NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio–NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio—The ground is icy and crusty, but the preschoolers are hot on the trail.

“I found a scat!”

“I found some dog tracks!”

Teacher Marty Calabrese points to the distant treeline and says, “We had a bald eagle just above the trees.” That’s no surprise, really. The Cleveland Metroparks’ Nature Preschool takes place in Rocky River Reservation, which also hosts an eagle nest.

Calabrese asks his charges if they saw the eagle. A couple hands rise toward the sky.

The 2-year-old Nature Preschool has had a waitlist both years. Next fall, the Metroparks will open a second branch at North Chagrin Reservation’s Nature Education Building, now under renovation. Registration for either branch ends at 5 p.m. on Feb. 9, and a

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