The Carol H. Sweet Nature Center is open 11 am to 4 pm the first Sunday of the month November through March. From April through October, the Nature Center is open noon to 5 pm Saturdays and Sundays.
Free family nature hikes are offered from 2 to 3:30 pm every Sunday the Nature Center is open. Please meet at the Nature Center (5185 Corduroy Road, Mentor, Ohio) unless otherwise indicated. Reservations are requested for all programs and can be made by calling the Nature Center at (440) 257-0777 or emailing Rebecca Donaldson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VERNAL POOLS AND WOODLAND JEWELS
Sunday, May 31; 2 to 3:30 pm
Let’s take a peek at our wooded wetlands at the Marsh in celebration of National Wetlands month. Learn about the importance of wetlands and what critters live there. Wear footwear and clothing that can get muddy at this hike along the water’s edge.
RED, WHITE AND BLUE
Sunday, July 5; 2 to 3:30 pm
…and all of nature’s colors, too! Join us for a colorful hike on Mentor Marsh’s trails.
Sunday, July 12; 2 to 3:30 pm
The forest around Mentor Marsh has a wide variety of tree species. We’ll use nature’s clues to identify trees and learn how different tree species contribute to the ecosystem.
WAKE ROBIN WANDERINGS
Sunday, July 19; 2 to 3:30 pm
See what’s blooming, scoop for pond critters and investigate the area around the Wake Robin Trail in Mentor Marsh.
Sunday, July 26; 2 to 3:30 pm
Mentor Marsh provides homes and food for dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies and more. We’ll search for these incredible insects.
INSECTS ALL AROUND
Sunday, August 2; 2 to 3:30 pm
Join us for an exploratory hike on Mentor Marsh’s boardwalk. We’ll look for insects crawling on plants, flying in the air and even swimming in the Marsh’s waters.
Sunday, August 9; 2 to 3:30 pm
Explore flowers and insect life in Mentor Marsh at the wood’s edge and in the prairie.
ART IN NATURE
Sunday, August 16; 2 to 3:30 pm
Get a beginner’s course on nature observation and sketching. We’ll study the Nature Center’s prairie for an up-close exploration of summer’s blooms and insect life. No experience necessary!
SOUNDS OF SUMMER
Sunday, August 23; 2 to 3:30 pm
Do you hear the songs of insects? Listen and learn about the summer chorus of insects.
Sunday, August 30; 2 to 3:30 pm
Join us on a butterfly hike and monarch tagging at Mentor Marsh. We’ll explore how host plants provide nectar for butterflies and search for caterpillars too. Identification materials provided.