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Programs & Events

Program & Events Calendar

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Leaf Icon Thursday, December 01, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
YOGA IN THE PARK
Enjoy an active yoga practice with a certified instructor. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/18: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, December 02, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
OWL PROWL
Explore for owls with Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse. Patience and silence are essential when prowling for owls. Program for ages 6 and older. No dogs, please. SR/Treaty Line

Leaf Icon Saturday, December 03, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WINTER SCAVENGER HUNT HIKE
An exercise for the body and mind, join a naturalist for a hike on the Chippewa Trail while searching for items on a scavenger hunt list. SC/Big Oak

Leaf Icon Saturday, December 03, 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 Saturday, December 03, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
CARDIO HIKE
Hike more than five miles at a vigorous pace. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Sunday, December 04, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WINTER TREE I.D.
Well, it could be a ... Or maybe a ... Let's figure it out. Join Naturalist Joe Malmisur to discover the differences between oaks, maples, hickories and several other trees. Learn how to look at the bark pattern, twigs, and buds to distinguish the differences between species. WH

Leaf Icon Sunday, December 04, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
GARDENING THROUGH THE YEAR
Join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse as we wrap up our yearlong gardening series by making a festive and natural wreath using pine, berries and other natural materials. Fee: $10. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/18: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, December 05, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
CARDIO HIKE
Join a naturalist for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking the Parcours Trail 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. CVN/Schumacher Valley

Leaf Icon Tuesday, December 06, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
AFTERNOON STROLL
Enjoy this leisurely stroll along Spring Hollow Trail with frequent stops to discover nature and history along the way. HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Wednesday, December 07, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield for a leisurely stroll on Pheasant Run Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Wednesday, December 07, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
DISTANCE HIKE
Join a naturalist to hike the trails of Sand Run Metro Park and F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, for a total of about 9 miles. We will move at a continuous pace on trails that are difficult or primitive. There will be few, if any, rest stops. Please wear footwear for potentially muddy conditions or stream crossings. Drinking water recommended. SR/Mingo

Leaf Icon Wednesday, December 07, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
SMALL FOOTPRINT: E-WASTE
Discover and discuss the growing problem with electronic waste: how to dispose of and avoid creating it. Come with a notebook and a head full of ideas. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, December 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 11/20: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, December 09, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions join a naturalist to learn about the black-capped chickadee. Program includes a short hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/19: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, December 09, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions join a naturalist to learn about the black-capped chickadee. Program includes a short hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/19: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, December 10, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions join a naturalist to learn about the black-capped chickadee. Program includes a short hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/19: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, December 10, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
YULE LOG CRAFT
Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist to learn the history of the Yule log and crearte a family tradition by making your own. Bring natural material from home. A log and only some decorative materials will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/22: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, December 11, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS
Join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse for a peaceful discussion at the wildlife viewing area, and find out why it's a favorite of our winged winter residents. Bring a mug. Coffee is provided. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, December 11, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
HIKE THE GORGE
Join a naturalist on this hike to discover some of the natural and cultural history of the Gorge. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Monday, December 12, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions join a naturalist to learn about the black-capped chickadee. Program includes a short hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/19: 330-865-8065. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Tuesday, December 13, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions join a naturalist to learn about the black-capped chickadee. Program includes a short hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/19: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, December 13, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FULL MOON SNOWSHOE HIKE
Get a brief lesson on how to snowshoe. Then, under the full moon, snowshoe with a naturalist. Following the hike, we'll enjoy some hot chocolate and, possibly, a campfire. If there's no snow, we will hike instead. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/1: 330-865-8065. SFB

Leaf Icon Wednesday, December 14, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS
Join naturalist-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 11/29: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, December 14, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS
Join naturalist-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 11/29: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, December 14, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
WHICH BIRDS ARE HERE IN WINTER?
The Audubon Christmas Bird Count gathers a census of which birds, and how many, are here in winter. Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist to find out what you might see on the count, or what might be in your back yard. Great for beginners and experts! FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, December 16, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
HOMEMADE GIFT WRAP
Learn easy techniques for making simple, homemade gift wrap from recycled and natural materials. SR/Mingo

Leaf Icon Friday, December 16, 6:00 PM - 7:30 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 Saturday, December 17, 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
HIKE & BREAKFAST: EVERGREEN
Join us for a hike through the pines, and then enjoy a festive breakfast. Participants will be asked to contribute to the feast. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/26: 330-865-8065. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Saturday, December 17, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
GEOLOGY OF DEEP LOCK QUARRY
Join Naturalist Joe Malmisur to learn how the sandstone, shale, and Sharon conglomerate in the park were formed. Find out why this area produced some of the highest quality materials for building the canal system. DLQ

Leaf Icon Saturday, December 17, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
REPURPOSED BIRD FEEDER WORKSHOP
Join a naturalist to learn how to attract birds to your yard in winter, and create a bird feeder out of repurposed materials to take home. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, December 17, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
LEDGES TRAIL THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
We'll hike the Ledges Trail one last time, taking a photographic record of the seasonal changes. Afterward, we'll review the year in photos. Take your own pictures or just enjoy the hikes. This trail is not recommended for strollers. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Saturday, December 17, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
A YEAR IN PICTURES AT LEDGES TRAIL
We have been taking photos of the seasonal changes all year along Ledges Trail. Now it's time to come in from the cold and review the year in pictures. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, December 18, 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist for the annual Greater Akron Audubon Christmas Bird Count. We will hit the trails to count the different birds we see and hear. Great for beginners and avid birders. Binoculars are recommended. Hot beverages will warm partcipants, while supplies last. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, December 18, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS
Ages 6 to 12 join naturalist-artist Danette Rushboldt for this lesson in nature drawing. Paper and pencils will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/2: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, December 18, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS
Ages 6 to 12 join naturalist-artist Danette Rushboldt for this lesson in nature drawing. Paper and pencils will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/2: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, December 19, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
WINTER DAY CAMP: ART & NATURE
Kids 7 to 10 can experience nature through art with fun, hands-on experiences. Pack a lunch and dress to be outside for long periods of time. Cost: $10. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/3: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, December 21, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions join a naturalist to learn about the black-capped chickadee. Program includes a short hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/19: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, December 21, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
SEARCH FOR SCAT AND TRACKS
All ages will search for things animals have left behind. Take a hike and look for scat and tracks. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Wednesday, December 21, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
LITTLE HORATIO: THE FAIRLAWN MASTODON
Celebrate the 50th "Unearth Day" of Little Horatio, the remains of a young mastodon found in Fairlawn. Enjoy a short presentation, educational activities, and artifacts from this extinct and mysterious North American mammal. Family-friendly caveman costumes for the kiddos are not mandatory, but encouraged. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, December 22, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
NATURE BINGO
Kids of all ages join a naturalist for nature-themed bingo. No letters and numbers here; use the sights and sounds of nature to mark your card. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, December 23, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
SCHOOL'S OUT COOKOUT
Celebrate the start of another winter season! Bring your own hot dogs and buns to cook over an open fire, and we'll provide drinks and condiments. Then, hike with a naturalist to investigate how animals survive the winter. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Friday, December 23, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
HIKE & FIRE
Hike the Ledges Trail, and then warm up to a toasty campfire. Marshmallows will be roasted, while supplies last. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, December 24, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
PRESENTS FOR THE NATURE REALM CRITTERS
Join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse to help spread holiday cheer to the critters that call the Nature Realm home. We will make decorations for their tanks, give them gifts and feed them. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/10: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, December 27, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
WINTER DAY CAMP: WINTER ADVENTURE
Kids 7 to 10 can register for this winter adventure with fun, hands-on experiences. We will be exploring the park, sledding and learning basic archery. Pack a lunch and dress to be outside for long periods of time. Cost: $10. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/3: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Tuesday, December 27, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
PINE AND DANDY
Evergreen trees are a symbol of the season, but not all conifers are pine trees and some do not stay green year-round. Take a stroll with a naturalist to learn how to tell these dandy trees apart, and discover what attributes they hold. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Wednesday, December 28, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
WINTER DAY CAMP: WINTER TRACKERS
Kids 7 to 10 can enjoy this winter adventure with fun, hands-on experiences. We will be honing our tracking skills while exploring the park and looking for signs of winter animals. Pack a lunch and dress to be outside for long periods of time. Cost: $10. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/3: 330-865-8065. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Wednesday, December 28, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
WILDLIFE HIKE
Explore Chuckery Trail with a naturalist to look for clues about wildlife that is out and about in the park. CVS/Chuckery

Leaf Icon Thursday, December 29, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
STONE COLD ANIMALS
Learn how animals cope with the cold. Program includes a craft that "rocks." FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, December 30, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WINTER BIRD HIKE
Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield to search for birds that reside in Ohio year-round, along with winter's winged visitors. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, December 31, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION
Enjoy a morning filled with fun for the entire family! Crafts, activities and refreshments will help us ring in the New Year at noon! Take a hike while you are here, and then warm up by the campfire. FASN/Visitors Center