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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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Gallery Wall: Cheta Wihunahe

December 1 - 31 at 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily
Rocky River Reservation
Gallery Wall: Cheta Wihunahe Cheta Wihunahe is a gifted nature photographer and citizen scientist. She has raised and released monarchs for 15 year...
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Family Friday Night: Animals in Winter

December 9 at 7 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Where are all the frogs, turtles and insects during the winter? What do beavers and bats do during the colder months of the year? Find out how Ohio...
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Appalachian Dulcimer Workshop

December 10 at 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Have you always wanted to learn how to play a mountain dulcimer? You can with Naturalist Foster Brown. This workshop will include building your own...
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Woodlands of Bedford: The Trand Hiking Tour

December 10 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Circle Bedford Reservation on this late fall hike with Fred Losi, visiting many special locations such as Viaduct Park, Bridal Veil Falls and Tinke...
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American Girl Movie Morning

December 10 at 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring a friend, doll, or just yourself for a fun morning. We’ll enjoy a delicious continental breakfast before we watch Samantha: An American Girl ...
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Winter Luminary Workshop

December 10 at 9:30 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
During the long, dark days of winter, luminaries can brighten the season. Join us for a workshop to create a set of 3 different winter luminaries i...
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Coffee with the Birds

December 10 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Coffee with the Birds Join Naturalist Beth Whiteley to sit and watch winter birds as they visit the feeders at the nature center. Learn which bird ...
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Forest Hill Hike

December 10 at 10 a.m. - noon
December 10 Forest Hill Hike Join Naturalist Wendy Weirich for a closer look at this natural oasis shared by the cities of East Cleveland and Cleve...
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Chickadee Saturday Drop-by: Make a Box

December 10 at 1-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Drop by any time between 1 and 4 p.m. today to make a beautiful gift box from old greeting cards. Learn about other ways to green your holidays, too.
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Nature Journaling

December 10 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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Evergreens of Winter

December 10 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
The colors of autumn have muted, allowing evergreen plants and trees to pop out in the landscape. Hike among these beauties to enjoy and learn more...
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Afternoon Outside: Birds

December 10 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bundle up and join us for a hike along the canal to look for the birds that stay here through the winter. After our hike we will be making a bird f...
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Chickadee Feeding Hike

December 10 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Chickadee Feeding Hike Wild black-capped chickadees can be remarkably friendly. Join a naturalist-led walk for an attempt to lure this gentle creat...
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Craft Creation

December 10 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Each snow flake is as unique and special as you are. Make a simple, aesthetic and snow inspired gift that you can share with a special person in yo...
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Dog Hike

December 10 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. We will hike the wooded trails of North Chagrin Reservation. All dogs...
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Chickadee Nest

December 10 - 11 at Noon - 4 p.m.
The Chickadee Nest is a family friendly event that gives your children the opportunity to select special gifts for their family, friends, and even ...
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CanalWay Classic Movie: Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas

December 10 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Told in the classic style of songs, Jim Henson’s charismatic puppets share a story of family and friendship through tales of animal life on the riv...
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Waterbird Survey

December 11 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Huntington Reservation
Waterbird Survey Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a survey of migrant waterbirds as they move along the lakefront towards their winter staging gro...
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Bird Banding

December 11 at 9:30 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
Bird Banding Better than binoculars, see intricate details of birds as we capture and band birds from the feeder. Learn about bird banding, an esse...
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Birds of Acacia

December 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 for loan.
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Chickadee Feeding Hike

December 11 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Chickadee Feeding Hike Wild black-capped chickadees can be remarkably friendly. Join a naturalist-led walk for an attempt to lure this gentle creat...
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Mill Creek Dog Walk

December 11 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Take a brisk walk with your pup along scenic Mill Creek. Enjoy the flora and fauna as well as hearing a bit of the history of the area. Dogs must b...
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Sunday Drop-by: Snowflake Matching

December 11 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Stop by the Watershed Stewardship Center to celebrate this snowy season with a fun game. Bring your friends to this friendly competition while lear...
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Chickadee Sunday Drop-by: Make a Box

December 11 at 1-4 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Drop by any time between 1 and 4 p.m. today to make a beautiful gift box from old greeting cards. Learn about other ways to green your holidays, too.
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Dog Walk

December 11 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your four legged friend for a hike through the hills of Brecksville. We’ll search for signs of other animals that are preparing for the long ...
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Birds at the Overlook

December 11 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Winter is a time of bird abundance if you take the time to look. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on an adventure through the woods to our legendar...
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Winter at Acacia

December 13 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Join Naturalist Selby Majewski for a brisk walk through the park as we check off birds, winter weeds, and steps this morning.    
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Dinner with Santa at Merwin's Wharf (adults only)

December 13 at 5 - 8 p.m.
Come to Merwin's Wharf for a jolly dinner with Santa and tell him what you want for Christmas! Call the restaurant at 216-664-5696 for reservations...
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Animal Crackers

December 14 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny for a special exploration based on the beloved children’s book, Stranger in the Woods . We’ll discover which animals are still acti...
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Animal Crackers

December 14 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny for a special exploration based on the beloved children’s book, Stranger in the Woods . We’ll discover which animals are still acti...
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Sediment Choreography

December 14 at 6-7:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Our Cuyahoga River must be dredged annually to maintain shipping depth. Come hear how the Port of Cleveland relies on water and energy to harvest s...
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Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists: Annual Holiday Photo Contest

December 14 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists Annual Holiday Photo Contest We will end the year with a show and tell of the reptiles and amphibians w...
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Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Beekeeping Forum

December 14 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: Beekeeping Forum Have a question about beekeeping? Come to our open forum and ask our panel of beekeepers...
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Monthly Meandering - Full Moon Hike

December 14 at 7-8:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
The December “Cold Moon” peaks this evening. Let’s get out and enjoy West Creek Reservation bathed in the wintry glow – we may even see some of the...
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The Full Cold Moon Stroll

December 14 at 8 - 9:45 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
December typically brings cold and clear nights. Joins us on a refreshing stroll on the Sylvan Trail and Overlook Trail enjoying the Cold Moon and ...
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Gull & Waterfowl Workshop

December 15 - 17
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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Euclid Creaks

December 15 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on a short hike through the floodplain of Euclid Creek. We will take the time to admire the sights and sounds of the cr...
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Animal Crackers

December 15 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny for a special exploration based on the beloved children’s book, Stranger in the Woods . We’ll discover which animals are still acti...
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CanalWay Storytime 11 a.m.

December 15 at 11 - 11:45 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Stop by to listen to some stories about what animals do during the cold winter months. While we are warm inside; they fly, dig and sleep their way ...
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Homeschool Happenings: White-tailed Deer

December 15 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Homeschool Happenings: White-tailed Deer We are all familiar with the big brown-eyed, gentle white-tailed deer, but what do you really know about i...
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CanalWay Storytime 6 p.m.

December 15 at 6 - 6:45 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Stop by to listen to some stories about what animals do during the cold winter months. While we are warm inside; they fly, dig and sleep their way ...
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Winter Solstice Concert

December 16 at 7 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Come celebrate the coming of winter as we snuggle into a cozy concert at Look About Lodge. This traditional concert is a favorite of many. This yea...
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Family Movie Night

December 16 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Bring your family and friends to watch Happy Feet. Learn how penguins dance and sing. You are welcome to bring a pillow or blanket to relax with du...
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National Ugly Sweater Day: Fireside Program

December 16 at 7-8:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Pet the “ugly sweaters” of many of the mammals in West Creek. Learn about these mammals while petting pelts, then we will enjoy s’mores and hot cho...
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Kids breakfast with Santa at Merwin's Wharf - SOLD OUT

December 17 at 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 2 - 4 p.m.
Breakfast with Santa for the Kids! There will be three seating's 8:30-10:30, 11:30-1:30 and 2-4 p.m. Call 216-664-5696 for reservations for this ev...
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Extreme Hiking

December 17 at 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Naturalist Pam Taylor as we cross creeks and climb the hills in Hinckley. Please wear appropriate footwear, trail surfaces may be slick. ...
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Winter Waterfalls Bus Tour

December 17 at 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Winter and water usually do not go together, unless there is a waterfall. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder for a full day of water exploration as w...
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Saturday Story Time

December 17 at 9:30 - 10 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny around the fire for story time before heading out to hand feed the birds.
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Winter Luminary Workshop

December 17 at 9:30 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
During the long, dark days of winter, luminaries can brighten the season. Join us for a workshop to create a set of 3 different winter luminaries i...
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Hand Feed a Chickadee

December 17 - 24
10 a.m. - noon every day
Brecksville Reservation
Looking for something to do with your family and friends over the holidays? Stop by to hand feed the chickadees. We'll supply the black oil sunflow...
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Biohike: Trees

December 17 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Huntington Reservation
Biohike: Trees Walk with Naturalist Marty Calabrese and find hidden gems of the woodland realm. Learn the basics behind winter tree identification....
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The Novice Naturalist

December 17 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come learn about the elusive coyote. Legends and mysteries surround this wonderful resident of Ohio. Learn to separate the fact from fiction in thi...
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Over the River Cocoa Hike

December 17 at 10-11:30 a.m.
Brookside Reservation
Take a festive holiday hike over the river and through the woods. Warm drinks provided upon our return. Meadow Ridge Picnic Area
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Acoustic Players Circle

December 17 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Players, singers and listeners will enjoy acoustic music of varied styles in a relaxed, informal, family-friendly setting. Come lead, play along, s...
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Birds of Prey Drop-in

December 17 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come see a live owl up close and find out what makes these birds such amazing hunters. Raptor biofacts will be available to see and touch.
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December Dog Walk

December 17 at 2-3:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Take a couple hours to slow down and experience the peace of nature with (or without) a furry companion. Everyone is welcome. Meet inside the Water...
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Candlelit Hike and Caroling

December 17 at 6:30 - 8 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join us for the splendid tradition of hiking on a candlelit trail through the dark forest in near silence. After which, we’ll circle a campfire and...
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Coyote Pep-Talk

December 18 at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Acacia Reservation
Coyotes have become an integral part of Northeast Ohio ecosystems. We will search for signs of coyotes while Naturalist Jake Kudrna dispels some of...
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Chickadee Feeding Hike

December 18 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Chickadee Feeding Hike Wild black-capped chickadees can be remarkably friendly. Join a naturalist-led walk for an attempt to lure this gentle creat...
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Mystery Series-Case of the S'mores Smuggler

December 18 at 1-3 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Patti D. is at it again! This time she swiped s'mores fixings and was last seen fleeing the Watershed Stewardship Center. Can you figure out where ...
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Feed the Birds

December 18 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Hike to the overlook and attempt to feed chickadees from the palm of your hand. We’ll return to the nature center for hot chocolate.  
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Over the River and Through the Woods

December 18 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Over the River and Through the Woods Get your heart pumping on this rambling hike that takes you up above and alongside the beautiful Rocky River. ...
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Wright Brother's Day

December 18 at 2-3:30pm
West Creek Reservation
Observe this national holiday by discussing the struggles and successes of the Wright Brothers and constructing our own gliders from recycled mater...
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Life in the Cold Hike

December 18 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Naturalist Joel Kavaras for a hike through the winter woods where we’ll make stops along the way to discuss the science behind how our plants ...
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Hemlock Hike

December 18 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join us for a hike through the Tinker's Creek floodplain. We’ll warm up as we hike through the woods and along the creek enjoying the crisp winter ...
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Armchair Birds

December 18 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Armchair Birds Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a laid-back look at the excellent diversity of birds visiting the feeders at the nature center. Th...
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Wintertime Walk

December 18 at 4 - 5 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Brave the cold weather and come out for a brisk winter hike along the lake. We’ll be moving enough to keep warm while enjoying the calmness winter ...
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Afternoon of Fun

December 19 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hey kids, have the day off school? Spend the afternoon exploring nature through games, a hike and other activities. Dress for the weather.  Re...
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Train Car Discussion

December 19 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Did you ever wonder what those trains are hauling? Rail cars come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak will take a n...
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North Chagrin Nature Photography Club

December 19 at 7 - 9:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
North Chagrin Nature Photography Club Holiday Potluck Dinner Party. Bring along a dish to share. Dinner is at 7 p.m. and program begins at 8 p.m.&n...
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Tracks in the Snow

December 20 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your own T-shirt or bandana to stamp with animal tracks as we learn to identify animals by the prints they leave behind. While the crafts are...
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Ninja Animals

December 20 at 1-3:00 pm
West Creek Reservation
Ninjas are stealthy, quiet, quick, and powerful as they move through the dark. What local animals can qualify as ninjas? Naturalist Matt will karat...
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Drop-In Discovery: Survival Bracelets

December 21 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to make your own survival bracelet and find out how functional this trendy bracelet can be. Adventure Club kids, bring your passports.
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Holiday Hike

December 21 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Holiday Hike Need a break from holiday stress? Join Naturalist Ashley Hall for a brisk morning hike on the first official day of winter. 10 - 11:30...
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Young Explorers 10 a.m.

December 21 at 10 -11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today is the first day of winter. Ever wonder how animals prepare for the cold weather and snow that winter brings? Come to CanalWay Center to lear...
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Young Explorers 1 p.m.

December 21 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Today is the first day of winter. Ever wonder how animals prepare for the cold weather and snow that winter brings? Come to CanalWay Center to lear...
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Wednesday Walk

December 21 at 4 - 5 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us for a short hike around the Lower 40 Loop Trail to welcome the winter season. We’ll look for evidence of animals that stay active in the wi...
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The Night Tree

December 21 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
The Night Tree We will hear the story of The Night Tree , where a family decorates their favorite tree in the forest as a gift for the animals. We’...
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No Parents Needed

December 22 at 9 a.m. - noon or 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Kids will have a blast playing outside while parents get things done. We’ll hand feed chickadees, go for a hike, and play games. Snack and craft pr...
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Urban Explorations: Cleveland's Arcades

December 22 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Doug Kusak leads an exploration of downtown Cleveland’s arcades: the Old Arcade, Colonial Arcade and Euclid Arcade. We’ll stroll through a part of ...
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Drop-In Discovery: Holiday Craft

December 22 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Create a simple yet lovely natural ornament that is suitable for a gift.
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Kids' Winter Hike and Craft

December 22 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Enjoy a fun hike with Naturalist Kathy Schmidt on this first full day of winter, then warm up inside and make a craft that you can give as a gift t...
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Gist of Geothermal

December 22 at 1-3pm
West Creek Reservation
Animals burrow into the ground during winter to stay warm. Do humans use geothermal heat? Where does this heat come from? Discover these answers an...
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Recycled Ornaments

December 22 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Recycled Ornaments Looking for something to keep the kids busy before the holidays? Bring them to the nature center with a handful or two of some m...
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Family Fun Night

December 22 at 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your family to celebrate winter. We’ll have a variety of indoor activities, including a story, games, and a craft.   Register onlin...
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BSA Merit Badge: Nature

December 23 at 9:30 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
BSA Merit Badge: Nature Calling all Boy Scouts! Nature may have quieted for winter break, but there’s plenty to explore inside the nature center. J...
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Drop-In Discovery: Flint & Steel

December 23 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Have you ever made a fire using primitive methods? Drop by and learn to create a spark by striking steel against flint, the first step in starting ...
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Stroller School

December 23 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Come in for a short program and a walk. We’ll read a story and meet some animal friends before heading outside for fresh air. Children must be in a...
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Winter Walk in the Woods

December 23 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
Need a break in the midst of the busy holiday season? Take time to enjoy the peace of a winter walk in the woods. Allow the stillness of nature to ...
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Christmas Eve Sunrise Hike

December 24 at 7:30 - 9 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come and enjoy a crisp, fresh and quiet morning walk through a deep woods. Naturalist, Foster Brown will lead this hike along the Sylvan Loop Trail...
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Hand Feed a Chickadee

December 26 - 31
10 a.m. - noon every day
Brecksville Reservation
Looking for something to do with your family and friends over the holidays? Stop by to hand feed the chickadees. We'll supply the black oil sunflow...
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12,000 Step Program - Hike for Health

December 27 at 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Health professionals now recommend taking at least 12,000 steps a day to improve or maintain your health. Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak will sh...
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Hiking for the Young at Heart

December 27 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Winter is done knocking at the door, it has arrived. Join Naturalist Pam Taylor on this monthly hike through the woods. Please wear appropriate foo...
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Snow Camp

December 27 - 29 at 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in the wintery weather building an outdoor shelter, hiking to feed the birds, making s’mores at a campfire, visiti...
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Tuesday with the Turtles

December 27 at 11 a.m. - Noon
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Come spend some time with our turtles. We’ll answer some of your turtle questions and give you a chance to get up close to a turtle. Then we’ll fee...
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Museum Camp

December 27 - 30 at 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Kids! Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for this ultimate experience camp featuring four day trips to The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Clevelan...
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Winter Break Explorers

December 28 at 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Drop the kids off and let them discover all there is to do at South Chagrin in winter! We will go on a scavenger hunt, go sledding if there’s snow,...
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CanalWay Quick-Step

December 28 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak leads a short hike from CanalWay Center, down to the Lower 40 Loop Trail, and back into the warm welcome of Canal...
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Drop-In Discovery: Winter Birds

December 28 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by Brecksville Nature Center to identify some of the winter birds that visit our feeders, then make a birdfeeder to feed your feathered friend...
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Make and Take Pioneer Games

December 28 at 11 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
Make and Take Pioneer Games No electricity meant no video games for Ohio’s early settlers. Come learn how pioneers passed the time while constructi...
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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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Woodland Wonder Walk

December 28 at 7-8:30pm
West Creek Reservation
Enjoy the wonders of winter as we take a walk through the moon-lit woods. Explore the sights and sounds of a quiet winter’s night. WCR Dentzler Rd....
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Winter is Wonderful

December 29 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
The cold can’t keep us inside! In this program we will explore the joys of winter through a story, a short hike and a craft. The craft is fun for m...
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Drop-In Discovery: Eastern Ratsnake

December 29 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to get a close-up look at Ohio’s largest snake and learn more about this amazing animal.
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Schools Out: Ice Crystal Blast

December 29 at 1-2:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Come learn about the atmosphere and precipitation through water crystals. Start a dazzling experiment to visualize crystalline structures, and take...
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Winter Wildlife Scavenger Hunt

December 29 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Winter Wildlife Scavenger Hunt Learn about the amazing ways animals survive the winter and find the hidden clues in order to discover the hidden tr...
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Holiday Hike

December 29 at 2:30 - 4 P.M.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
We’ll meet at the center and head into the valley for one more hike in 2016.  
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Starry Night

December 29 at 8-9 pm
Big Creek Reservation
A new moon means dark skies and bright stars. Naturalist Joe Higgins will be your guide as we discuss the final frontier. BCR
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Christmas Bird Count-Lake Abram

December 30 at 7:30-10:30 am
Big Creek Reservation
Dawn on the boardwalk is amazing. Join Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society as we count birds leaving their nocturnal roost in the marsh.&nbs...
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Drop-In Discovery: Flint & Steel

December 30 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Have you ever made a fire using primitive methods? Drop by and learn to create a spark by striking steel against flint, the first step in starting ...
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Tracking Winter Wildlife 101

December 30 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Tracking Winter Wildlife 101 Join Naturalist Ashley Hall for an introduction to tracking using environmental clues left behind by the quiet critter...
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Whose Tracks Are Those?

December 30 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Garfield Park Reservation
With the snow on the ground it makes it much easier to see what animals have been wandering through your backyard. Let’s go exploring to find some ...
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Last Sunrise of the Year Hike

December 31 at 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Celebrate the last day and sunrise of 2016. Hike along the shore of Hinckley Lake to view the sunrise, and then return to hot coffee and coffee cak...
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Kids New Years Eve at Merwin's Wharf

December 31 at 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Kids New Years Eve Ball! Two seatings available: 8:30-10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - SOLD OUT Call 216-664-5696 for reservations for this event ...
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Christmas Bird Count-West Creek

December 31 at 8:30 -11am
West Creek Reservation
Celebrate Citizen Science by searching high and low to count every bird in the Southern Cuyahoga Christmas Bird Count circle. Christmas Bird Counts...
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New Year’s Eve Hike

December 31 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
New Year’s Eve Hike Let’s usher out 2016 with a hike! We will wander the trails watching for wildlife while getting in some exercise before the nig...
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Gallery Wall: History of Rocky River Reservation

January 1 - 31 at 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily
Rocky River Reservation
Centennial Program Gallery Wall: History of Rocky River Reservation Enjoy historical photos and drawings depicting the history of Cleveland Metropa...
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Hand Feed a Chickadee

January 2 - February 26
10:00 a.m. - noon on Saturday and Sunday
Brecksville Reservation
Looking for something to do with your family and friends? Stop by to hand feed the chickadees. We'll supply the black oil sunflower seeds and instr...
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Southwest Camera Club: Tech Talk

January 2 at 7:30 - 8:15 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Southwest Camera Club Club member Bernie Smith will give a “Tech Talk” discussing how to photograph waterfalls. 7:30 – 8:15 p.m.   RRNC
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North Chagrin Nature Photography Club

January 2 at 8 - 9:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
“MY BEST OF 2016”    It’s the best work you did all year. Now bring in 5 of them and tell us why. Please share your techniques.
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Winter Hike Series

January 3 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Challenge yourself to hike every Tuesday in January. We’ll take a brisk walk on the trails of South Chagrin and learn that winter is not as quiet a...
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Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society: Recent Advances in Ornithology

January 3 at 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society: Recent Advances in Ornithology Dr. Andy Jones, Department of Ornithology at The Cleveland Museum of Natural Histo...
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Nature Trivia Contest

January 4 at 1-2:00 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Do you or your team know about nature? Take on other individuals and teams in a nature trivia contest. Small prize to the winning team of up to 5 p...
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Winter Walk

January 4 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Moths, midges, and mantids. What do they have to do with winter? They are easily found in the meadow when the leaves of fall are gone. Join Natural...
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National Bird Day

January 6 at 8-9:30am
Big Creek Reservation
Explore the trails around Lake Isaac to search for our feathery friends. Bring binoculars if you have them. The early bird gets the worm! BCR Lake ...
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Cookies & Cocoa Snowshoe Hike

January 6 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Embrace winter by raising your heartbeat with an invigorating snowshoe hike. Learn snowshoeing basics including terminology, turning, going up...
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Friday Film: Double Feature

January 6 at 7-9 pm
West Creek Reservation
Kick-off Cleveland Metroparks Centennial Year with two films. From Trash to Treasure documents a successful restoration project at West Creek, and ...
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Friday Nights with Nature: Glimpses of America

January 6 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Friday Nights with Nature Glimpses of America Brad Imhoff delights with stunning images from adventures around the U.S. From searching for great gr...
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Emerald Necklace Art Club: Monthly Meeting

January 7 at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
North Chagrin 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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Drop-In Discovery: Snowflakes

January 7 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Discover the great variety and beauty of snowflakes and then create your own snowflake craft to take with you.
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Nature News Today

January 7 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Nature News Today Each month, join Naturalist Marty Calabrese on an all-ages hike with eyes fixed on the ephemeral. Get the latest scoop on the wil...
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Winter Woodland Hike

January 7 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Immerse yourself in the quiet of the forest in the winter. We will follow the boardwalk to admire the evergreen boughs of the historic white pines ...
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Chilly Dog Hike

January 7 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your friendly canine companion for a fast-paced hike designed to get you out to enjoy the winter woods and work off some calories at the same...
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Saturday Night Specials: Patagonia and its Nature

January 7 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
  Join Dr. Ami Horowitz and travel f rom  snow-capped mountains, glaciers and windy steppe to deserted shorelines, Patagonia supports uni...
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Birds of Acacia

January 8 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 for loan.
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Drop-In Discovery: Ratsnake

January 8 at 10 a.m. - noon
Stop by to meet our Eastern ratsnake and learn about the life history of these large snakes. Kids can make a craft to take home.
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Snowshoe Try-Its at Winteriffic

January 8 at noon - 5:00 p.m. (First come, first served; last Try-It goes out at 4 p.m.)
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Discover how fun, yet challenging snowshoeing can be during these one-hour long "Try-It" sessions. No special boot are required, but waterproof foo...
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19th Century Living for Kids: Dairy Making

January 8 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Dairy farming was one of Ohio’s biggest industries in the early to mid-1800s. Your child will learn what life would be like on an 1800’s dairy farm...
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Winteriffic Ice Fishing

January 8 at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Winteriffic Ice Fishing Aquatic Biologist Mike Durkalec shares the ABCs of ice fishing. Learn proper technique, safety considerations, equipment, a...
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Birds at the Overlook

January 8 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Winter is a time of bird abundance if you take time to look. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on an adventure through the woods to our legendary ov...
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Winteriffic!

January 8 at
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Winteriffic! There are many things to do outdoors in winter – especially within Cleveland Metroparks. Come outside and sample a few winter activiti...
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Winteriffic Ice Fishing

January 8 at 3 - 4 p.m.
Mill Stream Run Reservation
Winteriffic Ice Fishing Aquatic Biologist Mike Durkalec shares the ABCs of ice fishing. Learn proper technique, safety considerations, equipment, a...
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Acacia for the Young at Heart

January 9 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 th...
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Cuyahoga Astronomical Association: Nuclear Engines for Human Space Missions

January 9 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Cuyahoga Astronomical Association Nuclear Engines for Human Space Missions Dr. Stanley K. Borowski will discuss propulsion research at Cleveland's ...
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Hiking for the Young at Heart

January 10 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Enjoy a brisk hike through the winter woods on the Deer Lick Cave trail. We’ll look for signs of animals that are out braving these cold days. Trai...
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Winter Hike Series

January 10 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Challenge yourself to hike every Tuesday in January. We’ll take a brisk walk on the trails of South Chagrin and learn that winter is not as quiet a...
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Cross-Country Skiing 1: Introduction

January 10 at 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing during this introductory class including basic terminology, strides, turning, and going up and down small ...
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Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists: Herps of Illinois

January 11 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists Herps of Illinois Although we usually think of herps living in the southern United States, the northern...
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Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association: How to Collect and Process Wax

January 11 at 7 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association How to Collect and Process Wax Join us as we explain how to collect and process the wax from your hive(s)....
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Little Explorers: Cold Play

January 12 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Cold Play Bring your little explorer to learn all about ice and snow. We’ll have stories, science experiments, songs, and games f...
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Euclid Creaks

January 12 at 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on a short hike through the floodplain of Euclid Creek. We will take the time to admire the sights and sounds of the cr...
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Kids Explore Deer

January 12 at 10 a.m. - noon
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin and explore deer at a curious child’s pace.  
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Little Explorers: Cold Play

January 12 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Little Explorers: Cold Play Bring your little explorer to learn all about ice and snow. We’ll have stories, science experiments, songs, and games f...
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Full Moon Hike

January 12 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Full Moon Hike Celebrate the first full moon of the year on a quiet walk through the nighttime forest. We’ll keep an ear out for calling owls. 6 – ...
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Nurture with Nature

January 12 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’ll learn about the moo...
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Full Moon Hike

January 12 at 7-8:30pm
West Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Patti Donnellan on a leisurely evening stroll to view this month’s full Wolf Moon, as well as our sister planet, Venus. Bring binoc...
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Full Wolf Moon Night Hike

January 13 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
The moon was at its fullest last night, but there should still be plenty of moonlight to enjoy the beauty of a winter night under the rising Wolf M...
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Family Friday Night: Spooky Owl Hike

January 13 at 7 - 8 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Take a walk through the dark woods in search of owls! These awesome and mysterious raptors will often call to one another on cold winter nights. &n...
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Friday Nights with Nature: Patagonia

January 13 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Friday Nights with Nature Patagonia From snow-capped mountains, glaciers and windy steppe to deserted shorelines, Patagonia supports unique and var...
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Sunrise Hike with Snowshoes

January 14 at 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
The peace experienced on early morning hikes is like no other. Join us on our first 2017 monthly hike through A.B. Williams Woods to the historic a...
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Cocoa, Cookies, and a Canvas

January 14 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Enjoy the cozy atmosphere of Look About Lodge as we paint a nature scene in acrylics on canvas. Naturalist Stefanie Verish will lead you through th...
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Extreme Hiking

January 14 at 9 a.m. - noon
Bedford Reservation
Get out of the house and into the woods. Join Naturalist Pam Taylor as we explore the trails of Bedford Reservation. Final distance will depend upo...
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Saturday Story Time

January 14 at 9:30 - 10 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny around the fire for story time before heading out to hand feed the birds.
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Birds and Coffee

January 14 at 10 – 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Brush up on your bird identification skills as you enjoy a hot cup of coffee. We will get a front row seat and close up views of a variety of winte...
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Hand Feed a Chickadee Hike

January 14 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Hand Feed a Chickadee Hike Black-capped chickadee, tufted titmouse, white-breasted nuthatch and other wintering birds are surprisingly bold. Join N...
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Sands of Time

January 14 at 1-2pm
West Creek Reservation
Landforms can take thousands of years to form, but today we can illustrate the changes in moments. Naturalist Debra Shankland will guide you throug...
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Nature Journaling

January 14 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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Wealth in West Park

January 14 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Centennial Program Wealth in West Park In 1921, land from the Tyler estate was donated to Cleveland Metropolitan Park District. This presentation w...
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Dog Hike

January 14 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. We will hike the wooded trails of North Chagrin Reservation. All dogs...
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Second Saturday Nature Craft

January 14 at 2:30 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Do you and your kids have cabin fever? We have the perfect solution. Join us for a free creative nature craft at North Chagrin Nature Center. We wi...
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Saturday Night Specials: The People and Water of Vietnam

January 14 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
As Vietnam’s population and economy grow, so do the demands on freshwater resources. Urbanized rivers, flooding and wastewater management make news...
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Gull and Waterfowl Quest

January 15 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Gull and Waterfowl Quest Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a primer on gull and waterfowl identification. Lake Erie’s waters and shores host thousa...
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Waterbirds at Wildwood

January 15 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Euclid Creek Reservation
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder on a survey for gulls and other waterbirds. Meet in the parking lot closest to the walking bridge. After Wildwood,...
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Bird Banding

January 15 at 9:30 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
Bird Banding Better than binoculars, see intricate details of birds as we capture and band birds. Learn about bird banding, an essential tool for l...
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Drop-In Discovery: Eastern Box Turtle

January 15 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to meet our resident box turtle, discover how turtles survive in the wild, and make a craft.
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Grow Sprouts

January 15 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Grow Sprouts Grow fresh greens for salads, smoothies, and more on your kitchen counter. Sprouts are an easy and healthy way to get veggies into you...
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Snowshoe at the Castle

January 15 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
In the 1800’s, Feargus Squire began construction of Squire’s Castle. Join a naturalist for the opportunity to explore the valley he once called hom...
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Winter Overnight

January 15 - 16 at 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Enjoy a special night for children and their adult to celebrate the beauty of a winter’s night in a log cabin. Enjoy time in the Lodge, head outsid...
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Afternoon of Fun

January 16 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Hey kids, have the day off school? Spend the afternoon exploring nature through games, a hike and other activities. Dress for the weather. &nb...
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Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program

January 17 - February 21
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday
Rocky River Reservation
January 17 – February 21 Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program Preschoolers ages 4 - 6 are invited to join Naturalist Bev Walborn to discover the ...
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Winter Hike Series

January 17 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Challenge yourself to hike every Tuesday in January. We’ll take a brisk walk on the trails of South Chagrin and learn that winter is not as quiet a...
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Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program

January 17 - February 21
1 - 3 p.m. on Tuesday
Rocky River Reservation
January 17 – February 21 Small Wonders Nature Preschool Program Preschoolers ages 4 - 6 are invited to join Naturalist Bev Walborn to discover the ...
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Cross-Country Skiing 1: Introduction

January 17 at 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing during this introductory class including basic terminology, strides, turning, and going up and down small ...
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Discovering Nature: Who is Sleeping?

January 18 at 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Discovering Nature: Who is Sleeping? Join Naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure just for preschoolers. We will explore the trails looking ...
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Youth Outdoors New Volunteer Orientation

January 18 at 7-9 pm
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Learn about sharing your interest in outdoor recreation with urban youth by assisting with hands-on experiences such as hiking, fishing, kayaking, ...
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Winter Birding Blitz

January 19 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Huntington Reservation
Winter Birding Blitz Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a search for wintering birds along Lake Erie’s shore. Learn tips on identifying common specie...
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Animal Crackers

January 19 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we explore the world of the wise old owl. We’ll have fun learning about how owls survive through activities and a craft.  R...
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Moses Cleaveland Tree Hike

January 19 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
General Moses Cleaveland hit the mouth of the Cuyahoga River July 22, 1796, but he wasn’t the first one here! Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on a hike...
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Homeschool Happenings: Woodpeckers in Winter

January 19 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Homeschool Happenings: Woodpeckers in Winter Many birds look for warmer weather during Ohio’s wicked winter. Although, our hearty woodpeckers hang ...
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Your Parks, Their Stories

January 19 at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Come hear the stories of some of our iconic characters that helped make Cleveland Metroparks what it is today. This month, Naturalist Foster Brown ...
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

January 19 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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Coffee with the Birds

January 20 at 8 - 9 a.m
Brecksville Reservation
Would you like to learn more about the birds coming to the nature center’s feeders? Enjoy a cup of coffee while watching our feathered friends. Cof...
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Underground Railroad History & Hike

January 20 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Historical Interpreter Beth Robb and take a trip back in time. You will learn about local Underground Railroad history and take a lantern hike...
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Fireside Concert Series: Mark Dvorak

January 20 at 7 - 8:15 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Fireside Concerts are back at Look About Lodge in 2017. Mark Dvorak is a remarkable musician and entertainer who takes traditional folk music to a ...
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Friday Nights with Nature: Yellowstone

January 20 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Friday Nights with Nature Yellowstone Karen Beck presents an educational and historical look at the first true mountain man, John Colter, and his e...
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Winter Night along the Chagrin

January 20 at 8:15 - 10 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Join Naturalist Carly Martin for a walk along the Chagrin River under the cover of dark and winter. Terrain: 1.5 miles, mostly flat     &...
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River Birding

January 21 at 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
River Birding The pockets of Cuyahoga River create unexpected sanctuary for migratory birds. Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese for bird watching alon...
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Drop-In Discovery: Conifers

January 21 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Our evergreen pines and spruces cheer up a sometimes gray winter landscape. Find out more about these lovely trees and the cones they produce.
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Nature Art Series: Recycled Snowflakes

January 21 at 10 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
Nature Art Series: Recycled Snowflakes Join Naturalist Beth Whiteley to learn how to turn an old book into a beautiful winter snowflake decoration....
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Make and Take Flower Weaving

January 21 at 11 a.m. - noon
Rocky River Reservation
Make and Take Flower Weaving Spinning and weaving yarn was a matter of survival to pioneers on the Ohio Frontier. Learn about how yarn and garments...
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Owl HOOT-enanny

January 21 at 12-4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Whooooo do you hear calling in the night? Join us to discover the common to the not so common owls found in Northeast Ohio. Enjoy an afternoon of l...
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Squirrel Appreciation Day

January 21 at 1-3pm
West Creek Reservation
Learn about our nut-burying, furry-tailed neighbors and why they’re an important part of our ecosystem. 
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Saturday Night Specials: Birding Ohio’s Lakeshore

January 21 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
A very birdy seasonal romp  with Chuck Slusarczyk, Jr. highlighting the diversity of bird life that can be found in the lakeshore countie...
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Cross-Country Skiing 1: Introduction

January 22 at 9 - 11:30 a.m.
Bedford Reservation
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing during this introductory class including basic terminology, strides, turning, and going up and down small ...
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

January 22 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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Chickadee Feeding Hike

January 22 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Chickadee Feeding Hike Wild black-capped chickadees can be remarkably friendly. Join Naturalist Ashley Hall for an attempt to lure this gentle crea...
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Drop-In Discovery: Pine Cone Bird Feeders

January 22 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
After hand feeding the chickadees, stop in the nature center to warm up and make a pine cone bird feeder to take home with you.
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Cross-Country Skiing 2: Supplemental Skills

January 22 at 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Now that moving across flat terrain is easy, learn downhill techniques such as wedge turns, step turns, and practice linking turns together. This i...
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Snoga

January 22 at 1 - 2:30 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
What do you get when you combine snow and yoga? Snoga of course! Hike on snow-covered trails as you pause at scenic locations with certified yoga i...
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Trailside Explorers

January 22 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
  Would you like to get outside more with your family in 2017? Join Naturalist Selby Majewski for a guided wander. This month we’ll visit chic...
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Owl Quest

January 22 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Owl Quest Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a quest to see or hear barred owls on their day-time roosts. Rocky River Reservation’s mixed beech, mapl...
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Look About Littles

January 23 - March 6
10 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 2:30 p.m. on Monday
South Chagrin Reservation
Young children will love this 6 week nature and outdoor class. Each week, we'll explore the magic of winter through outdoor exploration, working on...
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Monday MeetUp: What's Up with West Creek

January 23 at 6-7:30pm
West Creek Reservation
Learn more about West Creek Conservancy’s role in conservation and urban land reclamation in Greater Cleveland. West Creek Conservancy staff will s...
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Polliwog Preschool

January 23 - February 27
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. on Monday
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover nature in this drop-off program. Winter may be the time that many plants and animals are hibernating; howev...
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Winter Hike Series

January 24 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Challenge yourself to hike every Tuesday in January. We’ll take a brisk walk on the trails of South Chagrin and learn that winter is not as quiet a...
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Cookies & Cocoa Snowshoe Hike

January 24 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Embrace winter by raising your heartbeat with an invigorating snowshoe hike. Learn snowshoeing basics including terminology, turning, going up...
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Animal Crackers

January 25 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we explore the world of the wise old owl. We’ll have fun learning about how owls survive through activities and a craft.  R...
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Nature Baby

January 25 at 10 - 11 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 wo...
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Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally

January 25 at 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. or 1 - 2:15 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover all things snow and ice. We will have discovery time with experiments, a craft and go on a short hike if th...
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Animal Crackers

January 25 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we explore the world of the wise old owl. We’ll have fun learning about how owls survive through activities and a craft.  R...
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Urban Birding Blitz

January 26 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Urban Birding Blitz Wendy Park, on the west shores of downtown Cleveland, is one of the most remarkable birding sites in Ohio. It may be cold, but ...
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Kayaking 2: Supplemental Skills

January 26 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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Owls of Acacia

January 27 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Acacia Reservation
Acacia Reservation is a prime urban oasis for a variety of birds, including owls. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder to hear what nighttime flyers ca...
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Fireside Concert Series: SpYder Stomp & Sugar Pie

January 27 at 7 - 8:15 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Look About Lodge will host local band, SpYder Stomp & Sugar Pie. Kevin Richards from Roots of American Music with friends Jack DiAlesandro , Ra...
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Family Astronomy Night

January 27 at 7 - 8 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Want to know more about those twinkling stars in the night sky? You will learn to identify at least five constellations. This is a beginners’ progr...
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Friday Nights with Nature: Rio Grande Valley

January 27 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Friday Nights with Nature Rio Grande Valley Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a look into one of the top birding paradises. From gulf shores to loc...
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Fat Bike Race and Celebration

January 28 at 8:15 a.m. registration
Bedford Reservation
Registration opens December 15th   at 8:30 a.m. Join Cleveland Metroparks for the second annual Fat Bike Race and Celebration in Cleveland Met...
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Winter Watercolor Workshop

January 28 at 9:30 a.m. - noon
North Chagrin Reservation
You don’t have to be an experienced artist to notice the colors and beauty of winter. Naturalist Stefanie Verish will guide you through a basic wat...
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Drop-In Discovery

January 28 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Drop by and discover a little bit more about one of our resident animals during this up-close encounter. A craft will be available.
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Live Animal Lessons

January 28 at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Everyone likes live animal programs, right? Come each month as Naturalist Foster Brown carefully and respectfully shares the natural history of a d...
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Winter Tree ID Hike

January 28 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Winter Tree ID Hike Ever been hiking in the woods in the winter and spy an eye-catching tree and wonder, “What kind of tree is that?” Join Naturali...
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Owl Sketching

January 28 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Have you ever tried to draw an owl in the forest at night? There is a better way! Visit our live owls, and learn how to draw these amazing animals....
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Biotalk: The American Chestnut

January 28 at 2 - 3 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Biotalk: The American Chestnut Once a towering giant of the eastern forest, the American chestnut tree was virtually eliminated by a microscopic fu...
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Mammal Drop-In

January 28 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
See and touch a wide variety of native Ohio mammal pelts, skulls and taxidermy mounts. Naturalist Jeff Riebe will answer your questions about these...
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Saturday Night Specials: Scotland, from the Lowlands to the Highlands

January 28 at 7:30 - 9 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Animal curator Tad Schoffner of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo spends much of his free time visiting and learning about western Europe. Take a ...
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Coffee with the Birds

January 29 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Coffee with the Birds Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a relaxed morning of watching local birds at the nature center’s feeders. Join us to discus...
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Drop-In Discovery: Owls

January 29 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Stop by to learn about our local owls. Kids can make a craft to take home.
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Chickadee Feeding Hike

January 29 at 10 - 11 a.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Chickadee Feeding Hike Wild black-capped chickadees can be remarkably friendly. Join Naturalist Ashley Hall for an attempt to lure this gentle crea...
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Owl Box Workshop

January 29 at 12:30 - 2 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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Sunday Drop-by: National 'Crazy Holiday' Day

January 29 at 1-3pm
West Creek Reservation
Did you know that today is both National Corn Chip Day AND National Puzzle Day? Let’s combine the two for an afternoon of snacks and watershed-them...
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Winter Wonderland Hike

January 29 at 1 - 2 p.m.
Bradley Woods Reservation
Winter Wonderland Hike Get your heart pumping on this fast-paced trek through the quiet winter forest of Bradley Woods. We will pause occasionally ...
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Needle-Felting: The Cutest Owl

January 29 at 2 - 4 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Try your hand at needle-felting your very own adorable owl amongst our live owls. Local felter, Erin Carlson will lead you through this fun dry fel...
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Behind the Scenes: Animal Care

January 29 at 2-3:30pm
West Creek Reservation
Have you ever wanted to feed a snake, or watch a toad gulp down a cricket? Join a naturalist behind the scenes to see what it takes to keep our cri...
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Winter Hike Series

January 31 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Challenge yourself to hike every Tuesday in January. We’ll take a brisk walk on the trails of South Chagrin and learn that winter is not as quiet a...
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Ice Climbing Adventure (Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting January 31, 5:15 - 7:45 p.m. - Actual Trip February 4)

January 31 at Kendall Cliffs - Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting 5:15 - 7:45 p.m. - Actual Trip to Fenton, MI on February 4 (all day)
Garfield Park Reservation
An ice ax, harness, helmet and crampons could only mean one thing. It's time for an ice climbing adventure. Learn how to ice climb as we travel to ...
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Cross-Country Skiing 1: Introduction

January 31 at 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing during this introductory class including basic terminology, strides, turning, and going up and down small ...
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Ice Climbing Adventure (Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting January 31, 7:30 - 9:45 p.m. - Actual Trip February 4)

January 31 at Kendall Cliffs - Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting 7:30 - 9:45 p.m. - Actual Trip to Fenton, MI on February 4 (all day)
Garfield Park Reservation
An ice ax, harness, helmet and crampons could only mean one thing. It's time for an ice climbing adventure. Learn how to ice climb as we travel to ...
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Drop-In Discovery: Groundhog Day

February 2 at 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Is spring around the corner? Or will winter hang on? Stop by for a craft, story and to find out more about this furry weather forecaster.
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Youth Kayaking

February 2 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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Fireside Concert Series: Lee Murdock

February 3 at 7 - 8:15 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Welcome Lee Murdock to the Fireside stage. Making folk music for the modern era, Lee Murdock’s work is a documentary and also an anthem to the peop...
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Saturday Story Time

February 4 at 9:30 - 10 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny around the fire for story time before heading out to hand feed the birds.
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Drop-In Discovery: Ohio Rocks

February 4 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Ohio rocks, literally! Stop by to see and touch some of the rocks found in Ohio, and learn about the valuable and unusual ways they are used.
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"Try-It" Activities: Snowshoeing

February 4 at 10 - 11 a.m. OR 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Discover how fun, yet challenging snowshoeing can be during these one-hour long "Try-It" sessions. No special boots are required, but waterproof fo...
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"Try-It" Activities: Cross-Country Skiing

February 4 at 11 a.m. - noon OR 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Discover how fun, yet challenging cross-country skiing can be during these one-hour long "Try-It" sessions. Snowshoeing is also available, but to t...
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Bark Walk

February 4 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Bring your friendly canine companion for a brisk hike through the winter woods that will include a few hints for identifying trees by their bark.
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Cross-Country Skiing 1: Introduction

February 5 at 9 - 11:30 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing during this introductory class including basic terminology, strides, turning, and going up and down small ...
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

February 5 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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Drop-In Discovery: Snowflakes

February 5 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Snowflakes are beautiful. Stop by to learn about the different types and how they form. Make a paper snowflake to take home.
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Cross-Country Skiing 2: Supplemental Skills

February 5 at 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Now that moving across flat terrain is easy, learn downhill techniques such as wedge turns, step turns, and practice linking turns together. This i...
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Stormwater & Sustainable Development

February 5 at 1 - 2:45 pm
West Creek Reservation
This introductory program on urban watersheds showcases the features of the Watershed Stewardship Center; including an interactive topographic map ...
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Hiking for the Young at Heart

February 7 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Naturalist Jenny McClain for a hike through Hinckley’s winter woods that is sure to warm us up. We’ll keep our eyes open for tracks and other ...
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American Red Cross Lifeguard Course

February 7 - March 9 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Learn the skills and gain the certification necessary to become an American Red Cross Lifeguard.  Upon successful completion of this course, s...
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Cookies & Cocoa Snowshoe Hike

February 7 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Embrace winter by raising your heartbeat with an invigorating snowshoe hike. Learn snowshoeing basics including terminology, turning, going up...
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Fly Tying 1: Introduction

February 8 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Learn the basics of tying flies with Jeff Liskay.  Topics covered include tools and materials needed and how they work, parts of your fly, and...
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Cookies & Cocoa Cross-Country Ski Tour

February 8 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Enhance you skiing techniques during this guided tour across open fields and mixed terrain. Enjoy cookies and cocoa afterwards. Dressing in non-cot...
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

February 9 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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Nurture with Nature

February 9 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’ll learn about the bal...
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Full Moon HIke

February 10 at 6 - 8 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
The full snow moon will be making an appearance tonight, or you may call it the full hunger moon as both names are correct. Come out and hike aroun...
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Fireside Concert Series: Paul Kovac and Friends

February 10 at 7 - 8:15 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Paul Kovac and Friends will be a high energy evening of flawless instrumentals and pleasing vocals spanning genres of bluegrass, folk songs and cou...
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Drop-In Discovery: Winter Trees

February 11 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
In winter when trees have no leaves, how can we know which tree is which? Stop by to learn a few of the most common trees, all in the comfort of ou...
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Winter Tree Identification

February 11 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
It’s not as difficult as it sounds. Use buds, branches, bark, and a few other clues to learn some common trees in our area. We will begin indoors t...
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Frozen Waterfalls

February 11 at 2 - 4:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Join Naturalist Pam Taylor to hike into the gorge of Bedford Reservation in search of seasonal waterfalls. Frozen or not, you won’t want to miss th...
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Drop-In Discovery: Ohio Mammals

February 12 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Drop in to learn about Ohio’s mammals. You will get a chance to see and touch some pelts and skulls.
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Winter Wander

February 12 at 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Come explore the winter wonderland on this hike along the hemlock loop trail.
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Monday MeetUp: What's Up with Chagrin River Watershed Partners

February 13 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Reservation
Learn how Chagrin River Watershed Partners (CRWP) is preserving and restoring the Chagrin River and streams, wetlands and natural areas across Nort...
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Cookies & Cocoa Cross-Country Ski Tour

February 13 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Bedford Reservation
Enhance you skiing techniques during this guided tour across open fields and mixed terrain. Enjoy cookies and cocoa afterward. Dressing in non-cott...
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Valentines for the Birds

February 15 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Many birds fly south during the winter months. But what happens to the birds that stay? We will learn about winter bird survival, play a game, and ...
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Animal Crackers

February 16 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we search for signs of mammals and their tracks through a hike, activities and a craft. Register by phone beginning February 1
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Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking

February 16 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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Coffee with the Birds

February 17 at 8 - 9 a.m
Brecksville Reservation
Would you like to learn more about the birds coming to the nature center’s feeders? Enjoy a cup of coffee while watching our feathered friends. Cof...
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Fireside Concert Series: Hey Mavis

February 17 at 7 - 8:15 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
If you like Americana music with class and flare, then Hey Mavis will not disappoint. This favorite Northeast Ohio local band features violin, banj...
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American Red Cross Pet First Aid

February 18 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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History and Hand Feed

February 18 at 9 - 10 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Brecksville Nature Center is the only original Cleveland Metroparks’ Trailside Museum still standing. Come discover what makes it so special before...
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Snoga

February 18 at 10:30 - noon
West Creek Reservation
What do you get when you combine snow and yoga? Snoga of course! Hike on snow-covered trails as you pause at scenic locations with certified yoga i...
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Drop-In Discovery: Scavenger Hunt

February 19 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Drop by the Nature Center to complete a scavenger hunt about the history of the building.
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Cross-Country Skiing 1: Introduction

February 21 at 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Rocky River Reservation
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing during this introductory class including basic terminology, strides, turning, and going up and down small ...
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Animal Crackers

February 22 at 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we search for signs of mammals and their tracks through a hike, activities and a craft. Register by phone beginning February 1
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Animal Crackers

February 22 at 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Brecksville Reservation
Join Miss Jenny as we search for signs of mammals and their tracks through a hike, activities and a craft. Register by phone beginning February 1
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Cross-Country Ski Alleghany State Park Trip

February 22 at Mandatory Pre-Trip meeting February 22, 6 - 9 p.m. Actual Trip March 3-5 (all day)
Bedford Reservation
PHONE REGISTRATION ONLY starting December 15: 216-341-1704 Join us on a weekend away where days are spent exploring Art Roscoe’s 20 miles of g...
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Kayaking 2: Supplemental Skills

February 23 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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Fireside Concert Series: Katelyn and Jessica Lyons

February 24 at 7 - 8:15 p.m.
South Chagrin Reservation
Katelyn and Jessica Lyons are well respected and acclaimed violinists whose music will fill the rafters and hearts of all who come to this concert....
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Extreme Hiking

February 25 at 9 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Get out of the house and into the woods! This extreme hike is one of the shorter ones, but the scenery is spectacular. Final distance will depend u...
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Kayaking 2: Supplemental Skills

February 26 at 9 a.m. - noon
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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Drop-In Discovery: The Making of a Baseball Bat

February 26 at 10 a.m. - noon
Brecksville Reservation
Louisville Sluggers are made from ash trees. Stop by the nature center to see the stages a log goes through to become a baseball bat.
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Hinckley Lake History Hike

February 26 at 2 - 4 p.m.
Hinckley Reservation
Join Historical Interpreter Beth Robb on a hike through time. We’ll hike a portion of the Hinckley Lake Loop Trail and learn the local history of t...
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Snowshoe Program Interest Sign-up

February 28 at
Weather in Cleveland is ever-changing. While we hope to have at least 4" of snow for the scheduled snow programs, Mother Nature doesn't always like...
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Cross-Country Ski Program Interest

February 28 at
Weather in Cleveland is ever-changing. While we hope to have at least 4" of snow for the scheduled snow programs, Mother Nature doesn't always like...
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Introduction to the Watershed Volunteer Program at Cleveland Metroparks

March 5 at 3:30 - 5 p.m.
West Creek Reservation
Are you looking for an opportunity to conserve local water resources? Get involved with the Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Volunteer Program. Learn...
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Snoga

March 11 at 10:30 - noon
West Creek Reservation
What do you get when you combine snow and yoga? Snoga of course! Hike on snow-covered trails as you pause at scenic locations with certified yoga i...
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Fly Tying 2: Patterns

March 15 at 6 - 9 p.m.
Lakefront Reservation
Now that you understand the basics of tying flies, learn how to tie different patterns under the guidance of Jeff Liskay. Participants will learn t...
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Monday MeetUp: What's Up with Big Creek Connects

March 20 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Big Creek Connects is working to restore one of the largest and most urbanized tributary to the Cuyahoga River. Learn how you can volunteer with th...
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Wilderness First Aid

April 1 - 2 at 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Join us for a two-day workshop to learn wilderness first aid skills from experts in the field. Designed specifically for groups and their leaders, ...
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