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. 21

Time

1 - 4pm

Location

Warren H. Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Volunteers

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. 27

Time

1 - 4pm

Location

Warren H. Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Volunteers

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

Native Tree ID in Winter

Date

Saturday, Feb. 20

Time

10am – 3pm

Location

Warren H. Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Marian Williams, Acting Director of Holden Education

Cost

$15 members and $25 nonmembers

Learn the basics of tree identification.  We will begin in the classroom learning tree ID vocabulary, how to look at trees and how to use a key to identify trees using twig and bud characteristics.  Practice your newfound skills in the field reviewing the trees learned in class as well as identifying new ones.  By the end of the class you will be familiar with approximately 25 trees.  Bring a bag lunch or snack.  This class is being offered as part of the Sherwin Institute of Woodlot Management.

NATS304

   

Magnificence on the Mountain

Date

Sundays, March 6 and April 17, Saturday, May 7

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

Stebbins Gulch: A Hike Through Geologic History

Date

Saturdays, March 26, April 23 and Sunday, May 29

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

A Musical Approach to Birdsong

Learn to identify birds by sight and song. Each session will begin with a one hour indoor program that includes Lisa Rainsong’s own field recordings and images of birds to identify. This will be followed by an outdoor exploration to identify birds.

Singing Winter into Spring

Date

Saturday, March 26

Time

8 - 11am

Location

Warren H. Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Lisa Rainsong, PhD, Cleveland Institute of Music

Cost

$15 members, $25 nonmembers

Explore the repertoire of our earliest singers and learn where each is likely to be found.

NAT369

Singing Their Way North: Mid-spring Migrants

Date

Saturday, April 23

Time

8 - 11am

Location

Warren H. Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Lisa Rainsong, PhD, Cleveland Institute of Music

Cost

$15 members, $25 nonmembers

Learn about the birds that are moving into and through Northeast Ohio this time of year.

NAT469

Music in the Meadow

Date

Saturday, May 7

Time

8 - 11am

Location

Warren H. Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Lisa Rainsong, PhD, Cleveland Institute of Music

Cost

$15 members, $25 nonmembers

Identify beautiful grassland birds.  This ensemble includes meadow larks, bobolinks, bluebirds, tree swallows and more.

NAT269

The Emergence of “Satan’s Parakeets”

Date

Friday, May 20

Time

7 - 9pm

Location

Warren H. Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Mike Watson, Conservation Biologist

Cost

$10 members, $20 nonmembers

Although their red eyes and ear-splitting songs earned them the ominous nickname "Satan's parakeets", periodical cicadas are a (mostly) harmless and fascinating group of insects. We'll discuss their unusual life cycle, their activities above ground, and take an evening stroll through the gardens to look for emerging cicadas.

NAT267

Arbor Day Lecture - Out on a Limb – Exploration of Global Forest Canopies

 

Date

Friday, April 29

Time

7 - 9pm

Lecturer

Dr. Margaret “CanopyMeg” Lowman, Chief of Science and Sustainability, California Academy of Sciences

Location

Warren H. Corning Visitor Center

Cost

Free but registration required

Visit our Scientist Lecture Series page to learn more.

NAT324

Sherwin Institute of Woodlot Management

Through the generosity of the Sherwick Fund of the Cleveland Foundation, The Holden Arboretum has created the John Sherwin Jr., Institute for Woodlot Management. The Sherwin Institute will provide landowners of small woodlots with educational opportunities to increase their knowledge of appropriate techniques to achieve successful management and utilization of their forested properties. The institute’s programs and facilities will serve as a regional center for fostering forest management best practices, by everyone who engages in woodlot management.

All About Maple Syrup

Date

Saturday, March 19

Time

9am - noon

Location

Working Woods

Instructor

Les Ober, OSU Extension, Agriculture and Natural Resources Coordinator, Geauga County.

Cost

$10 members, $20 nonmembers

Do you love maple syrup and want to know more about it?  Have you ever wondered what it would take to make your own maple syrup?  If so, this workshop will touch upon both areas; what you should know as a consumer of maple syrup and how to make your own, even if you only have a few maple trees. Join Les Ober to explore the history, tradition and modern methods of making maple syrup, “why sap happens” and what syrup grades are best to use for various applications. The program will conclude with the basics of how to make maple syrup and protect your valuable trees.  

SIWM735

Forest Health: Invasive Plants

Date

Friday, May 20

Time

9:30am - 3:30pm

Location

Working Woods

Instructor

Kathy Smith, Ohio Woodland Stewards Program Coordinator

Chad Knisely, Holden Natural Areas Manager

Cost

$35 members and nonmembers

Landowners are faced with the challenge of numerous invasive plants that can significantly alter their wooded landscape. This class will cover some of the major non-native invasive plants that impact our woodlands and natural areas across the state. Identification, management and control options will be discussed throughout the day with some hands on identification in the field as we explore the surrounding woodlands to see the impacts of these plants.  Fee includes box lunch and handouts.  For more information and to register call 614.688.3421 or go to http://woodlandstewards.osu.edu

Off the Beaten Path

Warner Hollow - The Great Blue Wall

Date

Sunday, Feb 7  

Time

1 - 4pm

Location

At site – directions sent on registration

Instructor

Joe Malmisur

Cost

$20 members, $30 nonmembers

This frozen blue, white and tan monument of ice is spectacular.  The one mile, very steep walk includes the waterfall, a covered bridge and remnants of an ancient Erie Indian fortification.  Experience a variety of forest communities from dry hilltop to floodplain.  Waterproof boots recommended. Difficult/Off Trail.

NAT161

Grove Woods/Chamberlin Forest - What’s That Tree?

Date

Sunday, March 13

Time

1 - 3:30pm

Location

At site, directions sent upon request

Instructor

Joe Malmisur

Cost

$20 members, $30 nonmembers

Learn tree identification without leaves!  Located in Northern Trumbull County, these woods are home to some of the largest trees in the area.  We will also identify invasive species and discuss their impact on forest health. Be sure to dress for snow, mud, and wet conditions.

NAT333

Hope Springs Eternal...And So Do Wildflowers

Date

Sunday, April 24

Time

1 - 3pm

Location

At site, directions sent upon registration

Instructor

Joe Malmisur

Cost

$20 members, $30 nonmembers

Join Malmisur to look for signs of spring in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's Grand River Terraces. This is one of Ohio’s premier hemlock swamps and is the Museum's prime location for spring ephemerals as well as massive poplar trees.  Oven birds and wood thrushes should be back to serenade us as we walk.  High boots are a must for this trip.