May â€˜14 Vol. 63 #5
Featuring Cleveland Metroparks program guide and events
INSIDE 6 Ledge Pool & Recreation Area 14 Outdoor Recreation Catalog 18 Circle of Wildlife Carousel opens at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Contents Feature 3 Hooked on Fishing Columns 4 Notes from the Field 5 Naturalist’s Almanac In Addition 2 Voyageur Canoe Paddle Program 6 Inside the Emerald Necklace 12 Cleveland Metroparks Golf 14 Outdoor Recreation 18 Zoo News
Voyageur Canoe Paddle Program For over 20 years, Cleveland Metroparks has offered this dynamic outdoor experience that includes educational fun, a recreational outlet and fantastic social involvement – all in a 34-foot canoe. The Voyageur Canoe Paddle Program quickly immerses everyone back to the 1790s when the Fur Trade was king. Jean Petite and his wily crew load you into a replica fur trade canoe and begin to share their stories of how the life of a Voyageur was lived paddling for the Northwest Fur Company. All participants have the opportunity to paddle, sing and taste the food familiar to these men and women of the North Country. Each adventure is an hour on the water with time at the encampment to broaden your knowledge and experience of the Great Lakes Fur Trade Era. The canoe holds 18 participants. We welcome individuals, families and small groups to join us for this historic, fun-filled hour. $5 per person includes use of paddle, life jacket and an exciting adventure on Hinckley Lake or Wallace Lake.
21 Programs by Location
Programs are offered at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (special evening program times will be posted).
22 Program Calendar
All participants must register at 440-786-8530.
2014 Voyageur Canoe Paddle Schedule Hinckley Lake
Cover photo: Circle of Wildlife Carousel, photo courtesy of Carousel Works All photos by Cleveland Metroparks photo archive unless otherwise noted.
June 14 – 15 (Evening) June 27 (Evening) July 25 (Evening) July 27 August 10 August 22 (Evening) August 23
September 5 September 7 September 20 – 21 October 4 – 5 October 18 – 19
Published monthly by:
216-635-3200 clevelandmetroparks.com Marjorie Thomas
Full Moon Paddles in a BIG Canoe!
RR Donnelley Printing
Emerald Necklace is also available online at clevelandmetroparks.com.
Board of Park Commissioners Bruce G. Rinker Debra K. Berry
Dan T. Moore Vice-President
Brian M. Zimmerman
Chief Executive Officer
Cleveland Metroparks does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age or disability in employment, services or access to programs or activities. Special assistance for Cleveland Metroparks programs or facilities is available by calling 216-635-3264 in advance.
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June 21 July 12 – 13 August 9
Join the Historical Interpretive staff as we lead you on an evening of moon lore and natural history in our BIG Voyageur Canoe at Hinckley Lake. This unique experience of observing the heavens and earth will leave you awestruck at the beauty of each full moon. Each month brings its own signs of the seasons and each moon represents history from all ages. This program is fun for the whole family. Two separate 50 minute paddles will be offered each night. Full Moon Paddles in 2014 May 13 June 12 July 11 August 9 September 9 October 8
Flower Moon Strawberry Moon Full Buck Moon Sturgeon Moon Harvest Moon Hunter’s Moon
Each paddle is $5/person. Call 440-786-8530 to register.
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Hooked on Fishing Fishing has always been a part of my life. I remember fishing with my dad throughout my childhood and into adulthood. We would hike through the woods to find the perfect secret fishing spot or walk down to the lake to fish off the dock. I learned a lot of life lessons through my fishing experiences. For example, fishing fills you with joy and excitement. But it can also make you feel overwhelmed with sadness and frustration if the fish gets away or never even nibbles your bait. Fishing is responsible for the odd amount of patience I possess. Most of all, growing up fishing every summer is the reason why I feel compelled to be outside relaxing in nature along the water’s edge once the weather gets warm. When I started teaching outdoor education, one of the first programs I wanted to teach was fishing. It was something that I wanted to share with others. Plus it is a great way to spend your day outside by the water. I love the anticipation of who is going to catch the first fish! Usually it is a little girl, who has much more patience than the boys her age. Whoever it is, everyone else along the water shares in the excitement of the first catch of the day. As more fish are caught, we discuss what species they are and how to handle each safely. For some kids the best part of fishing is getting to hold and touch a fish. The expressions on their faces are priceless. At the end of the program we release the fish back to their homes, and then we all head to our homes to share the fishing stories from the day. Throughout the warmer months there are multiple opportunities to join a fishing program. May 3 and 4 the Ohio Department of Natural Resources offers free fishing days where no fishing license is required. Several reservations offer fishing programs and even fishing classes. Some of our summer camps include a day of fishing as well. Fishing is an excellent activity for any age, and it is a great way to get out and enjoy your parks. There are multiple Cleveland Metroparks Reservations that are home to a variety of waterways for the public to fish: Lake Erie, Rocky River, Chagrin River, Ohio & Erie Canal, Hinckley Lake, Wallace Lake, and Shadow Lake. Several of these areas are stocked with fish annually by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division. Fishing in Cleveland Metroparks is free, but remember that you will need a valid Ohio fishing license if you are 16 years old or older. Happy fishing! Children’s Fishing Derby dates: Saturday, May 17 • Ohio & Erie Canal in Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation Sunday, May 18 • Wallace Lake in Mill Stream Run Reservation Jill Hauger, Naturalist CanalWay Center email@example.com
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Something Familiar You can’t go home again, Thomas Wolfe once wrote, and he meant it. Yet we carry the images of what has come to be home within us for all our lives. Nature is life, a rich flowing river of things new and things old and passing, a river of daily renewal and daily endings. From time to time I watch television, mostly science and history and news and geography. Like you, sometimes something else catches my eye and I turn the volume down or off to read. A day last week found that happening. A new magazine arrived and I dropped the television volume to read an article promising the latest tips in gull identification. Engrossed, my mind drifted off the video, forgetting even its subject until I turned a page and casually glanced up at the now-silent screen, it showing a man hiking through an open, weedy field and on into a forest. Suddenly, all the memories of a childhood spent outdoors in rural Michigan came flooding back. I could hear the crunching of leaves in my mind as the person strode across the field, and hear autumn crickets sing and feel the brush of dried goldenrod stems across a jacket long gone. I could sense the smells of a warm October afternoon as once more I pushed through tall grasses, feeling burrs and stick-tights grabbing knit sleeves and woolen stockings, and taste sweat from the exertion of walking fast and hard in the old canvas coat I wore on those afternoons afield. Not a sound came from the television, but the scene I saw was as surely southern Michigan as if it were printed across the screen. For a brief moment or two, I was
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transported back through space and time, and I was home again. I have been studying how naturalists seem to see so many things that other people miss, or miss until they too spend many, many hours afield. Some scientists refer to the apparent gift as nothing more than pattern recognition, or the sometimes sub-conscious realization that “one of these things is not like the others”. It is a way of seeing, a way of observing things in such a way that when a certain shape does not match its background, or a certain movement is unlike other more common movements around it, well, there’s something there that bears a closer look. This we call a “tactical observation,” one made on the spot for a specific purpose. An observation based on experience, however, is considered a “strategic observation,” and can be more difficult to define or even explain. I remember a conversation I had not long after arriving at Cleveland Metroparks with a great woodsman and humanist, Bill Miller. We were looking at trees at Maple Grove Picnic Area, then just selected as the site for the park district’s first maple sugaring operation. We had just gotten out of the truck when Bill looked over at a huge tall tree with sprawling branches each larger than a large man’s waist. “Look at that big sugar maple,” Bill exclaimed. In a forest filled with trees of all kinds, he had instantly spotted the Grandfather Tree. “How do you know it’s a sugar maple at this distance, Bill?” I asked. “Because it looks like one,” he replied confidently. And, of course he was right.
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May Bill had spent a life afield, as a hunter and fisherman and hiker and observer. He didn’t have to learn the scientific terms for anything maple, he had come to recognize all the ages, forms and shapes of sugar maple trees as he hiked and explored, and in his keen mind had noted and filed and merged them into a quickaccess memory bank that could identify any variety or shape of any sugar maple instantly. “One of these is not like the others….” Just as Bill had recognized one of his favorite trees, I had recognized the landform, vegetation and spatial arrangement of the old successional fields of my youth. These are not things you can learn readily from a book, they call for time spent, for boots on the ground as it is said today. While the locations may change, the juxtaposition of topography and vegetation become instantly recognizable. Anyone can learn to do it, all it takes is being there, through different kinds of light and seasons until it becomes something you feel, not something you know. You can go home again, Mr. Wolfe. Perhaps not to the same physical place you remember, for as all things in life they will have changed, but to the mix of sights and sounds and textures and odors of places well remembered. This kind of going home is filed away in the deep recesses of the interconnected. Interrelated neurons of our brain, waiting for the trigger that takes us there again. Come to Cleveland Metroparks, my friend, and build those memories for yourself.
May is best enjoyed on the trails as the flora and fauna can change daily. Before long, spring will quickly give way to summer. Leaves are rapidly growing and bringing a fresh green color to the woodlands. Migrant bird songs are heard from treetops as they acrobatically search for small insects to fuel their incredible journey. On the forest floor spring wildflowers are in full bloom and are being visited by beetles, flies, bees and even ants as sweet nectar is the reward for their pollination service. The first babies of spring arrive and Mother’s Day is a good time to see goslings, ducklings and even fawns. Birds
Songbird migration peaks the first two weeks of May as wave after wave of birds arrive in Cleveland Metroparks. Some like the blackburnian warbler began their journey in South America only stopping briefly to refuel then continuing to boreal forests farther north. Others, like the wood thrush arrive from forest of Panama to stake out a territory in local forests filling the morning and evening with their flutelike song. Migrating at night nocturnal flights of these and other bird migrants can be so impressive that they can be seen on weather radar. While birds continue to arrive this month others like bluebirds have already fledged their first brood.
A typical spring brings total leaf out by mid-May. Oaks, which are one of the last trees to sprout new leaves, are now are in full bloom. Their drooping catkins are not showy but produce a great deal of pollen that is dispersed on the wind. Numerous insects are attracted to graze on this pollen and can be a great location to look for songbirds feasting on pollen covered insects.
Wildflowers A walk along a river in a floodplain forest one can be rewarded with blankets of Virginia bluebells and wild hyacinth intermixed with yellows of golden-alexanders and golden ragwort. These botanical gems come and go quickly and can easily be missed. These perennials grow and quickly die back storing energy underground in roots and tubers waiting for the following spring to begin the cycle again. Seeds of these spring wildflowers are dispersed in many ways, but the association of many with ants carrying them underground is truly awesome!
Insects On warm sunny afternoons common green darners begin to appear in wetlands throughout Cleveland Metroparks. Early in the month they are likely migrants from the south spreading northward on southerly breezes. This well documented behavior is often overlooked. Later in the month the first local dragonfly nymphs begin crawling out of the water to begin their “second” life as aerial hunters of unsuspected insect prey.
Robert D. Hinkle, PhD Chief Naturalist Emeritus firstname.lastname@example.org
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LEDGE POOL & RECREATION AREA Splash into summer at Ledge Pool & Recreation Area. Swimming season at Ledge Pool starts May 24 and runs through August 17. Daily pool use fees are $5.50 – adults, $4.50 – children 6 to 11, and free for seniors, 65 & over and children, 5 & under. Paddleboat rentals will be available at Ledge Lake for an additional fee during pool hours.
Learn-to-Swim Programs Water Safety Instructors offer an American Red Cross Learn-toSwim program for preschoolers and beginners to intermediate level swimmers. Classes meet 10 times per session. The fees per session are $40 for season pass holders and $60 for all others. Morning Swim Classes: Session I – June 9 through 20 Session II – July 7 through 18 Session III – July 28 through August 8 Evening Swim Classes Session I – May 27 through June 26 (T & Th evenings) Session II – July 7 through August 6 (M & W evenings) Session II – July 8 through August 7 (T & Th evenings)
Parent and Child Swim Classes June 7 through August 9 – Saturday Mornings Registration for the Learn-to-Swim program will be held preseason during Open House on May 10 or during regular pool hours starting Memorial Day weekend. For details, call 330-239-2911. Phone registrations for swim lessons will be taken starting May 12 at 9 a.m. To register, call 440-331-8111 prior to May 24. After May 24, call Ledge Pool at 330-239-2911.
Pool Party Packages Looking for a great place to have a party this summer, then look no further! Have a cool Pool Party at Ledge Pool & Recreation Area. Celebrate that special occasion in a reserved area with picnic tables for up to 3 hours. Parties must have at least 10 people and group use policies apply. To schedule a pool party and request pricing on food packages, call 330-239-2911.
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Advanced Sale Program for Organized Groups If your organization would like to spend a day at the pool, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays are available for groups. There is a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 150 tickets sold per day. Swim tickets may be purchased in advance at the discounted rate of $4 each. Tickets must be purchased at least two weeks prior to the event date by calling 440-331-8111.
OPEN HOUSE Saturday, May 10 • Noon – 3 p.m. Discover all the great amenities of Ledge Pool & Recreation Area at our Open House. Enjoy complimentary refreshments while strolling the grounds. View the area’s attractions including the heated 80’ – 100’ stainless steel pool, fishing along the Ledge Lake shore, picnic areas, volleyballs and basketball courts. Visitors can take this opportunity to purchase season passes and sign up for swimming lessons. For more information on season passes, swimming lessons and other aquatic programs, call the Aquatics Division at 440-331-8111 before May 24 or 330-239-2911 after May 24. Or check us out at clevelandmetroparks.com/recreation. Ledge Pool & Recreation Area is located at 1151 Ledge Road in Hinckley Reservation, between State (Hwy. 44) and Kellogg Roads in Hinckley Township. To reserve picnic shelters, call 216-635-3200.
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Ranger K9 5K Run and 1 Mile Pooch Parade Saturday May 3 • 9 a.m. – noon Edgewater Park • Lakefront Reservation • Cleveland Race Registration: $20 – 5K (per dog)
$10 – 1 Mile Pooch Parade (per dog)
Late Registration (After April 26) : $25 – 5K (per dog) $15 – 1 Mile Pooch Parade (per dog) 5K Run begins at 9 a.m. 1 Mile Parade immediately following the 5K. Runners are allowed to run the 5K with their dog and all runners are welcome to participate in the parade. Prizes will be awarded based on age group and for top male/ female runners with dogs. * Race will be rain or shine * Special activities throughout the morning include: • Vendor exhibition with lots of treats! • K-9 unit demonstrations by BARK (Buckeye Area Regional K-9) to showcase their unique skills • Adoption opportunities and information • T-shirts provided for all runners Proceeds from the event will support Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Department K-9 Unit Fund to provide specialized training, equipment and an occasional treat! Edgewater Park: 6616 West Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland, Ohio 44102
Your Parks, Your Stories: Cleveland Metroparks Memories Project Collecting – Preserving – Sharing In 2017, Cleveland Metroparks will be celebrating its Centennial and you are invited to participate with us! Cleveland Metroparks is sending out an Oral History team to collect your stories of how Cleveland Metroparks has impacted your life through the decades or in recent days. We will audio record your fond memories and then preserve them in our archives for posterity and as a source of stories for our celebration. These stories will provide content for social media outlets, exhibits, educational programming and printed material to be shared with you and Greater Cleveland to enjoy in 2017 and beyond. We are also seeking photos that document your activities in the park. Yes, we are seeking photos from the early years, but photos from the last 50 years are important too. Do you have old maps, posters or memorabilia of Cleveland Metroparks past? We would love to see them. If you are interested, call Historical Interpreter Foster Brown at 440-786-8530 or by email at fcb@clevelandmetroparks. com. Set up an interview today! Oral History Interview Schedule for May: North Chagrin Nature Center 30th Anniversary North Chagrin Nature Center • North Chagrin Reservation Sunday, May 4 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Fishing Derby • Ohio & Erie Canal Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation Saturday, May 17 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Fishing Derby • Wallace Lake • Mill Stream Run Reservation Sunday, May 18 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Look About Lodge • South Chagrin Reservation Wednesday, May 21 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
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Children’s Spring Fishing Derbies FREE! Saturday, May 17 • Ohio & Erie Canal Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation • Cuyahoga Heights Sunday, May 18 • Wallace Lake Mill Stream Run Reservation • Berea Kids can reel in big fun at Cleveland Metroparks Children’s Spring Fishing Derbies. Fishing sessions: Ages 4 to 8 years • 9 a.m. – noon Ages 9 to 15 years • 1 – 4 p.m. Hungry rainbow trout, catfish and a variety of other fish are ready for young anglers to try their luck while competing for prizes. Children can also learn how to cast or test their skills at the casting challenge. Guidance will be available from experienced anglers. Bring a rod, tackle and a cooler with ice to store the “catch of the day.” Bait will be provided and while supplies last, loaner rods will be available for children who do not have their own. Each location will be stocked with rainbow trout and channel catfish prior to the derbies. The event is rain or shine and there is no advanced registration.
SPLASH INTO SUMMER Cleveland Metroparks offers a wide variety of water recreation, including swimming, boating, fishing and more throughout the Park District. Guarded swimming hours and dates are: • Edgewater Beach, Lakefront Reservation, Cleveland 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (May 24 – Aug 10 then weekends through Labor Day) • Hinckley Lake, Hinckley Reservation, Hinckley Township 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (June 7 – Aug. 10) • Huntington Beach, Huntington Reservation, Bay Village 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (June 7 – Aug 10 then weekends through Labor Day ) • Wallace Lake, Mill Stream Run Reservation, Berea 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (paddleboat rental available) (June 7 – Aug. 10) • Ledge Pool & Recreation Area, Hinckley Reservation, Hinckley Township (daily pool admission fee or season pass access) 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (May 24 – Aug. 17) Lifeguards are on-duty during posted hours at all swimming areas.
Golf cart shuttles will provide rides throughout the event for seniors and persons with disabilities. For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call 216-206-1010. Ohio & Erie Canal Fishing Area: Park at CanalWay Center parking lot, located off the E. 49th Street entrance to Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation in Cuyahoga Hts. Follow the paved trail to the canal. Wallace Lake: Follow the signs off Valley Parkway in Mill Stream Run Reservation, south of Bagley Road in Berea.
Ledge Pool, Hinckley Reservation
Join Adventure Club! Adventure Club members (kids 12 and younger) get hands-on experiences year-round in Cleveland Metroparks and the Zoo! Sign up today at clevelandmetroparks.com/adventureclub. Fishing Derby at Wallace Lake, Mill Stream Run Reservation
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A Look Ahead Knee High Naturalists
Farm & Garden Day
Sunday, June 1 • 1 – 5 p.m. South Chagrin Reservation Arboretum, parking at the Shelterhouse Picnic Area
Saturday, June 7 • 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Garfield Park Nature Center • Garfield Park Reservation Join in on some old-fashioned farm fun!
Young children, ages 2 – 6 and their families will have a chance to explore and play in nature at this free special event designed just for them! Stop by and catch a crayfish, fly a kite, hear a story, take a hike, build, imagine and celebrate a love of nature.
Visit with farm animals and have fun with your family at the sack races.
For more information, call Look About Lodge at 440-247-7075.
Brecksville Nature Center’s 75th Anniversary Brecksville Nature Center Brecksville Reservation Join us in celebrating Brecksville Nature Center’s 75th Anniversary with these great events! Friday, June 6 Walk Through Time From a Crash to a Bang
Don’t miss your chance to explore how your food gets from the dirt to your dinner table. For more information call 216-341-3152.
Edgewater Live Thursdays, June 12 – August 14 • 5:30 – 8 p.m. Edgewater Park • Lakefront Reservation Make a new summer tradition by visiting Edgewater Park every Thursday evening for live music, food, beverage and fun. Feed your hunger and your senses with tasty creations from many of the area’s best food trucks and great music from top local bands. Learn about cool outdoor recreation options available in Cleveland Metroparks, and do it all while enjoying the scenic beauty of Lake Erie.
On the Edge Saturday, June 14 • 3 – 9 p.m. Edgewater Park • Lakefront Reservation This new event celebrates the natural beauty of Lakefront Reservation and many creative pursuits perfectly suited for summer. Watch famed sand sculptor Carl Jara create art using sand, water and a few simple tools.
Saturday, June 7 Brecksville Nature Center 75th Anniversary Bus Tour Children’s Songs and Stories of 1939 Happy Birthday Brecksville Nature Center Drop-in Walk Through Time Friday, June 20 • 8 – 11 p.m. “Drive-in” Movie Night Wallace Lake • Mill Stream Run Reservation Bring your classic car and join us for a free movie on the beach. Enjoy food, Sunday, June 8 beverages and an ice cream sundae before the movie starts at 75th Anniversary Sunday Morning Bird Walk 8 p.m. or when it gets dark. Reserved parking is available for classic cars. No registration – for more information, call 440-331-8111.
Cruise – In Movie: The Lorax
Healthy Planet, Healthy People 5K
Saturday, June 7 • 9 a.m. Big Cedar Point Picnic Area Rocky River Reservation This 5K is a trail run/walk incorporating the famous 135 stairs to Fort Hill, creating a special challenge. Don’t plan to match your 5K time on flat runs. Proceeds benefit programming at Rocky River Nature Center. 5K Run/Walk register at hermescleveland.com $20 registration. $25 after 9 a.m. on June 6
Appalachian Lifestyles Adult Day Camp June 23 – June 27 • 9:30 a.m. – noon Redwing Cabin • Hinckley Reservation Join Historical Interpreter Foster Brown for a week long hands-on study about the life and art of the Appalachian culture. Make a berry basket and a drinking gourd, learn how to twine basswood inner bark, make elderberry beads and try your musical skill at playing an Appalachian juice harp. Every day you walk away with a handmade product. $160 includes dulcimer kit and all supplies. For more information, call 440-786-8530. Register online beginning June 2 at clevelandmetroparks.com.
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Preserving and Protecting Cleveland Metroparks! Cleveland Metroparks Emerald Necklace Endowment Fund was established within The Cleveland Foundation to preserve and protect Cleveland Metroparks. During the past 12 years, more than $2.5 million has been contributed to the Fund and subsequently provided Cleveland Metroparks with approximately $450,000 to reinvest in the Park District.
81st Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks Watch the spring migrants return or travel through to their summer breeding grounds during the 81st Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks. Co-sponsored by Cleveland Metroparks, The Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and other local park districts, walks will be held on Sundays through May 18 at 7:30 a.m. at the following locations: Bedford Reservation – Hemlock Creek Picnic Area parking lot, off Button Rd., Bedford 440-734-6660 Big Creek Reservation – Lake Isaac, Big Creek Parkway, Middleburg Heights 440-734-6660 Brecksville Reservation – Parking area at Station Rd. Bridge Trailhead, off Riverview Rd. south of route 82, Brecksville 440-526-1012 Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve – Lakefront Reservation Ranger Headquarters building at Gordon Park (exit Shoreway at MLK Blvd., go north, park entrance on left) 440-734-6660 Hinckley Reservation – Bridge at the south end of Hinckley Lake, off State Rd., Hinckley 440-734-6660 Huntington Reservation – Huntington Beach parking lot, off Lake Rd., Bay Village 440-734-6660 North Chagrin Reservation – North Chagrin Nature Center parking lot, Mayfield Village 440-473-3370 Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation – CanalWay Center parking lot, 4524 E. 49th St., south of Grant Ave, Cuyahoga Hts. 216-206-1000 Rocky River Reservation – Rocky River Nature Center parking lot, 24000 Valley Parkway, ¼ mile north of Cedar Point Road in North Olmsted 440-734-6660
Don’t miss the migration!
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Through the generosity and vision of its donors, the Emerald Necklace Endowment Fund has helped to support a broad range of projects throughout the Park District and will continue to do so in perpetuity. Recent and current projects accomplished with endowment funds include: • Replacement of NatureTracks mobile classroom • Snakes of North Chagrin outdoor exhibit in North Chagrin Reservation • Research on deer and wildlife within Cleveland Metroparks to improve management practices within urban environments • Continued support of transportation funding for buses to facilitate class field trips to nature centers within Cleveland Metroparks • Rehabilitation of trails within Rocky River Reservation Giving to the Emerald Necklace Endowment is easy! Donations may be made through cash contributions, bequests, appreciated securities and other forms of estate planning. Gifts may also be designated for a specific reservation or program within Cleveland Metroparks. To learn more about including Cleveland Metroparks in your estate plan or other types of giving, or if you have already designated Cleveland Metroparks in your estate plan, please contact Karen Kannenberg, manager of gift and donor development at 216-635-3217 or visit clevelandmetroparks.com and select ‘donate.’
Morning with Mom May 11 • Rocky River Nature Center Make mom merry on Mother’s Day by celebrating our 8th Morning with Mom. Treat your mom (or that special woman in your life) to a peaceful escape this year. Enjoy a bagel bar, fruit and beverages while surrounded by family, nature and soothing music. We will offer everyone a 15% discount on Mother’s Day. The special lady-ofthe-day will receive a coupon for 25% off one item at a future visit. We will also take a photo of your family for mom and have it ready to take home as a sweet memory of Mother’s Day 2014. Because seating is limited, reservations are required and will be taken for each half-hour between 10 a.m. and noon. Registration and a $3 fee are required by May 9. Please call 440-734-7576 for more information and to make reservations.
LOCATIONS/HOURS Hinckley Lake Boathouse & Store 1 West Drive Hinckley Township 330-278-2160
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Sunday: Noon – 4:45 p.m.
North Chagrin Nature Center Mayfield Village 440-449-0511
Its A’boat time you come and check out Hinckley Lake Boathouse & Store. We’ve got all your aquatic needs covered: paddleboats, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and rowboats. Looking for something a little more relaxing? Don’t forget we offer bait and fishing supplies as well!
Wednesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Sunday: Noon – 4:45 p.m.
Rocky River Nature Center North Olmsted 440-734-7576 Wednesday – Saturday:
10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Sunday: Noon – 4:45 p.m.
Watershed Stewardship Center Parma 440-253-2170 Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday: Noon – 4 p.m.
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Pro Tip - Make a Plan for a Successful Season! This is the time of the season to make a plan on how you are going to play better golf this year. Start with a list that breaks down your game into areas like: driving, irons, chipping, putting, sand, game management and so on. Rate each area on a scale from 1 – 10 and identify the weakest part of your game. Then break that area down further. Do you have driving as the lowest rated area of your game? Why is your driving bad? – lack of distance, miss too many fairways, slice right, hook left, inconsistent contact. Now make a plan on how you’re going to address those issues. New equipment, more instruction, more practice or playing may be the answer. Figure out a way to measure and track your progress. Stay committed to your plan and reap the benefits as the season goes on.
John Fiander PGA Master Professional Sleepy Hollow Golf Course
Sleepy Hollow Golf Course 18 holes, par 71 and driving range Brecksville Reservation 9445 Brecksville Road, Brecksville 440-526-4285 Manakiki Golf Course 18 holes, par 72 North Chagrin Reservation 35501 Eddy Road, Willoughby Hills 440-942-2500 Big Met Golf Course 18 holes, par 72 Rocky River Reservation 4811 Valley Parkway, Fairview Park 440-331-1070
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Shawnee Hills Golf Course 18 holes, par 71, 9 holes par 3 course and driving range Bedford Reservation 18753 Egbert Road, Bedford 440-232-7184 Seneca Golf Course 18 holes, par 72 18 holes, par 71 Brecksville Reservation 975 Valley Parkway, Broadview Heights 440-526-0043
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Little Met Golf Course 9 holes, par 34 Rocky River Reservation 18599 Old Lorain Road, Cleveland 216-941-9672 Mastick Woods Golf Course 9 holes, par 31 Rocky River Reservation 19900 Puritas Road, Cleveland 216-267-5626 Washington Golf Course 9 holes, par 29 and driving range Washington Reservation 3841 Washington Park Boulevard, Village of Newburgh Heights 216-641-1864
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Junior Clinics Ages 6 – 9 • 9 – 10:15 a.m. Ages 10 – 17 • 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Shawnee Hills • June 10 – 12 • $20 Sleepy Hollow • June 17 – 19 • $20 Manakiki • June 24 – 26 • $20 Visit clevelandmetroparks.com/golf for more information.
Spring Schedule Adult Beginners Hands-on series covers the basics of the full swing, chipping and putting. Basic golf terms, rules and etiquette are covered. Loaner clubs are available. 4– Week Sessions $125 Wed. May 7 Washington Sat. June 7 Washington
6– Week Sessions $170 Tue. May 6 Shawnee Tue. June 17 Mastick Woods
5– Week Sessions $145 Tue. May 6 Mastick Woods Thu. May 15 Mastick Woods Tue. June 17 Mastick Woods Thu. June 26 Mastick Woods
Adult Beginners II These four-week classes reinforce the fundamentals and try to advance a players skill beyond the beginners stage. Fee is $140. Sat. May 3 Tue. May 20
The Golf Swing – The Fundamentals These hands-on clinics cover aspects of a solid, fundamental golf swing, including grip, set-up and swing. Fundamental and basic instruction useful for players of every skill level, gender and age. Fee is $35. Sat. May 17 Thu. June 5
The Short Game – Pitching and Sand Discover the similarities between pitching and green-side bunker shots. Learn the variables of loft and lie that determine what the best sand wedge is for you. Fee is $35. Thu. May 15
The Short Game – Putting and Chipping
Junior “Fun”damental Series Juniors learn the basics, and have fun too. Full swing, putting and chipping will be covered by our best junior instructors in this 4-week class. Ages 12-17. Fee is $85. Sat. June 7 Thu. June 12 Tue. July 8
11 a.m. – noon Manakik 4 – 5 p.m. Shawnee Hills 4 – 5 p.m. Shawnee Hills
Junior Day Camp (Ages 8 – 17) This five-day camp for young golfers will include instruction, etiquette, rules, playing and on-course experiences. All camps are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Fee is $200. Call Washington at 216-641-1864 or Seneca at 440-526-0043 for more information. Monday – Friday • June 9 – 13 Monday – Friday • June 16– 20 Monday – Friday • June 23 – 27 Monday – Friday • July 7 – 11 Monday – Friday • July 14– 18 Monday – Friday • July 21– 25 Monday – Friday • July 28 – August 1 Monday – Friday • August 4 – 8
Ladies Play Golf Activities May 19 & June 30 • Women’s Super Clinic • $25 August 2– 3 • Women’s Cleveland Amateur Championship $75 Sept. 20 • Good Time on Nine • $30
Academy of Golf: Women’s Only Golf Swing Series
June 1– 29 • Sundays • Women’s Only Beginners II • Seneca $175 For additional information visit clevelandmetroparks.com/ ladiesgolf or contact Jamie Taylor, LPGA, at 440-526-0043.
Reviews basics of successful around the green shots and general, fundamental and basic instruction useful for players of every skill level, gender and age. Fee is $35. Thu. May 22 Thu. June 12
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Outdoor Recreation 216-341-1704 firstname.lastname@example.org www.clevelandmetroparks.com/or Recreation Policy To provide recreation that connects people to nature and promotes community health and well-being consistent with the goals of conservation and education. Program Registration Program reservations can be made on Cleveland Metroparks website: clevelandmetroparks.com/or. Waivers and release forms must be completed and signed prior to participation in all programs. Forms can be downloaded from clevelandmetroparks.com/or. Late Registration / Cancellations Registrants after program deadlines will be assessed $5 per person per program. Cleveland Metroparks reserves the right to deny registrations after program deadlines due to limited space, planning, etc. Program fees are not refundable unless Cleveland Metroparks finds it necessary to cancel a program. Registrants will be notified if programs are cancelled. Participants assume risk of all changes in personal health and affairs.
PADDLESPORTS & BOATING All boating programs are funded in part through a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft.
Cuyahoga River Tour Warmer weather means it’s time to stretch out your paddling muscles. Join us on the calm water of the Upper Cuyahoga River to explore 3 miles of beauty and relaxation. We’ll look for beaver and river otters while listening to the sounds of early spring. No previous paddling experience required, but warm weather gear may be needed. Late fee applies after May 2. Ages: 14 years & over with participating adult Activity Level: easy Date/Time: May 10 • 1 – 4 p.m. Upper Cuyahoga River, Eldon Russell Park (16315 Rapids Rd., Burton, OH) Fee: $30 (includes boat & equipment)
Kayak Tour – LaDue Bring your friends and family for a relaxing tour of LaDue Reservoir. National Health and Wellness month starts in June and we’re kicking it off early to begin improving our mind and spirit on this paddling excursion. No previous paddling experience required. Late fee applies after May 21. Ages: 14 years & over with participating adult Activity Level: easy Date/Time: May 28 • 6 – 9 p.m. LaDue Reservoir Fee: $30 (includes boat & equipment)
Stand Up Paddleboarding Water + surfboard + paddle = fun. Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a great way to have fun and get a little daily workout. Lessons will teach you how easy it is to balance and maneuver on a board that looks like a surfboard. Anticipate spending time in the water, so you must be comfortable treading water in a lifejacket. Late fee applies one week before class date. Ages: 10 years & over with participating adult Activity Level: easy Dates/Times: June 19 • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. June 26 • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Hinckley Lake Boathouse, Hinckley Reservation Fee: $30 adult, $15 youth (ages 10 – 15 years)
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Kayaking I: Introduction to Kayaking Enjoy learning to kayak in the comfort of a pool. This entry level course combines classroom and on-the-water practice to introduce you to equipment, basic paddling strokes and more. Be prepared to get wet as you will be practicing a wet exit as part of the class. Late fee applies one week before class. Ages: 14 years & over with participating adult Activity Level: easy Date/Time: May 11 • 9 a.m. – noon Seven Hills Recreation Center (7777 Summitview Dr., Seven Hills 44131) Fee: $45 (includes boat & equipment)
Kayaking II: Flat-water Fundamentals Studies show that being on the water is a great way to relieve stress. Learn basic kayaking skills to have a stress free summer. This entry level course teaches everything outlined in Kayaking I as well as advanced paddling techniques and self rescue skills. Be prepared to spend time in the water as you practice your new skills. Late fee applies after June 13. Ages: 14 years & over with participating adult Activity Level: easy Date/Time: June 21 • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Bring a lunch) Hinckley Lake Boathouse, Hinckley Reservation Fee: $60 (includes boat & equipment)
YOUTH ADVENTURE DAYS Rockin’ Ledges Youth Day Live on the edge exploring natural rock ledges and rock climbing. Catch the bus at Garfield Park and travel to an indoor rock climbing gym before going for a hike to visit natural rock ledges. Please bring a packed lunch. Register online at clevelandmetroparks.com/or. Late fee applies after June 11. Ages: 10 – 15 years Dates/Times: June 18 or 25 • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Garfield Park Nature Center, Garfield Park Reservation Fee: $50 (equipment & transportation included)
SKILLS & ADVENTURE Wilderness First Aid 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, the workshop stresses preparedness for first aid emergencies when help is an hour or more away. Classroom lectures and discussions will be combined with hands-on experiences in the field. The curriculum includes assessment and treatment of specific injuries, long term patient care and more. Mock rescues will be practiced in the field allowing participants to practice skills learned in class. Scout leaders are encouraged to attend as this course meets the Boy Scouts of America requirements for backcountry training. Late fee applies after April 18. Ages: adults Activity Level: moderate Dates/Times: May 3 – 4 • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Garfield Park Nature Center, Garfield Park Reservation Fee: $200 (includes lunch, instruction text & first aid supplies) Program Instructors: Staff from SOLO (Stonehearth Outdoor Learning Opportunities)
Beginner Backpacking Trip If you have ever wanted to go backpacking but were nervous about going to the bathroom in the woods, this is the trip for you. Join us for an overnight trip to experience and learn about backpacking essentials including backcountry hygiene, cooking, safety, and more. Don’t worry; a port-a-john will be available for this introductory field-based class. Late fee applies after May 20. Ages: 14 years & over with participating adult Activity Level: easy Pre-trip meeting: May 27 • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Garfield Park Nature Center, Garfield Park Reservation Trip dates: June 7 • 1 p.m. – June 8 • noon Hinckley Reservation Fee: $65 (equipment available)
Buckeye Trail Section Hike Have you ever been hiking in Cleveland Metroparks and seen a 2” x 6” light blue blaze on the trees? If so you were on the Buckeye Trail, a 1,444 mile trail circumnavigating Ohio. Explore sections of the Buckeye Trail every first Tuesday of the month April – September with a fast paced hike covering 3 – 5 miles. Each hike will end with a demonstration of a backpacking skill. The series will officially conclude with a backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail in October. Join us for one or the entire series. Bring water and dress in layers. Registration is strongly suggested. Ages: 14 years & over with participating adult Activity Level: moderate May 6 • 6 – 8:30 p.m. Ottawa Point Reserved Picnic Area, Brecksville Reservation Backpacking Skill: Packing a Backpack (4 – 5 mile hike) June 3 • 6 – 8:30 p.m. Hermit’s Hollow Picnic Area, Bedford Reservation Backpacking Skill: Water Treatment (4 – 5 mile hike) July 1 • 6 – 8:30 p.m. Egbert Picnic Area, Bedford Reservation Backpacking Skill: Preparing Camp/Pitching a Tent (3 – 4 mile hike) Fee: Free
Family Campout at Squire’s Castle Reserve your spot for this special family campout at Squire’s Castle. Try disc golf or slacklining, or just relax around the bonfire. Don’t forget your flashlights to take part in a night hike around the castle. Be sure to bring dinner or cook at the pavilion; breakfast is provided Saturday morning. Bring your own tent or rent one from us. No dogs allowed. Late fee applies after June 19. Ages: all Dates/Times: June 27 • 6 p.m. – June 28 • 11 a.m. Squire’s Castle, North Chagrin Reservation Fees: Individual: $10 Family of 2: $20 Family of 3 – 6: $30 Tent rentals (while supplies last) available by calling 216-341-1704. Rental Prices: 2 person tent: $10 3 – 4 person tent: $15 5 – 8 person tent: $20
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Presque Isle Kayaking Explore the diverse ecosystem of Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pennsylvania. Your heart will be pumping as we start paddling in the calm lagoon and progress to the large bays where wind may be a factor. Prior paddling experience is preferred. Late fee applies after July 1. Ages: adults Activity Level: moderate Pre-Trip: July 8 • 6 – 8:30 p.m. Hinckley Lake Boathouse, Hinckley Reservation Trip: July 19 • 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Meet at Garfield Park Nature Center, Garfield Park Reservation Fee: $85 (includes paddling gear, lunch & transportation)
SPECIAL EVENTS Bike Authority/Trek Summer Solstice Demo Day Thinking about buying a new bike this summer? Bike Authority and Trek Bicycles will provide the latest models of mountain and road bikes to demo (rides limited to 30 minutes). Bike experts will be on-hand to answer your questions. Mountain bike trail will be closed if rain, but bikes can be sampled on the paved trail. For more information, call Bike Authority at 440-546-9966. Ages: 16 years & over with participating adult Activity Level: moderate Date/Time: June 21 • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Egbert Picnic Area, Bedford Reservation Fee: Free, no registration required
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2014 RACES/TOURS Ride the Emerald Rim Celebrate National Bike to Work Week immersed in nature as you pedal through the Emerald Necklace on a cycling adventure. Starting from the Chalet, choose a 20, 30 or 50 mile ride to discover the beauty of Cleveland Metroparks from Brecksville to Big Creek Reservation. After burning all those calories, enjoy the camaraderie of fellow cyclists as you enjoy a healthy lunch, slacklining, and disc golf. Participants will share the roadway and sections of all purpose trails. Routes vary in difficulty and can be found online along with registration at clevelandmetroparks. com/or. Helmets required. Ages: 14 years & over with participating adult Activity Level: moderate Date/Time: May 17 • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Chalet, Mill Stream Run Reservation Registration by May 2: $20 adults, $15 children (ages 14 – 17 years) (includes lunch and t-shirt while supplies last) After May 2: $25 adults, $20 children
Mountain Bike Time Trials Challenge yourself with this off-road time trial. Complete one lap on marked single track at Royalview Trail. Categories will be broken into men, women, beginners, and advanced. Beginner course is about 4.5 miles and advanced course is about 6 miles. Choose to register for one or all three to see if you can improve your time. Awards will be based on the top 2 times overall. (You must compete in at least 2 time trials to qualify for awards). This event is weather permitting. Helmets required. The park will close at noon the day of the trials.
Royalview Rumble Grab a teammate for some off-road fun as Cleveland Metroparks partners with Spin and Second Sole for the Royalview Rumble. Teams of two will compete in a series of trail runs and mountain bike time trials. Night 1: team mountain bike time trial. Night 2: Team running. Night 3: Team bike and run. Team members will compete simultaneously on different trail loops; one short loop, one long loop. Their combined times will determine the night’s and series’ winners. Categories include: female/female, male/male and female/male. Register for one or all three nnights. This event is weather permitting. The park will close at noon each day of the series. Helmets required. Registration ends July 1. Ages: adults Activity Level: moderate/advanced Dates/Times: July 10, 17, 24 (31 rain date) • 5:45 – 9 p.m. Day of registration 5:45 – 6 p.m. Teams start 6:15 p.m. Royalview Shelter, Mill Stream Run Reservation Registration by June 12: $40/team/night After June 12: $50/team/night
Races Ledges to Lake Adventure Race Saturday, September 20 • Hinckley Reservation 5K and Family Fun Run Saturday, October 25, Edgewater Park 5K and Family Fun Run Saturday, November 1, North Chagrin Nature Center
Ages: adults Activity Level: moderate/advanced Dates/Times: June 10 • 6 – 9 p.m. June 17 • 6 – 9 p.m. June 24 • 6 – 9 p.m. Day of registration 6 – 6:15 p.m. Time trials start at 6:30 p.m. Royalview Shelter, Mill Stream Run Reservation Registration by June 3: $20 per date After June 3: $30 per date
Circle of Wildlife Carousel Opens This Month at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo The wait to experience the new Circle of Wildlife Carousel and Nature Discovery Ridge at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is almost over! A graceful cheetah, a playful baby gorilla and an elegant trumpeter swan will be just a few of the beautiful, hand-carved animals visitors can choose to ride when the carousel is scheduled to open May 30. Sixty-four animals in all have been carved by Mansfield, Ohio-based Carousel Works and installed in a new pavilion in the former Savanna Ridge area at the Zoo. The figures will be grouped together on the carousel according to their natural environment, including African grassland, tropical forest and tundra. The carousel company also created eight custom animals that don’t appear on any other carousel it has built, including an Anatolian shepherd, lynx, tetra, ocelot, lemur, loris, emperor penguin and fossa. The pavilion housing the carousel will feature 12 of the bird tiles that acclaimed artist and designer Viktor Schreckengost originally created for the Zoo’s Birds of the World Building, which stood in the general area of the Zoo where the carousel is now from 1950 until 2004. The Nature Discovery Ridge will engage children’s imaginations and inspire active, creative play through the use of wild habitats and natural elements like rocks, water and trees. Kids will be able to explore, climb, and best of all, have fun reconnecting with nature and letting their imaginations run wild. An observation deck for parents and caregivers will overlook the play area. New restroom facilities, a food concessions area and two new picnic shelters were constructed along with the carousel and play zone to enhance visitors’ experiences. Future plans for this area of the Zoo include building a rentable events center adjacent to the carousel for birthday parties, corporate team-building events, meetings or weddings. For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo or call 216-661-6500.
Mother’s Day at the Zoo
Professor Wylde’s Live Animal Show
Sunday, May 11
New season begins May 24
Moms don’t need fancy gifts for Mother’s Day, they just want the chance to make memories with their families! So bring the moms in your life to the Zoo for FREE admission on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11 and visit with some of our animal kingdom moms like Eastern black rhinos Inge and Kibibbi, orangutan Kayla or giant anteater Pica.
The Savanna Theater is the place to be when the Zoo kicks off the newest season of Professor Wylde’s Live Animal Show.
Mother’s Day at the Zoo is sponsored by UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.
Professor Wylde’s show blends humor, fast-paced facts and an all-star animal cast to engage audiences of all ages. The show is performed three times daily through September 1 and is free with regular Zoo admission.
all photos courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
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Wild Ride at the Zoo Friday, May 9 and Friday, July 25 • 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Wild Ride at the Zoo, the bicycle safari, is back in 2014 with two more opportunities for cyclists of all ages to experience cruising through the Zoo on their bike. Wild Ride happens after the park closes to regular visitors so cyclists have the paths to themselves. Ride maps point out bike routes around the Zoo for beginning, intermediate and experienced riders. Guests will see the Zoo under their own pedal power as they roll past many of the outdoor animals on exhibit and have chances to meet the animal keepers. Tickets are $12 per person, with a $2 discount for Cleveland Zoological Society members. A signed release form is required for each rider, and a helmet is strongly recommended. Advance sale tickets are available online at clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo along with printable release forms. Riders under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign and deliver the waiver to be admitted. Wild Ride at the Zoo is a rain or shine event. Wild Ride at the Zoo is supported by UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.
Education Programs at the Zoo Day Camps – Program times vary Registration is now open for Summer Day Camp at the Zoo. Summer Day Camp is offered for children ages 5 – 14, with a special new half-day Nature Play Camp for kids ages 3 – 4. Multiple summer sessions are offered from June 9 through August 15.
Overnights at the Zoo – All programs run 7 p.m. – 10 a.m. the following morning Would you like to sleep over at the Zoo, hike the park at night, get close to the animals and take a behind-the-scenes tour? Then round up your pack, troop, horde, pride, colony or herd and plan an event they’ll never forget! Sleep out in the Wolf Wilderness cabin during Night Tracks and experience what it would be like to be a scientist for a night, or discover life Down Under in the Zoo’s Australian Adventure during Outback after Dark. African Savanna adventures at Rising Waters Camp run Thursdays through Sundays beginning May 30.
Career Day – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. High school students are invited to explore the professional fields of animal care, veterinary medicine, education and more during Career Day on May 1 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Students will meet with Zoo staff, see behind-the-scenes, get up-close to small animals and get a glimpse of the real work involved with an exciting zoo career.
Family Discoveries – All programs run 9 – 10:30 a.m. Bring the entire family for a special Zoo experience featuring hands-on activities and guided tours (topics vary by date). This month, discover the Wonderful World of Wolves on May 4 and learn about Exotic Veterinary Care on May 18.
Homeschool programs – Program times vary These fun and interactive programs complement science curriculums for homeschooled students. Kindergarten through third grade students meet from 10 – 11:30 a.m., and students in fourth through eighth grade meet from noon – 1:30 p.m. This month, the program examines Animal Adaptations on May 13.
Preschool Safari – All programs run 10 – 11:30 a.m. Designed for families with children younger than 5, these fun-filled programs engage preschoolers with special hands-on activities and a Get Close animal encounter geared just for them. (Topics vary by date.) Topics in May include African Animals on May 6 and 7, Australian Adventure on May 13 and 14, What’s for Dinner on May 20 and 21 and Animal Care on May 28 and 29.
To register, call 216-635-3391 or visit clemetzoo.com/learn.asp. For the most up-to-date Zoo information: clemetzoo.com / 216-661-6500. 19
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center There’s no denying spring has arrived at Huntington Reservation and we’re ready to celebrate it at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center!
Lake Erie Family Fest! Girl Scouts: Love Exploring Lake Erie Day! Sunday, June 1 • noon – 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 10
Bring the family out for a day of fun! This wildly popular annual event is back and better than ever in 2014. We’ll have live animal encounters, crafts, snacks, refreshments and more for every age group. And don’t miss The Great Duck Race! Sponsor a rubber duck to race down Porter Creek and you may win an amazing prize package from the Center. For families with children of all ages.
This program offers activities for girls in grades K – 12 and is a fantastic way for multi-level troops to explore and discover the flora and fauna around the lake. Participants will enjoy hands-on activities that demonstrate how animals and people interact with the lake. Learn about the growing movement of water stewardship and sustainability. Participate in water quality testing to gauge if a body of water is viable for people or fish. Help in a mini-service project with Adopt-a-Beach. And more! Hikes run every hour from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (please select hike time when registering). Troops may complete all other activities before or after their hikes during the Center’s regular hours (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Please allow approximately 2 hours for completion of all activities. Events take place rain or shine. Program patch included. For Girl Scouts of all ages and levels.
Fee: Tickets are $5 per person and include all activities (exceptions include duck sponsorship, snacks and refreshments (Duck sponsorship is $5/duck or 5/$20)
Family Fishing Day
Sunday, May 11 • 9 a.m. – noon Here’s your chance to introduce the family to fishing! Learn about the basics at the Center: equipment, how to cast, where to fish and what kind of fish you’ll catch. Then head to Lake Erie to throw your line in the water. All equipment will be provided. This class will be taught by an Ohio Sea Grant Extension Educator. Adults and teens (ages 16+) who wish to fish must possess a valid fishing license. One adult must accompany every 2 children registered for this program. For children ages 5+. Fee: $7/person or $35/family of 5+
Walter R. Schuele Planetarium Family Programs Transformation is in the stars! We are hard at work upgrading the technology, renovating the room and improving the learning experience in our Planetarium! During the month of May, our astronomy-related experiences and programs will take place in our StarLab and/or throughout the Center. Please save the date of Saturday, June 14th to join us for our Grand Reopening and Cosmic Celebration! We’ll open the planetarium’s doors with a day full of fun and free activities including shows, cosmic crafts and astronomical activities for all ages to celebrate our new and expanded programming!
SkyQuest: Scale of the Universe
Grab your passport, blast off and travel through space to explore a new destination in our solar system. Learn about a different picture in the stars each week and take home a coloring page. Complete your passport and receive a special treat! This program will be available in our StarLab or Exhibit Hall until renovation is complete. For ages 3 – 7. Children should be able to sit for 20-30 minutes.
How big is big? Join us as we take a look at the scale of the Universe. We’ll start with the smallest things we know about and move to the most distant objects in the Universe. How do astronomers measure these vast distances? You’ll find out.
This longer program is for those who want to delve more deeply into astronomy and space topics with our expert staff. This 45-minute program is followed by a look at what’s up in the current night sky. This program will be available in our Grand River Room until renovation is complete. Recommended for pre-teens through adults.
Wednesdays and Thursdays • 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays • 12:30 p.m.
Saturdays, May 3* and 17* • 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 8 and 22 • 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays • 1:30, 2 and 2:30 p.m. Find out what’s up in tonight’s sky and have fun under the stars with the whole family! Locate the Moon, find the planets, identify constellations and learn how they got their names and more. This program will be available in our StarLab or Exhibit Hall until renovation is complete. For families with children of all ages. Children should be able to sit for approximately 20 minutes. Fee: $3/person
Fee: $4/person. *Free outdoor telescope viewing follows the Saturday evening show, weather permitting.
Please note: Doors close promptly at start time. Tickets for all star shows are available at the front desk 30 minutes before the program begins on a first-come, first-served basis. All shows include an overview of the current night sky and any news from the space agencies. For safety reasons, late admittance to planetarium programs is not permitted.
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center
Wildlife Rehabilitation • Nature & Science Education • Planetarium 28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village, OH 44140 • 440-871-2900 • www.lensc.org Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is an independent nonprofit affiliate of Cleveland Metroparks and receives public support with local tax dollars from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, to preserve and enrich our region’s cultural heritage. 20 Emerald Necklace, May 2014
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10 • Treadway Creek Trail Wildflower Hike 13 • American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Course 22 • Urban Explorations: Group Plan Buildings and Cleveland Public Library
(AR) Acacia Reservation
2 • 3 • Emerald Necklace Hikers 9 • Hiking for Your Health 18 • Dog Hike
(BeR) Bedford Reservation
3 • Wildflowers and Wellness Walk 24 • Bedford: Butterfly Hike
(BCR) Big Creek Reservation
4 • 11 • 18 • Spring Bird Walks 25 • Morning Run on the Lake to Lake Trail
(BrR) Brecksville Reservation
4 • 11 • 18 • Spring Bird Walks 13 • Hiking for the Young at Heart
(BNC) Brecksville Nature Center
(HiR) Hinckley Reservation
1 • 8 • 15 • Wildflower Walk 4 • 11 • 18 • Spring Bird Walks 12 • 19 • American Red Cross Pool/Waterfront Lifeguard Course 13 • Full Moon Paddle in a BIG Canoe 24 • Birding by Pontoon Boat
(HuR) Huntington Reservation
4 • 11 • 18 • Spring Bird Walks 6 • Bird or Bust: Warblers and More (LENSC) Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Located at 28728 Wolf Road in Bay Village 440-871-2900 www.lensc.org 13 • Webelos Cub Scouts: Forester Activity Badge
(LR) Lakefront Reservation 3 • 4 • 18 • 31 •
Wildwood Wander 11 • 18 • Spring Bird Walks Bird or Bust: Warblers and More Shorebird Drop-in Table
Open daily 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Rt. 82 entrance, Brecksville 440-526-1012 3 • Extreme Hiking 11 • Get Out… 18 • Gorge-ous 27 • Take a Closer Look 28 • 29 • Animal Crackers
(LAL) Look About Lodge
(BR) Brookside Reservation
(MSRR) Mill Stream Run Reservation
10 • Flowers and ‘Flies
(CWC) CanalWay Center
Open Mon. – Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday Noon – 5 p.m. Off E. 49th St., Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, Cuyahoga Hts. 216-206-1000 1 – 31 • Hunt of the Month 1 – 31 • Reflections of Cleveland Art Display 4 • Sunday Funday 8 • Bike the Canal 10 • Acoustic Players Circle 10 • Treasure Hunt Adventure – GPS for Beginners of All Ages 11 • Sunday 2-Hour Cart Tour 15 • Stroller School: Flowers 16 • Dinner & A Chat: Mushrooms 17 • Make and Take: Fish Craft and Movie 18 • Towpath Dog Walk 18 • Growing Perennial Vegetables 21 • Preschoolers: Seeds 22 • Youth Outdoors Volunteer Orientation 24 • Mystery Cart Tour 25 • Military Memorabilia 28 • Evening Cart Tour 30 • Family Sunset Hike Cleveland Astronomical Society 1 • Planetary Moons – Multiple Origins and Outcomes
(ECR) Euclid Creek Reservation 17 • 23 • 24 • 25 •
Euclid Creek Watershed Day Outdoor Education for Homeschoolers Exploring Wildwood Park and the Lakefront Sunday Bird Walk
(GPNC) Garfield Park Nature Center
Open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Broadway Ave. or Turney Rd. entrance, Garfield Heights 216-341-3152 1 • Dancing Under the Stars: Latin Dance 101 2 • May Migrators 8 • Dancing Under the Stars: Polka 10 • Warbler Walk 11 • Flowers for Mom 17 • How to Grow it: Squash & Melons 23 • Wiggling Worms! 29 • Dancing Under the Stars: Outdoor Planetarium 31 • The Art of Gardening - Butterfly Gardens
(GPR) Garfield Park Reservation
Open for scheduled programs, 37374 Miles Rd. Bentleyville 440-247-7075 South Chagrin Reservation 10 • Nature Writing: Wonders of the Underground Cleveland Natural Science Club 3 • Cleveland Metroparks 13 • Spring Bicycle Ride 17 • American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding Skills Module 18 • Fishing Derby 25 • Pond Dipping
(NCR) North Chagrin Reservation
17 • Wildflowers of Scenic Loop 21 • Trail Trackers: Animal Babies 23 • Family Friday Night – Campfire Supper
(NCNC) North Chagrin Nature Center
Open daily 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mayfield Village 440-473-3370 1 • Nature in May Print Show 2 • Family Friday Night: Early Evening Sights and Sounds 4 • North Chagrin Nature Center 30th Anniversary 4 • 11 • 18 • Spring Bird Walks 4 • Print Show Reception 9 • Family Friday Night: Baby Frogs & Toads 11 • Honoring Many Mothers 11 • A Tussie-Mussie for Mom 16 • Friday Movie Night 27 • Stroller Science 31 • Your Piece of the Planet – East: Celebrating Native Plants and Plant Sale Cleveland Metroparks Photography Club – East 5 • Maine’s Inextinguishable Lights 19 • Show us Your Springtime Shorts
(OECR) Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation 3 • 4 • 17 • 31 •
Family Fishing 11 • 18 • Spring Bird Walks Fishing Derby MAPS Bird Banding
Group Programming For information on group programs, call any Cleveland Metroparks nature or visitor center.
Outdoor Adventures Outdoor Recreation is year-round. For details about trips, skill classes or other recreational activities, visit clevelandmetroparks.com/or.
(RRR) Rocky River Reservation
3 • 10 • 17 • 24 • 31 • Frostville Farmers’ Market 4 • Breakfast in the Park 4 • 11 • 18 • Spring Bird Walks 11 • Wildflower Walk 25 • Campfire 26 • Life at the Lagoon Olmsted Historical Society 18 • Military Timeline
(RRNC) Rocky River Nature Center
Open daily 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 24000 Valley Parkway, North Olmsted 440-734-6660 1 – 29 • Gallery Wall: Natural Scenes 4 • Monthly Morning with the Birds 4 • Natural Crafts: Random Weave Basket 5 • Little Explorers: Pond Adventure 6 • Trout Unlimited – Water Bugs 8 • Homeschool Happenings: Birds 8 • Inviting the Planet to Dinner: Garlic Mustard Pull and Pesto 10 • Your Piece of the Planet – West: Backyard Chickens 10 • Second Saturday Storytelling 11 • River Poets 11 • River Readers: Cooked 15 • The Secret Lives of Good Garden Bugs and Buckeye Lady Beetle Blitz Volunteer Round Up 17 • Your Piece of the Planet – West: Biking on Roadways 17 • Wilderness Skills: Fire Making 18 • Wildflower Walk 18 • School of the Wilds: American Beaver 20 • Discovering Nature: Birds 24 • Cinema Saturday Night: Climbing Redwood Giants 25 • Your Piece of the Planet – West: Attracting Birds to Your Backyard 26 • Wild Things 29 • Wetland Wanderings Southwest Camera Club 5 • Wild West: A Cirlce of National Parks 19 • People’s Choice Competition Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society 6 • Migration All Around Us Cuyahoga Astronomical Association 12 • Sidereal Time Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association 14 • Honeybee Nutrition
(SCR) South Chagrin Reservation 1 • 3 • 3 • 3 • 17 • 17 • 18 • 18 •
8 • Spring Hike Emerald Necklace Art Club: Monthly Meeting Nuthatch Avoiders Pastel Workshop with Artist Susan Porges Kids’ Hike with Humor: Day-glo and Cool Shades Nature Journaling Nature Play Today! One Trail Twelve Times
(WR) Washington Reservation
25 • “Remember the Maine” Walk
(WSC) Watershed Stewardship Center
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Garlic Mustard Grab Tea of the Month Water, Water Everywhere Not a Drop to Drink Super Species –Rainbow Darters Lessons From a Stream Boy Scout Merit Badge: Plant Science Pt. 1 Boy Scout Merit Badge: Plant Science Pt. 2 Invasive Edibles
(WCR) West Creek Reservation 4 • 10 • 15 • 16 • 24 •
Sunday Run Meditation and Ecology Basking Butterflies – Flighty Fun Uncommon Histories of Common Names Monthly Bird Survey
18 • Breakfast at Garfield Park Reservation
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1 • Thursday Spring Hike
Signs of spring are everywhere: upon the ground and in the air. Migrant birds return to the skies, and ephemeral blossoms emerge for our eyes. Join a naturalist for a morning hike filled with vernal wonder, and bring your binoculars if you have them. 8:30 – 10 a.m. SCR Jackson Field parking lot Terrain: flat, muddy, 1.5 miles Hunt of the Month: Flowers
April showers bring May flowers so spend this month looking for different spring flowers. Visit CanalWay Center and look for 20 hidden paper flowers then go outside to spot some live flowers. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun CWC Reflections of Cleveland Art Display
See color images of everyday places through the uncommon eye and camera of fine art photographer Charles Bauck. Good pictures don’t just show us something, they should also ask questions and help us see the extraordinary and unusual all around us. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Noon – 5 p.m. Sun CWC Nature in May Print Show
During the month of May, Cleveland Metroparks Photography Club - East presents the third annual spring print show of their best work. Nature is inspiring, so catch their unique and inspirational views of the natural world, whether far from home or right in their own backyard. 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. NCNC Gallery Wall Cleveland Photographic Society: Natural Scenes
Enjoy an exhibit showcasing beautiful natural scenes by the expert photographers of Cleveland Photographic Society. Through May 29. 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. RRNC
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Our spring ephemerals come and go very quickly so be sure to come out and enjoy a weekly walk to witness these beauties, they may not be here next week. A naturalist will lead the way and identify this week’s “best in bloom.” Bring your favorite wildflower identification guide to help you along the trail. 3 – 4:30 p.m. HiR Johnson’s Picnic Area parking lot Terrain: possible hill, 1 – 2 miles 440-526-1012 Cleveland Astronomical Society Planetary Moons – Multiple Origins and Outcomes
Dr. Chuck Woods, Senior Scientist, Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, will speak about the many moons orbiting asteroids and planets. Where did they come from? Are they interesting? And what good are they? 6:30 – 7 p.m. Meeting CWC 7 – 8:30 p.m. Speaker CWC
Dancing Under the Stars: Latin Dance 101!
Join the party as we explore the rhythm of the night! This unique three night series will get your heart beating as we explore the night sky. Enjoy free dance instruction and then dance to Latin rhythms. 6:30 – 8 p.m. GPNC
2 • Friday May Migrators
Join Naturalist Beth Whiteley as we look for migratory birds on their way to their breeding grounds. Garfield Park Reservation’s urban green space is a great place to spot these birds as they power up for their trip across Lake Erie. Bring binoculars! 10 – 11:30 a.m. GPNC 216-341-3152
Emerald Necklace Hikers
Don’t feel comfortable navigating the trails on your own? Join us for this monthly hike to explore trails throughout the Emerald Necklace, get some exercise and enjoy each other’s company. This slow to moderate-paced hike will take us through one of our newest gems, Acacia Reservation. 10 a.m. – noon AR Cedar Road parking lot Ages: adults Terrain: paved, 2 – 2.5 miles 440-526-1012 Family Friday Night: Early Evening Sights and Sounds
Early evening has a special feel as the animals, especially the birds settle in for the night. Come out tonight and find out who has the last word in the forests of North Chagrin Reservation. Adventure Club members, bring your passport. 7 – 8:30 p.m. NCNC Terrain: inclines, dirt path, 2.5 miles
3 • Saturday Wildwood Wander
Join Naturalist Wendy Weirich for a hike to see what birds might be resting at Wildwood Park during their long migration to Canada. 9 – 10:30 a.m. LR Terrain: 1.5 miles, mostly flat Meet at parking lot entrance on right Frostville Farmers’ Market
You’ll find seasonal fruits and vegetables from farms within a 75-mile radius. While waiting for the summer crops, enjoy fresh eggs, local grass raised beef, free range chickens, fresh bakery, organic cheese, preserves, and so much more. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. RRR Frostville Museum Emerald Necklace Art Club: Monthly Meeting
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 spring. Not a member? Sign up at clevelandmetroparks. com/enartclub. 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. SCR Ages: adults
1 – 2:30 p.m. BeR Meet at Lost Meadows Reserved Picnic Area parking lot Terrain: hilly, muddy, 2.5 miles 216-341-3152 Family Fishing
It is Ohio’s Free Fishing Weekend! Join a naturalist along the canal for some informative fishing experiences. We will discuss the ins and outs of our friends the fish. Fishing equipment and bait will be supplied. 1 – 4 p.m. OECR Fee: $3 Registration required 216-206-1000 or clevelandmetroparks.com Extreme Hiking
Where will the trail lead us today? If trail conditions are good, we will explore some lesser traveled trails of Brecksville Reservation. Plan for muddy conditions and possible creek crossings. 1 – 4:30 p.m. BNC Terrain: hills, 7 – 9 miles
Calling all bird lovers! Let’s go out and see who’s arrived in our fair Cleveland Metroparks! No experience necessary and all levels of experience are welcome. Binoculars are recommended and some will be available for loan. 1:30 – 3 p.m. SCR Jackson Field Terrain: easy pace, 1.5 miles 440-473-3370 Pastel Workshop with Artist Susan Porges
Join professional artist Susan Porges as she guides us through a plein air pastel painting. She will share tips and tricks of the medium and demonstrate the process of completing a painting in pastels. Bring your pastel supplies. Look About Lodge will be our rain location. 2 – 4 p.m. SCR Sulphur Springs Picnic Area Ages: adults
Fee: $20, ENAC $17 Registration required by April 28 clevelandmetroparks.com Cleveland Natural Science Club Cleveland Metroparks
Founded in 1917, Cleveland Metroparks has had an intriguing history. Wendy Weirich, Director of Outdoor Experiences for Cleveland Metroparks, will describe how Cleveland Metroparks has developed and changed the ways in which it interfaces with the public and provides nature interpretation to Greater Clevelanders. The public is welcome at the meeting. 7:30 p.m. LAL 440-331-8517 Emerald Necklace Hikers Moderate to fast paced. 10 – 11:30 a.m. (see 5/2 for details)
Whipp’s Ledges in Hinckley Reservation
Garlic Mustard Grab
Get out and grab some garlic mustard by the roots. This invasive weed causes ecological damage in our forests, but is easy to remove with your help. Come for an hour or two, in the morning or afternoon. 10 a.m. – noon or 2 – 4 p.m. WSC Terrain: on- and off-trail, 1 mile Registration encouraged 440-887-1968 or clevelandmetroparks.com Tea of the Month
Learn how to make your own tea using common local plants. Naturalist Mark Warman will walk you through the process from foraging to tea cup, and share a spot of tea with you too! Optional hike afterward. 1 – 2 p.m. WSC Terrain: level, 1 mile Wildflowers and Wellness Walk
Get out and enjoy the fine spring weather on the rugged and hilly trails of Bedford Reservation. We’ll alternate between a fast and slow pace as we cover ground in search of wildflowers. 23
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Natural Crafts: Random Weave Basket
Breakfast in the Park
Bring along your appetite and food contribution so our volunteer chefs can prepare a delicious breakfast. While it’s cooking, we will enjoy the magnificent spring flowers that carpet the trails around Willow Bend Shelter. 9 – 11 a.m. RRR Willow Bend Picnic Shelter Terrain: level but muddy in spots, 1.25 miles Register beginning April 23 440-734-6660 Monthly Morning with the Birds
Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a morning of seeking migrant warblers, thrushes, vireos, and other neotropical passerines. Spring migration is in full swing. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. RRNC Terrain: mostly flat, 1 mile
Use natural vines to create a uniquely woven basket. Basket maker Carol Barnes will instruct. 1 – 4 p.m. RRNC Ages: adults Fee: $15 Register beginning April 28 440-734-6660 Sunday Funday
We have set-up a spring trail of unnatural items at CanalWay Center. Visit the center for a list of what to look for while you are out walking the trail. Items will be camouflaged to blend in with nature. 2 – 4 p.m. CWC Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks (see page 10 for details)
5 • Monday
Join Naturalist Mark Warman on a brisk morning run in West Creek Reservation. Refill your water bottle at the Watershed Stewardship Center filling station afterwards. 11 a.m. – noon WCR Monarch Bluff Picnic Area Terrain: moderate, 3 miles
Little Explorers Pond Adventure
Many animals live in and around our ponds. Join us and learn about the frogs, fish, ducks and geese that call West Channel Pond home. 10 – 11:15 a.m. or 1 – 2:15 p.m. RRNC
Ages: 3 – 5 years with adult Terrain: some steps, 0.5 mile Register beginning April 24 440-734-6660 or clevelandmetroparks.com Southwest Camera Club Wild West: A Circle of National Parks
Presentation by club member George Diaconu. 7:30 – 9 p.m. RRNC Cleveland Metroparks Photography Club – East Maine’s Inextinguishable Lights
Travel with Karen Beck to some of Maine’s many lighthouses and see the wicked and wonderful coastlines they guard. 8 – 10 p.m. NCNC
6 • Tuesday Bird or Bust: Warblers and More
Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for a morning of seeking migrant warblers, thrushes, kinglets, vireos, tanagers, orioles and much more. Spring migration is in full swing. 9 – 11 a.m. HuR Meet in the parking lot on the north side of Lake Road 440-734-6660
Trout Unlimited Water Bugs
Join us for an introduction to the main aquatic organisms that comprise the diet of river dwelling trout. The presentation will include a video showing a variety of species as well as river sampling techniques. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. RRNC Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society Migration All Around Us
For some five billion birds, an annual trip to Central and South America from North America is an absolute requirement. Why do birds undertake this costly annual trip? Dr. Andy Jones, Ornithologist at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will answer such questions. 7:30 p.m. RRNC
8 • Thursday Homeschool Happenings: Birds
Birds are singing all around us this time of year. Learn more about these musical, beautiful creatures with Naturalists Kathy Schmidt and Bev Walborn. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. RRNC Ages: grades K – 6 Terrain: some stairs, 1.5 miles Register beginning May 1 440-734-6660
North Chagrin Nature Center 30th Anniversary May 4 North Chagrin Nature Center North Chagrin Reservation • Mayfield Village Join the naturalist staff for a day of celebration as North Chagrin Nature Center turns 30! In 1984, outdoor education moved from Cleveland Metroparks first nature center, Trailside Museum, to Sanctuary Marsh Nature Center near the “duck pond.” Enjoy photos, hikes and stories throughout the day. All activities meet at the nature center. For more infomation, call 440-473-3370. 10 – 11:30 a.m. & 2 – 3:30 p.m. A Walk to Where It Began (easy, some stairs, 1.5 miles) 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Build a Marsh, They Will Come (paved, 0.5 mile) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Your Parks, Your Stories (drop in and share your stories with Foster Brown) 2 – 4 p.m. Cleveland Metroparks Photography Club - East Photo Show and Reception (social hour of photographic talk and technique) 3:30 – 4 p.m. Celebration Snack! Baltimore oriole
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photo by David Simmerer
Great blue heron in Rocky River Reservation
Bike the Canal
Bring your bike for an evening tour of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath. We will meet outside the center and head north. Along the way we will discuss the history and nature we see. Join us for this free bicycle adventure. 6 – 8:30 p.m. CWC Terrain: all purpose trail, 2 hills, 6 miles Register beginning May 1 216-206-1000 or clevelandmetroparks.com Dancing Under the Stars: Polka!
Polka in the Park! Come and share your love of this traditional dance and learn more about the art of star gazing. A free dance lesson will be provided before we put our moves into practice. 6:30 – 8 p.m. GPNC Inviting the Planet to Dinner: Garlic Mustard Pull and Pesto Sustainable food systems operate hand-in-hand with healthy local ecosystems. Learn about the exciting concepts of restoration agriculture, then head out into the forest to collect some garlic mustard for our recipe. Take home your own jar of freshly-
made pesto. 6:30 – 8 p.m. RRNC Fee: $15 Register beginning April 25 440-734-6660 or clevelandmetroparks.com Wildflower Walk (see 5/1 for details) Spring Hike (see 5/1 for details)
9 • Friday Water, Water Everywhere Not a Drop to Drink
Learn about the history of watershed contamination in the Great Lakes region, and the efforts made to reverse the trend leading to cleaner waterways. 1 – 2 p.m. WSC Family Friday Night: Baby Frogs & Toads
When I grow up, I want to be a frog! That’s what you would hear if you could speak amphibian tonight. Join a naturalist for some fun family frog exploring. Wear muddable clothes. Adventure Club members, bring your passport. 6:30 – 8 p.m. NCNC Terrain: wet, easy
Hiking for Your Health
You’ll have a full view of any wildlife we may encounter on this reclaimed golf course. As it returns to a natural state, more animals will take advantage of this green area to find food and raise families. 7 – 8:30 p.m. AR Cedar Road parking lot Terrain: paved, hills, 1.5 miles 440-473-3370
10 • Saturday Warbler Walk
You’ve waited all year - now they’re back! Garfield Park Reservation harbors a surprising number of these springtime gems. This slow-paced hike will traverse hills and creek valleys in search of migrants. Binoculars recommended. 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. GPNC Terrain: uneven, hills, 1.5 miles Nature Writing: Wonders of the Underground
We anticipate the arrival of flowers each spring, but what happens underground that makes their beauty possible? Join us as we consider the roots, rhizomes or bulbs that enable the emer-
gence of spring ephemerals. Writers Jenny Clark and Linda Tuthill will lead us through writing prompts. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. LAL Ages: 16 years – adult Fee: $25 Terrain: easy, 0.5 mile Register by May 8 440-247-7075 or clevelandmetroparks.com Treadway Creek Trail Wildflower Hike
This afternoon we are going to be hiking on a City of Cleveland connector trail. This path is known to have beautiful wildflowers along its hillside. We will meet at Harmody Park, please call for directions. 10 – 11 a.m. Terrain: paved, 1 mile 216-206-1000 Meditation and Ecology
Join Naturalist Alex Jeffers to explore how meditation can connect the ecology of our senses to the ecology of life. 10 – 11:30 a.m. WCR Monarch Bluff Picnic Area Terrain: mostly flat, 1 mile
Your Piece of the Planet – West: Backyard Chickens
Fresh healthful eggs, hens contentedly pecking among weeds, what’s not to love about chickens? Learn how easy it is to raise chickens in your own backyard with Naturalist Kathy Schmidt. 1 – 2:30 p.m. RRNC Flowers and ‘Flies
Come see May flowers and discover their dazzling butterfly visitors on this hike around Brookside Reservation. Naturalist Mark Warman will lead you on an identification exploration of our fascinating spring butterflies. 1 – 2 p.m. BR Brookside Valley Event Site Ages: families Terrain: moderate, 2.5 miles Acoustic Players Circle
Join this well-established player’s circle to swap songs, chords and styles of playing. Professional abilities not needed, just a desire to have fun and learn from fellow musicians. Listeners are always welcome. Theme for the month: That’s Depressing, Part 2. 1 – 3 p.m. CWC Treasure Hunt Adventure – GPS for Beginners of All Ages
Want to learn how to use a handheld GPS for geocaching? Doug Kusak teaches you how. He hides stuff, you find it. Bring your handheld GPS or borrow one of ours. ID required to borrow GPS unit. 1 – 4 p.m. CWC Fee: $5 Registration required 216-206-1000 or clevelandmetroparks.com Second Saturday Storytelling
Enjoy classic tales from Greece and Rome, many with a new twist. Myths, legends and fables bring heroes and wise fools of the past into the modern world. After refreshments, share a tale of your own with friendly listeners. 7:30 – 9 p.m. RRNC Ages: adults, older students Frostville Farmers’ Market (see 5/3 for details)
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11 • Sunday River Poets
Join Naturalist Joni Norris and the River Poets as we gather to read outstanding nature poetry. If you are inclined, please bring a sample of your own poetry to share with others. Listeners are always welcome. Noon – 1 p.m. RRNC Ages: adults Honoring Many Mothers
Mothers come in many sizes and shapes. Some mothers are even feathered and furred, covered with scales or have slimy skin. Bring mom out for this leisurely hike to find wildlife mothers. Adventure Club members bring your passport. 1 – 2 p.m. NCNC Terrain: level, paved, 1.5 miles Sunday 2-Hour Cart Tour
Have you wanted to walk to the end of our trail, but the distance was too far? Or wondered about the history of the area? Join us for a cart tour focusing on the natural and cultural history of our reservation. Our cart accommodates seven passengers. 1 – 3 p.m. CWC Fee: $5 Register beginning May 1 clevelandmetroparks.com Wildflower Walk
Early May is often a great time to view Virginia bluebells and other wildflowers. Meet at the Lagoon Picnic shelter. 2 – 3 p.m. RRR Lagoon Picnic Area Ages: adults & teens Terrain: mostly flat, 1.5 miles 440-734-6660 A Tussie-Mussie For Mom
Want to give a special gift with a secret message? You will be doing just that when you give your mom a Tussie-Mussie! Learn about the history of this age-old method of expression and what different messages different flowers convey. 2 – 3:30 p.m. NCNC Ages: 10 years & over with adult Fee: $10 Register by May 8 clevelandmetroparks.com
…and get active. Join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis for a hike on the trails in Brecksville Reservation. Over the next several months, we’ll add more distance to this hiking series. 2 – 4 p.m. BNC Ages: adults Terrain: moderate, hills, 3.5 miles River Readers
Join Naturalist Joni Norris and the River Readers as we review the book, Cooked by Michael Pollan. Pollan reveals why cooked food yields more energy and why animals even prefer cooked over raw food. Though reading the selection is recommended, listeners are always welcome. 2 – 4 p.m. RRNC Ages: adults Flowers for Mom
Moms can relax with refreshments as kids make a cool surprise gift for their favorite lady. Afterwards, we’ll all head to the gardens in search of bugs and butterflies! 3 – 4:15 p.m. GPNC Ages: 5 years & over with adult Terrain: flat, 0.25 miles Register beginning May 1 216-341-3152 or clevelandmetroparks.com Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks (see page 10 for details)
12 • Monday American Red Cross Pool/ Waterfront Lifeguard Course This course teaches participants the knowledge and skills to rec-
ognize and respond to aquatic emergencies, preventing drowning and injuries. Upon successful completion, participants receive American Red Cross Lifeguarding/ First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certifications. Prerequisites include a swimming skills test. May 12 – 24. 4 – 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturdays HiR Ledge Pool and Recreation Area Ages: 16 years & older Fee: $200 includes materials Registration ends May 10 440-331-8111
Cuyahoga Astronomical Association Sidereal Time
Sidereal time is a time-keeping system astronomers use to keep track of the direction to point their telescopes in order to view a given star in the night sky. CAA member Len Jezior will tell us how astronomers developed this innovation and how they use it. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. RRNC
13 • Tuesday Hiking for the Young at Heart
Join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis for a hike along the Buckeye and bridle trails in Brecksville Reservation. Be prepared for muddy trails and creek crossings. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. BrR Brecksville Stables Ages: adults Terrain: moderate, hills, 3 miles Super Species – Rainbow Darters
Check out one of the most colorful fishes in Ohio, the rainbow darter, with Naturalist Mark Warman. During the interactive, fish-feeding demonstration we will learn about the rainbow darter and how we can keep their habitat clean and healthy. 1 – 2:30 p.m. WSC Spring Bicycle Ride
Hop on your bicycle for some fresh air and to look and listen for spring happenings. Meet at the South Quarry Picnic Area. Must bring your own bicycle and helmet. Rain cancels. 3 – 4:30 p.m. MSRR South Quarry Picnic Area Terrain: flat, 10 miles Register beginning May 5 440-734-6660 or clevelandmetroparks.com
The Secret Lives of Good Garden Bugs and Buckeye Lady Beetle Blitz 2014 Volunteer Round Up May 15 • 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rocky River Nature Center Rocky River Reservation • North Olmsted
This workshop focuses on the “secret lives” of beneficial garden arthropods. Learn about the diversity of predators, parasitoids and pollinators that inhabit your garden, then discuss foraging strategies, courtship, parental care of young, shelter, nest building and much more. Presentation by Dr. Mary Gardiner, Ohio State University Professor of Entomology, features excerpts and photos from her new book Good Garden Bugs due out in spring, 2015. Participants can get involved with two research projects, the Buckeye Lady Beetle Blitz and a new study examining pollination services in home gardens. Register by May 1 and pay $35. After May 1, $40. Includes workshop handout, Insect ID guide on waterproof paper, lady beetle sampling kit (fence post, sticky cards, ID card, data sheets, mailing envelopes) a pollination services experiment kit (vegetable plant starts, mesh bags and other sampling supplies, data sheets, bee ID guide), a light breakfast, boxed lunch and beverages. Registration form at ladybeetles.osu.edu or 550-202-3555 x 2560. American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Course
This course trains participants to teach aquatics courses including, basic-level Lifeguarding, Water front Lifeguarding, Waterpark Lifeguarding, Shallow Water Attendant, and Lifeguard Management. Must possess a current American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid certificate, and successfully pass a pre-course written examination and evaluation of skills. May 13 – May 29. 4 – 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Lakewood High School Pool, Thursdays at Park Operations Administration
Ages: 17 years or older Fee: $200 includes materials Registration ends May 10 440-331-8111
Webelos Cub Scouts: Forester Activity Badge
Identify trees and plants on a hike through the forest of Huntington Reservation. Explore the components of a tree, their functions, and some of the ways people and animals use these plants. Examine the growth rings of a tree and explain how the rings tell its life history. Understand the benefits and harm that wild fires can cause a forest ecosystem. Create an urban forestry plan for your yard or neighborhood. 7 – 8:15 p.m., LENSC
Fee: $8/scout, $4/additional children or adults Registration required 440-871-2900 Full Moon Paddle in a BIG Canoe
(see page 2 for details)
14 • Wednesday Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association Honeybee Nutrition
Nutrition is vital for healthy bees. Dr. James Tew, retired Ohio State Extension Specialist and current Beekeeping Specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension Services, will speak about the importance of honeybee nutrition. 7 – 9 p.m. RRNC
15 • Thursday Stroller School: Flowers
Let’s stroll in the park in search of flowers. Some are growing wild and others are planted in the gardens. Some flowers are even inside! We’ll talk about all the wonderful colors and shapes of flowers. All children must be in a stroller. 10 – 11 a.m. CWC Ages: 2 years & under with adult Register beginning May 1 clevelandmetroparks.com
Trillium in Hinckley Reservation
Basking Butterflies – Flighty Fun
Dinner & A Chat: Mushrooms
Get out and meet a few early summer winged beauties. These important pollinators are critical to ecosystem health. Learn to identify and monitor butterflies using simple citizen science practices. 10 a.m. – noon WCR Monarch Bluff Picnic Area Terrain: easy, 1 mile Registration encouraged 440-887-1968 or clevelandmetroparks.com
Join us for a dinner of fresh mushrooms and homemade pasta from Santos restaurant. A natural resource researcher will also talk about the important role mushrooms have in the overall health of our local forests. 6:30 – 8 p.m. CWC Ages: adults Fee: $25 Registration required 216-206-1000 or clevelandmetroparks.com
Wildflower Walk (see 5/1 for details)
Friday Movie Night
16 • Friday Uncommon Histories of Common Names
If you were to discover a new plant, what name would you give it? Common names of plants offer us insights into the relationships between people and plants throughout history. Join Naturalist Alex Jeffers in unearthing these stories by looking at the plants around West Creek Reservation. 1 – 3 p.m. WCR Monarch Bluff Picnic Area Terrain: mostly flat, 2 miles
It’s all about the birds tonight as we discover Birders: The Central Park Effect. Did you know that 200 types of birds stop over in Central Park each year? This film will remind us of why birds continue to fascinate us and continue to surprise us in the most unexpected habitats. Rated PG for language. Popcorn will be served. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. NCNC
free to bring a camera to capture the beauty of the season. 1 – 3 p.m. NCR Strawberry Picnic Area parking lot Terrain: hilly, 1.6 miles Nature Journaling
Experience nature in a new way as we explore the sights and sounds of the seasons. We will record our observations in a journal of our own creation. You may want to bring a camera. 1 – 3 p.m. SCR Sulphur Springs Picnic Area Ages: adults Fee: $15 Terrain: hills, 1.6 miles Register by May 13 440-247-7075 or clevelandmetroparks.com Boy Scout Merit Badge: Plant Science Pt. 1
Bradley Woods Reservation
17 • Saturday Kids’ Hike with Humor: Day-glo and Cool Shades
Come for an energetic hike---with a fun twist! Wear your cool shades and bright colors as we trudge over the flowering hills of South Chagrin Reservation. It’s exercise with a sense of humor. Adventure Club members, bring your passport. 9 – 11 a.m. SCR Sulphur Springs Picnic Area Ages: 8 – 12 years with adult Terrain: stream crossings, hills, 3 miles Euclid Creek Watershed Day
Join Cleveland Metroparks and partner organizations in planting a recently restored wetland or helping with maintenance of a special garden that reduces storm water runoff. Wear boots and bring gloves. Registration is required by May 15 for the planting portion. 9 a.m. – noon ECR Wildwood Pavilion Ages: teens, adults Terrain: muddy Register by May 15 (for the planting portion) 440-473-3370 or clevelandmetroparks.com
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How to Grow It: Squash & Melons
American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding Skills Module
Watermelon, cucumbers, honeydew. Lots of our favorite summer produce belongs to the family known as cucurbits. These plants can be challenging to grow. Learn to increase your bounty, manage space, and fight pests. Plant your own seed to take home! 10 – 11:30 a.m. GPNC Fee: $2 Register beginning May 1 216-341-3152 or clevelandmetroparks.com
This course is for individuals currently possessing an American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid certification and need to update their skills to become certified to work at a waterfront location. Successful participant will be certified in Waterfront Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/ AED for the Professional Rescuer. Noon – 6 p.m. MSRR Wallace Lake Fee: $80 Registration ends May 15 440-331-8111
Lessons From a Stream
Celebrate RiverDay by taking a tip or two from a stream. First we’ll look at some sedimentary action on our stream table, indoors. Then we’ll take a hike along West Creek to experience some of the lessons we learned in action. 10 a.m. – noon WSC Terrain: on- and off-trail, 1 mile Ages: families, adults Make and Take: Fish Craft and Movie
On your way to or from the Fishing Derby be sure to stop in CanalWay Center. Make a fish craft (while supplies last), check out the fish in our aquariums and watch The Little Mermaid playing in our theater room. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. CWC
Your Piece of the Planet – West: Biking on Roadways
Conserve money, resources, and get great exercise: commute by bicycle. If you’re looking to get out on the road but are new or nervous, check out this presentation by Bike Cleveland on safety, etiquette, basic repair, and exciting new bike projects coming to our region. 1 – 2:30 p.m. RRNC Wildflowers of Scenic Loop
The spring wildflower season is upon us. Join Naturalist Mindy Murdock as we explore the woodlands along Scenic Loop trail. Feel
Naturalist and certified merit badge counselor Mark Warman will spend two days with scouts interested in earning the Plant Science merit badge. Part one will cover requirements 1 – 4. Requirement 8 must be completed independently. 1 – 3:30 p.m. WSC Registration required by May 11 440-887-1968 or clevelandmetroparks.com Wilderness Skills: Fire Making
Learn the basics of starting a fire using primitive methods. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. RRNC Register beginning May 1 440-734-6660 Children’s Fishing Derby (see page 8 for details) Frostville Farmers’ Market (see 5/3 for details)
18 • Sunday Breakfast at Garfield Park Reservation
We’ll cook your favorite breakfast foods in the great outdoors. All ingredients will be locally sourced from Ohio farms. Plus- meet a real chicken and see where your eggs come from! 8 – 10 a.m. GPR Windy Ridge Picnic Area Fee: $6, $2 5 years & under Register beginning May 1 216-341-3152 or clevelandmetroparks.com
Olmsted Historical Society Military Timeline – President Lincoln Speaks
President Abraham Lincoln speaks today at Frostville Museum. View artifacts and learn the role of the military from Rome to Korea. Enjoy a presentation on weapons by Ray Kling. Museum buildings, military museum and gift shop open. Food and beverages available. All military reenactors welcome. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. RRR Frostville Museum 440-243-2894 olmstedhistoricalsociety.org Towpath Dog Walk
Karen Lakus leads you and your pup on a springtime walk to the overlook. Enjoy the beauty of the Cuyahoga Valley with your furry friend. Dogs must be leashed. 10:30 a.m. – noon CWC Ages: 8 years & older with adult Terrain: all purpose trail, 2 hills, 3 miles Nature Play Today!
Come to South Chagrin Reservation’s Nature Play Area today and enjoy some fun family time outdoors. A naturalist will have some fun activities on-hand, but the great outdoors and the young ones in your life will provide most of the fun. Drop in anytime. Canceled in the event of severe weather. 1 – 5 p.m. SCR The Arboretum One Trail Twelve Times
Seasons come and go but do we really pay attention to nature’s changing landscape? Walk with Naturalist Barb Holtz to discover how the plant and animal life on one trail transforms over the course of 12 months. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. SCR Chagrin River Rd. sledding hill Terrain: hilly, 1.5 miles Wildflower Walk
Wild hyacinth is one of the spectacular late spring wildflowers. We will search for it and others today. 2 – 3 p.m. RRNC Ages: adults, teens Terrain: level, 1 mile Dog Hike
Bring your best furry friend to the park for some exercise and socialization. We will hike the roll-
ing terrain of Acacia Reservation. All dogs must be leashed. 2 – 3:30 p.m. AR Cedar Road parking lot Terrain: moderate, some hills, 2.5 – 3 miles 440-473-3370 School of the Wilds – West: American Beaer
Join Naturalist Kathy Schmidt to explore the amazing world of beavers: their adaptations, engineering skills and their role in America’s history. We’ll begin indoors, then head outside to observe the constructions of the beavers in West Channel Pond. 2 – 4 p.m. RRNC Gorge-ous
Join Naturalist Kelly McGinnis for a hike exploring the Chippewa Creek Gorge. Part of this hike is off-trail and strenuous. Sturdy footwear required and bring water. 2 – 4:30 p.m. BNC Ages: adults Terrain: difficult, hills, 5 miles Growing Perennial Vegetables
Learn to grow vegetables that will come back year after year. Find out how to plant and care for asparagus, rhubarb and more from an Ohio State University Extension educator. 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CWC Register beginning May 1 clevelandmetroparks.com Children’s Fishing Derby (see page 8 for details) Bird or Bust: Warblers and More
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. LR Meet at the pavilion near the swimming beach. Terrain: sandy, mostly flat with one larger hill, 1 mile (see 5/6 for details) Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks (see page 10 for details)
19 • Monday Southwest Camera Club People’s Choice Competition
Audience members will vote on the images they like the best. Limit of 2 prints and 2 projected images. 7:30 – 9 p.m. RRNC
Cleveland Metroparks Photography Club – East Show Us Your Springtime Shorts
Your nature short subjects, that is. Only 5 minutes or 25 images, please. Just make it short, make it spring, and make it nature. 8 – 10 p.m. NCNC American Red Cross Pool/ Waterfront Lifeguard Course
May 19 – May 23 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Registration ends May 15 (see 5/12 for details)
20 • Tuesday
to Cleveland’s 1903 Group Plan – one of the most complete civiccenter plans for a major city. We’ll also delve deeper and go behind the scenes at Cleveland Public Library’s Main Branch. 10 a.m. – noon Ages: 8 years – adult (under 18 with adult) Fee: $5 Terrain: paved, some steps Register beginning May 1 216-206-1000 or clevelandmetroparks.com Youth Outdoors Volunteer Orientation
Explorers ages 3 – 6 years and their adult friend are invited to discover sights and sounds of birds. Join Naturalist Bev Walborn to walk the trails watching for birds and listening for their songs. We’ll even learn a bird song to join the beautiful chorus. 9:30 – 10 a.m. RRNC Ages: 3 – 6 years with adult Terrain: flat, 0.5 mile
Share your interest in outdoor recreation with urban youth from Cleveland! We are looking for adults to assist with handson experiences such as hiking, fishing, kayaking, biking, crosscountry skiing, and nature exploration. This orientation provides information about volunteering with Youth Outdoors. 7 – 9 p.m. CWC Ages: adults Register by May 19 216-206-1010
21 • Wednesday
23 • Friday
Discovering Nature: Birds
Spring is here and it’s almost planting time! We will talk about different kinds of seeds people have planted and eaten over time. Enjoy a story and a craft all about seeds. 10 – 11 a.m. CWC Ages: 3 – 5 years with adult Register beginning May 1 clevelandmetroparks.com Trail Trackers: Animal Babies
The spring season has finally sprung. Animals are busy raising their young. Slimy, scaly, feathered or furry, nature’s babies grow up in a hurry! A hike and activities are all the more reason to join us to explore this growing season. If you are an Adventure Club member, bring your passport. 10 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 2 p.m. NCR Nature Education Building Ages: 3 years – K with adult Terrain: level, 0.25 mile Registration required 440-473-3370 or clevelandmetroparks.com
22 • Thursday Urban Explorations: Group Plan Buildings and Cleveland Public Library
Preschoolers can get down and dirty as they investigate wiggly worms with Naturalist Beth Whiteley. We will learn all about these fascinating and important little creatures through story, song, and fun hands-on activities. Be prepared to get messy! 10 – 11 a.m. GPNC Ages: 4 – 6 years with adult Register beginning May 1 216-341-3152 or clevelandmetroparks.com Outdoor Education for Homeschoolers
To conclude our year, we will be spending time in Euclid Creek Reservation to discover its geology. We will travel back in time to discover the story of its landscape. We will also attempt to find remnants of the long-forgotten Village of Bluestone and its dependence on the quarries. 10 a.m. – noon ECR Highland Picnic Area (pick up at Quarry Picnic Area) Ages: 6 – 12 years Terrain: easy, 1.5 miles Registration required 440-473-3370 or clevelandmetroparks.com
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Family Friday Night – Campfire Supper
You are invited to dinner at the park. Join us as we enjoy a meal and dessert cooked over an open fire. While the food is cooking we will go for a short walk to work up an appetite. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. NCR Nature Education Building Ages: families Terrain: easy, 0.5 - 1 mile Fee: $5 per person Register by May 20 clevelandmetroparks.com
24 • Saturday Birding by Pontoon Boat
Hop aboard the Floating Water Lab for an early morning bird float on Hinckley Lake. Binoculars will be supplied if you do not have your own. 7 – 8:30 a.m. HiR Hinckley Lake Boathouse Ages: 12 years & over Fee: $5 Register beginning May 1 clevelandmetroparks.com Monthly Bird Survey
Join our monthly bird survey of West Creek Reservation. We’ll track restoration efforts by using birds as one measure. Stop at designated sites to look, listen and record all bird species. This training is for anyone interested in assisting with future breeding bird surveys. 9 – 11 a.m. WCR Watershed Stewardship Center parking lot Terrain: easy, 2 miles Mystery Cart Tour
Enjoy a tour of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath on a seven passenger golf cart. Our route will be determined by Cultural History Interpreter Karen Lakus and will be a blend of the impressive natural and cultural history of the park. 10 – 11:30 a.m. CWC Fee: $5 Register beginning May 1 clevelandmetroparks.com Bedford: Butterfly Hike
spring wonders such as wildflowers and migrating birds. Noon – 4 p.m. BeR Circle Emerald Field Terrain: some hills, off trail, 4 miles 216-341-3152 Exploring Wildwood Park and the Lakefront
It has it all – woodlands, wetlands and a great view of Lake Erie. We’ll hike the all purpose trail from Wildwood Park to Euclid Beach and back. 1 – 2:30 p.m. ECR Wildwood Marina parking lot Terrain: paved, hills, 1.5 miles 440-473-3370 Boy Scout Merit Badge: Plant Science Pt. 2
Naturalist and certified merit badge counselor Mark Warman will spend two days with scouts interested in earning the Plant Science merit badge. Part two will cover requirements 5–7. Requirement 8 must be completed independently. 1 -– 3:30 p.m. WSC Registration required by May 11 440-887-1968 or clevelandmetroparks.com
25 • Sunday Morning Run on Lake to Lake Trail
Join Naturalists Alex Jeffers and Mark Warman for a morning run on the Lake to Lake Trail. 8 – 9 a.m. BCR Lake Abram Trailhead Terrain: flat, 5 miles Ages: adults, teens
“Remember the Maine” Walk
Take a walk with Cultural History Interpreter Karen Lakus to the USS Maine Memorial. Hear the story of the ill-fated ship and why parts of it are scattered all over the country including Washington Reservation. 11 a.m. – noon WR Arborview Picnic Area parking lot Terrain: all purpose trail, 1 mile
Sunday Bird Walk
Join us as we search the shores of Lake Erie and surrounding forest for late spring migrants and resident nesting birds. We may even find some recent fledglings! Some binoculars will be available to borrow. 9 – 11 a.m. ECR Wildwood Marina parking lot Ages: adults, teens Terrain: easy, 1 – 1.5 miles
Come to CanalWay Center and view World War II and Vietnam era military items from Building Host Joseph Woyma’s family collection. Also, on display will be original local newspapers from 20th century military events. 1 – 4 p.m. CWC
Trying to figure out how to deal with garlic mustard growing on your property? What about the nettles or the purslane growing in your garden? Learn how to eat away your troubles by preparing food using invasive ingredients from around Northeast Ohio. 2 – 4 p.m. WSC Ages: 12 years & over Cinema Saturday Night: Climbing Redwood Giants
Discover the unexplored and thriving canopy of California’s giant redwood trees, stretching more than 300 feet above the ground. Doors open at 7 p.m. 7:30 – 9 p.m. RRNC Ages: families with older children, adults Frostville Farmers’ Market (see 5/3 for details)
Join Volunteer Naturalist Fred Losi for a walk through open field and riparian woodland habitat in search of butterflies. Along the way, we will note other late
Royalview Trail in Mill Stream Run Reservation
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Your Piece of the Planet – West: Attracting Birds to Your Backyard
Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield to discover the best feeders, best food mixes, best plantings and other great tips on making your backyard – no matter how small – an attractive and healthy bird and wildlife “magnet.” 1 – 2 p.m. RRNC Pond Dipping
Looking for something fun to do with the family? Join us to learn about animals that live in ponds and their unique adaptations. We will use nets to catch and release these animals. Stop by anytime between 2 – 4 p.m. 2 – 4 p.m. MSRR Bonnie Park Picnic Area Ages: families 440-526-1012 Campfire
Join us for the first campfire of the season. Bring your singing voice and a story to share. 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. RRR Trailside Amphitheater Ages: all
26 • Monday Life at the Lagoon
Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a quest to discover wetland residents at the lagoon. From redheaded woodpeckers to frogs, turtles, and resident beaver, we’ll find great diversity at this wildlife hotspot. 10 – 11 a.m. RRR Lagoon Picnic Area 440-734-6660 Wild Things
Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield for an adventurous ramble along ponds, through the woods, and along the Rocky River, looking for frogs, salamanders and more. Pull the plug on your electronics and get your family out to skip some stones and see some cool bugs, birds, wildflowers and beautiful scenery. 1 – 2:30 p.m. RRNC
27 • Tuesday Take a Closer Look
The Tall Grass Prairie is an ecosystem of great diversity of plants and animals. The best way to appreciate the prairie is to visit it throughout the year. Join Naturalist John Miller to discover what’s happening following a severe winter. 9 – 11 a.m. BNC Terrain: easy, can be wet and muddy, 1 mile
Your Piece of the Planet - East: Celebrating Native Plants May 31 North Chagrin Nature Center Today is all about gardening with native plants! Join us for a talk or two, purchase your very own native plants or make a toad abode for your garden. For more information, call 440-473-3370. Native Plant Sale • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Make a Toad Abode • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Fee: $5) Gardening for Wildlife presentation • 11 a.m. – noon What is a Raingarden? presentation • 1 – 2 p.m.
You and your little one are invited to an hour of free play in the park. During this time we will hear stories and learn how play is vital to the health and development of children. 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. NCNC Ages: 2 years & under with adult Terrain: easy, paved, 0.5 mile
28 • Wednesday Animal Crackers
Come join us for a special program to celebrate the end of the Animal Crackers school year. We’ll enjoy a Naturepiece Theatre presentation by our special guest, Miss Mindy, and make a craft. 10 – 11:15 a.m. or 1 – 2:15 p.m. BNC Ages: 3 – 5 years with adult, no siblings Register beginning May 1 440-526-1012 Evening Cart Tour
Join our naturalist on an evening cart tour along Ohio & Erie Canal. We will look for signs of wildlife that roam in the evening hours. We will also discuss the animals both past and present that call the canal home. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. CWC Fee: $5 Register beginning May 1 clevelandmetroparks.com
29 • Thursday Wetland Wanderings
Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield on a search for dragonflies, damselflies, salamanders, and other denizens of ponds and floodplains. 3 – 4 p.m. RRNC
Dancing Under the Stars: Outdoor Planetarium
Explore the night sky and discover your joy of salsa dancing during an evening with the stars! Dance instruction, music and a portable planetarium will be onsite making this unique program an evening to remember. 6:30 – 8 p.m. GPNC Animal Crackers (see 5/28 for details)
10 – 11:15 a.m. only
30 • Friday Family Sunset Hike
Did you ever notice how loud the natural world is this time of year? We’ll take a walk, look for tadpoles and learn to identify the calls of the most common frogs and toads as the sun sets over Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. CWC Terrain: one hill, 1 mile Register beginning May 1 216-206-1000 or clevelandmetroparks.com
31 • Saturday
effective butterfly garden. Learn plant placement, what plants work well together, what types of plants attract which species of butterflies, and other important components required to meet the needs of Ohio’s important pollinators. 1 – 3 p.m. GPNC 216-341-3152 Shorebird Drop-in Table
Stop by anytime this afternoon and learn about some of the birds at Edgewater Park. We’ll discuss the special features of birds that live on the water and make a shorebird craft to take home. 2 – 4 p.m. LR Edgewater Park near bathhouse 216-206-1000 Frostville Farmers’ Market (see 5/3 for details)
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MAPS Bird Banding
Visit a bird banding research station in action for an up-close encounter with some of your favorite birds, some of which travel up to 3,000 miles to nest here. Follow the sign by the Lower 40 Loop Trail. Cancelled if raining. 7 – 11 a.m. CWC 216-206-1000 The Art of Gardening – Butterfly Gardens
Drop in and Naturalist Beth Whiteley will help you discover how to plant an attractive and
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Outdoor Recreation 216-341-1704 Acacia Facility Acacia Reservation 26899 Cedar Road Lyndhurst Food Service/Catering: Dino’s 216-342-4767
Chalet/Tobogganing Mill Stream Run Reservation Strongsville 440-572-9990 Cross Country Ski Rental 440-331-1070 Rivergate Facility 1785 Merwin Ave Cleveland 216-341-1704 Food Service/Catering: Rivergate Café 216-664-5696
Golf Tee Reservations (24 hours) and directions, hours, fees etc. 216-635-3673 clevelandmetroparks.com Golf Services – for general course info and inquires 440-232-7247 Big Met Golf Course Rocky River Reservation 4811 Valley Parkway Fairview Park 440-331-1070 Food Service/Catering: Big Met Grille 440-333-5575 Little Met Golf Course Rocky River Reservation 18599 Old Lorain Road Cleveland 216-941-9672 Manakiki Golf Course North Chagrin Reservation 35501 Eddy Road Willoughby Hills 440-942-2500 Food Service/Catering: 440-449-0700 Mastick Woods Golf Course Rocky River Reservation 19900 Puritas Road Cleveland 216-267-5626 Food Service/Catering: Double Eagle Cafe 216-267-5626 Seneca Golf Course Brecksville Reservation 975 Valley Parkway Broadview Heights 440-526-0043 Food Service/Catering: Back 9 Grille 440-546-1555 Shawnee Hills Golf Course Bedford Reservation 18753 Egbert Road Bedford 440-232-7184 Food Service/Catering: Shawnee Hills Grille 440-786-7587 Sleepy Hollow Golf Course Brecksville Reservation 9445 Brecksville Road Brecksville 440-526-4285 Food Service/Catering: Theo’s of Sleepy Hollow 440-546-1555 Washington Golf Course Washington Reservation 3841 Washington Park Blvd. Newburgh Heights 216-641-1864 The First Tee of Cleveland 216-641-7799
Outdoor Experiences Administration 216-881-9256 Historical Interpretation 440-786-8530 Voyageur Canoe Paddle Wallace/Hinckley Lakes 440-786-8530 NatureTracks Education Unit/EcoExplorers 216-341-1707 Youth Outdoors 216-206-1010
Outdoor Experiences Facilities CanalWay Center Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation 4524 E. 49th Street Cuyahoga Heights 216-206-1000 Brecksville Nature Center Brecksville Reservation 9000 Chippewa Creek Drive Brecksville 440-526-1012 Garfield Park Nature Center Garfield Park Reservation 11350 Broadway Avenue Garfield Heights 216-341-3152 North Chagrin Nature Center North Chagrin Reservation Sunset Lane Entrance Mayfield Village 440-473-3370 Rocky River Nature Center Rocky River Reservation 24000 Valley Parkway North Olmsted 440-734-6660 Look About Lodge South Chagrin Reservation 37374 Miles Rd., east of Rt. 91 440-247-7075 Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek West Creek Reservation 2277 W. Ridgewood Dr. Parma 440-887-1968 Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Bay Village 440-471-8357 Nature Shops Hinckley Lake Boathouse & Store Hinckley 330-278-2160 North Chagrin Nature Center Mayfield Village 440-449-0511 Rocky River Nature Center North Olmsted 440-734-7576 Watershed Stewardship Center Parma 440-253-2170
Boating Emerald Necklace Marina Rocky River Reservation 1500 Scenic Park Drive Lakewood 216-226-3030 Food Service/Catering: Emerald Necklace Marina Grille 216-228-2233 Kayak Rentals 41° North Coastal Kayak Adventures Rocky River Reservation 1-866-529-2541 Hinckley Lake Boathouse & Store Hinckley Reservation West Drive, Hinckley Lake Hinckley Township 330-278-2160 Wallace Lake Mill Stream Run Reservation Valley Parkway, south of Bagley Road, Berea Quarry Rock Café
440-331-8111 Hotline 216-635-3383 Edgewater Park Lakefront Reservation Cleveland Hinckley Lake Hinckley Reservation Hinckley Township Huntington Beach Huntington Reservation Bay Village Ledge Pool & Recreation Area Hinckley Reservation Hinckley Township Ledge Rock Café Wallace Lake Mill Stream Run Reservation Berea Quarry Rock Café
Cleveland Metroparks Affiliates and Clubs Achievement Centers for Children Camp Cheerful 440-238-6200 Mill Stream Run Reservation BAYarts Huntington Reservation 440-871-6543 www.bayarts.net Vento 440-835-4530 Brecksville Historical Society Brecksville Reservation 440-526-7165 Brecksville Stables Brecksville Reservation 440-526-6767 www.brecksvillestables.com Brooklyn Exchange Cabin Hinckley Reservation 330-577-8882 email@example.com Chagrin Valley Trails and Riding Club South Chagrin Reservation 216-635-3200 Cleveland Archery Club 216-635-3200 Cleveland Natural Science Club 440-247-4005 or 440-247-0151 Hinckley Historical Society Hinckley Reservation 330-278-3159 Huntington Playhouse Huntington Reservation 440-871-8333 www.huntingtonplayhouse.com Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Huntington Reservation 440-871-2900 www.lensc.org Olmsted Historical Society Rocky River Reservation 216-501-3345 www.olmstedhistoricalsociety.org Rocky River Stables Rocky River Reservation 216-267-2525 (lessons & boarding – no trail rides) www.valleyriding.org
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