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Program & Events Calendar

 
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Leaf Icon Saturday, February 01, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

GROUNDHOGS AND WEATHER PREDICTIONS


Can groundhogs actually predict the weather? Join a naturalist to learn about groundhogs and the folklore associated with them. Program includes a craft and a short hike. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Saturday, February 01, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

COCOA WITH THE BIRDS FOR KIDS


Ever wonder about the birds that live in your yard? Families are invited to come enjoy a cup of cocoa and learn about birds from the warmth of the nature center. All levels of birders are welcome! LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, February 02, 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 Sunday, February 02, 12:00 PM - 1:30 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 1/23: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Sunday, February 02, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SUPERB OWL SUNDAY


Need to kill time before the big game? Or maybe you're not into sports. Either way, stop by to learn about the amazing predatory birds that call our parks home! Whoo is interested? FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, February 02, 2:00 PM - 3:30 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 can learn international-style target archery together at our indoor range. Beginning and practiced archers are welcome. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. Cost: $15/family. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/23: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Sunday, February 02, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

LEARN TO SNOWSHOE


Join a naturalist to learn the history of snowshoeing. Then, try on a pair, learn the basics of walking, turning and how to get up if you fall. With your new-found confidence, maybe even walk the trail! Hot chocolate and a fire will keep us warm inside Brushwood Lodge. A limited number of snowshoes are available for participants to use free of charge. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Monday, February 03, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

EXPLORE THE GORGE


Take a hike in search of winter scenery and wildlife. If we are lucky, we will venture through the "Crystal Palace" where massive icicles drip from the sandstone walls along Glens Trail. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Wednesday, February 05, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

BALLOFLEX FOR BEGINNERS


Enjoy an evening of exercise 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 Thursday, February 06, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS


Fill your mug with a warm beverage for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area and find out why this area is a favorite of our winter residents. Coffee and tea are provided, but please bring a mug. FASN

Leaf Icon Thursday, February 06, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS


Fill your mug with a warm beverage for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area and 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 Thursday, February 06, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

DROP IN FOR SNOW MUCH FUN


Children of all ages can drop in to create and explore snow dough, then warm up with a cup of hot cocoa. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, February 07, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

HOMESCHOOLERS: FOR THE BIRDS


Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: Colorful, found on every continent and oh-so-iconic, birds are worth saving. Learn about why birds matter and how you can help our avian neighbors. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/24: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Friday, February 07, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

KINDEREALM: GROUNDHOGS


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn about groundhogs. Program 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 1/25: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, February 07, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

KINDEREALM: GROUNDHOGS


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn about groundhogs. Program 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 1/25: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, February 07, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

HOMESCHOOLERS: FOR THE BIRDS


Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: Colorful, found on every continent and oh-so-iconic, birds are worth saving. Learn about why birds matter and how you can help our avian neighbors. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/24: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Saturday, February 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 1/31: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, February 08, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

FULL MOON SNOWSHOE HIKE & FIRE


Snowshoeing is a great way to get out and enjoy the winter season, especially under a bright full moon. Join a naturalist for a brief lesson followed by a snowshoe hike. As we hike the trail, we will learn about the moon. Afterwards, warm up by a fire with hot chocolate. A limited number of snowshoes are available to use free of charge, or you may bring your own. If there is not enough snow, we will still hike the trail. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/28: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, February 09, 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 2/4: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, February 09, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

WINTER WALK


Enjoy a winter's walk along the beautiful Quarry Trail. We'll look for evidence of the animals that stay active all winter long. DLQ

Leaf Icon Sunday, February 09, 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 2/4: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, February 09, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

TRACKS AND SCAT FOR KIDS


Calling all kids! Do you want to be a nature detective? Learn about winter animals by observing the marks they leave behind and answer the question “Who’s been walking in the meadow?”. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Tuesday, February 11, 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 the natural curiosity to explore . The program will be outside, so please dress for the weather. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, February 11, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

NATURE JOURNALING: SNOW


Learn basic journaling techniques to record your nature observations. This month we'll learn about snow. 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 1/30: Register here. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Wednesday, February 12, 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 2/1: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, February 12, 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 2/1: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, February 12, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

SNOWFLAKE HIKE


Hike Glens Trail to learn about unique snowflakes and other seasonal nature features. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Thursday, February 13, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS


Fill your mug with a warm beverage for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area and find out why this area is a favorite of our winter residents. Coffee and tea are provided, but please bring a mug. FASN

Leaf Icon Thursday, February 13, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS


Fill your mug with a warm beverage for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area and 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 Thursday, February 13, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

LOVE IS IN THE AIR


Join a naturalist on an early Valentine’s Day stroll to learn how some of our animal neighbors show their affection for one another. Binoculars will be provided to enjoy the stunning view from the overlook. CV/Overlook

Leaf Icon Friday, February 14, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

SEEDS OF LOVE


Children and their adult companions can share their love with the ones that matter most: the pollinators! We'll design and decorate a packet that will be filled with native flower seeds. It can be given to a loved one or held on to until it’s warm enough to plant. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, February 14, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

DROP-IN NATURE CRAFTS FOR KIDS


Families are invited to come out of winter hibernation and visit the nature center to make a craft, enjoy a fire and have a treat, while supplies last. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, February 14, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

HUMOR HIKE


Hike the arduous Spring Hollow Trail while listening to nature jokes and riddles along the way. HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Friday, February 14, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

SNOW ADVENTURE


Enjoy all things snow: flakes, balls, angels and forts. Bundle up and bring your creativity! Meet at the Nature Play area near Pioneer Shelter. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Saturday, February 15, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

WINTER AT THE LEDGES


See firsthand how forces in nature created and continue to shape the ledges in Liberty Park. Join a naturalist to discover the beauty, intricacy and mystery of nature in winter. Part of the 1.1-mile trail may be rocky, uneven and slippery, so bring a hiking staff and wear rugged boots. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Saturday, February 15, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

GHOSTS FROM THE NORTH


Join a naturalist to learn about the majestic bird of winter: the snowy owl. Discover how it survives its Arctic home, yet sometimes visits Ohio, and how Project Snowstorm sheds light on their behavior. We are trying to make arrangements for one of these ghosts to fly in for the program, but like nature, nothing is guaranteed. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, February 15, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

ICE IS NICE


Dive deep into winter pond and marsh ecology with a naturalist on a hike to discover what’s going on under the ice and why that frozen layer is so important. Please dress appropriately for an outdoor winter excursion. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Saturday, February 15, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

THE STARS OF HOGWARTS


Did you know J.K. Rowling took inspiration from the stars for the Harry Potter series? During an indoor presentation, reacquaint yourself with the celestial counterparts of some of your favorite characters from Hogwarts. Afterwards, walk outside to see if any "wizards" are visible in the sky. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Sunday, February 16, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

PAJAMA HIKE


Calling all families! Dress in your PJs for a short nighttime hike along a paved trail to look for animals getting ready for bed. Afterward, enjoy some nighttime tales and marshmallows by the glow of a campfire. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Monday, February 17, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

BASKET WEAVING FOR KIDS


Kids 9 to 12 will learn basic weaving techniques to create a basket. Please bring a small flathead screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, towel and 2-gallon bucket, if you can. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 2/6: Register here. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, February 17, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

KINDEREALM: GROUNDHOGS


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn about groundhogs. Program 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 1/25: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Monday, February 17, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

BASKET WEAVING FOR TEENS


Teens 13 to 17 will learn basic weaving techniques to create a small basket. Please bring a small flathead screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, towel and 2-gallon bucket, if you can. Materials fee: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 2/6: Register here. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, February 17, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

CCC HISTORY: BUILDING THE METRO PARKS


During the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) provided job opportunities around the country. We’ll learn about the legacy this program left in Summit Metro Parks and recognize the CCC’s craftsmanship inside Mingo Lodge. SR/Mingo

Leaf Icon Wednesday, February 19, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

SEED SWAP & STARTING WORKSHOP


Bring seeds to share, donate or trade with fellow gardeners. A short workshop and demonstration will cover best practices for starting seeds indoors, as well as sowing directly outside. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, February 20, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS


Fill your mug with a warm beverage for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area and find out why this area is a favorite of our winter residents. Coffee and tea are provided, but please bring a mug. FASN

Leaf Icon Thursday, February 20, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

BALLOFLEX FOR BEGINNERS


Enjoy an evening of exercise 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! F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Friday, February 21, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

HOMESCHOOLERS: FOR THE BIRDS


Homeschoolers, ages 11 to 14: Colorful, found on every continent and oh-so-iconic, birds are worth saving. Learn about why birds matter and how you can help our avian neighbors. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 1/24: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Friday, February 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

DAYTIME HIKE & FIRE


Join a naturalist on a winter hike to learn which critters are out and about and which ones are hunkered down. Afterward, warm up with marshmallows around a campfire. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, February 21, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

HIKE FOR THE HEALTH OF IT


Hike about five miles at a vigorous pace on a flat paved surface. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. BHT/Brandywine Falls

Leaf Icon Friday, February 21, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

WINTER WILDLIFE CAMPFIRE


Enjoy the bliss of a crisp winter night around a campfire with a naturalist to learn about the intriguing creatures that live around you. FASN

Leaf Icon Saturday, February 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

WINTER BIRD HIKE


Join a naturalist to search for birds that reside in Ohio year-round, along with winter's winged visitors. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, February 22, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

AMPHIBIANS FOR KIDS


Kids and their adult companions can learn about the fascinating amphibians that live in the area. The program includes a craft, while supplies last. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, February 23, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SOJOURNER TRUTH, AKA ISABELLA BAUMFREE


Known for her efforts as an abolitionist and universal suffrage activist, Sojourner Truth will walk us through the time surrounding the 1851 Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron. Come to enjoy this first-person interpretation by a representative from Women In History. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, February 24, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

KINDEREALM: GROUNDHOGS


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn about groundhogs. Program 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 1/25: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, February 24, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

KINDEREALM: GROUNDHOGS


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn about groundhogs. Program 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 1/25: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

MEET ME IN THE GARDEN


Join the Master Gardeners of Summit County to learn about factors to consider when planning and installing features in your outdoor living area. Presented by Dave Thomas of R.G. Thomas Landscape & Design. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, February 27, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS


Fill your mug with a warm beverage for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area and find out why this area is a favorite of our winter residents. Coffee and tea are provided, but please bring a mug. FASN

Leaf Icon Thursday, February 27, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS


Fill your mug with a warm beverage for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area and 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 Friday, February 28, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Friday, February 28, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

PINECONE BIRD FEEDERS


Drop in to create beautiful pinecone bird feeders! All ages are welcome. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, February 29, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

CREATE A MONARCH WAYSTATION


Join a naturalist as we discover how to create a backyard monarch waystation. Learn which plants are needed, where to plant them in your yard and how to maintain it year-round. Learn how to register your waystation online, then sit back and watch the magic happen! FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, February 29, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

LEAPING FOR LUNCH: COYOTES


Join a naturalist for a hike as we look for coyotes and evidence of their presence in the park. Please dress appropriately for an outdoor winter excursion. GYH/Main Entrance