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Leaf Icon Sunday, October 01, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
SEARCHING FOR SKELETONS
Stroll through the forest in search of skeletons. Learn how creatures use specialized bones, teeth, shells and more to survive. Good for spree credit. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 01, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
SUBMIT ENTRIES FOR THE AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT
Through November 23, visitors may submit two entries for the 18th Amateur Photography Exhibit, on display in the Nature Realm visitors center January through May 2018. Only two printed photographs will be accepted, and all images must be taken in areas managed by Summit Metro Parks. With each entry, please include your name, address, phone number, email, the location where the image was taken and a title for the image. Entries should not be matted or framed, and should be one of the following sizes: 5"x7", 8"x10" or 11"x14". All originals may be picked up at the Nature Realm after the exhibit. You may drop off entries during the visitors center's regular hours, c/o Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron, OH 44313. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 01, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
LEAVE YOUR LEAVES
Bag no more! Join Naturalist Becca Zak to learn why leaving leaves in your yard is beneficial to you and wildlife during this interactive presentation. Then, go on a short walk to look for wildlife in the leaves. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, October 03, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
SPREE HIKE WITH LISA KING
Hike with Executive Director Lisa King during the Fall Hiking Spree and ask questions about Summit Metro Parks. Good for spree credit. ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Tuesday, October 03, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
"ON THE TABLE" AKRON, AT FIRESTONE METRO PARK
On the Table is a one-of-a-kind initiative, organized by Akron Community Foundation, where thousands of diverse residents from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds gather to share a meal (or in our case, refreshments) and discuss meaningful ideas to strengthen our community. It’s an opportunity to shape our region into a strong, vibrant, safe and dynamic place to live and work. After October 3, participants will be invited to complete a short email or paper survey about the big ideas, themes and priorities that were discussed in their gatherings. From these responses, Akron Community Foundation will share a report highlighting the ideas, conversations and outcomes that emerge from On the Table Greater Akron. This data will inform the foundation’s proactive community investment. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 9/8: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Tuesday, October 03, 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
"ON THE TABLE" AKRON, AT GOODYEAR HEIGHTS METRO PARK
On the Table is a one-of-a-kind initiative, organized by Akron Community Foundation, where thousands of diverse residents from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds gather to share a meal (or in our case, refreshments) and discuss meaningful ideas to strengthen our community. It’s an opportunity to shape our region into a strong, vibrant, safe and dynamic place to live and work. After October 3, participants will be invited to complete a short email or paper survey about the big ideas, themes and priorities that were discussed in their gatherings. From these responses, Akron Community Foundation will share a report highlighting the ideas, conversations and outcomes that emerge from On the Table Greater Akron. This data will inform the foundation’s proactive community investment. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 9/8: Register here. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Tuesday, October 03, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
"ON THE TABLE" AKRON, AT SAND RUN METRO PARK
On the Table is a one-of-a-kind initiative, organized by Akron Community Foundation, where thousands of diverse residents from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds gather to share a meal (or in our case, refreshments) and discuss meaningful ideas to strengthen our community. It’s an opportunity to shape our region into a strong, vibrant, safe and dynamic place to live and work. After October 3, participants will be invited to complete a short email or paper survey about the big ideas, themes and priorities that were discussed in their gatherings. From these responses, Akron Community Foundation will share a report highlighting the ideas, conversations and outcomes that emerge from On the Table Greater Akron. This data will inform the foundation’s proactive community investment. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 9/8: Register here. SR/Mingo

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 05, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
SMP FAMILY TREE: ADAM FAMILY
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 Adam family. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 06, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: BONES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn all about skeletons of animals that lived in the park. A short hike and craft are included. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/26: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 06, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: BONES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn all about skeletons of animals that lived in the park. A short hike and craft are included. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/26: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 06, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
AFTERNOON STROLL
Join a naturalist for this leisurely afternoon stroll to enjoy all that fall has to offer. Good for spree credit. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 07, 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 9/27: Register here. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 07, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
WOODLAND MUSHROOMS
Did You Know? Fungi have different ecological roles. Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield for a walk along parts of Deer Run Trail to discover the beauty, variety and interesting ecology of fall mushrooms. Edibles are not part of the program. ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 07, 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 9/27: Register here. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 07, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
HEALTHY STRIDES HIKE
Summit Metro Parks is partnering with Cleveland Clinic 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 physicians and caregivers. Topics change each session based on the leader’s specialty. All hikes will be on hiking spree trails. This month’s topic: women's health, presented by Dr. Jason Knight. Good for spree credit. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 07, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FALL FAMILY OUTING
Fall into autumn fun with free hayrides, bonfires, naturalist activities, live music, apple cider, cookies and more. A wheelchair-accessible hay wagon is available. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 08, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
ADULT ADVENTURE DAY CAMP: FALL FOLAIGE
Spend a day in the park to recharge and reconnect with nature. Participants will go on a strenuous 5-mile hike on rugged terrain and learn forest ecology, visit the Nature Realm to see seasonal exhibits, cook lunch over a campfire, and try their hand at archery. Just like camp as a kid, everyone will make a craft (a whisk broom) as a keepsake. Lunch and a snack are included in the fee. Participants must be 18 or older. Fee: $50. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 9/28: Register here. SR/Mingo

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 08, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS
Ages 6 to 12 join a naturalist-artist for this lesson in nature drawing. Paper and pencils will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/23: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 08, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS
Ages 6 to 12 join a naturalist-artist for this lesson in nature drawing. Paper and pencils will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/23: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, October 09, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
TRICK OR TWEET
Take a hike in search of some feathered friends, then try your hand at feeding the birds. Good for spree credit. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Tuesday, October 10, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
SPREE HIKE WITH LISA KING
Hike with Executive Director Lisa King during the Fall Hiking Spree and ask questions about Summit Metro Parks. Good for spree credit. HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Tuesday, October 10, 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. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/3: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 11, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS
Join a naturalist-artist 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 9/30: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 11, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
HEALTHY STRIDES HIKE
Summit Metro Parks is partnering with Cleveland Clinic 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 physicians and caregivers. Topics change each session based on the leader’s specialty. All hikes will be on hiking spree trails. This month’s topic: decreasing pain and inflammation with a healthy lifestyle, presented by Dr. David Vincent and Dr. Theresa Sheridan. Good for spree credit. F/Little Turtle Pond

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 11, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS
Join a naturalist-artist 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 9/30: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 11, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
NIGHT HIKE
Join Naturalist Becca Zak to find the creatures that go "bump" in the night. Flashlights, head lamps and a sense of adventure are recommended! Good for spree credit. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 12, 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 9/29: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 12, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Enjoy this walk along the 2-mile Piney woods Trail, with frequent stops to discover nature along the way. Good for spree credit. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 12, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
WILD IN THE WOODS
All ages can stop by our nature play area at Goodyear Heights and engage in fun, hands-on experiences with nature. A naturalist will be on hand to help guide your experience. Getting dirty is encouraged, so dress appropriately. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 12, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
PARASITES
Is that your skin crawling or is it something else? Join a naturalist to learn about animal parasites, their amazing adaptations and extreme lifestyles. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 13, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: DOES IT DECOMPOSE?
Homeschoolers, ages 7-10: from leaves and berries to paper and plastic, explore the world of decomposition and create a garbage graveyard. Come prepared to get dirty. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/1: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 13, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: DOES IT DECOMPOSE?
Homeschoolers, ages 7-10: from leaves and berries to paper and plastic, explore the world of decomposition and create a garbage graveyard. Come prepared to get dirty. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/1: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 14, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
GEOLOGY OF FIRESTONE METRO PARK
Join Naturalist Joe Malmisur as we hike Willow Trail to learn how the land within Firestone and surrounding areas was formed. You might be surprised by what is buried under the hills of the park. Good for spree credit. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 14, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
LEAF HIKE & CRAFT FOR KIDS
Hike with a naturalist to learn some leaf identification, in addition to seeing beautiful colors on the trees. Children will make a craft. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 14, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HIKING SPREE SHIELD ASSISTANCE
You hiked eight trails to earn the 2017 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. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 14, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
NATURE AND HISTORY OF O'NEIL WOODS
Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield for a hike along the rugged 1.8-mile Deer Run Trail, with stops along the way to discover nature and history. Good for spree credit. ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 14, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
OWL PROWL
Explore for owls with a naturalist. Patience and silence are essential. Program for ages 6 and older. No dogs, please. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 14, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FALL FAMILY OUTING
Fall into autumn fun with free hayrides, bonfires, naturalist activities, live music, apple cider, cookies and more. A wheelchair-accessible hay wagon is available. SC/Bathhouse

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 15, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
BIRD WALK
Hike the rugged and beautiful Ledges Trail in search of fall birds with Naturalist Becca Zak. Good for spree credit. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 15, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SILVER CREEK KAYAK
This program has been cancelled. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 15, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
SILVER CREEK KAYAK
This program has been cancelled. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 15, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
COLORS OF FALL: LEAVES & MUSHROOMS
Join Naturalist Joe Malmisur as we hike Dogwood Trail looking for the colors of fall. Leaves are not the only colors on display; chicken of the woods, corals, turkey tails, and other mushrooms provide a splash of color on the forest floor. Good for spree credit. SR/North Hawkins

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 15, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
METRO PARKS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
We'll hike a different trail each month, taking a photographic record of the seasonal changes that happen.This month we will hike the rugged Glens Trail. 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. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 15, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
CREATURES OF THE BOG
What dwells in the depths of Springfield Bog may not be as creepy as you think. Join a hike to learn about these not-so-spooky creatures. Good for spree credit. SFB

Leaf Icon Monday, October 16, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
KINDEREALM: BONES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn all about skeletons of animals that lived in the park. A short hike and craft are included. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/26: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, October 16, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Enjoy a leisurely stroll with a naturalist along Spring Hollow Trail while learning some amazing nature trivia. Good for spree credit. HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Tuesday, October 17, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
CARDIO HIKE
Join Naturalist Becca Zak to hike 2.7 miles at a vigorous pace with few, if any, rest stops. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Good for spree credit. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Tuesday, October 17, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
SPREE HIKE WITH LISA KING
Hike with Executive Director Lisa King during the Fall Hiking Spree and ask questions about Summit Metro Parks. Good for spree credit. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 18, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: BONES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn all about skeletons of animals that lived in the park. A short hike and craft are included. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/26: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 18, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
SPOOKY SCAVENGER HUNT
Join a naturalist for a hike along Downy Loop Trail while searching for various spooky and not-so-spooky items. WH

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 19, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
PUMPKIN CARVING
Join a naturalist to create a seasonal work of art! It's B.Y.O.P. (pumpkin, that is) or register to receive a free pumpkin, while supplies last. Limit 1 free pumpkin per family. Some carving utensils will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/10: 330-865-8065. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 19, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF STARS
Join Naturalist Joe Malmisur as we gaze upon the stars over the meadow from Coyote Run Trail. Telescopes will be set up to view various celestial objects. We will learn about the upcoming fall and winter constellations, their myths and legends. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 20, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: DOES IT DECOMPOSE?
Homeschoolers, ages 11-14: from leaves and berries to paper and plastic, explore the world of decomposition and create a garbage graveyard. Come prepared to get dirty. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/1: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 20, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
NOT-SO-SPOOKY STORIES & CAMPFIRE
Sit beneath a moonless sky to hear some nighttime tales. Enjoy the warmth of a fire and roast marshmallows afterward, while supplies last. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 21, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
FALL MUSHROOM HIKE
October is a great time to view the beauty and diversity of fall mushrooms, if rainfall is adequate. Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield on a hunt for one of nature’s most important decomposers. Meet at the trailhead. Edibles are not part of the program. HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 21, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
ARCHAEOLOGY DAY
Join The University of Akron and the Cuyahoga Valley Archaeology and Chippewa Valley Archaeology societies to view artifacts, atlatl throwing, flint knapping, children's crafts, and to gather information about early people. Bring your artifacts for consultation. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
HEALTHY STRIDES HIKE
Summit Metro Parks is partnering with Cleveland Clinic 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 physicians and caregivers. Topics change each session based on the leader’s specialty. All hikes will be on hiking spree trails. This month’s topic: adult wellness, presented by Dr. Raghav Sood. Good for spree credit. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 22, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SCARECROW DAY
Join us for our annual Scarecrow Day extravaganza. Activities include a scarecrow build-off, a scavenger hunt, crafts, face painting, storytelling, marshmallow roasting, raffles and even a crow-calling contest. Awards will be given to the best crow callers and the top three scarecrows. To participate in the scarecrow build-off, advance registration is required. An armature, bag for the head, markers, twine and straw will be provided. The clothes and creativity are up to you! Registration for the crow-calling contest will be the day of the event. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/7: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 22, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
ARCHERY OPEN SHOOT
Here's your chance to practice your archery skills. Register for a half-hour time slot to improve your shot. Participants must have already taken our Intro to Archery and Archery Games programs. All equipment provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/6: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Tuesday, October 24, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
SPREE HIKE WITH LISA KING
Hike with Executive Director Lisa King during the Fall Hiking Spree and ask questions about Summit Metro Parks. Good for spree credit. TT/Clinton

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 25, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
CARDIO HIKE
Join a naturalist for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking four miles at a vigorous pace. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. Good for spree credit. HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
FALL FOLIAGE HIKE
Hike with a naturalist to see the beautiful Gorge, and all of the amazing colors the trees have to offer, while learning some identification. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 25, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
WILD IN THE WOODS: CAMPFIRE
Explore our Nature Play area while the sun is setting. Pretend you're a nocturnal animal, look for nighttime insects, and experience the forest at night. A naturalist will be on hand to help guide your experience. Boundaries will be lit, as well as a campfire. Getting dirty is encouraged, so dress appropriately. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 25, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
EXPLORERS OPEN HOUSE
Summit Metro Parks rangers host this open house for individuals, ages 16 to 20, who are interested in a new Explorers program. Beginning in November, Explorers will meet the third Wednesday of each month to learn CPR and first aid plus the ins and outs of being a park ranger, including patrolling on foot and on bike, how the criminal justice system works, and more. The average time commitment will be 2 hours per month, and each participant will be expected to complete up to six 8-hour community service projects per year. Annual dues of $39 per Explorer will be good through December 2018. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 26, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
NATURE TRIVIA
Join a naturalist to play a nature-based trivia game that will teach you about the flora and fauna of Ohio. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Meet at Mingo Lodge. SR/Mingo

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 26, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
A YEAR OF HERBS: NATIVE AMERICANS
This month, participants will join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse to learn how Native Americans used herbs and about their relationship to them. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 28, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
HELLBENDERS
Join Naturalist Joe Malmisur as we dive into Ohio's largest salamander, the hellbender. This mysterious amphibian grows upwards of two feet, can live for 100 years, breathes through its skin, and only lives in rivers and streams. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 28, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
DINO EGG HUNT
Kids: Learn about the dinosaurs that once roamed Earth while exploring outside. Help look for a dinosaur egg and solve some riddles! GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 28, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
AFTERNOON STROLL
Join a naturalist for this leisurely afternoon stroll to enjoy all that fall has to offer. Good for spree credit. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 28, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
HAUNTED HISTORY HIKE: BARBERTON
Hike with a naturalist at dusk and listen to truly terrifying tales of the towpath and historic Barberton. Please dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Recommended for ages 13 and older. TT/Wolf Creek

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 29, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
FLIGHT OF THE MONARCHS
Stop in to celebrate the monarch butterflies' arrival at their over-wintering grounds in Mexico. Learn about this charismatic insect, its journey to Mexico and how you can help these amazing pollinators. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 29, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
HOWL-OWEEN DOG HIKE
Bring your costumed canine companion to hike with other pets around Meadow Trail. Complete this hike to receive spree credit for both you and your furry friend! Dogs must be leashed (8-foot maximum). Good for spree credit. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 29, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HIKING SPREE SHIELD ASSISTANCE
You hiked eight trails to earn the 2017 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. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 29, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
CREATURES IN COSTUME
What sorts of “costumes” do our animal neighbors wear? Take a closer look at critters that “dress up” as other animals and objects to survive. All participants are encouraged to dress up! Good for spree credit. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Monday, October 30, 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/North Hawkins

Leaf Icon Monday, October 30, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
HAUNTED HISTORY HIKE: TALLMADGE MEADOWS
Join a naturalist for a hike along Meadow Trail while learning about the haunted and not-so-haunted history of the Tallmadge Meadows Area of Munroe Falls Metro Park. Good for spree credit. MF/Tallmadge Meadows