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Leaf Icon Friday, January 18, 1:00 PM
HOMESCHOOL: OHIO'S MAMMALS
Homeschool families with children 11 to 14 explore with a naturalist why some of our native animals are making a comeback. Includes a short walk. Dress for the weather. Adults must accompany children. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/9: 330-865-8065. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Friday, January 18, 7:00 PM
WOODCARVER: TOM BALDWIN
End the cabin fever and spend an evening with nationally recognized woodcarver Tom Baldwin as he demonstrates the techniques used to create award-winning sculptures. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 19, 8:00 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 1/11: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 19, 11:00 AM
WILDLIFE & WOOD WORKSHOP: SUET FEEDER
Discover the types of birds you can attract to your back yard, and then build a hanging suet feeder. Limit one kit per family. Participation is required to purchase a $15 kit. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/10: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 19, 1:00 PM
SPRINGFIELD BOG WINTER BIRD HIKE
Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist to search for horned larks, raptors and other winter birds of the prairie. SFB

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 20, 1:00 PM
KIDS DISCOVER: WILD CANINES
Children age 5 to 10 will learn about our local foxes and coyotes and make a craft. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 20, 2:00 PM
CAMPFIRE COOKING
Join outdoor cooking volunteers and Naturalist Dave Brumfield for this live demonstration of techniques and recipes for campfire meals and desserts, and enjoy some samples. Bring your own utensils, plates and napkins. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/16: 330-865-8065. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Monday, January 21, 12:00 PM
SCHOOL'S OUT COOKOUT
School-agers: Enjoy your day off from school around our campfire for lunch! We’ll provide the condiments. Then, search around the shelter to see what else might be looking for a meal. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/17: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 PM
MEET ME IN THE GARDEN: PURPLE MARTINS
Discover all you ever wanted to know about purple martins – and even some things you didn’t – with Larry Hunter from the Portage Lakes Purple Martin Association. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, January 25, 10:30 AM
SHOW AND TELL ME A STORY
Kids 1 to 3 join a naturalist for this special 30-minute story time for tots! Siblings over 3 can attend but cannot participate. Older siblings ages 3 to 6 can attend our monthly Kinderealm programs. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/17: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 26, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS
Join Naturalist Meghan Doran for this monthly series to see who is visiting our wildlife window. Coffee is provided. Bring your favorite mug and any nature questions you may have. Perhaps we will see a special visitor! FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 26, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
HIKING SPREE SHIELD ASSISTANCE
You hiked eight trails to earn the 2012 Fall Hiking Spree shield, but attaching it to your hiking staff was harder than completing the hikes. Volunteers will gladly attach it for you at no charge. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 27, 12:00 PM
FEEDING TIME
Ever wonder what we feed our animals here at the Nature Realm? Now’s your chance to come help us feed the animals and learn more about them. This month’s featured animals are the American toad and garter snake. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/18: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 27, 2:00 PM
METRO PARKS BOOK CLUB
We discuss this month’s selection, “Owls Aren’t Wise and Bats Aren’t Blind” by Warner Shedd. Drinks are provided. Limited quantities are available for purchase from the Nature Realm gift shop (1828 Smith Rd., Akron). SR/Shady Hollow

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 27, 3:00 PM
FAMILY CONCERT: AMERICAN INDIAN FLUTES
Join us to hear the wonderful, peaceful music of Billy Crowbeak, who brings his handmade flutes and tells American Indian stories about animals. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, January 31, 10:00 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene to walk two miles on the Piney Woods Trail while discovering nature and history. GYH/Pioneer

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Did You Know?

Big Leaves
The American sycamore has the largest leaf of any tree in Summit County. The broad, maple-like leaves can measure more than eight inches wide.

Kid Rangers
The Junior Ranger safety program teaches area kids how to be safe in the Metro Parks.




















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