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Leaf Icon Tuesday, December 02, 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
NATURE CRAFTING FOR ADULTS: SANTA BASKET
Over two nights, weave your own Santa basket and learn a new technique for decorating the outside of the basket. Skill level: beginner. Materials fee: $15. Please bring a flathead screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, towel and 2-gallon bucket, if you can. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/21: 330-865-8065. SR/Shady Hollow

Leaf Icon Wednesday, December 03, 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
NATURE CRAFTING FOR ADULTS: SANTA BASKET
Over two nights, weave your own Santa basket and learn a new technique for decorating the outside of the basket. Skill level: beginner. Materials fee: $15. Please bring a flathead screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, towel and 2-gallon bucket, if you can. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/21: 330-865-8065. SR/Shady Hollow

Leaf Icon Thursday, December 04, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene to take a leisurely stroll on Dogwood Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. SR/Wadsworth

Leaf Icon Thursday, December 04, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
CARDIO HIKE
Join Naturalist Danette Rushboldt 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. Drinking water is recommended. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Friday, December 05, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
ANIMAL TALES
Children and their adult companions enjoy a story about our reptilian friends. After the story, the children will help Naturalist Sarah Putnam feed the Nature Realm reptiles. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/25: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, December 05, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
ANIMAL TALES
Children and their adult companions enjoy a story about our reptilian friends. After the story, the children will help Naturalist Sarah Putnam feed the Nature Realm reptiles. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/25: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, December 06, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
SIGNS OF WILDLIFE
Join Naturalist Mike Greene to explore Cherry Lane Trail in search of signs of wildlife activity such as tracks, diggings, homes and scat. FASN

Leaf Icon Saturday, December 06, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SENECA TRAIL THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
We've hiked Seneca Trail each month this year, taking a photographic record of the seasonal changes that happened. This month we'll hike, then come in from the cold and review the year in pictures. Don't want to hike this month? Just come to the slideshow in the auditorium at 3 p.m.  FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, December 06, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FULL MOON HIKE AND FIRE
Join a naturalist on a moderate hike under the full Cold Moon and enjoy a fire afterward. Experience the park in a whole new light as we hike through forest, field and wetland habitats looking and listening for signs of wildlife. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Sunday, December 07, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
A IS FOR AKRON
Join local authors Karen Starr and Joanna Wilson to find out why Akron is such a wonderful city. A lively discussion of the book and photographs, followed by a book signing, will make this a lovely winter's afternoon. The book is for sale in the gift shop, which is open until 4:45 p.m. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, December 10, 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 12/3: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, December 10, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene for a leisurely stroll on Alder Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Wednesday, December 10, 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 12/3: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, December 10, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
WINTER BIRDS OF THE CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Ever wonder what the Audubon Christmas Bird Count is all about? Join a naturalist and the Greater Akron Audubon Society to learn why it got started, how you can participate, and about the birds we are likely to see during this year's count on December 14. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, December 11, 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 12/4: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, December 11, 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 12/4: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, December 11, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
PLIGHT OF THE PASSENGER PIGEON
The passenger pigeon once numbered in the billions, but went extinct 100 years ago. With Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse, discover what happened and how we can protect other species from the same fate. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, December 12, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: CARDINALS
Cardinals really brighten our winter days. Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions discover how these red birds decorate our backyards in the cold months. Includes a craft and short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/6: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Friday, December 12, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: CARDINALS
Cardinals really brighten our winter days. Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions discover how these red birds decorate our back yards in the cold months. Includes a craft and short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/6: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Saturday, December 13, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS
Join Naturalist Meghan Doran for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area. We will find out why this area is a favorite of our winter residents. Bring a mug. Coffee is provided. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, December 13, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: CARDINALS
Cardinals really brighten our winter days. Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions discover how these red birds decorate our back yards in the cold months. Includes a craft and short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/6: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Saturday, December 13, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
NATURE CRAFTS: YULE LOG
Learn the history of the Yule log and start a family tradition by creating your own. Some materials are provided. You may want to bring natural material from home to personalize it. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/28: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, December 13, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
OWL PROWL
Explore for owls with Naturalist Mike Greene. Patience and silence are essential when prowling for owls. Program for ages 6 and older. No dogs, please. DLQ

Leaf Icon Sunday, December 14, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Join us as we help the Greater Akron Audubon Society with the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. We will be walking Seneca, Cherry and Fernwood trails to count the different birds that we see and hear. For beginners and avid birders. Binoculars are recommended. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, December 14, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HIKING SPREE SHIELD ASSISTANCE
You hiked eight trails before November 30 to earn this year's hiking 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. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, December 14, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOT CHOCOLATE IN THE GREENHOUSE
Stop by our recycled pop-bottle greenhouse located at the end of Seneca Trail anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. to learn how and why we built it. Sip on delicious hot chocolate (provided).  FASN

Leaf Icon Sunday, December 14, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
COMEBACK KIDS: AMERICAN BEAVER
Join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse for this series that explores how once-common animals disappeared from Ohio and then made great comebacks. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Monday, December 15, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Enjoy this leisurely stroll with frequent stops to discover nature and history along the way. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Monday, December 15, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: CARDINALS
Cardinals really brighten our winter days. Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions discover how these red birds decorate our backyards in the cold months. Includes a craft and short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/6: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Tuesday, December 16, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
NATURE CRAFTING FOR ADULTS
During this hectic holiday season, spend the day crafting with Naturalist Danette Rushboldt, creating a one-of-a-kind work of art using nature as inspiration. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/3: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Tuesday, December 16, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
WATER IN WINTER
As winter takes over, explore Firestone Metro Park's water features with Naturalist Becca Zak. Meet at the trailhead. F/Little Turtle Pond

Leaf Icon Wednesday, December 17, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: CARDINALS
Cardinals really brighten our winter days. Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions discover how these red birds decorate our back yards in the cold months. Includes a craft and short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/6: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Thursday, December 18, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene for a leisurely stroll on Gorge Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Thursday, December 18, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
YOGA IN THE PARK
Join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse and a certified yoga instructor from Yoga Lounge and Barre. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat or large towel and drinking water. We will work to energize our bodies, helping us to make it through the long Ohio winter. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/12: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, December 19, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
CELEBRATE THE SEASON
Join Naturalist Meghan Doran for a beautiful night out during this busy season. We will enjoy a short walk and afterward warm up around the fireplace. Marshmallows and hot cocoa provided. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Saturday, December 20, 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
HIKE & BREAKFAST: RED & EVERGREEN
Join us for a hike through the pines while looking for cardinals, then enjoy a festive breakfast. Participants will be asked to contribute to the feast. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/16: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Saturday, December 20, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
WILDLIFE & WOOD WORKSHOP: BIRD FEEDER
Discover the types of birds you can attract to your back yard, and then build a hanging tray feeder. Limit one kit per family. Participation is required to purchase a $5 kit. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/13: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, December 20, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
UGLY SWEATER HIKE & FIRE
Enjoy a hike and learn about unusual or sometimes "ugly" creatures that live in our parks while showing off your ugly seasonal sweater. Then enjoy warming up around the campfire with some hot cocoa. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, December 21, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
PUPPET SHOW: HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS
Join us for another hilarious puppet adventure with T-Rex and his buddies. Includes a craft. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, December 21, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
CROOKED RIVER WALK
Join Naturalist Meghan Doran for a winter's walk to view the rich valley that we call home. Please dress appropriately for this moderate hike. CVS/Oxbow

Leaf Icon Monday, December 22, 11:00 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 Naturalist Dave Brumfield to investigate how animals survive the winter. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Wednesday, December 24, 10:30 AM - 12:00 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 12/18: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Friday, December 26, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
SCHOOL'S OUT COOKOUT
Bring your own hotdogs and buns to cook over an open fire, and we'll provide the drinks and condiments. Then, hike with a naturalist to investigate what animals are doing at this time of year. Dress for the weather. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Friday, December 26, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
PINECONE BIRD FEEDERS
Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield to learn how to make pinecone bird feeders in preparation for winter, and then head outside to feed the birds from your hand. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, December 27, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
LICENSE PLATE BIRD HOUSE
Learn how to attract wrens to your back yard, then build a license plate birdhouse. Limit one kit per family. Participation is required to purchase a $10 kit. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/20: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, December 28, 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 12/19: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, December 28, 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 12/19: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, December 29, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
WINTER ADVENTURE DAY CAMP
Kids ages 7 to 10 can register for this winter adventure with fun, hands-on experiences. We will be using a map and compass, 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 12/5: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Tuesday, December 30, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
WINTER ART DAY CAMP
Experience art through winter with fun, hands-on experiences inside and outdoors. Kids ages 7 to 10 can register for this exciting one-day drop-off camp. Pack a lunch and dress to be outside for long periods of time. Cost: $10. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/5: 330-865-8065. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Wednesday, 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! Take a hike while you are here, then warm up by the campfire. Marshmallows are provided. FASN/Visitors Center

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Did You Know?

Fish 'Antlers'
During mating season, many species of fish will develop tubercles - small, usually hard lumps - on their heads.

Boo!
The barn at O'Neil Woods Metro Park is said to be haunted.


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