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

Saturday, May 23

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

Sunday, May 31

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

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

 

Magnificence on the Mountain

Date

Sundays, June 7 and July 12; Saturday, Aug. 8

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

Bole Woods Hike

Date

Tuesday, June 9

Time

6 - 8pm

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Julie Dougherty, Assistant Manager of Guest Relations

Cost

$5 members, $15 nonmembers

Take an enjoyable hike along the Bole Woods trail to view a variety of native trees and learn what makes this forest a National Natural Landmark. This is a two-mile moderate hike.  Wear shoes suitable for hiking.

HIK104

Stebbins Gulch: A Hike Through Geologic History

Date

Saturdays, June 27 and Aug. 15; Sunday, July 26

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

Native Tree ID in Summer

Date

Saturday, June 13

Time

9:30am - 3pm

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Marian Williams, Manager of Information Services

Cost

$15 members, $25 nonmembers

Learn terminology and field characteristics important to identifying trees in summer. We will use a key to identify twig samples and review trees outdoors.

You will be able to identify 15 to 20 trees.

NAT304

Wetland Exploration

Date

Saturday, July 11

Time

9am - noon

Location

Working Woods Parking Lot

Instructor

Education/Conservation staff

Cost

$10 members, $20 nonmembers

Wetlands are one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet. Search for and learn about the amazing plants and animals supported by Holden wetlands. Dress for outdoor exploration.

Adults and supervised children ages 10 and up.

NAT251

A Walk on the Wild Side

Date

Saturday, July 25

Time

9 - 11am

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Dawn Gerlica, Horticulturist

Cost

$10 members, $20 nonmembers

Enjoy leisurely walk and guided tour through the Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden. Summer plants in bloom and any associated lore will be highlighted as well as interesting insects, mammals, birds and any other critters that we happen to encounter.

NAT219

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

 

Behind Locked Gates/Off the Beaten Path

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

The Forgotten Preserves of Mantua

Date

Sunday, June 7

Time

8 – 11am

Location

At site

Instructor

Bob Faber

Cost

$20 members, $30 nonmembers

Tiny Mantua Village has three State Nature Preserves and a state designated Scenic River. Explore the preserves including the rare glacial esker preserve along the Cuyahoga River. Optional brunch following the hike.  Three miles, easy.

NAT730

Covered Bridges and a Crooked River

Date

Saturday, July 11

Time

8 - 11am

Location

At site

Instructor

Bob Faber

Cost

$20 members, $30 nonmembers

Hike the newest section of the Maple Highlands Trail near Middlefield and discover a remote section of the Cuyahoga River and an award winning new covered bridge. Optional lunch at the Brisket. 3 miles, easy.

NAT731