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Leaf Icon Wednesday, April 01, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join a naturalist for a leisurely stroll along Gorge Trail while discovering nature and history along the way. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Thursday, April 02, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
SHOW & TELL ME A STORY
Kids 1 to 3 join a naturalist for this special 30-minute story time for tots! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/17: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, April 02, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
SHOW & TELL ME A STORY
Kids 1 to 3 join a naturalist for this special 30-minute story time for tots! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/17: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, April 02, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
GRASS IS GROSS: EDIBLE LANDSCAPING
Discover the importance of creating botanical poly-cultures while learning to grow delicious and nutritious produce right in your own front yard! Some cardboard egg-carton planters will be available, but please bring your own. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, April 03, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
YOGA FOR KIDS
Children 6 to 10 join Naturalist Meghan Doran and a certified yoga instructor for this fun and exciting new program. Kids will mimic animals and other natural movements to connect to nature. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/27: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, April 03, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
BIG BIRD NIGHT: WOODCOCKS & OWLS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene to discover the amazing woodcock and attempt to witness the male bird's spectacular courtship flight over nearby fields, and then hike to search for owls. Bring binoculars and flashlights. LP/Pond Brook

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 04, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
SUNSET HIKE
Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield on an evening stroll to discover the sights and sounds of twilight creatures. Along the way we'll enjoy the sunset in the west and moonrise in the east. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Wednesday, April 08, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene for a stroll on the challenging Deer Run Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Wednesday, April 08, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
ARCHERY FOR TEENS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Ages 13 to 17 can learn international-style archery and test their marksmanship at our traveling indoor range. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/31: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, April 08, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
ARCHERY FOR TEENS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Ages 13 to 17 can learn international-style archery and test their marksmanship at our traveling indoor range. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/31: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, April 08, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
O&E CANAL: PRE-CANAL TO GROUNDBREAKING
In this second program of the series, we take a deeper look at Ohio's early years and learn what it took for the Ohio & Erie Canal to become a reality. Attendance at the first program in March is not required. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, April 09, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
ARCHERY FOR ADULTS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Adults 18 and older can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our traveling indoor range. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/31: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Thursday, April 09, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
ARCHERY FOR ADULTS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Adults 18 and older can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our traveling indoor range. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/31: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Friday, April 10, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
ARCHERY FOR KIDS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Children 9 to 12 can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our traveling indoor range. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/31: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Friday, April 10, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: TURTLES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about turtles, inside and out. After making a craft, we'll explore one of the ponds to see turtles basking in the spring sun. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/28: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, April 10, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
ARCHERY FOR KIDS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Children 9 to 12 can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our traveling indoor range. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/31: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Friday, April 10, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: TURTLES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about turtles, inside and out. After making a craft, we'll explore one of the ponds to see turtles basking in the spring sun. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/28: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 11, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
TROUT DERBY
Anglers 15 and younger each receive a $1 cash prize if they catch a tagged fish. Bring fishing gear. A limited number of rods and reels will be available for use during the derby. Minnows cannot be used as bait; worms will be available for purchase. Adults are not permitted to fish. Sponsored by the Goodyear Hunting & Fishing Club and the Ohio Division of Wildlife. F/Little Turtle Pond

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 11, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: TURTLES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about turtles, inside and out. After making a craft, we'll explore one of the ponds to see turtles basking in the spring sun. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/28: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 11, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
WHAT BEES BRING TO THE TABLE
Honeybees play an essential role in the foods we eat. Learn about the importance of bees and enjoy a few samples of a variety of bee products. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 11, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
BIG BIRD NIGHT: WOODCOCKS & OWLS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene to discover the amazing woodcock and attempt to witness the male bird's spectacular courtship flight over nearby fields, and then hike to search for owls. Bring binoculars and flashlights. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Sunday, April 12, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HERON WATCH
Join a Metro Parks naturalist to observe the nesting behaviors of one of Ohio’s largest birds, the great blue heron, through our binoculars and spotting scopes. Meet at the Bath Road Heronry on Bath Road, between Riverview and Akron-Peninsula roads in Akron. HH/Bath Road Heronry

Leaf Icon Sunday, April 12, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
COMPOSTING BASICS
Join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse to learn about starting and maintaining a compost pile or barrel. Learn the basics, like what type of stuff goes in and which compost setup is right for you. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, April 15, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS
Join naturalist and 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 4/3: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, April 15, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS
Join naturalist and 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 4/3: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, April 17, 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
FRIDAY FIRESTONE FEATHERS AND FRIENDS
New and experienced birders join Naturalist Pat Rydquist for spring bird walks along the Tuscarawas River migratory flyway. This is an excellent opportunity to see avian travelers on their way to summer breeding areas. Binoculars are recommended. All participants will receive a checklist and final tally of birds seen this season. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Friday, April 17, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: PHENOLOGY
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: When will spring arrive? Did the groundhog really know? Join a naturalist to see how sunlight and seasonal changes affect plants and animals. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/2: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, April 17, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
ARCHERY GAMES FOR ADULTS
Ages 18 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 3/31: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 18, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CARDIO HIKE
Join Naturalist Mike Greene for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking about five 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. Drinking water is recommended. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 18, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
ARCHERY GAMES FOR KIDS
Ages 9 to 12 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 3/31: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 18, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
ARCHERY GAMES FOR TEENS
Ages 13 to 17 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 3/31: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 18, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
THYME FOR DINNER: UPCYCLED
Is space an issue for growing delightful herbs? Create a fun recycled garden for your kitchen. Please call for cost and to register. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/4: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 18, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
SIGNS OF SPRING
Hike at a leisurely pace along Old Mill Trail with Naturalist Dave Brumfield in search of early wildflowers and other signs of spring. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Sunday, April 19, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
WHAT'S BLOOMING AT THE BOG
Join a Naturalist Pat Rydquist for a spring hike in Springfield Bog to see what's blooming and which birds have returned. SFB

Leaf Icon Sunday, April 19, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS
Ages 6 to 12 join naturalist and artist Danette Rushboldt for this lesson in nature drawing. Paper and pencils will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/10: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, April 19, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
GOOD OLD-FASHIONED OUTDOOR FUN
Calling all families! Join Naturalist Becca Zak for some interactive outdoor fun. Please dress for the weather. Parents, you'll be expected to play, too. LP/Tinkers Creek

Leaf Icon Sunday, April 19, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
SPRING FAMILY BOOK WALK
Enjoy a story with your family while walking Cherry Lane Trail. Afterward, stop by the campfire to make a craft and enjoy the fire. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, April 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS
Ages 6 to 12 join naturalist and artist Danette Rushboldt for this lesson in nature drawing. Paper and pencils will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/10: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, April 20, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: TURTLES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about turtles, inside and out. After making a craft, we'll explore one of the ponds to see turtles basking in the spring sun. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/28: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Wednesday, April 22, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
WILDFLOWER HIKE
Join Naturalist Mike Greene to search for wildflowers along Oxbow Trail and discover some past and present plant uses. CVS/Oxbow

Leaf Icon Wednesday, April 22, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
FEEDING TIME
Ever wonder what we feed our display animals at the Nature Realm? Ages 5 and older can help us feed the animals and learn more about them. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/11: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, April 23, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
TREE FLOWERS: CONIFERS
Conifers don't have true flowers, but their cones still come from somewhere! Hike with a naturalist to discover how these trees are pollinated and reproduce. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Friday, April 24, 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
FRIDAY FIRESTONE FEATHERS AND FRIENDS
New and experienced birders join Naturalist Pat Rydquist for spring bird walks along the Tuscarawas River migratory flyway. This is an excellent opportunity to see avian travelers on their way to summer breeding areas. Binoculars are recommended. All participants will receive a checklist and final tally of birds seen this season. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Friday, April 24, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
LI'L SPROUTS
Children ages 3 and up can discover easy ways to begin composting at home with Naturalist Meghan Doran. Wear old clothes and expect to get dirty. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/17: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, April 24, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: PHENOLOGY
Homeschoolers, ages 11 to 14: When will spring arrive? Did the groundhog really know? Join a naturalist to see how sunlight and seasonal changes affect plants and animals. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/2: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, April 24, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
ARCHERY GAMES FOR ADULTS
Ages 18 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 4/14: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 25, 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
HIKE & BREAKFAST: EARLY WILDFLOWERS
Enjoy an early spring wildflower hike and delicious breakfast. Participants will be asked to contribute to the feast. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/18: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 25, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
GARLIC MUSTARD PULL
Help us Battle the Invasive Garlic Mustard! Garlic mustard is an aggressive biennial herb that shades out native wildflowers and out-competes native seedlings. Join other volunteers to pull the plants up by the roots and transport them in garbage bags to designated trails for pickup. Please dress for off-trail work. Bring a hat, work gloves, a snack and water for this easy to moderate service day. Adults must accompany participants 16 and younger. ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/30: 330-865-8057 x226. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 25, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WILDFLOWER HIKE
Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield in search of woodland wildflowers along Dogwood Trail. Portions of this walk are strenuous due to hilly terrain, so wear sturdy boots. SR/Shady Hollow

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 25, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
ARCHERY GAMES FOR KIDS
Ages 9 to 12 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 4/14: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 25, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
ARCHERY GAMES FOR TEENS
Ages 13 to 17 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 4/14: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Saturday, April 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
BLUEBELL VALLEY
Enjoy a strenuous 2.3-mile hike with Naturalist Sarah Putnam in the hope we see a tremendous amount of bluebells and other wildflowers along the way. Everett Road Covered Bridge: 2370 Everett Rd. Peninsula, OH

Leaf Icon Sunday, April 26, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
BEGINNING BIRDERS: MIGRATION SENSATION
Beginners are invited to join Naturalist Meghan Doran and expert volunteers to find out why this is a hot spot for long-distance migrants. Some binoculars and field guides will be available for use. Bring your patience and your questions. TT/Clinton

Leaf Icon Sunday, April 26, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
WILDFLOWER HIKE
Join Naturalist Mike Greene to search for wildflowers along the Ledges Trail and discover some past and present plant uses. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Monday, April 27, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
AKRON HISTORY HIKE: SECRET SKYWALK
See Akron through the skywalks with tour leaders from the Summit County Historical Society and Metro Parks. Meet outside the auditorium inside the Akron-Summit County Public Library's downtown location. The tour will travel through the skywalks and lead to the secrets at Greystone Hall. In case of rain, please bring an umbrella. Participants will get a sticker for free parking in city garages. Street parking is metered and paid on your own. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/18: 330-865-8065. Akron-Summit County Public Library: 60 South High Street Akron, OH 44326 330-643-9000

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Did You Know?

Coping with the Cold
In winter, spring peepers hide under leaf litter and nearly freeze solid. Bullfrogs hide in mud at the bottom of ponds and lakes, breathing through their skin until spring arrives.

High-five for the Buckeyes
The leaves of our state tree - the Ohio buckeye - have five to seven leaflets arranged like fingers on a hand.


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