• Monday, July 15, 2019 at 09:00 AM through July 19, 2019

    Junior Ranger River Summer Camp

    In this unique Jr. Ranger Day Camp series, your child will have exclusive opportunities to explore and learn about the national park that’s in their very own backyard! We have three weeks of camp and your camper can join us for all of them, learning new topics and playing new games each week! Join the whole summer camp series and your child will earn an official Cuyahoga Valley Jr. Ranger Badge, and Patch! 


    The first week will be focused on exploring the Cuyahoga River, and what better time to do this than the 50th anniversary of the infamous river burning?! Your camper will spend a week hiking in various ecosystems and understanding the important role that water plays in nature. Your child will work toward earning their official Cuyahoga Valley National Park Jr. Ranger badge at the closing ceremony on Friday. Parents are encouraged to attend!

    Entering grades 1-6, campers will be divided by grade level.

    Made-from-scratch lunches and snacks are included each day of camp — yum! Dietary restrictions are accepted. More information upon registration.

    Before Care 8-9am

    After Care 3-5pm (Not available on Friday)



  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    Air: Breathing Life into Tomorrow


    According to a recent report from the American Lung Association, Cuyahoga County is the 9th most polluted area in the country for annual particle pollution and received an F rating for the number of ozone days. Both ozone and particle pollution can have deadly affects and increase the risk of heart disease, lung cancer, and asthma attacks.


    While this is not a positive report, it does show improvement – the amount of air pollution that Cleveland has been experiencing has been steadily declining. However, according to the National Climate assessment, climate change will only exacerbate current air pollution issues – including increasing ground-level ozone and/or particular matter, intensifying wildfires and prolonging allergen and pollen seasons.


    The Clean Air Act was passed in 1970, the same year that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established, and one year after the Cuyahoga River Fire of 1969. It was a major shift in the federal government’s role in air pollution control, regulating emissions from industry and automobiles. However, what has been done since then? How can Cleveland breathe cleaner air? And what do these risks mean for those most vulnerable to air pollution, including the elderly, young children, and low-income communities?



    Public Square in Cleveland, OH
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 04:00 PM

    Mobile Food Pantry (Food Is Medicine)


    From March - November of each year, the Cleveland Dept. of Public Health @ J. Glen Smith Health Center partners with the Greater Cleveland Foodbank in receiving over 6000 pounds of produce each month to distribute to the community at large. We are considered a "Food is Medicine" site in which we have nursing students who take blood pressures, glucose and cholesterol readings (as available); food demos, managed care agency tables, community agency tables, community agency participation by volunteering which includes our partnership with the Greater Cleveland Volunteer Association!

    For those who would like to receive produce, please bring bags and arrive early (line forms at 3:00pm)! For those who would like to volunteer, please contact Kathy Rothenberg-James at

    Contact with questions: Kathy Rothenberg-James at; 216-664-2362 or 216-857-7467 (cell)


    J. Glen Smith Health Center in Cleveland, OH
  • Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 09:30 AM

    Summer 2019 County Greenprint Training (Advanced)


    This summer, County Planning will offer two County Greenprint training sessions at the Cuyahoga County Administrative Headquarters, an introductory session and an advanced session.


    The County Greenprint is a great tool to assist nature and sustainability enthusiasts, as well as planners, service directors, city council persons and interested citizens in planning for and protecting our greenspaces. Find out how the Cuyahoga County Greenprint can help with tree plantings, riparian setbacks and other conservation strategies which enhance our natural quality of life.

    Greenprint training sessions are open to all. Participants will learn how to use the mapping tool, access best practices and create basic customized maps. Visit our Greenprint training page for a complete list of training opportunities. For questions, contact Elaine Price at 216-443-3721 or


    In addition, County Planning created a video tutorial covering the basics of using the Greenprint. If you're planning to attend the training session, we recommend that you prepare by watching this training video as an introduction and orientation for the class.



  • Friday, July 19, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    USGBC Ohio Sustainability Luncheon - Green Buildings & Child Health


    As part of USGBC Ohio's Quarterly Leadership Day we will be offering a keynote luncheon featuring a presentation by Dr. Aparna Bole of UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.

    The topic will be: Green Buildings & Child Health — What’s good for the planet is good for our patients: a pediatrician’s perspective on green building

    The event is free and open to all USGBC Ohio Members, thanks in part to a sponsorship from Case Western Reserve University. Space is limited so be sure to register early!



  • Friday, July 19, 2019 at 06:00 PM

    Plated Landscape - Lake Erie Fish Fry Dinner




    What is a Plated Landscape™ Dinner?


    Started in 2006, Plated Landscapes are the brainchild of Chef/Founder/Farmer, Ben Bebenroth. These al fresco dining experiences take place at our farm, Spice Acres, along with other scenic and immersive locations in Northeast Ohio. The evening begins with a welcoming reception with a signature beverage and farm-inspired passed hor d'oeuvres followed by a multi-course dinner set among Cleveland’s most iconic Metroparks locations. A Plated Landscape within the Cleveland Metroparks is sure to be the most unique dining experience of your summer season!



    Gather with your friends {and make some new ones!} as you stroll through Wendy Park to the Historic Coast Guard Station which has been brought back to life through the generosity of several key partners including Great Lakes Brewing Company, the Burning River Foundation and Cleveland Metroparks. An extension of Whiskey Island, this historic location provides amazing views of downtown Cleveland and makes for a dreamy place to have dinner.



    Wendy Park green space, look for signage and attendant.


    The Scoop:

    Spice is not able to accommodate dietary restrictions or allergies due to the nature and format of the event.


    If you have a Plated Landscape Gift Certificate, please call us at 216-432-9090 for a promo code as you will still need to reserve your seat via Eventbrite. Gift Certificates DO NOT ensure a seat at the table but we make every attempt to accommodate.


    Please wear comfortable walking shoes (heels not recommended) and dress for the forecasted weather.


    We prefer to dine among the stars, however, there is always a rain plan in place - please bring an umbrella and appropriate shoes.


    Arrival begins at 6:00pm for hors d'oeuvres and welcome cocktail – we ask that you please be timely or let Spice know in advance if you are running late.




    Gratuity is not included and always appreciated!


    *By attending a Plated Landscape you agree to be photographed and the images may be used for future marketing and social media posts*

  • Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Family Fun Day at Buckeye Bud’s


    Come out to Buckeye Bud’s Adventure Woods to
    enjoy live entertainment, activities, and games. Each
    month is a different theme:

    • June: Art in Nature crafts
      • clay with footprint imprint
      • painted stones
      • exploration stations with “patterns in symmetry” and a research table with fungus in soil
    • July: Pollinators
    • August: Water ExplorationS



    The Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, OH
  • Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Euclid Beach Park Day

    This year we celebrate the 50 years since Euclid Beach Park closed.

    Euclid Beach Park was one of the most prominent amusement parks in Cleveland, and the memories created there were so strong, stories about the park live on today. Though Euclid Beach Park closed its gates in 1969, generations of Clevelanders create new memories every day when riding on the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel here at the Cleveland History Center.

    Audiences of all ages are invited to enjoy fun, family activities including unlimited rides on the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel, lawn games and so much more.


    Buy your tickets in advance and save! Discounted tickets will only be available until June 1, 2019.


    Adult: $10 ($8 in advance if purchased by 6/1/19)

    Senior: $9 ($7 in advance if purchased by 6/1/19)

    Child: $5 ($3 in advance if purchased by 6/1/19)



    Cleveland History Center in Cleveland, OH
  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    Fire: Heating Up to 100% Renewables


    After President Trump indicated he would withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, a group of nearly 200 mayors, including Mayor Frank G. Jackson, joined the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda and committed themselves to the climate goals outlined in the agreement.


    One of those goals is to power the city with 100 percent renewable electricity by 2050. Meeting this goal is critical to reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Greenhouse gas emissions largely result from burning fossil fuels and, once released, get trapped in the Earths' atmosphere and contribute to the further warming of the planet. Urban centers, like Cleveland, produce 80 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions in North America.


    As such, alternative forms of energy — including solar, wind, and biofuels, are being investigated and implemented — along with encouraging increased energy efficiency in building design and home weatherization, and the exploration of sustainable modes of transportation in an effort to meet this goal. How is Cleveland progressing so far? What initiatives are underway — and are they proving successful? And how can we ensure these efforts don't result in an increased "energy burden" on the poor while also creating jobs for those that needs them most?



    Public Square in Cleveland, OH
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 06:00 PM

    Tails & Cocktails: Conservation Education at Work



    In its inaugural year, the Tails & Cocktails Speaker Series provides a one-of-a-kind experience. Guests will hear experts from the Zoo and the Northeast Ohio community discussing a variety of topics impacting health and welfare, wildlife conservation and science education.

    The principals of STEM education are seen everywhere these days in schools throughout the nation. We’ll connect the dots between STEM and conservation, focusing on the importance of leadership skill building and inquiry-based learning for students of all ages.


    Learn more: HERE

    Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Cleveland, OH