids

October 1 at 1-2:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Become a scientist for an afternoon with Naturalist Mark Warman. View plant life under the microscope and understand what it means t...
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Papermaking Workshop

October 1 at 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join us as instructors from the Cleveland Institute of Art guide us through the process of making paper from plant fibers. Materials prov...
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Fall Dog Walk

October 2 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Enjoy the crisp, cool air and changing leaves as you stroll with your pet while learning some of the history of this unique area. Do...
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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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Family Fun Hike

October 2 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Where do leaves go after they fall? This time of year there are colorful leaves everywhere but most of them will disappear before sp...
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Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society: Family Structures of Fox and Gray Squirrels

October 4 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society: Family Structures of Fox and Gray Squirrels A couple of years ago, Dr. Karen Munroe from Baldwin-Wallac...
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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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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 colo...
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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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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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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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Sunday Drop-by: Migrate, Hibernate, or Adapt

October 9 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Can you guess which animal will leave, sleep through, or adjust to the harsh winter? Do you know where some of these animals go? Let...
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Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists: Red-Eared Slider Management and Research

October 12 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists Red-Eared Slider Management and Research Owen Lockhart from Cleveland Metroparks Natural Reso...
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After Work Walk

October 12 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Let’s enjoy the forest trail s as we take in the beautiful scenery that the fall season has to offer . Garfield Park Reservation Gar...
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Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Special Guest Speaker: Dr. James E. Tew

October 12 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association Special Guest Speaker: Dr. James E. Tew Dr. James E. Tew, university professor and beekeeper for...
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Animal Crackers

October 13 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to discover the beauty of fall. We’ll go for a hike and make a craft as we explore the world of leaves and trees.
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Monthly Meandering: Brookside

October 13 at 10-11:30 a.m.
Brookside Reservation
Join Naturalist Patti Donnellan as we discover the beauty of Brookside Reservation's upper reaches. The trees should be sending out their...
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Kids Explore the Trees

October 13 at 10 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin and explore the forest at a curious child’s pace. Everyone must wear sturdy footwear.  
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Outdoor Adventures for Homeschoolers: Bike Aboard

October 13 at 1 - 5 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Board the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad with your bike, then ride back along the Towpath Trail. We will see a beaver marsh, visit an ol...
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The Sights of Autumn

October 13 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
F all colors should be in full swing. The beautiful changes can be enjoyed during this leisurely hike along the tree lined ridge of ...
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Aquatic Invaders for Adults

October 13 at 6:30-7:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Mark Warman for an introduction to our region's most invasive aquatic wildlife, and management strategies that address th...
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Leisurely Hike at the Lake

October 14 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Enjoy the brisk air during this hike at the lake from Upper to Lower Edgewater and back again. Lakefront Reservation Upper Edgewater...
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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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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 R...
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Tours of Colors

October 15 at 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Every year trees put on a beautiful display of vibrant colors in autumn. Join us to witness this showcase of colors by bus at various Cle...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

October 15 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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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 Naturalist...
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Tree Leaves

October 15 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
We’ll enjoy a short fall hike through the forest. We’ll bring back some leaves to the picnic area to identify and make them into som...
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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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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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Animal Crackers

October 19 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to discover the beauty of fall. We’ll go for a hike and make a craft as we explore the world of leaves and trees.
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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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Animal Crackers

October 19 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to discover the beauty of fall. We’ll go for a hike and make a craft as we explore the world of leaves and trees.
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Wednesday Walk

October 19 at 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Grab a friend and join us for a fall hike. We’ll discuss some of the local flora and fauna as we hike Bridal Veil Falls to the Gorge...
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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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Home School Happenings: Creatures of the Night

October 20 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Home School Happenings: Creatures of the Night The night forest is filled with many amazing creatures. Discover who is awake at nigh...
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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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Woodlands of Beford: Autumn Color

October 22 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join Fred Losi as we view the colors of autumn in this rich and diverse area of Bedford Reservation. We’ll view large tulip trees, c...
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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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2-Hour Cart Tour

October 22 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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Medicinal Plants

October 22 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Medicinal Plants For thousands of years humans have been using plants to treat a wide variety of ailments. Learn some of this forgotten k...
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Fall Hike

October 22 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
The leaves are changing and falling to the ground. We’ll hike through the forest of Bedford and discuss some of the local flora and ...
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Lakefront Birding Blitz

October 23 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Lakefront Birding Blitz Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a bird survey at Cleveland’s renowned Wendy Park. Waterfowl and gulls will be ou...
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The Colors of Fall

October 23 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Come to CanalWay Center to learn about the colors of fall. We’ll enjoy a brisk fall hike and retrieve colorful fall leaves to be use...
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Preschool: Camouflage

October 25 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your preschooler to CanalWay Center to learn about how animals use camouflage. We’ll find some animals that are hiding in plai...
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Plants and the World Wars

October 26 at 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Plants and the World Wars Botany played an important, but often overlooked role, in both world wars. From victory gardens to milkwee...
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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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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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Skull Identification

October 29 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join us to learn basic identifying features of Ohio mammal skulls, including what those mammals like to eat.
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Waterbird Survey

October 30 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Huntington Reservation
Waterbird Survey Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a waterbird count seeking migrant waterfowl, terns, gulls, geese and rarities. Thousan...
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Witch-Hazel Hike

October 30 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Need one last flower fix before they leave us until spring? This hike will lead you through the forest in search of the wondrous wit...
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Drop In: Spiders, Snakes and Bats, Oh My

October 30 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Why do snakes stick out their tongue? Why do you find spiders in your basement? Why are bats always flying around so erratically? Drop in...
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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 ...
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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 on thi...
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Kids Explore Seeds

November 3 at 10 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin and explore for seeds at a curious child’s pace. Everyone must wear sturdy footwear. Canceled in the ev...
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Colors of Fall

November 3 at 1 - 2 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
The Chagrin River has been recognized by the state of Ohio as a Scenic River. Join a naturalist on a hike to the overlook to view the bre...
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The American Beaver

November 5 at 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
The beaver is not just an architect in nature, it also played an important role in the history of the United States. Learn about thi...
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Hike Above the Chagrin

November 6 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Pack a snack and join Naturalist Carly Martin as we hike a trail that overlooks the Chagrin River. We’ll stop at the overlook and enjoy o...
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Leaf Art Hike

November 6 at noon - 2 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Naturalist Beth Robb on a short hike to collect fallen leaves, and then use the leaves to create a leaf based art project to ta...
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Family Fun Hike

November 6 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring the whole family for a stroll through the woods with a naturalist.   We’ll explore the Hickory Fox Loop Trail together.
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Nurture with Nature

November 10 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your family for a monthly program that explores nature through books, games, and other activities. This month we will learn ab...
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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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The Buck Stops Here

November 26 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Naturalist Jenny McClain as we search for signs of white-tailed deer through the forests and along ravines. We’ll look for scra...
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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 outside t...
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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 th...
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