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Leaf Icon Friday, August 01, 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 7/24: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, August 01, 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 7/24: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, August 01, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
EVENING PADDLE
Learn about canoe safety, paddling techniques and proper equipment, then put your skills to use on Silver Creek Lake. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/22: 330-865-8065. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Friday, August 01, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT
The City of Akron presents the ReBeats, performing music from the British Invasion. For information, call 330-375-2311. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Friday, August 01, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
EVENING PADDLE
Learn about canoe safety, paddling techniques and proper equipment, then put your skills to use on Silver Creek Lake. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/22: 330-865-8065. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 02, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CARDIO HIKE
Join Naturalist Mike Greene for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking more than five miles on strenuous terrain at a vigorous pace with few, if any, rest stops. Beginners are welcome, but you may want to talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. CVN/Schumacher Valley

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 02, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
EVENING PADDLE
Learn about canoe safety, paddling techniques and proper equipment, then put your skills to use on Silver Creek Lake. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/22: 330-865-8065. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 02, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
EVENING PADDLE
Learn about canoe safety, paddling techniques and proper equipment, then put your skills to use on Silver Creek Lake. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/22: 330-865-8065. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 03, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
RIVER EXPLORATION
Explore the Cuyahoga River at Brust Park with a naturalist. We'll look for crayfish, aquatic insects and fish that call the river home. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet and dirty. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/25: 330-865-8065. BHT/SR 91

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 03, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
SUNDAY SUMMER CONCERT: BOY=GIRL
Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the eclectic bluegrass music of Boy=Girl's Paul Kovac and Jen Mauer during this free concert. If it rains, the concert will be moved to the covered Seneca Deck. FASN/Onondaga Deck

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 05, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene for a leisurely stroll on Prairie Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. SFB

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 05, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
NATURE CRAFTING FOR KIDS
Kids 6 to 12 with their adult companions join Naturalist Danette Rushboldt to create a one-of-a-kind nature-inspired craft. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/29: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 05, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
MUSIC BY THE LAKE
Enjoy an evening of free swimming from 5 to 8 p.m. and live music at 6:30 by the Metro Parks Ensemble. Concert cancelled if it rains. If wet weather is in the forecast, call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. for status. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 07, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
POND EXPLORATION FOR KIDS
Use dip nets to capture and examine various pond creatures with Naturalist Mike Greene. Adults must accompany their children. SC/Big Oak

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 07, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
YOGA IN THE PARK
Join a naturalist and a certified yoga instructor from Yoga Lounge and Barre, and see how nature can add to your yoga experience. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat or large towel and drinking water. This program is designed for people who are new to yoga or seeking a gentle flow class. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/1: 330-865-8065. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Friday, August 08, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
NATURE CRAFTING FOR ADULTS: PACK BASKET
Weave your own smaller version of the Adirondack pack basket and learn shaping techniques. Skill level: intermediate. Materials fee: $20. Please bring a flat-head screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, towel and 2-gallon bucket, if you can. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/31: 330-865-8065. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Friday, August 08, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
TEA TIME
Discover teas found in nature that were used by early civilizations. Participants who join Naturalist Sarah Putnam will be able to enjoy a cup of natural herbal tea, too, while supplies last. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/2: 330-865-8065. CVS/Oxbow

Leaf Icon Friday, August 08, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT
The City of Akron presents Greased Lightning, a dance and show band. For information, call 330-375-2311. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 09, 10:00 AM - 12:00 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, August 09, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
COMEBACK KIDS: OSPREY
Join a naturalist for this third program in a series in which we explore how once-common animals disappeared from Ohio and then made great comebacks. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 09, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
SENECA TRAIL THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
We're hiking Seneca Trail each month this year, 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. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 10, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
SUMMER STROLL
Join Metro Parks Naturalist Meghan Doran and City of Twinsburg Naturalist Stanley Stine for a leisurely stroll along the ledges. We will find the perfect place to cool off as we hike along the trail, and we will update you on the Liberty Park Nature Center. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 10, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
SUNDAY SUMMER CONCERT: FOSTER BROWN & MARK SZABO
Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the fabulous music of Foster Brown and Mark Szabo during this free concert. If it rains, the concert will be moved to the covered Seneca Deck. FASN/Onondaga Deck

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 10, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
SUPERMOON
Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist on "Observatory Hill" for supermoon viewing and fun facts. Binoculars are recommended. A spotting scope will be available. Meet in the parking lot. FASN

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 12, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
MUSIC BY THE LAKE
Enjoy an evening of free swimming from 5 to 8 p.m. and live music at 6:30 by the Metro Parks Ensemble. Concert cancelled if it rains. If wet weather is in the forecast, call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. for status. SC/Bathhouse

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 13, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
ASTRONOMY: PERSEID METEOR SHOWER
Witness the Perseid meteor shower, one of nature's best light shows. Bring a chair or blanket. SC/Bathhouse

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 14, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Danette Rushboldt for a leisurely stroll on Quarry Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. DLQ

Leaf Icon Friday, August 15, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT
The City of Akron presents 4 Us, featuring Mary White, performing modern R&B. For information, call 330-375-2311. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Friday, August 15, 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
ATTRACTING MOTHS TO BLACK LIGHTS
Did You Know? Moths outnumber butterflies by more than 11 to 1. Join Naturalists Dave Brumfield and Pat Rydquist to learn how to use black lights to attract these amazing creatures and for a chance to observe their beautiful colors, shapes and patterns up close. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 16, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
FERN WALK
Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield on a short hike to learn about some of the common ferns in the Metro Parks. Along the way we'll discuss ideas for the use of ferns in landscaping. SR/Shady Hollow

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 16, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
PADDLE THE GORGE
Tour the Cuyahoga River at the Gorge to see towering rock ledges and breathtaking scenery from your boat. Led by ACA-certified instructors from Crooked River Adventures and a Metro Parks naturalist. Ten rental spaces available. Ten more spaces available for those with their own canoes or kayaks, but only with current watercraft registration and a life jacket. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult. Bring binoculars, drinking water, sunscreen and dress to get wet. FREE. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/19: 330-865-8065. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 16, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
BIKING SPREE OPEN HOUSE
Join Naturalist Renell Simrau during this open house to ask questions, get biking spree information, and to have your form signed. We will also have a challenge for you to complete while you cool off! Located on the towpath between the Big Bend and Memorial Parkway trailheads. Good for spree credit. TT/Big Bend

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 16, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
WALK IT, WING IT, HOOF IT
Learn with a naturalist about the beautiful animals that utilize our parks. Some fly, others walk. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 17, 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 you may want to talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 17, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT HERBS?
Join a naturalist to learn about herbs, different ways to cook with them, and how they can help get you through a stressful day or re-energize you. Participants will be able to sample foods and make a sachet to take home. We will start inside and then meet in the herb garden. Materials fee: $5. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/5: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 17, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
SUNDAY SUMMER CONCERT: SMOKIN' FEZ MONKEYS
Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the eclectic, fun music of the Smokin’ Fez Monkeys during this free concert. If it rains, the concert will be moved to the covered Seneca Deck. FASN/Onondaga Deck

Leaf Icon Monday, August 18, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
Children 3 to 6 and their families learn about creatures that are out and about while we're sleeping. 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 8/12: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 20, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
KINDEREALM: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
Children 3 to 6 and their families learn about creatures that are out and about while we're sleeping. 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 8/12: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 21, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene for a leisurely stroll on Chippewa Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Friday, August 22, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
KINDEREALM: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
Children 3 to 6 and their families learn about creatures that are out and about while we're sleeping. Includes a craft, short hike and s'mores, sponsored by Acme Fresh Market, while supplies last. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/12: 330-865-8065. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Friday, August 22, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FIRESTONE FRIDAY: SINGING OHIO HISTORY
Enjoy an evening with Foster Brown as he brings Ohio history to life through song, story and audience participation around the campfire. Includes s'mores, sponsored by Acme Fresh Market, while supplies last. Bring chairs and marshmallow sticks. If it rains, the program will be moved to the shelter. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 23, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
KIDS' FISHING
Kids 15 and under learn the basics of fishing. A few rods and reels will be available. Bait is provided. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 23, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WILDLIFE REHABILITATION: OPERATION ORPHAN
Join Fran Kitchen and her rescued wildlife for an up-close viewing and learning opportunity. Please bring a donation of laundry products or small wicker baskets to help her with injured and orphaned animals. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 23, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
YOGA IN THE PARK
Join a naturalist and a certified yoga instructor from Yoga Lounge and Barre, and see how nature can add to your yoga experience. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat or large towel and drinking water. This program is designed for people with an active lifestyle. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/1: 330-865-8065. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 24, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
KIDS' YOGA
Kids 6 to 10 join a naturalist and certified yoga instructor to mimic animal and other natural movements on the Seneca Deck. Books, music and other props will be used to add to the practice. Participants should wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat or large towel, and drinking water. Parents must stay with their children, but will not participate. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/9: 330-865-8065. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 24, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
WOODLAND MUSHROOMS
From mid-summer to late-autumn, a great variety of mushrooms may be found throughout Ohio. Enjoy an educational and fun walk with Naturalist Dave Brumfield to discover which mushrooms are out this time of the year. Edibles are not part of the program. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 24, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
SUNDAY SUMMER CONCERT: TROUBADOURS OF DIVINE BLISS
Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the heartwarming music of the Troubadours of Divine Bliss during this free concert. If it rains, the concert will be moved to the covered Seneca Deck. FASN/Onondaga Deck

Leaf Icon Monday, August 25, 7:00 PM
AKRON HISTORY HIKE: HISTORIC MARKET DISTRICT
Join Metro Parks and the Summit County Historical Society for this outdoor walking tour of some of the masterful commercial buildings that grace Akron. In the case of rain, please bring an umbrella. Parking is available at the main library. On city streets and in garages it is free after 6 p.m. Akron-Summit County Public Library: 60 South High St. Akron, OH 44326 330-643-9000

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 26, 7:00 PM - 8:00 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. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 27, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
MEET ME IN THE GARDEN: BEYOND DAFFODILS, TULIPS & SPRING
Explore the wide variety of bulbs in the garden for year-round enjoyment. Presented indoors by Jeanne Poremski, Master Gardener. Space is limited. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, August 29, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
CAMPFIRE: POND LIFE
Join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse for a relaxing campfire, while learning about critters that live in a watery world. Includes s'mores, sponsored by Acme Fresh Market, while supplies last. Please bring a chair or blanket and a flashlight. If it rains, the event will be moved to the covered Seneca Deck. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 30, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
BUGS AT THE BOG
Butterflies, dragonflies, and grasshoppers - Oh, my! Join Naturalist Mike Greene to explore field, prairie and wetland in search of the most abundant wildlife - insects - and discover the essential roles they play in our environment. SFB

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 30, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
MONARCH BUTTERFLIES
The monarch, king of the butterflies, is an amazing insect. Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield to learn about its life cycle, habitat and incredible migration to Mexico. Includes a craft for kids and an up-close look at the monarch butterfly. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 30, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
MUSICAL INSECTS
Summer nights are the perfect time for hearing crickets and katydids! Join Dr. Lisa Rainsong from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Naturalist Meghan Doran to learn who is singing and how to look for them. An indoor presentation will be followed by a hike through the outdoor "concert hall." Bring a flashlight. We will provide the bug jars! FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 31, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
ANNUAL FALL HIKING SPREE KICKOFF
Get a head start on the 51st annual Fall Hiking Spree, and meet a naturalist and mascots. Hiking forms will be available and Fall Hiking Spree T-shirts will be for sale. To receive your hiking awards, all other hikes must be completed September 1 through November 30. Good for spree credit. SC/Bathhouse

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 31, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
SUNDAY SUMMER CONCERT: BILLY CROWBEAK
Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy American Indian flute artist Billy Crowbeak, who plays his handmade flutes and tells their stories during this free concert. If it rains, the concert will be moved to the covered Seneca Deck. FASN/Onondaga Deck

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