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Leaf Icon Tuesday, April 01, 10:00 AM
AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT SUBMISSIONS
Entries may be submitted for the 15th Amateur Photography Exhibit, on display June through December 2014 at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm. Only printed photographs will be accepted. All images must be taken in Summit County’s Metro Parks. With each entry, please include your name, address, phone number, email, the park where the image was taken and a title for the image. All originals will be returned. Drop off entries at the Nature Realm visitors center during regular hours, or mail them to the administrative offices, c/o Naturalist Pat Rydquist, 975 Treaty Line Rd., Akron, OH 44313. SR/Administrative Offices

Leaf Icon Friday, April 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: AIR & WEATHER
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10, can join a naturalist to explore all the wonders of weather and the air that surrounds us. No students will be allowed without an adult companion. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/28: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, April 18, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
FROG HOP
Join Naturalist Meghan Doran for an evening walk to listen for the chorusing frogs that thrive here. Please dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get wet. TT/Clinton

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 19, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
SPRING BIRD WALK
New and experienced birdwatchers join a naturalist on Saturday mornings through May 17 for spring bird walks in Liberty Park. We will alternate each week between the Twinsburg Ledges and Pond Brook areas. Binoculars are recommended. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 19, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WILDFLOWER HIKE
Join Naturalist Mike Greene to search for wildflowers along Oxbow Trail and discover past and present plant uses. CVS/Oxbow

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 19, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SIGNS OF SPRING
Hike at a leisurely pace along Rock Creek Trail with Naturalist Dave Brumfield in search of early wildflowers and other signs of spring. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 19, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
TEA TIME
Discover teas, found in nature, that were used by early civilizations. Participants who join Naturalist Sarah Putnam will be able to enjoy a cup of natural herbal tea, too, while supplies last. FASN

Leaf Icon Monday, April 21, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: SUN & MOON
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn how the sun and moon are our friends, but we need to remember the sun can also be troublesome. 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 3/26: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Friday, April 25, 7:30 AM
FRIDAY FIRESTONE FEATHERS AND FRIENDS
New and experienced birders 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 Saturday, April 26, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
HIKE & BREAKFAST: EARLY WILDFLOWERS
Enjoy an early spring wildflower hike and delicious breakfast. Participants will be asked to contribute to the feast. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/15: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 26, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
SPRING BIRD WALK
New and experienced birdwatchers join a naturalist on Saturday mornings through May 17 for spring bird walks in Liberty Park. We will alternate each week between the Twinsburg Ledges and Pond Brook areas. Binoculars are recommended. LP/Pond Brook

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 26, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
BLUEBELL VALLEY
Enjoy a strenuous 2.3-mile hike with Naturalist Sarah Putnam to see a tremendous amount of bluebells and other wildflowers along the way. Everett Road Covered Bridge: 2370 Everett Rd. Peninsula, OH

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 26, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
BLUEBELL VALLEY
Enjoy a strenuous 2.3-mile hike with Naturalist Sarah Putnam to see a tremendous amount of bluebells and other wildflowers along the way. Everett Road Covered Bridge: 2370 Everett Rd. Peninsula, OH

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 26, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
WILDFLOWER HIKE
Join Naturalist Mike Greene to search for wildflowers along the Ledges Trail and discover some past and present plant uses. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Sunday, April 27, 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 4/23: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, April 27, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
OLD FARMERS' ALMANAC
Ever wonder why or how the Old Farmers' Almanac makes its predictions? Join Naturalist Danette Rushboldt for this tongue-in-cheek look at its 221-year history and its 80 percent accuracy. We'll even get a preview of what to expect this summer. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, April 28, 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. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Monday, April 28, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
AKRON HISTORY HIKE: SKYWALKS
See Akron through the skywalks with tour leaders from the Summit County Historical Society and Metro Parks. Meet at the Akron History Museum at Lock 3. In case of rain, please bring an umbrella. Participants will get a sticker for free parking in city garages. Street parking is metered. Lock 3: 200s Main St Akron, OH 44308

Leaf Icon Tuesday, April 29, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene for a leisurely stroll on Oxbow Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. CVS/Oxbow

Leaf Icon Wednesday, April 30, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
AFTERNOON STROLL
Come enjoy a stroll around Spring Hollow Trail to see what's happening in the afternoon. HH/Main Entrance

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Did You Know?

O'Neil Offer
Much of O'Neil Woods Metro Park was donated in 1972 by the O'Neil family, of General Tire fame.

Mounties
Many years ago, Metro Parks rangers patrolled the parks on horseback.




















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