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April 14 - 21, 2013
Help us Help the Earth

There are many ways that each of us can help to help the Earth as we celebrate Earth Week:

Participate in one or more of the fun nature-oriented programs offered this week featuring biking, birding, hiking, day trips, photography and more. Get involved and help during an Adopt a Beach Cleanup. Programs are held at various park locations.

Then attend one or both of our Earth Day celebrations at
Lake Metroparks Farmpark and Penitentiary Glen Reservation on April 21.


Adopt a Beach Clean-Up
Do your part for the environment by helping clean up the Lake Metroparks shoreline parks. Trash will be picked up and documented for current studies
of the Great Lakes. Supplies provided.
All ages (younger than 18 with adult) •  FREE

Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park
April 13 • 10 am to noon

Lakeshore Reservation
April 14 • 1 to 3 pm

Arcola Creek Park
April 21 • 9 to 11 am 

Lakefront Lodge
April 21 • 1 to 3 pm

Chagrin River Park (Reeves Road entrance)
April 28 • 1 to 3 pm

For more information, contact Leigh Garam. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the volunteer office at 440-585-3418.

Build a Rain Barrel
Rain barrels are a smart way to save money on your utility bills and protect water quality in streams and Lake Erie. They are a simple rainwater collection system that saves precipitation for non-consumption uses. If you have a downspout, put it to work for you.

Click here for upcoming workshops available to help you build and install a rain barrel.

Spring Art Show: The Nature Among Us 
Penitentiary Glen Reservation
Open 9 am to 5 pm daily through May 5, 2013 • Free

Thomas Koch is a local artist from Euclid, Ohio. He specializes in graphic design and illustration yet experiments with all types of media in an effort to exemplify his love and appreciation of nature. Check out this new art exhibit and see how Thomas has transformed your favorite animals and local park scenery into wonderful works of art.



Birders Mini Sit and Kickoff to Sunday Morning Bird Walks at the Bluffs
Lake Erie Bluffs
7:30 to 10 am
Ages 18 and older • Free

The shoreline of Lake Erie is a dynamic influence on all of us...migrating birds, too. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a birds eye view of the lake, the woods edge and the birds returning from their winter haunts. Join the guided hike into the various habitats of this newest lakeshore park. Registration required

Sunday Morning Bird Hikes
Lake Erie Bluffs
7:30 to 10 am
Teens and ages 18 and older • Free

These bird walks provide birders of all abilities the opportunity to share the spring bird migration phenomenon. This annual series of six Sunday morning bird walks are part of a regional series of walks which occur all over Northeastern Ohio. The data generated on these walks is collated and used by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to keep ongoing records of bird species that occur in the region. Binoculars are recommended and beginners are encouraged to attend. Registration required

Whistlin' Wildlife
Penitentiary Glen Reservation Wildlife Center
2 to 3 pm
Ages 6 - 8 • $4 per youth

Immerse yourself in the music of the Wild! Join us at the Wildlife Center to learn about the different hoots, whistles, tweets, and call of Ohio's Wildlife, and see what it takes to be part of natures symphony! Registration required

Dawn Busters
Gully Brook Park
8 to 10:30 am
Adults and Seniors (50+) • $5 per person

Experience Gully Brook the way Burroughs Nature Club did in the early 1900’s. After a good early morning hike The “Dawn Busters” enjoyed a hearty breakfast prepared over an open fire. Registration required


Birding Beyond the Basics: Warblers
Penitentiary Glen Reservation
7 to 9 pm
Ages 18 and older • $5 per person

Winter to spring, south to north, the birds are on the move! This classroom program will teach you to ID some of our favorite spring birds, the warblers, before they arrive in May.
Registration required


Blackbrook Audubon Society monthly meeting
Wilderness Next Door with Bob Hinkle
Penitentiary Glen Nature Center
7 to 9 pm

Blackbrook Audubon Society is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society. It promotes education and action on environmental issues, ecosystems and the natural world. Everyone is welcome. Registration not required.


Eco Cafe - Darwin & the Galapagos
Environmental Learning Center
7 to 8:30 pm
18 and older • FREE

This month we will have a presentation on Darwin & the Galapagos. As a follow up to his talk on Darwin the Naturalist, Rich Benz will talk about Darwin's venture to the Galapagos along with his own personal experiences there. Registration required.

The Eco Café is a FREE adult program held once a month March through October. Our casual coffeehouse atmosphere is a pleasant way to spend the evening while listening to many interesting and relevant topics. It’s the local alternative to the Science Café currently held monthly in Cleveland.
Arctic Adventure is the topic May 15.


Waterfalls of Lake Metroparks (Day trip hike)
Meet at Penitentiary Glen Reservation
10 am to 3 pm
Ages 18 and older • $20 per person

Waterfalls have helped carve the landscape and the culture of Northeast Ohio. Come journey with us as we discover the waterfalls in three of our Lake Metroparks. This program includes moderate hiking with hills. Please bring a lunch.
Registration required

Student Nature Club
Environmental Learning Center
7 to 9 pm
18 and older • FREE

Are you a nature-oriented college student looking for opportunities to get out and experience nature? This club is perfect for you as we explore various environmental topics including: ornithology, herpetology, botany and more.
Registration required

Thursday Evening Social Bike Rides
Veterans Park
6 to 7:30 pm
Ages 12 - 17 and 18 and older • $5 per person

We will meet at a different park each ride. This is social riding and fun for everyone. It's a great way to start your bike riding season. Anyone under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. These rides will be mainly road surface riding. If registering for more than one ride, call 358-7275 to receive a discounted rate.
Registration required

Chair Factory Falls Hike
Environmental Learning Center
6:30 to 7:30 pm
Ages 18 and older • $5 per person • Register

Get an upclose look at Chair Factory Falls! See it like you have never seen it before and enjoy this beautiful hidden gem in Lake County. Must be able to hike off trail.
Registration required.


24th Annual Grand River Canoe & Kayak Race
8:00 am
Race starts at Harpersfield Covered Bridge. Finish at Hidden Valley Park
Fee: $12 per person, pre-registered, $20 per person, same day registration
Highwater date: April 27

Annual nine-mile Grand River race from Harpersfield Covered Bridge to Hidden Valley Park. Awards to top three finishers in each race category (determined by skill level and boat type) Pre-registration is recommended. Click here to register.

Sharing the Chagrin
Meet at Bass Lake Preserve
9 am to 3 pm
Ages 18 and older • $15 per person

Celebrate Earth Day with Cleveland Metroparks, Geauga Park District and Lake Metroparks as we travel by bus along the natural feature we all share, the Chagrin River, with stops along the way to highlight the natural and cultural features of the river. Pack a lunch to eat along the way. Snacks and water provided.
Registration taken through Lake Metroparks at 440-358-7275.

Nature Journaling (Adapted Program)
Environmental Learning Center
10 to 11:30 am
Ages 8 and older • $5 per person

Reconnect with the outdoors by using all of your five senses as we have fun and explore the beauty of the Environmental Learning Center. You will capture your outdoor experience in your very own nature journal while hiking the trails. This program has been adapted for individuals with disabilities. Registration required.

Gorge Hike
Penitentiary Glen Reservation
1:30 to 4 pm
Ages 18 and older. Ages 17 and younger with adult. • Free

Enjoy a challenging guided walk in "gorge"ous Penitentiary Glen. The terrain is challenging with wet and slippery rocks and climbing over and under downed trees. Waterproof footwear is required. This area is not otherwise open to the public. Registration required.

Wildflower Walk
Hogback Ridge Park
2 to 3:30 pm
Ages 18 and older, 17 and under with adult • Free

There are many beautiful and beneficial wildflowers that often go unnoticed. We will explore the fields and woods to find out what is blooming. Please dress for the weather.
Registration required

Amphibian Discovery Hike
Gully Brook Park
7:30 to 9 pm
Ages 18 and older, 17 and under with adult • Free

Spring has sprung! We will explore and learn some of the wonders of this season. Each program includes a story, craft, snack and hike designed with your little ONE in mind!

What are snails? Where do they live? Come and find out the answers to these questions!
Registration required.


Adopt a Beach Clean-Up 
Arcola Creek Park
9 to 11 am 
All ages (younger than 18 with adult) 

Do your part for the environment by helping clean up the Lake Metroparks shoreline parks. Trash will be picked up and documented for current studies 
of the Great Lakes. Supplies provided.

For more information, contact Leigh Garam.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact the volunteer office at 440-585-3418.

Earth Day Celebrations at Farmpark and Penitentiary Glen Reservation
Noon to 4 pm
All ages

Sunday Morning Bird Walks
Lake Erie Bluffs
7:30 to 10 am
Teens 16 and older • Ages 18 and older • Free • Click to register

Children's Bike Safety Clinic 
Lake Metroparks Farmpark
Noon to 2 pm
All ages welcome!  • Free
Bring your bike and helmet to Farmpark on Earth Day for a free inspection and proper helmet fit! During the safety clinic you will learn the proper hand signals and try out our Farm Style skills course. Once completed you will receive a certificate.
Click here
 to register

Intermediate SLR Digital Photography - Capturing Color
Indian Point Park (Lower Parking Lot)
9 am to 2 pm
Ages 16 and older • $50 per person

For this class we will meet at Indian Point Lower Lot, where we will shoot the Paine Creek Valley and then venture up above to shoot Indian Point. After spending about two hours in the park we will return to the Environmental Learning Center, where we will display the images and critique everyones work. The idea is to see what works and learn how to improve every picture. Color, lighting and most important, composition will be the topic of conversation as we go through the images. You will leave with a better understanding of what it takes to make a quality image. You must have a SLR digital camera and SD card. The idea is to talk a little, shoot a lot and learn a lot.
Registration required.

Earth Day celebrations

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Farmpark hours 9 am to 5 pm
Earth Day activities noon to 4 pm

Discover earth friendly ways to make an earth friendly difference at home. You can learn how to start your own garden compost, investigate new ways to conserve energy at home, and how alternative energy works. Sign up your children for the Bike Safety Clinic held in the upper parking lot.

Enjoy a family day in the country with games and crafts for kids.

Free to Lake County residents
proof of residency required

Penitentiary Glen Reservation

Earth Day activities Noon to 4:00 pm

Our annual environmental eco-fair showcases local conservation organizations with hands-on activities. Enjoy kids' eco-crafts, visit live animals at the Wildlife Center, play outdoor games and much more!
Food, hikes and lots of fun!

Shop The Nature Store and take a train ride (weather permitting).


Discount Drug Mart
Good Nature Organic Lawn Care
Renewal by Andersen

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