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Program & Events Calendar

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Leaf Icon Monday, November 01, 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM

EYE SPY


Hit the trail any time during the month of November for a nature-themed game of Eye Spy! Begin by downloading or printing this month’s Eye Spy list from our “Educational Activities and Resources” page under the "Things to Do" tab, then enjoy a stroll along the Towpath Trail in search of plants and animals along the way. You can also complete your search using the November 1 Instagram post (@summitmetroparks). Good for spree credit. SLNC

Leaf Icon Monday, November 01, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Get fit while you sit! Enjoy an online 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! Zoom meeting ID: 849 6465 8634  Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 03, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

VIRTUAL: NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS


Join our interpretive artist for a virtual lesson in nature drawing. Bring a sketchbook, pencil and a sense of humor. Beginners are welcome. A Zoom invitation will be sent to participants after registering. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/22: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 03, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

VIRTUAL: NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS


Join our interpretive artist for this entertaining virtual lesson in nature drawing. No experience is necessary; all you need are pencils, paper and a sense of humor. A Zoom invitation will be emailed to participants after registering. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/22: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 03, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

VIRTUAL: NATIVE PLANT PROPAGATION 101


Join us virtually to discover why November is the best time to start native seeds. We're talking stratification, scarification and dormancy. Zoom meeting ID: 848 0334 5194 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 04, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

HOMESCHOOLERS: OWLS


Homeschoolers ages 7 to 10: Join a naturalist to discover the fascinating world of owls! Learn about some common species, what sounds they make, where to spot them and how they survive during the colder months. A hike and fire will follow some activities in the outdoor shelter, so please dress for the weather! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/20: 330-865-8065. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 04, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Get fit while you sit! 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! Zoom meeting ID: 849 6465 8634 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 04, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

HOMESCHOOLERS: OWLS


Homeschoolers ages 11 to 14: Join a naturalist to discover the fascinating world of owls! Learn about some common species, what sounds they make, where to spot them and how they survive during the colder months. A hike and fire will follow some activities in the outdoor shelter, so please dress for the weather! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/20: 330-865-8065. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Friday, November 05, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

SENIOR SAUNTER


Whether you're a senior by age or just want to enjoy the outdoors at a leisurely pace, join us for a saunter along paved trails to savor the season as it transitions from fall to winter. Bring a mug to enjoy a warm beverage afterward. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/23: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 06, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

HIKE FOR THE HEALTH OF IT


Hike over four miles at a vigorous pace with few, if any, rest stops. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 06, 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. Please note: a small number of guests will be admitted to the auditorium at a time. Others will be asked to wait outdoors. Please dress for the weather! FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 07, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

SO LONG, DAYLIGHT SAVINGS


Take advantage of the additional hour we get from turning back the clocks on an early morning hike with a naturalist. Enjoy fall foliage and observe signs of seasonal change as we learn why clocks around the world fall back in November and spring forward in March. SC/Big Oak

Leaf Icon Monday, November 08, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Get fit while you sit! Enjoy an online 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! Zoom meeting ID: 849 6465 8634 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Tuesday, November 09, 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM

SELF-GUIDED: STORYBOOK TRAIL


Enjoy a fun, active walk along a self-guided story trail based on the book "Time to Sleep." Look for it along Black Bear Trail from November 9 through 14. Good for spree credit. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 10, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

BALLOFLEX


Get fit while you sit! 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! SLNC

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 11, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

BIRD WALK ALONG THE BANKS


Discover an avian haven of riparian forest along our mighty Cuyahoga River. Binoculars and drinking water are recommended. Be prepared for limited access to park amenities. CV/Valley View

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 11, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Get fit while you sit! Enjoy an online 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! Zoom meeting ID: 849 6465 8634 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Friday, November 12, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

NIGHT VISION HIKE


As the sun sets below the horizon and the world is cloaked in night, nocturnal animals wake up and start their day. Come experience their world and see through their eyes as we hike into the night under the glow of the stars. Bring a flashlight to help light your path! CV/Valley View

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 13, 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. Please note: a small number of guests will be admitted to the auditorium at a time. Others will be asked to wait outdoors. Please dress for the weather!  FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 13, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

KINDEREALM: NATIVE AMERICANS


Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions: bring a blanket and curl up by a warm fire to learn through storytelling about the Native Americans who inhabited and hunted in the Metro Parks. Program includes a craft and hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. Meet at the campfire area. Program will be moved to the shelter if it rains. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/29: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 13, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

CANAL HISTORY


Ever wonder what life was like in the 1800s along the canal? Find out how the Ohio & Erie Canal helped Ohio become a state as we stroll into the past on this hike. TT/Clinton

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 14, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

HISTORY HIKE: FURNACE RUN


Stroll with a naturalist to learn the history of Furnace Run Metro Park, including its connections to the invention of electric streetlamps, the Civilian Conservation Corps and even the Wizard of Oz! Good for spree credit. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 14, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

GEOLOGY OF DEEP LOCK QUARRY


Join a naturalist to learn how the Berea sandstone, shale and Sharon conglomerate were formed. We'll explore the history of Deep Lock Quarry and will find out how this area produced some of the highest quality sandstone for structural building blocks, the canal locks and grindstones. Good for spree credit. DLQ

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 14, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

VIRTUAL: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE & RETHINK!


Join us online for a presentation on the history of recycling, best practices for successful sorting and what the future holds in the world of waste management. Other eco-friendly practices like composting and upcycling will also be covered. Zoom meeting ID: 889 2540 8160  Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Monday, November 15, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Get fit while you sit! Enjoy an online 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! Zoom meeting ID: 849 6465 8634 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Tuesday, November 16, 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM

SELF GUIDED: WILDLIFE HUMOR HIKE


Need a little humor in your life? Hike Alder Trail between November 16 and November 22 to get a few chuckles and some exercise! Wildlife jokes will be located along the trail for your reading enjoyment. GYH/Pioneer

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

WEEKDAY WALKERS


In honor of Take a Hike Day, hit the trails with a naturalist for some exercise and observe some fall foliage and other sights along the way GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 17, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

VIRTUAL: NATURE JOURNALING


Join our interpretive artist for an inspiring virtual lesson in nature journaling as a technique for practicing mindfulness. A Zoom invitation will be emailed to participants after registering. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/5: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 17, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

VIRTUAL: NATURE JOURNALING


Join our interpretive artist for an inspiring virtual lesson in nature journaling as a technique for practicing mindfulness. A Zoom invitation will be emailed to participants after registering. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/5: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 18, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

CHICKADEE TRAINING 101


The chickadees at Liberty Park aren’t yet used to being fed by hand, so come help us establish the tradition! Bring an old, no-longer-needed hat, scarf or mis-matched mitten that can be used to outfit a “chickadee trainer” scarecrow (items will remain outside all winter). Learn about chickadees and other inquisitive birds and how they can be coaxed to feed by hand, then try your luck at enticing one to take a seed from you. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 18, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Get fit while you sit! 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! Zoom meeting ID: 849 6465 8634 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 18, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

VIRTUAL: OWLS FOR KIDS


Kids ages 7 to 11: Join us online to discover the fascinating world of owls! Learn about some common species, what sounds they make, where to spot them and how they survive during the colder months. Zoom meeting ID: 883 1549 9116 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 18, 5:00 PM - 6:30 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 age 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 ONLINE 11/4: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 18, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

VIRTUAL: OWLS FOR ADULTS


Join us online to discover the fascinating world of owls! Learn about some common species, what sounds they make, where to spot them and how they survive during the colder months. Zoom meeting ID: 835 7741 7539 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 18, 7:00 PM - 8:30 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 age 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 11/10: 330-865-8065. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Friday, November 19, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

A ROYAL JAMBOREE


Calling all princes and princesses! Get dressed up (if you would like) and enjoy the book “Do princesses wear hiking boots?” followed by fun nature crafts and activities. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/11: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Friday, November 19, 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. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Friday, November 19, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

FULL MOON HIKE & FIRE


Join a naturalist as we hike around Liberty Park under the moonlit skies. We will discuss moon trivia and maybe even learn about some constellations. If the night air is brisk, we can warm up by the fire and enjoy some hot chocolate. Good for spree credit. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 20, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

VIRTUAL: NATURE ART FOR TEENS


Do you have a creative spirit? Teens ages 13 to 17 can join our interpretive artist for a virtual lesson in nature-inspired art. A Zoom invitation will be emailed to participants after registering. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/12: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 20, 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. Please note: a small number of guests will be admitted to the building at a time. Others will be asked to wait outdoors. Please dress for the weather! SLNC

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 20, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

KINDEREALM: NATIVE AMERICANS


Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions: bring a blanket and curl up by a warm fire to learn through storytelling about the Native Americans who inhabited and hunted in the Metro Parks. Program includes a craft and hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. Meet at the campfire area. Program will be moved to Seneca Deck if it rains. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/13: 330-865-8065. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 21, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

VIRTUAL: NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS


Join our interpretive artist online for this entertaining lesson in nature drawing for kids ages 6 to12. All you need are a pencil and paper. A Zoom invitation will be emailed to participants after registering. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/19: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 21, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

VIRTUAL: NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS


Join our interpretive artist online for this entertaining lesson in nature drawing for kids ages 6 to12. All you need are a pencil and paper. A Zoom invitation will be emailed to participants after registering. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/19: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 21, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

OWLS & HOWLS


Join a naturalist after dark to discover some of the park’s most elusive and misunderstood residents. After a short presentation in the shelter, we will take a quiet hike to call these creatures with hopes they will respond. Bring your patience, curiosity and a small flashlight if you wish. For ages 6 and older. No dogs, please. Good for spree credit. WH

Leaf Icon Monday, November 22, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Get fit while you sit! Enjoy an online 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! Zoom meeting ID: 849 6465 8634 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Monday, November 22, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

OWL PROWL


Join a naturalist for an evening hike in search of owls. Learn some common owl calls, where to spot them and how they survive during the colder months. For ages 6 and older. No dogs, please. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 24, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

BALLOFLEX


Get fit while you sit! 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! SLNC

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 27, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

DISTANCE HIKE


Lace up your hiking boots and grab your hiking stick and hat because it's time for another distance hike! We are going five miles on natural trails over the river and through the woods. Riding Run Conservation Area: 2247 Everett Road Peninsula, OH 44264

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 27, 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. Please note: a small number of guests will be admitted to the auditorium at a time. Others will be asked to wait outdoors. Please dress for the weather!  FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 28, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

WINTER TREE AND SHRUB ID


How do you properly identify a dogwood tree? By its "bark" of course! Join a naturalist to hike the trail, identifying many of the trees and shrubs along the way. By the end of the program, you will be able to easily tell the difference between spicebush, invasive honeysuckle, beech, maples, oaks and even dogwood trees. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, November 29, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Get fit while you sit! Enjoy an online 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! Zoom meeting ID: 849 6465 8634 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Tuesday, November 30, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

HIKE INTO TWILIGHT


We'll explore nature at the close of day with one last Fall Hiking Spree hike along Ledges Trail, then enjoy a warm fire as twilight falls. Good for spree credit. LP/Nature Center