Forest Explorations

 

Admission is free with nonmember class registration

Learn more about our instructors.

 

To see and enroll in classes offered at the Cleveland Botanical Garden,

please visit cbgarden.org or call 216.721.1600.

 

 

Weather and trail conditions are unpredictable.  We encourage everyone attending hikes or field classes to wear long sleeve shirts, pants, socks, shoes and a hat to help protect skin from the sun, insect bites, scratches and poison ivy.  During cold, wet months dress in warm, waterproof layers, paying particular attention to hands, head and feet. Guests on programs labeled Off-Trail may encounter tall grass, poison ivy and slippery, muddy trails. 

 

Please call the Education Department at 440.602.3833 with questions on any program we offer.

 

Stebbins Gulch: A Hike Through Geologic History

Date

Saturday, Aug. 15

Time

1 - 4pm

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Volunteer guides

Cost

$5 members, $15 nonmembers

Follow the streambed as it cuts through bedrock dating back millions of years. Explore the geology and plant communities resulting from this special environment. No children under 12. Rugged - three miles.    

HIK101

   

Crickets and Katydids: A Percussion Ensemble

Date

Friday, Aug. 7

Time

7 - 9pm

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Lisa Rainsong, Music Theory Professor and Naturalist

Cost

$15 members, $25 nonmembers

Indoors you will be introduced to some of the more common insect singers, their habitats and their songs.  Then we will search and listen for them outdoors. Please bring a flashlight and wear hiking shoes.

NAT269

 

Stebbins Gulch: A Hike Through Geologic History

Date

Saturday, Sept. 19; and Sundays, Oct. 11 and Nov. 1

Time

1 - 4pm

Location

Warren H. Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Volunteer guides

Cost

$5 members, $15 nonmembers

Follow the streambed as it cuts through bedrock dating back millions of years. Explore the geology and plant communities resulting from this special environment. No children under 12. Rugged - 3 miles.    

HIK101

Magnificence on the Mountain

Date

Sunday, Sept. 27; and Saturdays, Oct. 10 and Nov. 14

Time

1 - 4pm

Location

Warren H. Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Volunteer guides

Cost

$5 members, $15 nonmembers

Unique geological formations, diversity of plant life and its historic use as a resort make this a spectacular natural site. No children under 12.

Moderate – under 2 miles.

HIK102

South Stebbins – Forest Assessment & Tree ID

Date

Sunday, Sept. 27

Time

1 - 4pm

Location

Warren H. Corning Visitor Center

Instructors

Chad Knisely, Mike Watson

Cost

$15 members, $25 nonmembers

Enhance your tree id skills as we explore Holden's old growth Beech-Maple forest to discuss forest health, impacts of past land use, current threats and management and how Holden uses the Rapid Upland Forest Assessment and other tools to monitor forest conditions.  Rugged with possible muddy, wet conditions.

NAT736

Fabulous Fall Color of Carver’s Pond

Date

Sunday, Oct. 18

Time

1 - 5pm

Location

Warren H. Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Mike Watson

Cost

$15 members, $25 nonmembers

Awash in fall color, Carver’s Pond offers some of the most breathtaking views in the area and contains some incredible tree specimens. Explore the woodland and ponds of this unique, seldom seen area. Rugged with steep and often wet conditions.

HIK116

Introduction to Forestry

Date

Saturday, Oct. 24

Time

9am - 3pm

Location

Working Woods

Instructor

John Kehn, Aaron Kash – ODNR Service Foresters

Cost

$25 members, $40 nonmembers

Service Foresters work with private landowners on all aspects of forest management from tree planting to harvesting.  This workshop counts for Ohio Forest Tax Law credit but does not cover the required “Core” class.  Topics covered include how trees grow, property tax reduction programs, the economics of forestry, timber stand improvement, non-native invasive species management, sustainable maple syrup production, dealing with forestry contracts, and most importantly, the if, why, when, and how to sell timber.  Dress for the weather as we will be going outside rain or shine.  Please bring a sack lunch. 

NAT734

Maple Syrup Production for Homeowners

Date

Friday, Nov. 6

Time

2 - 4pm

Location

Warren H. Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Michael Farrell, Cornell University Extension

Cost

$30 members, $45 nonmembers

Have you considered conserving and using sugar maple trees for syrup production but aren’t sure where to begin? What does it take to make this a reality for your backyard, small woodlot, or large sugar bush?  Join Michael Farrell of Cornell University Extension to discuss the process and importance of a sustainable approach to maple sugaring.

NAT735

Behind Locked Gates/Off the Beaten Path

Serene Shaw Woods

Date

Saturday, Oct. 3

Time

10am - noon

Location

Meet at site

Instructor

Joe Malmisur, Portage Park District

Cost

$10 members, $20 nonmembers

The high-quality beautiful forests and wetlands through which the West Branch of the Mahoning River runs offers a diversity of birds, wildflowers, and the occasional river otter, bobcat and bear tracks.  Discover the natural history of this area and learn about its forest management plan.  Moderate, 2 mile loop trail with one stream crossing.

NAT733