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Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 02, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
HIKE & FIRE: FLIGHT AT NIGHT
Take a hike in search of creatures that take flight at night: owls, flying squirrels, moths and bats. Then, cozy up to a fire and listen to stories about our mysterious neighbors. Program will be moved to the shelter if it rains. Good for spree credit. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 03, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join a naturalist for a leisurely stroll on Quarry Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. Good for spree credit. DLQ

Leaf Icon Friday, October 04, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: CROWS
Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn about crows and their cousins. 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 9/28: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 04, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: CROWS
Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn about crows and their cousins. 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 9/28: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 04, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
FIRST PEOPLE'S DAY CELEBRATION
Summit County celebrates Ohio's First People throughout the first weekend of October. Join a naturalist for flint knapping, atlatl throwing and fire starting demonstrations, and enjoy roasting marshmallows beside the campfire (while supplies last). F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 05, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
NATURE STORIES
Young children and their adult companions will enjoy this interactive, nature-inspired storytime intended for ages 18 months to 3 years. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/26: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 05, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
FALL MUSHROOM HIKE
Join a naturalist on a hike to discover the beauty, variety and interesting ecology of fall mushrooms. ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 05, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HIKING SPREE SHIELD ASSISTANCE
Is attaching the hiking spree shield more challenging than actually hiking the eight trails? Summit Metro Parks volunteers will gladly attach it for you at no charge. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 05, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FALL FAMILY OUTING
Fall into autumn fun with free hayrides, bonfires, naturalist activities, music, apple cider, cookies and more. A wheelchair-accessible hay wagon is available. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 06, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
HISTORY OF THE PORTAGE PATH AND ARTIST’S TALK
Join us for a walk from Big Bend to the northernmost point of the Portage Path to learn about this vital link between North American waterways, then enjoy a talk by American Indian statue artist Peter Jones. Afterwards, participants can opt to walk back to Big Bend or walk a portion of the Portage Path. This program is presented in coordination with the Portage Path Collaborative as part of a series of events to honor North American First People’s Day. SR/Big Bend

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 06, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
GEOLOGY OF THE GLENS TRAIL
Join a naturalist to hike the Glens Trail, looking at some of its geologic features. Learn how the Cuyahoga River was formed and where all those lucky stones came from. Good for spree credit. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 06, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
SPREE HIKE & FIRE
Hike Black Bear Trail, then gather around the campfire to roast marshmallows (while supplies last). Good for spree credit. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, October 07, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: CROWS
Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn about crows and their cousins. 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 9/28: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, October 07, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: CROWS
Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn about crows and their cousins. 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 9/28: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, October 08, 10:30 AM - 12:00 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 provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/27: 330-865-8065. HH/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Tuesday, October 08, 1:00 PM - 2:30 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 provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/27: 330-865-8065. HH/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Tuesday, October 08, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
FARMER'S MARKET OPEN HOUSE
Celebrate the season's final Summit Lake Community Farmer's Market by learning about urban farming, access, opportunity and community. Enjoy hands-on activities, then hit the market to buy fresh, local produce! TT/Summit Lake

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 09, 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 self-exploration. Program will be outside, so please dress for the weather. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 09, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
OUTDOOR RX
Seniors age 55 and up join Summit Metro Parks staff for a day filled with the healing powers of nature. Board a bus at Liberty Park and head out into the great outdoors. Suitable for most ability levels. Some light walking is required. Lunch and a food demonstration is included. Do something good for yourself and register for this FREE program! Funding provided by Friends of Metro Parks and Summit Metro Parks Foundation. Call 330-865-8065 starting September 19 to register. Registration closes October 4. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/19: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 10, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: CROWS
Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn about crows and their cousins. 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 9/28: 330-865-8065. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 10, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
BEAUTY OF FALL
Each fall, nature reveals her true colors. Hike with a naturalist to admire autumn's beauty, discover what triggers this explosion of color in our forests and learn to identify some of those trees.  Good for spree credit. CV/Overlook

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 10, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
HOARDERS: BURYING TO SURVIVE
Join a naturalist for a short presentation followed by a hike along Black Bear Trail to discover the fascinating lives of nature's hoarders, squirrels! Good for spree credit. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 11, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
MINDFULNESS IN NATURE: MINDFUL WALKING
Connect with the Earth and learn strategies to help get you through the long, cold winter nights that are quickly approaching.  Good for spree credit. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 11, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: CREEPY CREATURES
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: Get to know some creepy creatures that go bump in the night. They may have spooky adaptations and hang out in haunting habitats, but we can learn a lot from them, too! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/1: 330-865-8065. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Friday, October 11, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: CREEPY CREATURES
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: Get to know some creepy creatures that go bump in the night. They may have spooky adaptations and hang out in haunting habitats, but we can learn a lot from them, too! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/1: 330-865-8065. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 12, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
WHITE-TAILED DEER
Join a naturalist for a hike to learn about the white-tailed deer and its importance to Native Americans and early settlers. Good for spree credit. CV/Overlook

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 12, 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 10/4: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 12, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
PLANTING FOR A PURPOSE: SEED COLLECTING
Join a naturalist as we collect native plant seeds from the areas around Springfield Bog. Learn proper seed storage and propagating techniques so you can grow "your" plants next spring. SFB

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 12, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FALL FAMILY OUTING
Fall into autumn fun with free hayrides, bonfires, naturalist activities, music, apple cider, cookies and more. A wheelchair-accessible hay wagon is available. SC/Bathhouse

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 13, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
SPOOKY I SPY
Drop in for a self-guided scavenger hunt along Overlook Trail to search for some spooky and not-so-spooky items. Return your list to the trailhead by 4 p.m. for a prize. Good for spree credit. CV/Overlook

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 13, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
NOT-SO-SPOOKY STORIES CAMPFIRE
Sit beneath the light of the full moon to enjoy marshmallows and hear some fun nighttime tales. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Monday, October 14, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
ARCHERY OPEN SHOOT
Here's your chance to practice your archery skills. Register for a half-hour time slot to improve your shot. Participants must have already taken one of our Intro to Archery programs. All equipment provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/10: 330-865-8065. HH/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Tuesday, October 15, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
NATURE JOURNALING: SPIDERS
Learn basic journaling techniques to record your nature observations. This month we'll learn about spiders. We will be outside for the 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 10/11: Register here. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 16, 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 10/5: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 16, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
OUTDOOR RX
Seniors age 55 and up join Summit Metro Parks staff for a day filled with the healing powers of nature. Board a bus at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm and head out into the great outdoors. Suitable for most ability levels. Some light walking required. Lunch and a food demonstration is included. Do something good for yourself and register for this FREE program! Funding provided by Friends of Metro Parks and Summit Metro Parks Foundation. Call 330-865-8065 starting September 26 to register. Registration closes October 11. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/26: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 16, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
ART & ANIMALS OPEN HOUSE
Join a naturalist behind the scenes in our animal exhibit room to get up-close views of the creatures while creating new, colorful backdrops for their aquariums.  FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 16, 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 10/5: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 16, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
CREEPY CRAWLERS FOR KIDS
From slippery and slimy to weird and wacky, reptiles and amphibians are just plain cool! Meet some of our education animals and discover why "creepy" critters aren’t so spooky after all. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 17, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
GOOD GARDENS: ANNUAL SEED SWAP
Join us to swap some seeds! These can be harvested from plants you grow, or seeds leftover from packets. Saved seeds should be labeled with variety name and packed in small quantities if possible. Vegetables and herbs are preferred, but all seeds are welcome! All are encouraged to attend, even without seeds to share. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Friday, October 18, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
SUNSET STROLL
Join a naturalist for a relaxing sunset hike at the meadow while keeping an eye out for wildlife and plants. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Friday, October 18, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
NOT-SO-CREEPY CRITTER CAMPFIRE
Enjoy a toasty campfire while discovering why "creepy" critters are actually pretty cool. Marshmallows will be available to roast (while supplies last). FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 19, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
FALL MUSHROOM HIKE
Join a naturalist on a hike to discover the beauty, variety and interesting ecology of fall mushrooms.  HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 19, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
RABIES: MONSTERS AND MYTHS
Rabies is one of the oldest diseases known to humans. Hike and learn more about the influence it has played on monster myths and the science behind the folklore. Good for spree credit. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
HONEYBEES
Come out to learn about the honeybee and what all the buzz is about at this indoor program. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 20, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
BEAUTY OF FALL
Each fall, nature reveals her true colors. Hike with a naturalist to admire autumn's beauty, discover what triggers this explosion of color in our forests and learn to identify some of those trees. Good for spree credit. CV/Overlook

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 20, 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 10/15: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 20, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
DISTANCE HIKE
Hike more than 6 miles at a steady pace with a few stops along the way to discover nature. Weather-appropriate gear, water and a snack are recommended. Good for spree credit. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 20, 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 10/15: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, October 21, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
CREATIVE CANVAS
Everything is a canvas! Join our interpretive artist to create amazing works of art using nature as our inspiration and re-purposed materials as our medium. The only requirements are a sense of humor and a great attitude. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 10/16: Register here. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, October 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join a naturalist on a leisurely stroll to discover the seasonal flora and fauna. Binoculars are recommended. Good for spree credit. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 23, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
LOOKING TO THE PAST
Discover the treasures that are still here today while looking into the past along Glens Trail. Good for spree credit. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 23, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
HISTORY OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
Stroll the trail while learning about the history of the Underground Railroad and its connection to Hudson and Wood Hollow. WH

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 24, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
PINE NEEDLE BASKET
Learn the art of pine needle basket-making. Each finished basket is 3 1/2" wide. Fee: $20/person ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 10/12: Register here. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 25, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: CREEPY CREATURES
Homeschoolers, ages 11 to 14: Get to know some creepy creatures that go bump in the night. They may have spooky adaptations and hang out in haunting habitats, but we can learn a lot from them, too! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/1: 330-865-8065. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Friday, October 25, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
HAUNTED HISTORY HIKE
Join a naturalist for an evening hike to discover the haunted and not-so-haunted history of Deep Lock Quarry and the surrounding area. Recommended for ages 13 and over. Good for spree credit. DLQ

Leaf Icon Friday, October 25, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
SCARY SOUNDS NIGHT HIKE
Join us to listen for the rather terrifying noises made by some of the creatures that call our Metro Parks home. Not intended for young children. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 27, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
NATURE IN DISGUISE
Drop by for an opportunity to see nature in disguise. Hike and meet "animals" along Maple Loop Trail during this family-friendly event. Kids are encouraged to come dressed up. At the end of your hike, stay and enjoy a fire and marshmallows (while supplies last). LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 27, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HIKING SPREE SHIELD ASSISTANCE
Is attaching the hiking spree shield more challenging than actually hiking the eight trails? Summit Metro Parks volunteers will gladly attach it for you at no charge. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 27, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
FALL MUSHROOM HIKE
Join a naturalist on a hike to discover the beauty, variety and interesting ecology of fall mushrooms. Good for spree credit. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 30, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
COYOTES AMONG US
Join a naturalist and Lara Roketenetz from The University of Akron Field Station to learn about the elusive and misunderstood coyote. After a short indoor presentation, we will take a hike to play coyote calls in hopes that some might call back. Meet at the Field Station, past the main parking lot off Ira Road and down the lane to the second house.  Bath Nature Preserve: 4240 Ira Road Bath, OH 44333

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 30, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
PUMPKIN CARVING
Join a naturalist to create a seasonal work of art! It's B.Y.O.P. (pumpkin, that is) or register to receive a free pumpkin while supplies last. Limit one free pumpkin per family. Carving utensils will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/22: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 31, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
PUMPKIN SENSORY PLAY
Children ages 3 to 5 will engage their senses as we explore pumpkins. Dress for the weather, as we will be outside for some ooey goey fun! LP/Nature Center