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Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 01, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
NATURE STORIES
Kids 18 months to 3 years join a naturalist for this special 30-minute story time for tots! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/19: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 01, 10:00 AM
AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT SUBMISSIONS
Through July 31, submit two entries for the 16th Amateur Photography Exhibit, on display in the visitors center September 2015 through February 2016. 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, e-mail, the location where the image was taken and a title for the image. All originals will be returned. You may drop off entries during the visitors center's regular hours, or mail them to the Summit Metro Parks administrative offices, c/o Naturalist Pat Rydquist, 975 Treaty Line Rd., Akron, OH 44313. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 01, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
NATURE STORIES
Kids 18 months to 3 years join a naturalist for this special 30-minute story time for tots! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/19: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 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 6/20: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 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 6/20: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, July 03, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene for a leisurely stroll on Spring Hollow Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Friday, July 03, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
LIL' SPROUTS
Toads, slugs and snails: Oh, my! Join Naturalist Meghan Doran to learn how to handle these critters in your garden. Bring a bucket and gloves, if you have them. Wear old clothes and expect to get dirty. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/26: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, July 03, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
LAKE PADDLE: CANOE
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 6/23: 330-865-8065. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Friday, July 03, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
LAKE PADDLE: CANOE
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 6/23: 330-865-8065. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 04, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
WOODLAND MUSHROOMS
Have you seen any mushrooms popping up these days? Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield on a leisurely hike in search of these interesting "fun guys." Edibles are not part of the program. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 04, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
BUTTERFLY WALK
Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist to discover beautiful butterflies celebrating their independence. Nets and jars will be available for you to net, observe and then release the butterflies. Wear sun protection and dress for possible poison ivy. FASN

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 04, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
ALL-AMERICAN TREES
Join Naturalist Mike Greene to meet an honorary team of native trees whose products helped build this great country and are essential to many of our Fourth of July celebrations. FASN

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 05, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
DISTANCE HIKE
Join Naturalist Becca Zak to hike more than seven miles at a continuous pace on trails that are difficult or primitive. There will be few, if any, rest stops. Please wear footwear appropriate for potentially muddy conditions and stream crossings. Drinking water is recommended. Riding Run Conservation Area: Everett Road Covered Bridge Peninsula, OH 44264

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 05, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
BUTTERFLY WALK
Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist to discover beautiful butterflies celebrating their independence. Nets and jars will be available for you to net, observe and then release the butterflies. Wear sun protection and dress for possible poison ivy. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 05, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
HISTORY OF THE ROCK & HERB GARDEN
Learn about the Rock & Herb Garden during the Nature Realm's 50th anniversary. We will explore how the garden was started, how it is used today, and consider its future. Meet at the welcome kiosk by the parking lot. FASN

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 07, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SUMMER CAMP: WILD THINGS
Kids 9 and 10 can register for this exciting three-day drop-off camp. We will explore the exciting world of critters with fun, hands-on experiences in the outdoors. Cost is $50/child. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/7: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 07, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
THE SECRETS OF SLIMES
Slime molds are easily missed, but they are very interesting to see. Learn about these little-known organisms by viewing them through microscopes in the auditorium, then hit the trail to see them in the wild. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 07, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
MUSIC BY THE LAKE
Enjoy free lake swimming beginning at 5 p.m. and a one-hour concert by the Metro Parks Ensemble near Maple Beach Shelter at 6:30 p.m. Concert cancelled if it rains. Call 330-865-8060 if wet weather is in the forecast. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 07, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
RUNNING SPREE: GROUP RUN
Earn Running Spree credit on a group run led by staff from the Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series. LP/Pond Brook

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 08, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SUMMER CAMP: WILD THINGS
Kids 9 and 10 can register for this exciting three-day drop-off camp. We will explore the exciting world of critters with fun, hands-on experiences in the outdoors. Cost is $50/child. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/7: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 08, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
FLYING JEWELS FOR KIDS
Join Naturalist Meghan Doran to learn how to tame a dragon(fly)! Some nets and jars will be provided. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 08, 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
BATS: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
Mysterious and often misunderstood, bats are one of the most fascinating creatures of the night. Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield and Metro Parks biologists to learn about these flying mammals. Nets will be set up to try and catch live bats for observation and data collection. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/26: 330-865-8065. FR/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 09, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SUMMER CAMP: WILD THINGS
Kids 9 and 10 can register for this exciting three-day drop-off camp. We will explore the exciting world of critters with fun, hands-on experiences in the outdoors. Cost is $50/child. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/7: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 09, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
DROP-IN NATURE CRAFTS
All ages join Naturalist Danette Rushboldt for nature-crafting fun. Each week a new craft will be presented. Please dress for a mess. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 09, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
SUMMER TREE I.D.
Struggling to tell your maples, oaks and ashes apart? Hike with Naturalist Nathan Fortunato on the Ledges Trail to learn tips and tricks for identifying trees. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 09, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
YOGA IN THE PARK: ACTIVE FLOW
Join a naturalist and a certified yoga instructor from Yoga Bliss, 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 designed for active people. Ages 13 to 17 can attend with an adult participant. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/3: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Friday, July 10, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: LIZARDS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about lizards and their cool adaptations. Program includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/27: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, July 10, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: LIZARDS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about lizards and their cool adaptations. Program includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/27: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, July 10, 5:00 PM - 6:30 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 join us to learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our outdoor range. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/30: 330-865-8065. SC/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Friday, July 10, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
ARCHERY FOR SENIORS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Ages 55 and older can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our outdoor range. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/30: 330-865-8065. SC/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Friday, July 10, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT: FABULOUS VOICES
Enjoy the blues, rock and funk music of Fabulous Voices at this free concert presented by the City of Akron. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 11, 10:30 AM - 12:00 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 outdoor 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 6/30: 330-865-8065. SC/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 11, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: LIZARDS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about lizards and their cool adaptations. Program includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/27: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 11, 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, July 11, 1:00 PM - 2:30 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 outdoor range. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/30: 330-865-8065. SC/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 11, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
FIREFLIES: NATURE'S NIGHT LIGHTS
Learn how these amazing "bugs" light up the summer sky. After a short presentation, we'll take a walk to look for fireflies and other creatures of the night. Bring a bug jar, flashlight and insect repellent. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 12, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
GOOD, OLD-FASHIONED OUTDOOR FUN
Calling all families: Join Naturalist Becca Zak for interactive, outdoor fun. Parents, you'll be expected to play, too. Please dress for the weather. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 12, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SUMMER SALSAS
Who needs salsa from a jar? Watch and learn as our cooking volunteers whip up some tasty homemade salsas using only the freshest ingredients. Samples, tips and recipes will be available, while supplies last. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Monday, July 13, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Danette Rushboldt for a leisurely stroll on Gorge Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Monday, July 13, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: LIZARDS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about lizards and their cool adaptations. Program includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/27: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 14, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
MUSIC BY THE LAKE
Enjoy free lake swimming beginning at 5 p.m. and a one-hour concert by the Metro Parks Ensemble at 6:30 p.m. Concert cancelled if it rains. Call 330-865-8060 if wet weather is in the forecast. SC/Bathhouse

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 15, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
FUNGUS HIKE
Fungi are vital for healthy forests. Hike with a naturalist at our newest park to see what amazing decomposers await! Edibles are not included in this program. WH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 15, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: LIZARDS
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about lizards and their cool adaptations. Program includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/27: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 15, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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 7/7: 330-865-8065. SC/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 15, 7:00 PM - 8:30 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 7/7: 330-865-8065. SC/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 16, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
DROP-IN NATURE CRAFTS
All ages join Naturalist Danette Rushboldt for nature-crafting fun. Each week a new craft will be presented. Please dress for a mess. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 16, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
FOSSILS FOR KIDS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene on a walk to look for fossils. No open-toe sandals; waterproof boots or shoes that can get wet are required. Adults must accompany their children. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Friday, July 17, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
YOGA FOR KIDS
Children 6 to 10 join Naturalist Meghan Doran and a certified yoga instructor in the Rock & Herb Garden. Kids will mimic animals and other natural movements to connect to nature. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat. If it rains, the program will be moved to the covered Seneca Deck. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/3: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Friday, July 17, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
EVENING STROLL
Join a naturalist for a leisurely evening stroll to listen for the beautiful sounds of nature and see beautiful blooms. SFB

Leaf Icon Friday, July 17, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT: JUKE IN THE BOX
Enjoy the blues, soul and west coast jump music of Juke in the Box at this free concert presented by the City of Akron. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Friday, July 17, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
ATTRACTING MOTHS TO BLACK LIGHTS
July 18-26 is National Moth Week, a global celebration of moths and biodiversity. Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield and Summit Metro Parks volunteers for an up-close look at the beautiful colors, shapes and patterns of these amazing creatures. Dress for the weather, and bring a flashlight and camera. SFB

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 18, 6:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SPRINGFILED BOG PRAIRIE CELEBRATION
Join Summit Metro Parks and Ohio Prairie Nursery to celebrate the restoration and vast beauty of Springfield Bog. We will provide coffee for early risers who enjoy the sunrise and taking morning photos. (These photographs could part of the 2016 Springfield Bog anniversary display at the Nature Realm.) At 9 a.m., our biologists will describe their efforts to restore the habitat, manage invasive species and reintroduce bobwhite quail. At 10 a.m., Ohio Prairie Nursery presents "How to Plant a Prairie," followed by a butterfly walk at 11 a.m. SFB

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 18, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
DISTANCE HIKE
Join a naturalist to hike 10-plus miles at a continuous pace on trails that are difficult or primitive. There will be few, if any, rest stops. Please wear footwear appropriate for potentially muddy conditions and stream crossings. Drinking water is recommended. DLQ

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 18, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
SUMMER WILDFLOWERS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene on Chippewa Trail to discover past and present uses of wildflowers. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 19, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
DRAGON HUNTING 101
Join Naturalist Meghan Doran to learn the basics of catching and releasing dragonflies and damselflies. No experience required. Please bring drinking water and wear long pants. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 19, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
O'NEIL WOODS: BACKWARD
Join a naturalist to hike Deer Run Trail from a whole new perspective: backward. ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
COOKING WITH HERBS: SALADS
Join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse to learn how to make delicious salads by adding herbs. Samples will be available, while supplies last. FASN

Leaf Icon Monday, July 20, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
BUGS FOR KIDS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene on a walk to look for bugs. Adults must accompany their children. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Monday, July 20, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
AKRON HISTORY: GLENDALE CEMETERY
Leaders from the Summit County Historical Society and Summit Metro Parks are your guides on this trolley tour of Glendale Cemetery. Program includes some walking along Mausoleum Row and other flat areas. There are no restrooms. Cost: $10/adult, $5/children (12 and under), or $25/family of five, payable by July 7. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/7: 330-865-8065. Lock 3: 200 S Main st Akron, OH 44308

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 21, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SUMMER CAMP: CRAZY FOR CAMOUFLAGE
Kids 5 and 6 can register for this exciting three-day drop-off camp. We will explore the exciting world of camouflage with fun, hands-on experiences in the outdoors. Cost is $50/child. Must have completed kindergarten. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/7: 330-865-8065. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 21, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
RUNNING SPREE: GROUP RUN
Earn Running Spree credit on a group run led by staff from the Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 22, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
RUN THE PARCOURS
Looking for more than a run? The 1.4-mile Parcours Trail offers a combination of running, walking and other physical exercises. Bring drinking water. Please talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. SR/Treaty Line

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 22, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SUMMER CAMP: CRAZY FOR CAMOUFLAGE
Kids 5 and 6 can register for this exciting three-day drop-off camp. We will explore the exciting world of camouflage with fun, hands-on experiences in the outdoors. Cost is $50/child. Must have completed kindergarten. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/7: 330-865-8065. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 22, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
MEET ME IN THE GARDEN: ENHANCING & EMBELLISHING
Join the Master Gardeners of Summit County to learn some tricks and tips to add variety and beauty to your garden. Presented by partner Lisa Graf of Graf Growers Garden Center. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 23, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SUMMER CAMP: CRAZY FOR CAMOUFLAGE
Kids 5 and 6 can register for this exciting three-day drop-off camp. We will explore the exciting world of camouflage with fun, hands-on experiences in the outdoors. Cost is $50/child. Must have completed kindergarten. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/7: 330-865-8065. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 23, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
DROP-IN NATURE CRAFTS
All ages join Naturalist Danette Rushboldt for nature-crafting fun. Each week a new craft will be presented. Please dress for a mess. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 23, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
YOGA IN THE PARK: SLOW FLOW
Join a naturalist and a certified yoga instructor from Yoga Bliss to 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 class. Ages 13 to 17 can attend with an adult participant. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/3: 330-865-8065. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Friday, July 24, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
LI'L SPROUTS
Shade, water and food are all so important. Join Naturalist Meghan Doran to make a craft that will help you remember your daily gardening chores. Wear old clothes and expect to get dirty. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/26: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, July 24, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
ARCHERY GAMES FOR SENIORS
Ages 55 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 7/7: 330-865-8065. SC/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Friday, July 24, 7:00 PM - 8:30 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 7/7: 330-865-8065. SC/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 25, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
PADDLE THE PARKS
Kayak or canoe 6.5 miles down the Cuyahoga River to Waterworks Park in Cuyahoga Falls with ACA-trained staff and a Metro Parks naturalist as your guide. Learn the basics while observing wildlife and beautiful habitats. No experience needed. Registration is required by calling Crooked River Adventures: 330-541-7467. Return transportation to Tannery Park provided. Bring binoculars, water, and sunscreen, and dress to get wet. Cost: $25/kayak; $40/canoe. Tannery Park: 100 Stow St. Kent, OH 44240

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 25, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
WOODLAND MUSHROOMS
A walk in the woods often reveals wonders of nature otherwise overlooked. Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield on a rugged hike in search of woodland mushrooms. Wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water. Edibles are not part of the program. ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 25, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
PADDLE THE PARKS
Kayak or canoe 4.5 miles down the Cuyahoga River, from Tannery Park in Kent to Brust Park in Munroe Falls, with ACA-trained staff and a Metro Parks naturalist as your guide. Learn the basics while observing wildlife and beautiful habitats. No experience needed. Registration is required by calling Crooked River Adventures: 330-541-7467. Return transportation to Tannery Park provided. Bring binoculars, water and sunscreen, and dress to get wet. Cost: $20/kayak; $30/canoe. Tannery Park: 100 Stow St. Kent, OH 44240

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
WATER MONSTERS
Families will enjoy learning about the unique and irreplaceable "monsters" that live in our waters. Wear shoes that can get wet so you can have a closer peek. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 26, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
PADDLE THE GORGE
Paddle the Cuyahoga River in the Gorge to see towering rock ledges and breathtaking scenery from your boat. Program led by ACA-trained staff from Crooked River Adventures and a Metro Parks naturalist. Ten rental spaces available, with 10 more 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 and sunscreen, and dress to get wet. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/14: 330-865-8065. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 26, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 26, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
WILDLIFE & WOOD: BUG CONTAINERS
Kids 5 and older join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse to learn about common bug families. Each child will make a bug container to take home to use while exploring the bugs in their back yard! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Materials fee: $5. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/17: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 26, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
METRO PARKS BOOK CLUB
Join a naturalist for this month's lively discussion of "Life Everlasting" by Bernd Heinrich. Drinks are provided. Please bring a mug. SR/Shady Hollow

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 28, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SUMMER CAMP: NATURE'S CLUES
Kids 7 and 8 can register for this exciting three-day drop-off camp. Investigate nature's clues using the five senses with fun, hands-on experiences in the outdoors. Cost is $50/child. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/7: 330-865-8065. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 28, 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. WH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 29, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SUMMER CAMP: NATURE'S CLUES
Kids 7 and 8 can register for this exciting three-day drop-off camp. Investigate nature's clues using the five senses with fun, hands-on experiences in the outdoors. Cost is $50/child. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/7: 330-865-8065. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 29, 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, July 30, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SUMMER CAMP: NATURE'S CLUES
Kids 7 and 8 can register for this exciting three-day drop-off camp. Investigate nature's clues using the five senses with fun, hands-on experiences in the outdoors. Cost is $50/child. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/7: 330-865-8065. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 30, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
DROP-IN NATURE CRAFTS
All ages join Naturalist Danette Rushboldt for nature-crafting fun. Each week a new craft will be presented. Please dress for a mess. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 30, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
ABC WALK WITH ME
Families are invited to join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse to walk and learn nature's alphabet. Each month this summer, we will focus on different letters. By the time school starts, each family will have a complete nature alphabet book. LP/Tinkers Creek

Leaf Icon Friday, July 31, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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 7/3: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, July 31, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT: GARY SHREVE & MEMPHIS PROWLERS
Enjoy the hits of the "King of Rock 'n Roll," played by Gary Shreve & Memphis Prowlers at this free concert presented by the City of Akron. GYH/Main Entrance

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Did You Know?

What's Below?
Buried beneath the surface of Silver Creek Metro Park is a maze of tunnels and shafts – remnants of a 19th Century mining operation.

Wonderful Wetlands
Ohio's natural wetlands harbor some of the state's most unique species. Unfortunately, 90% of these habitats have been drained, filled or developed.




















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