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Leaf Icon Wednesday, January 01, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2ND ANNUAL NEW YEAR'S DAY SNOWSHOE HIKE
Join a naturalist for the annual New Year's Day snowshoe hike at Liberty Park. A few snowshoes will be available to use free of charge, or you may bring your own. Hot chocolate and a warm fire will be waiting for us afterward. There still will be a hike if snow conditions are not adequate. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/21: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, January 02, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
WINTER WONDERS DAY CAMP
Kids ages 5 and 6 who have started Kindergarten are invited to create, discover and explore all things winter! Pack a lunch and dress to be outside for long periods of time. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 12/5: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Thursday, January 02, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
HOT COCOA HIKE
Come hike the trail to learn about how critters make it through the winter, then warm up with a cup of hot cocoa. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Friday, January 03, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
SCHOOL'S OUT COOKOUT
Celebrate winter! Bring your own hot dogs and buns to cook over an open fire, and we'll provide drinks and condiments. Then, hike with a naturalist to investigate how animals survive the winter. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Friday, January 03, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
TRACKS AND TRACES FOR KIDS
Participants will hike with a naturalist to look for tracks and scat, and learn about some of the animals that left the mysterious evidence behind. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Friday, January 03, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
HIKE FOR THE HEALTH OF IT
Hike about five miles at a vigorous pace on a flat paved surface. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. BHT/SR 303

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 04, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
DAY HIKING 101: EXPLORING SMP ONE STEP AT A TIME
With more than 150 miles of trails, Summit Metro Parks has a hike for you. Join a naturalist to discuss the ins and outs of day hiking, learn what gear is best for a woodland trek and where you can take some longer walks in the parks. The program will conclude with a winter stroll. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 04, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
COCOA WITH THE BIRDS FOR KIDS
Ever wonder about the birds that live in your yard? Families are invited to come enjoy a cup of cocoa and learn about birds from the warmth of the nature center. All levels of birders are welcome! LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 04, 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
BALLOFLEX FOR BEGINNERS
Enjoy an evening of exercise with a certified BalloFlex instructor. BalloFlex is a seated workout that incorporates the elements of dance and fitness together in a safe, low impact and fun system. It is designed for all ages and abilities! F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 05, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
WINTER BIRD WALK
Join a naturalist to learn which birds stick around in winter. We’ll search the pines for red-breasted nuthatches, golden-crowned kinglets and maybe even an owl! Afterward, participants are invited to try hand-feeding some curious chickadees. FASN

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 05, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT RECEPTION
Join Summit Metro Parks for the opening reception of the 2020 Amateur Photography Exhibit. Meet the photographers, enjoy light refreshments and see the natural beauty of the Metro Parks through the eyes and cameras of folks like you. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, January 06, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
WINTER DAY CAMP: ALL ABOUT BIRDS
Kids ages 7 to 10 can enjoy this winter camp with fun, hands-on experiences to learn about birds. We will explore the park, make a craft and learn bird basics. Please pack a lunch and dress to be outside for long periods of time. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 12/5: Register here. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, January 07, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
PRESCHOOL EXPLORERS
Get outside and enjoy nature through this monthly series for children ages 3 to 5. Each month we will explore a seasonal topic to engage the senses and encourage the natural curiosity to explore. The program will be outside, so please dress for the weather. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, January 07, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
NATURE JOURNALING: WINTER BIRDS
Learn basic journaling techniques to record your nature observations. This month we'll learn about winter birds. We will be outside for part of the program. Taking photos is optional. A one-time registration fee for the monthly series includes a journal, pen and pencil. Cost: $20/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 12/27: Register here. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, January 07, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
SUNSET STROLL
Take a peaceful evening walk with a naturalist to enjoy a beautiful sunset over the meadow. Along the way, search for tracks and signs of animals. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Wednesday, January 08, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS
Join our interpretive artist 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 12/31: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, January 08, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS
Join our interpretive artist 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 12/31: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, January 08, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
HOT COCOA HIKE
Hike with a naturalist to discover what some of our feathered friends are up to, then warm up with a cup of hot cocoa. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, January 09, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS
Fill your mug with a warm beverage for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area and find out why this area is a favorite of our winter residents. Coffee and tea are provided, but please bring a mug.  FASN

Leaf Icon Thursday, January 09, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS
Fill your mug with a warm beverage for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area and find out why this area is a favorite of our winter residents. Coffee and tea are provided, but please bring a mug. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, January 10, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
FULL MOON HIKE & FIRE
Join us for an easy hike by moonlight. Afterward, we'll gather around a fire to enjoy stories and roast marshmallows, while supplies last. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 11, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
PINECONE BIRD FEEDERS
Join a naturalist to make pinecone bird feeders to use this winter, then head outside to feed the birds from your hand. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 11, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SIGNS OF LIFE HIKE
Join a naturalist on a hike to discover what critters are still out and about during winter. Look for fur, scat, paw prints and more. Stay after for a fire and cocoa, while supplies last. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 11, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR KIDS
Children ages 9 to 15 can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our temporary indoor range. Program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 12/26: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 11, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR ADULTS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Participants 16 and older can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our temporary indoor range. Beginning and practiced archers are welcome. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 12/26: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 11, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
HISTORIC AND PREHISTORIC PEOPLES OF OHIO
Take a journey through time and learn about the cultural history of people who lived in Ohio from the last Ice Age until the 1800s in this indoor, lecture-style presentation. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 11, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
FULL MOON SNOWSHOE HIKE & FIRE
Snowshoeing is a great way to get out and enjoy the winter season, especially under a bright full moon. Join a naturalist for a brief lesson followed by a snowshoe hike. As we hike the trail, we will learn about the moon. Afterwards, warm up by a fire with hot chocolate. A limited number of snowshoes are available to use free of charge, or you may bring your own. There will still be a hike if snow conditions are not adequate. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/28: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 12, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS
Fill your mug with a warm beverage and sit fireside for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area. We will find out why this area is a favorite of our winter residents. Coffee and tea are provided, but please bring a mug. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 12, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS
Join our interpretive artist for this hands-on lesson in nature drawing for ages 6 to 12. Paper and pencils will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/4: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 12, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
ARCHERY GAMES FOR KIDS
Ages 9 to 15 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 is provided during this free program. Must be 50 inches or taller. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/26: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 12, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS
Join our interpretive artist for this hands-on lesson in nature drawing for ages 6 to 12. Paper and pencils will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/4: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 12, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
ARCHERY GAMES FOR ADULTS
Ages 16 and older will play 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 is provided during this free program. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 12/26: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, January 15, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: BIRDS IN WINTER
Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions can learn about birds in winter. Each program 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 1/7: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, January 15, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: BIRDS IN WINTER
Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions can learn about birds in winter. Each program 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 1/7: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, January 16, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS
Fill your mug with a warm beverage for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area and find out why this area is a favorite of our winter residents. Coffee and tea are provided, but please bring a mug. FASN

Leaf Icon Thursday, January 16, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS
Fill your mug with a warm beverage for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area and find out why this area is a favorite of our winter residents. Coffee and tea are provided, but please bring a mug. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, January 16, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
UNDERSTANDING THE ANTHROPOCENE
Anthro-what? Learn about this new geologic epoch and discover the challenges and opportunities ahead of us in the Age of Man. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Friday, January 17, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: ICE AGE OHIO
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: Discover the wonders of Ohio during the Ice Age! We'll investigate the lives of mammoths, mastodons and much more! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/11: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, January 17, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
MLK DAY OF SERVICE: MAKING SEED BALLS
Martin Luther King Jr. continues to inspire communities with the work he did half a century ago. In his honor, we will make seed balls with native, pollinator-friendly plant species that can be planted during spring in areas lacking vegetation. Dress for a mess. Please bring an empty egg carton to transport finished seed balls. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Friday, January 17, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: ICE AGE OHIO
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: Discover the wonders of Ohio during the Ice Age! We'll investigate the lives of mammoths, mastodons and much more! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/11: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, January 17, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
OWLS & HOWLS
Prowl for some of Ohio's loudest nighttime noise-makers: owls and coyotes. Please leave dogs at home. Bring your patience, curiosity and a small flashlight to guide you. Meet at the Parcours Trailhead. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 18, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
CRAFT & BREAKFAST
Create a nature-inspired craft with our interpretive artist, then enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by our volunteers. Participants are asked to contribute to the feast. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/3: 330-865-8065. SR/Mingo

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 18, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
BALLOFLEX FOR BEGINNERS
Enjoy an evening of exercise with a certified BalloFlex instructor. BalloFlex is a seated workout that incorporates the elements of dance and fitness together in a safe, low impact and fun system. It is designed for all ages and abilities! F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 18, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
NATURE ART FOR TEENS
Do you have a creative spirit? Teens ages 13 to 17 are invited to join our interpretive artist for lessons in nature-inspired art. This is a drop-off program. Please dress for a mess. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/3: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 18, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
FOLLOW THE TRACKS
Join a naturalist to hone your tracking skills. Who knows what we might see as we look for signs and tracks of animals in the mud or snow. Discover which animals are out during the winter looking for food to survive the cold and snow. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 19, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WHERE DO BUTTERFLIES GO IN WINTER?
Butterflies, dragonflies, bees and more! Where do these beautiful, beneficial “bugs” go when Ohio gets cold, and how do they make their way back in spring? Find out and learn how to make your yard insect-friendly during this indoor presentation. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 19, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
BEGINNER CONSTELLATIONS
Fantastic heroes and beasts can be found in the night sky, if you know where to look! Cozy up indoors to hear some constellation tales and make a star wheel. Afterward, take a short walk to search for these figures in the night sky, weather permitting. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, January 20, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
CREATIVE CANVAS
Everything is a canvas! Join our interpretive artist to create some amazing works of art using nature as our inspiration and re-purposed materials as our medium. Only requirements are a sense of humor and a great attitude. Bring snacks or your lunch. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 1/9: Register here. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, January 20, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: BIRDS IN WINTER
Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn about birds in winter. Includes a short hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/7: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Monday, January 20, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
SCHOOL'S OUT COOKOUT
Bring your own hot dogs and buns to cook over an open fire, and we’ll provide drinks and condiments. Pie irons will also be available. Enjoy nature trivia while cooking and eating your lunch. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, January 20, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SCHOOL'S OUT S'MORES
No school! Enjoy a winter campfire complete with warm, gooey s'mores! We'll provide the classic ingredients, while supplies last. Bring your own specialty items to dress up your creations! F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Wednesday, January 22, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
MEET ME IN THE GARDEN
Join the Master Gardeners of Summit County to learn about insects you might encounter in your back yard or local park. Presented by Ashley Kulhanek, Extension Educator. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, January 23, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS
Fill your mug with a warm beverage for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area and find out why this area is a favorite of our winter residents. Coffee and tea are provided, but please bring a mug. FASN

Leaf Icon Thursday, January 23, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS
Fill your mug with a warm beverage for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area and find out why this area is a favorite of our winter residents. Coffee and tea are provided, but please bring a mug. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, January 24, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: ICE AGE OHIO
Homeschoolers, ages 11 to 14: Discover the wonders of Ohio during the Ice Age! We'll investigate the lives of mammoths, mastodons and much more! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/11: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 25, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
SNOWSHOE HIKE
Snowshoeing is a great way to get out and enjoy the winter season. Join a naturalist for a brief how-to lesson, followed by a snowshoe hike. A limited number of snowshoes are available to use free of charge, or you may bring your own. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/14: 330-865-8065. SC/Cross Country

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 25, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
FOREST BATHING
Come engage all of your senses as you lower your stress and anxiety, and receive many other health benefits from nature! We will begin by learning what forest bathing is and how it is part of a healthy lifestyle. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, January 25, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
WHAT'S THAT BIRD AT YOUR FEEDER?
Join a naturalist to learn the basics of feeding birds and their identification. We'll discuss the best seed and feeders, and provide tips for identifying common winter birds. Learn about Project Feederwatch and how to try to keep the squirrels away! FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, January 26, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WINTER BIRDS
Search for Ohio's winter resident and migrant birds and learn amazing facts about these stone-cold survivors. Binoculars are recommended. SFB

Leaf Icon Monday, January 27, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: BIRDS IN WINTER
Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn about birds in winter. Includes a short hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/7: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, January 27, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: BIRDS IN WINTER
Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn about birds in winter. Includes a short hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/7: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, January 30, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
EVERGREEN STROLL
Learn about evergreen trees and shrubs with a naturalist as you observe the collection at the Nature Realm. Sip on some pine needle tea after, while supplies last. FASN

Leaf Icon Thursday, January 30, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS
Fill your mug with a warm beverage for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area and find out why this area is a favorite of our winter residents. Coffee and tea are provided, but please bring a mug. FASN

Leaf Icon Thursday, January 30, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS
Fill your mug with a warm beverage for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area and find out why this area is a favorite of our winter residents. Coffee and tea are provided, but please bring a mug. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, January 31, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
CHICKADEE FEEDING AND CAMPFIRE
Drop in and join a naturalist to experience the wonder of hand-feeding black-capped chickadees! Discover the fascinating features of this tiny, feathered friend while attempting to get one to feed from your hand. Seed will be provided. Enjoy a toasty campfire and marshmallows as well, while supplies last.  FASN

Leaf Icon Friday, January 31, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR COUPLES
Join us for this special introductory program! Couples can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship together at our temporary indoor range. Program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Participants must be at least 18. Cost: $15/couple. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 1/18: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Friday, January 31, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR COUPLES
Join us for this special introductory program! Couples can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship together at our temporary indoor range. Program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Participants must be at least 18. Cost: $15/couple. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 1/18: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks