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Leaf Icon Monday, September 01, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
CARVE YOUR OWN STAMP
Put on your sleuthing cap and discover questing during this open house! Stop by the pavilion for 20 to 30 minutes. After carving your own signature stamp, you will learn how to use rhyming clues, riddles and hand-drawn maps to find hidden treasures (quest boxes) while discovering the natural and cultural histories of our parks. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Monday, September 01, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
FIRST HIKE
Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist for the first hike of the Fall Hiking Spree. Good for spree credit. DLQ

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 02, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
WILDFLOWER HIKE
Join Naturalist Mike Greene to search for wildflowers along Pheasant Run Trail and discover some past and present uses of flowers. Good for spree credit. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 02, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
EVENING SPREE HIKE
Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist for an evening hike to earn Fall Hiking Spree credit on Indian Spring Trail. Good for spree credit. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 04, 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 8/22: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 04, 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 8/22: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, September 05, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: BATS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about the bats of the Metro Parks. Includes a craft and hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/26: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, September 05, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: BATS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about the bats of the Metro Parks. Includes a craft and hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/26: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, September 05, 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
FALL FAMILY CAMPOUT
Enjoy a relaxing weekend camping in a Metro Park. There will be hiking, a campfire, fishing, games and more! Camping equipment is not provided. Space is limited to the first 15 families. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/23: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 06, 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
FALL FAMILY CAMPOUT
Enjoy a relaxing weekend camping in a Metro Park. There will be hiking, a campfire, fishing, games and more! Camping equipment is not provided. Space is limited to the first 15 families. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/23: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 06, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
INTRO TO KAYAKING AND CANOEING
Join Metro Parks Naturalist Sarah Putnam and ODNR to learn about kayak and canoe safety, paddling techniques and proper equipment, then put your skills to use on Silver Creek Lake. Please dress for the weather. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/30: 330-865-8065. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 06, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
FERN WALK
Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield to learn about some of Ohio's native ferns and discover how to identify them by their structure and habitat. Meet at the Indian Spring Trail. Good for spree credit. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 06, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: BATS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about the bats of the Metro Parks. Includes a craft and hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/26: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 06, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
INTRO TO KAYAKING AND CANOEING
Join Metro Parks Naturalist Sarah Putnam and ODNR to learn about kayak and canoe safety, paddling techniques and proper equipment, then put your skills to use on Silver Creek Lake. Please dress for the weather. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/30: 330-865-8065. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 07, 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
FALL FAMILY CAMPOUT
Enjoy a relaxing weekend camping in a Metro Park. There will be hiking, campfire, fishing, games and more! Camping equipment is not provided. Space is limited to the first 15 families. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/23: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 07, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
EARLY BIRDS
Be an early bird with Naturalist Meghan Doran. Get a head start on the Fall Hiking Spree and discover which migrants might be passing through while hiking this moderately challenging trail. Good for spree credit. DLQ

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 07, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
PRESERVING YOUR GARDEN HARVEST
Learn how to preserve different fruits and vegetables from your garden or trips to local farmers markets. Discover how to store food now so it can be used throughout the winter. We will cover many topics, from freezer jam to pesto cubes. Includes demonstrations and samples to take home! Fee: $10. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/29: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 07, 3:00 PM - 4:30 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 Monday, September 08, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: BATS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about the bats of the Metro Parks. Includes a craft and hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/26: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 09, 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. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 09, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
SPRINGFIELD BOG AT DUSK
Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist for an evening spree-credit hike at the bog. Good for spree credit. SFB

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 09, 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/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 11, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
RUN YOUR METRO PARKS!
Run your Metro Parks! The first of three non-competitive runs this month is on the towpath, from Big Bend to Botzum and back, a total distance of 7 miles. A raffle (for participants only) with items from local running shops follows each run. TT/Big Bend

Leaf Icon Friday, September 12, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: CANAL HISTORY
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10, join a naturalist for this entertaining and educational look at the rich history of the canal and how it helped to shape industry in Akron and surrounding communities. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/4: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 13, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
FALL BIRD WALK
New and experienced birdwatchers join a naturalist for a fall bird walk in Liberty Park. Binoculars are recommended. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 13, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
COMEBACK KIDS: CANADA GOOSE
Join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse for this series that explores how once-common animals disappeared from Ohio and then made great comebacks. The Canada goose was once only a migrant and winter visitor, but now is found in large numbers all over the state. Come learn more about this noisy bird. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 13, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
MUSICAL INSECTS
Summer is the perfect time for hearing crickets and katydids! Join a naturalist and Dr. Lisa Rainsong from the Cleveland Institute of Music to learn who is singing and how to look for them. An indoor presentation will be followed by a hike through the outdoor "concert hall." We will provide the bug jars! FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 14, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
RUN YOUR METRO PARKS!
Run your Metro Parks! The second of three non-competitive runs this month is a double loop of Indian Spring Trail, a total distance of 4.4 miles. A raffle (for participants only) with items from local running shops follows each run. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 14, 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 9/2: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 14, 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 9/2: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 14, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
MYSTERY OF THE MONARCHS
Join Naturalist Meghan Doran to discover why the monarch butterfly is in trouble and what you can do to help. Earn hiking spree credit on this easy trail. Insect nets and jars are provided. Good for spree credit. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 16, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
NATURE CRAFTING FOR ADULTS
Join Naturalist Danette Rushboldt for a day of nature crafting. Add a little of the Great Outdoors to your home by creating a unique, nature-inspired work of art. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/6: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 16, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene to enjoy a leisurely stroll on Prairie Trail with stops to discover nature and history. Good for spree credit. SFB

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 16, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
LIVING SKIN OF THE LEDGES
Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist for a spree-credit hike through the amazing habitats of the ledges. Good for spree credit. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 16, 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. FASN

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 17, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
AFTERNOON STROLL
Join Naturalist Sarah Putnam to learn what nature is up to as we head into fall. Good for spree credit. SR/North Hawkins

Leaf Icon Friday, September 19, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: CANAL HISTORY
Homeschoolers, ages 11 to 14, can join a naturalist for this entertaining and educational look at the rich history of the canal and how it helped to shape industry in the city of Akron and surrounding communities. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/4: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, September 19, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
EVENING PADDLE
Learn about canoe safety, paddling techniques and proper equipment, then put your skills to use on Silver Creek Lake. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/9: 330-865-8065. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Friday, September 19, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
EVENING PADDLE
Learn about canoe safety, paddling techniques and proper equipment, then put your skills to use on Silver Creek Lake. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/9: 330-865-8065. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Friday, September 19, 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
ATTRACTING MOTHS TO BLACK LIGHTS
Moths outnumber butterflies by more than 11 to one. Join Naturalists Dave Brumfield and Pat Rydquist to learn how to use black lights to attract these amazing creatures and for a chance to observe their beautiful colors, shapes and patterns up close. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 20, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
BIRD WALK AT GLENDALE CEMETERY
Enjoy a fall bird hike through the gorgeous grounds of historic Glendale Cemetery with Naturalist Pat Rydquist. Glendale Cemetery: 150 Glendale Ave Akron, OH 44302 330-253-2317

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 20, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
PADDLE THE PARKS
Advance registration is required by calling Crooked River Adventures: 330-541-7467. Kayak or canoe 4.5 miles down the Cuyahoga River, from Tannery Park in Kent to Brust Park in Munroe Falls, with ACA-certified instructors and a Metro Parks naturalist as your guide. Learn the basics while observing wildlife and beautiful habitats. No experience needed. Space is limited. Return transportation to Tannery Park provided. Bring binoculars, water, sunscreen and dress to get wet. Cost: $20/kayak; $30/canoe. Tannery Park: 100 Stow St. Kent, OH 44240

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 20, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
EVENING PADDLE
Learn about canoe safety, paddling techniques and proper equipment, then put your skills to use on Silver Creek Lake. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/9: 330-865-8065. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 20, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
SUNSET HIKE
Join Naturalist Mike Greene to explore Redwing Trail, leading to a spectacular sunset finale. Good for spree credit. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 20, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
EVENING PADDLE
Learn about canoe safety, paddling techniques and proper equipment, then put your skills to use on Silver Creek Lake. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/9: 330-865-8065. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 21, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
I SPY
Earn hiking spree credit while playing the familiar game "I Spy." Pick up your scavenger hunt list between noon and 3 p.m., then hit the trail to search for some unusual objects. Return your list to the front desk by 5 p.m. for a prize. Good for spree credit. FASN

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 21, 12:30 PM - 1:30 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 9/11: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 21, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
WOODLAND MUSHROOMS
From mid-summer to late autumn, a great variety of mushrooms may be found in Ohio. Enjoy an educational and fun walk with Naturalist Dave Brumfield in search of woodland mushrooms. Edibles are not part of the program. Good for spree credit. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Monday, September 22, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
AKRON HISTORY HIKE: MEET MRS. MUSTILL
Meet Mrs. Mustill and enjoy canal music with Jon Mosey before joining Naturalist Pat Rydquist and volunteer Denny Reiser to explore the towpath north of the Mustill Store. TT/Mustill Store

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 23, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
EVENING SPREE HIKE
Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist for a spree-credit walk along the Rock Creek Trail. Good for spree credit. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 24, 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 9/16: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 24, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene for a leisurely stroll on Indian Spring Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. Good for spree credit. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 24, 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 9/16: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 24, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
KINDEREALM: BATS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about the bats of the Metro Parks. Includes a craft and hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/26: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 25, 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. FASN

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 25, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FALL BACKPACKING TRIP: EQUIPMENT CHECK
Prepare for a fall backpacking trip, October 4-5. During this program we will check your equipment, go on a practice hike and answer any questions you have. Ages 10 to adult. Equipment not provided. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/13: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 27, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SPECIES SPOTLIGHT: BEECH BLIGHT APHID
Have you ever watched a dancing insect? Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield to learn about this late-season bug and why it is sometimes called the “Boogie-woogie aphid.” We will meet on the Seneca Deck before hiking Cherry Lane Trail in search of these entertaining creatures. Good for spree credit. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 28, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
RUN YOUR METRO PARKS!
Run your Metro Parks! The last of three non-competitive runs this month is our most challenging, following the Highbridge and Chuckery trails for a distance of 5.6 miles. A raffle (for participants only) with items from local running shops follows each run. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 28, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
POND BROOK TRANSFORMATION
Join Naturalist Meghan Doran and City of Twinsburg naturalist Stanley Stine for a day hike into the restoration area to discover the transformation of Pond Brook. Please wear boots that can get wet, and long pants. Bring snacks and drinking water. LP/Pond Brook

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 28, 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 Sunday, September 28, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
METRO PARKS BOOK CLUB: HURRICANE SONG
This month's selection, "Hurricane Song" by Paul Volponi, shares the memoirs of a musical family that seeks refuge in the Superdome when Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans. Please bring your mug for refreshments. SR/Shady Hollow

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 30, 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, join us to learn the basics and test your 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. Must be at least 18 years of age. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/23: 330-865-8065. HH/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 30, 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, join us to learn the basics and test your 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. Must be at least 18 years of age. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/23: 330-865-8065. HH/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 30, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
REDWING RAMBLE
Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist for a spree-credit hike of Redwing Trail. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

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Did You Know?

Akron's Oatmeal King
Ferdinand Schumacher, who is credited with introducing oatmeal to America, owned a part of Deep Lock Quarry. His company, American Cereal Works, later became Quaker Oats.

Ice Age Animals
Mastodons - animals that looked like mammoths or modern-day elephants – once roamed what is now Summit County.




















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