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Program & Events Calendar

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Leaf Icon Monday, July 01, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS FOR KIDS
Kids and their adult companions join a naturalist to learn about the crawling and slithering creatures found in our parks. Meet some of our resident education animals before taking a walk in search of turtles, frogs and more in their natural habitat. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Monday, July 01, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
PLASTIC-FREE JULY
Learn about why limiting plastic is important and take part in the growing movement to reduce plastic use. Join the challenge and "Choose to Refuse" single-use plastic during the month of July. Meet in the West Room. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 02, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
DROP-IN NATURE CRAFT
All ages can join a naturalist for nature-crafting fun in the shelter. A new craft will be presented at each program this summer. Please dress for a mess. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 02, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
CAMPFIRE COOKING
Come out and enjoy learning new ways to cook on a campfire. Participants are invited to try samples while they last. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 02, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
MUSIC BY THE LAKE
Enjoy free lake swimming from 3 to 6:45 p.m. and a one-hour concert featuring patriotic selections by the Metro Parks Ensemble near Maple Beach Shelter at 7 p.m. Concert canceled if it rains. Call 330-865-8060 if wet weather is in the forecast. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 03, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
SILENT HIKE
Enjoy some outdoor therapy on a sensory hike! Savor a short, silent hike during which we focus our senses to hear bird songs, smell wildflowers and feel the earth underfoot. SFB

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 03, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
WOODLAND MUSHROOMS
A great variety of mushrooms can be found throughout our parks during the summer. Join a naturalist to hike the trail and discover which mushrooms are out this time of year. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 04, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
BUTTERFLY WALK
Search for our native, vibrant and vivid day-time fireworks: beautiful butterflies! Binoculars are recommended. Be prepared for full-sun conditions. SFB

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 04, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
DROP-IN NATURE CRAFT
All ages join us for nature-crafting fun. A new craft will be presented each week this month. Please dress for a mess. FASN/Onondaga Deck

Leaf Icon Friday, July 05, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
EARLY MORNING HIKE
Hike with a naturalist in the cool forest while learning about the local wildlife living there. HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Friday, July 05, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT: THE JIMILLER BAND
Enjoy the free form improvisational rock of The JiMiller Band at this free concert, presented by the City of Akron. For more, call 330-375-2311 or visit akronohio.gov. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Friday, July 05, 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
TALKING TO FIREFLIES
Have you ever tried to "talk" to fireflies? Learn their language of light, then walk into the field to talk to them yourself. Please bring a small flashlight (the one on your phone will do)! Meet at the shelter. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 06, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
MUSHROOM HIKE
A walk in the woods often reveals wonders of nature otherwise overlooked. Join a naturalist on a rugged hike in search of woodland mushrooms. Wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water. ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 06, 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 6/21: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 06, 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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 6/21: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 07, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
HUMMINGBIRDS: GEMS OF THE GARDEN
Learn about these fascinating birds and how to attract them to your own backyard. Then take a short stroll to search for hummingbirds and the native flowers they like best. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 07, 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
FIREFLIES: NATURE'S FIREWORKS
Learn how these amazing "bugs" light up the summer sky. After a short presentation, we'll take a walk to look for fireflies and other creatures of the night. Bring a bug jar and a flashlight. WH

Leaf Icon Monday, July 08, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
BATS: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
Mysterious and often misunderstood, bats are some of the most fascinating creatures of the night. Join staff to learn about these flying mammals. We will attempt to catch live bats with nets for observation and data collection. SR/Big Bend

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 09, 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 personal flotation device. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 6/28: Register here. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 09, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: FOXES
Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn about Ohio's two fox species. 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 6/22: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 09, 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-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 6/28: Register here. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 09, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
KINDEREALM: FOXES
Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn about Ohio's two fox species. 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 6/22: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 09, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
URBAN EATS FOR FAMILIES
Calling all families! Stop by to learn about food in the city through play and short hands-on activities. Then, shop the on-site farmers market happening 4 - 7 p.m. every Tuesday through mid-October. TT/Summit Lake

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 09, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
MUSIC BY THE LAKE
Enjoy free lake swimming from 3 to 6:45 p.m. and a one-hour concert featuring patriotic selections by the Metro Parks Ensemble near Sherman Shelter at 7 p.m. Concert canceled if it rains. Call 330-865-8060 if wet weather is in the forecast. SC/Bathhouse

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 09, 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
SATURN IN OPPOSITION
The planet Saturn and its moons will pass close to Earth, brightly illuminated by the Sun. Weather permitting, participants can look through telescopes to see this planet and other heavenly bodies. A campfire will be provided with marshmallows for roasting while supplies last. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 10, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SUMMER CAMP: NATURE'S CLUES
Kids 7 and 8 can register for this exciting three-day drop-off camp. Investigate nature's clues using the five senses with fun, hands-on experiences in the outdoors. Cost: $50/child, plus processing fees. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 4/1: Register here. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 10, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
DRAWING OUTDOORS
Bring your drawing pad and pencils for an outdoor session of sketching. 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. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 10, 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, July 10, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
WATER MONSTERS
Families will enjoy learning about the unique and irreplaceable "monsters" that live in our waters. Wear shoes that can get wet so you can have a closer peek. Everett Road Covered Bridge: 2370 Everett Rd. Peninsula, OH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 10, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
SCALY & SLIMY STORYTIME
Families with beginner readers of all ages: grab your favorite book and enjoy an interactive storytime experience with our live animals. We'll read some stories together, meet a critter, then read your favorite book with your family. Meet at the shelter. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/2: 330-865-8065. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 10, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SCALY & SLIMY STORYTIME
Families with beginner readers of all ages: grab your favorite book and enjoy an interactive storytime experience with our live animals. We'll read some stories together, meet a critter, then read your favorite book with your family. Meet at the shelter. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/2: 330-865-8065. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 11, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SUMMER CAMP: NATURE'S CLUES
Kids 7 and 8 can register for this exciting three-day drop-off camp. Investigate nature's clues using the five senses with fun, hands-on experiences in the outdoors. Cost: $50/child, plus processing fees. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 4/1: Register here. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 11, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
KINDEREALM: FOXES
Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn about Ohio's two fox species. 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 6/22: 330-865-8065. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 11, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
DROP-IN NATURE CRAFT
All ages join us for nature-crafting fun. A new craft will be presented each week this month. Please dress for a mess. FASN/Onondaga Deck

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 11, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
SNAKES OF SUMMIT METRO PARKS
Hike with a naturalist to discover the variety of snakes that call Summit Metro Parks home. Learn why they are an important part of our ecosystem and enjoy some fun facts about them, too! HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Friday, July 12, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SUMMER CAMP: NATURE'S CLUES
Kids 7 and 8 can register for this exciting three-day drop-off camp. Investigate nature's clues using the five senses with fun, hands-on experiences in the outdoors. Cost: $50/child, plus processing fees. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 4/1: Register here. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Friday, July 12, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
FISHING FRIDAY
Join us for a fun day of fishing! Each month we will spotlight one of Ohio's native fish that can be caught in Summit Metro Parks. Poles and bait will be provided while supplies last. Those 16 and older will need a valid State of Ohio fishing license. LP/Tinkers Creek

Leaf Icon Friday, July 12, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
KIDS' FISHING
Kids 15 and younger will learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line in 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, July 12, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
FIREFLY TERRARIUMS
Kids 5 to 8 spend a fun afternoon learning about fireflies and then making a glow-in-the-dark firefly terrarium to take home! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/28: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, July 12, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
EARLY EVENING BIKE RIDE
Bring your bike out on the Towpath Trail with a naturalist. Participants will enjoy the cooling breeze provided by pedaling at a moderate pace. See how many scavenger hunt items you can find during the ride. Helmets required. DLQ

Leaf Icon Friday, July 12, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT: AMERICAN STEAL
Enjoy the original country rock of American Steal at this free concert, presented by the City of Akron. For more, call 330-375- 2311 or visit akronohio.gov. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 13, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
YOGA: VINYASA
Enjoy an active vinyasa yoga practice with a certified instructor. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/29: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 14, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
DROP-IN NATURE CRAFT
All ages join us for nature-crafting fun. A new craft will be presented each program this summer. Please dress for a mess. Meet in Black Bear shelter. LP/Nature Center: 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg  LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 16, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
NATURE JOURNALING: SMALL MAMMALS
Learn basic journaling techniques to record your nature observations. This month we'll learn about mice, voles, shrews and moles. We will be outside for the entire program. Taking photos is optional. A one-time registration fee for the monthly series includes a journal, pen and pencil. Cost: $20/person, plus processing fees. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/6: Register here. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 16, 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. Call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. to learn if the concert is canceled due to inclement weather. NR/Lot C4

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 17, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SUMMER CAMP: NATURE'S CLUES
Kids 7 and 8 can register for this exciting three-day drop-off camp. Investigate nature's clues using the five senses with fun, hands-on experiences in the outdoors. Cost: $50/child, plus processing fees. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 4/1: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 17, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
KIDS' FISHING
Kids 15 and younger can learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line in Brushwood Lake. Some rods and reels will be available for use. Bait is provided. Adults must supervise their children, but may not fish during the program. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 17, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
SHIRTS TO DYE FOR
Learn about natural dyes from local plants with a naturalist, then tie-dye a shirt. Bring a plain t-shirt and wear older clothes that can get stained. FASN/Onondaga Deck

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 17, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
DROP-IN DISCOVERY: INSECTS
Children and their adult companions drop in to learn about some interesting insects out and about this season. Investigate these six-legged critters up close and personal and make a craft to take home. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 18, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SUMMER CAMP: NATURE'S CLUES
Kids 7 and 8 can register for this exciting three-day drop-off camp. Investigate nature's clues using the five senses with fun, hands-on experiences in the outdoors. Cost: $50/child, plus processing fees. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 4/1: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 18, 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 7/9: 330-865-8065. LP/Tinkers Creek

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 18, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
DROP-IN NATURE CRAFT
All ages join us for nature-crafting fun. A new craft will be presented each week this month. Please dress for a mess. FASN/Onondaga Deck

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 18, 12:30 PM - 2:00 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 7/9: 330-865-8065. LP/Tinkers Creek

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 18, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
GOOD GARDENS: PRESERVE THE HARVEST
Learn about various methods of preserving your fresh garden produce to enjoy it all year long. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Friday, July 19, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SUMMER CAMP: NATURE'S CLUES
Kids 7 and 8 can register for this exciting three-day drop-off camp. Investigate nature's clues using the five senses with fun, hands-on experiences in the outdoors. Cost: $50/child, plus processing fees. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 4/1: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Friday, July 19, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
POLLINATORS AND PRAIRIE PLANTS
Join a naturalist as we hike the trail looking at the interactions between pollinators and their host plants. Flies, beetles, bees and butterflies all play a key role as pollinators of our native plants. Nets, magnifiers and jars will be supplied so we can see these interesting creatures up close and at work. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Friday, July 19, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
CREEK WALK
Families will enjoy exploring the creek at Indian Spring Trailhead to discover what fascinating creatures may lurk beneath the water. Please dress to get wet and wear closed-toe shoes. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Friday, July 19, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
SNAKES FOR KIDS
Calling all kids! Search for snakes around the lake and learn cool facts about these misunderstood critters. Bring curiosity and a sense of adventure! TT/Summit Lake

Leaf Icon Friday, July 19, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT: THE COVER BAND
Enjoy the wide-ranging music of The Cover Band at this free concert, presented by the City of Akron. For more, call 330-375- 2311 or visit akronohio.gov. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 20, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
EYE SPY HIKE & BREAKFAST
Start your day off right by participating in a family-friendly eye spy hike, then enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by our volunteers. Participants are asked to contribute to the feast. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/13: 330-865-8065. WH

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 20, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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 necessary. 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 paddleboard, paddle and personal flotation device. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person, plus processing fees. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/10: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 20, 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. Participants 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 suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes instruction and loan of paddleboard, paddle and personal flotation device. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person, plus processing fees. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/10: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 20, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
NATURE ART FOR TEENS
Do you have a creative spirit? Teens ages 13 to 17 can 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 7/12: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 20, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
ALL ABOUT SNAKES
Hike with a naturalist as we celebrate nature's noodle: snakes! Explore ancient serpents to modern snakes here in Summit County, learning where they live and how they work as their signature limbless selves. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 20, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
NATIONAL MOTH WEEK
July 20 begins National Moth Week, a global celebration of moths and biodiversity. Join a naturalist for an up-close look at the beautiful colors, shapes and patterns of these amazing creatures. Please dress for the weather and bring a flashlight and camera. SFB

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 21, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
THE POWER OF POISON
Learn what it means to be “poisonous” and hike in search of plants and animals that use toxins to survive. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 21, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
PRESTO CHANGO, IT'S A BUTTERFLY!
Join a naturalist to learn how Mother Nature waves her wand, changing caterpillars into beautiful butterflies and moths. Caterpillars come in all different shapes, sizes and colors, and some are even poisonous. After a presentation, we will go out to look for these interesting creatures. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, July 22, 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, plus processing fees. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/11: Register here. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 23, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
MINDFULNESS IN NATURE: CENTERING
Enjoy a peaceful afternoon in nature sharpening your awareness of the world around you. We will spend an hour outside, so please dress for the weather. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 24, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
DRAWING OUTDOORS
Bring your drawing pad and pencils for an outdoor session of sketching. 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. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 24, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CREEK CRITTERS FOR KIDS
Explore Rock Creek looking for the critters that live there. Closed-toe shoes that can get wet and dirty are required. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 24, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
MEET ME IN THE GARDEN
Join the Master Gardeners of Summit County to learn from experienced horticulturists Jim and Shelley Funai, Cuyahoga Community College and Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, respectively, about their travel garden adventures. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 25, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
DROP-IN NATURE CRAFT
All ages join us for nature-crafting fun. A new craft will be presented each week this month. Please dress for a mess. FASN/Onondaga Deck

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 25, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
SNAKES FOR KIDS
Kids and their adult companions discover the scaly friends that call our Metro Parks home. Join us for a short walk and snake-related activities. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 25, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
DROP-IN NATURE CRAFT
All ages join us for nature-crafting fun. A new craft will be presented each program this summer. Please dress for a mess. Meet in Black Bear shelter. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, July 26, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
PRAIRIE HIKE
Join a naturalist for a walk through the prairie to look and listen for birds, blossoms, butterflies and more! Participants may wish to bring a water bottle, sunscreen, a hat and binoculars. SFB

Leaf Icon Friday, July 26, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SUMMIT LAKE KAYAK
Paddle in the “Heart of Akron” at Summit Lake to learn what historical treasures helped build this community. 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, plus processing fees. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/17: Register here. TT/Summit Lake

Leaf Icon Friday, July 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. 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, plus processing fees. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/17: Register here. TT/Summit Lake

Leaf Icon Friday, July 26, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SHARK WEEK: OHIO
Shark Week has been an American tradition for more than 30 years, helping raise awareness and excitement for sharks. Sharks themselves pre-date the celebration by hundreds of millions of years, and once swam through Summit County! Come and learn about sharks both past and present while hiking with a naturalist. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Friday, July 26, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
COMMUNITY ART AT FALLS KIDS FEST
This year, we are taking one of our fun and exciting community art projects on the road. Summit Metro Parks participates in many events throughout the county, and we will bring our latest art project to some of those locations. All ages can stop by to create your own quick and fun addition to the project, guided by our interpretive artist. No previous creative experience necessary! The fully-assembled art piece will be unveiled later this fall. Downtown Cuyahoga Falls Amphitheater & Pavilion: 2085 Front Street Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Leaf Icon Friday, July 26, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER HIKE
Have you ever wondered where the phrase "dog days of summer" comes from? Enjoy a hike while discovering the astronomical origins of this term and learn about some of the canines found in Summit Metro Parks. Dogs are welcome! MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 27, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
MUSHROOM HIKE
A walk in the woods often reveals wonders of nature otherwise overlooked. Join a naturalist on a rugged hike in search of woodland mushrooms. Wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water. SR/Wadsworth

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 27, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
NIMISILA RESERVOIR KAYAK
Paddle a portion of Nimisila Reservoir with a certified instructor and a naturalist to learn paddle strokes, safety and see wildlife around the water. 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, plus processing fees. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/18: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 27, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
NIMISILA RESERVOIR KAYAK
Paddle a portion of Nimisila Reservoir with a certified instructor and a naturalist to learn paddle strokes, safety and see wildlife around the water. 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, plus processing fees. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/18: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 27, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
WINGED JEWELS OF THE NIGHT
Join a naturalist as we use black lights and sheets to attract a wide variety of unusually patterned and brightly colored moths. Bring bug spray, a flashlight and a camera. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 28, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
NATURE FOR FAMILIES: FIREFLIES
Join this hands-on nature exploration series for the whole family. This month we'll explore the world of fireflies. We will be outside for the entire program. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 28, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
STARS OF THE SUMMER SKY
Join a naturalist to look through telescopes at various celestial bodies in the summer sky. We are partnering with the Summit Astronomical Society to utilize their facility, which has a retractable roof and houses three state-of-the-art telescopes. Additional telescopes will be available. Bath Nature Preserve: 4160 Ira Rd. Akron, OH 44333

Leaf Icon Monday, July 29, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
CAMOUFLAGE FOR KIDS
Kids and their adult companions join a naturalist to learn about camouflage in the natural world, then take a short walk in search of creatures hiding right before our eyes! MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 31, 10:00 AM - 12:00 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 Wednesday, July 31, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
EARLY EVENING HIKE
Join a naturalist for a leisurely evening hike to search for wildlife and enjoy the overlook view of the Cuyahoga River. We suggest bringing binoculars and a camera. CV/Overlook

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 31, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
COYOTE CALLING CAMPFIRE
Join a naturalist to learn the natural and cultural history behind some of the park district's most elusive and misunderstood residents: coyotes. We will roast marshmallows (while supplies last) and play coyote calls, hoping that some might call back. LP/Twinsburg Ledges