Many of us make New Year's resolutions with the best intentions of keeping them. The most popular resolutions often involve improving one's mind and body such as losing weight, getting in shape, learning a new skill, reducing stress, volunteering and spending more time with family and friends. Cleveland Metroparks can help you keep your New Year's resolution by providing an abundance of opportunities for improving your health and mental well-being:
1.) Lose weight/get in shape. Go for a run, ride a bike, or enjoy a brisk walk in any of Cleveland Metroparks 18 reservations. Other fitness opportunities include hitting the links at one of Cleveland Metroparks eight golf courses or swimming at one of the Park District's five aquatic areas. Winter recreation options range from tobogganing at the Chalet Recreational Area in Strongsville to sledding, skating and snowshoeing in designated areas. Find out more about these and other outdoor recreational opportunities by visiting clevelandmetroparks.com.
2.) Spend more time with family and friends. Cleveland Metroparks maintains more than 80 picnic areas and shelters that are the perfect setting for social gatherings, celebrations and family reunions. And whether you are 2 or 92 years old, who doesn't love a trip to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and The RainForest? The Park District's nearly 23,000 acres provide plenty of opportunities to unplug and connect with nature and the outdoors with family and friends.
3.) Learn something new. Cleveland Metroparks seven nature centers host a variety of nature-related programs, activities and special events suitable for all ages and interests year-round. Connect with the natural world while learning more about Northeast Ohio birds, wildflowers, animals, natural history and many other topics. Or, explore historically significant places and sites in Cleveland Metroparks and the downtown Cleveland area. And Cleveland Metroparks Outdoor Recreation department offers hands-on instruction, classes and experiences such as mountain biking, backpacking, stand up paddle-boarding, fishing, boating, snowshoeing and much more. Check online at clevelandmetroparks.com or the �Emerald Necklace� monthly publication for a listing of programs and activities.
4.) Volunteer. Meet new people and serve the community by becoming a Cleveland Metroparks and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo volunteer. A variety of opportunities are available at various locations throughout the Park District. Whether it's staffing a nature center information desk, assisting with Junior Golf Leagues or removing invasive plants there are plenty of volunteer opportunities to fit your skills and interests. Visit clevelandmetroparks.com for more information or call Volunteer Services at 440-253-2145.
5.) Reduce stress. Escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The �Emerald Necklace� offers Greater Clevelanders protected and preserved green space to contemplate nature's beauty, engage in outdoor recreation and create lasting memories with family and friends. Relax and connect with nature when boating, fishing, taking a leisurely walk or viewing nature and wildlife in the beautiful and peaceful Cleveland Metroparks.
New Year's is a time to reflect on the changes we all need or want to make. Cleveland Metroparks can be an invaluable resource to help you follow through with some those changes. For more information on outdoor education and recreation programs, classes and activities visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call 216-635-3200.
Jump start the new year with resolutions to improve your physical and mental health along with a little help from Cleveland Metroparks - Discover, Enjoy, Protect!
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