Most kids these days have strong technical skills when it comes to computers, smart phones and iPad but few are able to master practical skills like baiting a hook, tying knots or changing the tire on their bike.
Cleveland Metroparks wants to change all that with a free “Cleveland Metroparks Outdoor Odyssey" on Saturday, October 12, 2013. The event will run from noon to 4:00 p.m. and will be held along the Ohio & Erie Canal in the Ohio Erie Canal Reservation in Cuyahoga Heights.
“Outdoor Odyssey” is designed to get kids outdoors and into nature but most importantly, to get active. Each child participating receives a “passport” to record their progress during the day. During the afternoon they travel from station to station learning and experiencing nature exploration, outdoor safety, and recreational activities like golf putting and chipping, stargazing, bird watching, fishing and more. Free live bait and loaner fishing equipment will be made available while supplies last.
Each time a child completes a skill station they receive a stamp on their passport. Upon completing a minimum of five stations they get a prize. Also on hand will be a slew of nature and environmental organizations with activities and displays. Kids and also meet live animals that are housed at the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, too!
The event is hosted by Youth Outdoors (a division of the Cleveland Metroparks). Youth Outdoors is a partnership between Cleveland Metroparks, The 4-H clubs of Cleveland, the City of Cleveland and the Ohio State University Extension Agency. Their mission is to make a difference in the lives of urban youths between the ages of 8 and 18 by having them experience outdoor recreation as well as environmental education programs. This helps develop a lifelong appreciation of nature and an understanding of our precious natural resources as well as learning vital life skills.
The entrance to Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation is located on Whittlesey Way, off East 49th Street, between Grant Avenue and Canal Road in Cuyahoga Heights. - just off the I-77/Grant Ave. exit. Follow the signs behind CanalWay Center to get to the event site along the Ohio & Erie Canal.
For more information, call 216-206-1000 or visit clevelandmetroparks.com.