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Leaf Icon Friday, November 01, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
Have you ever wondered why animals' eyes shine when under the glow of a flashlight? Hike with a naturalist along Cherry Lane Trail and Fernwood Loop to learn why this phenomenon occurs and to search for these bright lights in the wild. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Friday, November 01, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION
Celebrate your ancestors and the remarkable journey of the monarch butterfly! Explore the cultural connection between nature and this holiday through music, community and remembrance. Please dress for the occasion. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 02, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
OVERLOOK HIKE
Join a naturalist for a leisurely hike to search for wildlife and enjoy the overlook view of the Cuyahoga River. We suggest bringing binoculars and a camera. Good for spree credit. CV/Overlook

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 02, 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 10/18: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 03, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
I SPY
Grab your camera and hit the trail for a nature-themed game of "I Spy!" Pick up your scavenger hunt list between noon and 3 p.m., then explore Cherry Lane in search of animals, plants and more. Return your list to the front desk by 5 p.m. for a prize. FASN

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 03, 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 10/19: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 03, 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 10/19: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, November 04, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: ANIMAL HOMES NATURE WALK
Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will go on a nature walk to look for animal homes along the trail, then come inside to make a craft. Be prepared to be outside for most of the program. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/25: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, November 04, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: ANIMAL HOMES NATURE WALK
Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will go on a nature walk to look for animal homes along the trail, then come inside to make a craft. Be prepared to be outside for most of the program. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/25: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 06, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
HEART HEALTHY 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. Good for spree credit. ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 06, 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 10/26: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 06, 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 10/26: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 06, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
NATURE HIKE
Hike the beautiful Towpath Trail to learn about the wonderful wildlife that lives near the river. Good for spree credit. TT/Big Bend

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 06, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR SENIORS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Participants 55 years and older 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. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 10/29: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 06, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR FAMILIES
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Families with children 9 and older: Learn international-style target archery together 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: $15/family. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/29: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 07, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
ARCHERY GAMES FOR SENIORS
Ages 55 and older 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 provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/29: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 07, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
ARCHERY GAMES FOR COUPLES
Couples 18 and older 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 provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/29: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Friday, November 08, 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. Make it a fun, family-friendly morning by hiking, picnicking or visiting our Nature Play area after the story. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/1: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, November 08, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: WINTER SURVIVAL SKILLS
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: Do you have what it takes to survive outdoors in winter? Join a naturalist to learn and practice some useful skills. Dress for the weather; much of this program will take place outside. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/2: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Friday, November 08, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: WINTER SURVIVAL SKILLS
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: Do you have what it takes to survive outdoors in winter? Join a naturalist to learn and practice some useful skills. Dress for the weather; much of this program will take place outside. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/2: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Friday, November 08, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
SUSTAINABLE DECORATING
Spend a relaxing afternoon learning how to be sustainable when planning your holiday decorations. Participants will create a sustainable centerpiece to take home! Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 10/17: Register here. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 09, 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 09, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
FALL FAMILY BOOK WALK
Enjoy a story with your family while walking along Maple Loop Trail. Afterward, stop by our nature center for some hot chocolate and a treat, while supplies last. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 09, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
GEOLOGY OF DEEP LOCK QUARRY
Join a naturalist to learn how the Berea sandstone, shale and Sharon conglomerate were formed. We'll explore the history of Deep Lock Quarry and will find out how this area produced some of the highest quality sandstone for structural building blocks, the canal locks and grindstones. Good for spree credit. DLQ

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 09, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
ANIMAL FOLK STORIES CAMPFIRE
How did the chipmunk get its stripes or the opossum its bare tail? Learn what folklore has to say and roast a marshmallow (while supplies last) while you're at it! FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 10, 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 Monday, November 11, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR VETERANS
In honor of Veterans Day, we invite veterans to learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our temporary indoor range. This free program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/29: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Tuesday, November 12, 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 Tuesday, November 12, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join us for a leisurely stroll on Glens Trail with stops to discover nature, geology and history along the way. Good for spree credit. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 13, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: ANIMAL HOMES NATURE WALK
Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will go on a nature walk to look for animal homes along the trail, then come inside to make a craft. Be prepared to be outside for most of the program. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/25: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 13, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: ANIMAL HOMES NATURE WALK
Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will go on a nature walk to look for animal homes along the trail, then come inside to make a craft. Be prepared to be outside for most of the program. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/25: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 13, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
AFTERNOON STROLL
Enjoy a nice leisurely walk exploring the nature and history of Furnace Run while earning spree credit. Good for spree credit. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 13, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR SENIORS
Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Participants 55 years and older 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. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 10/29: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 PM - 8:30 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 10/29: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 14, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: ANIMAL HOMES NATURE WALK
Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will go on a nature walk to look for animal homes along the trail, then come inside to make a craft. Be prepared to be outside for most of the program. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/25: 330-865-8065. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 14, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
SIGNS OF WILDLIFE
Hike Oxbow Trail to look for signs and activity of local wildlife with a naturalist. CV/Oxbow

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 14, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
AFTERNOON STROLL
We'll take our time on this naturalist-led hike to learn about the natural and cultural history along the trail. Good for spree credit. DLQ

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 14, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
AFTER SCHOOL ADVENTURES: TURKEYS
Calling all kids! Let's get together and talk all things turkey. Turkey tail fungus, turkey vultures and of course our favorite wild turkeys will be highlighted during this interactive experience. A short hike will be included so please dress for the weather. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, November 15, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
WATERFOWL WATCH
New and experienced birdwatchers can join a naturalist to search for waterfowl during the fall migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. TT/Summit Lake

Leaf Icon Friday, November 15, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
NIGHT HIKE & FIRE
Let's hit the trail to discover all that nature has to offer at night! Bring a flashlight or headlamp and your curiosity. Good for spree credit. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 16, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
BEGINNER WINTER TREE ID
Join a naturalist and learn how to recognize trees using the three Bs: bark, buds and branches. Please dress for the weather. Warm apple cider will be served after the hike, while supplies last. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 16, 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 17, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
SURVIVING BENEATH THE ICE
Where do turtles, dragonflies, frogs and other aquatic creatures go when the water freezes over? As winter approaches, hike the Towpath Trail to learn the amazing ways these animals survive the cold. Good for spree credit. TT/Big Bend

Leaf Icon Monday, November 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HIKING SPREE STROLL
Join a naturalist to learn some interesting facts about the Cuyahoga River, nature and history as we hike Chuckery Trail. Good for spree credit. CV/Chuckery

Leaf Icon Tuesday, November 19, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
NATURE JOURNALING: TWILIGHT
Learn basic journaling techniques to record your nature observations. This month we'll experience Liberty Park at twilight. 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 11/6: Register here. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 20, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Join a naturalist to hike Old Mill Trail, with stops along the way to discover nature and history. Good for spree credit. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 20, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
TRAINS, TROLLEYS AND TRAILS
Come learn about the historical treasures in and around Gorge Metro Park – some of the remnants can still be seen today! Good for spree credit. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 21, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
SPREE HIKE FOR SENIORS
Join a naturalist for a leisurely hike on a paved, accessible trail while exploring nature and the Cuyahoga River. All abilities are welcome! Good for spree credit. CV/Overlook

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 21, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
WORKSHOP: NO-SHAVE NOVEMBER
Ladies and gents: ditch the razor and create some of your very own toxin-free and sustainable personal care products to let that hair grow! Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 11/7: Register here. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Friday, November 22, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HOMESCHOOLERS: WINTER SURVIVAL SKILLS
Homeschoolers, ages 11 to 14: Do you have what it takes to survive outdoors in winter? Join a naturalist to learn and practice some useful skills. Dress for the weather, as much of this program will take place outside. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/2: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Friday, November 22, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
HOT COCOA HIKE
Come out and hike the trail to learn what the critters are up to outside, then warm up around the fire with a cup of hot cocoa. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 23, 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. Discover 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 Saturday, November 23, 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 23, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
WINTER TREE AND SHRUB ID
How do you properly identify a dogwood tree? By its "bark" of course! Join a naturalist to hike Indian Spring Trail, identifying some trees and shrubs along the way. By the end of the program, you will be able to easily tell the difference between spicebush, invasive honeysuckle, beech, maples, oaks and even dogwood trees. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 24, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
DISCOVER CONFLUENCE METRO PARK
Explore a rich and unique ecosystem while learning about this strategic land acquisition. C/Sand Barrens

Leaf Icon Monday, November 25, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
NATURE CRAFTING FOR ADULTS: PIE BASKET
Weave a pie basket to display your favorite holiday pie. When done it will fit a 9" pie plate. Please bring a flat-head screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, towel and 2-gallon bucket, if you can. Skill level: beginner. Materials fee: $30. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 11/4: Register here. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, November 26, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
OWL PROWL
Join a naturalist for an evening hike in search of owls. Learn some common owl calls, where to spot them and how they survive during the colder months. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Friday, November 29, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
READING THE LANDSCAPE
Can't see the forest for the trees? Join a naturalist to learn how to look at the forest in a different way by observing old fence rows or property lines, wind throws, pastures and more. What are wolf trees, and what do black leaves on the ground mean? Find out! Good for spree credit. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 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. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 30, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
CHICKADEE FEEDING
Spend some relaxing family time around the campfire learning about one of Ohio's most endearing feathered friends, then participate in hand-feeding the chickadees along Cherry Lane Trail. Seed is provided. FASN/Seneca Deck