Riotous colors of wildflowers paint Cleveland Metroparks landscapes like an artist's canvas during spring and summer. In fall, trees take center stage as they trade green leaves for gold, and when the snow begins to fall, hearty winter plants thrive under Northeast Ohio's echoing winters. Learn more about the region's plants by uncovering little-known facts and useful tips about plants in your community.
Enjoy the challenging trails, scenic streams and sprawling forest of Bedford...
Big Creek Reservation serves primarily as an urban greenway, which winds along Big...
This swamp forest boasts hiking trails, walking paths, Bunns Lake and a monarch...
Brecksville Reservation, the largest of the 18 Cleveland Metroparks reservations...
Brookside Reservation is 132 acres of diverse wildlife refuge, recreational...
View the county’s largest waterfall, enjoy the rich deep woodlands, green space...
The reservation is dominated by the 90-acre Hinckley Lake, enjoyed by ice...
Huntington Reservation provides direct access to Lake Erie and offers three miles...
From beaches to boat ramps, fitness trails to fishing piers, Lakefront Reservation...
Marvel at the flowing streams and ride down Ohio’s tallest, fastest toboggan chutes.
Explore one of the original corridors of the Emerald Necklace at North Chagrin...
Long and narrow, this reservation follows the winding course of the Rocky River...
Explore one of the most biologically diverse reservations in Cleveland Metroparks...
West Creek is 326 acres of rocky gorges, forest-draped hillsides, floodplains and...
Wander through a dense maze of giant trees in this stunning example of an old...
A wooded, 0.7 mile trail leads to the pond, stocked with channel catfish...
Bluebird Point is a viewing area along an easily accessible all purpose loop...
Immerse yourself in the spectacular cascading falls surrounded by hardwoods...
Brookside Overlook provides a scenic bird’s-eye-view of lower Brookside...
Bunns Lake was created to provide a waterfowl habitat and provide fishing...
Experience the unique geology and scenic waterfall of North Chagrin at...
Celebrate the return of spring and Buzzards at Hinckley Reservation every...
Take in the beauty of the creek flowing through the gorge left behind by the...
Explore this beautiful geological site in any season. You may even see a...
Soak up the sun and sand while admiring the city’s skyline. Swim, picnic...
Engle Road sled riding hill is an excellent hill for beginner sledders.
These 2,000 year old stairs believed to be created by the Early Woodland...
Foster’s Run is a beautiful trail combining an old roadway and new all...
Enjoy stunning views and visit the former saw and grist mills, as well as a...
This long-term ephemeral landmark is a piece of cultural history immersed in...
Jackson Field is home to abundant plant and animal species that thrive in our...
The largest remaining glacial wetland in Cuyahoga County, Lake Abram makes up...
This birding hotspot was once a “kettle lake” sculpted by glaciers during the...
Enjoy the breathtaking view of Tinker’s Creek Valley as you hike along the...
Come walk the 2-mile all purpose trail loop.
The Overlook Bridge is located at a terminus of the all-purpose trail and...
Perkins Beach is located at the bottom of a 60ft bluff just north of Cliff...
Enjoy a diverse variety of insect life and wildflowers throughout the seasons.
Running from University Rd. to Carter Rd. this area features public fishing...
Enjoy a serene day of fishing. Two fishing platforms allow you to observe...
The Strongsville Wildlife Area allows park visitors the opportunity to...
This planted 4-acre tall grass prairie is a unique ecosystem with incredible...
Tinker's Creek Gorge Scenic Overlook is a National Natural Landmark and...
Soak in the scenic view of the east branch of the Rocky River just before it...
The West Ridgewood Wetland Boardwalk allows guests to traverse through a...
The only place in Northeast Ohio that permits rock climbing. Explore the...
Worden’s Ledge features carvings of historical figures done by Noble Stuart...
See if you can find the paper raccoons hiding throughout CanalWay Center.
Experience the wonder of nature through an exhibition of watercolor paintings.
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak is your guide on a boat ride up the river.
Walk along the beach, search for nesting birds and other signs of summer.
Hike and pause at scenic locations with certified yoga instructor, Kim Scott Sowinski. Registration fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
Enjoy a guided boat ride on the Cuyahoga River. Registration and fee required.
Come explore stations highlighting the history and adventures to be found in the Cleveland Metroparks.
Get back to the basics with an open-ended nature hike.
It's Paul Bunyan Day! Let's hit the trail and enjoy some far-fetched folklore.
Did you know that there are some species of salamander that live on land without lungs?
Enjoy a meal prepared in the style of Ohio's cuisine 200 years ago. Registration and fee required.
Join us for a day at Geneva on the Lake, exploring the history and landscape of Ohio's first summer resort. Registration and a fee required.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the lake at sunset. Registration required.
Stop by CanalWay Center to find our hidden paper beetles.
Draw and paint with us. Members of the Emerald Necklace Art Club are invited to bring their favorite medium as we appreciate the signs of the season.
Enjoy a guided cart tour to learn about the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. Registration and fee required.
Hike through Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve and along Lake Erie shore.
Explore a wetland in search of tadpoles, frogs and newts.
Help Naturalist Matt conduct REAL science by checking the chemical quality of our stream.
Drop in to get up close and learn about some of Ohio’s most unique turtles.
Enjoy an evening guided cart tour through the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation.
Registration and fee required.
Drop in to explore the world of crayfish. We’ll look at their adaptations and which species you can find locally.
The bald eagle figures prominently in American Indian lore as a sacred bird with magical powers.
Join Natalie the Naturalist to discover the world of honey bees.
Tired of being indoors? Come explore the field and forest in search of nature’s beauty.
Enjoy a hike while exploring the lives of woodpeckers.
Enjoy a guided cart tour into the northern section of the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. Registration and fee required.
Enjoy a ride into southern part of Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. Registration and fee required.
Join Naturalist Mayim Hamblen as we learn about macroinvertebrates that live in the wetlands.
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in search of fireflies while discovering some fun facts about these incredible insects.
Enjoy a refreshing outdoor yoga practice while you hike. Registration fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
Enjoy a guided cart tour in the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. Registration and fee required.
Take a walk to the site of Cleveland Metroparks first trailside museum.
We will be looking for wildlife and checking out what is blooming.
Learn what it was like to hunt for fossils in the early 1900s. Then we’ll head to the shale beaches and explore.
This full day of touring the Emerald Necklace visits seven iconic sites that made Cleveland Metroparks a national treasure.
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna as we search for birds throughout Acacia Reservation’s ever-changing landscape.
Join us for a walk through Bedford Reservation.
Stop by to say hello before or after your walk. A naturalist will be on hand to answer questions about recent developments in the park and maybe even catch some butterflies.
Summer nights are alive with wildlife. Let’s head out on the trails in search of nocturnal animals and a glimpse of the full moon.
Join Naturalist Carly Martin as we go in search of fireflies under the rising full moon.
Slow down and enjoy a leisurely walk with Naturalist Natalie Schroder as we explore all that Acacia Reservation holds during summer.
If you are a beginner birder, then this is the program for you! Let’s see what songbirds, waterfowl and raptors await us.
If you are a beginner birder, then this is the program is for you! Let’s see what songbirds, waterfowl and raptors await us.
Stop by anytime this afternoon to grab a net and hunt for insects.
Join us for a short hike in the valley then do a sun catcher craft. Registration required.
If you are a beginner birder, then this is the program is for you! Let’s see what songbirds, waterfowl and raptors await us.
Bring your little ones to Edgewater Beach for a day by the lake.
Look for signs of local wildlife and we hike through Bedford Reservation.
West Creek may be aglow with fireflies (or lightning bugs) this time of year.
Discover the fascinating world of reptiles as we search for snakes and turtles on this family friendly hike.
Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese for an informal butterfly survey along the meadow-forest-lake edge.
Whoo’s awake at night in the forest? How well can you find your way in the dark?
Are you an early riser? Join us for a quiet and peaceful hike through A.B. Williams Memorial Woods to the historic and picturesque Overlook Shelter.
Join Naturalist Stefanie Verish for a plein air botanical adventure.
Take a trip downstream with us to check in on Euclid Creek and the aquatic life that call it home.
View the beauty of the Tallgrass Prairie
Enjoy a guided cart tour of the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. Registration and fee required.
Join this mid-summer walk along Sagamore Creek in search of salamanders.
Join Historical Interpreter Jen Graham to learn about the culture that built the Early Woodland Indian earthworks.
Learn about insect morphology and adaptations as we venture into the meadow.
What is GeoCaching, and why is it the coolest ever?
Naturalist Foster Brown will take you on a hike around Sanctuary Marsh and reveal the lore and legend about common summer flowers, weeds and trees.
Explore Chippewa Creek
Meet a live bat and see some mounted bats up close.
Join Naturalist Jake Kudrna on the banks of Euclid Creek searching for woodpeckers, catbirds and sandpipers.
Come and enjoy our nature center with Naturalist Lindsey Dukles and check out which wildflowers are in bloom.
What lives in Sulphur Springs Creek? Let’s spend the afternoon exploring and getting dirty.
Amazing close-up photos and interesting facts about beekeeping will leave you wanting to start your own hive!
Join naturalist Patti Donnellan on a stroll through the prairie of West Creek.
Witness the fireflies' light show aboard a pontoon float
Meet our slimy and scaly animal ambassadors and go on a search for more around the pond.
Join Naturalist and Songwriter Foster Brown on a hike to the Henry Church Rock.
Learn about the forest fauna through stories, hike and party game. Registration required.
Explore nature through books, games, hikes and other activities.
Join us for an hour of exploration as we draw close to common butterflies and other amazing insects that are found around the nature center, nearby fields and gardens.
Climb on natural rock while learning how to belay, proper climbing techniques, knots, and the climbing lingo. Registration fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
Celebrate our Centennial by discovering the beauty and history of Bedford Reservation.
Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder at the mouth of Euclid Creek in search of waterfowl, kingfishers and cliff swallows.
Learn advanced climbing and belaying techniques, bouldering principles, and an introduction to anchor building. Registration fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
The capers continue and this time naturalist Patti Donnellan has been abducted by water dragons!
Bike to Mill Creek Falls. Registration required.
Children, young and old, will love getting their feet wet and exploring in the creek.
Meet Naturalist Beth Whiteley at the meadow of Lewis Road Riding Ring and we will go on a hunt for bugs!
Monarchs are returning and can be seen nectaring on many of our summer blooms. Join Naturalist Natalie Schroder in search of eggs and larvae of these magical flying insects.
Bring your family and a picnic, and we’ll supply the fun!
Join us for a walk around the marsh in search of North America’s largest frog.
Enjoy a summer night near the forest as we await the arrival of moths and other insects to our lights.
Join Naturalist Jen Brumfield to seek migrant shorebirds and waterbirds along Ohio’s coastline. Register online beginning 9:30 a.m. April 24
Misunderstood, overlooked, and even feared, moths live in the shadows of their butterfly cousins
For anyone who has a Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide or would like to get one, this refresher course in wildflower identification will help you spruce up your skills.
Kids will enjoy searching out these lovable creatures along the nature center trails. After our hike, we’ll make a take-home frog craft.
Learn about the history of West Creek Reservation and the West Creek Watershed while helping remove litter.
Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese a face-paced hike through the multi-habitat woodlands of Royalview.
Join Naturalist Lindsey Dukles early as we climb all 155 steps to reach the breathtaking view atop Fort Hill as the sun rises
Swoop by to catch butterflies and skippers while learning about the importance and diversity of these charismatic insects.
Have a buggy afternoon. Meet cool critters from around the world and your backyard.
Learn about the lifestyles of these amazing animals and the challenges they face, and taste some honey made by our bees.
The Art of Nature- Nothing is more exquisite than the natural beauty that surrounds us here in Northeastern Ohio.
Have you wanted to venture out into the woods at night?