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Program & Events Calendar

 
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Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 01, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS FOR KIDS


Kids and their adult companions can join a naturalist to learn about the crawling and slithering creatures found within 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/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 01, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

PICNIC HIKE


Bring a sack lunch and beverage to enjoy along the way as we hike to the "Top of the World" and back. HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 01, 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! LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 02, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

DROP-IN NATURE CRAFT


All ages can join us for nature-crafting fun. A new craft will be presented each week this month. Please dress for a mess. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 02, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

NATURE FOR KIDS: POND CRITTERS


Kids of all ages will investigate the living wonders of underwater wildlife up close with a naturalist at Alder Pond. Sift through the muck to discover and identify marvelous mud dwellers and learn how they survive in a pond ecosystem. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 02, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

WEATHER FOLKLORE HIKE


Can upside down leaves, mare's tails or low-flying birds really predict the weather? We'll look at the veracity of weather folklore sayings as we enjoy a hike, hopefully in beautiful weather! SR/Big Bend

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 04, 9:30 AM - 11:30 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. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water. ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 05, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

I SPY


Grab your camera and hit the trail for a nature-themed game of "I Spy!" Pick up your scavenger hunt list between noon and 3 p.m., then explore the trails in search of animals, plants and more. Return your list to the front desk by 5 p.m. for a prize. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 05, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SNAKES OF SUMMIT METRO PARKS


Learn why these "scary" serpents are important to the health of the park district's ecosystem and why they should be respected, not feared. Join a naturalist for basic ID skills and to learn about species indigenous to SMP. We will then walk the trail to see what snakes we can find. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, July 06, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

BUG HUNT FOR KIDS


Kids and their adult companions can join a naturalist to learn all about insects. Nets and jars will be provided for this fun, hands-on walk. WH

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 07, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

WEEKDAY WALKERS


Enjoy a relaxing afternoon stroll to learn about nature and the history of O'Neil Woods Metro Park. ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 07, 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, July 08, 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 08, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

MUSHROOM HIKE


Join a naturalist on a hike to discover the beauty, variety and interesting ecology of mushrooms. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 09, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

DROP-IN NATURE CRAFT


All ages can join us for nature-crafting fun. A new craft will be presented each week this month. Please dress for a mess. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 09, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

SHIRTS TO DYE FOR


Learn about natural dyes from local plants with a naturalist, then tie-dye a shirt using RIT dye. Bring a plain T-shirt and wear clothes that can get stained. TT/SLNC

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 09, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

CANAL BOATS, OATMEAL & TIRES


Join local historian Bob Schneider as he traces the impact of the Ohio & Erie Canal on the Western Reserve and Greater Akron area. We’ll start just after the American Revolution, ending with the Great Flood of 1913. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, July 10, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

CAMPFIRE COOKING


Looking to enhance your summer campfire cooking? Come watch alternative ways to make delightful food, then try samples while they last. TT/Summit Lake

Leaf Icon Friday, July 10, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

FOSSILS FOR KIDS


Follow a naturalist while you explore the stream to hunt for fossils. Closed-toe, waterproof boots or shoes that can get wet are required. Adults must accompany their children. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 11, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

KINDEREALM KAMPFIRE: PICNIC


Children ages 3 to 6 and their families can explore nature at a picnic. Pack a picnic or bring hot dogs to roast over the campfire. Bring a t-shirt to tie-dye! We'll provide condiments, lemonade, marshmallows and dye. Please dress for a mess. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/27: 330-865-8065. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 11, 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, flashlight and insect repellent. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 12, 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 6/18: Register here. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 12, 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 6/18: Register here. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Monday, July 13, 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. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Monday, July 13, 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 Monday, July 13, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

BATS, UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL


Mysterious and often misunderstood, bats are some of the most fascinating creatures of the night. Join staff to learn about these flying mammals as we attempt to catch live bats with nets for observation and data collection. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 14, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

WATER BUGS FOR KIDS


Join a naturalist at Shady Beach Shelter to explore the world of water bugs. Nets and jars are provided, while supplies last. Sunscreen and hats are a must! MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 14, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

AQUATIC ANIMALS


Join a naturalist for a hike along Summit Lake to learn about some of the critters living in and around the water. Then, stop by the nearby farmers' market to grab some fresh fruits and vegetables. TT/SLNC

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 14, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

EVENING CREEK WALK


All ages: gets hands-on in the creek searching for fossils and critters. Please wear closed-toe water shoes and bring your curiosity! MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 14, 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, July 15, 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 9 to 15 can join us to learn international-style target archery at our outdoor range. Program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction is provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 6/26: Register here. SC/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 15, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

INTRO TO 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 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 6/26: Register here. SC/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 15, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

KINDEREALM KAMPFIRE: PICNIC


Children ages 3 to 6 and their families can explore nature at a picnic. Pack a picnic or bring hot dogs to roast over the campfire. Bring a T-shirt to tie-dye! We'll provide condiments, lemonade, marshmallows and dye. Please dress for a mess. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/27: 330-865-8065. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 16, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

DROP-IN NATURE CRAFT


All ages can join us for nature-crafting fun. A new craft will be presented each week this month. Please dress for a mess. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 16, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

GOOD GARDENS: PLANNING FOR FALL


We may be in the thick of summer, but now is the time to prepare for the autumn gardening season. Learn how to plan and execute a fall garden that provides plenty of fruits and vegetables even as the days shorten and temperatures drop. Season extension methods will be highlighted. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Friday, July 17, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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 needed. 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. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 6/27: Register here. NR/Lot C4

Leaf Icon Friday, July 17, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

"TREE"MENDOUS TRIVIA


Drop by and pick up a self-guided tree activity, then enjoy fun facts and folklore of trees as you see how many you can find in our nearby forest. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, July 17, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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 needed. 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. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 6/27: Register here. NR/Lot C4

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 18, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

DISTANCE HIKE & BREAKFAST


Start your day off right by participating in a 4+ mile hike, then enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by our volunteers. Participants are asked to contribute to the feast. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/30: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 18, 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 7/3: Register here. TT/Summit Lake

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 18, 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 7/4: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 18, 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 7/3: Register here. TT/Summit Lake

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 19, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

ECOLOGY OF EXOTIC SPECIES


Humans, whether intentionally or otherwise, have spread plants and animals from their native ranges to the far the corners of the world, including Ohio. In many cases they are thriving. Join a naturalist to learn about how exotic species have adapted to new homes. TT/SLNC

Leaf Icon Monday, July 20, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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! F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Monday, July 20, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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! F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Monday, July 20, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

KINDEREALM KAMPFIRE: PICNIC


Children ages 3 to 6 and their families can explore nature at a picnic. Pack a picnic or bring hot dogs to roast over the campfire. Bring a t-shirt to tie-dye! We'll provide condiments, lemonade, marshmallows and dye. Please dress for a mess. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/27: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 21, 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. NR/Lot C4

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 22, 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 22, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

MEET ME IN THE GARDEN


Join the Master Gardeners of Summit County to learn about landscaping with water features and aquatic plants. Presented by Rick Reeves, Master Gardener. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 22, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

HIKE & FIRE


Enjoy a hike to learn about local wildlife, then roast marshmallows over a campfire while listening to stories and singing songs. FASN

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 23, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

DROP-IN NATURE CRAFT


All ages can join us for nature-crafting fun. A new craft will be presented each week this month. Please dress for a mess. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Friday, July 24, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

NATIONAL MOTH WEEK


July 18 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 if you'd like to take photos. SFB

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 25, 9:30 AM - 11:30 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. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 25, 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 7/10: Register here. NR/Lot C4

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 25, 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 7/10: Register here. NR/Lot C4

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 25, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

MOTHS OF LIBERTY PARK


Moths outnumber butterflies by about 20 to one. Join a naturalist as part of National Moth Week to learn how to use black lights to attract these amazing creatures and for a chance to observe their beautiful colors, shapes and patterns up close. Bring a flashlight and camera if you'd like to take photos. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 26, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

PLASTIC BAG ALTERNATIVE


We’ll look at facts about plastic shopping bags and learn about alternatives made from upcycled materials. Please bring an old T-shirt to turn into a market-style bag. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/11: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 26, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

BACK YARDS GONE WILD: HUMMINGBIRDS


Learn about these fascinating gems of the garden and how to attract them to your own back yard. Then take a short stroll to search for hummingbirds and the flowers they like best. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 26, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

STARS OF THE SUMMER SKY


Join a naturalist as we look through telescopes at various celestial bodies in the summer sky. Learn about the constellations that show brightly only in the summer. Hear native myths and legends and the important roles they played in their respective cultures. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, July 27, 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. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Monday, July 27, 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, July 29, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

CAMOUFLAGE FOR KIDS


Kids and their adult companions can 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! FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 30, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

DROP-IN NATURE CRAFT


All ages can join us for nature-crafting fun. A new craft will be presented each week this month. Please dress for a mess. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 30, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

ANCIENT SHARKS OF OHIO


As Shark Week nears, prepare by learning about some of the ancient sea life that swam through the shallow oceans once covering Ohio. Hike with a naturalist and discover a world of fierce fins and sharp teeth! SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Friday, July 31, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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 31, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

THE RETURN OF NATURE'S ENGINEERS


A presentation followed by a hike will focus on the American beaver. Once extirpated from Ohio, this incredible wetland engineer has made an amazing comeback. F/Tuscarawas Meadows