FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
BOB ROTATORI - 216-635-3263-or-
HOLLY KECK - 216-635-3253
Nature changes rapidly in April. The barren woods fades from
gray to pale green as trees, plants and wildflowers spring to life.
Let nature's beauty be a creative inspiration.
Cleveland Metroparks offers a variety of creative arts programs
in April. Programs range from art shows showcasing metal sculptures
and wildflower photography to basket weaving and constructing a
The creative arts program offered in April include:
Tim Haviland Art Show
Sunday, April 1 to Monday, April 30 � 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
CanalWay Center � Ohio & Erie Canal
Come see the nature inspired metal sculptures of local artist
Tim Haviland of Bird's Head Forge. From hand-hammered leaves to
twisting and turning garden art, it's amazing to see how Haviland
transforms steel into different shapes. CanalWay Center is located
on Whittlesey Way, off the East 49th Street entrance of
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, between Grant Avenue and Canal
Road in Cuyahoga Heights. For more information, call
Photography Exhibit: Blowing in the Springtime
Monday, April 2 to Sunday, April 29 � 9:30 a.m. - 5
North Chagrin Nature Center � North Chagrin
To the nature enthusiast, what could be more welcoming than
spring wildflowers after a long, cold winter? Bruce Mack, of
Cleveland Metroparks Photography Club - East, will be displaying
some of his spring wildflower photographs this month. North Chagrin
Nature Center is located off Buttermilk Falls Parkway, off the
Sunset Lane entrance of North Chagrin Reservation, off SOM Center
Road/Route 91 in MayfieldVillage. For more information, call
Earth-Friendly Jump Ropes
Friday, April 6 � 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Garfield Park Nature Center � Garfield Park
Ever wonder what to do with those plastic grocery bags and old
large Magic Markers? Bring them to the nature center and transform
these items into a cool jump rope! Be sure to bring several plastic
bags and two markers when coming to the program. The program is for
ages 6 to 12, with an adult. Garfield Park Nature Center is located
off Mill Creek Lane, off the Broadway Avenue entrance of Garfield
Park Reservation in Garfield Heights. For more information, call
Paint the Colors of the Season
Saturday, April 14 � 9 a.m. -
Look About Lodge � South Chagrin Reservation
Experience nature as it shifts with the seasons. Sketch the same
subject at the same location each month throughout the year. Bring
your own art supplies, or call by April 12 to reserve supplies to
borrow. Digital cameras are recommended. The program is suitable
for ages 14 and older. Look About Lodge is located at 37374
Miles Road in South Chagrin Reservation, between SOM Center
Road/Route 91 and Chagrin River Road in Bentleyville. For
more information, call 440-247-7075.
Make Your Own Walking Stick
Sunday, April 15 � 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Jackson Field � South Chagrin Reservation
Make a walking stick and help control the invasive European
black alder at the same time. Take a short, half-mile walk to cut
down the saplings, then return to Look About Lodge to turn them
into walking sticks. Jackson Field is located off Jackson Road in
South Chagrin Reservation, north of Miles Road in Moreland Hills.
For more information, call 440-247-7075.
Odds And Ends Basket
Sunday, April 15 � 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Look About Lodge � South Chagrin Reservation
In this class, odds and ends leftover from previous classes will
be used to make a small basket. Create your own design or use the
pattern that is provided. This class is great for beginners. There
is a $10 fee. Register is required by April 12 for this ages 12 and
older class. Look About Lodge is located at 37374 Miles Road in
South Chagrin Reservation, between SOM Center Road/Route 91 and
Chagrin River Road in Bentleyville. For more information and to
register, call 440-247-7075 or "mailto:LALreg@clevelandmetroparks.com">LALreg@clevelandmetroparks.com.
Saturday, April 21 � 1 - 3 p.m.
Bridal Veil Falls parking lot � Bedford Reservation
In honor of Earth Day, let Earth be an inspiration for sketching
its natural beauty. Bring sketching supplies, and Naturalist Beth
Whiteley will teach outdoor sketching techniques. Program is
weather dependent.Bridal Veil Falls is located off Gorge Parkway in
Bedford Reservation, between Dunham and Egbert roads in Walton
Hills. For more information, call 216-341-3152.
Artist in the Park
Tuesday, April 24 � noon - 2
Old Boating Pond Bridge � Garfield
Naturalist-Artist Stefanie Verish will be at Old Boating Pond
Bridge sketching wildlife. Stop by for a look, or bring your own
supplies and join Verish in an artistic endeavor, weather
permitting. Park at Garfield Park Nature Center, located off Mill
Creek Lane, off the Broadway Avenue entrance of Garfield Park
Reservation in Garfield Heights. For more information, call
Field Botanical Illustration
Saturday, April 28 � 10 a.m. - noon
-or- 1- 3 p.m.
Rocky River Nature Center � Rocky River
Come and be �planted� in a field with a palette of petals. Allow
creativity to blossom while exploring spring wildflowers through
artistic media. Supplies will be provided. Bring a portable chair.
Registration is required by April 25 for this ages 12 and older
program. Rocky River Nature Center is located at 24000 Valley
Parkway in Rocky River Reservation, north of Cedar Point Road in
North Olmsted. For registration and more information, call
440-247-7075 or "mailto:LALreg@clevelandmetroparks.com">LALreg@clevelandmetroparks.com
This spring, let nature be your creative inspiration at
Cleveland Metroparks, a part of your life -
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