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The Cleveland Museum of Natural History wants to take you outside

There is lots to do at and away from the Museum this summer
There is lots to do at and away from the Museum this summer
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

If you think that the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is just a place to go and see old bones…you are gravely mistaken. The museum also offers a huge amount of opportunities to get outside and hike, bike and paddle (as well as discover). Check out some of the programs that are coming up.

Put the Paddle to the Pedal
Friday, July 18, 2014
9:00 a.m.

Conducted by Naturalists Judy Semroc and Larry Rosche
Join two of the Museum’s Naturalists for a gentle six mile canoe trip down the Tuscarawas River. Float and paddle to Canal Fulton in Stark County and return either by bus or (for the more energetic) by bicycle on the Towpath Trail. The focus of the trip will be to search for rare dragonflies. The cost is $40 for members and $55 for non-members. The trip will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and has a difficulty level of 3.

Sunday Stroll and Picnic
July 20, 2014
11:00 a.m.

Conducted by Naturalists Renee Boronka, Stanley Stine and Judy Semroc
Take a naturally guided tour/Sunday Stroll through McCoy Fen and afterwards sit down to a picnic. Participants are asked to bring a dish to share with the other attendees. The cost is $8.00 for members and $12.00 for non-members. The event will last from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and has a difficulty level of 2.

Cottonwood at Hidden Hollow
July 22, 2014
9:00 a.m.

Conducted by Naturalists Jim Bissell, Jim Spetz, Judy Semroc and Larry Rosche
Join Museum Naturalists for a hike through an Ohio State Nature Preserve in search of the rare Swamp Cottonwood (rumor have it they are there in number). Included in the day is a special hike in the nearby Medina County parkland that is normally hiked by reservation only. Cost is $10.00 and $14.00 for non-members. The event will last from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and has a difficulty level of 3.

For the Children “Tiny Trekkers”

Ants Go Marching
Friday, July 18, 2014
11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Kate Iverson

Each month a new hour long exploration into nature takes place at the Museum. Bring your favorite preschooler for a look at Museum specimens, fun games, crafts and stories. A mini-Museum tour is also included in the program. Cost is $8.00 for members and $12.00 for non-members (includes one child and one adult) and younger siblings may participate for an additional $4.00 for members and $6.00 for non-members. Each session is limited to ten children.

PNC provides scholarship opportunities to families based on household income. Request a quick and easy application. Sponsored by PNC Grow Up Great.

Gold Prospecting
August 1, 2014
8:00 a.m.
Museum Van Trip
Instructors: Dr. David Saja and Bob Bartolotta

Did you know that there is gold in Ohio? It’s true! Take a tip to Richland County and work a stream with provided pans and dredges just like the original prospectors. Learn about glacial geology and how the gold got to come here. This is a wet a muddy fun event (perfect for a summer day) and you get to keep all the gold you find. Plan to become enriched (but not rich) from the experience. Cost is $42.00 for members and $50.00 for non-members. The event will last from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is for children nine years and older with adult and has a difficulty level of 2.

Something for the Adults

Wine tasting with a wild side!

Natural Areas Wine Tours 2014

Co-sponsored by The Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Ohio Wine Producers Association.

Ohio is considered one of the prime areas for producing wine grapes. This program is perfect for the naturalist/wine connoisseur. The day begins with you arriving at the winery following the map sent to you beforehand. You then go out for a hike from 10:00 a.m. to noon at a spectacular Museum preserve. Afterwards you proceed to the winery for lunch and wine tasting. The group is limited to 30 participants. The cost is $35.00 per person.

July 19, 2014
North Kingsville Sand Barrens/Markko Vineyard (Conneaut)
Leaders: Jim Bissell & Stanley Stine

Join Museum staff for an easy hike at the North Kingsville Sand Barrens. After a stroll through sandy openings listening to birds and summer insects, enjoy lunch and a wine tasting at Markko Vineyard in Conneaut.

August 23, 2014
Sparks Preserve/Barrel Run Crossing Winery (Rootstown)
Leaders: Garrett Ormiston & Stanley Stine

Take a late summer stroll through the wetlands of our Sparks Preserve followed by lunch and a tasting. Barrel Run Crossing specializes in handcrafted dry and sweet wines made from grapes grown on site.

September 27, 2014
Singer Lake Bog/Maize Valley Market & Winery (Hartville)
Hike 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Winery Visit 3:30 p.m.
With hot air balloon launch at 5:00 p.m.
Leaders: Judy Semroc & Larry Rosche

Plan for an easy walk though Singer Lake, which is dotted with a series of seven bogs. Afterwards, travel to Maize Valley Winery for a late lunch and tasting, followed by their annual autumn festival.

October 4, 2014
Groves Woods/Laleure Vineyards (Parkman)
Leaders: Judy Semroc & Larry Rosche

Join naturalists on a stroll through the Beech Maple Forest at Groves Woods. After the hike, travel to Laleure Winery, a boutique winery dedicated to producing high-quality wines made primarily from vinifera grapes grown on the property.

Questions? Contact Renee Boronka at or (216) 231-4600, ext. 3505

Biking Trumbull County
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
9:00 a.m.
Instructors: Judy Semroc and Larry Rosche

Dress for success with shorts, Ts, water and sunscreen (and probably a little insect repellant wouldn’t hurt) then head to Trumbull County for a 15 mile plus (but not more than 20 mile) ride along the fabulous Western Reserve Greenway. There will be nature stops along the way to catch your breath as well as fun conversation. The cost is $8.00 for members and $12.00 for non-members with a difficulty level of 3.

The Mentor Marsh Nature Center is open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm April through October

Free family nature hikes are offered from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. every Sunday. Participants are asked to meet at the Nature Center (5185 Corduroy Road, Mentor, Ohio) unless otherwise indicated. Reservations are requested for all programs and can be made by calling the Nature Center at (440) 257-0777 or emailing Rebecca Donaldson at

Beating the Heat without Feet
Sunday, July 20

Humans and animals can move to get away from summer's blaze, but what do living things that can't move do? On this hike, we will investigate plants and fungi and discover their adaptations to beat the heat.

Discover the Marsh at the Lagoons
Sunday, July 27

Meet at the Mentor Lagoons City Nature Preserve (8365 Harbor Dr.) for a discovery walk at the western edge of the Marsh.

Summer Blooms
Sunday, August 3

Mid-summer blooms and insect life enjoying nectar will be the focus of this hike. Explore blooms at the wood’s edge, in the prairie and in the Marsh.

Winged Wonders
Sunday, August 10

Our wetland habitat provides homes and food for dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies. See how many species can be found on the Wake Robin boardwalk.

Insects All Around
Sunday, August 17

Join Museum Staff for an insect exploratory hike on the Wake Robin boardwalk. Search for insects crawling on plants, flying in the air and even swimming in the Marsh’s waters!

Scouting for Butterflies at Mentor Marsh
Sunday, August 24

Join local butterfly enthusiast, Mary Ann Wagner for a butterfly hike and monarch tagging at the Marsh. Help host plant and nectar provisions for these winged creatures, and look for both butterflies and caterpillars.

Wild Wanderings: Foraging
Sunday, August 31

With our guest Kelsey Siekkinen, go outside and learn about some renowned native plants, encroaching (or opportunistic) invasives, and discover which plants to approach with caution. We'll share some key field characteristics for identifying these plants and describe some of the traditional uses and methods of preparation.

Special Programs in the Smead Discovery Center

All programs in the Smead Discovery Center are free with museum admission. No registration is required. The Smead Discovery Center is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and
Sunday 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Discover the Silk Road
Through Saturday, October 4

The Silk Road was not an actual road, but many trade routes by land and sea that stretched from Japan and China to the Middle East and the Roman Empire. Explore the Silk Road on our giant world map! Touch and smell some of the treasures traded along the Silk Road, and learn about their natural history.

Wednesday Summer Show and Tells

Bring your family and your questions, and get ready for hands-on fun. Stay as long as you like. Each week will feature a special activity or craft and a resource person who will make science fun and understandable for visitors of all ages.

Show and Smell
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Smell some of Ohio’s most fragrant native plants and learn about their uses with Museum Natural Areas specialists and botanists. Then smell the difference between a few fresh and store-bought spices. You might be amazed at the difference. Plant an herb to take home.

What Is A Watershed?
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
2:30 to 4:30 pm

Water goes away after it rains, but where is “away”? What else does water take away when it goes? The Doan Brook Watershed Partnership will show you with a mini watershed and storm. Learn how to protect your watershed and make a rain gauge to take home.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
2:30 to 4:30 pm

Learn how different dinosaurs used their teeth and more with David Chapman and Joe Klunder from the Vertebrate Paleontology Department. Touch life-like casts of dinosaur teeth and skulls from the Museum’s collection and make a feathered dino craft.

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