Cleveland Metroparks Outdoor Education Programming Returns

October 13, 2020

Free guided hikes offer exploration and adventure throughout fall season

Cleveland Metroparks today announced that outdoor education programs are returning this weekend. Beginning Saturday, October 17, park naturalists will be leading daily guided hikes across the Park District to offer guests a way to stay active and explore fall in the Emerald Necklace.

Park naturalists will offer a variety of hikes for all ages including birding, history, night hikes as well as family-friendly hikes. Outdoor recreation specialists will also offer weekend “try-it” sessions where guests can learn a new outdoor recreation skill. In total, Cleveland Metroparks will be offering approximately 40 programs per week.

“Parks have provided an important outlet for our community this past year and we hope these guided hikes can help us stay active and connected with nature through the cooler months,” said Brian M. Zimmerman, Cleveland Metroparks CEO.

Group size per program will be limited to less than 10 people following CDC guidelines and advance registration online is required. Registration will not be available in-person or by phone. Additionally, facial coverings must be worn by all participants unless under six years of age. Due to demand, guests are limited to one program per week.

Cleveland Metroparks will also continue to offer virtual nature learning with its “Ask a Naturalist” series on Facebook Live every Friday at 1 p.m. for those unable to participate during in-person programming.

The naturalist led programming will be free to the public with the exception of Outdoor Recreation events that require a $5 equipment rental such as bicycles or watersport rentals.

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Cleveland Metroparks outdoor education programming returning this weekend

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Cleveland Metroparks announced that their outdoor education programs will be returning this weekend. Beginning Saturday, October 17, you will be able to take daily hikes guided by park naturalists across the Park District to explore the fall season in the Emerald Necklace.

A number of hikes will be offered for all ages including birding, history, night hikes as well as family-friendly hikes. Visitors will also have the opportunity for “try-it” sessions, where guests can learn a new outdoor recreation skill from specialists. 

Approximately 40 programs per week will be made made available to those looking to stay active and explore the parks.

“Parks have provided an important outlet for our community this past year and we hope these guided hikes can help us stay active and connected with nature through the cooler months,” said Brian M. Zimmerman, Cleveland Metroparks CEO.

Each program will be limited to less than 10 people, per the CDC’s guidelines and advance registration online only is required. Facial covers are also required to be worn by all guests unless under the age of six. Due to high demand and limited group sizes, guests are limited to only one program per week. 

The popular “Ask a Naturalist” digital series on Facebook Live every Friday at 1:00 p.m. will continue to be offered for those unable to participate during in-person programming.

The guided hikes will be free to the public with the exception of Outdoor Recreation events that require a $5 equipment rental such as bicycle or watersport rentals. 

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