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Programs and Events Calendar

Programs & Events

Program & Events Calendar

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Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 01, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SUMMER CAMP: WILD THINGS
Kids ages 9 and 10 can register for this exciting three-day drop-off camp. We will explore the exciting world of critters with fun, hands-on experiences in the outdoors. Cost: $50/child. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 4/7: Register here. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 01, 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
MUSIC BY THE LAKE
Enjoy free lake swimming from 3 to 7 p.m. and a one-hour concert by the Metro Parks Ensemble near Maple Beach Shelter at 6:30 p.m. Concert cancelled if it rains. Call 330-865-8060 if wet weather is in the forecast. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 02, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SUMMER CAMP: WILD THINGS
Kids ages 9 and 10 can register for this exciting three-day drop-off camp. We will explore the exciting world of critters with fun, hands-on experiences in the outdoors. Cost: $50/child. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 4/7: Register here. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 02, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
KIDS' FISHING
Join a naturalist for fishing fun. Some poles and bait will be provided. Only children under the age of 16 will be permitted to fish. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 02, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
BATS: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
Mysterious and often misunderstood, bats are one of the most fascinating creatures of the night. Join staff to learn about these flying mammals. Nets will be set up to try to catch live bats for observation and data collection. Adell Durbin Park: 3300 Darrow Road Stow, OH 44224

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 03, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SUMMER CAMP: WILD THINGS
Kids ages 9 and 10 can register for this exciting three-day drop-off camp. We will explore the exciting world of critters with fun, hands-on experiences in the outdoors. Cost: $50/child. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 4/7: Register here. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 03, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
NATURE STORIES
Young children and their adult companions will enjoy this interactive, nature-inspired story time intended for ages 18 months to 3 years. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/21: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 03, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
WILD IN THE WOODS
All ages can stop by our Nature Play area in Liberty Park, along Maple Loop Trail, and engage in fun, hands-on experiences with nature. A naturalist will be on hand to help guide you. Getting dirty is encouraged, so dress appropriately. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 03, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
GARDENING: SEED SAVING
Join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse to learn how to save seeds for the next gardening season. The program will cover collecting, preserving and storing. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, August 04, 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
BEAT THE HEAT
Come beat the heat and look for wildlife as you join a naturalist for an early morning hike. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, August 04, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LI'L SPROUTS: RAINBOW GARDEN
Children 3 and older will look for all of the colors of the rainbow in the garden! Dress to get messy. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/22: 330-865-8065. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Friday, August 04, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
DROP-IN NATURE CRAFTS
All ages join a naturalist for nature-crafting fun in the shelter. A new craft will be presented each month this summer. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 05, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SURVIVOR SKILLS
All ages can enjoy a morning of outdoor skills: shelter building, land navigation and fire-starting. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/15: 330-865-8065. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 05, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
FLINT KNAPPING DEMONSTRATION
Paul Wischt from the Cuyahoga and Chippewa Valley Archeology societies will demonstrate the ancient skill of flint knapping and share the different spear points used by early American Indians. WH

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 05, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
NIMISILA RESERVOIR KAYAK
Paddle a portion of Nimisila Reservoir with a certified instructor and a naturalist to learn paddle strokes, safety and see wildlife around the water. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes use of kayak, paddle, life jacket and instruction. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/25: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 05, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
NIMISILA RESERVOIR KAYAK
Paddle a portion of Nimisila Reservoir with a certified instructor and a naturalist to learn paddle strokes, safety and see wildlife around the water. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes use of kayak, paddle, life jacket and instruction. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/25: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 06, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
NIMISILA RESERVOIR KAYAK
Paddle a portion of Nimisila Reservoir with a certified instructor and a naturalist to learn paddle strokes, safety and see wildlife around the water. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes use of kayak, paddle, life jacket and instruction. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/25: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 06, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
NIMISILA RESERVOIR KAYAK
Paddle a portion of Nimisila Reservoir with a certified instructor and a naturalist to learn paddle strokes, safety and see wildlife around the water. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes use of kayak, paddle, life jacket and instruction. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/25: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 06, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
DRAGONS OF LIBERTY PARK
Join Naturalist Joe Malmisur as we hike Bluebird Trail, looking for dragonflies as they cruise over the meadow. Learn the differences between species, growth cycles and amazing color patterns. Some nets will be provided so we can get an up-close and personal view of these amazing insects. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 06, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
SUNDAY CONCERT: AKRON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Enjoy a performance by the Akron Symphony Orchestra, presented by the City of Akron. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Monday, August 07, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
FULL MOON HIKE & FIRE
Join us for an easy hike on Bluebird Trail as the sun sets. Afterward, we'll gather around a fire and enjoy stories by the light of the moon, and marshmallows, while supplies last. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 08, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SUMMER CAMP: TRAIL BLAZERS
This program has been canceled. Please call 330-865-8065 with questions. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 08, 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
MUSIC BY THE LAKE
Enjoy free lake swimming from 3 to 7 p.m. and a one-hour concert by the Metro Parks Ensemble at 6:30 p.m. Concert cancelled if it rains. Call 330-865-8060 if wet weather is in the forecast.  SC/Bathhouse

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 08, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
YOGA IN THE PARK: VINYASA
Enjoy a vinyasa yoga practice in the arboretum with a certified instructor. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat or towel and drinking water. Program will move inside in the case of inclement weather. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/28: 330-865-8065. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 08, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
AKRON HISTORY HIKE: SUMMIT LAKE TOWPATH
Join Summit Metro Parks and the Summit County Historical Society for an historical look at the grandeur of Summit Lake. Stroll along the towpath, imagining the sights and sounds of the old amusement park and visualizing canal boats along the floating deck. TT/Summit Lake

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 09, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SUMMER CAMP: TRAIL BLAZERS
This program has been canceled. Please call 330-865-8065 with questions. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 09, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
DRAWING OUTDOORS
Bring your drawing pad and pencils for an outdoor lesson in drawing. Beginners are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program. Portable chairs and drinking water are recommended. Program will be cancelled during inclement weather. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 09, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
WILD IN THE WOODS
All ages can stop by our Nature Play area in Goodyear Heights, along Alder Trail, and engage in fun, hands-on experiences with nature. A naturalist will be on hand to help guide you. Getting dirty is encouraged, so dress appropriately. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 10, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SUMMER CAMP: TRAIL BLAZERS
This program has been canceled. Please call 330-865-8065 with questions. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Friday, August 11, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
DRAGONFLIES FOR KIDS
Explore the world of dragonflies with a naturalist. Meet at the shelter. WH

Leaf Icon Friday, August 11, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
MASON JAR TERRARIUM
Create your own mini-world full of beautiful plants. All necessary materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own fairy garden pieces or special touches. Cost: $5/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/1: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Friday, August 11, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
HIKE AND FIRE
Sit around the campfire with a naturalist to learn about nocturnal critters in Summit Metro Parks. Then, we'll take a hike hoping to see and hear some of them. Marshmallows and roasting sticks will be provided, while supplies last. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Friday, August 11, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
ASTRONOMY: PERSEID METEOR SHOWER
Witness the Perseid meteor shower, one of nature’s best shows in the sky. A program will occur on only one of these three nights, pending clear skies: 8/11, 8/12 or 8/13. Call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. to learn if a program is taking place that night. Bring a flashlight and chairs or blankets. SC/Bathhouse

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 12, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
TOUCH-A-TRUCK EVENT
All ages can touch and sit in more than a dozen Summit Metro Parks vehicles. Local law enforcement agencies will be present, and Air Bear from Akron Children’s Hospital will make a special appearance!  MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 13, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
CARDIO HIKE
Hike both Spring Hollow and Adam Run trails 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. HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 13, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WILDLIFE REHABILITATION: OPERATION ORPHAN
Join Fran Kitchen and her rescued wildlife for an up-close viewing and learning opportunity. Please bring a donation of laundry products or small wicker baskets to help her with injured and orphaned animals. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 13, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY: BUGS
See Springfield Bog at its peak as we take macro images, focusing on flowers and insects. Volunteer photographers will demonstrate how they capture the amazing images you see on social media. Bring your camera and drinking water. SFB

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 13, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
YOGA BASICS ON SENECA DECK
In this four-part series, you will learn common yoga poses working to a complete vinyasa practice. This program will focus on proper form and is great for beginners or practiced yogis. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat or towel and drinking water. Program will move inside in the case of inclement weather. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/28: 330-865-8065. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Monday, August 14, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
ARCHERY FOR KIDS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Children 9 to 15 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. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/3: Register here. LP/Tinkers Creek

Leaf Icon Monday, August 14, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
ARCHERY FOR ADULTS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Adults 16 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. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/3: Register here. LP/Tinkers Creek

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 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. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 16, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
BASKET WEAVING FOR KIDS
Kids 9 to 12 will learn basic weaving techniques to complete a basket. Please bring a small flathead screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, towel and 2-gallon bucket, if you can. Cost: $15. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/29: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 16, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
BASKET WEAVING FOR TEENS
Teens 13 to 17 will learn basic weaving techniques to complete a basket. Please bring a small flathead screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, towel and 2-gallon bucket, if you can. Cost: $15. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/29: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 17, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
KIDS HIKE & YOGA
Kids, ages 7 and up, and their adult companions join a certified instructor for a program focused on connecting with nature. Weather permitting, this class will be outside and include a short hike. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat or towel, and drinking water. Some mats provided, while supplies last. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 17, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
NATURE HIKE
Explore with a naturalist to look for clues about wildlife that is out and about in the park. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 17, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FREE THE FALLS: BRINGING DOWN THE GORGE DAM
For 100 years, Gorge Metro Park has coexisted with a 420-foot-wide, 60-foot-tall dam. Now, that dam is being studied for removal. This presentation will examine the interwoven story of the Gorge Dam, the Cuyahoga River and the park itself, plus the benefits of dam removal. The tale is one of gravity and water, of scenic beauty and contamination, and of competing economies. Mainly, it is the account of how our vision for the Gorge has evolved. Hudson Library: 96 Library St. Hudson, OH 44236

Leaf Icon Friday, August 18, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
KIDS' FISHING
Kids 15 and younger can learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line at Little Turtle Pond. A few rods and reels will be available for use during the program. Bait is provided. Adults must supervise their children but are not permitted to fish. F/Little Turtle Pond

Leaf Icon Friday, August 18, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
COYOTE CALLING CAMPFIRE
Join a naturalist to learn the natural and cultural history behind some of the park district's most elusive and misunderstood residents, coyotes. We will roast marshmallows and play coyote calls, hoping that some might call back. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 19, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
GORGE KAYAK
Paddle the Cuyahoga River at the Gorge to see towering rock ledges and breathtaking scenery from your kayak. Led by a certified instructor and a naturalist. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes use of kayak, paddle, life jacket and instruction. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/4: Register here. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WATER QUALITY ALONG THE TOWPATH
Learn how Akron Waterways Renewed, the City of Akron’s largest environmental investment in its history, is improving water quality, and how the project may coincide with efforts to remove the Gorge Dam. After a hike on the trail, presenters will answer questions while participants eat their brown-bag lunches. TT/Mustill Store

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 19, 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
GORGE KAYAK
Paddle the Cuyahoga River at the Gorge to see towering rock ledges and breathtaking scenery from your kayak. Led by a certified instructor and a naturalist. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes use of kayak, paddle, life jacket and instruction. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/4: Register here. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 19, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
INVASIVE SPECIES WORKSHOP
Join a naturalist, resource management and operations staff as we discuss what can be done with many of the invasive species that are invading our natural areas. During this four-hour workshop, participants will learn hands-on identification of several species, discover best management practices and native plant alternatives. A tour of the natural areas in Liberty Park will be included for visitors to see for themselves examples of these techniques. Participants will leave the workshop with several handouts and the knowledge to begin turning the tide on these alien invaders. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 19, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
METRO PARKS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
We'll hike a different trail each month, 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. We'll be hiking Fernwood Trail this month. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 19, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
KINDEREALM KAMPFIRE: SUMMER SOUNDS
Children 3 to 6 and their families explore summer sounds. Bring a meal to eat by the campfire. We'll provide lemonade and marshmallows. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 19, 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
ATTRACTING MOTHS TO BLACK LIGHTS
Moths outnumber butterflies by about 20 to one. Join naturalists 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. Bring a flashlight and camera for photos. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 20, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
STAIR MASTERS: O'NEIL WOODS
Get some cardio the scenic way as we hike the Deer Run Trail backward. ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 20, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
BEGINNER STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING
Try stand-up paddleboarding, the fastest-growing water sport, to get a workout and enjoy nature. A certified instructor and a naturalist will guide you. No experience needed. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes use of paddleboard, paddle, life jacket and instruction. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/8: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 20, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
INTERMEDIATE STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING
Join a certified instructor and a naturalist to learn moving on the board, advanced paddle strokes and rescue techniques. Prior paddleboarding experience is required. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes use of paddleboard, paddle, life jacket and instruction. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/8: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Monday, August 21, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
SOLAR ECLIPSE CELEBRATION: NATURE REALM
Join a naturalist and astronomy volunteers to celebrate the celestial event of the year. Stop by the visitors center any time between 1:30 and 3:30 for eclipse viewing, hands-on activities and an educational presentation. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, August 21, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
SOLAR ECLIPSE CELEBRATION: LIBERTY PARK
Join a naturalist and astronomy volunteers to celebrate the celestial event of the year. Stop by the nature center any time between 1:30 and 3:30 for eclipse viewing, hands-on activities and an educational presentation. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 22, 7:00 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.  CVS/Chuckery

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 23, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
DRAWING OUTDOORS
Bring your drawing pad and pencils for an outdoor lesson in drawing. Beginners are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program. Portable chairs and drinking water are recommended. Program will be cancelled during inclement weather. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 23, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM KAMPFIRE: SUMMER SOUNDS
Children 3 to 6 and their families explore summer sounds. Bring a meal to eat by the campfire. We'll provide lemonade and marshmallows. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 23, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
MEET ME IN THE GARDEN
Join the Master Gardeners of Summit County to learn about the importance of pollinators and creating an environment to attract them. Presented by Dr. Randall Mitchell, Professor of Biology, The University of Akron. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 24, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
A YEAR OF HERBS: TEAS
Join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse this month to learn about herbs used to make hot or cold teas. Samples will be available, while supplies last. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, August 25, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
HIKE THE HOLLOW
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. WH

Leaf Icon Friday, August 25, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
ARCHERY GAMES FOR ADULTS
Ages 16 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. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/10: Register here. LP/Tinkers Creek

Leaf Icon Friday, August 25, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
ARCHERY GAMES FOR FAMILIES
Families with children 9 and older will play different games to build archery skills together 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. Cost: $15/family. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/10: 330-865-8065. LP/Tinkers Creek

Leaf Icon Friday, August 25, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
KINDEREALM KAMPFIRE: SUMMER SOUNDS
Children 3 to 6 and their families explore summer sounds. Bring a meal to eat by the campfire. We'll provide lemonade and marshmallows. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 26, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
BEGINNER STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING
Try stand-up paddleboarding, the fastest-growing water sport, to get a workout and enjoy nature. A certified instructor and a naturalist will guide you. No experience needed. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes use of paddleboard, paddle, life jacket and instruction. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/8: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 26, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
INTERMEDIATE STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING
Join a certified instructor and a naturalist to learn moving on the board, advanced paddle strokes and rescue techniques. Prior paddleboarding experience is required. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes use of paddleboard, paddle, life jacket and instruction. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/8: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 26, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WOODLAND MUSHROOMS
From mid-summer to late-autumn, a great variety of mushrooms may be found throughout Ohio. Enjoy an educational and fun walk with Naturalist Dave Brumfield to discover which mushrooms are out this time ofyear. Edibles are not part of the program. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 27, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
FALL HIKING SPREE KICKOFF
Get a head start on the 54th annual Fall Hiking Spree and meet a naturalist and mascots at the Liberty Park Nature Center. Hiking forms will be available and Fall Hiking Spree T-shirts will be for sale. To receive your hiking shield, all other hikes must be completed 9/1 through 11/30. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 27, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
INSECTS & SPIDERS GALORE
Join Naturalist Joe Malmisur to hike through the meadows of Liberty Park and look for spiders, grasshoppers, crickets, coneheads and beetles. Some nets and bug jars will be provided. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen, as we will be out during the heat of the day with no shade. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 29, 7:00 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.  NR/Lot C1

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 30, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
SMP FAMILY TREE: FIRESTONE
Have you ever wondered about the families who donated land to Summit Metro Parks, or the people who worked to make the parks what they are today? This month we will “meet” the Firestone family. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 31, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
LOCAL FOOD NIGHT
Befriend a farmer and eat locally as summer's bounty is at its peak. We'll discuss the local food movement, what it means to be a "locavore," and how to support farmers close to home. Meet at the lodge. SR/Mingo