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Program & Events Calendar

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*Program participants are asked to follow current State of Ohio public health guidance.*

 

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Leaf Icon Tuesday, June 01, 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM

SELF GUIDED: EYE SPY


Hit the trail any time during the month of June for a nature-themed game of Eye Spy! Begin by downloading or printing this month’s Eye Spy list from our "Educational Activities & Resources" page, then enjoy a stroll along Maple Loop Trail in search of animals, plants and other landmarks along the way. You can also complete your search using the June 1 Instagram post (@summitmetroparks). Bring a camera to document your finds. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 02, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

WEEKDAY WALKERS


Stop by the trailhead where a naturalist will get you started on a hike to explore nature and history on Deer Run Trail. Expect challenging terrain.  ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 02, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

NATURE JOURNALING


Join our interpretive artist for an inspiring lesson in nature journaling as a technique for practicing mindfulness. The program will begin on Seneca Deck. Please bring a chair and drawing materials. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/25: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 02, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

NATURE JOURNALING


Join our interpretive artist for an inspiring lesson in nature journaling as a technique for practicing mindfulness. The program will begin on Seneca Deck. Please bring a chair and drawing materials. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/25: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 02, 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

VIRTUAL: KINDEREALM - SNAKES


Kids ages 3 to 6 can join a naturalist online to learn all about snakes! We'll learn what makes snakes special through movement, story time and other fun activities. Zoom meeting ID: 875 2026 0537 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 03, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Get fit while you sit! Enjoy an online exercise session 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! Zoom meeting ID: 849 6465 8634 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Friday, June 04, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

WOODLAND MUSHROOMS


Have you seen any mushrooms popping up recently? Join a naturalist on a leisurely hike in search of these interesting "fun guys."  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/30: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 05, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

SALAMANDERS OF SMP


Join a naturalist to discover the diversity of salamanders found in Summit Metro Parks. Some live salamanders will be on display. We will explore Ledges Trail to see how many we can find! Y ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/28: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 06, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

DISTANCE HIKE


Stretch your legs as we tour over five miles of Liberty Park at a continuous pace. There will be few, if any, rest stops. Please wear appropriate footwear and bring drinking water.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/29: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 06, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

LOVELY LADYBUGS


Join a naturalist as we enter the world of the ladybug. Did you know they are fierce predators? Did you know there are 14 species in Ohio and 450 species in North America? Learn which ones are native and which ones have been introduced, then take a short hike around the nature center to look for these interesting and colorful beetles.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/1: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 06, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

KIDS YOGA


Kids ages 7 and up are invited to join certified yoga instructor Lisa Meranti for a program focused on connecting with nature. This class will take place outside with distancing and simultaneously via Zoom for those who would like to participate from the comfort of their own homes. In case of inclement weather, class will be moved into shelter. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel and drinking water. Guardians are encouraged to participate or asked to bring a lawn chair to distance behind the class. Zoom meeting ID: 832 5351 2565 ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/28: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Monday, June 07, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

A PEEK AT BLUEBIRDS


Are bluebirds really blue? Why do people think of them as symbols of happiness? Find out this and more about the eastern bluebird, then explore for them in nearby habitat. Chat with a naturalist at Meadow View Shelter before you begin for additional information to guide your way.  MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Tuesday, June 08, 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM

SELF-GUIDED: HIKE WITH A HOUND


Enjoy a beautiful hike during the week of "Best Friends Day" with man’s best friend! Why not start working toward a healthier, happy you while you hike with your hound? Hike Willow Trail between June 8 and June 13 to discover some challenges for you and your canine. There will also be fun facts about how your pooch makes your life healthier in so many ways. All dogs must be on a leash, 8-feet long or less, and be under your control the entire time. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 09, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Get fit while you sit! Enjoy an online exercise session 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! Zoom meeting ID: 742 857 8939 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 09, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

VIRTUAL: THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES


Join us online to discover a hopeful parable for modern times. Enjoy the story of a shepherd who has devoted his life to gentle, quiet and persistent work that renews the world. Bring positivity and your own convictions to share. Zoom meeting ID: 862 7231 3249 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 10, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Get fit while you sit! Enjoy an exercise session 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! Zoom meeting ID: 849 6465 8634 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Friday, June 11, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

SUMMER NATURE TALES


Young children and their adult companions will enjoy this interactive, summer-themed story time intended for ages 18 months to 3 years. Make it a fun, family-friendly morning by exploring the park after the program.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/4: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 12, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

HIKE FOR THE HEALTH OF IT


Hike two miles at a vigorous pace with few, if any, rest stops. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/6: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Monday, June 14, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

VIRTUAL: COMPOSTING 101


New to composting? This program is for you! Join us online to learn the basics of starting, maintaining and troubleshooting a compost pile or barrel at home. Soon you’ll be turning food scraps and yard clippings into the richest soil around! Zoom meeting ID: 859 9315 5786 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Tuesday, June 15, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

THE NATURE KITCHEN: LIFE OF THE PARFAIT


Let's bring nature and cooking together! Chef Dannika Stevenson of SipSavorSoul will host an interactive cooking lesson for kids ages 4 to 8. “The Nature Kitchen” at Summit Metro Parks will highlight local produce and natural ingredients to make a tasty, kid-friendly recipe. This month, young chefs will learn how to make granola for delicious and healthy parfait with fresh fruit and yogurt. They will be given a recipe card, ingredients and a little extra to nibble on later. Zoom meeting ID: 89149598814 ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/7: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Tuesday, June 15, 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

THE NATURE KITCHEN: LIFE OF THE PARFAIT


Let's bring nature and cooking together! Chef Dannika Stevenson of SipSavorSoul will host an interactive cooking lesson for kids ages 4 to 8. “The Nature Kitchen” at Summit Metro Parks will highlight local produce and natural ingredients to make a tasty, kid-friendly recipe. This month, young chefs will learn how to make granola for delicious and healthy parfait with fresh fruit and yogurt. They will be given a recipe card, ingredients and a little extra to nibble on later. Zoom meeting ID: 89986864119 ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/7: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 16, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

DRAWING OUTDOORS


Bring your drawing pad and pencils for an outdoor lesson in drawing. Beginners are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program. Portable chairs and drinking water are recommended. Program will be canceled during inclement weather. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/8: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 16, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

VIRTUAL: CROOKED RIVER REVIVAL


Join us online to discover the storied past of our beloved crooked river: the Cuyahoga. We'll talk history and wildlife while envisioning its bright future! Zoom meeting ID: 819 1343 4690 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 17, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Get fit while you sit! Enjoy an online exercise session 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! Zoom meeting ID: 849 6465 8634 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 17, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

GOOD GARDENS: PRESERVING YOUR HARVEST


Learn some of the different methods for enjoying your garden veggies all winter long from the staff at Let’s Grow Akron.  GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 17, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

KIDS YOGA


Kids ages 7 and up are invited to join certified yoga instructor Lisa Meranti for a program focused on connecting with nature. This class will take place outside with distancing and simultaneously via Zoom for those who would like to participate from the comfort of their own homes. In case of inclement weather, class will be moved into shelter. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel and drinking water. Guardians are encouraged to participate or asked to bring a lawn chair to distance behind the class. Zoom meeting ID: 879 9252 8754 ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/5: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, June 18, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

HAUNTED HISTORY HIKE


Hike a historical portion of the Towpath at Summit Lake where there once stood incredible amusement parks. From odd events to spooky tales, this lake and the adjacent canal have stories to tell.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/11: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Friday, June 18, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

FAMILY FLASHLIGHT WALK


Families with young children: drop in to spot nature in early evening with the help of a flashlight. A naturalist will greet you at the trailhead, then send you on your way along the short, paved Meadow Loop Trail to spot wildlife using eye-shine.  MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 19, 12:00 PM - 2:00 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 6/13: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 23, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Get fit while you sit! Enjoy an online exercise session 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! Zoom meeting ID: 742 857 8939 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 23, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

TRY IT: ARCHERY


Participants ages 9 and older can sign up for a 45-minute time slot to try archery. Beginning and practiced archers are welcome. All equipment is provided, and participants must be 50 inches or taller.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/15: 330-865-8065. HH/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 23, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

TRY IT: ARCHERY


Participants ages 9 and older can sign up for a 45-minute time slot to try archery. Beginning and practiced archers are welcome. All equipment is provided, and participants must be 50 inches or taller.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/15: 330-865-8065. HH/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 23, 9:30 PM - 11:00 PM

MOTHS OF LIBERTY PARK


Learn how to attract these amazing creatures and observe their beautiful colors, shapes and patterns up close. Even big silk moths might join us for the evening! Please bring a flashlight, bug spray and a camera if you'd like to take photos.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/14: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 24, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Get fit while you sit! Enjoy an online exercise session 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! Zoom meeting ID: 849 6465 8634 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Friday, June 25, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

FIREFLIES FOR FAMILIES


Family groups are invited to an evening adventure! Chat with a naturalist on Seneca Deck, then visit self-guided stations to learn about fireflies. Bring your own bug jar and flashlight.  FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 26, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

SUMMIT LAKE KAYAK


Paddle in the “Heart of Akron” at Summit Lake to learn what historical treasures helped build this community. This program is 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 personal flotation device. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 6/19: Register here. SLNC

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 26, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SUMMIT LAKE KAYAK


Paddle in the “Heart of Akron” at Summit Lake to learn what historical treasures helped build this community. This program is 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 personal flotation device. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 6/19: Register here. SLNC

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 26, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

DRAGONFLIES OF SMP


Join a naturalist to learn about dragonflies and damselflies while searching several areas to see how many species can be found. Please bring bug spray, sunscreen and a camera if you'd like to take photos. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/18: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 26, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

NATURE STORIES WITH MOTHER NATURE


Mother Nature is calling all young ones for a nature-themed story time! Gather around as we hear a tale told by none other than Mother Nature herself.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/20: 330-865-8065. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 27, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

VIRTUAL: KINDEREALM - SNAKES


Kids ages 3 to 6 can join a naturalist to learn all about snakes! We'll learn what makes snakes special through movement, story time and other fun activities. Zoom meeting ID: 884 3756 9547 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 27, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

OTTER SPOTTERS


Celebrate the return of otters to our waters! Chat with naturalists at the trailhead before you begin for additional information to guide your way. Learn about these playful creatures, where to find them and why they call this park home through an interactive, self-guided scavenger hunt.  LP/Pond Brook

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 30, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

DRAWING OUTDOORS


Bring your drawing pad and pencils for an outdoor lesson in drawing. Beginners are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program. Portable chairs and drinking water are recommended. Program will be canceled during inclement weather. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/21: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 30, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

VIRTUAL: SNAKES FOR KIDS


Kids ages 7 to 11 can join us online to discover snakes! Learn what makes these creatures special, read a story and meet a resident snake – all from the comfort of home. Zoom meeting ID: 831 5681 6725 Zoom: , OH