Unique field trips for you to experience wildlife and habitats in Ohio!

Travel around Cleveland Metroparks’ Emerald Necklace or meander through five of Ohio’s distinct habitats while native wildlife traverse overhead… Take advantage of these incredible conference field trips custom designed for TWS conference-goers!

Important note: We expect these trips to sell out quickly. Field trips must be selected and paid for with conference pre-registration. No onsite field trip registration will be offered.


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Around the Emerald Necklace

Cleveland may not be known for its gemstones, but the 18 reservations that largely encircle the city are the crown jewels of Cleveland Metroparks. Nicknamed the Emerald Necklace, the reservations are 23,000 acres of natural areas, reclaimed habitat, waterfront parks, and recreational spaces within the metropolitan area that hide breathtaking waterfalls, gorgeous hemlock forests, and of course, an abundance of native wildlife species. This tour will take you around the necklace, highlighting the research and management of species such as coyotes, white-tailed deer, and Blandings’ turtles while discussing threats such as the hemlock woolly adelgid and invasive species. Experience habitat restoration first-hand at the new Acacia Reservation, where a former golf course is being transitioned into a model urban ecological preserve. The reservation, located across the street from a major shopping center, will provide wildlife habitat, filter and treat storm water, and provide a unique opportunity for people to enjoy plants and wildlife native to northern Ohio.

  • Discover how Cleveland Metroparks uses partnerships in their research and management of species such as coyotes, white-tailed deer and Blandings’ turtles across several municipalities
  • Discuss threats such as hemlock woolly adelgid and invasive species
  • Experience ongoing habitat restoration efforts in urban areas


  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 1-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Cost: $40


Perkins Wildlife Center & Woods Garden

Immerse yourself in Ohio’s natural environment during this behind the scenes tour of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s all-new Perkins Wildlife Center & Woods Garden. Stroll through a wetlands community teeming with fish, turtles and frogs; peer directly into the aquatic world of playful North American river otters; and gain a new appreciation for the agility of bobcats and gray foxes as they traverse trailways directly overhead. Catch unique views of Cleveland’s skyline and the surrounding University Circle neighborhood as you take in all the amazing sights. After traveling seamlessly through five distinct ecological communities, we’ll take you into the Museum’s laboratories where you’ll hear about unique research projects and explore the largest collection of praying mantises (Mantodea) in the Western Hemisphere.

  • Stroll through a five distinct ecological communities teeming with local species, North American river otters, bobcats, gray foxes, and several species of birds, fish, turtles, frogs
  • Go behind the scenes of the Museum’s laboratories and unique research projects, and explore the largest collection of praying mantises in the Western Hemisphere


  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 11, 1-5 p.m.

Cost: $50