Cleveland Metroparks outdoor education programming returning this weekend

Get ready for some adventure! 

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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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