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Cleveland Metroparks 2016 Tour of Wildflowers

March 1 - June 1
6 a.m. - 11 p.m. (park hours) every day
Are you a nature enthusiast, gardener or just love hiking in the park? Then we’ve got a challenge for you! Grab your digit...
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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 find th...
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Nature in Watercolor

May 1 - June 30
Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun Noon - 5 p.m. every day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Experience the wonder of nature through an exhibition of watercolor paintings by artists from Nancy Notarianni’s adult watercolor cl...
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Basking Butterflies - Flighty Fun

May 2 at 10-11 a.m.
West Creek Reservation
Meet West Creek's spring meadow beauties. These important pollinators are critical to ecosystem health. We will identify and monitor butt...
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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 tra...
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National Weather Observers Day

May 4 at 2-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
What type of cloud are you? We can't answer that question, but we will discuss and identify the types of clouds in our sky, what causes t...
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Wednesday Walk

May 4 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join a walk through the woods to look for signs of spring along both mountain bike trail and all purpose trail. Bedford Reservation ...
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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 transpor...
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Evening with Amphibians

May 4 at 7-8:30 p.m.
Brookside Reservation
Red back salamanders, frogs in chorus, tadpoles in a wetland are on our list. We are going to discover amphibians in this hike and h...
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Bedford Hiking Series #4: Night Hike

May 6 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Enjoy spring during this series of six hikes. From ravines and overlooks to waterfalls and wildflowers these hikes offer you an awesome o...
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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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Mother's Day with Mother Nature

May 8 at 1 - 2 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Skip buying expensive flowers this year and come see nature in spring bloom. Share the afternoon with your mom on a nice, easy hike ...
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Flowers for Mom

May 8 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Flowers for Mom Stop in to the nature center to paint and plant a pot of flowers and herbs for the special mom in your life. 2 – 3 p.m. &...
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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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Treadway Trail Wildflower Hke

May 10 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
We are going to be hiking on a City of Cleveland connector trail. This path is known to have beautiful wildflowers along its hillside. Ca...
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Nurture with Nature

May 12 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your family for a monthly program exploring nature through books, games, and hikes. This month we'll learn about wildflowers. ...
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National Frog Jumping Day

May 13 at 7-9 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
What species of frog is jump-jump-jumping into our wetlands? Come learn about our native frogs. How many can we hear and see? Also, make ...
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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...
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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 your ha...
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Acoustic Players Circle

May 14 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Players, singers and listeners will enjoy acoustic music of varied styles in a relaxed, informal, family-friendly setting. Come lead...
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Love a Tree Hike

May 14 at 2-3:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
There are many ways to enjoy nature. Naturalist Matt Knittel shares some fun and artistic methods to learn more about trees. Write a poem...
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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...
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In Search of Cicadas

May 14 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Hike with Naturalist Carly Martin as we go in search of emerging 17-Year Cicadas. The last time these big buzzy insects made an appearanc...
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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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Garfield Park Dog Walk

May 15 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Stroll the All Purpose Trail Loop around Garfield Park with your pup. Dogs must be leashed and waste picked up. Walkers without dogs...
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Tons of Turtles

May 15 at 11 a.m. - noon
North Chagrin Reservation
Spring is high-time for turtles to be on the move. Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna for a short indoor presentation on turtle behavior, follow...
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Snakes of Cleveland Metroparks

May 15 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Have you ever wondered if that snake you saw was venomous or what species it may be? Naturalist Jake Kudrna will take you through an...
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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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Animal Crackers

May 18 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to celebrate the end of the Animal Crackers school year with a Teddy Bear Picnic. Bring your favorite teddy bear, or othe...
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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 Re...
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Animal Crackers

May 18 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to celebrate the end of the Animal Crackers school year with a Teddy Bear Picnic. Bring your favorite teddy bear, or othe...
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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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Biohike: Wildflowers

May 18 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Biohike: Wildflowers With longer days and shorter nights, wildflowers are emerging and painting the forest floor with color. Join Natural...
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West Creek Night Hike

May 18 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Enjoy an evening walk to explore the fields and forests of West Creek using all of our senses. A spirit for adventure is the only re...
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Animal Crackers

May 19 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to celebrate the end of the Animal Crackers school year with a Teddy Bear Picnic. Bring your favorite teddy bear, or othe...
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Discovering Nature: Bunns Lake

May 20 at 4 - 4:30 p.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Discovering Nature: Bunns Lake Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We’ll explore Bunns Lake t...
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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 and d...
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Bedford Hiking Series #5: Broadway Trailhead

May 21 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Enjoy spring during this series of six hikes. You'll have an awesome opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while exploring the boundry o...
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May Meandering

May 21 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
One of our smallest reservations packs a nice punch. Join a naturalist as we hike the interior trails of the reservation. Garfield Park C...
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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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Stroller School

May 24 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Come in for a short program and a walk. We’ll read a story, sing a song and meet some animal friends before heading outside for fresh air...
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Nature Boat Ride 4 p.m.

May 24 at 4 - 6 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
View Cleveland’s wildlife from a boat. We’ll discuss the plants that inhabit the river bed and look for a wide variety of waterfowl ...
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Evening Dog Walk

May 24 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join an after-work walk through the forest to get some exercise for your furry friend.
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Nature Boat Ride 7 p.m.

May 24 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
View Cleveland’s wildlife from a boat. We’ll discuss the plants that inhabit the river bed and look for a wide variety of waterfowl ...
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Homeschool in the Valley

May 25 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Look up in the sky- It’s a bird! Have you ever wished you could fly like a bird? Join Naturalist Angelec Hillsman to learn about the flig...
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Biohike: Cicadas

May 25 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Biohike: Cicadas Periodical cicadas are expected to emerge this spring. The last emergence was 1999. Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese...
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West Creek Night Hike

May 25 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Enjoy an evening walk to explore the fields and forests of West Creek using all of our senses. A spirit for adventure is the only require...
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Preschool: Wiggling Worms

May 26 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Worms are all around us and under our feet. We’ll hike, look for worms and wiggle as we learn about worms in our world. Register onl...
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Family Friday Night: Cicadas

May 27 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
What in the world are those noisy creatures? Learn about the amazing emergence of the 17-year periodical cicada with Naturalist Selby Maj...
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Cicada Invasion

May 28 at 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Brecksville Reservation
The Periodical Cicada emergence was amazing in 1999 in Brecksville Reservation. Will it be again? Join Naturalist Wendy Weirich to s...
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Turtles Tales

May 28 at Noon - 2 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Stop by our trailside table to learn about turtles. On land and in water, the turtles of Northeast Ohio are a site to see. Garfield Park ...
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Drop In Nature Craft – Owls

May 28 at 1 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Stop in and make your own owl craft out of natural material. We will use walnut shells to fashion an adorable owl and provide cool f...
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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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Bio Blitz: Forest Floor to Treetops

May 29 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Bio Blitz: Forest Floor to Treetops Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a quest to find salamanders, frogs, birds, the first dragonflie...
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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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Nature Boat Ride 4 p.m.

May 31 at 4 - 6 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
View Cleveland’s wildlife from a boat. We’ll discuss the plants that inhabit the river bed and look for a wide variety of waterfowl as we...
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Fly Fishing 1: Introduction

May 31 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Combines classroom and dry land casting to introduce you to basic fly fishing equipment and techniques. Led by Jeff Liskay. Fishing ...
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Nature Boat Ride 7 p.m.

May 31 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
View Cleveland’s wildlife from a boat. We’ll discuss the plants that inhabit the river bed and look for a wide variety of waterfowl as we...
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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...
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Dog Hike

June 3 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. We will hike the rolling terrain of Acacia Reservation. All...
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Healthy Planet, Healthy People 5K Run/Walk

June 4 at
8 a.m. - Registration
9 a.m. - 5k Run/Walk
Rocky River Reservation
The most beautiful 5K in the Cleveland area!  This chip-timed 5K run/walk incorporates the beautiful scenery of the Rocky River...
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Olmsted Historical Society Farmers Market

June 4
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday
Rocky River Reservation
Olmsted Historical Society Farmers Market Features local farmers, producers, artisans and vendors all who grow and/or produce their own g...
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Cicada Invasion

June 4 at noon - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Cicada Invasion! We haven’t seen them since 1999 but the 17-year cicadas will be back this spring for a few weeks of flying around, ...
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Naturalist at the Pond

June 6 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Stop by anytime this morning to find what’s hidden in Dragonfly Pond. Hold a crayfish or catch a frog. A naturalist will be on hand with ...
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Pond Safari

June 11 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Pond Safari Who lives in the pond? Grab a net and try your hand at capturing a variety of aquatic creatures. 2 – 3:30 p.m.   RR...
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Nurture with Nature

June 16 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Explore nature through books, games, hikes and other activities. This month we’ll learn about cicadas. Register by phone beginning June 1...
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Fish Frenzy Weekend-Saturday

June 18 at 10:30-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Take a peek underwater to discover the fascinating world of fish. Get hooked on fish with an indoor introduction to the sport with "...
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Family Kayaking

June 18 at 1:30 - 4 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Naturalists will help families explore Hinckley Lake from kayaks. We’ll look for great blue herons and other wildlife. All equipment prov...
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Fish Frenzy Weekend-Sunday

June 19 at Noon-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Take a peek underwater to discover the fascinating world of fish. Play games that are fishy fun, enjoy crafts, and even catch live f...
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Drop-In: Pond Dipping

June 19 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Drop in and drop a net to the bottom of Sanctuary Marsh. Tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs and giant water bugs are just a few things that can b...
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Father’s Day Hike

June 19 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Father’s Day Hike Enjoy a family hike around the beautiful West Channel Pond. We’ll search for wildlife like beaver, mink, and water...
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Summer Solstice Concert

June 21 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join SpYder Stompers and Sugar Pie to celebrate the long days of summer. Familiar and original folk songs will make this evening a great ...
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Hillcrest Concert Band

June 21 at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring a chair or blanket and come enjoy the music of the Hillcrest Concert Band.    
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Family Campout at Squire's Castle (SOLD OUT)

June 24 - 25 at 6 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT Reserve your spot for this special family campout at Squire's Castle. Try disc golf or slacklining, or just relax ...
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Drop-In Children’s Nature Craft

June 25 at 2 - 3:30
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown as we make necklaces from seeds, nuts and hollow twigs. Bring your own seeds and nuts or we will provid...
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Non-Campout

June 25 at 6 - 8:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Do you like the idea of a campout, but don’t want to sleep out? Young families will have fun cooking their dinner, going on a hike, and d...
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In Search of Fireflies

June 25 at 9:30 - 11 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join a naturalist as we venture into the forest in search of fireflies. Our ultimate prize will be if we can spot a congregation of ...
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Drop In and Drop a Line

June 26 at 10 - noon
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your little ones by North Chagrin Nature Center for an opportunity to land a fish out of historic Sunset Pond. Naturalist Jake Kudr...
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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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Family Fun Hike

June 26 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join us for a leisurely walk around Acacia Reservation. We’ll look for birds, bugs and flowers as we explore this former golf course.&nbs...
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Catching Bugs

June 27 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Butterflies, caterpillars, ladybugs and grasshoppers abound in the summer. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder searching the field for ...
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Fly Fishing 2: Supplemental Skills

June 28 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Learn advanced skills and good fishing locations as you practice casting the fly rod into the lake. Fishing license required. Prerequisit...
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Firefly Safari

June 29 at 8 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in search of fireflies while discovering some fun facts about these incredible insects. Nets and bu...
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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 not ...
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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 ou...
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Paddlesports Family Campout - Clinic 1

July 8 - 9 at Mandatory On-Land Clinic 1: Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Paddlesport Session 1: Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
2 Clinics Available.  Please register for either Clinic 1 or Clinic 2: Clinic 1: Friday at 7:30 p.m.& Paddlesports Session 1:&nb...
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Paddlesports Family Campout - Clinic 2

July 8 - 9 at Mandatory On-Land Clinic 2: Friday at 8:30 p.m.; Paddlesport Session 2: Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
2 Clinics Available. Please register for either Clinic 1 or Clinic 2: Clinic 1: Friday at 7:30 p.m.& Paddlesports Session 1: Sat...
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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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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 we...
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Drop In and Drop a Line

July 31 at 10 - noon
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your little ones by North Chagrin Nature Center for an opportunity to land a fish out of historic Sunset Pond. Naturalist Jake Kudr...
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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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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 all about improving your backyard habi...
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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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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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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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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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