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Leaf Icon Sunday, May 01, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
BIRDS AT THE BOG
Join us for an afternoon stroll along the 1.6-mile Prairie Trail to look for the birds that call the bog home. SFB

Leaf Icon Monday, May 02, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
MAY FLOWERS
Discover what all those April showers have brought us along the 1-mile Old Mill Trail. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Tuesday, May 03, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
NATURE STORIES
Kids 18 months to 3 years old, with adult companions, join a naturalist for an interactive, nature-inspired story time. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/9: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, May 03, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
NATURE STORIES
Kids 18 months to 3 years old, with adult companions, join a naturalist for an interactive, nature-inspired story time. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/9: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, May 03, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
BOATING COURSE: GET READY FOR SUMMER!
Get ready for boating season by taking the NASBLA-approved Ohio boating course. Participants must complete all three 3-hour classes offered 5/3, 5/10 and 5/17. Ohio law requires that anyone born on or after January 1, 1982 must successfully complete either a boating course or a proficiency exam in order to operate a boat powered by more than 10 horsepower. Course fee: $5/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/17: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, May 04, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
SPRING BIRD WALK
New and experienced birdwatchers can join a naturalist for a bird walk in Liberty Park. Binoculars are recommended. Distance 1.5: miles. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Thursday, May 05, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
CANAWLER'S HUSTLE
Join a naturalist to hustle along the towpath on an adventure and learn about canal history. DLQ

Leaf Icon Thursday, May 05, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
SMALL FOOTPRINT: ROAD TRIP
Planes, trains and automobiles: Join Naturalist Becca Zak to discuss travel, transport and accommodations before booking your next vacation. Bring a notebook and a head full of ideas. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Friday, May 06, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
FRIDAY FIRESTONE FEATHERS AND FRIENDS
New and experienced birders may join Naturalist Pat Rydquist for spring bird walks along the Tuscarawas River migratory flyway. This is an excellent opportunity to see avian travelers on their way to summer breeding areas. Binoculars are recommended. All participants will receive a checklist and final tally of birds seen this season. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Friday, May 06, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
VISITOR APPRECIATION DAYS
Shop for moms, dads and grads and receive 15% off all merchandise in the Nature Realm gift shop, where we specialize in Made in the USA, fair trade and eco-friendly items. On Mother's Day the first 100 ladies visiting the shop will receive a free flower. Support your Metro Parks and find some fantastic gifts at a great price! FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, May 06, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: BACK YARD POLLINATORS
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: Join a naturalist to discover the beautiful species of insects that live near you! Be prepared to go outdoors, weather permitting. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/12: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, May 06, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: BACK YARD POLLINATORS
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: Join a naturalist to discover the beautiful species of insects that live near you! Be prepared to go outdoors, weather permitting.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/12: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 07, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
BIRD WALK
Join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse on an early morning bird walk to search for migrating birds, including colorful warblers, in this Audubon-designated Important Bird Area. DLQ

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 07, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
VISITOR APPRECIATION DAYS
Shop for moms, dads and grads and receive 15% off all merchandise in the Nature Realm gift shop, where we specialize in Made in the USA, fair trade and eco-friendly items. On Mother's Day the first 100 ladies visiting the shop will receive a free flower. Support your Metro Parks and find some fantastic gifts at a great price! FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 07, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
FAMILY FISHING
Families: Learn the basics of fishing, then try it out. Rods and reels will be available for use during the program. Bait is provided. No fishing licenses are required during this special weekend. LP/Tinkers Creek

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 07, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
WILDFLOWER WALK
Join Naturalist Meghan Doran to see the gorgeous display of spring wildflowers on this easy walk. You may want to bring a camera with you! FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Sunday, May 08, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
5TH ANNUAL MOTHER'S DAY 5K
Run with or in celebration of Mom during the annual Mother’s Day 5K, a fundraiser to benefit the Metro Parks Foundation. Jogging strollers are welcome. Pet spectators are welcome, but not allowed on the course. Through February 29, advance registration is $20/person, ages 15 and older. Registration is $30/person March 1 through May 1. THERE IS NO DAY-OF REGISTRATION. (Runners/walkers 14 and under are free, but they must register in advance.) ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/4: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, May 08, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
VISITOR APPRECIATION DAYS
Shop for moms, dads and grads and receive 15% off all merchandise in the Nature Realm gift shop, where we specialize in Made in the USA, fair trade and eco-friendly items. On Mother's Day the first 100 ladies visiting the shop will receive a free flower. Support your Metro Parks and find some fantastic gifts at a great price! FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, May 08, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HERON WATCH
Join Summit Metro Parks naturalists to celebrate Mother’s Day by observing herons and their young through our binoculars and spotting scopes. HH/Bath Road Heronry

Leaf Icon Monday, May 09, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
CARDIO HIKE
Join us for healthy outdoor exercise and hike at a vigorous pace with few, if any, rest stops. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Route includes stream crossings. Drinking water is recommended. HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Tuesday, May 10, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
NATURE STORIES
Kids 18 months to 3 years old, with adult companions, join a naturalist for this interactive, nature-inspired story time. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/9: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, May 10, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
NATURE STORIES
Kids 18 months to 3 years old, with adult companions, join a naturalist for this interactive, nature-inspired story time. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/9: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, May 11, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Enjoy this leisurely stroll along the 1.2-mile Oxbow Trail with frequent stops to discover nature and history along the way. CVS/Oxbow

Leaf Icon Thursday, May 12, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
WILDFLOWER HIKE
Join a naturalist on the Ledges Trail to see which wildflowers are blooming this month. Distance: 1.1 miles. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Thursday, May 12, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
YOGA IN THE PARK
Join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse and a certified yoga instructor for an energizing practice. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat or large towel and drinking water. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/15: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, May 13, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
FRIDAY FIRESTONE FEATHERS AND FRIENDS
New and experienced birders may join Naturalist Pat Rydquist for spring bird walks along the Tuscarawas River migratory flyway. This is an excellent opportunity to see avian travelers on their way to summer breeding areas. Binoculars are recommended. All participants will receive a checklist and final tally of birds seen this season. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Friday, May 13, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
LI'L SPROUTS
Children ages 3 and older can investigate with Naturalist Meghan Doran why raised beds and container gardens are helpful. Wear old clothes and expect to get dirty. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/24: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, May 13, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
WILDFLOWER HIKE
Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield in search of woodland wildflowers along parts of Dogwood Trail. Portions of this hike are strenuous due to hilly terrain, so wear sturdy shoes and bring a hiking staff. SR/Shadowfield

Leaf Icon Friday, May 13, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: BACK YARD POLLINATORS
Homeschoolers, ages 11 to 14: Join a naturalist to discover the beautiful species of insects that live near you! Be prepared to go outdoors, weather permitting. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/12: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, May 13, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
SILVER CREEK HISTORY HAPPENINGS
Discover some of the fascinating history of Silver Creek while hiking 1.2 miles with Naturalist Sarah Putnam. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 14, 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
HIKE & BREAKFAST
Enjoy a spring wildflower hike along the 1.1-mile Ledges Trail followed by a delicious breakfast. Participants will be asked to contribute to the feast. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/30: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 14, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
SPECIAL NEEDS TROUT DERBY
Bring fishing gear. A limited number of rods and reels will be available for use during the derby. Minnows cannot be used as bait; worms will be available for purchase. Only special needs children and adults will be permitted to fish. Trophies will be awarded for the three largest fish caught by anglers 15 and younger. Sponsored by the Goodyear Hunting & Fishing Club and the Ohio Division of Wildlife. F/Little Turtle Pond

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 14, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
LEDGES TRAIL THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
We'll hike the 1.1-mile Ledges Trail each month this year, taking a photographic record of the seasonal changes that happen. In December we'll come in from the cold and review the year in pictures. You can take your own pictures or just enjoy the hikes. Trail not recommended for strollers. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 14, 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
DISTANCE HIKE
Join a Summit Metro Parks naturalist to hike the Chuckery Trail in Cascade Valley and all three Gorge trails for a total of more than 9 miles. We will move at a continuous pace on trails that are difficult or primitive. There will be few, if any, rest stops. Please wear footwear appropriate for potentially muddy conditions or stream crossings. Drinking water recommended. CVS/Chuckery

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 14, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
HIKE & FIRE: GEOLOGY
Walk the Ledges Trail with a naturalist to learn about the area's geology before returning to the campfire to roast marshmallows. Meet at the amphitheater. Distance 1.1 miles. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Sunday, May 15, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
SPRING BIRD WALK
New and experienced birdwatchers can join Naturalist Meghan Doran for a bird walk along the canal. Binoculars are recommended. A few pairs of binoculars will be available for use during the program. TT/Clinton

Leaf Icon Sunday, May 15, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
KIDS' FISHING
Kids 15 and younger can learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line at Little Turtle Pond. A few rods and reels will be available for use during the program. Bait is provided. Adults must supervise their children but are not permitted to fish. F/Little Turtle Pond

Leaf Icon Tuesday, May 17, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: WILDFLOWERS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions find out about the beautiful wildflowers blossoming in our Metro Parks. Program includes a craft and short hike. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/16: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, May 18, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Enjoy this leisurely stroll along the 1.2-mile Downy Loop with frequent stops to discover nature along the way. WH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, May 18, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS
Join naturalist and artist Danette Rushboldt for this entertaining lesson in nature drawing. Bring a sketchbook, pencil and a sense of humor. Beginners are welcome. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/29: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, May 18, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: WILDFLOWERS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions find out about the beautiful wildflowers blossoming in our Metro Parks. Program includes a craft and short hike. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/16: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, May 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS
Join naturalist and artist Danette Rushboldt for this entertaining lesson in nature drawing. Bring a sketchbook, pencil and a sense of humor. Beginners are welcome. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/29: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, May 19, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
SMALL FOOTPRINT: ROAD TRIP
Planes, trains and automobiles: Join Naturalist Becca Zak to discuss travel, transport and accommodations before booking your next vacation. Bring a notebook and a head full of ideas. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, May 19, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
GARDENING THROUGH THE YEAR
Join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse for this ongoing series in which we look at pests and diseases that affect your garden plants. Identification and treatment options will be discussed. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, May 20, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
FRIDAY FIRESTONE FEATHERS AND FRIENDS
New and experienced birders may join Naturalist Pat Rydquist for spring bird walks along the Tuscarawas River migratory flyway. This is an excellent opportunity to see avian travelers on their way to summer breeding areas. Binoculars are recommended. All participants will receive a checklist and final tally of birds seen this season. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Friday, May 20, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
LI'L SPROUTS
Children ages 3 and older can help Naturalist Meghan Doran plant the raised beds at the Nature Realm, using the seeds we started in April. Wear old clothes, bring your gloves and expect to get dirty. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/24: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 21, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
BIRD BANDING
Experience a unique opportunity to see migrating birds up close. Learn why bird banding is an important study and what has been discovered in the Metro Parks. This program is for adults and children (12 years and older, accompanied by an adult). Must be able to hike a mile. No pets. Location will be given upon registration. Maximum: 40 people. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/22: 330-865-8065. Location will be given upon registration: , OH

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 21, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HERON WATCH
Join a Summit Metro Parks naturalist to observe the nesting behaviors of one of our largest birds, the great blue heron, through our binoculars and spotting scopes. HH/Bath Road Heronry

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
WILDFLOWER HIKE
Don't get overwhelmed by trying to identify spring wildflowers. Join Naturalist Meghan Doran to learn some easy tips to identify these beauties as we hike this moderately difficult trail. HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Sunday, May 22, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
SPRING BIRD WALK
New and experienced birdwatchers join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse to see which birds are migrating through Liberty Park, as well as the permanent residents. Binoculars are suggested. LP/Tinkers Creek

Leaf Icon Sunday, May 22, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS
Ages 6 to 12 join naturalist and artist Danette Rushboldt for this lesson in nature drawing. Paper and pencils will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/26: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, May 22, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WORLD TURTLE DAY
Join us to celebrate our slow-moving friends. Get to know the turtle species found in our parks, play games, make a craft, and learn about why turtles need our help. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, May 22, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS
Ages 6 to 12 join naturalist and artist Danette Rushboldt for this lesson in nature drawing. Paper and pencils will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/26: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, May 23, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: WILDFLOWERS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions find out about the beautiful wildflowers blossoming in our Metro Parks. Program includes a craft and short hike. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/16: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Tuesday, May 24, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
CARDIO HIKE
Join a naturalist for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking the Parcours Trail at a vigorous pace. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. GYH/Parcours Trail

Leaf Icon Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
AKRON HISTORY: GLENDALE CEMETERY
Leaders from Summit Metro Parks and the Summit County Historical Society are your guides on this tour of Spanish American War soldiers. The trolley will be used to transport registrants from Memorial Chapel to the resting sections. From there, participants should be able to walk a half-mile among gravesites and down hill. No restrooms are available at the cemetery. Maximum: 60 people/evening. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/3: 330-865-8065. Glendale Cemetery: 150 Glendale Ave. Akron, OH 44302

Leaf Icon Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
RANDOM ACT OF MUSIC
Weather permitting, the all-volunteer Metro Parks Ensemble will perform an hour of traditional marches, big band standards and oldies. Concert cancelled if it rains. If wet weather is in the forecast, call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. for status. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Wednesday, May 25, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Enjoy this leisurely stroll along the 1.6-mile Buttonbush Trail with frequent stops to discover nature along the way. LP/Pond Brook

Leaf Icon Wednesday, May 25, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
MEET ME IN THE GARDEN: SUCCULENT WREATH
Join the Master Gardeners of Summit County to learn how to create and maintain a living succulent wreath for year-round enjoyment. Presented by Priscilla Kiehl, Master Gardener and Ohio Weeds Specialist. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, May 26, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
METRO PARKS FAMILY TREE: SEIBERLING FAMILY
Have you ever wondered about the families that donated land or worked to make Summit Metro Parks what it is today? Join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse for this new series that explores the lives of the influential families behind Summit Metro Parks. This month, participants will meet the Seiberling Family. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, May 27, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SPRING FUNGUS HIKE
Similar to wildflowers, different fungi come out during different seasons throughout the year. Hike with a naturalist in the Tinkers Creek Area to see which fungi are "blooming" this spring. Distance: 1.2 miles. LP/Tinkers Creek

Leaf Icon Friday, May 27, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: WILDFLOWERS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions find out about the beautiful wildflowers blossoming in our Metro Parks. Program includes a craft and short hike. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/16: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, May 27, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: WILDFLOWERS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions find out about the beautiful wildflowers blossoming in our Metro Parks. Program includes a craft and short hike. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/16: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, May 27, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
TRACKS AND FIRE
Look for signs of wildlife on a short hike, then warm up around the campfire and roast marshmallows, while supplies last. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Friday, May 27, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
OWL PROWL
Explore for owls with Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse. Patience and silence are essential when prowling for owls. Program for ages 6 and older. No dogs, please. WH

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 28, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
PADDLE CLEANUP
Bring your own canoe or kayak that has current watercraft registration to help clean up our waterways for Boating Week. We will weigh the debris collected. All participants must have a life jacket. Ages 13 and up.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/10: 330-865-8065. Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park: 6194 Christman Rd. Green, OH

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 28, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CUB'S CLUB: LIFE ON THE LEDGE
This program has been cancelled. Please call 330-865-8065 with questions, and consider registering for the upcoming June 4 "Cub's Club" program. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 28, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: WILDFLOWERS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions find out about the beautiful wildflowers blossoming in our Metro Parks. Program includes a craft and short hike. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/16: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 28, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
FERNS & FUNGI
Most spring wildflowers have finished blooming. Now is a good time to search for some of the less noticeable "plants" of the forest floor. Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield for a 1.1-mile hike along Cherry Lane and Fernwood trails to explore the fascinating world of ferns and fungi. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, May 29, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
BOOK CLUB: CONFESSIONS OF AN ECO-SINNER
Have you ever wondered where your stuff comes from? Traveling over 100,000 miles and to more than 20 countries, science-journalist Fred Pearce tracks down the sources of his stuff, literally. Drinks are provided, but please bring a mug. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, May 29, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
RETURN OF THE 17-YEAR CICADAS
Learn about the amazing phenomenon of the 17-year cicadas. These insects spend most of their lives underground, but when they emerge: Look out! Stop by anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. to participate in activities that will explore the lives of these fascinating creatures. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, May 29, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
POND BROOK SOUTH HIKE
Join Summit Metro Parks and the City of Twinsburg for an extended hike into the Pond Brook Conservation Area to explore plants and animals. Please dress for wet and muddy off-trail conditions. Bring binoculars, water and a snack. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/13: 330-865-8065. LP/Pond Brook

Leaf Icon Monday, May 30, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
SCHOOL'S OUT COOKOUT
Celebrate Memorial Day at the Nature Realm! Bring your own hot dogs and buns to cook over an open fire, and we’ll provide drinks and condiments. Then, hike with a naturalist to enjoy the sights and sounds of spring. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Tuesday, May 31, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
AKRON HISTORY: GLENDALE CEMETERY
Leaders from Summit Metro Parks and the Summit County Historical Society are your guides on this tour of Spanish American War soldiers. The trolley will be used to transport registrants from Memorial Chapel to the resting sections. From there, participants should be able to walk a half-mile among gravesites and down hill. No restrooms are available at the cemetery. Maximum: 60 people/evening. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/3: 330-865-8065. Glendale Cemetery: 150 Glendale Ave. Akron, OH 44302

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Protect, Serve and Be Fit
Metro Parks rangers must complete a timed 1.5-mile run and meet minimum requirements for push-ups and sit-ups.

Wormy Wood
American chestnut used to be one of the dominate species in our forests. In the early 1900s, a fungus nearly wiped out the species. Lumber, called wormy chestnut, was harvested from those dying trees.




















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