Is your backyard a lively place? It can be, with a few wild additions and a little help from Cleveland Metroparks. Come out and learn tips to turn your backyard into a hot spot for native Ohio wildlife at the Backyard Biodiversity Bash on Sunday, September 7 from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Watershed Stewardship Center in West Creek Reservation.Visit the Watershed Stewardship Center for an afternoon of family-friendly activities and learning stations. Learn how to start an organic garden and what plants to purchase to encourage bees, butterflies and bats (all beneficial pollinators) to your yard. There will be plants to purchase at the Native Plant Sale for planting in fall or to hold on to until spring. Go on a nature hike, and visit our learning stations for hands-on educational activities and make-and-take crafts. Do you think bees and humans see flowers the same way? Learn the difference between vision for small pollinators and humans with the Bee Vision learning station. And, join us for a wildflower launch. We'll take clay balls full of native wildflower seeds and launch them up the hill. Come next spring, beautiful wildflowers will germinate and grow, providing food and shelter for insects and animals.The whole family will enjoy live entertainment with songs by Cleveland Metroparks Historical Interpreter Foster Brown and music by the Chardon Polka Band.Enjoy a tractor-pulled wagon ride and grab a bite to eat at the Double Eagle Caf�.The Watershed Stewardship Center is located at 2277 W. Ridgewood Drive in Parma.For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call 440-887-1968.
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