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Programs & Events

Program & Events Calendar

 
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Leaf Icon Monday, June 01, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

LIL' SPROUTS


This biweekly program is designed to engage children ages 3 to 5 and an accompanying grown-up in the wonderful world of gardening. Each class builds upon the last and will be centered on what’s growing and ready to harvest! Adults are asked to actively participate with children during the program. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/23: 330-865-8065. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Tuesday, June 02, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

MUSIC BY THE LAKE


Weather permitting, the all-volunteer Metro Parks Ensemble will perform an hour of musical selections from current and past decades. Call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. to learn if the concert is canceled due to inclement weather. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 03, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

WEEKDAY WALKERS


We'll take our time on this naturalist-led hike to learn about the natural history found along the trail. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 03, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

BARK & BLOOMS


Hike along the river and in upland forests to discover different species of trees and wildflowers relied upon by local wildlife. CV/Oxbow

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 04, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

URBAN WILDLIFE


Many animals have adapted quite well to the urban environments in which some of our parks are found. Learn how some feathered and furry creatures not only live well in cities, but thrive. TT/Manchester

Leaf Icon Friday, June 05, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

KIDS' FISHING


Kids ages 15 and younger can learn the basics of fishing and then cast a line into Alder Pond. Fishing poles and bait are provided, while supplies last. We will identify native species during the catch and release process. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 06, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

DISTANCE HIKE


Hike more than 5 miles at a steady pace to discover local wildlife and get some exercise. Drinking water and appropriate footwear are recommended. G/Highbridge

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 06, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

HIKING LIBERTY'S LEDGES


Explore Ledges Trail and learn first-hand about the amazing ledges that make Liberty Park unique. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 06, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

GARDEN BUDDIES


Calling all families! Get down and dirty searching for wildlife that help our garden veggies grow. Dress for a mess! Meet in the Rock & Herb Garden. FASN

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 06, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

WELCOMING BACK THE BLACK BEAR


Hike with us along Black Bear Trail and learn about the once native black bear and how they are making a comeback in Ohio. We will discuss the behaviors and habits of the black bear so that we might coexist more comfortably with this Ohio resident. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 06, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

CONCERT: WESTERN RESERVE BIG BAND


Bring your chairs or blanket and enjoy the music of the Western Reserve Big Band, a subgroup of the Western Reserve Community Band made up of musicians from around Summit County. Enjoy a variety of big band arrangements ranging from traditional/Dixieland, big band era classics, Great American Songbook, pop, rock, jazz and contemporary music. LP/Nature Center

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

BACK YARDS GONE WILD: DIY TOAD ABODES


Join a naturalist for this monthly series focused on creating nature-friendly back yards. This month we’ll learn about the fascinating lives of the toads and frogs that live in our yards and make “toad abodes” to take home. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, June 08, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

NATURE JOURNALING: THE AMERICAN ROBIN


Learn basic journaling techniques to record your nature observations. This month will be all about American robins and other members of the thrush family. We will be outside for part of the program. Taking photos is optional. Please bring a journal or notebook and writing/drawing tools. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/30: 330-865-8065. SR/Mingo

Leaf Icon Monday, June 08, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

SMOKEY BEAR, 76 YEARS LATER


Smokey Bear, an icon of American conservation efforts, turns 76 this year. Take a hike to learn the history of Smokey Bear and how his image has helped shape the way we view fire in nature. Learn also how SMP uses fire as a tool in maintaining healthy, diverse habitats. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, June 09, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

MUSIC BY THE LAKE


Weather permitting, the all-volunteer Metro Parks Ensemble will perform an hour of musical selections from current and past decades. Call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. to learn if the concert is canceled due to inclement weather. SC/Bathhouse

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 10, 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. FASN/Visitors Center

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

WEEKDAY WALKERS


Join a naturalist to hike Spring Hollow Trail, with stops along the way to discover nature and history. HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 11, 10:00 AM - 12:30 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 is provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/22: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 11, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

NATURE UNDER BLACKLIGHTS


Creepy caterpillars, beautiful beetles and mysterious moths...who knows what we'll find! Walk between a series of nocturnal stations and catch a glimpse of nighttime critters. Meet at Hilltop Shelter. CV/Oxbow

Leaf Icon Friday, June 12, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

KIDS' FISHING


Kids 15 and younger can 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 Friday, June 12, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

TOP O' THE WORLD HISTORY HIKE


Discover the area's rich local history and enjoy the view as we hike the Top O' The World Area. HH/Top O' the World

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 13, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

A DATE NIGHT TO DYE FOR


Try something new for your evening out! Learn about natural dyes, then enjoy making your own tie-dye shirt using RIT dye. Participants should bring a washed white cotton T-shirt and wear clothes that could get stained. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 13, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

MARVELOUS MOTHS


Join a naturalist to attract moths to a white sheet using special lights, and observe these insects' amazingly beautiful colors, shapes and patterns up close. Bring a flashlight and camera. Meet at Shady Beach Shelter. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 14, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

GOOD & BAD BUGS OF THE GARDEN


Come join a naturalist as we learn about the bugs in our garden. Learn the differences between the "good" ones and the "bad" ones. Learn how to recognize the damage caused by the bad ones and earth-friendly ways to deal with them. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, June 15, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

LIL' SPROUTS


This biweekly program is designed to engage children ages 3 to 5 and an accompanying grown-up in the wonderful world of gardening. Each class builds upon the last and will be centered on what’s growing and ready to harvest! Adults are asked to actively participate with children during the program. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/5: 330-865-8065. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Monday, June 15, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

HIKE FOR THE HEALTH OF IT


Hike about five miles at a vigorous pace on a hilly, challenging surface. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. SR/North Hawkins

Leaf Icon Tuesday, June 16, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR ADULTS


Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Adults 16 and older can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our traveling outdoor range. Program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction is provided. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 5/27: Register here. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Tuesday, June 16, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR ADULTS


Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Adults 16 and older can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our traveling outdoor range. Program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction is provided. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 5/27: Register here. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Tuesday, June 16, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

MUSIC IN THE PARK


Weather permitting, the all-volunteer Metro Parks Ensemble will perform an hour of musical selections from current and past decades. Call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. to learn if the concert is canceled due to inclement weather. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 17, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

FATHER'S DAY CARDS WITH A NATURAL TWIST


Drop in to learn a little about wildlife dads and use some natural materials to create a card for the special father figure in your life. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 17, 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

BALLOFLEX FOR BEGINNERS


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! GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 17, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

FUN FACTS FOR KIDS


Which Ohio mammal has the most teeth? What are hummingbird nests made of? Join a naturalist on a walking scavenger hunt for the answers to these questions and more! WH

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 18, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

GOOD GARDENS: PRESERVING YOUR HARVEST


A Let's Grow Akron staff member will present various methods of preserving your fresh garden produce to enjoy all year long. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Friday, June 19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

BLUE HERON HOMECOMING


In celebration of the great blue heron homecoming, join a naturalist to observe the nesting behavior of one of Ohio’s largest birds. Meet at the Bath Road Heronry on Bath Road, between Riverview and Akron-Peninsula roads in Akron. Bath Road Heronry

Leaf Icon Friday, June 19, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

KINDEREALM: SUMMER BUGS NATURE WALK


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will go on a nature walk to look for awesome insects 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 5/19: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, June 19, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

ANIMAL OLYMPICS


Can you climb quicker than a squirrel or fly faster than a falcon? Learn about some amazing critters, then put your animal skills to the test during some outdoor activities. Participants can also enjoy a craft, while supplies last. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Friday, June 19, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

KINDEREALM: SUMMER BUGS NATURE WALK


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will go on a nature walk to look for awesome insects 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 5/19: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 20, 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 5/28: Register here. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 20, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

BANK SWALLOWS


Bank swallows are unique birds. They put on quite a show diving through the air to catch insects and flitting in and out of their nests in the steep, sandy riverbank to feed their young. Spotting scopes and binoculars will be available. CV/Overlook

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 20, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

KINDEREALM: SUMMER BUGS NATURE WALK


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will go on a nature walk to look for awesome insects 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 5/19: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 20, 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 5/28: Register here. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 20, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

LOVELY LADYBUGS


Come 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. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 20, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

KINDEREALM: SUMMER BUGS NATURE WALK


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will go on a nature walk to look for awesome insects 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 5/19: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 20, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

GREETING SUMMER ON THE SOLSTICE


The Summer Solstice officially occurs at 5:43 p.m. today. Hike with a naturalist to celebrate the occasion and welcome summer. CV/Overlook

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 21, 1:00 PM - 3:00 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 hike a trail to see how many we can find! FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, June 22, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

BALLOFLEX FOR BEGINNERS


Enjoy a morning 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! F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Monday, June 22, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

INSECTS FOR KIDS


Join a naturalist to explore the world of insects. Nets and jars are provided. Sunscreen and hats are a must! MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 24, 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. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 24, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

MEET ME IN THE GARDEN


Join the Master Gardeners of Summit County to learn about gardening myths and legends. Presented by Eric Barrett, Extension Educator & Assistant Professor. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 24, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

DANCING IN THE PARKS: SWING


Beginner and experienced dancers are invited to a fun night of free music and dancing ‘til dusk! Program will start with a beginner-friendly lesson on swing dancing, followed by music, dancing and light refreshments. Dance will be moved indoors in the case of inclement weather. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 24, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

MOTHS OF LIBERTY PARK


Join us to learn how to attract these amazing creatures, and for a chance to observe their beautiful colors, shapes and patterns up close. Big silk moths might even join us for the evening! Please bring a flashlight, bug spray and a camera if you'd like to take photos. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 25, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR KIDS


Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Children ages 9 to 15 can join us to learn international-style target archery at our traveling outdoor 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 6/9: Register here. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 25, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

ARCHERY FOR SENIORS


Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Seniors 55 and older can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our traveling outdoor 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 6/9: Register here. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Friday, June 26, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

WEEKDAY WALKERS


Explore nature and history on a morning walk with a naturalist. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Friday, June 26, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

MOTH NIGHT


Join a naturalist to learn how to use special lights to attract these amazing creatures, and for a chance to observe their beautiful colors, shapes and patterns up close. Please bring a flashlight and camera for photos. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 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 to 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. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 6/10: Register here. NR/Lot C4

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 27, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

WOODLAND MUSHROOMS


Have you seen any mushrooms popping up these days? Join a naturalist on a leisurely hike in search of these interesting "fun guys." FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 27, 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 6/6: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 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 to 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. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 6/10: Register here. NR/Lot C4

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 28, 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. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 6/11: Register here. TT/Summit Lake

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 28, 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. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 6/11: Register here. TT/Summit Lake

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 28, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

DRAGONFLIES OF TINKERS CREEK


Join us as we learn about dragonflies and damselflies. We'll search several areas to see how many species we can find cruising the nature preserve. Please bring bug spray and a camera if you'd like to take photos. LP/Tinkers Creek SNP

Leaf Icon Monday, June 29, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

LIL' SPROUTS


This biweekly program is designed to engage kids ages 3 to 5 and an accompanying grown-up in the wonderful world of gardening. Each class builds upon the last and will be centered on what’s growing and ready to harvest! Adults are asked to actively participate with children during the program. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/5: 330-865-8065. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Monday, June 29, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

A DEEP LOOK AT DEEP LOCK


Stroll with a naturalist to learn the history of Deep Lock Quarry and the role it played on the Ohio and Erie Canal, in Akron and beyond. DLQ

Leaf Icon Tuesday, June 30, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

MUSIC IN THE PARK


Weather permitting, the all-volunteer Metro Parks Ensemble will perform an hour of musical selections from current and past decades. Call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. to learn if the concert is canceled due to inclement weather. FASN