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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
Bridges are great places to watch fish. You can see playful darters and shiny minnows from most pedestrian bridges in the Metro Parks.
Snake 'n Bake
Snakes can often be seen basking in the sun on the Bike & Hike and Towpath trails. The warm surfaces raise their body temperatures.