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.