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Leaf Icon Thursday, October 02, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
SUNSET HIKE
Join Naturalist Mike Greene to explore Piney Woods Trail, leading to a spectacular sunset finale. Good for spree credit. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 02, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
PUTTING YOUR GARDEN TO BED
Join naturalist Elizabeth Kresse to learn how to prepare your garden for the winter months. See how spending a little more time in the fall will help save you time in the spring. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 03, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
KINDEREALM: BEARS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about the black bears that may hibernate in Ohio during winter. Each program includes a craft and short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/30: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 03, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
KINDEREALM: BEARS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about the black bears that may hibernate in Ohio during winter. Each program includes a craft and short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/30: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 03, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
ARCHERY FOR ADULTS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Adults learn the basics and test their marksmanship at our range featuring multiple shooting stations. Program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Participants must be at least 18. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/20: 330-865-8065. HH/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Friday, October 03, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
ARCHERY FOR KIDS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Ages 9 to 12 join us to learn the basics and test their marksmanship at our range featuring multiple shooting stations in a beautiful park setting. Program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/20: 330-865-8065. HH/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 04, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
KINDEREALM: BEARS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about the black bears that may hibernate in Ohio during winter. Each program includes a craft and short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/30: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 04, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FALL FAMILY OUTING
Fall into autumn fun with free hayrides, bonfires, naturalist activities, live music, apple cider, cookies and more. A wheelchair-accessible hay wagon is available. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 05, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
SENECA TRAIL THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
We're hiking Seneca 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. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Tuesday, October 07, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Enjoy this leisurely stroll with frequent stops to discover nature and history along the way. Good for spree credit. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 09, 6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
MOONSET HIKE
Join Naturalist Meghan Doran to see the beautiful full moon set over the meadows in early morning. Bring your coffee and a camera. Hopefully we will experience a first-hand look at the Hunter's Moon! MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 09, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
SHOW & TELL ME A STORY
Kids 1 to 3 join a naturalist for this special 30-minute story time for tots! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/2: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 09, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
SHOW & TELL ME A STORY
Kids 1 to 3 join a naturalist for this special 30-minute story time for tots! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/2: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 09, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
COMEBACK KIDS: WHITE-TAILED DEER
Join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse for this series that explores how once-common animals disappeared from Ohio and then made great comebacks. This month, learn about Ohio's largest game animal, the white-tailed deer. Program includes a hike and indoor presentation. Good for spree credit. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Friday, October 10, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: WHY DO DEAD FISH FLOAT?
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10, can join a naturalist to investigate the principles behind sinking and floating objects. Be prepared to get your hands wet. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/24: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 10, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
NIGHT OWLS HIKE
Give a hoot! Learn from a naturalist about the owls in Furnace Run Metro Park. Participants may bring lanterns or flashlights for the hike. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 11, 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
GLENDALE CEMETERY PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
Join us for this rare opportunity to photograph in the early morning at Glendale Cemetery. The chapel will be open for photography and refreshments. This Glendale 175th anniversary activity will culminate with an exhibit of photographs at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, November 9, 2014 through January 2015. The workshop rain date is Sunday, October 12. Glendale Cemetery: 150 Glendale Ave. Akron, OH 44302

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 11, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
FALL MUSHROOM HIKE
October is a great time to view the beauty and diversity of fall mushrooms, if rainfall is adequate. Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield on a hunt for one of nature’s most important decomposers. Meet at the trailhead. HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 11, 2:00 PM
HONEY EXTRACTION
Join Naturalist Sarah Putnam and beekeeper John Irvine as they get the "sweet" satisfaction of extracting honey from a beehive at the Nature Realm. Visitors will have a chance to sample some honey. Program will last about 45 minutes. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 11, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FALL FAMILY OUTING
Fall into autumn fun with free hayrides, bonfires, naturalist activities, live music, apple cider, cookies and more. A wheelchair-accessible hay wagon is available. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 12, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
GENTLE GIANT TREES
Join Naturalist Meghan Doran to see the gentle giants that have been growing at the Nature Realm for more than 100 years. You will also see why American Indians and the early settlers chose to live among these ancient trees. Good for spree credit. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 12, 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 10/7: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 12, 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
NATURE CRAFTS FOR ADULTS: PUMPKIN BASKET
Weave your own pumpkin basket for the fall season. When finished it will be about 20 inches in circumference. Materials fee: $25. Participants must be at least 13 years old. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/4: 330-865-8065. SR/Mingo

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 12, 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 10/7: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, October 13, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
KINDEREALM: BEARS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about the black bears that may hibernate in Ohio during winter. Each program includes a craft and short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/30: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Tuesday, October 14, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
ARCHERY FOR ADULTS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Adults learn the basics and test their marksmanship at our range featuring multiple shooting stations. Program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Participants must be at least 18. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/20: 330-865-8065. HH/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Tuesday, October 14, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
ARCHERY FOR ADULTS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Adults learn the basics and test their marksmanship at our range featuring multiple shooting stations. Program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Participants must be at least 18. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/20: 330-865-8065. HH/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 15, 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 10/9: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 15, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene for a leisurely stroll on Rock Creek Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. Good for spree credit. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 15, 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 10/9: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 15, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
KINDEREALM: BEARS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about the black bears that may hibernate in Ohio during winter. Each program includes a craft and short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/30: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 16, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CARDIO HIKE
Join Naturalist Danette Rushboldt for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking at a vigorous pace with few, if any, rest stops. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. Good for spree credit. CVS/Chuckery

Leaf Icon Friday, October 17, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: WHY DO DEAD FISH FLOAT?
Homeschoolers, ages 11 to 14, can join a naturalist to investigate the principles behind sinking and floating objects. Be prepared to get your hands wet. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/24: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 18, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
PADDLE THE GORGE
Program cancelled due to cold temperatures. More paddling programs will be scheduled for spring. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 18, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
FALL MUSHROOM HIKE
Did You Know? Fungi have different ecological roles. Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield for a walk along parts of Deer Run Trail to discover the beauty, variety and interesting ecology of fall mushrooms. Edibles are not part of the program. ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 18, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
I SPY
Earn hiking spree credit while playing the familiar I Spy game. Pick up your scavenger hunt list at the Nature Realm between 10 a.m. and 3 pm., then hit the trail searching for some unusual objects. Return your list to the front desk for a prize. Good for spree credit. FASN

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 18, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
ARCHAEOLOGY DAY
Join The University of Akron and Cuyahoga Valley and Chippewa Valley archaeology societies to see artifacts, demonstrations of ancient tools and atlatl throwing, and to gather information about early people. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 18, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
BIRDING ALONG THE LAKE WITH JIM MCCORMAC
Join renowned naturalist Jim McCormac for an evening full of his stories, beautiful photos and favorite places to visit in Northeast Ohio. His "Lake Erie Birding Trail Guidebook" will be available for purchase and signing. The Nature Realm gift shop will be open. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 19, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SCARECROW DAY
Caw, caw, caw! Join us for an afternoon of fabulous fall fun including a scarecrow build-off, cool crow facts, crafts, face painting, storytelling, marshmallow roasting and a crow calling contest. Awards will be given to the best crow callers and the top three scarecrows. To participate in the scarecrow build-off, registration is required. An armature, bag for the head, markers, twine and straw will be provided. The clothes and creativity are up to you! Registration for the crow calling contest will be the day of the event. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/11: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, October 20, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
AKRON HISTORY HIKE: OLD STONE SCHOOL
Visit the Old Stone School with tour leaders from the Summit County Historical Society and Summit Metro Parks. Enjoy an 1800s school experience with no final exam! Free parking is available in city lots after 6 p.m. Old Stone School: 301 S. Broadway Akron, OH 44308

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene for a leisurely stroll on Dogwood Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. Good for spree credit. SR/Wadsworth

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 23, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
CAMPFIRE: NORTHERN CHEYENNE INDIANS
Regrettably, the Northern Cheyenne Indians will not be attending due to the death of one of the tribe's high elders. Instead, we'll tell Indian stories, learn about mourning and roast marshmallows at the campfire. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Friday, October 24, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
HIKING SPREE FOR THE BIRDS
Explore the ledges in Liberty Park for hiking spree credit and talk about birds. Binoculars are recommended. Good for spree credit. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Friday, October 24, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
SPOOKY HIKE AND FIRE
Enjoy a short night hike to see what might be lurking in the woods, then relax and enjoy marshmallows while listening to campfire tales. Bring your own stick and we'll provide the marshmallows. Halloween costumes welcome. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 25, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
HIKE & BREAKFAST
Join a naturalist for a dazzling fall hike and campfire breakfast. Participants will be asked to contribute to the feast. Good for spree credit. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/14: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 25, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HIKING SPREE SHIELD ASSISTANCE
You've hiked eight trails to earn this year's hiking shield, but attaching it to your hiking staff may be harder than completing the hikes. Volunteers will gladly attach it for you at no charge. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 25, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
OWL PROWL
Explore for owls with Naturalist Mike Greene. Patience and silence are essential when prowling for owls. Program is for ages 6 and older. No dogs, please. We will not be completing a trail, so this program doesn't count for hiking spree credit. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 26, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
HIKING SPREE FOR DOGS
Dogs and their owners hike with other pets during this annual event. The hike starts promptly at 1 p.m. Pets must be on leashes (8-foot max) and under their owner's control at all times. Dogs will receive a treat at the end. Good for spree credit. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 26, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SPECIES SPOTLIGHT: GOLDENROD GALL FLY
This time of year, as you walk along fields, you’re likely to find small growths on summer’s goldenrod stems. Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield on a search, and discover the story behind them. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Friday, October 31, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
CREEPY CRAWLIES
Join Naturalist Meghan Doran with your little ones to meet our education animals. All of them are creepy, crawly, and slimy, but not one of them is scary! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/23: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 31, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
NATURE IN DISGUISE
Register for an opportunity to see nature in disguise. Hike and meet nocturnal animals along a lighted trail during this family-friendly event. A guide will lead families, and kids are encouraged to come dressed up. At the end of your hike, stay and enjoy a fire and marshmallows (while supplies last). ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/21: 330-865-8065. FASN/Campfire Area

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Did You Know?

Combat
Bats use a form of sonar similar to what is used by the military.

Vacancy
Many beech trees are partially hollow and provide excellent den sites for squirrels, raccoons and opossums. Wood ducks often nest in the hollows of old sycamore trees.


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