Metro Parks offers free programs to Summit County parents, educators and senior groups on an ongoing basis, including the following:
In-School Ranger Visits | Senior Cart Tours | Scouting Programs
In-School Ranger Visits
Students (grades 2-5) can learn more about being safe outdoors with an in-school visit by a uniformed Metro Parks ranger. Topics include summer and winter safety techniques, and students receive Junior Ranger badges and other materials. For scheduling, please call 330-865-8052.
Senior Cart Tours
Senior groups can tour the Towpath Trail during summer months in golf carts driven by Metro Parks volunteers. Participation is limited to individuals from senior centers and senior homes in Summit County. Group coordinators, please contact Della Day, manager of volunteer programs, at email@example.com or 330-865-8047. Availability is limited.
Guided programs fulfill many of the nature-related badge requirements for BSA Bear Cubs, BSA Webelos Scouts, GSA Brownies and GSA Juniors. For more information, call the Nature Realm: 330-865-8065. (Pictured: older scouts building an Eagle Scout project)
One-third of Metro Parks rangers are graduates of Hocking College, where they studied law enforcement in a natural resources setting.
For the Birds
More than 175 bird species have been sighted in Firestone Metro Park.