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Program & Events Calendar

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Leaf Icon Friday, September 01, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
FERN WALK
Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield to learn about some of Ohio's native ferns and discover how to identify them by their structure and habitat. Good for spree credit. SR/Mingo

Leaf Icon Friday, September 01, 10:00 AM - 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 Friday, September 01, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDERS
Join a naturalist to explore the amazing variety of crawling creatures that call this park home, with magnification aides to get close-up views. Program will begin in the shelter and include a hike on Meadow Trail. Good for spree credit. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 02, 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: immunizations for adults, presented by Dr. Renee Markovich. Good for spree credit. SFB

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 02, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SNAKES OF LIBERTY PARK
Join Naturalist Joe Malmisur to explore the ledges for indigenous snakes of Liberty Park. Learn why these "scary" serpents are very important to the health of the eco-system and why they should be respected and not feared. Good for spree credit. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 03, 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 8/16: Register here. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 03, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
MOLES, VOLES, MICE & SHREWS
Look what the cat dragged in! Join a naturalist on a hike along Chippewa Trail to discover the differences between these tiny mammals that live under our feet. Please wear sunscreen and bug spray. Good for spree credit. SC/Big Oak

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 03, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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. WH

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 03, 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 8/16: Register here. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Monday, September 04, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Take a stroll on the challenging Chuckery Trail with Naturalist Becca Zak, with stops along the way to discover nature and history. Good for spree credit. CVS/Chuckery

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 05, 5:00 PM - 6:00 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. SFB

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 05, 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.  FASN/Onondaga Deck

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 06, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Enjoy this leisurely stroll along the 1.2-mile Downy Loop, with frequent stops to discover nature along the way. WH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 06, 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 8/18: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 06, 10:30 AM - 12:00 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. Fee: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/22: Register here. HH/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 06, 1:00 PM - 2:30 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. Fee: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/22: Register here. HH/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 06, 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 8/18: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 06, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
O'NEIL WOODS HISTORY HIKE
Join a naturalist on a hike to discover the history of O’Neil Woods Metro Park. Good for spree credit. ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 07, 4:00 PM - 5:30 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. Fee: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/23: Register here. HH/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 07, 6:00 PM - 7:30 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. Fee: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/23: Register here. HH/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 07, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
SPREE AT THE BOG
Earn hiking spree credit while enjoying a fabulous late-summer evening with a naturalist. Good for spree credit. SFB

Leaf Icon Friday, September 08, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: ORIENTEERING
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: Learn the basics of map reading and orienteering to solve a mystery. Compasses will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/25: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, September 08, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: ORIENTEERING
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: Learn the basics of map reading and orienteering to solve a mystery. Compasses will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/25: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, September 08, 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
FALL FAMILY CAMPOUT
Join naturalists for a fun and relaxing weekend while camping out in a Metro Park. Includes hiking, campfires, fishing and nature activities. Camping equipment is not provided. Space is limited. Location provided during registration. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/26: 330-865-8065. Location: TBD , OH

Leaf Icon Friday, September 08, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
INTRO TO MUSHROOM I.D. HIKE
Learn the basics of mushroom identification while hiking along Dogwood Trail. Edibles are not included in the program. Good for spree credit. SR/Wadsworth

Leaf Icon Friday, September 08, 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 Saturday, September 09, 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
FALL FAMILY CAMPOUT
Join naturalists for a fun and relaxing weekend while camping out in a Metro Park. Includes hiking, campfires, fishing and nature activities. Camping equipment is not provided. Space is limited. Location provided during registration. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/26: 330-865-8065. Location: TBD , OH

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 09, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SILVER CREEK KAYAK
Paddle a portion of Silver Creek lake with a certified instructor and a naturalist to learn paddle strokes, safety tips, and to 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 8/29: Register here. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 09, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
HISTORY OF THE GORGE
Join park historians and archaeologists on a walk in Gorge Metro Park. The past will come to life as we explore the human history of this natural area. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 09, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
SILVER CREEK KAYAK
Paddle a portion of Silver Creek lake with a certified instructor and a naturalist to learn paddle strokes, safety tips, and to 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 8/29: Register here. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 10, 6:00 AM - 11:00 AM
FALL FAMILY CAMPOUT
Join naturalists for a fun and relaxing weekend while camping out in a Metro Park. Includes hiking, campfires, fishing and nature activities. Camping equipment is not provided. Space is limited. Location provided during registration. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/26: 330-865-8065. Location: TBD , OH

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 10, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
CARDIO HIKE
Join a naturalist for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking at a vigorous pace with few, if any, rest stops. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 10, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
BIRDS AND BLOOMS
Pass through woods, meadows and wetlands to search for birds and blooms along Meadow Trail with Naturalist Becca Zak. Good for spree credit. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 10, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
FUN FACTS HIKE
What are hummingbird nests made of? How did the box turtle get its name? Join a naturalist for a fun hike on Grandparents Day to discover the answers to these questions and more! Good for spree credit. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 12, 5:00 PM - 6:00 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. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
CAMPFIRE COOKING WITH TWINSBURG LIBRARY COOKBOOK CLUB
Join Summit Metro Parks and the Twinsburg Library Cookbook Club for a campfire cooking demonstration. Select a recipe and bring it to the program to share. We'll eat, swap recipes, discuss cookbooks and talk food. Participants will be asked to contribute to the feast. Meet at the shelter. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/2: 330-865-8065. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 PM
RANDOM ACT OF MUSIC
The all-volunteer Metro Parks Ensemble will perform an hour of traditional marches, big band standards and oldies. Concert will be held indoors if it rains. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 12, 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 be outside if weather permits. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/4: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 13, 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 9/5: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 13, 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. Good for spree credit. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 13, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
WILD IN THE WOODS
All ages can stop by our Nature Play area 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. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 14, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
EARLY MORNING HIKE
Join a naturalist for an early morning hike, and view the colors of the sky from the sunrise just minutes before. Good for spree credit. SFB

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 14, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
SPREE AT TALLMADGE MEADOWS
Join a naturalist for an evening spree hike. Good for spree credit. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 14, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
HIKING SPREE FOR DOGS
Dogs and their owners hike with other pets during this annual event. Pets must be on leashes (8-foot max) and under their owners' control at all times. Good for spree credit. SC/Big Oak

Leaf Icon Friday, September 15, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: MUSHROOMS
Children 3 to 6 with their adult companions learn how mushrooms grow and how they benefit wildlife. A craft and hike are part of the program. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/9: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, September 15, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: MUSHROOMS
Children 3 to 6 with their adult companions learn how mushrooms grow and how they benefit wildlife. A craft and hike are part of the program. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/9: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, September 15, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
LOOKING FOR LADYBUGS
Join a naturalist to “spot” these polka-dotted critters along Willow Trail. Good for spree credit. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Friday, September 15, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
ANIMAL FOLK STORIES: HIKE & FIRE
How did the chipmunk get its stripes or the opossum its bare tail? Learn what folklore has to say, and roast a marshmallow (while supplies last) while you're at it! LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 16, 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 9/8: Register here. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 16, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
MOUNTAIN BIKE AREA OPEN HOUSE
Join Summit Metro Parks to enjoy the Hampton Hills Mountain Bike Area, whether you own a bike or not! Several local cycling shops will have FREE loaner bikes for use during the event. Shops and organizations attending include Blimp City Bike & Hike, CAMBA, Eddy's Bike Shop, Electric Pete's E-Bikes, and Falls Wheel & Wrench. Postponed to 9/30 with rain or wet conditions. For status, call 330-865-8060 or follow @SMPmountainbike on Twitter. HH/Mountain Bike

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 16, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
INTERMEDIATE STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING
This event has been cancelled. Please call 330-865-8065 with questions. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 16, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
POLLINATORS OF LIBERTY PARK
Join Naturalist Joe Malmisur as we hike Bluebird Trail in search of pollinators. We will search for butterflies, several different bees, flies and other insects pollinating the flowers. Nets and jars will be available. Bring sunscreen and a hat. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 16, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
SUMMER INSECT SYMPHONY AND FIRE
What do crickets sing about? Listen for katydids, crickets, and cicadas and learn about their language while enjoying a campfire. Marshmallows provided, while supplies last. Please wear bug spray. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 17, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
FALL BIRD WALK
Join a naturalist for a fall bird walk. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 17, 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 9/13: Register here. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 17, 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: breast health and stroke prevention, presented by Dr. Mandie Mendiola. Good for spree credit. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 17, 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 9/12: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 17, 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 9/13: Register here. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 17, 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 9/12: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, September 18, 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 Tuesday, September 19, 5:00 PM - 6:00 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. CVS/Chuckery

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 20, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
ADULT ADVENTURE DAY CAMP: WATER
Spend a day outdoors to recharge and reconnect with nature. We will start the day at Goodyear Heights Metro Parks and go on a 3-mile nature walk around Alder Pond, learning water ecology. Then, participants will drive to Gorge Metro Park and learn to kayak on the Cuyahoga River. Just like camp as a child, you will make a craft to take home. Everyone will weave a basket as a keepsake. A box lunch and snack is included in the fee. Transportation is not included. Participants must be 18 years and older. Fee: $50. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/31: Register here. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 20, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: MUSHROOMS
Children 3 to 6 with their adult companions learn how mushrooms grow and how they benefit wildlife. A craft and hike are part of the program. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/9: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Friday, September 22, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: ORIENTEERING
 ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/25: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, September 22, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
AFTER-SCHOOL FISHING
Calling all kids: Learn the basics of fishing, bait a hook, and drop a line in Alder Pond. A limited number of rods and reels will be available for use. Bait is provided. Participants 16 and older must have a fishing license. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Friday, September 22, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
ATTRACTING MOTHS TO BLACK LIGHTS
Moths outnumber butterflies by more than 20 to one. Join naturalists while they attract moths to black lights, and observe the insects' amazingly beautiful colors, shapes and patterns up close. Bring a flashlight and camera. SFB

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 23, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
THE QUILL PIG (AKA, THE PORCUPINE)
Join Naturalist Joe Malmisur to learn about this prickly and unusual creature. Discover its natural history and why it is making a comeback in Ohio. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 23, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
FALL MUSHROOM HIKE
Did You Know? Fungi have different ecological roles. Join a naturalist for a walk along parts of Indian Spring Trail to discover the beauty, variety and interesting ecology of fall mushrooms. Meet at the trailhead. Edibles are not part of the program. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 23, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
QUIT BADGERIN' ME
Let's talk weasels! Many people don't realize we have such cool animals that live here in Ohio, like badgers, mink and river otters to name a few. Learn about these amazing animals with a naturalist. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 24, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LICHENS AND MOSSES OF LIBERTY PARK
Join Naturalist Joe Malmisur to delve into the romantic world of mosses and lichens. Learn about the ledges' "living skin" and how a fungus and algae took a "lichen" to one another. Good for spree credit. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 24, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
I SPY
Enjoy a stroll while playing the familiar game "I Spy." Pick up your scavenger hunt list between noon and 3 p.m., then hit the trail to search for some unusual objects. Return your list to the front desk by 5 p.m. for a prize. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 24, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
HISTORY HIKE
Join Summit Metro Parks and the Summit County Historical Society for a hike in historic Deep Lock Quarry. DLQ

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 24, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
YOGA BASICS ON SENECA DECK
In the last program of this series we will combine everything from the summer and complete our first vinyasa class. Even if you haven't participated in previous programs, all are welcome to register. 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 9/4: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, September 25, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
KINDEREALM: MUSHROOMS
Children 3 to 6 with their adult companions learn how mushrooms grow and how they benefit wildlife. A craft and hike are part of the program. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/9: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, September 25, 6:00 PM - 7:00 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. Akron-Summit County Public Library: 60 S. High St. Akron, OH 44326

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 26, 5:00 PM - 6:00 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. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 28, 3:00 PM - 5:00 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, September 28, 6:00 PM - 7:00 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. Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library: 3101 Smith Rd. Akron, OH 44333

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 28, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
A YEAR OF HERBS: PRESERVING HERBS
This month, participants join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse to learn the best way to preserve herbs and how long to store them. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, September 29, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
HIKE THE HOLLOW
Warm 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. Good for spree credit. WH

Leaf Icon Friday, September 29, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
HIKE & FIRE
Hike Ledges Trail with Naturalist Becca Zak to learn about wildlife found in the park, then settle in with a campfire story and roasted marshmallows (while supplies last). Good for spree credit. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 30, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
COLLECT NATIVE PLANTS FOR YOUR YARD
Join park staff to learn how to attract cool critters to your yard by planting native plants. Take this opportunity to learn about some of our native prairie plants AND collect seed to take home for your own landscaping. Please bring a bag from home for seed collecting. SFB