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Leaf Icon Saturday, November 01, 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, November 01, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
NATURE & HISTORY OF SAND RUN
Discover the nature and history of Sand Run Metro Park while exploring Dogwood Trail with Naturalist Mike Greene. Good for spree credit. SR/Wadsworth

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 02, 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 10/28: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 02, 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 Sunday, November 02, 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 10/28: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 02, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
NATURE'S CARPENTERS
Join Naturalist Meghan Doran to find out who is changing the landscape along this easy trail. You may get insight on who lives near you. Good for spree credit. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Tuesday, November 04, 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. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 06, 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 10/30: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 06, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene for a leisurely stroll on Pheasant Run Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. Good for spree credit. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 06, 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 10/30: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, November 07, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: AMERICAN INDIANS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about the American Indians who inhabited and hunted in 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 11/1: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, November 07, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: AMERICAN INDIANS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about the American Indians who inhabited and hunted in 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 11/1: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, November 07, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
NATURE APP
This program has been cancelled. Call 330-865-8065 for details. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 08, 8:30 AM - 10:30 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 Saturday, November 08, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
AUTUMN'S SECRETS
As days get shorter and temperatures begin to cool, plants and animals begin their preparations for the coming winter season. Hike with Naturalist Dave Brumfield in Cascade Valley to learn about autumn’s unfolding secrets. Good for spree credit. CVS/Chuckery

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 08, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: AMERICAN INDIANS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about the American Indians who inhabited and hunted in 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 11/1: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 08, 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, November 08, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
FALL FAMILY BOOK WALK
Enjoy a story with your family while walking along the Cherry Lane and Fernwood trails. Afterwards, stop by the campfire for some hot chocolate and a treat, while supplies last. Good for spree credit. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 09, 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. and takes place on the Buttonbush Trail. 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. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 09, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
GLENDALE CEMETERY: PHOTO EXHIBIT RECEPTION
Join Summit Metro Parks, the Akron-Summit County Public Library and Friends of Historic Glendale Cemetery for an opening reception of images from Glendale Cemetery, now and then. Enjoy refreshments and meet the photographers. Akron-Summit County Public Library: 60 S. High Street Akron, OH 44326 330-643-9000

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 09, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
CHILDREN'S SONGS AND STORIES WITH SAM SAPP
Children of all ages will enjoy the animal and nature songs by singer/songwriter Sam Sapp. Meet some of these animals, and maybe one of them will sing along. FASN

Leaf Icon Tuesday, November 11, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CARDIO HIKE
Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking at a vigorous pace with few, if any, stops. Beginners are welcome but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. Good for spree credit. G/Highbridge

Leaf Icon Tuesday, November 11, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
WILDLIFE PAINTING FOR ADULTS WITH TOM BALDWIN
Create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece during this instructional and entertaining program. Spend the day learning how to paint a realistic blue jay that's hand crafted by Tom Baldwin. Fee is $12.50, payable by cash or check the day of the program. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/4: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, November 11, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
AFTERNOON STROLL
Join Naturalist Mike Greene for a leisurely stroll on Quarry Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. Good for spree credit. DLQ

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 12, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
LICHENS OF LIBERTY
Join Summit Metro Parks and the City of Twinsburg as we hike in search of lichens. Bring a hand lens or magnifying glass to get a closer look. Boots are strongly recommended. LP/Pond Brook

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 13, 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. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Friday, November 14, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
VISITOR APPRECIATION WEEKEND
This weekend we're celebrating veterans and gearing up for holiday shopping! Visitors to the gift shop at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm receive 15% off all purchases and FREE gift packaging. On Friday only, the first 50 military service veterans receive free “Made in the USA” giveaways. Light refreshments will be available on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., while supplies last. Items for sale include clothing, Fall Hiking Spree t-shirts, jewelry, books, kids' merchandise and sustainably-sourced items. Shop closes at 4:45 p.m., and the visitors center closes at 5 p.m. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, November 14, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: SEEDS
Homeschoolers ages 7 to 10 can join a naturalist to discover how seeds travel, grow and use animals to help them. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/8: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, November 14, 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 is for ages 6 and older. No dogs, please. (We will not be completing the trail, so this program doesn't count for hiking spree credit.) GYH/Parcours Trail

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 15, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
HIKE & BREAKFAST: ALL THINGS TURKEY
Join a naturalist for a hike and gobbling good breakfast. Participants will be asked to contribute to the feast. Good for spree credit. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/8: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 15, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
VISITOR APPRECIATION WEEKEND
This weekend we're celebrating veterans and gearing up for holiday shopping! Visitors to the gift shop at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm receive 15% off all purchases and FREE gift packaging. On Friday only, the first 50 military service veterans receive free “Made in the USA” giveaways. Light refreshments will be available on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., while supplies last. Items for sale include clothing, Fall Hiking Spree t-shirts, jewelry, books, kids' merchandise and sustainably-sourced items. Shop closes at 4:45 p.m., and the visitors center closes at 5 p.m. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 15, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
PREPARING THE HARVEST
Join a naturalist to search for seeds, fruits and nuts that the animals haven't hidden yet. Good for spree credit. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 15, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
SPECIES SPOTLIGHT: EASTERN GRAY SQUIRREL
Did you know there is a black form of the eastern gray squirrel? Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield on a hike to discover other interesting facts about one of Ohio's most common tree squirrels. Meet at the trailhead. Good for spree credit. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 15, 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, November 16, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
VISITOR APPRECIATION WEEKEND
This weekend we're celebrating veterans and gearing up for holiday shopping! Visitors to the gift shop at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm receive 15% off all purchases and FREE gift packaging. On Friday only, the first 50 military service veterans receive free “Made in the USA” giveaways. Light refreshments will be available on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., while supplies last. Items for sale include clothing, Fall Hiking Spree t-shirts, jewelry, books, kids' merchandise and sustainably-sourced items. Shop closes at 4:45 p.m., and the visitors center closes at 5 p.m. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 16, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
PUPPET SHOW: TURKEY DAY
Join a naturalist and puppets for a hilarious puppet show and craft. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, November 17, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: AMERICAN INDIANS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about the American Indians who inhabited and hunted in 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 11/1: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 19, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: AMERICAN INDIANS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about the American Indians who inhabited and hunted in 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 11/1: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 20, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene for a leisurely stroll on the Cherry Lane and Fernwood trails with stops along the way to discover nature and history. Good for spree credit. FASN

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 20, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
OHIOANS OF THE CIVIL WAR: PART 1
In celebration of the Civil War's 150th anniversary, Denny Reiser will share the accomplishments and notoriety of Civil War Ohioans in a two-part series. This first part will focus on the early years of the war. FASN

Leaf Icon Friday, November 21, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: SEEDS
Homeschoolers ages 11 to 14 can join a naturalist to discover how seeds travel, grow and use animals to help them. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/8: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, November 21, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
HIKE & FIRE: SOUP AND NIGHT ANIMALS
Join a naturalist for a bowl of vegetarian soup followed by a hike to hear what else is out at night. We will return to the campfire to roast marshmallows. Good for spree credit. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
SNAKE TALES
Children and their adult companions will enjoy a story about our snake friends. After the story, children may watch the naturalist feed our snake on display. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/11: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 22, 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, November 22, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
COMEBACK KIDS: EASTERN TURKEY
Join a naturalist for this ongoing series that explores how once-common animals disappeared from Ohio and then made great comebacks. We'll hike about 3 miles. Tall boots are highly recommended, as the trail can be wet. LP/Pond Brook

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 23, 12:00 PM - 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 12 and 3 p.m., then hit the trail searching for some unusual objects. Return your list to the front desk before 5 p.m. for a prize. Good for spree credit. FASN

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 23, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
METRO PARKS BOOK CLUB
Join a naturalist to discuss "Choosing Wildness" by Claude Arbour. Drinks are provided. Please bring a mug. SR/Shady Hollow

Leaf Icon Tuesday, November 25, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
AFTERNOON STROLL
Join Naturalist Mike Greene for a leisurely stroll on Highbridge Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. Good for spree credit. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 26, 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 11/18: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 26, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
CARDIO HIKE
Join Naturalist Sarah Putnam 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 Wednesday, November 26, 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 11/18: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, November 28, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
AFTER THANKSGIVING HIKE
Need to burn off those extra Thanksgiving calories? Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield for a 1.6-mile hike to walk off the turkey and stuffing and to enjoy the changes autumn brings to the prairie. Good for spree credit. SFB

Leaf Icon Friday, November 28, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
NATURE REALM HISTORY
Hike Seneca Trail while learning about the Nature Realm's rich history. Dress for the weather. Good for spree credit. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Friday, November 28, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
NIGHT HIKE AND FIRE
Learn about animals that are active at night by enjoying a short hike, followed by a relaxing campfire. Participants may bring lanterns or flashlights for the hike. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 29, 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, November 30, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
ARCHERY FOR TEENS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. 13 to 17 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. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/22: 330-865-8065. HH/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 30, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
NATURE & HISTORY OF THE CHUCKERY
Join Naturalist Mike Greene to discover the nature and history of the area while hiking the Chuckery Trail. Good for spree credit. CVS/Chuckery

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 30, 1:30 PM - 2:30 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 11/20: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 30, 2:00 PM - 3:30 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 11/22: 330-865-8065. HH/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 30, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
LAST HIKE: UNDER THE STARS
Enjoy nature at night with a 1.1-mile naturalist-led hike under the stars. It’s your last chance to earn hiking spree credit. Good for spree credit. FASN/Seneca Deck

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