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Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 01, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
CREEK CREATURES FOR KIDS
Join Naturalist Meghan Doran to find out who lives in our most pristine creek. Wear shoes that can get wet. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 01, 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 Wednesday, July 02, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
ANIMAL TALES
Children and their adult companions will enjoy a story about our amphibian friends. After the story, the children will help Naturalist Sarah Putnam feed the Nature Realm amphibians. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/26: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 03, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
WATER BUGS FOR KIDS
Join Naturalist Renell Simrau to explore the world of water bugs. Nets and jars provided. Trails not suitable for strollers. Sunscreen and hats are a must! SFB

Leaf Icon Friday, July 04, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
BIKING SPREE OPEN HOUSE
Stop by to enjoy displays, pick up information and meet Naturalist Meghan Doran. Bring all of your questions and get your form signed. TT/Memorial Pkwy

Leaf Icon Friday, July 04, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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 Friday, July 04, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
BUTTERFLY WALK
Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist to discover the beautiful butterflies celebrating their independence on this holiday. Nets and jars will be available for you to net, observe and then release the butterflies. Please dress for the sun and possible poison ivy. FASN

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 05, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
SPRINGFIELD BOG HIKE
Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist for an early morning walk to see blooming prairie plants and nesting birds. Binoculars are recommended. SFB

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 05, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CARDIO HIKE
Join Naturalist Mike Greene for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking three 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. Meet at the Shadowfield Lot near the Lone Spruce Area. SR/Lone Spruce

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 05, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
WOODLAND MUSHROOMS
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 05, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
CAMPFIRE: BATS
Join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse for a relaxing campfire while learning about the bats found in your Metro Parks! Includes s'mores, sponsored by Acme Fresh Market, while supplies last. Please bring a chair or blanket and a flashlight. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 06, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
SUMMER FAMILY BOOK WALK
Families can enjoy Cherry Lane Trail while reading "Jo MacDonald Hiked in the Woods." After the story, stop by the campfire area to make a craft. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 06, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
DARNERS, CRUISERS & SKIMMERS - OH, MY!
Try to tame a dragon! All ages are welcome to join Naturalist Meghan Doran to try your hand at catching one of these amazing insects. We will take a short walk along the towpath for a look at our more common dragonflies. No previous experience required! TT/Manchester

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 06, 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 Monday, July 07, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
AKRON HISTORY HIKE: GLENDALE CEMETERY
Explore the beauty and history of Glendale Cemetery on foot. A trolley will transport us to Glendale. Parking on Akron streets and in city lots is free after 6 p.m. Cost: $15/adult, $5/children, ages 12 and under. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/24: 330-865-8065. Lock 3: 200 S. Main St. Akron, OH

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 08, 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, July 09, 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 7/3: 330-865-8065. FR/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 10, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join a naturalist for a leisurely stroll of Seneca Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. FASN

Leaf Icon Friday, July 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 7/5: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, July 11, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Sarah Putnam on this leisurely stroll to discover some of the history and nature along the trail. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Friday, July 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 7/5: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, July 11, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT
The City of Akron presents the Juke Hounds, performing blues, rock and soul. For information, call 330-375-2311. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 12, 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, July 12, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
AMERICANAFEST
Spend the day celebrating all things American. Listen to the soothing sounds of a jazz band, watch master woodcarver Tom Baldwin create his award-winning duck decoys, be entertained by Foster Brown on the banjo and learn how to make an apple pie over a campfire using pie irons. Crafts, refreshments and a duck-calling contest are included in this fun-filled day! The award-winning BBQ food truck, Pig Lickin' Good BBQ, will be selling lunch on site. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 12, 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 7/4: 330-865-8065. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 12, 8:30 PM - 10:30 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 13, 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

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 13, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
BIKING SPREE OPEN HOUSE
Join Naturalist Meghan Doran during this open house to ask questions, get biking spree information and have your form signed. We will also have a challenge for you to complete while you cool off! TT/Clinton

Leaf Icon Monday, July 14, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: RED FOX
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions explore the habits and habitats of the red fox. A craft and short hike are included. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/8: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pavilion

Leaf Icon Monday, July 14, 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 Tuesday, July 15, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
NATURE CRAFTING FOR KIDS
Kids 6 to 12 and their adult companions join Naturalist Danette Rushboldt to create a one-of-a-kind weaving using natural and recycled materials. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/10: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 15, 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. BHT/SR 91

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 16, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KIDS' FISHING
Join a naturalist for a morning of fishing fun. Some poles and bait will be provided. Only children under the age of 16 will be permitted to fish. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 16, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
KINDEREALM: RED FOX
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions explore the habits and habitats of the red fox. A craft and short hike are included. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/8: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Friday, July 18, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: RED FOX
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions explore the habits and habitats of the red fox. A craft and short hike are included. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/8: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, July 18, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: RED FOX
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions explore the habits and habitats of the red fox. A craft and short hike are included. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/8: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, July 18, 8:30 PM
BALLET HISPANICO OF NEW YORK
The City of Akron presents Ballet Hispanico of New York as part of the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival. Includes an interactive children's program by the UA Dance Institute at 7:45 p.m. For information, call 330-375-2311. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 19, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: RED FOX
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions explore the habits and habitats of the red fox. A craft and short hike are included. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/8: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 19, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
WILDLIFE ON SENECA DECK: CINNAMON FOX
Join Debra Jean and her rescued cinnamon red fox, and learn the story of their partnership. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 19, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP OPEN HOUSE - PART 2
Bring your photographs to Seneca Deck, where Metro Parks photography volunteers will be on hand to critique your images and offer help in perfecting them. FASN

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 19, 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
PADDLE THE PARKS
Kayak or canoe 6.5 miles down the Cuyahoga River to Waterworks Park, with ACA-certified instructors and a Metro Parks naturalist as your guide. Learn the basics while observing wildlife and beautiful habitats. No experience needed. Space is limited. Registration is required by calling Crooked River Adventures: 330-541-7467. Must check in 30 minutes prior to departure for a safety briefing. Return transportation to Tannery Park provided. Bring binoculars, drinking 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 19, 8:30 PM
BALLET HISPANICO OF NEW YORK
The City of Akron presents Ballet Hispanico of New York as part of the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival. Includes an interactive children's program by the UA Dance Institute at 7:45 p.m. For information, call 330-375-2311. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 20, 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 7/12: 330-865-8065. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 20, 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. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/15: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 20, 7:30 PM
AKRON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The City of Akron presents the Akron Symphony in Goodyear Heights Metro Park. For information, call 330-375-2311. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene for a leisurely stroll on Chuckery Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. CVS/Chuckery

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 22, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
BUTTERFLIES FOR KIDS
Join Naturalist Meghan Doran to explore the world of butterflies. Nets and jars provided. Trail suitable for strollers. Sunscreen and hats are a must! MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 23, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
MEET ME IN THE GARDEN: FACES OF CONSERVATION
Learn how to be a better steward of the fragile, intertwined ecosystems of plants and animals. Presented by the Master Gardeners of Summit County and Judy Semroc, conservation specialist for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. FASN

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 24, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
COMPASSES FOR KIDS
Learn to use a compass to solve an animal mystery with Naturalist Danette Rushboldt during this informative and entertaining program. Some compasses will be provided. SR/Wadsworth

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 24, 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 7/4: 330-865-8065. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Friday, July 25, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Friday, July 25, 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 7/17: 330-865-8065. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Friday, July 25, 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 7/17: 330-865-8065. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 26, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
SUMMER WILDFLOWERS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene to discover past and present uses of wildflowers along Chippewa Trail. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 26, 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 7/17: 330-865-8065. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 26, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
COMEBACK KIDS: RIVER OTTER
Join a naturalist for this second program in a series in which we explore how once-common animals disappeared from Ohio and then made great comebacks. Please meet at the Ira Trailhead sign in the parking lot. Ira Rd. Towpath Trailhead: 3801 Riverview Rd. Peninsula , OH 44264

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 26, 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 7/17: 330-865-8065. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 26, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
ATTRACTING MOTHS TO BLACK LIGHTS
July 20 to 28 is National Moth Week, a global celebration of moths and biodiversity. Join Naturalists Dave Brumfield and Pat Rydquist for an up-close look at the beautiful colors, shapes and patterns of these amazing creatures. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 27, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
BEGINNING BIRDERS: THE BLUE BIRDS
Join Naturalist Meghan Doran for a stroll at the bog to view the "blue birds" that call this park home. Binoculars and field guides provided. Beginners and experts are welcome! Wear a hat and bring drinking water. SFB

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 27, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
BOOK CLUB
Join us in a lively discussion of Amy Stewart's book "Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful." Drinks are provided, so bring your mug. SR/Shady Hollow

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 29, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
BUGS FOR KIDS
Join Naturalist Renell Simrau to explore the world of bugs. Nets and jars provided. Trail not suitable for strollers. Sunscreen and hats are a must! SFB

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 29, 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 Thursday, July 31, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
FOSSILS FOR KIDS
Join Naturalist Mike Greene on a walk to look for fossils. Shoes that can get wet, or boots, are required. No open-toed sandals. Adults must accompany their children. FR/Brushwood

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Did You Know?

No Dracula
All Ohio bats eat insects, so you don't have to worry about vampire bats in Summit County.

The Crooked River
Before European settlers arrived, Native Americans lived and farmed along the fertile banks of the Cuyahoga River.




















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