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Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 01, 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 8/15: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 01, 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 8/15: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 01, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
DISTANCE HIKE
Join a naturalist to hike 7-plus miles 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 and stream crossings. Drinking water is recommended. Good for spree credit. SR/Treaty Line

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 01, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
QUARRY HIKE
Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist for one of the first guided hikes of the 2015 Fall Hiking Spree. Good for spree credit. DLQ

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 01, 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. SR/Lone Spruce

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 02, 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 18 and older can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our traveling outdoor range. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/25: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 02, 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 55 and older can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our traveling outdoor range. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/25: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 02, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
GARDENING INTO FALL
Join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse to earn ways to extend the growing season and how to prepare your garden for winter. Cold frames and hoop houses are two of the topics covered. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 03, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Nathan Fortunato for a leisurely stroll on Buttonbush Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. LP/Pond Brook

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 03, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
SMALL FOOTPRINT: GETTING STARTED
Let's start thinking sustainably! Join Naturalist Becca Zak for a bi-monthly conversation about ways to reduce our impact on the environment. Bring a notebook and a head full of ideas. Program will be repeated in October at Liberty Park. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 03, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
SUNSET HIKE
Join a naturalist to explore Chippewa Trail, leading to a spectacular sunset finale. Good for spree credit. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Friday, September 04, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
FALL BIRD WALK
New and experienced birdwatchers can join a naturalist for a fall bird walk in Liberty Park. Binoculars are recommended. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Friday, September 04, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
LI'L SPROUTS
Prepping for pizza! Children 3 and older can join Naturalist Meghan Doran to harvest our ingredients from the pizza garden. Wear old clothes and expect to get dirty. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/22: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Friday, September 04, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FALL FAMILY CAMPOUT
Join naturalists for a fun and relaxing weekend camping out in a Metro Park. The weekend will include hiking, campfires, fishing and nature activities. Camping equipment is not provided. Space is limited. Location provided during registration. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/18: 330-865-8065. Location: TBD , OH

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 05, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
FALL FAMILY CAMPOUT
Join naturalists for a fun and relaxing weekend camping out in a Metro Park. The weekend will include hiking, campfires, fishing and nature activities. Camping equipment is not provided. Space is limited. Location provided during registration. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/18: 330-865-8065. Location: TBD , OH

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 05, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
HISTORY HIKE
Hike the trail with a naturalist and learn about mining that took place in the area. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 05, 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
ATTRACTING MOTHS TO BLACK LIGHTS
Moths outnumber butterflies by more than 11 to one. Join naturalists Dave Brumfield and Pat Rydquist while they are attracting moths to black lights, and observe the insects' amazingly beautiful colors, shapes and patterns up close. Bring a flashlight and camera. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 06, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
FALL FAMILY CAMPOUT
Join naturalists for a fun and relaxing weekend camping out in a Metro Park. The weekend will include hiking, campfires, fishing and nature activities. Camping equipment is not provided. Space is limited. Location provided during registration. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/18: 330-865-8065. Location: TBD , OH

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 06, 1:00 PM - 2:30 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 international-style target archery at our traveling outdoor range. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/25: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 06, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT RECEPTION
Join Summit Metro Parks for the opening reception of the 2015 Amateur Photography Exhibit. Meet the photographers, enjoy light refreshments and see the natural beauty of the Metro Parks through the eyes and cameras of folks like you. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 06, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
ARCHERY FOR TEENS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Ages 13 to 17 join us to learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our traveling outdoor range. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/25: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 08, 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. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 08, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
BOG BOOGIE
Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist to “boogie woogie” around the prairie. SFB

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 09, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
FIVE MILLION STEPS: THRU-HIKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
Experience the challenging and life-changing adventure of author Robert Grau. Hear his unique story and see photos of his 2,191-mile hike over 14 states and 170 days. You may purchase a signed copy of his book, "Five Million Steps on a Journey of Hope: Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail," for $15, cash or check only. All proceeds benefit cancer patients. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Friday, September 11, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: BIOMIMICRY
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: Velcro, wet suits and cable wires are just a few inventions created by observing nature. Discover the exciting world where copying is okay. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/28: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, September 11, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: BIOMIMICRY
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: Velcro, wet suits and cable wires are just a few inventions created by observing nature. Discover the exciting world where copying is okay. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/28: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 12, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
FALL MIGRATION HIKE
Join Naturalist Meghan Doran for a peek into the lives of migrant birds on this easy hike through a new Metro Park. Good for spree credit. WH

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 12, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
NATURE & HISTORY OF THE GLENS
Join a naturalist to explore the rugged Glens Trail. Good for spree credit. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 13, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
HIKE FOR THE BIRDS
Take a morning hike with Naturalist Becca Zak to search for fall birds and other wildlife. Meet in the parking lot. Good for spree credit. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 13, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
MONARCH BUTTERFLIES
The monarch, king of the butterflies, is an amazing insect. Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield to learn about its life cycle, habitat and incredible migration to Mexico. Includes a craft for kids and an up-close look at the monarch butterfly. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, September 14, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: TURKEY VULTURES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about turkey vultures and where they are going. After making a craft, we'll take a brief walk. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/1: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
CAMPFIRE COOKING WITH TWINSBURG LIBRARY COOKBOOK CLUB
Join Metro Parks and the Twinsburg Library Cookbook Club for a campfire cooking demonstration. Select a recipe and bring it to the program to share. We'll eat, swap recipes, discuss cookbooks and talk food. Participants will be asked to contribute to the feast. Meet at the shelter. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/4: 330-865-8065. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 15, 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, September 16, 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 9/5: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 16, 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 9/5: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 16, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: TURKEY VULTURES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about turkey vultures and where they are going. After making a craft, we'll take a brief walk. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/1: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 16, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FUNGI, MOSSES & LICHENS - OH, MY!
Join naturalists to learn about some of the oldest organisms on Earth. We will start inside and then hit the trail to view these amazing organisms. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 17, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join a naturalist for a leisurely stroll on Spring Hollow Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. Good for spree credit. HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Friday, September 18, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: TURKEY VULTURES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about turkey vultures and where they are going. After making a craft, we'll take a brief walk. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/1: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, September 18, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
HIKE THE HOLLOW
Warm summer days are quickly coming to a close. Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield on a leisurely hike to discover what is out and about this time of the year. Good for spree credit. WH

Leaf Icon Friday, September 18, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: TURKEY VULTURES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about turkey vultures and where they are going. After making a craft, we'll take a brief walk. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/1: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 19, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
HEALTHY STRIDES HIKE
Summit Metro Parks is partnering with Akron General to present Healthy Strides Hikes. During the Fall Hiking Spree, join us on casual 1- to 3-mile walks, preceded by a brief, informative talk by Akron General physicians and caregivers. Topics change each session based on the Akron General leader’s specialty. All hikes will be on hiking spree trails. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 19, 10:00 AM - 12:30 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. LP/Recreation

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 19, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: TURKEY VULTURES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about turkey vultures and where they are going. After making a craft, we'll take a brief walk. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/1: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 19, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
PLEASING PAWPAWS
Join a naturalist to see, learn and enjoy the fruits of the amazing pawpaw tree. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 19, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
ARCHERY FOR FAMILIES
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Families with children 9 to 17 join us to learn international-style target archery together at our traveling outdoor range. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/8: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 19, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
ARCHERY FOR FAMILIES
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Families with children 9 to 17 join us to learn international-style target archery together at our traveling outdoor range. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/8: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 20, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING
Try stand-up paddleboarding, the fastest growing water sport, to get a workout and enjoy nature. ODNR’s ACA-certified instructor and a Metro Parks naturalist will guide you. No experience needed. You must be comfortable treading water in a life jacket. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/13: 330-865-8065. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 20, 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 9/12: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 20, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
ARCHERY GAMES FOR KIDS
Ages 9 to 12 will play different games to build archery skills in a fun and exciting way. Participants must have already taken one of our Intro to Archery programs. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/8: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 20, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
AKRON HISTORY: TROLLEYS
Join Summit Metro Parks and the Summit County Historical Society for an historical look at Akron's trolleys. We will travel by trolley from the Beech Street Power Plant to the floating Towpath and walk across Summit Lake. We will then meet back with our trolleys at the Kenmore Trolley Barns. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/11: 330-865-8065. TT/Beech

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 20, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING
 Try stand-up paddleboarding, the fastest growing water sport, to get a workout and enjoy nature. ODNR’s ACA-certified instructor and a Metro Parks naturalist will guide you. No experience needed. You must be comfortable treading water in a life jacket. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/13: 330-865-8065. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 20, 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 9/12: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 20, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
ARCHERY GAMES FOR ADULTS
Ages 18 and older will play different games to build archery skills in a fun and exciting way. Participants must have already taken one of our Intro to Archery programs. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/8: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Monday, September 21, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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. ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 22, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
SUNSET STROLL
Hike the Meadow Trail with Naturalist Pat Rydquist to discover what is living in the fields, woods and wetlands. Good for spree credit. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 23, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
NATURE CRAFTING FOR ADULTS: WOOLIES
In honor of the Year of the Sheep, join Naturalist Danette Rushboldt to create woolies for the dryer. Say goodbye to commercial fabric softener and dryer sheets forever. Materials list will be provided upon registration. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/18: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 23, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
HIKE FOR YOUR DINNER
Work up an appetite hiking the Redwing Trail while cooking volunteers make a delicious meal. After our hike we will return to Coventry Oaks Pavilion to enjoy a well-deserved meal. Participants will contribute to the feast. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/17: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 24, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
BIRDS OF PREY HIKE
Raptors, accipiters and buteos - Oh, my! Take a hike around Springfield Bog with Naturalist Becca Zak and catch a glimpse of these charismatic birds. Binoculars recommended. SFB

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 24, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
HEALTHY STRIDES HIKE
Summit Metro Parks is partnering with Akron General to present Healthy Strides Hikes. During the Fall Hiking Spree, join us on casual 1- to 3-mile walks, preceded by a brief, informative talk by Akron General physicians and caregivers. Topics change each session based on the Akron General leader’s specialty. All hikes will be on hiking spree trails. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Friday, September 25, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
LAKE PADDLE: CANOE
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 9/15: 330-865-8065. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Friday, September 25, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
LI'L SPROUTS
Join Naturalist Meghan Doran and Li'l Sprouts for a pizza lunch on the Seneca Deck. We will celebrate all of our hard work over the summer. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/22: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Friday, September 25, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
LAKE PADDLE: CANOE
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 : 330-865-8065. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Friday, September 25, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: BIOMIMICRY
Homeschoolers, ages 11 to 14: Velcro, wet suits and cable wires are just a few inventions created by observing nature. Discover the exciting world where copying is okay. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/28: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 26, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
PADDLE THE PARKS
Kayak or canoe 6.5 miles down the Cuyahoga River to Waterworks Park in Cuyahoga Falls with ACA-trained staff and a Metro Parks naturalist as your guide. Learn the basics while observing wildlife and beautiful habitats. No experience needed. Registration is required by calling Crooked River Adventures: 330-541-7467. Return transportation to Tannery Park provided. Bring binoculars, water, sunscreen and dress to get wet. Cost: $25/kayak; $40/canoe. Tannery Park: 100 Stow St. Kent, OH 44240

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 26, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SURVIVOR KID
Kids 8 to 11 join us for an afternoon of survival skills, including shelter-building, land navigation, basic first aid and more. Please dress for the weather. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/19: 330-865-8065. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 26, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
PADDLE THE PARKS
Kayak or canoe 4.5 miles down the Cuyahoga River, from Tannery Park in Kent to Brust Park in Munroe Falls, with ACA-trained staff and a Metro Parks naturalist as your guide. Learn the basics while observing wildlife and beautiful habitats. No experience needed. Registration is required by calling Crooked River Adventures: 330-541-7467. Return transportation to Tannery Park provided. Bring binoculars, water and sunscreen, and dress to get wet. Cost: $20/kayak; $30/canoe. Tannery Park: 100 Stow St. Kent, OH 44240

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 27, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
PADDLE THE GORGE
Kayak the Cuyahoga River at the Gorge to see towering rock ledges and breathtaking scenery from your boat. Led by ACA-trained staff from Crooked River Adventures and a Metro Parks naturalist. Ten rental spaces available, with 10 more spaces available for those with their own canoes or kayaks (but only with current watercraft registration and a life jacket). Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult. Bring binoculars, drinking water and sunscreen, and dress to get wet. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/22: 330-865-8065. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 27, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF THE NATURE REALM
Join Naturalist Meghan Doran for an in-depth look into the first 50 years at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm. We will discuss the changes that happened between 1991 and today. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 27, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HIKING SPREE SHIELD ASSISTANCE
You hiked eight trails to earn the 2015 Fall Hiking Spree 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 27, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
METRO PARKS BOOK CLUB: A BEAST IN THE GARDEN
This month's selection, "A Beast in the Garden: The True Story of a Predator's Deadly Return to Suburban America" by David Baron, explores what a town goes through when the mountain lion returns. Please bring your mug for refreshments. SR/Shady Hollow

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 29, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
MILLS OF OLD MILL
Join a naturalist for a guided hike on Old Mill Trail. Bring a flashlight. Good for spree credit. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 30, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join a naturalist for a leisurely stroll on Parcours Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. Good for spree credit. SR/Treaty Line

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