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Leaf Icon Saturday, September 01, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
RAPTOR IDENTIFICATION HIKE
It's a hawk! It's an eagle! It's an osprey! It's a... raptor! Join a naturalist for a short presentation to discover how to identify various raptors in flight and at rest. Afterwards, we will hike in search of raptors in the wild. Good for spree credit. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 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. No mail-in entries, please. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 01, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
READING THE CLOUDS
Who needs Doppler radar when you can read the clouds? Join a naturalist as we learn why to heed the saying "red sky in the morning, sailors take warning," what causes tornados and what to look for during a storm. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 01, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
FAMILY HIKE & FIRE
Look and listen for nocturnal wildlife on a short hike, then gather around the campfire and roast marshmallows (while supplies last). LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 01, 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
MARVELOUS MOTHS
Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield and Lara Roketenetz from The University of Akron to explore the variety and beauty of our local moths. Bring a flashlight and camera. Meet at the Field Station, past the main parking lot off Ira Road and down the lane to the second house. Bath Nature Preserve: , OH 44313

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 02, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
NO BONES ABOUT IT
What can we learn about creatures by studying their bones, teeth, beaks and claws? Join naturalist Janean Kazimir on a hike to find out! Good for spree credit. CVN/Schumacher Valley

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 02, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
WOOD CARVING DEMONSTRATION
Local wood worker Eric Cucuz will demonstrate how to make sustainably-sourced wooden spoons. Meet at the shelter outside the nature center. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 02, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
YOGA IN THE PARK: VINYASA
Enjoy a vinyasa yoga practice with a certified instructor. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat or towel and drinking water. Program will be outside if weather permits. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/24: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 02, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
ZODIAC EXPLORERS: LEO
Explore the night sky for the zodiac constellation of the month with a mix of science, folklore and personal reflection through journaling. Program will take place rain or shine. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, September 03, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
CARDIO HIKE
Join a naturalist for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking four miles 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. HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Monday, September 03, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
SCHOOL'S OUT COOKOUT
Enjoy a day off of school at Liberty Park! Families are invited to cook their hot dogs over a fire, and then explore the park through nature play. Condiments will be provided, but families are asked to provide their own hot dogs. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, September 03, 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. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 04, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
HISTORY AND NATURE TRIVIA
Test your knowledge of the nature and history of Gorge Metro Park by answering trivia questions while hiking the Glens Trail. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 04, 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. CVS/Chuckery

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 05, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
ADULT ADVENTURE DAY CAMP
Spend a day outdoors to recharge and reconnect with nature. Go on a hike to see what the season has to offer, make a craft and kayak on the lake. A boxed lunch and snack are included. Participants must be 18 or older. Fee: $50/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/14: Register here. SC/Bathhouse

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 05, 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 talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 06, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
AFTER SCHOOL FISHING WITH GRANDPARENTS
Join a naturalist for an afternoon of fishing for an early Grandparent's Day celebration! Children and their grandparents can learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line in Brushwood Lake. A limited number of rods and reels will be available for use. Bait is provided. Participants 16 and older must have a valid fishing license. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 06, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FALL TREE I.D.
Hike wth Naturalist Becca Zak along the Cuyahoga River, then ascend the hillside to identify various tree species by their bark, leaves and other distinguishing features. CVS/Oxbow

Leaf Icon Friday, September 07, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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 8/25: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Friday, September 07, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
ARCHERY GAMES FOR FAMILIES
Families will play games to build archery skills together in a fun and exciting way. Participants must have completed one of our Intro to Archery programs. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be at least 9 years old and 50 inches tall. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/25: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Friday, September 07, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
HIKE & FIRE: BIRD LORE
2018 is for the birds! Mark the Year of the Bird by joining Naturalist Becca Zak on a hike to discover bird facts, then listen to campfire stories about our feathered friends. Good for spree credit. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 08, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SUMMIT LAKE KAYAK
Paddle in the “Heart of Akron” at Summit Lake. Explore nature by water while discovering the history of the community around the lake. Led by a certified instructor and a naturalist. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes instruction and loan of kayak, paddle and life jacket. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/29: Register here. TT/Summit Lake

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 08, 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 8/28: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 08, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
SUMMIT LAKE KAYAK
Paddle in the “Heart of Akron” at Summit Lake. Explore nature by water while discovering the marvelous history of the community which surrounds the lake. Led by a certified instructor and a naturalist. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes instruction and loan of kayak, paddle and life jacket. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/29: Register here. TT/Summit Lake

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 08, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
MOLES, VOLES, MICE AND SHREWS
Look what the cat dragged in! Join a naturalist on a hike along Indian Spring Trail to discover the differences between these tiny mammals that live right under our feet. Please wear sunscreen and bug spray and bring a bottle of water. Good for spree credit. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 09, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
BEGINNER STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING
Try stand-up paddleboarding, the fastest-growing water sport, to get a workout while enjoying nature! A certified instructor and a naturalist will guide you. No experience needed. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. We recommend bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes instruction and loan of paddleboard, paddle and life jacket. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/31: Register here. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 09, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
INTERMEDIATE STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING
Join a certified instructor and naturalist to learn moving on the board, advanced paddle strokes and rescue techniques. Participant are required to have already completed our Beginner Stand-up Paddleboarding class. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. We recommend bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes instruction and loan of paddleboard, paddle and life jacket. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/31: Register here. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 09, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS
Join a naturalist-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 9/1: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 09, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS
Join a naturalist-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 9/1: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 09, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
EVENING STROLL
Stroll along Coyote Run Trail with a naturalist. Meet at the shelter. Good for spree credit. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 11, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: LIFE UNDER LOGS
Children ages 3 to 6 with their adult companions will discover the wildlife living under logs. A short hike and craft are included. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/4: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 11, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
AFTERNOON STROLL
Stroll with Naturalist Becca Zak along Indian Spring Trail to discover nature and the unique history of the area. Good for spree credit. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 11, 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 moves indoors if it rains. Call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. for status. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 12, 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 9/8: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 12, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: LIFE UNDER LOGS
Children ages 3 to 6 with their adult companions will discover the wildlife living under logs. A short hike and craft are included. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/4: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 13, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: LIFE UNDER LOGS
Children ages 3 to 6 with their adult companions will discover what wildlife lives under logs. A short hike and craft are included. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/4: 330-865-8065. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 13, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
NATURE WITH A SIDE OF SPREE
Join a naturalist for your daily dose of nature and fulfill some spree credit while you're at it! Good for spree credit. TT/Clinton

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 13, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
METRO PARKS FAMILY TREE: THE SCHUMACHER FAMILY
Have you ever wondered about the families who donated land to Summit Metro Parks, or the people who worked to make the parks what they are today? Join Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse for this series that explores the lives of the influential individuals behind the park district. This month we will "meet" the Schumacher family. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, September 14, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: LIFE UNDER LOGS
Children ages 3 to 6 with their adult companions will discover the wildlife living under logs. A short hike and craft are included. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/4: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, September 14, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: LIFE UNDER LOGS
Children ages 3 to 6 with their adult companions will discover the wildlife living under logs. A short hike and craft are included. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/4: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, September 14, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
KIDS' FISHING
Kids 15 and younger will learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line at Little Turtle Pond. A few rods and reels will be available for use. Bait is provided. Adults must supervise their children but are not permitted to fish. F/Little Turtle Pond

Leaf Icon Friday, September 14, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
SPOOKY HIKE & FIRE
Enjoy a short night hike to see what might be lurking in the woods, then relax and enjoy marshmallows while listening to campfire tales. Bring your own stick and we'll provide the marshmallows (while supplies last). FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Friday, September 14, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MOTHS OF MANY COLORS
Moths outnumber butterflies by about 20 to one. Join Naturalist Joe Malmisur to learn how to use black lights to attract these amazing creatures and for a chance to observe their beautiful colors, shapes, and patterns up close. Bring a flashlight and camera for photos. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 15, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
MOUNTAIN BIKE AREA OPEN HOUSE
Join Summit Metro Parks to enjoy the Hampton Hills Mountain Bike Area, whether you own a bike or not! Several local cycling shops will have FREE adult loaner bikes for use during the event. Postponed to 9/22 with rain or wet conditions. For status, call 330-865-8060 or follow @SMPmountainbike on Twitter. HH/Mountain Bike

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 15, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WOODLAND MUSHROOM HIKE
Did You Know? Fungi have different ecological roles. Join a naturalist for a walk along parts of Indian Spring Trail to discover the beauty, variety and interesting ecology of fall mushrooms. Meet at the trailhead. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 15, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
SIX LEGS, EIGHT LEGS
Join naturalist Joe Malmisur to explore for insects and spiders that live in Springfield Bog. Nets and jars will be provided. All you need to bring is a sharp eye, hat and sunscreen. Good for spree credit. SFB

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 15, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
OH YUCK, POND MUCK!
Kids of all ages are welcome to get their hands muddy with naturalist Sarah Graham. Sift through pond muck to discover and identify marvelous muck dwellers and learn how they survive in a pond ecosystem. SC/Big Oak

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 15, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
EERIE OHIO HIKE
Ohio was once an ancient forest full of wild and weird sounds, smells and sights. Rediscover a more menacing Ohio under the cover of darkness with a naturalist, and learn that there's nothing to fear! Bring bug spray! Good for spree credit. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 16, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
GORGE KAYAK
Paddle the Cuyahoga River at the Gorge to see towering rock ledges and breathtaking scenery from your kayak. Led by a certified instructor and a naturalist. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes instruction and loan of kayak, paddle and life jacket. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 9/11: Register here. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 16, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
BIRDS ON THE MOVE
Hike along the river and in upland forests with Naturalist Becca Zak while learning about migration and searching for fall migrants. Binoculars are recommended. CVS/Oxbow

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 16, 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
GORGE KAYAK
Paddle the Cuyahoga River at the Gorge to see towering rock ledges and breathtaking scenery from your kayak. Led by a certified instructor and a naturalist. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toed shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes instruction and loan of kayak, paddle and life jacket. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 9/11: Register here. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 16, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
DINOSAURS AND THE ARTIST
Join paleobotanist David Jarzen from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for this fascinating look at how science and art come together to give us a glimpse of the past. Come and discover how the art of Eleanor Kish is able to reconstruct the ancient world of dinosaurs. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, September 18, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
JOURNAL YOUR HIKING SPREE EXPERIENCE
Remember your hiking experiences through journaling this spree season. We'll hike Redwing 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 9/6: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS
Join a naturalist-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 9/7: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 19, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS
Join a naturalist-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 9/7: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 19, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
SPIDERS IN THE PARK
Come hike with naturalist Sarah Graham to look for spiders and their homes on Pheasant Run Trail. Participants will learn the basics of these beautiful yet sometimes creepy creatures. Good for spree credit. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Wednesday, September 19, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
FAMILY FISHING
Ready for some after-school family fun? Join Naturalist Becca Zak to learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line in Summit Lake. A limited number of rods and reels will be available for use. Bait is provided. Participants 16 and older must have a fishing license. TT/Summit Lake

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 20, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR ADULTS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Adults 16 and older can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our traveling outdoor 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 9/13: Register here. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 20, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR ADULTS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Adults 16 and older can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our traveling outdoor 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 9/13: Register here. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 20, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
GOOD GARDENS
Join our interpretive artist as we look back at victory gardens of the past. Then help create "victory garden" inspired murals for our community garden. Dress for a mess! GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Thursday, September 20, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
YOGA IN THE PARK: HATHA
Enjoy a slower hatha yoga practice with a certified instructor. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat or towel and drinking water. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/24: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, September 21, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: POND EXPLORATION
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: What's lurking in the pond? Find out! Join a naturalist to search for aquatic creatures and learn what they can tell us about the health of the water. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/14: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, September 21, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: POND EXPLORATION
Homeschoolers ages 7 to 10: What's lurking in the pond? Find out! Join a naturalist to search for aquatic creatures and learn what they can tell us about the health of the water. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/14: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, September 21, 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
MOTHS OF OHIO
Join a naturalist to learn about and view these fascinating insects. After a short indoor presentation we will head outside to see which marvelous moths have been attracted to our lights and sheets. Bring a flashlight and camera. SR/Shady Hollow

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 22, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
BEGINNER STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING
Try stand-up paddleboarding, the fastest growing water sport, to get a workout and enjoy nature. A certified instructor and a naturalist will guide you. No experience needed. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toed shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes instruction and loan of paddleboard, paddle and life jacket. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 9/18: Register here. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 22, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WOODLAND MUSHROOMS
A great variety of mushrooms may be found throughout our parks in late summer. Join naturalist Joe Malmisur on a hike to discover which mushrooms are out this time of year. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 22, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
BEGINNER STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING
Try stand-up paddleboarding, the fastest growing water sport, to get a workout and enjoy nature. A certified instructor and a naturalist will guide you. No experience needed. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toed shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes instruction and loan of paddleboard, paddle and life jacket. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 9/18: Register here. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 22, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
GALLS: FRIENDS OR FOES?
Join a naturalist to uncover the secrets of what's inside some of the insect galls found in our area. Good for spree credit. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 23, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
PAWPAWS OPEN HOUSE
Learn all about Ohio's state native fruit, the pawpaw. The open house will include short presentations, hikes to visit a pawpaw tree and pawpaw tasting while supplies last. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 23, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
AKRON WATERWAYS RENEWED!
Akron Waterways Renewed will describe Akron's single largest investment in infrastructure in the city's history, and how it will benefit you. A questions and answers period will be held at the end of the program. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, September 24, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
SUNSET AND A FULL MOON
Take a leisurely evening stroll as we attempt to witness the full moon rising just minutes after sunset. It is sure to be a beautiful sight! Good for spree credit. SFB

Leaf Icon Friday, September 28, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
FALL FACTS HIKE
Join Naturalist Dave Brumfield for a morning stroll along Rock Creek Trail and learn some interesting fall facts along the way. Good for spree credit. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Friday, September 28, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: POND EXPLORATION
Homeschoolers ages 11 to 14: What's lurking in the pond? Find out! Join a naturalist to search for aquatic creatures and learn what they can tell us about the health of the water. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/14: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, September 29, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
TREE HIKE
Enjoy a stroll through the autumn colors and learn to identify a few common Ohio trees! Good for spree credit. FASN/Onondaga Deck

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 30, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
YEAR OF THE BIRD CELEBRATION
2018 is for the birds! Celebrate 100 years of protecting these precious flying wonders: meet some migratory birds, enjoy interactive presentations and activities, and learn how to build a better world for our feathered friends. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, September 30, 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 Sunday, September 30, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
SCARECROW BUILDING WORKSHOP
Build a scarecrow to decorate the grounds of the Nature Realm for the month of October. We'll provide the frame and straw, you bring the clothes and your imagination for a fun night of scarecrow building. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/15: 330-865-8065. FASN/Campfire Area