SEPTEMBER 8, 2010
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
BOB ROTATORI - 216-635-3263 - or -
DAN CRANDALL - 216-635-3274
Cleveland Metroparks "Outdoor Odyssey" provides kids
the opportunity to...well, be a kid in the outdoors!
Kids and their families can enjoy the free,
annual Cleveland Metroparks "Outdoor Odyssey" event on
Saturday, October 9 from noon to 4 p.m. along the Ohio & Erie
Canal in Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation in CuyahogaHeights.
Young visitors can experience outdoor recreation with a variety
of fun activities, including fishing and fishing skills, golf
skills, other outdoor skills and demonstrations, nature crafts, and
A variety of nature and environmental
organizations will also be on hand with activities and
displays. Kids can meet live animals from Lake ErieNature
& ScienceCenter, too!
And, when the kids arrive, they can pick up a
"passport" to begin their odyssey and discoveries.
As children complete a station, they receive a stamp on their
passport. When they complete at least five of the stations,
they can redeem their passport for a prize!
One of the highlights is the basic fishing skills and techniques
taught along the canal. Children can learn what types of bait
the fish enjoy and how to bait their hook properly. After
reeling in the "the big one," Cleveland Metroparks staff
and volunteers will help identify and explain the species of
fish. Live bait and loaner fishing equipment will be
available. Participants should bring a cooler and ice to
store their "fresh catch of the day."
Youth Outdoors, a division of Cleveland Metroparks, hosts the
"Outdoor Odyssey" event annually. Youth Outdoors is
a partnership between Cleveland Metroparks, 4-H, the City of
Cleveland, and The Ohio State University Extension. It makes
a difference in the lives of urban youth, ages 8 to 18, in outdoor
recreation and environmental education programs - by experiencing
nature, developing outdoor recreation skills, gaining a life-long
appreciation and understanding of natural resources, and learning
valuable life skills in achieving goals.
The entrance to Ohio & Erie Canal
Reservation is located on Whittlesey Way, off E. 49 "black">Street, between Grant Avenue and Canal Road in Cuyahoga
Hts. - just off the I-77/Grant Ave. exit. Follow the signs
behind CanalWayCenter to get to the event site along the Ohio &
For more information, call 216-206-1000 or visit
The adventure begins and ends with kids having fun in the great
outdoors at the "Outdoor Odyssey" event in
Cleveland Metroparks - part of your life,