OHIO | Cleveland Metroparks expands free virtual classroom


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Nearly 200,000 viewers have already tuned in to Cleveland Metroparks free Virtual Classroom on Facebook Live to learn about nature and engage with animals at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. On Monday, March 23, a third weekday session started and offers viewers the opportunity hone their outdoor adventure skills.

“The community response to our virtual classrooms has been overwhelming as daily life has quickly changed across our region,” said Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman. “By tuning into these sessions in real time, families can ask questions and engage with our experts, giving them an opportunity to learn and grow and connect with nature from their own home.”

The Cleveland Metroparks Virtual Classroom is sponsored by Raising Cane’s, as part of its commitment to investing in the community and education. Following each Virtual Classroom, parents of children 12 and under who participated in the Facebook Live will have a chance to earn an achievement award that can be exchanged for free food and drink. One parent of a child age 12 and under will be selected following each Virtual Classroom.

At 11 a.m. visit Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s Facebook Page to join our biologists who are working to secure a future for wildlife at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Check-in with your favorite Zoo animals and learn about what it takes to care for some of the most endangered species in the world.

Then, at 1 p.m., visit Cleveland Metroparks Facebook Page to join our park naturalists as we explore the Emerald Necklace and look for early signs of spring, learn about the forest floor, birds and more.

Coming Monday viewers can tune in daily at 3:30 p.m. to Cleveland Metroparks Facebook Page to hone their outdoor adventure skills with our experienced outdoor recreation team. Topics will include things like backpacking, watersports, cycling and park exploration.

Upon the conclusion of each live Virtual Classroom session, the full videos can be viewed at clevelandmetroparks.com/virtualclassroomTo complement each live experience, additional video content will be available on the Cleveland Metroparks YouTube page – be sure to hit the subscribe button!

“Parks and nature have become an outlet for guests to find solace during this challenging time,” said Zimmerman. “Now more than ever, connecting with nature is a way to stay busy, active and find peace.”

While the virtual classrooms may inspire independent outdoor exploration, Cleveland Metroparks Ten to Explore lists presented by Wayside Furniture are an additional resource to help guide guests to explore the Emerald Necklace.

Cleveland Metroparks 18 park reservations remain open as well as many Cleveland Metroparks golf courses. For all closures and impacts visit: clevelandmetroparks.com/COVID-19.

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