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

Sundays, April 17 and 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.

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Stebbins Gulch: A Hike Through Geologic History

Date

Saturdays, 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.     

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Sherwin Ponds/Hach-Otis State Nature Preserve

Date

Sunday, May 22

Time

1 - 3:30pm

Location

At site, directions sent upon registration

Instructor

Joe Malmisur

Cost

$20 members, $30 nonmembers

Explore unique and beautiful areas along the Chagrin River corridor. We will walk through a beech-maple-oak mixed mesophytic forest with deep ravines sheltered by eastern hemlock. We will also search for young American chestnut trees along the bluffs at Hach-Otis.  Stunning vistas and unique geologic features abound, this hike has something for everyone.

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