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.