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Leaf Icon Thursday, November 01, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SUBMIT ENTRIES FOR THE AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT
Through November 18, visitors may submit two entries for the 19th Amateur Photography Exhibit, on display in the Nature Realm visitors center January through May 2019. 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, email, the location where the image was taken and a title for the image. Entries should not be matted, framed or include watermarks, and should be one of the following sizes: 5"x7", 8"x10" or 11"x14" printed on photo paper. All originals may be picked up at the Nature Realm after the exhibit. You may drop off entries during the visitors center's regular hours, c/o Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron, OH 44313. No mail-in entries, please. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 01, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FLIGHT OF THE MONARCHS
When the monarch butterfly arrives in Mexico, it's time to celebrate! Join naturalist Becca Zak and Veronica Dahlberg, founder of Hispanas Organizadas de Lake y Ashtabula (HOLA), for an interactive presentation about this charismatic insect and the Day of the Dead celebration. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, November 02, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
NATIONAL OHIO DAY HIKE
Celebrate National Ohio Day with naturalist Cassie Hall as we hike along the Towpath Trail while learning history and trivia about our great state. Good for spree credit. TT/Clinton

Leaf Icon Friday, November 02, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
NIGHT HIKE
Join a naturalist to enter the world of nocturnal creatures as we explore the trail at night. Good for spree credit. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 03, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
HIKE THE HOLLOW
Fall days are quickly coming to a close. Join naturalist Dave Brumfield on a leisurely hike to discover what is out and about this time of the year. WH

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 03, 10:30 AM - 12:00 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. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 10/18: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 03, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
NATURE ART FOR TEENS
Do you have a creative spirit? Teens ages 13 to 17 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 10/23: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 03, 1:00 PM - 2:30 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 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 10/18: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 03, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
OWL PROWL
Listen to an indoor presentation about owls, then join a hike on the grounds in an attempt to call them. Patience and silence are essential. Program for ages 6 and older. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 04, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
ANIMALS GOING "NUTS" HIKE
From squirrels and chipmunks to blue jays and wild turkeys, many animals depend on nuts to survive. Join a naturalist on a hike in search of these “nutty” critters as they prepare for winter. Seeds will be available after the hike for those who would like to try feeding the chickadees. Good for spree credit. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 04, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
KIDS YOGA
Kids ages 7 to 12 and their adult companions join a certified yoga instructor for this program focused on connecting with nature. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel and drinking water. Some mats provided (while supplies last). FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 04, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
FALL FUNGUS HIKE
Hike with a naturalist along Dogwood Trail in search of fall fungus. A mushroom guide is recommended. Edibles are not part of this program. Good for spree credit. SR/Wadsworth

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 04, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
YOGA IN THE PARK: VINYASA
Enjoy a vinyasa yoga practice with a certified instructor. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel and drinking water. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/20: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 04, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
ZODIAC EXPLORERS: LIBRA
This program series explores the night sky and the zodiac constellation of the month with a mix of science, folklore and personal reflection through journaling. The program takes place even if it is cloudy or raining. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, November 05, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
AFTERNOON STROLL
Stroll along Indian Spring Trail with a naturalist. Meet at the trailhead. Good for spree credit. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Monday, November 05, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
LUNAS & LEAVES
Join naturalist Becca Zak to discover the emerald-green, flying creature that benefits from all those fallen autumn leaves...and some of her forest friends. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, November 06, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SPREE FOR THE BIRDS
Look for and learn about some of the feathered residents of Firestone Metro Park, then try your hand at feeding the chickadees. Good for spree credit. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 07, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
NATURE STORIES
Young children and their adult companions will enjoy this interactive, nature-inspired story time intended for ages 18 months to 3 years. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/26: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 07, 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 10/23: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 07, 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 10/23: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 07, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
TOWPATH HISTORY HIKE
Join a naturalist for a stroll along the Towpath Trail as we discuss canal-era history. Good for spree credit. TT/Clinton

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 08, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: TURKEY VULTURES
Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about turkey vultures. 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 10/27: 330-865-8065. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 08, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
CARDIO HIKE
Join Naturalist Sarah Graham to hike both Pheasant Run and Chippewa trails 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. Good for spree credit. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 08, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
TALKIN' TURKEY
Join naturalist Janean Kazimir on a hike in search of wild turkeys, turkey vultures and turkey tail fungus and learn some fun facts along the way. Good for spree credit. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, November 09, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: TURKEY VULTURES
Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions are invited learn about turkey vultures. 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 10/27: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, November 09, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: TURKEY VULTURES
Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions are invited to learn about turkey vultures. 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 10/27: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, November 09, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Enjoy this leisurely stroll along the 1.2-mile Pheasant Run Trail, with frequent stops to discover nature along the way. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Friday, November 09, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
PINECONE BIRD FEEDERS
Drop in to create pinecone bird feeders and have a cup of hot chocolate (while supplies last). All ages are welcome. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 10, 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. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 10, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
LICHENS AND MOSSES OF LIBERTY PARK
Join naturalist Joe Malmisur to delve into the romantic world of mosses and lichens. Learn about the ledges' "living skin" and how a fungus and algae took a "lichen" to one another. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 11, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
WHAT'S ILL IN NATURE?
Learn more about the victories and defeats in the battle against disease among Ohio's wildlife. SR/Mingo

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 11, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
HIKING SPREE FOR DOGS
Humans: Did you know both you and your pooch can get Fall Hiking Spree shields? Dogs must be on leashes (8-foot max) and under their owners' control at all times. Dogs must play well with others. Dogs: Bark, bark bark, ruff, bark, yip, yip! Go for a walk? Good for spree credit. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 11, 10:00 AM - 12:00 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 Sunday, November 11, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS
Ages 6 to 12 join our interpretive artist for this lesson in nature drawing. Paper and pencils will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/30: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 11, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
ARMOR HIKE
Nature has all sorts of tricks up her sleeve, and providing plants and animals with armor is no exception. Take a hike on a strenuous trail with naturalist Becca Zak to discover some of nature's defenses. Good for spree credit. CVN/Schumacher Valley

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 11, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS
Ages 6 to 12 join our interpretive artist for this lesson in nature drawing. Paper and pencils will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/30: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, November 13, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
HISTORY AND NATURE TRIVIA
Test your knowledge of the nature and history of Goodyear Heights Metro Park by answering trivia questions while hiking the trail. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Tuesday, November 13, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
NATURE CRAFTING FOR ADULTS: "FOR THE BIRDS" BASKET
Over two nights (11/13 & 11/14), participants will create a beautiful basket, woven atop an Amish-crafted pine base. It's literally for the birds! Place it outside your favorite window or give it as a gift. Skill level: intermediate. Please bring a flat-head screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, towel and 2-gallon bucket, if you can. Cost: $40/person.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 11/1: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 14, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: TURKEY VULTURES
Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions are invited to learn about turkey vultures. 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 10/27: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 14, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
NATURE CRAFTING FOR ADULTS: "FOR THE BIRDS" BASKET
Over two nights (11/13 & 11/14), participants will create a beautiful basket, woven atop an Amish-crafted pine base. It's literally for the birds! Place it outside your favorite window or give it as a gift. Skill level: intermediate. Please bring a flat-head screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, towel and 2-gallon bucket, if you can. Cost: $40/person.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 11/1: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
HISTORY OF AMERICA THROUGH THE EYES OF A TREE
Join naturalist Joe Malmsiur as we use trees to tell the history of America. Learn what the "King's Brand" was used for, how Wall Street began, the significance of the "Liberty Elm," and why we have an 8-hour workday. We'll also discuss why the Germans were so interested in the Sitka Spruce forests, how the citrus industry got its beginning and much more! FASN

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 15, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
CARDIO HIKE
Hike the 1.6-mile Prairie Trail two times at a vigorous pace. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. Good for spree credit. SFB

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 15, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
NATURE PLAY: TURKEYS
Bring the kids to our Nature Play area along Alder Trail where they can gobble, dig, strut and shake their tail feathers...we're talkin' turkey! GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Friday, November 16, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
WATERFOWL WATCH
New and experienced birdwatchers can join naturalist Dave Brumfield to search for waterfowl during the fall migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. TT/Summit Lake

Leaf Icon Friday, November 16, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: WATER
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: It drips from faucets, falls from the sky to fill our rivers and lakes, and lets you splash in puddles. Learn about how water is everywhere, and is an essential part of life on Earth. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/2: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, November 16, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: WATER
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: It drips from faucets, falls from the sky to fill our rivers and lakes, and lets you splash in puddles. Learn about how water is everywhere, and is an essential part of life on Earth. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/2: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, November 16, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
GOBBLER HIKE
Hike the trail and learn about the wild turkey that roam in some of our parks. CVS/Oxbow

Leaf Icon Friday, November 16, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
REBRANDING THE CITY: A HUMANIZING TOUR OF AKRON
Rebranding the City: A Humanizing Tour of Akron is a series of theatrical vignettes shaped as a tour trying to convince people to come to (and stay in) Akron. The play is based off of interviews with people from Akron's 24 Akron neighborhoods and serves as a humorous (and sometimes serious), self-reflective look at where Akron came from, where it is now and where it plans to go all while giving a platform for the voices of its residents. "Rebranding the City" is funded by the Art x Love @PLAY project. All ages are welcome, but the play may be most suitable for ages 12 and up. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Friday, November 16, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
CAMPFIRE STORIES HIKE & FIRE
Listen to a few campfire stories about Ohio nature and take a short hike. Afterwards we'll roast marshmallows (while supplies last). LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 17, 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. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 17, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
NATIONAL TAKE A HIKE DAY
In honor of National Take a Hike Day, join a naturalist along Indian Spring Trail to hike for spree credit and discover nature along the way. Good for spree credit. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 18, 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, November 18, 12:00 PM - 1:30 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 11/6: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 18, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
GEOLOGY OF THE SOUTH LEDGES
Join naturalist Joe Malmisur as we hike around the protected south ledges of Liberty Park. We will learn about this amazing ledge formation and hopefully see some interesting plants and animals. This hike is very strenuous and there are no trails. Depending on the weather, boots may be a necessity. LP/Recreation

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 18, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
ARCHERY GAMES FOR KIDS
Ages 9 to 15 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. Must be 50 inches or taller. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/6: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Monday, November 19, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: TURKEY VULTURES
Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions are invited learn about turkey vultures. 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 10/27: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, November 19, 12:30 PM - 3:30 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 our Intro to Archery program. All equipment provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/6: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Tuesday, November 20, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
JOURNAL YOUR HIKING SPREE EXPERIENCE
Remember your hiking experiences through journaling this spree season. We'll hike Rock Creek Trail and learn some basic techniques to get you started. Bring a journal. A camera is optional. Good for spree credit. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/9: 330-865-8065. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 21, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join a naturalist on a 1.3-mile hike on Rock Creek Trail, with stops along the way to discover nature and history. Good for spree credit. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Friday, November 23, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
NATURE STORIES
Young children and their adult companions will enjoy this interactive, nature-inspired story time intended for ages 18 months to 3 years. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/13: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, November 23, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FULL MOON HIKE & FIRE
Join naturalist Joe Malmisur as we hike around Liberty Park under the moonlit skies. We will discuss moon trivia, and maybe even learn about some constellations. If the night air is brisk, we can warm up by the fire and enjoy some hot chocolate. Good for spree credit. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 24, 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. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 25, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
DISTANCE HIKE
Still feeling stuffed? Hike over 5 miles with naturalist Becca Zak through the woods and meadows in search of the turkey that got away. Good for spree credit. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 25, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
I SPY
Enjoy a stroll while playing the familiar game "I Spy." Pick up your scavenger hunt list between noon and 3 p.m., then hit the trail to search for some unusual objects. Return your list to the front desk by 5 p.m. for a prize. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, November 26, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
FIRESTONE HISTORY HIKE
Hike with naturalist Janean Kazimir to learn the history of Firestone Metro Park, dating back to 1941. Good for spree credit. F/Little Turtle Pond

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 29, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CANAWLER'S HUSTLE
Hustle along the Towpath Trail to learn about canal history with a naturalist. DLQ

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 29, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
NATURE TRIVIA GAME SHOW
Join a naturalist inside Mingo Lodge and test your Ohio nature knowledge with a fun and educational trivia game show! Questions appropriate for ages 10 and up. Categories include wildflowers, birds of prey, reptiles and more! SR/Mingo

Leaf Icon Friday, November 30, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
CARDIO HIKE
Join a naturalist for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking Deer Run Trail twice at a vigorous pace. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Friday, November 30, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: WATER
Homeschoolers, ages 11 to 14: It drips from faucets, falls from the sky to fill our rivers and lakes, and lets you splash in puddles. Learn about how water is everywhere, and is an essential part of life on Earth. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/2: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, November 30, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
Hike with a naturalist along Cherry Lane Trail and Fernwood Loop to learn why wildlife's eyes appear to glow at night and to search for these bright lights in the wild. Good for spree credit. FASN/Campfire Area