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Rockin at the Docks

May 21 - September 4
8 - 11 p.m. on Saturday
Lakefront Reservation
Don't miss live music at e55 on the Lake every Saturday! Concert Line-up Saturday, May 21 Blue Eyed Soul Saturday, May 28 Cats on Holiday Sunday, M...
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Music at Merwin's Wharf

May 25 - August 31
7 - 10 p.m. on Wednesday
Washington Reservation
Enjoy live music at Merwin's Wharf Wednesdays this summer. Concert Schedule Date Artist Wednesday, May 25 Bobby Neal Wednesday, June 1 Becky Boyd D...
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Music at Emerald Necklace Marina

May 27 - August 26
6 - 9 p.m. on Friday
Rocky River Reservation
Enjoy live music every Friday night at the Emerald Necklace Marina. Concert Schedule Friday, May 27 Bobby St. Vincent Friday, June 3 Sommerfugl Fri...
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Olmsted Historical Society Farmers Market

July 2 - August 27
9 a.m. - 1 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 goods. Each...
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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. Then visit the ...
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Gallery Wall: Robert Walczak

August 1 - 31 at 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily
Rocky River Reservation
Gallery Wall: Robert Walczak Robert Walczak has long been awed by the natural beauty of Northeast Ohio, and especially the Cleveland Metroparks It ...
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Beginners - 200 Level

August 3 - 31
6:00 - 7:30 (Wednesdays Only) on Wednesday
Brecksville Reservation
A hands-on series covering the basics of the full swing, chipping and putting. Basic golf terms, rules and etiquette are reviewed. Loaner equipment...
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Wednesdays on the Water

August 10 - 31
4:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday
30-minute Water Taxi rides on the eLCee2 departing from Merwin's Wharf, narrated by Captain Mike. Rides start at 4:30 p.m. and will continue approx...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat 4 p.m.

August 23 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 geography, wat...
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Mountain Bike Skills Ride - Intermediate

August 23 at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Intermediate class
Bedford Reservation
Grab your mountain bike and come ride with a certified mountain bike coach as you learn and advance your skills and riding technique.  Field s...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat 7 p.m.

August 23 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 geography, wat...
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Snakes at Jackson

August 24 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join naturalist Jake Kudrna as he meanders along the Chagrin River and throughout Jackson Field in search of snakes. We will discuss the proper han...
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Cart Tour 10 a.m.

August 24 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Take a cart tour north on the trail and focus on the cultural history of our reservation. Refreshments when you return. Fee: $5 Register on line be...
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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 walk in the woo...
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Cart Tour Noon

August 24 at Noon - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Take a cart tour north on the trail and focus on the cultural history of our reservation. Refreshments when you return. Fee: $5 Register on line be...
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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 reveal hidde...
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Basic Sailing Course August 24th - August 26th

August 24 - 26 at August 24, 4 - 7 p.m, August 25 & 26, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Huntington Reservation
Learn to sail small 14-foot sailboats in pairs and solo during this entry level yet strenuous course. The course will consist of both classroom and...
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Kayak the Canal

August 24 at 5:30 -8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Explore the wildlife of the Canal from the water. We will watch for great blue herons, turtles, beavers and more as we paddle to the Lock and back ...
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Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga – Beginners

August 24 at 6:00 - 7:45 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga is a fun and enlightening experience. Spend the first 30 minutes learning basic SUP techniques, then practice SUP y...
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West Creek Night Hike

August 24 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Enjoy an evening walk to explore the fields, forests and brooks of West Creek using all of your senses. A spirit for adventure is the only requirem...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

August 24 at 1 - 2 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to learn all about frogs. We will use nets to catch tadpoles, as well as read a story and make a craft. Dress for mud a...
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Yoga and Hike

August 25 at 10 - 11:30 a.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. Addition...
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Urban Explorations: Tremont

August 25 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak and Volunteer Mollie Alstott invite you to stroll along as we explore some of the historic Tremont area. Meeting ...
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After School Archery

August 25 at 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your child to the valley to discover the fun of archery. Enjoy a new activity surrounded by nature. We’ll have all supplies available for you...
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Stand Up Paddleboarding 2: Supplemental Skills

August 25 at 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Start where you left off in SUP 1.  Learn advanced paddling strokes, bracing, rescues, and more.  Anticipate spending time in the water.&...
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After Work Archery

August 25 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Have you ever wanted to test your archery skills? Join us in the valley  to discover the fun of archery. Enjoy a new activity surrounded by na...
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Forest Hills Hike

August 25 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Join a naturalist to explore the trails of Forest Hills. We will look and listen for creatures that come out at dusk.
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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 bloom during the l...
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Dragon Boating

August 26 at 6 – 8 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Celebrate the Asian tradition of dragon boating with a high energy paddle on the Cuyahoga River. Cleveland Dragon Boat Association members will int...
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Hoodlebugs and Giants Hike and Campfire

August 26 at 7 - 9:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join a naturalist to hike an area that has inspired many tales. Learn where to find a hoodlebug and about  the Bentleyville Giant. Followed by...
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2016 Moonlight Golf #3 - Mastick Woods

August 26 at Check-in at 8:00pm, Shotgun start at 8:30pm
Rocky River Reservation
Event is a shotgun start:  Two foursomes are assigned to each hole. It is extremely rare to lose a Moonlight ball, however additional balls ma...
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Early Morning on the Lake

August 27 at 8 - 10 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Naturalist Pam Taylor to kayak around the edges of the lake in search of the wildlife that live on or near the lake. All equipment provided. R...
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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 Ohio's coas...
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Nature Writing

August 27 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 take a sh...
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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 the prairie. T...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

August 27 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 history of the...
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2016 Shawnee Stroke Play Tournament

August 27 at 10:00am first time
Bedford Reservation
Individual 18 hole stroke play event Last day to enter Sunday, August 20 or when full Prizes determined by number of entries Prizes to be paid in m...
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Rivergate Kayak Tours

August 27 at 10 a.m. - noon
Lakefront Reservation
Discover downtown from a new perspective as you refine your kayaking skills and gain an appreciation of Cleveland's historical past during this min...
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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 for wildlif...
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Ohio Trail Pioneer Adventure

August 27 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Ohio Trail Pioneer Adventure Face the decisions and challenges of a pioneer family moving the Western Reserve and compete for your survival. Hike w...
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Rivergate Kayak Tours

August 27 at 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Discover downtown from a new perspective as you refine your kayaking skills and gain an appreciation of Cleveland's historical past during this min...
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Drop-In Children’s Nature Craft

August 27 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
What child doesn't like to paint on rocks? Naturalist Foster Brown and friendly volunteer assistants will help each participant get started to pain...
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Whipp's Ledges: Stories in the Stones

August 27 at 3 - 5 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Rock walls, fossils, etchings carved into stone, and Robert Whipp. All these have a fascinating story to tell. Join Naturalist Kathy...
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Dusk to Dark

August 27 at 7 - 10 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Dusk to Dark Join us at dusk for this NEW free family friendly event to celebrate everything nocturnal.   We’ll be discovering nature at night...
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CanalWay Campout

August 27 - 28 at 7 p.m. - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your family to the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation for an evening under the stars. On Saturday we’ll go on night hike, watch for bats over ...
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The Novice Naturalist

August 27 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
The marsh and ponds in and around North Chagrin Nature Center are teaming with dragonflies and damselflies this time of year. Come join Naturalist ...
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Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga – Beginners

August 28 at 8:00 - 9:45 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga is a fun and enlightening experience. Spend the first 30 minutes learning basic SUP techniques, then practice SUP y...
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Dog Paddle and Pet-a-Palooza

August 28 at 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
It's not raining cats and dogs, just hundreds of dogs at Cleveland Metroparks Ledge Pool for the annual Dog Paddle and Pet-a-Palooza. Visitors can ...
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Birding the Mouth of Euclid Creek

August 28 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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Family Cuyahoga River Tour - Kayak

August 28 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Explore the beauty of the Upper Cuyahoga River as a family while learning essential kayaking skills.   The calm water in this section will all...
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Fall Wildflowers 101

August 28 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Our wetlands and meadows erupt with color this time of year. Join Naturalist Selby Majewski to learn about our special fall blooms and how to ident...
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Family Cuyahoga River Tour - Kayak

August 28 at 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Explore the beauty of the Upper Cuyahoga River as a family while learning essential kayaking skills.   The calm water in this section will all...
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Climb the Creek

August 28 at 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Take this late summer chance to get your feet wet and climb Sulphur Springs Creek waterfalls with a naturalist. Wear sturdy wettable shoes.  &...
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Sprouts: Waves and Wetlands

August 29 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover our great lake together throughout the month of August as we dig, play, and discover nature on the beach. W...
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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 remarkable park on...
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Rolling Hills in the Morning

August 30 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Enjoy a walk as we look for what has changed recently in this constantly evolving park. We’ll also keep our eyes open for the butterflies and bloom...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat 4 p.m.

August 30 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 geography, wat...
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Lake Erie Stand Up Paddleboarding Tour

August 30 at 6 - 8:00 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Enhance your mind, body and soul during this full body workout as you increase your SUPing skills and discover a new perspective of downtown.  ...
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Yoga and Hike

August 30 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. Addition...
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Mountain Bike Skills Ride - Beginner

August 30 at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. beginner class
Bedford Reservation
Grab your mountain bike and come ride with a certified mountain bike coach as you learn and advance your skills and riding technique.  Field s...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat 7 p.m.

August 30 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 geography, wat...
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CanalWay Cart Tour: Southern Route 10 a.m.

August 31 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
  This tour will take you south on the trail. View an aqueduct and cross over roads via pedestrian bridges as we explore the natural and cultu...
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Nature Walk with a Stroller

August 31 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Enjoy a morning with Naturalist Carly Martin to enjoy the nature that surrounds us as we take a casual walk through this fascinating, changing land...
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Discovery Days: Sensational Summertime

August 31 at 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
In-home day care providers are invited to bring their children ages 3-6 to discover more about our natural world.  We will sing song...
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CanalWay Cart Tour: Southern Route - Noon

August 31 at Noon - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
This tour will take you south on the trail. View an aqueduct and cross over roads via pedestrian bridges as we explore the natural and cultural his...
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Trail Mix Walk

August 31 at 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today is National Trail Mix Day. Join us as we make our own healthy snack before hitting the trail with Naturalist Angelec Hillsman. Ages: families...
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Handcycling Clinic

August 31 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Learn a new skill or re-visit an activity you once loved. Handcycling is a great way for individuals to use their upper body strength to pedal a bi...
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West Creek Night Hike

August 31 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Enjoy an evening walk to explore the fields, forests and brooks of West Creek using all of your senses. A spirit for adventure is the only requirem...
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Community Sailing Kickoff - America's Cup Trophy

August 31 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Cleveland Metroparks launches a new Community Sailing Program. To  kick off this new sailing program, Cleveland Metroparks pres...
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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 center. After y...
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Gallery Wall: Laurie Musser

September 1 - 30 at 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily
Rocky River Reservation
Gallery Wall: Laurie Musser Get still and quiet. Observe and listen. Laurie celebrates nature through experiencing its beauty and creating impressi...
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Kids Explore the Creek ​

September 1 at 10 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin and explore Sulphur Springs Creek at a curious child’s pace. Everyone must wear sturdy wettable footwear.
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Stand Up Paddleboarding I: Introduction to SUP

September 1 at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a great way to have fun and get a little workout. Lessons will focus on equipment, basic paddling strokes, and sta...
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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 and enjoy each ...
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Evening Cart Tour

September 2 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 evening hours. We’ll...
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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 flashligh...
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Olmsted Historical Society: Farmers Market

September 3 - 24
9 a.m. - 1 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 goods. Eac...
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Emerald Necklace Art Club: Monthly Meeting

September 3 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Huntington Reservation
Draw and paint with us. Members of the Emerald Necklace Art Club are invited to bring their favorite medium as we appreciate the signs of the seaso...
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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 Smoky the Fire Do...
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National Wildlife Day

September 3 at 10-Noon
West Creek Reservation
Explore West Creek and see how many species we can find in our wetland, meadow and forest.   We’ll input the results of our mini bioblitz into...
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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 enjoy each ...
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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 apply the media t...
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Hopper Hike

September 3 at 2-3:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Hunting for grasshoppers, leafhoppers and other insects in the meadow is fun. Bring the kids for a hike with Naturalist Debra Shankland, and discov...
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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 for old carvings,...
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Go Mothing!

September 3 at 9-10:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Mark Warman as we attract as many moths as possible using light and different recipes for moth delicacies: a mash of fermented frui...
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Lakefront Birding Blitz

September 4 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Lakefront Birding Blitz Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a bird survey at Cleveland’s renowned Wendy Park. Some of the season’s first migrant birds...
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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 along the ...
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Sunday Drop-by: September’s Seed Migration

September 4 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Not only are animals on the move, so are seeds. Unlike wildlife that uses their own power to get around, seeds rely on a variety of transportation ...
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Butterflies at the Beach

September 4 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
 Join a naturalist in search of monarch butterflies preparing for their southern migration along the shores of Lake Erie.
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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 month of fa...
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Caterpillar Drop-in

September 5 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Stop by the main entrance of the reservation anytime this afternoon to meet a caterpillar and learn all about the moths and butterflies found at Ac...
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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 fall migrant songbirds. This adventure includes two fu...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat 4 pm

September 6 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 geography, wat...
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Rivergate Kayak Tours

September 6 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Discover downtown from a new perspective as you refine your kayaking skills and gain an appreciation of Cleveland's historical past during this min...
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Mountain Bike Skills Ride - Family Clinic

September 6 at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Family Clinic
Bedford Reservation
Grab your mountain bike and come ride with a certified mountain bike coach as you learn and advance your skills and riding technique.  Field s...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat 7 pm

September 6 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 geography, wat...
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Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society: Conservation Law Enforcement

September 6 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society Conservation Law Enforcement Human interactions with wildlife are common in suburban and urban settings. Join Ryan...
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Monthly Meandering: Migration

September 7 at 8-9:30 a.m.
Big Creek Reservation
Meet Naturalist Patti Donnellan at Lake Isaac for a walk to look for birds in migration mode. Lake Isaac Waterfowl Sanctuary
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Animal Crackers

September 7 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to explore the prairie and learn all about insects!  Register by phone beginning August 29
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Animal Crackers

September 7 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to explore the prairie and learn all about insects!  Register by phone beginning August 29
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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 this State Scen...
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Chalet Job Fair

September 7 at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Tractor Drivers: During October Only Drive patrons on tractor drawn wagon rides. Valid Ohio Driver’s License required. Prior experience with tracto...
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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 century. Inves...
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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 by phone by Se...
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High Mileage Hike

September 8 at 9 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Join a naturalist to get a few miles under our boots before the changing of the seasons. We will point out some of Ohio’s iconic trees to keep in m...
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Little Explorers: Monarchs

September 8 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Monarchs Bring your little explorer to discover the magic of the beautiful monarch butterfly and their mysterious migration. We’l...
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Preschool: Harvest

September 8 at 10 -11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Harvest time is here. Bring your little ones for a fun investigation of fruit. We’ll learn about the harvest through a craft, story and fruit disse...
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Homeschool: Orienteering

September 8 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Ever wonder how not to get lost in the woods? Join us for an afternoon of Orienteering. We will learn how to use a map and compass. Then we will te...
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Little Explorers: Monarchs

September 8 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Monarchs Bring your little explorer to discover the magic of the beautiful monarch butterfly and their mysterious migration. We’l...
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Nurture with Nature

September 8 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 spiders. Register by phone b...
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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 incredible aerialis...
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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 of the woodland ...
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Cart Tour 10 a.m.

September 9 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? Our cart will take you no...
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Cart Tour - Noon

September 9 at Noon - 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? Our cart will take you no...
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After School Archery

September 9 at 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Have you ever wanted to test your archery skills? Join us along the Canal for an introductory lesson as well as some shooting time. Learn a new ski...
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NEOCycle

September 9 - 11 at
Lakefront Reservation
The Midwest's biggest urban cycling festival taking place September 9-11 on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information v...
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After Work Archery

September 9 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Have you ever wanted to test your archery skills? Join us along the Canal for an introductory lesson as well as some shooting time. Learn a new ski...
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Emerald Necklace Folk & Traditional Arts Series

September 9 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 of Northea...
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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 leashed.
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2016 Moonlight Golf #4 - Mastick Woods

September 9 at Check-in at 7:45pm, Shotgun start at 8:15pm
Rocky River Reservation
Event is a shotgun start:  Two foursomes are assigned to each hole. It is extremely rare to lose a Moonlight ball, however additional balls ma...
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Nocturnal Neighbors

September 9 at 8:30-10:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Joe Higgins to search West Creek’s floodplains for creatures of the night.   We’ll be on the watch for owls, flying squirrels,...
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NEOCycle Mountain Bike Race

September 10 at Registration: 8 a.m. Race: 9 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
N EOCycle has grown the past few years, and it continues to grow with the addition of a thrilling mountain bike race for 2016.  Gather at Bedf...
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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 likely that your ...
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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 through a qu...
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Great Lake Erie Boat Float

September 10 at 10 a.m. - Noon
Lakefront Reservation
Help raise awareness about the impact of plastics in our Lake and on is beaches. Float your boat made out of post-consumer recyclable materials. Fo...
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Rid All Green Partnership Bus Tour

September 10 at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tour one of Cleveland’s quintessential urban farms and educational entities. We will receive an overview of permaculture, get an in-depth look at a...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

September 10 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 history of the...
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2016 Bill Barbour Cup

September 10 at 10:00am first time
Brecksville Reservation
2 Player 18-hole event Cleveland Metroparks Player of the Year Tournament $140 - includes green fees, carts and range tokens for both players Tee t...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

September 10 at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Step back in time to the Fur trade era and help us paddle a 34-foot canoe. Hear stories, sing songs, and taste a traditional soup from this grand t...
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Rocky River and Me

September 10 at 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Rocky River and Me Get your science gear and learn how to test the health of the Rocky River, both inside and out. Study the river’s past, meet the...
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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 migrating insects, ...
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Dragonfly Pond Watch

September 10 at 2:30-3:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Birds migrate. Butterflies migrate. Dragonflies migrate? Yes! Spend your afternoon learning the about migratory dragonflies. Short introduction ind...
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CanalWay Campfire

September 10 at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’ll enjoy the beginning of fall around the campfire at our new fire pit. We’ll have plenty of marshmallows for all. Bring a lawn chair or blanket...
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Tales Around the Necklace

September 10 at 7:30-9 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Call it traditional storytelling, spoken word performance, or narrative theater; excellent storytelling artists bring us entertaining and enlighten...
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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 Creek. Wea...
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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 available to bor...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

September 11 at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Step back in time to the Fur trade era and help us paddle a 34-foot canoe. Hear stories, sing songs, and taste a traditional soup from this grand t...
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Knee High Naturalists

September 11 at 12 - 4 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Young children and their families will love this day built for their love of nature. Children can run with a kite, meet a giant chipmunk, touch a t...
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Family Bike Ride

September 11 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
 L oad 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 wildli...
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Meet the Artist – Laurie Musser

September 11 at 1 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Meet the Artist – Laurie Musser Laurie celebrates nature through experiencing its beauty and creating impressions of those experiences in her wildl...
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Sunday Drop-by: Case of the Missing Naturalist

September 11 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
The Case of the Missing Naturalist! Patti D. swiped an item from the Watershed Stewardship Center and was last seen on one of our trails with it. C...
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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 nature-inspire...
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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 series.
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Big Creek Critters

September 11 at 4-5 p.m.
Grab a net and take a dip into Big Creek to see what critters we can find.   Their presence or absence in the creek tells us a unique creek st...
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Cuyahoga Astronomical Association: Lightspeed and Gravitational Waves

September 12 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Cuyahoga Astronomical Association Lightspeed and Gravitational Waves Club member Tim Campbell will share the fascinating story of Albert Michaelson...
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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 wetlands and t...
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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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Cuyahoga River By Boat 4 pm

September 13 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 geography, wat...
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Fall Ball Junior Golf Series at Seneca

September 13 - October 4 at Tuesdays 4:30-6:30p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Junior 4-Week Series covering Golf Swing and Golf Course Fundamentals. Schedule:  September 13th   Range Practice September 20th&nbs...
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Reservation Master Plan Open Houses

September 13 at 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Reservation Master Plans for Bedford, Brecksville, Hinckley and West Creek are being updated this year.  These plans will help direct efforts ...
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Clarion River Paddling Trip (Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting September 13, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip: September 23, 1 p.m. - 25, 9 p.m.)

September 13 at Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting: Hinckley Lake Boathouse, September 13, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip: September 23, 1 p.m. - 25, 9 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Paddle with us as we embark down the National Wild and Scenic Clarion River on canoes and kayaks in the beautiful Allegheny National Forest. Spend ...
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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. Addition...
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Monarchs, Milkweed and My Backyard

September 13 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Gain an appreciation for milkweed plants and their critical role in a monarch butterfly’s life cycle, with Naturalist Mark Warman. Short indoor pre...
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Cuyahoga River By Boat 7 pm

September 13 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 geography, wat...
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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 field, forest an...
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Urban Explorations: Ohio City Tour

September 14 at 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Join Mike and Louise McCormick on a walk through Ohio City. So much history abounds in this area. Learn about the famous “Bridge Wars.” Enjoy the s...
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Reservation Master Plan Open Houses

September 14 at 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Reservation Master Plans for Bedford, Brecksville, Hinckley and West Creek are being updated this year.  These plans will help direct efforts ...
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Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Creating Ideal Honeybee Habitat

September 14 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association Creating Ideal Honeybee Habitat OSU Extension Educator Denise Ellsworth, program director for honeybee and...
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Youth Outdoors New Volunteer Orientation

September 14 at 7-9 pm
Share your interest in outdoor recreation with urban youth from Cleveland! We are looking for adults to assist with adventure experiences such as h...
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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 en route t...
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Animal Crackers

September 15 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny to explore the prairie and learn all about insects!  Register by phone beginning August 29
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Home School Happenings: Hands on Heritage

September 15 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Home School Happenings Hands on Heritage Early settlers of the Rocky River Valley used many skills when creating their homesteads. Home Schoolers w...
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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 their journey to M...
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Incredible Insects Drop-In

September 16 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come meet some live insects and arachnids from around the world. Discover what makes them so fascinating and beneficial.
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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 see some ...
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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 the Chagrin River...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

September 16 at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Step back in time to the Fur trade era and help us paddle a 34-foot canoe. Hear stories, sing songs, and taste a traditional soup from this grand t...
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2016 Moonlight Golf #5 - Little Met

September 16 at Check-in at 7:15pm, Shotgun start at 7:45pm
Rocky River Reservation
Event is a shotgun start:  Two foursomes are assigned to each hole. It is extremely rare to lose a Moonlight ball, however additional balls ma...
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Friday Night Full Moon Hike

September 16 at 7:30-9 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
West Creek Reservation takes on a whole new look under the glow of the Harvest Moon. Let’s explore with our ears as well as our eyes on this walk o...
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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 the begin...
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Primitive Skills Series

September 17 at 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Learn primitive skills that allow you to be self-reliant in the wilderness or in your own backyard. Start using a fire using flint and steel and a ...
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Ledges to Lake Adventure Race

September 17 at 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. race starts. (Boat drop-off area closes at 8:30 a.m.)
Hinckley Reservation
Combine the thrills of Hinckley Reservation in this fun but challenging race.  Start with a 3.3 mile run around Hinckley Lake then hop into yo...
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American Red Cross Pet First Aid

September 17 at 9 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
Pet First Aid teaches participants emergency care procedures for cats and dogs and provides tips for keeping your pet happy and healthy too. Traini...
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2016 Photo Drop Off: North Chagrin Nature Photography Contest and Show

September 17 - 24 at 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Photography Contest Rules: Photos must not feature cultivated plants, domestic or zoo animals, or human made structures. Northeast Ohio’s native pl...
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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 diversity. Joi...
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Rolling Hills Hike

September 17 at 10 a.m. - Noon
Hinckley Reservation
Rolling Hills Hike Join Naturalist Wendy Weirich for a closer look at our southernmost trail with an abundant diversity of life. 10 a.m. - Noon&nbs...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

September 17 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 history of the...
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Nature Sense

September 17 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Sense Use your five senses to explore the woods. Learn what you can see, smell, touch, and hear on a hike around the Nature Center. Activiti...
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Nature Art Series – Streamside Sketching

September 17 at 10 a.m. - noon
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Nature Art Series – Streamside Sketching Waterways are important supports to living things. They don’t just provide necessities for survival; they ...
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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 Rocky River...
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Preparedness: Inside and Out

September 17 at Noon - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Preparedness: Inside and Out Cleveland Metroparks partnered with the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management in recognition of National Prep...
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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 camera. Register o...
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Cleaning Naturally

September 17 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Is your home full of cleaning products? If so, join us to learn about cleaning green. You’ll receive a cleaning naturally recipe book and make a na...
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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 Chagrin River...
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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 cup of coffee.
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Genius Olympics

September 18 at 1-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Teams of three will compete against each other in challenges that test their problem solving, teamwork skills, and knowledge of the outdoors. We wi...
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Sunday Drop-by: Migration

September 18 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
It’s not just for the birds! Let’s explore some of the many other animals that are on the move in the fall.
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Owl Box Workshop

September 18 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Are you looking to add an owl nest box to your property? Now is your chance! In this workshop we will do our best to attract eastern screech owls b...
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Beautiful Butterflies

September 18 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join Naturalist Meghan Leitner searching the gardens for butterflies and caterpillars. Learn the life cycle of these special insects and make your ...
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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 p.m. &nbs...
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Southwest Camera Club: Summer Memories

September 19 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Southwest Camera Club Summer Memories Bring in your digital files or print images of your activities, vacations, and memories from over the summer ...
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North Chagrin Nature Photography Club

September 19 at 8 - 9:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Patagonia: Mountains, Lakes & Glaciers.  Join Ami Horowitz for part two of his photo adventure to Patagonia. Tall mountains and glaciers m...
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Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program

September 20 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program Preschoolers are invited to join Naturalist Bev Walborn to discover the wonders of nature in this drop off p...
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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. Hinckley Lake Boat...
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Naturalist at Euclid Creek

September 20 at noon - 1:30 p.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Naturalist Carly Martin will be stationed near the creek today. Stop by to meet a live animal and learn a little more about the life around us.
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Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program

September 20 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program Preschoolers are invited to join Naturalist Bev Walborn to discover the wonders of nature in this drop off p...
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Reservation Master Plan Open Houses

September 20 at 5:30 - 7 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Reservation Master Plans for Bedford, Brecksville, Hinckley and West Creek are being updated this year.  These plans will help direct efforts ...
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Cart Tour 10 a.m.

September 21 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? Our cart will take you no...
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Chagrin River Homeschool

September 21 at 10 a.m. - noon or 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Third Wednesday of every month, September through May. Join us for a unique drop-off program, geared for students in grades 1 st – 3 rd , and 4 th ...
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Naturalist at Acacia

September 21 at noon - 1:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Naturalist Carly Martin will be stationed near the trailhead today. Stop by to meet a live animal and learn a little more about the life around us....
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Cart Tour - Noon

September 21 at Noon - 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? Our cart will take you no...
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Reservation Master Plan Open Houses

September 21 at 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Reservation Master Plans for Bedford, Brecksville, Hinckley and West Creek are being updated this year.  These plans will help direct efforts ...
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West Creek Night Hike

September 21 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Cooler days are ahead! Let’s celebrate the last day of summer with Naturalist Patti D. on a wildlife walk around West Creek Reservation. Monarch Bl...
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Buds-a-Bursting: Fall Equinox

September 22 at 9:30-11 a.m.
Big Creek Reservation
Autumn brings fall leaves and fall flowers. Trek our urban forested trails and meadows to track the late-bloomers for Project Budburst.   Memp...
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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 to span the gamu...
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

September 22 at 6 – 9 p.m.
This entry level course combines classroom and on the water practice to introduce you to equipment, basic paddling strokes, and more.  Be prep...
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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 call the swamp ...
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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 wishes for t...
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2016 Moonlight Golf #6 - Mastick Woods

September 23 at Check-in at 7:15pm, Shotgun start at 7:45pm
Rocky River Reservation
Event is a shotgun start:  Two foursomes are assigned to each hole. It is extremely rare to lose a Moonlight ball, however additional balls ma...
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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 Canal Reservation R...
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Steelhead Expo

September 24 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Steelhead Expo Join fellow anglers for a day focused on this incredible sport fish. Learn to read the river and new fly casting techniques, check o...
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Cave Adventure Bus Tour

September 24 at 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Travel with us to explore Ohio’s Seneca Caverns. They are as close to its original, natural and wild state as possible. We’ll be underground where ...
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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 across the c...
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Fabulous Fall Fungi

September 24 at 10-Noon
West Creek Reservation
Forests can’t function without fungi. Find out about the critical ecosystem roles that fungi play, and how they may help us solve environmental pro...
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2-Hour Cart Tour

September 24 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 history of the...
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2016 Fall Two-Player Scramble

September 24 at
Rocky River Reservation
2016 Fall Two-Player Scramble Cleveland Metroparks Player of the Year Tournament Series $120.00 entry fee.  Includes greens fees, and snack fo...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

September 24 at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Step back in time to the Fur trade era and help us paddle a 34-foot canoe. Hear stories, sing songs, and taste a traditional soup from this grand t...
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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 pawpaw recipes. Th...
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Apple Eaters

September 24 at 1-2:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Join a naturalist as we investigate growth of the delicious fruit and the living organisms that would love to take a bite. Taste test different app...
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The Novice Naturalist

September 24 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Owls are some of the most amazing birds on earth. Naturalist Foster Brown will share fun facts and ancient myths about owls. This Novice Naturalist...
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Waterbird Watch

September 25 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Huntington Reservation
Waterbird Watch Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a waterbird survey on the high bluffs overlooking Lake Erie. Northeast Ohio’s fall migration of w...
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Family Cuyahoga River Tour - Kayak

September 25 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Explore the beauty of the Upper Cuyahoga River as a family while learning essential kayaking skills.   The calm water in this section will all...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

September 25 at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Step back in time to the Fur trade era and help us paddle a 34-foot canoe. Hear stories, sing songs, and taste a traditional soup from this grand t...
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Plant Garlic

September 25 at 11 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
Plant Garlic Garlic is one of the easiest foods to grow, and the time to plant is now. Learn all you need to grow great garlic, and take home some ...
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FallFest: 18th Century Festival

September 25 at 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Help celebrate the pioneers of the Western Reserve at Cleveland Metroparks annual FallFest: 18th Century Festival.  This fun, free, family-ori...
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Sunday Drop-by: Wildlife Winter Prep

September 25 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Let’s discover some of the ways wildlife around West Creek Reservation prepare for winter. Animal skins and skulls reveal the differences in how an...
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Family Cuyahoga River Tour - Kayak

September 25 at 1:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Explore the beauty of the Upper Cuyahoga River as a family while learning essential kayaking skills.   The calm water in this section will all...
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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 nature center t...
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Monarch Monday

September 26 at 11 am-1 pm
Lakefront Reservation
Don’t miss the migration!   Monarchs are on-wing at the shores of Lake Erie, which serves as an important stop-over during their 2000 mile jou...
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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 will guide the wa...
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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. Addition...
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Get to Know the Great Lakes

September 27 at 6:30-8 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
What makes these lakes so Great? How do they stack up against each other? Answer these questions and more in a series of fun activities designed to...
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Young Explorers 10 a.m.

September 28 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Through hands on activities and games observe rocks up close to discover what makes them so special. Ages: 3 - 5 years with adult Register by phone...
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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 walk in the woo...
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Discovery Days: Cool Camouflage

September 28 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
In-home day care providers are invited to bring their children ages 3-6 to discover more about our natural world.  We will sing song...
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Young Explorers 1 p.m.

September 28 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Through hands on activities and games observe rocks up close to discover what makes them so special. Ages: 3 - 5 years with adult Register by phone...
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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 . Learn ho...
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Kayaking 2: Supplemental Skills

September 29 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Start where you left off in Kayaking 1. We taught you how to do a wet exit, but we left you wondering how to get back in your kayak. Learn deep wat...
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Campfire-Songs and Skits

September 30 at 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Go for a short hike to observe seasonal changes and then learn and participate in fireside camp songs, and skits. S'mores snack for every singer! W...
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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 their tails wagging.
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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 throughout t...
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Olmsted Historical Society Farmers Market

October 1 - 31
9 a.m. - 1 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 goods. Each...
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North Chagrin Nature Photography Show

October 1 - 31 at 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come enjoy the nature photographs of various local, amateur photographers.    
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Gallery Wall: Laurie Musser

October 1 - 31 at 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily
Rocky River Reservation
Gallery Wall: Laurie Musser Get still and quiet. Observe and listen. Laurie celebrates nature through experiencing its beauty and creating impressi...
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Emerald Necklace Art Club: Monthly Meeting

October 1 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Draw and paint with us. Members of the Emerald Necklace Art Club are invited to bring their favorite medium as we appreciate the signs of the seaso...
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Royalview Rumble

October 1 at Registration: 10 a.m. Race: 11 a.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Get ready for the first ever trail run and mountain bike race in Cleveland Metroparks benefiting the Trails Fund in partnership with Second Sole an...
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American Red Cross Babysitter Training

October 1 at 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Participants 11 to 15 years old learn the skills and confidence to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. Through hands-on activitie...
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Hands On Heritage

October 1 at 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Hands On Heritage 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. RRNC Visit Rocky River Nature Center and surrounding trails for a day of fun focused around traditional skills. ...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

October 1 at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Step back in time to the Fur trade era and help us paddle a 34-foot canoe. Hear stories, sing songs, and taste a traditional soup from this grand t...
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All Natural Soap Making

October 1 at 11a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
All Natural Soap Making For hundreds of years people have made necessary products for everyday use in their own homes. Learn the art of soap making...
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Ohio Heritage Luncheon catered by Merwin’s Wharf

October 1 at Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Ohio Heritage Luncheon catered by Merwin’s Wharf Learn the fascinating history behind the foods that were hunted, farmed, and foraged to feed early...
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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 to be an invasiv...
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North Chagrin Nature Photography Art Show Reception

October 1 at 1 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come meet some of the photographers behind the North Chagrin Nature Center Photography Show, and enjoy some light refreshments as you see nature th...
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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 provided. &nbs...
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Taste of the Past: The American Chestnut

October 1 at 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Taste of the Past: The American Chestnut Once a towering giant of the eastern forest, the American chestnut tree was virtually eliminated by a micr...
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

October 2 at 9 a.m. – noon
This entry level course combines classroom and on the water practice to introduce you to equipment, basic paddling strokes and more. Be prepared to...
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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 updates will be...
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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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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 spring. Discover ...
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Southwest Camera Club: Adobe Lightroom Develop Module

October 3 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Southwest Camera Club Adobe Lightroom Develop Module Club Member, Sean Wuensch, presents an in-depth tutorial on optimizing images. Sean will discu...
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North Chagrin Nature Photography Club

October 3 at 8 - 9:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Alaska Scenery Cruise along with Larry Smith as he presents a short look at Alaska’s wild scenery, pristine glaciers, and of course, the northern l...
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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 the boardw...
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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 will reveal many ...
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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 changes affec...
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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 seasonal changes affec...
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

October 6 at 6 – 9 p.m.
This entry level course combines classroom and on the water practice to introduce you to equipment, basic paddling strokes, and more.  Be prep...
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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 enjoy each ...
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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 colors as we h...
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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 waterbirds ...
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Fall Family Fishing Fest

October 8 at 9 am to 1 pm
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Children and families are invited to a fun fishing event along the Ohio and Erie Canal just down the hill from CanalWay Center.  Rainbow trout...
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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, Cuyahoga,...
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2016 Cleveland Metroparks Golf Tour Championship

October 8 at 10:00am first time
North Chagrin Reservation
Cleveland Metroparks Golf Tour Championship $60 - Includes green fee (Golf carts optional and may be rented day of event). 18-hole individual strok...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

October 8 at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Step back in time to the Fur trade era and help us paddle a 34-foot canoe. Hear stories, sing songs, and taste a traditional soup from this grand t...
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Fall Hayrides

October 8 - 22
6 - 10 p.m. on Saturday
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Select Saturday Night Fall Hayrides are Open to the Public on October 8, 15 and 22nd 6-10pm. Enjoy Tractor Drawn Public Hayrides on Select Saturday...
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Boy Scout Merit Badge: Environmental Science I & II

October 8 - 9 at Noon-4 pm both Saturday and Sunday
West Creek Reservation
Join our certified merit badge counselors for a two-part (October 9, Noon-4 pm also) interactive program designed to meet requirements 1,...
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Boy Scouts Merit Badge: Environmental Science Part I

October 8 at Noon-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Join this two-part program designed to meet requirements 1, 2, 3a and 4 of the Environmental Science merit badge, needed to achieve the rank of Eag...
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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 Naturalist Kathy Schm...
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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? Join Valeri...
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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 through moonlit...
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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 Heritage Homesite...
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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 available to bor...
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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 a.m. &nbs...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

October 9 at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Step back in time to the Fur trade era and help us paddle a 34-foot canoe. Hear stories, sing songs, and taste a traditional soup from this grand t...
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Cuyahoga Astronomical Association: Relativity: Why does it Matter?

October 10 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Cuyahoga Astronomical Association Relativity: Why does it Matter? Club member Bob Fritz will discuss and explain Einstein's pivotal Theory of Gener...
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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 around the lake.&...
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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 as we win...
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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 Resources will...
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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 over 40 y...
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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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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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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.    
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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 old quarry s...
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Gourmet Backcountry Cooking

October 13 at 6 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Tired of eating boil in a bag meals while backpacking? Let your taste buds go wild as you discover tips and tricks to cooking delicious gourmet mea...
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Wildwood Bird Walk

October 14 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Bring your binoculars and we will search the shores of Lake Erie and the nearby woods and meadows for winged wonders great and small. It can be chi...
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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 short indoor p...
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Emerald Necklace Folk & Traditional Arts Series

October 14 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 of Northea...
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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 we explore the...
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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, Cuyahoga,...
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Steelhead Fly Fishing Excursion

October 15 at 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Discover the tranquility of fly fishing in the Rocky River under the guidance of Jeff Liskay. Learn advanced steelhead fly fishing techniques inclu...
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Steelhead Fly Fishing Excursion

October 15 at 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Steelhead Fly Fishing Excursion Discover the tranquility of fly fishing in the Rocky River under the guidance of Jeff Liskay. Continue to enhance y...
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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 Valerie F...
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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. Register o...
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Voyageur Canoe Paddle

October 15 at 1:30, 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Step back in time to the Fur trade era and help us paddle a 34-foot canoe. Hear stories, sing songs, and taste a traditional soup from this grand t...
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Kayaking 2: Supplemental Skills

October 16 at 9 a.m. – noon
Start where you left off in Kayaking I. We taught you how to do a wet exit, but we left you wondering how to get back in your kayak. Learn deep wat...
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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.  Ottawa P...
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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 traipse through the ...
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Ohio Archaeology Day

October 16 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
October is Ohio Archaeology Month. Join us for this kid-friendly program where Naturalist Beth Robb will show your kids how to "excavate" some arti...
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Animal Tracking Workshop

October 16 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Animal Tracking Workshop For thousands of years humans have tracked animals for food and clothing. Today, most of us track animals for sheer deligh...
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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.m.  ...
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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 celebrates the co...
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Look About Littles

October 17 at 10 - 11:30 a.m. or 1 - 2:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Preschoolers who love nature will enjoy this six-week nature class. This extended time will allow us to explore a little deeper into autumn. We’ll ...
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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.  Hinckley ...
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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 the lake.&n...
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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 walk in the woo...
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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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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 River.&nbs...
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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 night in Ohio’s for...
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Nurture with Nature

October 20 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your family for a monthly program that explores nature through books, games, hikes and other activities. This month we will learn about pumpk...
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Waterfall Bus Tour

October 22 at 9 am-4:30 pm
Garfield Park Reservation
Join Naturalist Debra Shankland on a tour of Cleveland Metroparks largest waterfalls. You’ll enjoy the Emerald Necklace’s stunning fall scenery all...
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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 will take a sh...
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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, Cuyahoga,...
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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 glorious ride with N...
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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 trees by the...
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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 and enjoy each ...
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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 knowledge a...
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Creepy Creatures Drop-In

October 22 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Halloween is coming up so we will bring out a snake, spider, and other “creepy” creatures to celebrate. You may find out that these animals are not...
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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 our focus, a...
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Fall Color Hike

October 23 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Come enjoy the fall foliage on a hike by Chippewa Creek with Seasonal Naturalist Jen Giles.
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Learn to Make Cordage

October 23 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Learn to Make Cordage Hand-twisted rope has been used since prehistory. Learn the useful skill of creating your own cordage with a variety of natur...
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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 Natalie Sc...
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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 peak week of fall...
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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 as we win...
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Discovery Days: Totally Turtles

October 26 at 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
In-home day care providers are invited to bring their children ages 3-6 to discover more about our natural world.  We will sing song...
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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 milkweed drives, this ...
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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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River and Field Hike

October 27 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
  Come explore the diverse habitats around Jackson Field. We will search for signs of life and seasonal changes in the field, forest and along...
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Youth Kayaking

October 27 at 6 – 8 p.m.
Come out and make a splash in the warmth of the pool as you learn to kayak.  Learning basic strokes and wet exits will be integrated into fun ...
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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 to borrow.
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Bicycle Maintenance 1

October 27 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Come learn what makes the wheels go around on your bike in this lecture style class with some hands-on experience.  Topics will cover washing ...
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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 through the autum...
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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 the forest...
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Bowl Burning

October 29 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Create a bowl from a chunk of wood using the ancient technique of controlled burning with coals from a fire. Naturalists Sharon Hosko and Kathy Sch...
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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 carpooling. &...
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Autumn Watercolor Workshop

October 29 at 9 - 11:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Express your creative side and paint the signs of autumn in watercolor. Professional artist Jan Mettee will demonstrate her skills and guide us thr...
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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, can you f...
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Dog Hike

October 29 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 together. All dogs must be leashed. ...
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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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Drop-In Children’s Nature Craft

October 29 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Foster Brown as we create our own fun and freaky animals out of fallen leaves. Kids of all ages will love this craft. This drop-in ...
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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. Thousands of thes...
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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 witch-hazel, one o...
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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 and disco...
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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 CanalWay to fin...
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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 this unique g...
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Land Navigation 1

November 5 at 1 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Do you ever feel like your phone has become an extension of yourself? Come out and take a break from technology, and learn a new skill with an old ...
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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 will cover impor...
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American Red Cross Pet First Aid

November 12 at 9 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
Pet First Aid teaches participants emergency care procedures for cats and dogs and provides tips for keeping your pet happy and healthy too. Traini...
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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 triangulation. You...
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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 waterfowl, gu...
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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 have they c...
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Discovery Days: Mammal Mysteries

November 30 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
In-home day care providers are invited to bring their children ages 3-6 to discover more about our natural world.  We will sing song...
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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 to enjoy th...
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Discovery Days: Birds of Winter

December 28 at 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
In-home day care providers are invited to bring their children ages 3-6 to discover more about our natural world.  We will sing song...
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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 complexities ...
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