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Programs and Events Calendar

Programs & Events

Program & Events Calendar

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Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 01, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
OTTER SPOTTERS
Join a naturalist in search of these playful water-lovers. LP/Pond Brook

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 01, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
AMPHIBIAN MIGRATION
Join a naturalist as we attempt to witness the annual amphibian migration across Sand Run Parkway. Programs will occur when conditions are just right. The creatures prefer a light rain, temperatures above 45 degrees and darkness. Call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. to learn if a program is taking place that night. The migration often ends in early April. SR/Old Portage

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 02, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
SKUNK CABBAGE
Discover the unique odorous and chemical properties that make one of spring's earliest bloomers one of the best. CVS/Oxbow

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 02, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
WARBLER WARM-UP
Join a naturalist for a series on identification tips, songs and habitats of our returning warblers. New birders can get a jumpstart and experienced birders can brush up on their skills. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, March 03, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
TAILING NIGHT TALONS
Naturalist Sarah Putnam will attempt to call owls using recordings, with hope that owls will respond. Patience and silence are essential. For ages 6 and older. No dogs, please. WH

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 04, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS
Bring a mug and join a naturalist for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area. We will find out why this area is a favorite of our winged residents. Coffee and tea are provided. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 04, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS
Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area. We will see winter residents and spring arrivals. Bring your mug. Coffee is provided. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 04, 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. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 05, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
COUCH TO 5K TRAINING SERIES
Do you want to learn how to start running in a supportive environment? Join us and go from the couch to running your first 5K race in just 10 weeks! We will meet each week for a group run and to discuss different running topics. Space is limited, so call now to register! All participants must be registered and paid in full by February 28. Series cost is $40, which includes a training shirt AND registration to the May 14 Mother's Day 5K in Munroe Falls Metro Park. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/11: 330-865-8065. SR/Mingo

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 05, 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 2/14: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 05, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
PRE-TEEN YOGA
Pre-teens (ages 9 to 13) join a certified yoga instructor to disconnect from the stresses of school and extracurricular activities by reconnecting to nature through yoga. Weather permitting, this class will include a short walk. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat or towel, and water. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 05, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
GREAT LAKES THEATER PERFORMANCE: THE JABBERWOCKY
The 2017 Great Lakes Theater Outreach Tour performs a new work for children inspired by Lewis Carroll’s poem "The Jabberwocky." There will be a question-and-answer period after the performance. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 05, 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 2/14: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 08, 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 2/17: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 08, 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 2/17: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 08, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
SUNSET HIKE AND FIRE
Explore what is blooming on Bluebird Trail before enjoying the sunset. Afterward, warm up by the fire and roast marshmallows, while supplies last. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 09, 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 2/19: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 09, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
ALL ABOUT COMPOSTING
Learn about composting: what goes in, what comes out, and how to build a compost bin of your own. There will be a chance to win a pre-made bin at the end of the program. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Friday, March 10, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
WATERFOWL WATCH
Spring is a great time to view ducks, geese and other water birds. New and experienced birdwatchers can join Naturalist Dave Brumfield for a chance to view these birds during the spring migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. TT/Manchester

Leaf Icon Friday, March 10, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: SNAKES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about our slithery snake friends. Includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/18: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, March 10, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: SNAKES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about our slithery snake friends. Includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/18: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, March 10, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
SNOWSHOE HARES VS. COTTONTAILS
Join a naturalist to learn all about the similarities and differences between snowshoe hares and eastern cottontails. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 11, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
HISTORY OF MAPLE SUGARING
Learn the sweet story of maple sugaring! Discover its history dating back to American Indians, including how trees are tapped and sap is collected. Afterward, enjoy hot pancakes and a beverage, while supplies last. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 11, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
HOT COCOA HIKE
Hike with Naturalist Sarah Putnam to learn about local wildlife, and then warm up with a hot cup of cocoa. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 11, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: SNAKES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about our slithery snake friends. Includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/18: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 11, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HIKING SPREE SHIELD ASSISTANCE
You hiked eight trails to earn the 2016 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, March 12, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
FOUR-LEAF CLOVER HUNT
Try your luck in searching for rare four-leaf clovers in a grassy field! Learn about the history of these lucky charms and your odds of finding one. Please dress to get muddy. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 12, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HERON OPEN HOUSE
Celebrate the return of the great blue heron while viewing them through our spotting scopes and binoculars. Bath Road Heronry

Leaf Icon Monday, March 13, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
CARDIO HIKE
Hike both the Rock Creek and Old Mill trails twice at a vigorous pace. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Tuesday, March 14, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: SNAKES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about our slithery snake friends. Includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/18: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, March 14, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
YOGA IN THE PARK
Enjoy an energizing yoga practice with a certified yoga instructor. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat or large towel and drinking water. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/1: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 15, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: SNAKES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about our slithery snake friends. Includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/18: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 15, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
HOW TO EAT A PINE TREE
How do you eat an elephant? Like a pine tree: One bite at a time! Hike Piney Woods Trail to learn how people have consumed the roots, bark, needles and cones of coniferous trees for thousands of years. Samples of pine needle tea and pine nuts are included in this program. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 16, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
CABIN FEVER HIKE
Cooped up all winter? Come join a naturalist for a morning hike to beat your cabin fever as we hike Prairie Trail. SFB

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 16, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
GORGE HISTORY HIKE
Hike with a naturalist and learn about the history of the Gorge. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Friday, March 17, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
ST. PATRICK'S DAY HIKE
Explore symbolism through the plants, animals and colors of spring. DLQ

Leaf Icon Friday, March 17, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: STINKY STUFF
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: There's some stinky stuff out there, so let's investigate! Plants and animals use smells in different ways to survive. How does your sense of smell compare? ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/24: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, March 17, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: STINKY STUFF
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: There's some stinky stuff out there, so let's investigate! Plants and animals use smells in different ways to survive. How does your sense of smell compare? ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/24: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 18, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
FUR, FEATHERS & SCALES
Learn about Ohio's native animals that exhibit different coverings and how they help the creatures get along in nature. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 18, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
GET A JUMP ON SPRING
Spring is in the air! Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield for a refreshing hike along Rock Creek Trail, looking and listening for signs of spring. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 18, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
ARCHERY OPEN SHOOT
Register for a half-hour time slot to improve your shot. Participants must have already taken our introductory and archery games programs. All equipment provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/25: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 18, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
HIKE THE HOLLOW
Hike at Wood Hollow with a naturalist while learning about the awesome amphibians that live here. WH

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 19, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
ARCHERY GAMES FOR KIDS
Ages 9 to 15 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. Must be 50 inches or taller. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/28: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
WEATHER, YOU LIKE IT OR NOT
Weather is all around us! Learn a little about how it works and how the forecast sometimes means more to nature than it does to us; plants and animals depend on predictable weather patterns to survive. Follow a naturalist on a hike to discover how the weather is effecting surrounding life. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
A YEAR OF HERBS: HISTORY AND FOLKLORE
Join us for this new monthly series in which we will explore herbs, from their history to their uses. We begin this month with past uses of herbs and some of the folklore that surrounds them. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 19, 2:30 PM - 4:00 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. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/28: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Monday, March 20, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
BRING ON SPRING!
Hike Dogwood Trail with a naturalist to discover signs of spring. SR/Wadsworth

Leaf Icon Monday, March 20, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: SNAKES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about our slithery snake friends. Includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/18: 330-865-8065. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Celebrate National Goof Off Day with us. This hike promises to be laid back, easy going and an all around good time. DLQ

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 22, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
MEET ME IN THE GARDEN
Join the Master Gardeners of Summit County to learn about the native orchids of the Great Lakes region. Presented by orchid enthusiast Thomas Sampliner. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 23, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
WATERFOWL WATCH
New and experienced birdwatchers can view ducks, geese and other water birds during the spring migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. NR/Lot SM2

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 23, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
WARBLER WARM-UP
Join a naturalist for a series on identification tips, songs and habitats of our returning warblers. New birders can get a jumpstart and experienced birders can brush up on their skills. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, March 24, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: STINKY STUFF
Homeschoolers, ages 11 to 14: There's some stinky stuff out there, so let's investigate! Plants and animals use smells in different ways to survive. How does your sense of smell compare? ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/24: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, March 24, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
CROAKING CHORUS FROG HIKE
Learn and listen for the calls of spring peepers, wood frogs, northern leopard frogs, pickerel frogs, and western chorus frogs. Please bring your own flashlights and wear waterproof hiking shoes. SFB

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 25, 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
HIKE & BREAKFAST
Shake off winter and join us for spring's highly anticipated hike and breakfast. Participants will be asked to contribute to the feast. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/7: 330-865-8065. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 25, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
HARBINGERS OF SPRING
Join Naturalist Joe Malmisur as we walk Adam Run Trail to look for signs of spring. Maybe we will be lucky enough to see several "harbingers of spring," including the delicate wildflower bearing the same name, plus red maple buds, spring peepers and mourning cloak butterflies. HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 25, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
UPCYCLED SPRING WALL DECOR
While supplies last, create personalized art for your home using items that might otherwise end up in the landfill. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 25, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
EARTH HOUR EVENT & FIRE
Lights out! This energy-conservation event is celebrated by 172 countries and territories worldwide. Join us for a short introduction to the Earth Hour event, followed by unplugged games and activities around a campfire. In the case of inclement weather, this program will be moved indoors to the auditorium. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 26, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
COMMUNITY ART
Join our naturalist-artist for some creative fun, and add your individual flair to a community art project. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 26, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WHISPERS FROM MOTHER NATURE
Join Naturalist Joe Malmisur as we see what Mother Nature has in store for us as we look towards April in the Metro Parks. We will also be introducing Nature's Notebook, a project that tracks phenology in your back yard, Summit Metro Parks, and nationally. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 26, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
AFTERNOON CAMPFIRE
Enjoy an afternoon campfire and learn about the animals you may find in Liberty Park. Meet at the amphitheater. The campfire will be moved to the shelter if it rains. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Monday, March 27, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SPRING NATURE DAY-CAMP
Kids 7 to 10 will enjoy this early-spring adventure with fun, hands-on experiences. We will be exploring the park, doing a craft and learning about nature in spring. Pack a lunch and dress to be outside for long periods of time. Cost: $10. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/5: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 29, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
ART FOR THE ANIMALS
Spring cleaning comes to the Nature Realm! Join a naturalist to create works of art to decorate the tanks of our resident animals. Bring your creativity and dress to get messy. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 29, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
FAMILY FISHING
Learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line in Brushwood Lake. A limited number of rods and reels will be available for use during the program. Bait is provided. Participants 16 and older must have a fishing license. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 29, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
WARBLER WARM-UP
Join a naturalist for a series on identification tips, songs and habitats of our returning warblers. New birders can get a jumpstart and experienced birders can brush up on their skills. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 30, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
WATERFOWL WATCH
Spring is a great time to view ducks, geese and other waterfowl. New and experienced birdwatchers can join us during the migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. LP/Tinkers Creek

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 30, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
A WALK IN THE PARK
Celebrate National Take a Walk in the Park Day with an easy, family-friendly stroll that is appropriate for people of all ages. F/Warner Road

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 30, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
BRINGING DOWN THE DAM
Watershed Specialist Elaine Marsh shares the interwoven story of Gorge Dam, the Cuyahoga River and Gorge Metro Park. The power of gravity, scenic beauty, competing economies, contamination and restoration — this tale has it all. You’ll also learn the benefits of dismantling the dam and efforts to “Free the Falls.” FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, March 31, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HIKING SPREE SHIELD ASSISTANCE
This is the LAST DAY to get your 2016 Fall Hiking Spree rewards and have our wonderful volunteers attach a shield to your staff. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, March 31, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
WHO'S FOOLIN' WHO
Hike and learn the myths about some of our local wildlife, and what is the real truth, with a naturalist. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Friday, March 31, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CREATURES FROM THE BLACK LAGOON
Join Naturalist Joe Malmisur as we explore several "black lagoons" (i.e., vernal pools) along Buttonbush Trail, looking for wood frogs, fairy shrimp, salamanders, horsehair worms, leeches and other mysterious creatures. LP/Pond Brook