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Leaf Icon Friday, January 02, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
WINTER TRACKERS DAY CAMP
Kids ages 7 to 10 can enjoy this winter adventure with fun, hands-on experiences. We will be honing our tracking skills while exploring the park, looking for signs of winter animals. Pack a lunch and dress to be outside for long periods of time. Cost: $10. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/5: 330-865-8065. SR/Mingo

Leaf Icon Friday, January 02, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: WINTER SURVIVAL SKILLS
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10, can join a naturalist to discover how plants, animals and even people adapt to survive harsh winter conditions in Ohio. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/11: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 03, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
SNOW ART
Don't let the snow get you down! Come out and learn new, creative ways to brighten your days and enjoy the snowy weather. Dress for an outdoor program. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 04, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
GOOD, OLD-FASHIONED OUTDOOR FUN
Begin the New Year with a resolution to get your family outside. Join Naturalist Becca Zak for some interactive outdoor fun. Parents, you'll be expected to play, too! FASN

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 04, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
CARDIO HIKE
Join a naturalist for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking at a vigorous pace with few, if any, rest stops. Beginners are welcome, but you may want to talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. SFB

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 04, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
COMEBACK KIDS: SNOWSHOE HARE
Join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse for this series that explores how once-common animals disappeared from Ohio and then made great comebacks. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Tuesday, January 06, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
WHO'S AWAKE IN WINTER?
Did you know that not all of our mammals hibernate in winter? Join a naturalist to learn about wildlife that remains awake and active during winter and to look for signs of their activity. FASN

Leaf Icon Wednesday, January 07, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: WEASELS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about our many weasels and some cool adaptations that help them survive. 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 1/2: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, January 07, 2:00 PM - 3:30 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 12/27: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, January 08, 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 12/26: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, January 08, 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 12/26: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, January 09, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
CARDIO HIKE
Join a naturalist for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking at a vigorous pace with few, if any, rest stops. Beginners are welcome, but you may want to talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Friday, January 09, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: WINTER SURVIVAL SKILLS
Homeschoolers, ages 11 to 14, can join a naturalist to discover how plants, animals and even people adapt to survive harsh winter conditions in Ohio. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/11: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 10, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS
Join Naturalist Meghan Doran for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area. We will find out why this area is a favorite of our winter residents. Bring a mug. Coffee is provided. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 10, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
WILDLIFE & WOOD WORKSHOP: SQUIRREL FEEDER
Discover the types of squirrels you can attract to your back yard, then build a squirrel-in-the-jar feeder. Limit one kit per family. Participation is required to purchase a $15 kit. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/3: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 11, 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 1/6: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 11, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WINTER FAMILY BOOK WALK
Families can enjoy Cherry Lane Trail in a new way! Hike at your own pace with stops to read a story, then come to the campfire area to enjoy a fire, hot chocolate and marshmallows (while supplies last). FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 11, 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 1/6: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, January 12, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Danette Rushboldt for a leisurely stroll on Rock Creek Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Monday, January 12, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: WEASELS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about our many weasels and some cool adaptations that help them survive. 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 1/2: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Tuesday, January 13, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
WATER IN WINTER
As winter takes over, explore Furnace Run Metro Park's water features with Naturalist Becca Zak. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Wednesday, January 14, 2:00 PM - 3:30 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 12/27: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, January 14, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
AFTERNOON STROLL
Join Naturalist Mike Greene for a leisurely stroll on Deer Run Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Friday, January 16, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: WEASELS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about our many weasels and some cool adaptations that help them survive. 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 1/2: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, January 16, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: WEASELS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about our many weasels and some cool adaptations that help them survive. 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 1/2: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, January 16, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
OWL PROWL
Explore for owls with Naturalist Mike Greene. Patience and silence are essential when prowling for owls. Program for ages 6 and older. No dogs, please. SR/Treaty Line

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 17, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: WEASELS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about our many weasels and some cool adaptations that help them survive. 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 1/2: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 17, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
SOUP HIKE
Join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse for a hike while outdoor cooking volunteers prepare soup for everyone to enjoy (while supplies last). Please bring a bowl and spoon. SR/Shady Hollow

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 17, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
WINTER AT THE LEDGES
See firsthand how forces in nature created and continue to reshape the ledges in Liberty Park. Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield to discover the beauty, intricacy and mystery of nature in winter. Part of the 1.1-mile trail may be rocky, uneven and slippery, so bring a hiking stick and rugged boots. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 18, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
BEGINNING BIRDERS: TREATS FOR YOUR YARD
Join naturalists and expert volunteers for a hands-on workshop to discover which treats are the birds' favorites! We will help you make a "dessert" to hang in your yard. Peanut butter will be used during this program. Please wear old clothes. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
BEAT WINTER BLUES & ENERGIZE YOUR DAY
Beat the winter blahs by joining Metro Parks staff and Tai Chi instructor, motivational speaker and energy coach Nancy Gardner for this wellness program. You will discover tips, techniques, movements and foods that will help motivate and energize you during the cold weather. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Monday, January 19, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
SCHOOL'S OUT COOKOUT
Enjoy the outdoors on your day off from school. Bring your own hot dogs and buns to cook over the campfire, and we’ll provide drinks, condiments and marshmallows. Then, hike with Naturalist Pat Rydquist to look for winter birds, like chickadees. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Tuesday, January 20, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WINTER TREE I.D.
Do you have trouble naming a tree when it has no leaves? Hike with a naturalist to learn tips and tricks for identifying trees in the winter. CVS/Oxbow

Leaf Icon Thursday, January 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene for a leisurely stroll on Spring Hollow with stops along the way to discover nature and history. HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Thursday, January 22, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
ARCHERY FOR SENIORS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Adults can learn the basics and test their marksmanship at our traveling indoor range. Program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Participants must be at least 55. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/30: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Thursday, January 22, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
ARCHERY FOR SENIORS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Seniors can learn the basics and test their marksmanship at our traveling indoor range. Program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Participants must be at least 55. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/30: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Thursday, January 22, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
YOGA IN THE PARK
Join naturalist Elizabeth Kresse and a certified yoga instructor from Yoga Lounge and Barre. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat or large towel and drinking water. We will work to energize our bodies, helping us to make it through the long Ohio winter. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/10: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, January 23, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
ARCHERY FOR ADULTS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Adults can learn the basics and test their marksmanship at our traveling indoor range. 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 12/30: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Friday, January 23, 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 can learn the basics and test their marksmanship at our traveling indoor range. 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 12/30: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 24, 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
HIKE & BREAKFAST: SNOWFLAKE HIKE
Join us for a brisk winter hike and "comfort" breakfast of oatmeal and more. Participants will be asked to contribute to the feast. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/13: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 24, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
ARCHERY FOR KIDS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Children 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, 50 inches and taller. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/30: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 24, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
CARDBOARD CLASSIC
Enjoy some fun in the snow by recycling old items into new sleds. All sleds will be assembled on site. We will provide some cardboard, duct tape and marshmallows for roasting. If no snow, the program will be rescheduled in February. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/17: 330-865-8065. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 24, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
SNOWSHOE HIKE
Snowshoeing is a great way to get out and enjoy the winter season. Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield for a brief how-to lesson, followed by a moderate snowshoe hike. Snowshoe rental is $5/person. Children must be 10 or older and with an adult companion. If not enough snow (at least five inches), there will still be a hike. Dress for the weather. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/20: 330-865-8065. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 25, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
NATURE REALM'S 50TH BIRTHDAY
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm is 50 years old this year. Join us for photos, reminiscing, stories, games, cake and refreshments. FASN

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 25, 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 can learn the basics and test their marksmanship at our traveling indoor range. 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 12/30: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
METRO PARKS BOOK CLUB
Join a naturalist for this month's lively discussion of "Pleasant Valley" by Louis Bromfield. Drinks are provided. Please bring a mug. SR/Shady Hollow

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 25, 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 can learn the basics and test their marksmanship at our traveling indoor range. 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 12/30: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, January 28, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
CONNECTING CHILDREN TO THE WONDERS OF NATURE
Join Marietta Tromp of the Master Gardeners of Summit County to discover the joys of connecting children to the wonders of nature. Parents, grandparents and teachers will be inspired to share a gift that will reach the hearts of future generations. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, January 29, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
HIKE FOR YOUR DINNER
Work up an appetite hiking the Old Mill and Rock Creek trails while cooking volunteers make a delicious meal. After our hike we will return to Brushwood Pavilion to enjoy a well-deserved dinner. Participants will contribute to the feast. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/16: 330-865-8065. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Friday, January 30, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
ANIMAL TALES
Children and their adult companions will enjoy a story about our chickadee friends. Afterward, participants will head outside to hand feed the chickadees with Naturalist Sarah Putnam. Dress for the weather. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/23: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, January 30, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
ANIMAL TALES
Children and their adult companions will enjoy a story about our chickadee friends. Afterward, participants will head outside to hand feed the chickadees with Naturalist Sarah Putnam. Dress for the weather. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/23: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, January 30, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
MOONLIGHT SNOWSHOE HIKE
Take a walk on snowshoes in the moonlight, and then enjoy a campfire and hot chocolate. Snowshoe rental is $5/person. Children must be 10 or older and with an adult companion. If not enough snow (at least five inches), there will still be a hike. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy winter boots. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/20: 330-865-8065. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 31, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WINTER TREE I.D.
Discover how to identify trees without their leaves while hiking Chippewa Trail with Naturalist Mike Greene. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 31, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
FEEDING TIME
Ever wonder what we feed our display animals at the Nature Realm? Ages 5 and older can help us feed the animals and learn more about them. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/24: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 31, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
THE CCC AND VIRGINIA KENDALL WITH DR. KENNETH BINDAS
Join Kent State University professor Dr. Kenneth Bindas to learn about the construction of the Virginia Kendall Reserve by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Dr. Bindas will be available to sign copies of his book after the program. Space is limited. FASN/Visitors Center

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Buried beneath the surface of Silver Creek Metro Park is a maze of tunnels and shafts – remnants of a 19th Century mining operation.

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