New partnership with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank will connect youth with summer learning opportunities
Cleveland Metroparks and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank today announced the Kids Nature Lunch & Learn Series, a new partnership to connect youth with limited access to Cleveland Metroparks nature centers and programs to free summer learning opportunities across the Park District.
Throughout the summer, Cleveland Metroparks team of naturalists will host more than a dozen adventures at centrally located park reservations, in close proximity to the City of Cleveland, with its mobile nature center, NatureTracks. Educational themes will include Urban Birds, Investigating Insects and Wildlife in the City.
“We are excited about the opportunities this partnership offers, bringing free nature play experiences to these communities through our mobile nature center,” said Mary Rouse, director of outdoor experiences. “We hope these experiences will be a start to creating lifelong connections for youth with the natural world.”
Each Lunch & Learn will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and free lunch will be provided for youth, ages 18 and under, as part of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Summer Feeding program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., while supplies last.
“We are excited for this new partnership with Cleveland Metroparks this summer,” said Diana Davet, director of programs, Greater Cleveland Food Bank. “Getting much-needed healthy meals to kids who may otherwise have to go without is key to our mission in making sure everyone has the nutritious meals they need every day.”
The Kids Nature Lunch and Learn series kicks off June 16 and will be hosted at Euclid Creek Reservation at both Euclid Beach Park and Highland Picnic Area, Bedford Reservation, Garfield Park Reservation, and Lakefront Reservation near Edgewater Beach. Events will be held at each location once per month from June through August.
To view the Kids Nature Lunch & Learn full schedule and details, visit clevelandmetroparks.com/community