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Program & Events Calendar

 
At the guidance of public health authorities, most in-person programs and events are temporarily suspended. Please stay tuned for information on virtual/alternative program and event options! Learn more.

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Leaf Icon Thursday, October 01, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

SUBMIT ENTRIES FOR THE AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT


Through November 15, visitors may submit two entries for our Annual Amateur Photography Exhibit, which will be displayed in the Nature Realm or by virtual exhibit, depending on current health department guidance. 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. Where possible, please do not share contact information with other entrants. Entries should not be matted, framed or include watermarks, and should be one of the following sizes: 5"x7", 8"x10" or 11"x14" and printed on photo paper. You may drop off entries during spree rewards pickup (see Fall Hiking Spree website for details) or mail them to 975 Treaty Line Rd., c/o Alisa, Akron OH 44313. Summit Metro Parks is not responsible for any photographs lost or damaged in the mail. Due to COVID-19, please note that photographs will not be returned. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 01, 10:30 AM - 11:00 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 program. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/25: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 01, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

A HIKE BACK IN TIME


Under our boots are the faded footprints of humans and animals that walked these places before us. Travel back in time through the history of this area while hiking Deer Run Trail. Good for spree credit. ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 01, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

FULL MOON HIKE


Take a hike with a naturalist on a fall evening while the harvest moon shines bright overhead. SFB

Leaf Icon Friday, October 02, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

FALL BEAUTY: GET OUTSIDE!


Join a naturalist on this challenging hike to discover the fall beauty of this former hobby farm. Good for spree credit. ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Friday, October 02, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

FIRST PEOPLE'S DAY CELEBRATION


Summit County celebrates Ohio’s First People throughout the first weekend of October. Join a naturalist for flint knapping, atlatl throwing, fire-starting demonstrations and more. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Friday, October 02, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

EVENING HIKE


Enjoy an evening out on the Towpath with a naturalist. We will see what's out and about along the trail and learn a little history of the area, too. Good for spree credit. TT/Clinton

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 03, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

FALL MUSHROOM HIKE


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, October 03, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR ADULTS


Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Participants 16 and older can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our temporary indoor range. Beginning and practiced archers are welcome. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 9/23: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 03, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

KINDEREALM: PUMPKINS


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will enjoy discovering the facts behind this large orange fruit! Program includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/29: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 03, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

KINDEREALM: PUMPKINS


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will enjoy discovering the facts behind this large orange fruit! Program includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/29: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 03, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR KIDS


Children ages 9 to 15 can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our temporary indoor range. Program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 9/23: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 03, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

FILMS WITH FIREFLIES


Join us for a family-friendly movie night! Pack some popcorn and candy, bring a blanket or your favorite chair, and enjoy a relaxing evening under the autumn night sky. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 04, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

ARCHERY OPEN SHOOT


Here's your chance to practice your archery skills. Register for a half-hour time slot to improve your shot. Participants must have already taken one of our Intro to Archery programs. All equipment provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/23: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 04, 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, October 04, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

FORGET-ME-NOT


Join a naturalist on a hike focused on the history and natural environment of this area of the park. Good for spree credit. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Monday, October 05, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

FALL GALLS


Have you ever wondered why some leaves have bumps or why some goldenrod plant stems are swollen? It’s probably a gall! Come explore the park with a naturalist to look for and learn about some of the wonderful galls that can be found during the fall. SC/Big Oak

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 07, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

BOG BONANZA


Explore with a naturalist to view beautiful fields and fall foliage, and to learn about some of the plants that live in the bog. Good for spree credit. SFB

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 08, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

RIVER WALK


Hike to discover the wildlife and storied past of our "crooked river." We'll also envision big plans for its future! G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 08, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

KINDEREALM: PUMPKINS


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will enjoy discovering the facts behind this large orange fruit! Program includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/29: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 09, 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

BALLOFLEX


Enjoy an evening 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! FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 09, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF STARS


Join a naturalist as we gaze upon the stars. Telescopes will be set up to view various celestial objects. Learn about the upcoming fall and winter constellations along with their myths and legends. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 10, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

WHITE-TAILED DEER


Join a naturalist for a hike to learn about the white-tailed deer and its importance to Native Americans and early settlers. Good for spree credit. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 10, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

FILMS WITH FIREFLIES


Join us for a family-friendly movie night! Pack some popcorn and candy, bring a blanket or your favorite chair and enjoy a relaxing evening under the autumn night sky. SC/Bathhouse

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 11, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

TREE TALK AND WALK


Take a nice hike to observe fall foliage and learn the basics of tree identification. SC/Big Oak

Leaf Icon Monday, October 12, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

TRAIL ETIQUETTE HIKE


Come walk along the Towpath while we discuss proper trail etiquette for hikers, including how to appreciate nature while respecting the natural habitat. Good for spree credit. TT/Clinton

Leaf Icon Tuesday, October 13, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

HISTORY IN THE HEIGHTS


Over the past 90 years, Goodyear Heights Metro Park has provided Northeast Ohioans with much needed green space. Join a naturalist for a hike to discuss the long and storied history of the park. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 14, 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 10/6: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 14, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

WEEKDAY WALKERS


Join a naturalist for a fall stroll to get some exercise while learning about the nature and history of the park. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 14, 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 10/6: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 15, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

RADICAL RAPTORS


October is raptor month! Join a naturalist for a feather-filled afternoon to learn about and observe some of the magnificent birds of prey found in our parks. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 15, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

NIGHT HIKE


Explore life after sunset in the forest and wet meadow and discover ways we can help our wildlife neighbors that depend on the nocturnal world. Please bring a headlamp or flashlight to guide you. Good for spree credit. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Friday, October 16, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

BACKYARD CHICKENS


Join a naturalist to learn some basics about raising your own flock of backyard birds! Hear a first-hand experience about what to expect before you make the investment, including rules and regulations and how to raise and keep chickens. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 16, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

AUTUMN SUNSET HIKE


Observe autumn happenings in the wet woods along Downy Loop Trail and enjoy the sunset as we finish our hike. Good for spree credit. WH

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 17, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

I SPY HIKE & BREAKFAST


Start your day off right by participating in a family-friendly "I Spy" hike for spree credit, then enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by our volunteers. Participants are asked to contribute to the feast. Good for spree credit. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/3: 330-865-8065. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 17, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

DISTANCE HIKE


Hike more than six miles at a steady pace with a few stops along the way to discover nature. Weather-appropriate gear, water and a snack are recommended. Good for spree credit. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 17, 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 10/2: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 17, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

WHEN WATER BURNS


Follow Rock Creek Trail along a tributary to the Cuyahoga River while discussing watersheds and history. We will touch on the significance of the burning river and how it influenced a national movement. Good for spree credit. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 18, 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 10/10: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 18, 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. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

LOOKING FOR CHARLOTTE'S WEB


Enjoy an afternoon saunter around Springfield Bog while we look for our eight-legged friends. Since Charlotte was an orb weaver, we will look for her as well as her cousins. These large, beautiful spiders are both scary and beautiful. Who knows, we just might see Wilber along the way! Good for spree credit. SFB

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 18, 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 10/10: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 18, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

CAMPFIRE: NIGHTTIME TALES


Calling all families! Enjoy marshmallows and apple cider around a glowing campfire while a naturalist tells some not-so-spooky stories and legends. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Monday, October 19, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

BALLOFLEX


Enjoy an evening 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! GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Monday, October 19, 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

BALLOFLEX


Enjoy an evening 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! GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 22, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

BARK UP THE RIGHT TREE


Branch out with a naturalist and get rooted in the diverse plants of Firestone Metro Park on a casual midday walk. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 22, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

HIKE WITH YOUR PUP


It's National Make a Dog's Day! Enjoy an after-work hike to get some exercise with your best friend! All dogs should be under control at all times and on a leash (8-feet max). CV/Schumacher Valley

Leaf Icon Friday, October 23, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

HOMESCHOOLERS: BUTTERFLY BALL


Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: We're celebrating the monarch butterfly! Learn about the cultural significance and monumental migration of this charismatic insect. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/13: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 23, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

HOMESCHOOLERS: BUTTERFLY BALL


Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: We're celebrating the monarch butterfly! Learn about the cultural significance and monumental migration of this charismatic insect. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/13: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 23, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

COLOR WALK


Join a naturalist as we walk the trail and learn how to identify trees by their fall colors. We will discover and discuss what triggers this incredible explosion of color in our forests. Good for spree credit. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 23, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

SURVIVAL SKILLS: FUNDAMENTALS OF FIRE MAKING


Flint, cotton, steel and a bird's nest. Do you know what these items have in common? Come practice a skill that has been lost to time and modern conveniences. We will talk about the history surrounding fire and roast some s’mores to celebrate our success. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/9: 330-865-8065. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 24, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

FALL MUSHROOM HIKE


Join a naturalist on a hike to discover the beauty, variety and interesting ecology of fall mushrooms. SR/Shady Hollow

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 24, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

HIKE FOR THE HEALTH OF IT


Hike more than five miles at a vigorous pace on moderate terrain. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. G/Highbridge

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 24, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

KINDEREALM: PUMPKINS


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will enjoy discovering the facts behind this large orange fruit! Program includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/29: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 24, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

KINDEREALM: PUMPKINS


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will enjoy discovering the facts behind this large orange fruit! Program includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/29: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 24, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

WHAT'S THE BUZZ


What's the buzz all about? Honeybees have worked hard this season collecting nectar and pollen. Learn how pollinators are important to us and enjoy sweet samples of a variety of honey. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 24, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

HOO'S THERE


What comes out to play once the sun has set and the woods go dark? Join us on a nighttime hike as we explore the park after dark. Bring your keen senses to listen to the sounds of the nocturnal world as it comes awake with activity. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 25, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

DISTANCE HIKE


Stretch out your legs and take a five-mile hike on the Towpath Trail with a naturalist. Good for spree credit. TT/Clinton

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 25, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

SUSTAINABLE TRAILS


Take a hike along the challenging Spring Hollow Trail and learn ways that Summit Metro Parks is building its newer trails to be more sustainable. Good for spree credit. HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 25, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

FALL COLOR HIKE


Hike with a naturalist to admire autumn’s beauty and discover what triggers this explosion of color in our forests. Along the way, learn to identify several tree species and recognize the benefits they have to offer both people and nature. Good for spree credit. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

PUMPKIN CARVING & CAMPFIRE


Join us to create a seasonal work of art! The program will take place in the outdoor shelter so we can enjoy a fire and marshmallows. In case of inclement weather, we will move indoors. BYOP (pumpkin, that is) or register to receive a free pumpkin, while supplies last. Carving utensils are provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/17: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 29, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

MUSHROOM MADNESS


Uncover the history and mysteries of mycological medicines with a naturalist. Prepare to get your feet wet on this adventurous midday hike! Good for spree credit. HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Friday, October 30, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

HOMESCHOOLERS: BUTTERFLY BALL


Homeschoolers, ages 11 to 14: We're celebrating the monarch butterfly! Learn about the cultural significance and monumental migration of this charismatic insect. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/13: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 30, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

DAD'S NIGHT OUT (W/O KIDS)


Calling all father figures! It’s time for some YOU time. Leave the kids and significant other at home and get out to enjoy a challenging 3.2-mile hike along Adam Run Trail. We will make a few “mindful” stops to remind ourselves to be in the moment, all while searching for signs of wildlife. HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 31, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

WEIRD & WONDERFUL WILDLIFE


Have you ever noticed an animal doing wacky things? These unusual behaviors help them to survive in the wild. Learn about some quirky animals during the hike. Good for spree credit. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 31, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

TWO MOONS ARE BETTER THAN ONE


Ever hear the saying "Once in a Blue Moon?" Join a naturalist to learn what the expression actually means and why a "blue moon" is so unique. Discover other lunar facts as the full moon lights our way along the trail. No tricks, but maybe some treats when we are done! Good for spree credit. SFB