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Leaf Icon Sunday, March 01, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
AMPHIBIAN MIGRATION
Join a naturalist as we attempt to witness the annual amphibian migration across Sand Run Parkway. Programs will occur when conditions are just right. The creatures prefer a light rain, temperatures above 45 degrees and darkness. Call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. to learn if a program is taking place that night. The migration often ends in early April. SR/Old Portage

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 04, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
BOATING COURSE: GET READY FOR SUMMER!
Get ready for boating season: Take the NASBLA-approved Ohio boating course. Participants must complete three 3-hour classes offered 3/4, 3/11 and 3/18. Ohio law requires that anyone born on or after January 1, 1982 must successfully complete either a boating course or a proficiency exam in order to operate a boat powered by more than 10 horsepower. Course fee: $5/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/24: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 04, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
O&E CANAL: A TIMELINE
Once called "the ditch that brought the world to the wilderness," the Ohio & Erie Canal had a large impact on Northeast Ohio's growth. This first presentation in a new series will give a timeline of the iconic transportation system. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 05, 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 2/27: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 05, 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 2/27: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 05, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
MIGRATION JUMP-START: PART 1
Get a jump start on migration with Naturalist Pat Rydquist. We will review the early passerines, their nesting and preferred habitats, their songs and I.D. tips. FASN

Leaf Icon Friday, March 06, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: GREEN THUMBS
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10, can join Naturalist Meghan Doran discover ways to make gardening fun! Please wear old clothes and shoes that can get muddy. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/28: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, March 06, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
COYOTES IN YOUR PARKS
Join Summit Metro Parks naturalists and biologists for this informative program about the eastern coyote's impact on our parks and your neighborhoods. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 07, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WINTER TREE I.D.
Join Naturalist Mike Greene to discover how to identify trees without their leaves while hiking Oxbow Trail. CVS/Oxbow

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 07, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
NATURE CRAFTING FOR ADULTS: ODDS & ENDS BASKETS
Weave a basket with your own creative flair! Make your own design or choose from a few simple patterns. Materials fee: $10. Please bring a flathead screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, towel and 2-gallon bucket, if you can. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/21: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 07, 1:00 PM
COUCH TO 5K
Yes, you can complete a 5K! Learn how to get started and become a successful runner. Beginning March 7, each Saturday during this spring series we'll meet for a group run and cover a special topic related to running: nutrition, stretching, yoga, good-form running and more. Cost is $35, which includes your entry fee for the Mother’s Day 5K! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/19: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 08, 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 3/3: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 08, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HIKING SPREE SHIELD ASSISTANCE
You hiked eight trails to earn the 2014 Fall Hiking Spree 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. Last day to turn in forms is 3/31! F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 08, 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 3/3: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, March 09, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Enjoy this leisurely stroll with frequent stops to discover nature and history along the way. Good for spree credit. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 11, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
WAKE UP FROM WINTER
Winter is coming to an end! Join a naturalist to learn how plants and animals "wake up" to prepare for a new year of growth. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 12, 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. ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 12, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
MIGRATION JUMP-START: PART 2
Get a jump start on migration with Naturalist Pat Rydquist. Today we'll review which birds come in the second wave, their nesting and preferred habitats, their songs and I.D. tips. FASN

Leaf Icon Friday, March 13, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: SNAKES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about our scaly snake friends. 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 3/6: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, March 13, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: SNAKES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about our scaly snake friends. 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 3/6: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 14, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
WATERFOWL WATCH
Join Naturalist Mike Greene to view ducks, geese and other water birds during their spring migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. TT/Manchester

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 14, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: SNAKES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about our scaly snake friends. 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 3/6: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 15, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HERON WATCH
Join Naturalist Meghan Doran to witness the amazing return of one of our most-loved birds. A spotting scope and binoculars will be provided. HH/Bath Road Heronry

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 15, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
EGG CARTON SEED STARTERS
Join Naturalist Becca Zak to begin your very own native wildflower garden. Some cardboard egg carton planters will be available, but we encourage you to bring some of your own. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, March 16, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: SNAKES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about our scaly snake friends. 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 3/6: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 18, 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 3/10: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 18, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: SNAKES
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about our scaly snake friends. 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 3/6: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 18, 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 3/10: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
GREEN: THE COLOR OF NATURE
To humans, the color green can symbolize wealth, envy and environmentally responsible behavior. Find out how the color green is used in nature by some of our local wildlife. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 19, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
TREE FLOWERS: WIND
Have you ever seen what looks like dead caterpillars on the trail? Trees have flowers like other plants, but they might not look like you expect! Join a naturalist to learn about trees whose flowers are pollinated by the wind. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Thursday, March 19, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
MIGRATION JUMP-START: PART 3
Get a jump start on migration with Naturalist Pat Rydquist. We will review the later arriving passerines, including their nesting and preferred habitats, their songs and I.D. tips. FASN

Leaf Icon Friday, March 20, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
WATERFOWL WATCH
Spring is a great time to view ducks, geese and other waterfowl. New and experienced birdwatchers can join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse during the migration to learn about this fun group of birds. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. TT/Summit Lake

Leaf Icon Friday, March 20, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: GREEN THUMBS
Homeschoolers, ages 11 to 14, join Naturalist Meghan Doran to discover all of the intricate ways that plants benefit people and wildlife. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/28: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 21, 12:30 PM - 2:00 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! F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 21, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
SPRING IS HERE
Spring is in the air! Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield for a refreshing hike along Redwing Trail, looking and listening for signs of spring. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 22, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
BOOK CLUB: THELMA'S DIARY 1935
Thelma Dyke was the granddaughter of Sam Comely Dyke, founder of The Akron Toy Company. Her diary chronicles her travel adventures around the world with her sister, Marge, to the places she had read and dreamed about. Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist for a lively discussion, warm drinks and camaraderie. SR/Shady Hollow

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 22, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
SUNDAY STROLL
Join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse for a leisurely stroll in the Tinkers Creek Area, with stops along the way to discover nature and history. LP/Tinkers Creek

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 25, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene for a leisurely stroll on Dogwood Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. SR/Wadsworth

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 25, 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 3/14: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
MEET ME IN THE GARDEN: BATH NATURE PRESERVE
Join the Master Gardeners of Summit County to learn about projects in Bath Township Parks, including several restoration projects designed to restore the land to a natural state. Presented by Alan Garner, Bath Township park director. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, March 27, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
INSIDE LIBERTY
From wildlife viewing to kayaking and archery, our largest park (Liberty Park in Twinsburg) has endless opportunities. Join Naturalist Meghan Doran in the Nature Realm's visitors center to take a virtual tour of the natural area. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 28, 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
HIKE & BREAKFAST: WAKE UP SPRING
Shake off winter and join us for spring's highly anticipated hike and breakfast. Participants will be asked to contribute to the feast. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/20: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 28, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
CARDIO HIKE
Join Naturalist Mike Greene for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking about four 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. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, March 28, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
WATERFOWL WATCH
Spring is a great time to view ducks, geese and other water birds. New and experienced birdwatchers can join Naturalist Dave Brumfield for a chance to view these birds during the spring migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. TT/Manchester

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 29, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HIKING SPREE SHIELD ASSISTANCE
You hiked eight trails to earn the 2014 Fall Hiking Spree 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. Last day to turn in forms is 3/31! FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 29, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
SYMBOLS OF MARCH
Discover the symbolic species of March as winter comes to an end. We will discuss these species during a hike and search for them along the way. Meet at the trailhead for Alder Trail. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Sunday, March 29, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
THE GREAT GLOBE ITSELF
The Great Lakes Theater 2015 Outreach Tour performs The Great Globe Itself, a play highlighting London's famous Globe Theater, built by Shakespeare. There will be a question and answer period after the performance. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Tuesday, March 31, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
WATERFOWL WATCH
Spring is a great time to view ducks, geese and other waterfowl. New and experienced birdwatchers can join us during the migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. TT/Manchester

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Did You Know?

O'Neil Offer
Much of O'Neil Woods Metro Park was donated in 1972 by the O'Neil family, of General Tire fame.

A Leaf, Mitten and Ghost
The leaves of the sassafras tree come in three distinct shapes: a leaf, a mitten and a ghost.


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