Meet Rico! A 9-week-old German shepherd puppy and the Cleveland Metroparks Rangers newest K-9 officer.
Learn about the process of extracting honey from the Rocky River Nature Center bee colony.
On October 4, 2009, Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Department held a decommissioning ceremony for Major, a veteran horse who served for 17 years. This one of a kind ceremony was created using segments from both police and military rituals.
A pair of hawks visit the Cleveland Metroparks administration building.
The Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek, staffed by natural resource and education professionals, land protection specialists, volunteers, and visiting scientists, is the first facility in Cleveland Metroparks dedicated to scientific research and promoting sustainable action.
Cleveland Metroparks NatureTracks and Eco Explorers are mobile education vehicles serving the Greater Cleveland area. They provide year round programs for preschool, school-agers, senior centers, recreation centers, and family-oriented festivals. Call today to schedule a program at a location near you.
Cleveland Metroparks Look About Lodge celebrates 75 years of nature appreciation and study. Originally home to the Cleveland Natural Science Club, Look About Lodge now serves as a Cleveland Metroparks outdoor education center, offering year-round nature experiences for all ages. Come out for a visit and find yourself in nature.
The most beautiful 5k in the Cleveland area! Enjoy 3.1-miles of pure natural bliss. This 5K is Cleveland Metroparks first segue into the world of fitness programming. It is primarily a trail run/walk that incorporates the famous 135 stairs to Fort Hill rising 90 feet above the Rocky River.
Learn some amazing information about the American Beaver with Naturalist Bethany Majeski!
In celebration of Earth Day, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo had a Party for the Planet on Sunday, April 21.
The event featured environmental education and family fun and highlighted the Zoo's sustainability initiatives, bio-diversity and conservation efforts to protect wildlife and wild places. Guests also enjoyed animal enrichment demonstrations, Get Close animal encounters, entertainment from Radio Disney and local music groups, crafts and much more!
Baltimore Oriole (male) sees reflection in window and tweets about it. Recorded May 4, 2013 at CanalWay Center in Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation.
Ohio Dept of Natural Resources stocked the Ohio & Erie Canal in Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. 2293 trout with a combined weight of 1253 pounds. Stocked May 3, 2013
Every March 15th, crowds gather in Cleveland Metroparks Hinckley Reservation to celebrate the Annual Return of the Buzzards.
Learn how to make Pysanky Eggs from Cleveland Metroparks Look About Lodge staff in this "how-to" video.
Have you noticed bark damage in your yard? This video explores 2 reasons for bark damage in Northeast Ohio and how you help your trees recover.
Check out the early stages of the new exhibit being built for CanalWay Center in Cuyahoga Heights! The new exhibit will recreate early life along the Erie Canal!
"Cleveland Metroparks is pleased to preserve and restore this geologically-unique and biologically-diverse reservation," said Brian Zimmerman, Cleveland Metroparks executive director. "This project would not have been possible without our partners: Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, the city of Parma and West Creek Preservation Committee."
Climate change is affecting birds migration ranges, causing some Ohioans to take a unique position. Cable news network CMN has the story.
Join Dr. Wildweed (portrayed by Foster Brown) as he teaches you fun and interesting information about the common weed - "Common Mullein"
Cleveland Metroparks naturalist Jen Brumfield set the Cuyahoga County record for the highest number of bird species seen in the Greater Cleveland region in ONE year: 270 species of birds in 2012!
It took over 2,000 hours of intense birding, before and after work and on the weekends, but she pushed the record to an all-time high.
Join Phil Gardner from our Institute of the Great Outdoors (IGO) in as he gives you some basic snowshoeing "tips and tricks."
Second grade students from Roosevelt Elementary School, in Lakewood, Ohio, sing a song at Rocky River Nature Center about the prehistoric fish Dunkleosteus.
Through funding from its Emerald Necklace Endowment Fund, Cleveland Metroparks created a transportation voucher program to assist local schools with bus expenses to participate in free school programs at Cleveland Metroparks Outdoor Education facilities. These vouchers, valued at $150, offset the cost of transporting up to fifty students. During the 2012-2013 school year, more than 3000 students will participate in 120 class field trip programs offered by Cleveland Metroparks.
Join Dr. Wildweed (portrayed by Foster Brown) as he teaches you fun and interesting information about the common weed - "Milkweed"
Join Dr. Wildweed (portrayed by Foster Brown) as he teaches you fun and interesting information about the common weed - "Goldenrod"
Located in scenic South Chagrin Reservation, Look About Lodge is a beautiful log cabin built from more than 300 chestnut logs. The Lodge was built in 1938 as the meeting place for the Cleveland Natural Science Club. Although now owned and operated by Cleveland Metroparks, the Lodge is still home to the Cleveland Natural Science Club for their monthly meetings. The Lodge features three stone fireplaces, halved chestnut log stairs and a Native American totem pole.
Nestled in the Rocky River Valley, Rocky River Nature Center offers spectacular views of a 360 million year old shale cliff from the deck overhanging the river. Go backwards through time inside the Nature Center as you explore exhibits about the early inhabitants of the valley including the giant fish of the Devonian sea, Dunkleosteus.
Sandy's Visit to the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation - this is a 360-degree video of the area around the canal overflow (south of the railroad trestle). Normally a drop of several feet from the canal to the Cuyahoga River, on October 31st the Ohio & Erie Canal only had about a foot to drop once it crossed over the Towpath Trail*. The water rushing across the Towpath Trail is approximately 12" deep.
Sandy's Visit to Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation - October 30, 2012. North of the railroad trestle. Canal water is rushing from the Ohio & Erie Canal (on the right of the screen), over the canal banks, and into an area around the Lower 40 Loop Trail (on the left of the screen). The rolling water is from the canal water rushing into relatively still water (which is Cuyahoga River water overflow forming a bit of a lake).
Outdoor Odyssey is an annual event centered around getting local youth outdoors, with fishing being a big part of the day. The Ohio & Erie Canal is stocked with rainbow trout and catfish for the event, and fishing tackle, bait, and guidance are available for free for those in need. Many smiling youngsters catch their first fish ever at this event, and many families enjoy spending the day together, which is what it's all about!
Cleveland Metroparks encourages community engagement! Each year dozens of groups contribute time and effort to assist Park District staff with multiple park management projects. In September 2012, Cleveland Metroparks collaborated with nine (9) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Congregations to accomplish over 20 park management tasks in only two hours! Cleveland Metroparks welcomes groups of all sizes to get involved and become active participants in their communities!
Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Department announced that after 10-½ years of loyal service, K-9 officer "Radar" will be retiring. A retirement ceremony in his honor took place during the Ranger Community Open House on Saturday, October 6 at Ranger Headquarters.
In Radar's 10-½ years of service, he has earned multiple awards excelling in tracking, narcotics detection and pursuit/apprehension. He has also worked closely with specialized drug task force units, and has a number of notable recognitions.
On Thursday, October 4 at 2 p.m., a fearsome 20-foot replica of the ancient fish Dunkleosteus was revealed as it is literally ripped from its encasement in a representation of the Devonian Sea.
The replica "Dunk" is just one part of a new, more than 2,800-square-foot exhibit at Rocky River Nature Center, with a budget of $45,000 that was entirely conceived, designed and constructed by in-house staff.
Learn about the wonderful life of Fritzi Klopfenstein, a former Naturalist with Cleveland Metroparks at Rocky River Trailside Museum. Frizti is best known for her illustrations that graced our "Emerald Necklace" publication for many years. Enjoy!
Check out these two gems in Cuyahoga County
Visit http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/wild_... for more information about Black Bears in Ohio.
We created this video to help provide the public with more information and to help clear up some misconceptions about black bears. Thanks for watching.
The Nature Center overlooks Sanctuary Marsh, where native plants create a fine wetland community attracting a host of waterfowl, mammals, insects, reptiles, amphibians, songbirds and shorebirds. Marsh wildflowers bloom throughout the spring and summer. Take a trip across the 300-foot boardwalk for an especially beautiful experience. Nearby, Sunset Pond is known throughout the area as a home for Canada geese, wood ducks, mallards and rare black duck.
Brecksville Nature Center was created in 1939 by Works Progress Administration craftsmen. Excellent examples of chestnut carpentry with curved walnut leaves, wrought iron work and native stones grace the building inside and out. A fascinating wildlife feeding area attracts native mammals and birds year-round. In winter months, eager chickadees will often land in visitors' hands for sunflower seeds.
Join Dr. Wildweed (portrayed by Foster Brown) as he teaches you fun and interesting information about the common weed - "Queen Anne's Lace"
In June 2012, 25 volunteers dressed up as a meadow in bloom to represent Cleveland Metroparks Year of Pollinator celebration.
Parade the Circle, held each June in Cleveland's University Circle neighborhood, is a free, interactive, multi-cultural celebration. The highlight of the day's events is the festive parade around Wade Oval, with the citizens marching in their fanciful, hand-made costumes.
If you are interested in being part of future Cleveland Metroparks parade exhibits, call 440-247-7075.
A play through of hole 5 at Washington Golf Course in Washington Reservation.
Ranger DeChant of Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Department shares some "rules of the road" and safety tips for cycling in the Park District.
Join Dr. Wildweed (portrayed by Foster Brown) as he teaches you fun and interesting information about the The Horsetail. Music by Foster Brown.
Calling all artists! We are looking for new artists to be featured on our art wall at CanalWay Center.
Dunkleosteus ruled the Devonian seas nearly 360 million years ago before the time of the dinosaurs. "Dunk" lived in the tropical sea that then covered Ohio. "Dunk" fossils of specimens up to 20 feet in length are frequently found in the shale cliffs of Rocky River Reservation. But experts say that "Dunk" may have been up to 30 feet in length and weighed as much as 4 tons, similar in size to a modern day killer whale.
On Friday, June 15 at 2 p.m., Cleveland Metroparks opened a new natural surface trail in Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville. The 10.1-mile trail network will accommodate mountain bikes and hikers on a "single track" trail that winds throughout a wooded area near Royalview Picnic Area and includes two boardwalks, covering more than 900 feet combined, and 34 bridges.
Built by F.B. Squire in the late 1890s, Squire's Castle can be found in North Chagrin Reservation. It was meant to serve as the gatehouse to his country estate, but plans for the remainder of the estate never materialized. Another feature is A.B. Williams Memorial Woods, a beech-maple forest and registered national landmark.
Kids can reel in big fun at the annual Cleveland Metroparks Children's Fishing Derbies.
Hungry rainbow trout, catfish and a variety of other fish are ready for young anglers to try their luck on while competing for prizes. Children can also learn how to cast and test their skills at the casting challenge.
On Thursday, June 14 at 10 a.m., Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Honor Guard will dedicate a newly-installed nautical flag pole at Huntington Reservation, above Huntington Beach.
The pole will proudly fly the following flags: American, Cleveland Metroparks and Blue Wave.
This was our first attempt at recording the run route for the Healthy Planet / Healthy People 5k. Needless to say, it didn't work out. But sitting through this whole video is about as hard as actually running the 5k! Can, you do it?? Good luck!
Join Rachel Brand from our Institute of the Great Outdoors (IGO) in this beginners video as she takes you through conducting an "ABC Quick Check" on your bike before hitting the trails.
The journey of getting your food fresh from the dirt to your dinner table is turned into a spectacular event at Farm and Garden Day. Visit live farm animals. Put your hands in the soil to plant your own seed. Jump in a mound of straw and throw fistfuls in the air. This is your chance to join in as we explore the many aspects of farming and gardening.
Phil from our Institute of the Great Outdoors guides you through 3 different types of the most common PFDs for water recreation
On Friday, May 18 an AP Biology class from Westlake High School released a school of trout into the Rocky River. The class worked with Cleveland Metroparks and Trout Unlimited in the Trout in the Classroom Project, where they raised the trout from eggs to fingerlings. This video shows the end of the program and the class releasing the trout into the wild. For more information about the program, visit: http://www.troutintheclassroom.org Music from jewelbeat.com
Join Dr. Wildweed (portrayed by Foster Brown) as he teaches you fun and interesting information about the Mayapple. Music by Foster Brown
On Friday, May 4 Cleveland Metroparks celebrated the acquisition of Rivergate from the Cleveland Rowing Foundation.
A brief press conference was held with additional information on the project, and attendees had the opportunity to ride in a dragon boat and see sculls, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.
Get a close look at the bluebird Boxes along our bluebird trail in Brecksville Reservation and learn about how we are working to increase the numbers of this beautiful bird.
Here is a sneak peek of the new "Rocks, Rivers, & Roots" exhibit at Rocky River Nature Center, which will feature a giant dunkleosteus. Stay tuned for more updates as we go along!
Information about lesser celandine and other invasive species in Cleveland Metroparks
On Friday, April 20, Cleveland Metroparks staff and volunteers planted 95 trees to celebrate the upcoming 95th Anniversary of the Park District and Earth Day. The trees are all species native to Ohio and include red oak, black oak and American hornbeam. They range in size from 2- to 7-feet tall and will be caged and staked to protect and stabilize the young trees.
Cleveland Metroparks has begun restoring Rocky River Reservation's historic Fort Hill in celebration of its 95th anniversary.
There is a new honey bee colony at Rocky River Nature Center! Here is what happens when you add 3000 bees to a new hive!
Electro Fishing is a way for us to collect information for management plans, recreational fishing plans and water quality monitoring. We release a controled pulse of electricity into the water to temporarily stun the fish, which allows them to be collected for sampling.
Coyote Awareness in Cleveland Metroparks
The sound of a Spring Peeper chirping
Approximately half way through the winter season, Ohio's maple trees are typically ready to be tapped for maple sap, including the maple trees in Maple Grove Picnic Area in Rocky River Reservation.
Northeast Ohio is a major commercial producer of maple sugar due to its prime weather conditions. Most commercial sugaring operations collect sap through interconnected plastic tubing attached to the maple trees, and the maple-sugaring season typically lasts four to six weeks.
Join Dr. Wildweed (portrayed by Foster Brown) on a entertaining and educational journey in Cleveland Metroparks Bedford Reservation. Music by Foster Brown.
Garfield Park Reservation and the surrounding area have a rich cultural history. The Nature Center highlights exhibits featuring both the interesting history and the diverse wildlife of the area. A trip to the Nature Center won't be complete without a visit to the landscaped wildlife garden adjacent to the building sheltering a variety of flowering plants, shrubs and evergreens designed to attract birds and butterflies.
A short video from Rocky River Nature Center highlighting some interesting facts about this early spring plant!
Look About Lodge is collecting old neckties for our Knee High Naturalists program in June. The neckties will be turned into "Ugly Necktie Snakes," which will be used for the program! For more information, please call Look About Lodge at 440-247-7075.
Join us every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-nnon in January & February at Brecksville Nature Center for a thrilling experience generations of visitors have enjoyed - hand feeding a free-flying bird.
We provide sunflower seeds and instructions, then it's your turn to make a new feathered friend!
NatureTracks, is a mobile classroom designed to expand visitors' knowledge of nature. Environmental education programs are presented utilizing SMARTboard technology to foster an understanding of and an appreciation for our natural environment.
Priority is given to urban areas. To reserve NatureTracks or for more information, call 216-341-1707.
These photos of Jackson Field were taken by staff at Look About Lodge in South Chagrin Reservation during the "1 trail, 12 times" program, from Jan 2010-Dec 2010.
On Tuesday, January 3 Trent Magill and Mark Johnson from WEWS Channel 5 stopped out to the Chalet Toboggan Chutes in Mill Stream Run Reservation to shoot a piece for the new show Good Morning Cleveland, airing Saturdays from 6-am. Our piece will air on the inaugural show this Saturday Jan 7th.
Cleveland Metroparks is the area's leader in outdoor education making nearly 440,000 contacts annually with families, students and visitors both outdoors and in the classroom. Eco Explorers, a new program on wheels, provides environmental education to children 3 to 6 years old.
This video was shot at the Early Childhood Center at Arbor Park, located in Arbor Park Village.
Bird banding is an essential tool for learning about our feathered friends. You can see the intricate details of the birds we capture, band, and release at the feeders.
Learn how to kayak this winter with our Institute of the Great Outdoors' indoor kayaking program. You will learn all the basics needed to hit the water paddling when the weather finally warms up!
Join us for a new nighttime experience at the Chalet Toboggan Chutes in Mill Stream Run Reservation. New race lights have been installed to add to the thrill of racing down the 700 foot twin, refrigerated ice chutes...at night! Challenge your friends!
Located near North Chagrin Nature Center is the Nature Education Building. This satellite facility can be reserved by teachers as a field classroom. The facility is also open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon - 4:30 to park visitors. Enjoy the wildlife observation window, where one-way glass permits up-close observation of birds with an audio system that brings the sounds of nature indoors. Step into the Forest Nightlife exhibit where nocturnal animals and night sounds surround you.
On November 10, 2011 the Ohio Division of Wildlife came to Rocky River Reservation to shoot a video about steelhead trout fishing in Cleveland Metroparks for their Wild Ohio program....enjoy!
A play through of Hole 9 at Big Met Golf Course in Rocky River Reservation.
A play through of Hole 5 at Big Met Golf Course in Rocky River Reservation.
A play through of hole 3 at Shawnee Hills Golf Course in Bedford Reservation.
A play through of hole 15 at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course in Brecksville Reservation.
A play through of hole 1 at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course in Brecksville Reservation.
Learn more about the new fish exhibit at Rocky River Nature Center by calling 440-734-6660, Hours Mon-Sun 9:30am-5pm.
Meet Logan, the newest addition to Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Department's K-9 unit. He was officially sworn-in as a ranger at the Board of Commissioners meeting on September 28, 2011.
Logan was donated to the department on September 1, 2011 and he has begun his regimented weekly K-9 training in apprehension, search and rescue and drug indication.
Cleveland Metroparks Institute of the Great Outdoors is now offering stand-up paddle boarding classes! Enjoy this new and exciting way to explore our local rivers and lakes. For more information about classes, call 216-341-1704.
Dan, Ann, and Erika talk about the delicious treats they made for Bug City! Come and enjoy all the delicious "bug" treats Saturday, August 13 from 11am - 4:30pm @ Garfield Park Nature Center!
Help bring an accessible playground for Cleveland Metroparks West Creek Reservation!
Enjoy the new helios full body workout machine in South Mastick Picnic Area in Rocky River Reservation. This machine offers 7 different body weight workouts in 1 machine!
On Sunday June 12, families "paddled" over to Knee-High Naturalists from... noon to 4pm to view and play in our log forts at the Arboretum in South Chagrin Reservation. Kids, 2 to 6, and their families enjoyed potting plants in old shoes, hiking with "Nora the Explorer," live animals, puppet shows, ball and kite flying area, and much more!
On June 2, Huntington Beach became the first beach in Ohio, and on Lake Erie, to receive Blue Wave Certification! The Blue Wave is America's first national environmental certification for clean beaches. It focuses on environmental stewardship, rec and leisure services, sustainable tourism, and healthy dining. We hope you will visit this summer and see what makes Huntington Beach, so amazing!
Join us for the 2nd round of public meetings for the "Cleveland Metroparks 2020 - The Emerald Necklace Centennial Plan." Times are 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. on May 2 @ CanalWay Center, May 3 @ North Chagrin Nature Center, & May 4 @ Rocky River Nature Center - with discussions & overviews. For detailed information, go to clevelandmetroparks.com or call 216-635-3238.
April showers...brings May flowers -- especially wildflowers in Cleveland Metroparks! Each spring, a variety of flower species bloom throughout the "Emerald Necklace." A spring wildflower trail can be found by Mastick Woods Picnic Area, as well as the Hauser Wildflower Garden near Rocky River Nature Center in Rocky River Reservation. Royalview Picnic Area in Mill Stream Run Reservation is famous for bluebells, and other common spring wildflowers like trillium, spring beauty, trout lily, and many more.
Canoe and Kayak Cahallenge event 2011.
The annual return of the buzzards to Hinckley is considered by many to be an unofficial first sign of spring in Northeast Ohio, and has been celebrated for 54 years with the Buzzard Sunday! event which always occurs the Sunday after March 15. Celebrate the return of the buzzards at the Buzzard Sunday! event on Sunday, March 20 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Buzzard Roost in Hinckley Reservation.
Bird banding of a female downy woodpecker by Cleveland Metroparks staff.
Feb 23, 2011 Tree Tapping Day!
Experience the sweet taste of fresh maple syrup and how it's made at Cleveland Metroparks annual "History of Maple Sugaring" program on the Sugarbush Trail in Rocky River Reservation.
Visit Cleveland Metroparks Hinckley Reservation to see the carvings of worden's Ledges. Enjoy eight different carvings, featuring a sphinx, a schooner, George Washington, Ty Cobb, and more.
Put a little spring in your step and head over to Cleveland Metroparks North Coast Nature Festival at Rocky River Nature Center in North Olmsted.
Sunday, April 18, Aquatic Biologist Mike Durkalec spoke on the various fish he collected that live in the Rocky River.
Cedar Valley Settlers Celebration & Music Festival
Bats have an undeserved bad reputation, but visitors can learn how bats are important to the environment. This night of free, batty fun features great batty activities for kids and adults, alike including bat crafts, bat songs & stories around the campfire, bat games, bat presentations & exhibits, bat gardening, and more!
The two 1,000-foot refrigerated ice chutes operate with or without snow the day after Thanksgiving through the first weekend in March, weather permitting. In addition to tobogganing, guests can enjoy the facility with a snack bar, two fireplaces, a large-screen television, indoor restrooms, and a main gathering area.
Visitors can bring their non-aggressive dogs to swim at Ledge Pool for a nominal donation that benefits the local animal shelter and Medina County SPCA. There is a dog fair, too - featuring dog groomers, dog bakeries, pet therapy, an agility course by Medina Swarm, and more! Pets and their parents can enjoy a dog walk and Cleveland Metroparks K-9 Unit will be on hand with animal safety demonstrations.
Experience the park after dark, and discover the night life at Cleveland Metroparks "Nature at Night" event.
The free "Nature at Night" event celebrates the beauty of the night and all the nocturnal residents. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities related to the night, including live nocturnal animal programs, astronomy and stargazing through telescopes, songs and stories around a roaring campfire, children's crafts, and night hikes.
Families can enjoy a variety of games and activities including: t-shirt relays, shake-n-bake contest, scavenger hunt, beach blanket bingo, "Simon" says, limbo contest, and water balloon contest. Day-of registration only to participate in the games, and space is limited in each. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.
Brookstock - A Celebration of Music & Nature held at Brookside Reservation in Cleveland Metroparks.
These turtles have had a transmitter attached to their backs in order to provide valuable information for Cleveland Metroparks studies.
Can you hear it? It is the clickety clack of the engine rolling down the railroad tracks! The train is headed back to CanalWay Center "depot."
Cedar Valley Settlers Celebration. September 23, 2007. Guinness Book of World Records. Largest Harmonica Play-Along