The Carol H. Sweet Nature Center
April through October, Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm
November through March, first Sunday of the month from 11am-4pm
Free family nature hikes are offered from 2-3:30pm 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
CELEBRATE AMERICAN WETLANDS MONTH
Sunday, May 22; 2-3:30pm
Learn the importance of wetlands and why we protect and restore them. Hike the boardwalk to view and explore our Marsh.
PEEK AT LATE SPRING WETLANDS
Sunday, May 29; 2-3:30pm
Let’s explore vernal pools to see how life is progressing in our wetlands. We’ll actively scoop at the water’s edge looking for insects, amphibians and wetland plants. Wear footwear and clothing that can get muddy.
STEWARDSHIP SATURDAY: BUILD A RAIN BARREL
Saturday, June 4; 10:30 am to noon
Learn how using a rain barrel can help protect local streams and rivers from water pollution. Make a take-home rain barrel with Lake Soil and Water Conservation District at Mentor Marsh Nature Center. Our $60 fee includes a barrel, downspout diverter and spigot. Register by June 2 via email to Natalie.Gertz-Young@lakecountyohio.gov or call (440) 350-2033.
CELEBRATE NATIONAL TRAILS DAY
Sunday, June 5; 2 to 3:30 pm
Take part in the celebration of America’s magnificent trail systems. Help us “spruce” up our 2-mile section of the Buckeye Trail. Tools will be provided. Wear sturdy footwear and bring gloves. Co-sponsored by the Buckeye Trail Association.
Sunday, June 12; 2 to 3:30 pm
Sharpen your plant identification skills, learn about Project BudBurst and find out how you can track the cycles of plants
in your yard. We’ll also go on a hike and practice our new botany skills.
PLAY IN NATURE
Sunday, June 19; 2 to 3:30 pm
Venture off-trail with us and play in the woods. We’ll turn over logs, brainstorm what animals live here and engage in spontaneous hands-on exploration. For kids and adults of all ages!
Sunday, June 26; 2 to 3:30 pm
Discover why birds, bees, butterflies and other insects are important to all gardens, not just wild areas. We’ll net some pollinators and get a closer look at them in magnified containers.
COLORS OF NATURE HIKE
Sunday, July 3; 2 to 3:30 pm
Join us for a “red, white and blue” hike. Will we spot red-winged blackbirds? White flowers blooming? A Great Blue
Heron? Let’s challenge ourselves to observe and really notice the myriad colors in nature including our favorites.
ALL ABOUT TREES
Sunday, July 10; 2 to 3:30 pm
How many different kinds of trees do we have in the forest at Mentor Marsh? Explore our woodland habitat and work on tree identification, learn about forest animals and find out why diverse forests are important.
Sunday, July 17; 2 to 3:30 pm
Let’s focus our senses on finding wildlife in and around the Marsh on this midsummer hike. What animals or signs of animals will we spot? Who is singing this time of year? What does the skin of a frog feel like? Maybe we can catch one on our hike!
Sunday, July 24; 2 to 3:30 pm
Summer in our large wetland is always exciting with diverse plant and animal life. Learn about wetlands restoration at Mentor Marsh and see how it is progressing with a hike into the Marsh.
STEWARDSHIP SATURDAY: MOTH PARTY!
Saturday, July 30; 8 to 11 pm
Help us celebrate these diverse, important and often overlooked insects. We’ll have several stations to attract moths, allowing us to get up-close with these nocturnal, winged wonders. Bring your cameras!
Sunday, July 31; 2 to 3:30 pm
Find out why moths can be important indicators of ecosystem health. Learn more about night flying moths and see if we can find some day flying moths on an afternoon moth hunt.
WILDLIFE ON WAKE ROBIN
Sunday, August 7; 2 to 3:30 pm
Discover wetlands wildlife living along the Wake Robin Boardwalk. Let’s hike and sharpen our skills by searching for clues of their presence.
INSECTS, INSECTS, INSECTS!
Sunday, August 14; 2 to 3:30 pm
From tuning into songs of insects to capturing some and looking at them up close, let’s dive into an insect safari to explore the world of six-legged critters.
LATE SUMMER BLOOMS
Sunday, August 21; 2 to 3:30 pm
Hike with us and explore the colorful, late summer flowers in various habitats around the Marsh prairie, woods edge and in the wetlands.
Saturday, August 27 and; Sunday, August 28
Open house noon to 5 pm
Celebrate monarchs and other butterflies! Learn about the life cycles of plants that butterflies require, and explore milkweed communities. Help us dedicate our new Monarch Waystation. Free takeaways, demonstrations and crafts.
Sunday, August 28; 2 to 3:30 pm
Learn about monarchs on a butterfly hike. We’ll explore how important providing milkweed is for monarchs and share the latest news on monarch conservation. You can also lend a hand and help us tag some monarchs!