Nature Calls 

Welcome sunshine with a weekend of outdoors activities.

If you're the type who celebrates the first days of warm weather by practicing frog calls with family and friends, then clear off your schedule! The Cleveland Metroparks' North Coast Nature Festival has a weekend filled with hikes, lectures, and animal programs. "It's to celebrate spring," says Marketing Director Jane Christyson. "It's about reawakening the earth."

If chatting with Kermit's not your thing, some of the nation's top naturalists will be on hand to discuss polar bears, Ecuadorian birds, and other outdoorsy subjects. Tomorrow's and Sunday's hikes will take you straight to the action. Specialists will lead trekkers on a trail populated by native birds and wildflowers. Also on tap: a plant sale, a nature-themed art show, and live animals that can be touched. Says Christyson: "It's important to understand that what we do connects with everything around us."
Fri., April 28, 6:30 p.m.; April 29-30, 10 a.m.

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