FREE Summer Programs at Wildwood and Euclid Beach parks

While our winter and spring weren't too bad, weather-wise, everyone always looks forward to summer and all the fun activities and events that take place during this time. Cleveland Lakefront State Park has many fun, family-oriented, FREE events planned for this summer - many taking place right in your neighborhood at Euclid Beach and Wildwood State Park areas. 

There will be nature discovery programs, fishing adventures on the breakwall, canoeing on Euclid Creek, bat night, and more. One special event new for this summer, on July 21, is the opportunity to meet Dr. Marcus Eriksen of The 5Gyres Institute to learn how plastics are harmful to the aquatic environment and participate in a citizen science opportunity to survey Euclid Beach. You may have heard about Dr. Eriksen when he built a boat from plastic bottles and sailed it on the Pacific Ocean and spoke about the pacific garbage patch to spread the message about the dangers of plastics in the water. 

While the previously mentioned programs are open to the general public, there are also opportunities for 'private group' programs as well - such as day camps, day cares, etc. These are by appointment on a first come first served basis.  Inquire for further details. 

So, check out the bulletin boards in the park or our website at and click on 'Naturalist Programs' for the schedule and all the details.  I look forward to seeing you out at the park!

BINGO HIKE AT DIKE 14     Friday June 22

The Exploration Station Nature Center will open at 6:30 pm, and a naturalist will lead a hike out on Dike 14 (aka Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve) at 7:30 pm. Participants will receive a bingo sheet to help guide observations during the hike.

The Nature Center will be open during the summer on most Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1-4 pm: Wednesday June 13, 20 and 27; July 11, 18 and 25; and August 8, 15 and 22. Open Saturdays are on June 2, 9, 23 and 30; July 14 and 21; and August 4.

8701 Lakeshore Blvd 44108 * 216-881-8141 ext. 3001


Meet the naturalist at the pavilion for some nature exploration.  Each week will feature a different topic and activities. (No program 7/5)


Meet at Wildwood west end parking lot.  This 2 hour program starts with some learning activities before fishing.  Equipment and bait provided to the first 15 participants under 16 years of age. (No program 7/5)


Stop by the Exploration Station nature center for some hands on fun. Each week will feature a different topic and activities.  

June 2—Insects!
Borrow collection nets and containers and head out around the building to see what you can catch. Observe with
a magnifying glass, identify, and release!

June 9—Mammals
Touch furs from local animals and learn to identify their footprints. Make your own tracking guide.

June 30—Birds
Borrow binoculars and a flash guide to take a bird watching hike around the building and along the fence line of
Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve.

Carol Ward

Park Naturalist for Cleveland Lakefront State Park

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