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.

 

 

Magnificence on the Mountain

Date

Sunday, Feb. 22

Time

1 - 4pm

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Volunteer guides

Cost

$5 members, $15 nonmembers

Discover the rich natural and social history of Little Mountain. Unique geological formations, diversity of plant life and its historic use as a resort make this a spectacular natural site in any season. No children under 12.

Moderate – under 2 miles.

HIK102

Stebbins Gulch: A Hike Through Geologic History

Date

Saturday, Feb. 14

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 and explore the plant communities resulting from this special geological feature. This is a rigorous hike requiring a good degree of physical fitness and balance. Proper footwear is imperative and should be appropriate for climbing, walking through mud and high water conditions. We strongly suggest high waterproof boots. No children under 12. Rugged - 3 miles.

HIK101

The Nature of Pierson Creek Valley

Date

Sunday, Feb. 8

Time

1 - 4pm

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Volunteer guides

Cost

$5 members, $15 nonmembers

A pristine ravine, deeply incised in glacial till, the Pierson Creek Valley has a unique story to tell about our natural history.  This hike along the Old Valley Trail and Pierson Creek Loop will highlight the diversity of magnificent native trees, understory plants and the geology of the valley formation.  Much of the hiking will be in the stream.  Please wear hiking shoes that can get wet.  No children under 12.  Rugged – 2.5 miles.

HIK118

 

Understanding Geology Basics - Offered at Two Locations

Date

Saturday, Jan. 31

Time

2 - 4pm

Location

Corning Classroom – The Holden Arboretum 

Date

Saturday, Feb. 28

Time

2 - 4pm

Location

Hershey Classroom – Cleveland Botanical Garden   

Instructor

Pat Biliter

Cost

$15 members, $25 nonmembers

Did you ever wonder about those big shale cliffs on I-90, that rock-choked streambed near your home or those giant erratic boulders?  This course is designed for people who have never taken a geology class, but have always been curious about what they see around them.  We'll start by discussing basic geologic concepts:  What is a rock?  What is a mineral?  What is a fossil?  How do they form?  What types are we likely to find in our region, how did they get here, and what do they tell us about the history of this area?  We'll take time to examine and scratch and sniff lots of rocks and minerals. We'll also discuss geologic time, the rock cycle, erosion and deposition, glaciation, and how all these factors combined over geologic time to produce the land forms and outcrops in Lake, Geauga and Cuyahoga counties.

For the Botanical Garden location register online at cbgarden.org or call 216.721.1600, x100

NAT700

Winter Tree Id for Beginners

Date

Saturday, Feb. 7

Time

9am - noon

Location

Corning Classroom

Instructor

Julie Dougherty

Cost

$10 members, $20 nonmembers

Get out of the house and learn the basics of winter tree identification.  We will begin in the classroom learning tree id vocabulary, how to look at trees and how to use a winter tree key.  We will go for a walk for the last hour to review the same trees in their native habitat.  By the end of the class participants will be able to easily identify a minimum of 10 native trees.  Dress for the weather.

NAT304

   

Singing Winter into Spring

Date

Saturday, March 14

Time

8:30 - 11:30am

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Lisa Rainsong

Cost

$15 members, $25 nonmembers

An indoor class introduces you to the songs and habitats of our earliest singers.  Then we will look and listen outdoors where the first act of the avian concert is underway.

NAT369

Special Note

Register for all three Rainsong bird classes and receive $10 off. NAT369S

Magnificence on the Mountain

Date

Saturdays, March 21 and May 23; and Sunday, April 5

Time

1 - 4pm

Location

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

Stebbins Gulch: A Hike Through Geologic History

Date

Sundays, March 29 and May 31; and Saturday, April 18

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 - 3 miles.   

HIK101

Birdsong Theme and Variation

Date

Saturday, April 11

Time

8 - 11am

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Lisa Rainsong

Cost

$15 members and $25 nonmembers

Many of our common birds sing more than one song.  Learn their variations in a one-hour indoor class and identify their songs again outside as we hike through their concert stages.

NAT471

Arbor Day Lecture: Evolution of Big

Date

Friday, April 24

Time

7 - 9pm

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Cost

Free but registration required

William “Ned” Friedman, director of the Arnold Arboretum and Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, reveals an amazing period when there were no trees, and then, in the blink of a geological eye, several different groups of plants evolved the ability to increase their girth. Get a sense of what forests looked like 300 million years ago. Learn about the extinction of all but one of the early arborescent lineages of plants and find out which evolutionary group of trees survived to populate arboreta and today’s forests.

NAT324

Music in the Meadow

Date

Saturday, May 9

Time

8 - 11am

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Lisa Rainsong

Cost

$15 members, $25 nonmembers

Identify grassland birds by sight and song. This ensemble includes meadowlarks, bobolinks, bluebirds, tree swallows, field sparrows and song sparrows.  Walk through their performance venue after an indoor introduction to their songs.

NAT269

Behind Locked Gates/Off the Beaten Path

Ice Caves

Date

Sunday, Feb. 1

Time

9am - noon

Location

At site

Instructors

Bob Faber

Cost

$20 members, $30 nonmembers

Explore the hidden trails and secret passageways of Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park near Garrettsville.  Discover a variety of ice formations including frozen waterfalls, temporary stalactites and stalagmites, and unusual needle ice.  Be prepared to squeeze through narrow passageways and slither into a shelter behind a frozen waterfall.  Walking surface may be icy with numerous small hills and some scrambling on boulders.  Difficult/Off Trail.         

NAT245

   

Wildflower Lollapalooza and Winery

Date

Saturday, April 25

Time

3 - 6pm

Location

At site

Instructor

Bob Faber

Cost

$20 members, $30 nonmembers

Walk among an amazingly diverse display of wildflowers at the Eagle Creek Nature Preserve near Hiram. Afterwards we will retire to a nearby winery. Wine not included in fee.  Moderate, unimproved trails, 2 miles

NAT348

Wildest Ohio: The Ashtabula Outback

Date

Saturday, May 9

Time

9am -1pm

Location

At site

Instructor

Bob Faber

Cost

$20 members, $30 nonmembers

Discover the Nature Conservancy’s Grand River Conservation Campus; a landscape home to rare plants and unusual animals in one of the wildest sections of Ohio. Moderate, unimproved trails, 3 miles

NAT371

Off Limits Canoeing and a Bass Lake Inn Lunch

Date

Saturday, May 30

Time

9am - noon

Location

At site

Instructors

Bob Faber

Cost

$35 members, $50 nonmembers

Bass Lake is home to several rare species including nesting bald eagles and the “rarest of the rare” native Ohio Brook Trout. Sighting bald eagles is guaranteed. Lunch not included in fee.

NAT113