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Horticulture + Nature

Horticulture + Nature

Fridays, May 5–June 9 | 6:30–8:30 a.m.

Timothy Matson, Curator and Head of Vertebrate Zoology, Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Explore the bluebird trail, watch busy bobolinks, or be rewarded with a rare sighting of Henslow’s Sparrow. May and June are busy months for birds. Migrants arrive and some continue their journeys northward. Others, along with permanent residents, establish and actively defend their territories and carry out reproductive activities. Come and learn to recognize the many species of birds on the basis of appearance, song, and behavior in the meadows, woodlands, ravines and ponds of Squire Valleevue Farm.  No prior birding experience is necessary. Binoculars and field guides are recommended.  Optional breakfast 8:30-9AM

Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms, Greenhouse Parking Lot | Member: $85; Nonmembers: $95 | REGISTER >


Fridays, June 2–30 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Patricia Sigmier, Local Artist

In this course we will explore painting in the outdoors using watercolor or the medium of your choice. Subjects will be found in the beautiful environs of Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms. Students of all skill levels, including beginners, are welcome. Each student will be instructed individually and work at his/her own pace. Bring a bag lunch.

Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms | Members: $200; Nonmembers: $220 | REGISTER >


Wednesdays, June 7-21 | 10 a.m.–noon

Jay Abercrombie, Field Biologist, formerly with the Geauga Park District

This field seminar provides a close look at the plants, wildlife, and geology of Squire Valleevue Farm. On field trips into the forest and meadows observe and discuss habitats and their inhabitants as they transition to fall and prepare for winter. No strenuous hiking will be involved, but participants should be able to maintain an active pace over generally moderate, but occasionally hilly or wet terrain.


Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms (Meet in the Greenhouse Parking Lot) | Members: $45; Nonmembers: $55 | REGISTER >