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Park Commissioner Bruce G Rinker, Executive Director-Secretary Brian B. Zimmerman, Park Commissioner Debra K. Berry, The Honorable Judge Anthony J. Russo, Park Commissioner Dan T. Moore, Treasurer David J. Kuntz

Cleveland Metroparks is committed to the mission of conservation, education and recreation, and to providing quality recreational opportunities to the citizens of the Greater Cleveland community.

Cleveland Metroparks is a beautiful and diverse green space devoted to conservation, education and outdoor recreation. Called the “Emerald Necklace” because it majestically encircles the City of Cleveland, the Park District offers a wide array of facilities, wildlife areas, outdoor education programs, and opportunities for recreation from golfing, hiking and swimming, to kayaking, tobogganing and birding.

While the Park District is committed to taking care of existing resources within Cleveland Metroparks, we are also looking to the future. Bridges, buildings, picnic shelters and trails will be rehabilitated as necessary - as well as providing new opportunities for open space protection.

Cleveland Metroparks was established on July 23, 1917 to provide open space for the people of Greater Cleveland, as well as to preserve the wonders of the natural landscape. Today, the Park District consists of more than 22,000 acres in 16 reservations and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

You are encouraged to venture outdoors and discover the wonder and peace of the natural world found in Cleveland Metroparks.

Cleveland Metroparks tax district includes Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township in Medina County. The Park District also owns land in Lake, Lorain and Summit counties. Reservations are open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Some facilities, including Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, nature centers, golf courses and the Chalet Recreation Area, offer seasonal and holiday hours and may have admission fees.

As commissioners, we are proud to serve as stewards of the “Emerald Necklace,” and we invite everyone to experience Cleveland Metroparks - part of your life, naturally! Sincerely, The Board of Park Commissioners

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Cleveland Metroparks is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment with respect to age, class, gender, ethnicity, race, national origin, mental and physical ability, religion, sexual orientation and veteran status. Additionally, Cleveland Metroparks respects diversity of thought and practice, including, but not exclusive to education, socioeconomic background and work experience. Cleveland Metroparks is a separate political subdivision of the state of Ohio, governed by the Board of Park Commissioners, three citizens who serve three-year terms without compensation. The senior judge of Probate Court of Cuyahoga County, the Honorable Anthony J. Russo, appoints the members of the board. Special assistance for Cleveland Metroparks programs or facilities is available by calling 216-635-3264 in advance.

Published by Cleveland Metroparks 4101 Fulton Parkway • Cleveland, Ohio 44144 216-635-3200 • Executive Director-Secretary: Brian M. Zimmerman Director of Marketing: M. Jane Christyson Editor: Marjorie Thomas Designer: Donna Washington Photography: Casey Batule (unless otherwise stated)


Live the outdoor life in Cleveland Metroparks! Explore more than 22,000 acres in 16 reservations.

4 Trails/Fitness 6 Outdoor Recreation 10 Golf 12 Outdoor Education 16 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo 18 Special Events 20 Their Stories, Your Journey 21 Get Involved 22 For More Information 24 Directory


Get back

to nature or get fit on Cleveland Metroparks extensive trail system

All Purpose Trails

Paved all purpose trails are available for walking, running, cycling, and in-line skating. Motorized vehicles are prohibited on all purpose trails. The trails are ideally suited for wheelchairs, walkers and strollers. LifeTrail LifeTrail is a series of outdoor wellness stations specifically designed for active older adults. The nine stations are designed to turn a normal walking routine into a more complex lowimpact body workout. Located at Red Oak Picnic Area in Garfield Park Reservation. Solar System Walk Walk along a path that illustrates scale representations of the distance between the sun and planets in our solar system. Located at South Mastick Picnic Area in Rocky River Reservation. Physical Fitness Trails Physical fitness trails feature 18 stations, providing a complete workout with illustrated instructions along 1- to 1.5-mile paths. Physical fitness trails are located in Bedford, Big Creek, Brecksville, Euclid Creek, Mill Stream Run, North Chagrin, Rocky River, and South Chagrin reservations.

Call or stop by a nature facility or log onto for more information on trails or to download a map.

5 Natural Surface Trails

Natural surface trails are unpaved trails. Hikers are welcome on all natural surface trails. Hiking Trails Hundreds of miles of hiking trails cross the over 22,000 acres of Cleveland Metroparks. Trails exist in every reservation with a variety of vistas and terrains. Mountain biking and motorized vehicles are prohibited on hiking trails. Bridle Trails There are nearly 82 miles of trails available for equestrian use. Horseback riders must stay on the bridle trails and attend their horses at all times. Mountain biking is not permitted on the bridle trails. Mountain Bike Trail Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation has a short loop of about 1/2 mile for beginners with minimal mountain biking skills and a longer loop with some steep terrain for the more experienced intermediate rider. The single track mountain bike trail is open May through December. For more information, call 216-206-1000 or visit Royalview Trail Located in Mill Stream Run Reservation, Royalview Trail is a mountain bike trail consisting of two loops totaling 9 miles of beginner to intermediate level single track trails. Walking Works Explore new trails with Cleveland Metroparks Walking Works Program. From June through October, hike at least eight of 13 designated trails on your own - any time. It’s fun and easy. After completing each walk, date your Walking Works form. Complete eight walks and return your form to Cleveland Metroparks to receive this year’s Walking Works shield. Look for naturalist-led Walking Works walks in the Emerald Necklace newsletter.

Walking Works brochures are available at Cleveland Metroparks nature centers or can be downloaded at



Boating Emerald Necklace Marina


The following free swimming areas are open daily June through mid-August: Huntington Wallace Hinckley Beach Lake Lake Huntington Reservation

11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Mill Stream Run Reservation

11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Hinckley Reservation

11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Ledge Pool and Recreation Area Hinckley Reservation

11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Noon - 6 p.m. during swim lessons Ledge Pool is open daily Memorial Day weekend through mid-August and has a daily admission fee (season passes are also available). Ledge Pool and Recreation Area features a concession stand, shore fishing at Ledge Lake, sand volleyball, a basketball court, and reserved group picnic facilities. A learn-to-swim program is also offered for children and adults. For more information, call 440-331-8111 or 330-239-2911 during the swim season. Lifeguards are on duty during posted hours at Cleveland Metroparks swimming areas.

Scenic Park Rocky River Reservation 216-226-3030 Food Service/Catering: Waterside RoomSweetwater Landing 216-228-2233

This full-service marina offers dockage, year-round boat storage, bait, tackle, boating accessories, gifts, snacks and full-service catering. A boat launch provides easy access to Lake Erie via the Rocky River and car/trailer parking is available.

Boat Rentals

Institute of the Great Outdoors (IGO) Kayak rentals at various locations including Rivergate. 216-341-1704

41ยบ North Coastal Kayak Adventures Scenic Park Rocky River Reservation 1-866-529-2541

Hinckley Lake Boathouse & Store Hinckley Lake Hinckley Reservation 330-278-2160

Wallace Lake Mill Stream Run Reservation 440-331-8111 or 440-826-1682 during the swim season

Rent a rowboat, electric motor boat, canoe, kayak, stand up paddleboard, pontoon boat or a paddleboat. Stock up on Cleveland Metroparks logo items, refreshments, fishing tackle and live bait.

May be used by nonmotorized boats (canoes, rowboats, etc.) Or, rent a paddleboat or kayak at Quarry Rock Cafe. Quarry Rock Cafe also offers refreshments to park visitors during the swim season (June through mid-August).

Cleveland Metroparks reminds boaters to have proper operating licenses and to use Coast Guard-approved life jackets and other mandatory safety equipment.

7 Fishing Enjoy year-round fishing in Cleveland Metroparks and hook species such as steelhead trout and panfish in the rivers, lakes, ponds and access to Lake Erie. Area waters are supplemented with seasonal fish stocking. An Ohio fishing license is required for anglers ages 16 and older. Fishing clinics, derbies, group programs (including the use of fishing equipment) also offered.

Fishing Areas include: Beyer’s Pond Big Creek Reservation Chagrin River North Chagrin Reservation South Chagrin Reservation Cuyahoga River Brecksville Reservation Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation Hinckley Lake, Judge’s Lake, Ledge Lake Hinckley Reservation Lake Erie Huntington Reservation Ohio & Erie Canal Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation Oxbow Lagoon Rocky River Reservation Rocky River Mill Stream Run Reservation Rocky River Reservation Ranger Lake, Wallace Lake Mill Stream Run Reservation Shadow Lake South Chagrin Reservation

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Log on to for the latest Rocky River Fishing Report from aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec with information on where the fish are biting and much more.

Picnic Areas

Cleveland Metroparks maintains more than 80 picnic areas and shelters, complete with tables and grills. Many picnic areas also feature play areas, restrooms and other amenities. Most areas are available on a non-exclusive, shared-use basis. Cleveland Metroparks also offers a limited number of group picnic areas that can be reserved for exclusive use. Reservation requests are accepted up to one year prior to date of use by calling 216-635-3200, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on hiking, bridle and all purpose trails (that have not been plowed), as well as the fairways and rough areas of Big Met, Little Met, Shawnee Hills, Seneca, Mastick Woods, Washington and Sleepy Hollow golf courses (with a four-inch snow base on golf course). When conditions are favorable, cross country ski trails are groomed at Big Met and Seneca golf courses. For ski conditions, call 216-635-3270. Big Met Golf Course Rocky River Reservation (ski & snowshoe rental)


Squire’s Castle

North Chagrin Reservation (snowshoe rental)


Sledding Hill

Corner of Sulphur Springs Drive & Chagrin River Road South Chagrin Reservation (snowshoe rental)


Ice Fishing

Enjoy ice fishing, when proper ice conditions exist at: An Ohio fishing license is required for anglers ages 16 and older.

Beyer’s Pond Big Creek Reservation Hinckley Lake, Judge’s Lake, Ledge Lake Hinckley Reservation Ranger Lake, Wallace Lake Mill Stream Run Reservation Rocky River Lagoon Rocky River Reservation Shadow Lake South Chagrin Reservation

Sledding Memphis Picnic Area • Big Creek Reservation Sleepy Hollow Golf Course Fairways • Brecksville Reservation Kelley Picnic Area • Euclid Creek Reservation Sledding Hill, off State Road* • Hinckley Reservation Sledding Hill, east of Porter Creek Drive • Huntington Reservation Pawpaw Picnic Area* • Mill Stream Run Reservation Old River Farm Picnic Area* • North Chagrin Reservation Sledding Hill, north of Barrett Road; fairways of Big Met, Little Met and Mastick Woods golf courses • Rocky River Reservation Sledding Hill, at corner of Sulphur Springs Drive and Chagrin River Road; sledding hill off Hawthorn Parkway, south of Solon Road • South Chagrin Reservation

Ice Skating

Ice skating areas are not monitored. Skaters are responsible for clearing ice. Please skate with caution and only when proper weather/ice conditions exist. Hinckley Lake, near the boathouse • Hinckley Reservation Wallace Lake*, at the swimming area • Mill Stream Run Reservation Rocky River Lagoon • Rocky River Reservation *Night lighting

9 Chalet Recreation Area Discover Cleveland Metroparks recreation hotspot nestled

in the natural beauty of Mill Stream Run Reservation. The Chalet Recreation Area is the place to be for recreational and social opportunities. It’s an ideal location to gather with family and friends, or for business get-togethers year-round, for reserved group picnics, fall hayrides, and the popular tobogganing outings.

Fall Hayrides


Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons in October For a nominal fee, experience breathtaking fall colors and crisp fall air while enjoying some old-fashioned fun at the Fall Hayrides on October weekends. Square dancing can also be enjoyed all weekend and Sunday afternoons include family entertainment. Haywagons can also be rented for private group outings at the facility. Horse-drawn rides are also scheduled on select days.

Twin refrigerated ice chutes operate with or without snow the day after Thanksgiving through mid-March, weather permitting, guaranteeing a day of fun for families and groups on Northeast Ohio’s ultimate winter thrill ride. Guests can take a break from tobogganing at Ohio’s only public ice chutes and enjoy the indoor facility featuring two fireplaces, a main gathering room with a large-screen television, a loft area with video games, a concession stand, and indoor restrooms. Tobogganing can be enjoyed Thursday (January and February only), Friday and Saturday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons (with special extended hours during the holidays). Log onto for an up-to-date schedule. A daily admission fee, group discounts or season passes bring you unlimited rides down the chutes. One-time ride tickets are also available. Gloves or mittens are required. Children must be at least 42 inches tall to ride and be accompanied by an adult. Private rental of the Chalet, including exclusive use of the toboggan chutes is also available during non-public hours. Chalet Recreation Area Located at 16200 Valley Parkway, between Routes 42 and 82 in Strongsville a short distance from I-71 and the Ohio Turnpike.

Group Picnic Area for Private Special Events

The Chalet Recreation Area can be reserved for a nominal fee for picnics, company outings, family gatherings and other functions during the spring, summer and early fall. The area features a large number of picnic tables, grills, a horseshoe pit, sandbox, sand volleyball court, swings and a play field. The concession area, hayrides and other amenities may also be arranged for an additional fee. for moreSCAN information For more information, group rates & facility rentals, call 440-572-9990. Information is also available at

10 Fast Play • Fast Greens • Best Value!

Golfers have enjoyed Cleveland Metroparks beautiful and challenging golf courses for over 80 years. The eight courses, located conveniently throughout Greater Cleveland, offer golfers of all ages 144 holes of recreational activity, from the sporting par 3 at Shawnee Hills for novice linksters to championship layouts at Manakiki and Sleepy Hollow for advanced golfers. The golf season begins mid-March and continues through December, weather permitting. The courses are open daily from dawn to dusk. Outings, tournaments, special events, clinics, lessons, leagues, and cart and club rentals are also available. Driving ranges are located at Sleepy Hollow, Shawnee Hills and Washington golf courses.

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18-hole, par 72 North Chagrin Reservation 35501 Eddy Road • Willoughby Hills 440-942-2500

Sleepy Hollow

18-hole, par 71 & Driving Range Brecksville Reservation 9445 Brecksville Road Brecksville 440-526-4285

Shawnee Hills


A 18-hole, par 71 & B 18-hole, par 72 Brecksville Reservation 975 Valley Parkway • Broadview Hts. 440-526-0043

Little Met

9-hole, par 34 Rocky River Reservation 18599 Old Lorain Road • Cleveland 216-941-9672

Mastick Woods

9-hole, par 31 18-hole, par 71, Par 3 & Driving Range Rocky River Reservation 19900 Puritas Road • Cleveland Bedford Reservation 216-267-5626 18753 Egbert Road • Bedford 440-232-7184

Big Met

18-hole, par 72 Rocky River Reservation 4811 Valley Parkway • Fairview Park 440-331-1070

Shop Cleveland Metroparks Golf Course Pro Shops

Check out any of the pro shops for great golf equipment, accessories, and apparel. Cleveland Metroparks golf course pro shops have a low-price policy. All merchandise is priced at or below locally advertised prices.


9-hole, par 29 & Driving Range (covered and lit) Washington Reservation 3841 Washington Park Blvd. Newburgh Hts. • 216-641-1864

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GOLF 11 Academy of Golf

Cleveland Metroparks Academy of Golf provides a variety of high-quality learning opportunities in a structured and comfortable environment where golfers of all skill levels can learn golf skills, traditions, rules and etiquette, and improve their knowledge and enjoyment of the game. Classes range from beginners, with Introduction to Golf, to Master the Game classes for advanced players. Courses are taught by Cleveland Metroparks own PGA/LPGA Professionals. Class sizes are generally small, to allow for more personal attention. Players can enhance their swings using videotape analysis or be outfitted with everything they need to get started, from clubs to golf bags. In addition to Academy of Golf classes, Cleveland Metroparks golf pros can also assist players’ golf games through private lessons, to learn independently of others, or to just enhance their skills. Register for Academy of Golf classes online at

Junior Golf Programs

Junior Golf programs are available for young golfers, ages 6 to 17. These programs are available to cultivate future golfers of tomorrow, while encouraging integrity and sportsmanship. The Junior Programs include: Golf Day Camp - a week long total golf experience for ages 8-17. Junior Clinics - golf instructional classes for young golfers that focus on the basic fundamentals of the full swing, pitching, chipping, putting, rules and etiquette. Junior Golf Leagues - ranging from pee wee (ages 6 to 9) to advanced junior leagues (ages 10 to 17); even Little Birdie instructional classes for children, ages 3-5. Special golf days and tournaments throughout the golf season allow youth to play the game among their peers as well as with adults and mentors.

Clubs for Kids program offers used clubs to new junior golfers. The clubs are cleaned, cut to size and re-gripped to fit the individual. Clubs are sold at minimal prices, and are great starter clubs for future golf champs!

Golf Special Events

Cleveland Metroparks hosts a wide variety of special events at all eight golf courses. These include competitive events such as scrambles and better ball tournaments as a spring and fall series, father/son and father/daughter events, and the annual Greater Cleveland Amateur Championship, Seniors Amateur Championship and Women’s Amateur Championship. A Moonlight Golf series gives golfers the opportunity to golf at night with lighted tees and greens and glowing golf balls. Junior golf events are also hosted by Cleveland Metroparks throughout the season. For a complete list of all events and special programs, call 440-232-7247 or log onto

Golf Tee Time Reservations – 24/7!

Golfers can play Cleveland Metroparks eight courses from dawn to dusk mid-March through December, and now they can make tee reservations 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week! Call 216-635-3673 (FORE) and reserve a tee time at any Cleveland Metroparks course. Tee reservations can be made 12 days in advance (starting at noon) and only by phone for the first hour of availability. The call is free. Callers can also get information on course rates and directions. Other tee time restrictions apply; check with the courses or visit our website at SCAN for more information

For more information on golf programs and projects, call 440-232-7247, and to register for classes or events log onto

12 OUTDOOR EDUCATION Experience the natural world in Cleveland Metroparks through fascinating outdoor learning. Cleveland Metroparks outdoor education staff offers programs and activities throughout the year for all ages, interests and ability levels. Programs are listed each month in Cleveland Metroparks Emerald Necklace newsletter and online at

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OUTDOOR EDUCATION 13 Outdoor Education Facilities

Cleveland Metroparks nature centers are open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CanalWay Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) daily except Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s day. Several centers offer extended summer hours (call for more information). Naturalists are available to answer questions and to provide information on programs and activities. Groups may schedule a special program by calling the nearest center. Most programs are free. Brecksville Nature Center Brecksville Reservation Brecksville • 440-526-1012 CanalWay Center Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation Cuyahoga Heights • 216-206-1000 Garfield Park Nature Center Garfield Park Reservation Garfield Heights • 216-341-3152 North Chagrin Nature Center North Chagrin Reservation Mayfield Village • 440-473-3370 Rocky River Nature Center Rocky River Reservation North Olmsted • 440-734-6660 West Creek Watershed Stewardship Center West Creek Reservation (Opening Fall 2012) Parma • 440-887-1968

Special Program Facilities Look About Lodge South Chagrin Reservation Bentleyville • 440-247-7075 Look About Lodge is a true natural beauty and the site of a variety of outdoor education programs. Look About Lodge is open during program times only and is available to local conservation groups (call to schedule). Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Huntington Reservation Bay Village • 440-871-2900 • At Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, visitors can marvel at a diverse collection of live animal exhibits, from birds of prey, to backyard inhabitants like skunk and deer, to Ohio’s venomous snakes. The center features an on-site planetarium, free wildlife rehabilitation services and a wide range of educational offerings for all ages. Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is an affiliate organization of Cleveland Metroparks. Fee charged for most programs.

EarthWords Nature Shops

Earthwords Nature Shops are brimming with naturerelated items including a large selection of field guides, children’s books, educational toys, gifts, jewelry and custom Cleveland Metroparks apparel and merchandise. Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Sunday Noon to 4:45 p.m. (call for summer and holiday hours)

CanalWay Center Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation Cuyahoga Heights • 216-206-1003 North Chagrin Nature Center North Chagrin Reservation Mayfield Village • 440-449-0511 Rocky River Nature Center Rocky River Reservation North Olmsted • 440-734-7576 Hinckley Lake Boathouse & Store Hinckley Reservation Hinckley Twp. • 330-278-2160 Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (call for summer and holiday hours)


The Institute of the Great Outdoors (IGO) is Cleveland Metroparks focal point for outdoor recreation classes and experiences. Participants can enjoy instructional classes such as mountain biking, back packing, stand up paddleboarding, geocaching and more. Or take an eco-tour to areas across the country. Group and individual lessons are available. For more information call, 216-341-1704.


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Inclusive Outdoor Recreation Opportunities All IGO programs are evaluated regarding accessibility and activity level. With our professionally-trained staff and ability to make equipment adaptations, most programs are accessible to anyone who would like to participate. For more information regarding program accessibility, or to schedule an accessible custom program, call the IGO Outdoor Recreation Inclusion Specialist at 216-341-1704.

Youth Outdoors - A partnership between Cleveland Metroparks, Ohio State University Extension 4-H and the City of Cleveland, Youth Outdoors offers urban youth, ages 8 to 18, the opportunity to experience outdoor adventure. Activities include hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, camping, nature exploration and service projects. Youth gain valuable life skills and an appreciation of the natural environment. Children participate in Youth Outdoors through adventure clubs based at City of Cleveland recreation centers and other urban organizations. For more information, call 216-206-1010.


NatureTracks/Eco Explorers

NatureTracks features a mobile classroom designed to expand the visitor’s knowledge of nature through interactive learning. Applying current technology, NatureTracks staff delivers a series of innovative, environmental education programs to urban schools, youth groups, recreation and senior centers, and special events throughout the Greater Cleveland area. A new outreach program, Eco Explorers powered by PNC, is specifically designed for students ages 5 - 6.

Eco Explorers offers four unique programs to supplement preschool and kindergarten science curriculums based on Ohio’s Early Learning Standards. Utilizing the Eco Explorers powered by PNC vehicle and outdoor space, students engage in natural discoveries.

Reservations for both programs are taken up to three months in advance. To schedule a visit, call 216-341-1707 at least three weeks in advance.

Historical Interpretation

Historical programs make lasting connections to the days of old by vividly bringing the past alive through characters, storytelling, songs and interactive activities. Paddling the giant 34-foot Voyageur Canoe is a popular warm-weather program for individuals, families and groups. Other programs include Digger Gallagher the Canaler, Doctor Wildweed, Folk Strings, the Quarryman, Serge the Voyageur and Steely Dan the Iron Man. To register for programs or to schedule a group presentation, call 440-786-8530.

This fun-filled, half-day adventure for all ages takes you on a self-led audio tour of Cleveland Metroparks. Pick a morning or afternoon, hop in the car, and get ready to tune your radio to 1620 AM at each Hear Here! site for a unique tour of up to five gems of the Emerald Necklace. At each stop, pull into a parking space, turn off your car engine, and tune into 1620 AM to listen for facts and interesting stories that make Cleveland Metroparks so unique. Download a map of current Hear Here! sites at For more information, call 216-635-3200.

16 Cleveland Metroparks ZOO Go ahead, go wild!

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo connects people with wildlife and inspires personal responsibility to care about their long-term survival in the wild. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo 3900 Wildlife Way Cleveland, OH 44109 P. 216-661-6500 F. 216-661-3312

African Elephant Crossing The Zoo’s newest exhibit is a $25 million commitment to the care and conservation of the world’s largest land animal. It is also a compelling visitor experience, designed to connect people emotionally to these majestic animals.

Throughout African Elephant Crossing, Zoo guests see the elephants like never before, up close and engaging in Located just minutes from downtown, naturalistic behaviors. The exhibit offers Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s 183 rolling, the opportunity to learn about every wooded acres are home to 3,000 animals facet of elephant life, from physiology representing 600 species. Take a trip down to social structure and how they Wildlife Way and experience the beauty of coexist alongside humans in their The RainForest, the mystery of Wolf native Africa. Wilderness, the excitement of Australian Adventure, and all the Zoo has to offer.

Hours: Open all year (closed January 1 and December 25) Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Extended to 7 p.m. summer weekends and holidays, Memorial Day to Labor Day. Ticket sales end one hour before closing.

2012 Admission fees: Adults (12 & older) $ 12.25 Children (2-11) $ 8.25 Under 2 & Cleveland Zoo Members - Free Group Rates, call 216-661-6500 x3380

Opened to the public in 2011, the five-acre, state-ofthe-art exhibit builds on the Zoo’s long tradition of elephant care.

The elephants share the exhibit with several other African species including meerkats, naked mole rats, nine different species of birds and an African rock python.

Free parking

The RainForest features more than 600 animals from the jungles of the world, including otters, bats, and a troop of orangutans. This unique two-level indoor exhibit is one of the largest of its kind in the country. Guests are immersed in the tropics the moment they enter and encounter the 25-foot high Jungle Cascade waterfall. Explore thousands of medicinal plants along the Medicine Trail and visit an authentic Researcher’s Hut.

Cleveland Metroparks ZOO 17 Australian Adventure is a fascinating eight-acre exhibit that teaches children of all ages about Australia’s wildlife and culture. Guests can wander through a mob of free-roaming kangaroos in Wallaby Walkabout and get close to sheep, goats and other farm animals in the Contact Yard. Feed colorful lorikeets in the Lorikeet Aviary and visit GumLeaf Hideout, home to koalas, tree kangaroos and echidnas. Northern Trek is home to cold climate animals, including six bear species, Amur tigers, reindeer, Bactrian camels, harbor seals and sea lions. View our pack of wolves from the cozy confines of Wolf Lodge, part of the award-winning Wolf Wilderness exhibit. The Primate, Cat & Aquatics Building features cheetahs, a rare fossa and a diverse collection of primate species. See more than 30 different displays of salt and freshwater life including sharks, piranhas, octopus and living coral.

Go on safari through the African Savanna. Visit the grassy plains where lions, giraffes, zebras, gazelles and ostriches roam. Discover a colony of colobus monkeys on Monkey Island and see a Persian leopard and black rhinos nearby. Most animals can be viewed year-round either in their outdoor exhibits or through viewing windows into their winter quarters. Be sure to stop by The Sarah Allison Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine, the Zoo’s state-of-the-art medical facility and research center, located in African Savanna. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is the first zoo in the world with an on-site CT Scanner. Guests can get a glimpse of the scanner, as well as surgical and treatment rooms, through viewing windows. A visit to the adjoining Reinberger Learning Lab education pavilion offers plenty of hands-on activities. The Zoo is an ideal location for your special event. Choose from a variety of facilities perfect for any occasion, including birthday parties, picnics and meetings. For more information, call 216-635-3389 or visit

Learn more about the animals you love through the Zoo’s Educational Programs. For more information on classes, presentations, and overnight and day camps for all ages, call 216-635-3391 or visit


Zoo Events The Zoo offers great events year round featuring amazing animals, education opportunities and, of course, family fun. On Mother’s Day, all moms receive half-price admission and can enjoy special activities planned just for them. Father’s Day offers half-price admission for dads. Two Senior Safaris take place each year, one in June and another in August. Everyone age 55 and older receives free admission, and can enjoy entertainment and numerous health and wellness exhibits. Watch out for the ghouls and goblins that arrive every October during Boo at the Zoo. Ranked in USA Today as one of the “Top Ten Places in the Nation for Family Halloween Fun,” Boo is designed for young visitors. Roam the Zoo at night and enjoy lots of entertainment, music, activities and, of course, the Zoo’s animals. On Thanksgiving Day, admission to the Zoo is free for all visitors. Special feeding times for animals and Meet-the-Keeper opportunities make it a great day at the Zoo.

For the latest information, call the event hotline: 216-635-3366 or visit

SPECIAL EVENTS 19 Park Special Events

Enjoy the Park District and all the great free events! Cleveland Metroparks hosts many free, family-friendly and entertaining special events throughout the Park District each year. Everyone can enjoy the great outdoors at a variety of fun special events in a wide range of locations. Visitors of all ages have opportunities to explore new park reservations or areas, discover and learn new nature-related wonders, and play, enjoy and sample the best of what Cleveland Metroparks has to offer.

Park events include the sweet taste of maple sugaring, children’s fishing derbies, experiencing all things trains, exploring the park after dark and even the wonderful world of bugs - why they’re needed and even what they taste like. Some of the other events feature the celebration of spring and earth’s reawakening, to an event just for “knee-highs” - kids, ages 2 to 6, - a beach party ending with a movie on the beach, to an event for man’s best friend and a folk festival with great music, pioneer days and a day of outdoor recreation and exploration for youth.

Cleveland Metroparks Kids Club Kids, ages 12 and under, can enjoy activities, exploration and fun experiences year-round in Cleveland Metroparks and the Zoo! Cleveland Metroparks Kids Club brings kids closer to nature by sharing with them the importance of conservation, education and recreation. Kids can apply what they learn to help preserve Cleveland Metroparks and the environment. Kids Club members receive a Passport and throughout the year, Cleveland Metroparks and the Zoo offer special events, programming and other activities for kids to earn stickers for their passports. If a member receives at least 12 stickers, they attend an end-of-the-year party! For more information, visit or call 216-635-3200.

For a list of special events, call 216-635-3200, or check the Emerald Necklace monthly publication, visit, like Cleveland Metroparks on Facebook, or follow Cleveland Metroparks on Twitter @clevemetroparks.

20 THEIR STORIES, YOUR JOURNEY From kids to adults, everyone has their own special story about Cleveland Metroparks. Here are some of our favorites.

For more stories, go to A Trip Around the Emerald Necklace One summer the kids and I gave ourselves a challenge…to visit every one of the 16 Cleveland Metroparks Reservations and to discover why they are called the “Emerald Necklace.” What a fantastic adventure! Jennifer C., Westlake

Give a Hoot For Wildlife My husband Dave and I live adjacent to Big Creek Reservation. Dave built and installed a few owl houses hoping that one of our owl neighbors might move in. They did it and it was, in a word, awesome. Beth S. Middleburg Heights

Fishing is my Life I am nine years old...and FISHING IS MY LIFE!! My Dad’s been taking me fishing since I was 4 years old. We’ve gone to several different fishing spots but our favorite is the Rocky River in Cleveland Metroparks where I caught my first big steelhead. David D., Independence

Got off the Bike and Found a New Path For decades I had enjoyed the all purpose trails on my bicycle. But over the past several years I’ve gotten off the bike to explore the hundreds of miles of exhilarating single-track and bridle trails that run throughout our Cleveland Metroparks. Kent G., Parma Heights

Passing on my Love of Fishing My love of fishing started at an early age thanks to my parents. It’s an activity that gets you outdoors, offers a challenge, teaches patience, relieves stress, brings people together and most of all it’s fun! Joyce S., Parma

From Volunteer to Entrepreneur I was having a hard time finding native plants in local nurseries; I decided that if I couldn’t buy them I would grow them myself. Dave Dvorak, a naturalist at Rocky River Nature Center, was my mentor. Eventually, my back yard was teeming with wildflowers and I started a small native plant business. Beth C., Columbia Station

Got in the Swim for Friends and Fitness My husband and I have been going to Ledge Pool for more than 20 years. We live in a condo and we love getting out almost everyday in the summer to this beautiful pool. My doctor tells me that my lifetime of activity is paying off for me now! Dottie O., North Royalton

GET INVOLVED 21 Be a Part of Cleveland Metroparks Consider joining the hundreds of individuals who comprise Cleveland Metroparks Volunteer Team!

Volunteers are making the difference in Cleveland Metroparks! The Park District offers diverse volunteer opportunities to individuals 16 years and older at various locations throughout the Park District. Opportunities are also available for student and community service projects. Explore the activities below to discover if there is an opportunity that interests you! As a Cleveland Metroparks volunteer you may: Greet and provide information to visitors at nature or visitor centers Participate as a shop assistant in EarthWords Nature Shops Encourage and inspire individuals of all ages through diverse education programs Assist with junior golf leagues or as a golf ranger at any of eight golf courses Work with youths or adults to teach and explore outdoor skills Assist at special events Join others in recycling, clean-up efforts and invasive plant pulls From May through November, monitor park trails on foot or bike 35 years of age and older only During the summer, mentor high school students interested in park-related careers - 45 years of age and older only

If one or more of these activities interest you, or if you want to learn more about how you can serve your Park District, contact the manager of volunteer services at 216-635-3258 or

Benefits of being a Cleveland Metroparks volunteer are: Satisfaction of contributing to the mission of conservation, education and recreation Opportunities to meet others who share similar interests and skills Discount at EarthWords Nature Shops Quarterly volunteer newsletter Volunteer appreciation events Participation in Cleveland Metroparks volunteer appreciation weeks Participation in Cleveland Metroparks volunteer recognition program

You can help preserve Cleveland Metroparks. Gifts to the Emerald Necklace Endowment Fund allow you to support Cleveland Metroparks in many ways. For example, you may choose to direct your gift to a specific program such as outdoor education or land acquisition. Or, you may make a gift that benefits all aspects of preserving and protecting Cleveland Metroparks. The Emerald Necklace Endowment Fund of The Cleveland Foundation was established to ensure the future of Cleveland Metroparks for generations to come. Gifts may be made to the Emerald Necklace Endowment Fund through cash donations, bequests, appreciated securities, and other forms of estate planning.


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To learn more about giving to Cleveland Metroparks or to make a gift donation online, visit and click “donate� at the bottom of the page. Or contact the manager of gift and donor development at 216-635-3217 or to confidentially discuss giving opportunities.








RESERVATIONS Bedford Big Creek Bradley Woods Brecksville Brookside Euclid Creek Garfield Park Hinckley Huntington Mill Stream Run North Chagrin Ohio & Erie Canal Rocky River South Chagrin Washington West Creek


Cleveland Metroparks Reservations


All Cleveland Metroparks publications are available for download at


The sixteen reservations of Cleveland Metroparks consist of over 22,000 acres. The Park District is commonly referred to as the "Emerald Necklace" because the reservations encircle the city of Cleveland.


Discover and enjoy any or all of the reservations!



Cleveland Metroparks Rangers

Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Department is the law enforcement branch of the Park District. Since the department was established in 1921, the department’s primary objective is to provide a safe and accessible environment for Park District visitors.

Cleveland Metroparks rangers are state- certified law enforcement officers who exercise full police powers in the commission of their duties. Rangers are available and on patrol 24 hours-a-day, year round. Rangers also provide other services to the community. They are seen at area festivals and events conducting youth fingerprinting, demonstrating bike safety, reviewing water safety, and explaining specialty functions such as the Detective Bureau, Dive Team, Mounted and K-9 Units. Ranger Department: Non-emergency 440-331-5530 Emergency 440-333-4911 Parkway Alert Line (PAL) 440-331-5963

Safety Tips: • Carry a cell phone in case of any emergency. • If it’s necessary to call for help, be able to relay an exact location by knowing the nearest Park District area, intersection or landmark. • If jogging along the parkway at dusk or dawn hours wear bright clothing or a reflective vest. • Keep close visual contact with children at all times, especially if a roadway or body of water is nearby. • Lock any and all valuables in the trunk before entering the Park District.


Outdoor Education


216-635-3200 Chalet/Tobogganing Mill Stream Run Reservation Strongsville 440-572-9990

Outdoor Education Administration 216-341-9225 Institute of the Great Outdoors 216-341-1704 Historical Interpretation 440-786-8530 Voyageur Canoe Paddle Wallace/Hinckley Lakes 440-786-8530 West Creek Reservation 216-341-9225 Youth Outdoors 216-206-1010

440-331-8111 Hotline 216-635-3383 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

Golf Administrative Offices 216-635-3200/General Cleveland Metroparks Information - 24-hours a day. 4101 Fulton Parkway Cleveland, OH 44144 24-hour Job Hotline 216-635-3211 Office of the Executive Director 216-635-3214 Office of the Treasurer 216-635-3231 Human Resources 216-635-3228 Marketing 216-635-3268 Planning/Engineering 216-635-3237 Brochures/Maps/Emerald Necklace 216-635-3200 Permits/Picnic Area Reservations 216-635-3200 Volunteer Services 216-635-3258 Ranger Headquarters Ranger Chief 4600 Valley Parkway Fairview Park 440-331-5530 Accidents or Emergencies 440-333-4911 Parkway Alert Line (PAL) 440-331-5963

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo & The RainForest 216-661-6500/24-hour information. 3900 Wildlife Way Cleveland, OH 44109 Office of the Zoo Director 216-635-3330 Education Programs/Volunteers 216-635-3391 Travel Programs 216-635-3331 Marketing & Public Relations 216-635-3338 School Group Reservations 216-635-3308 Groups/Parties/Private Events/ Facility Rentals 216-635-3389 Cleveland Zoological Society 216-661-6500, ext. 4421

Golf Tee Reservations (24 hours) and directions, hours, fees etc. 216-635-3673 Golf Services - for general course info and inquires 440-232-7247 Big Met Golf Course 4811 Valley Parkway Rocky River Reservation Fairview Park 440-331-1070 Food Service/Catering: Big Met Grille 440-333-5575 Little Met Golf Course 18599 Old Lorain Road Rocky River Reservation Cleveland 216-941-9672 Manakiki Golf Course 5501 Eddy Road North Chagrin Reservation Willoughby Hills 440-942-2500 Food Service/Catering: Sammy’s of Manakiki 440-946-1140 Mastick Woods Golf Course 19900 Puritas Road Rocky River Reservation Cleveland 216-267-5626 Food Service/Catering: Eagle’s Nest Cafe 216-267-5626 Seneca Golf Course 975 Valley Parkway Brecksville Reservation Broadview Heights 440-526-0043 Food Service/Catering: Back 9 Grill 440-546-7797 Shawnee Hills Golf Course 18753 Egbert Road Bedford Reservation Bedford 440-232-7184 Food Service/Catering: Double Bogey Grille 440-786-7587 Sleepy Hollow Golf Course 9445 Brecksville Road Brecksville Reservation Brecksville 440-526-4285 Food Service/Catering: Theo’s of Sleepy Hollow 440-546-1555 Washington Golf Course 3841 Washington Park Blvd. Washington Reservation 216-641-1864 The First Tee of Cleveland 216-641-7799

Cleveland Metroparks is proud to serve the following products

Outdoor Education Facilities CanalWay Center E. 49th Street entrance Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation Cuyahoga Heights 216-206-1000 Brecksville Nature Center Rt. 82 entrance Brecksville Reservation Brecksville 440-526-1012 Garfield Park Nature Center 11350 Broadway Avenue Garfield Park Reservation Garfield Heights 216-341-3152 North Chagrin Nature Center Sunset Lane Entrance North Chagrin Reservation Mayfield Village 440-473-3370 John J. Donnelly Rocky River Nature Center 24000 Valley Parkway Rocky River Reservation North Olmsted 440-734-6660 Look About Lodge 37374 Miles Rd., east of Rt. 91 South Chagrin Reservation 440-247-7075 NatureTracks Education Unit/EcoExplorers 216-341-1707 Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Bay Village 440-871-WILD

EarthWords Nature Shops CanalWay Center Cuyahoga Heights 216-206-1003 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


Emerald Necklace Marina 1500 Scenic Park Drive Rocky River Reservation Lakewood 216-226-3030 Food Service/Catering: Sweetwater Landing 216-228-2233 Kayak Rentals 41° North Coastal Kayak Adventures Rocky River Reservation 1-866-529-2541 Hinckley Lake Boathouse & Store West Drive, Hinckley Lake Hinckley Reservation Hinckley Township 330-278-2160 Wallace Lake Off Valley Parkway, south of Bagley Road 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 Vento 440-835-4530 Brecksville Historical Society Brecksville Reservation 440-526-7165 Brecksville Stables Brecksville Reservation 440-526-6767 Brooklyn Exchange Cabin Hinckley Reservation 330-577-8882 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 Girl Scouts of North East Ohio Intergrove Lodge 1-800-852-4474 Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Huntington Reservation 440-871-2900 Olmsted Historical Society Rocky River Reservation 440-779-0280 Rocky River Stables Rocky River Reservation 216-267-2525 (lessons & boarding - no trail rides)


Cleveland Metroparks is a beautiful and diverse green space devoted to conservation, education and outdoor recreation. Called the “Emerald N...


Cleveland Metroparks is a beautiful and diverse green space devoted to conservation, education and outdoor recreation. Called the “Emerald N...