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Program & Events Calendar

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Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 02, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS


Join our interpretive artist for an entertaining lesson in nature drawing. Bring a sketchbook, pencil and a sense of humor. Beginners are welcome. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/20: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 02, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

VIRTUAL NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS


Join our interpretive artist for an entertaining virtual lesson in nature drawing. You'll need paper, a pencil and a sense of humor. Beginners are welcome. A Zoom invitation will be emailed to participants after registering. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/20: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

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

NATURE COLLAGE


Let's make something beautiful! Join our interpretive artist for this lesson in nature collage. All materials will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/26: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 03, 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 03, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

VIRTUAL: NATURE COLLAGE


Let's make something beautiful! Join our interpretive artist for this virtual lesson in nature collage. A list of materials and a Zoom invite will be emailed after registering. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/26: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 03, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

OWLS AND 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. Good for spree credit. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, November 04, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

AUTUMN NATURE TALES


Young children and their adult companions will enjoy this interactive, autumn-themed story time. Make it a fun, family-friendly morning by exploring the park or visiting the nature play area after the program. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, November 04, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

NUTS FOR SQUIRRELS


Do you love squirrels? Have you ever wondered how they find the nuts they buried? Join a naturalist to learn fun squirrelly facts and take a hike in search of scampering squirrels in the park. Dress for the weather. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Friday, November 04, 12:00 PM - 1:00 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 walk to appreciate the sights and sounds of nature in late autumn. Bring a mug to enjoy a beverage and nature conversation afterward.  LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, November 04, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

GET TO KNOW COYOTES


Join a naturalist to explore one of Ohio's most beautiful and misunderstood creatures: the coyote. Following a discussion about this canine species, we'll take a short hike and try to hear them call. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 05, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

FALL FOLIAGE HIKE


Hike Chippewa Trail to see the start of the changing fall foliage. We'll learn what causes the leaves to change color and more! SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 05, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

FALL SPREE TOGETHER


In this series, trek alongside a naturalist to hike Coyote Run as we work toward getting our Fall Hiking Spree staff and shield — together! Focusing on the hike, we will make limited stops. Good for spree credit. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 05, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

ANIMAL AMBASSADOR MEET AND GREET


Join a naturalist to learn the history and backgrounds of our critters as well as what it means to be an animal ambassador. Our ambassadors love the attention and are looking forward to seeing new and old faces. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 06, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

SO LONG, DAYLIGHT SAVING!


Take advantage of the additional hour we get turning the clocks back by joining a naturalist for an early morning hike. Enjoy observing fall foliage and signs of seasonal change while learning about why clocks around the world fall back in November and spring forward in March. Good for spree credit. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Sunday, 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 building at a time. Others will be asked to wait outdoors. Please dress for the weather! SLNC

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 06, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

BACK YARDS GONE WILD: FEED THE BIRDS


Join a naturalist to wrap up a year-long series of welcoming nature into our yards. This month, we will learn all about how to feed the birds and thwart those sneaky squirrels! After a short presentation of tips and tricks, make a simple bird feeder to take home, while supplies last. Bring an old coffee mug or teacup and saucer if you have one. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, November 07, 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 07, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

VIRTUAL: NATIVE PLANT PROPAGATION


Join us virtually to discover a budget-friendly way to bring nature home. November is the best time to start native seeds! We're talking stratification, scarification and dormancy. Zoom meeting ID: 861 1374 0181 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Tuesday, November 08, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS


Join our interpretive artist for an entertaining lesson in nature drawing. Bring a sketchbook, pencil and a sense of humor. Beginners are welcome. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/27: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

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

SELF-GUIDED: WILDLIFE HUMOR HIKE


Need a little humor in your life? Hike Prairie Trail between November 9 and November 15 to get a few chuckles and some exercise! Wildlife jokes will be located along the trail for your reading enjoyment. Good for spree credit. SFB

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 09, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NATURE JOURNALING FOR ADULTS


Join our interpretive artist for an inspiring lesson in nature journaling as a technique for practicing mindfulness. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/3: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 09, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

KINDEREALM: TURKEYS


Children ages 3-6 and their adult companions can join us to look beyond the familiar Thanksgiving turkey and explore all about wild turkeys, turkey vultures and turkey tail fungus! Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/2: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 09, 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 09, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

VIRTUAL: NATURE JOURNALING FOR ADULTS


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 11/3: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 09, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

KINDEREALM: TURKEYS


Children ages 3-6 and their adult companions can join us to look beyond the familiar Thanksgiving turkey and explore all about wild turkeys, turkey vultures and turkey tail fungus! Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/2: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 09, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

DROP-IN AUTUMN-INSPIRED CRAFT


Create a fall-themed craft inspired by the delights of seasonal change. Learn card-making techniques using scrapbooking supplies, rubber stamps and stencils, while supplies last. FASN/Visitors Center

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

NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS


Join our interpretive artist for an entertaining lesson in nature drawing. Bring a sketchbook, pencil and a sense of humor. Beginners are welcome. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/27: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 10, 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 10, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

NATIVE PLANT SEED STARTERS


Fall is the best time to sow next year's bounty! Learn about the importance of landscaping with native plants, then start some wildflower seeds of your own! Trays, soil and seeds provided. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 12, 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 12, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF STARS


Join a naturalist as we look toward space to see which planets, stars, galaxies and constellations might be visible in the night sky. Telescopes will be available for viewing. Let's hope for clear skies! LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 13, 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM

SELF-GUIDED STORYBOOK TRAIL: TIME TO SLEEP


Enjoy some exercise and fresh air while following a self-guided story trail based on the book, "Time to Sleep." Look for it along Coyote Run Trail, November 13 through December 11. Good for spree credit. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 13, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

NATIVE PLANT EXPLORATIONS


Join a naturalist to tour the world of native plants. Find a new appreciation for the crispy leaves while we hike and discuss their importance. Something new could be just a few feet away! FASN

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 13, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

EARLY THANKSGIVING FOR THE BIRDS


Families can drop in to learn about the feathered friends that will stick around all winter, create a treat for the birds in their backyard and try their luck at hand-feeding chickadees. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 13, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS


Join our interpretive artist for this entertaining lesson in nature drawing for kids ages 6-12. All materials will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/4: 330-865-8065. FASN

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

VIRTUAL: NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS


Join our interpretive artist for this entertaining virtual lesson in nature drawing for kids ages 6-12. All you need is a pencil and paper. A Zoom invitation will be emailed to participants after registration. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/4: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Monday, November 14, 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 14, 1:00 PM - 3:00 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 CCC and even the Wizard of Oz! Good for spree credit. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Tuesday, November 15, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE & RETHINK!


In honor of National Recycling Day, join us 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. SLNC

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 16, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

KINDEREALM: TURKEYS


Children ages 3-6 and their adult companions can join us to look beyond the familiar Thanksgiving turkey and explore all about wild turkeys, turkey vultures and turkey tail fungus! Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/2: 330-865-8065. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 16, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

KINDEREALM: TURKEYS


Children ages 3-6 and their adult companions can join us to look beyond the familiar Thanksgiving turkey and explore all about wild turkeys, turkey vultures and turkey tail fungus! Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/2: 330-865-8065. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 17, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

HOMESCHOOLERS: COYOTES & OTHER CANINES


Homeschoolers ages 7-14: explore the lives of coyotes and foxes, Ohio’s wild canines, and learn why the timber wolf no longer calls our area home. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/9: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 17, 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 17, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

HOMESCHOOLERS: COYOTES & OTHER CANINES


Homeschoolers ages 7-14: explore the lives of coyotes and foxes, Ohio's wild canines, and learn why the timber wolf no longer calls our area home. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/9: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 17, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

NATIONAL TAKE A HIKE DAY


Come celebrate National Take a Hike Day along Alder Pond. We will discover the amazing creatures that live in and around this beautiful wetland. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Thursday, November 17, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

TRIVIA NIGHT


So you think you know nature? Grab a crew of two to six adults and compete against other teams to prove yourselves at the first official SMP Trivia Night. From bees to trees and rocks to hawks, our topics will test your knowledge on everything natural about Ohio. Refreshments will be available and prizes will be waiting for those who place first, second and third. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 11/10: 330-865-8065. CV/Valley View

Leaf Icon Friday, November 18, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

WILDLIFE RESOURCES: WATERFOWL


Join a Summit Metro Parks naturalist and an ODNR wildlife specialist to discuss the value of duck hunting at Nimisila Reservoir. Explore the ecological and economic importance of hunting, then hop from lot to lot searching through spotting scopes and binoculars for some of our beautiful waterfowl on their way south. NR/Lot C4

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

WHERE ARE THE TURTLES?


Where did all the turtles go? Join a naturalist to find out what turtles get up to when it gets too cold outside and how they keep up their daily routine through brumation. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

DISTANCE HIKE


Join a naturalist as we hike 5 challenging miles on the hilly trails of Sand Run. This will not be a leisurely walk in the park, so check with your doctor before engaging in strenuous activity. Good for spree credit. SR/Wadsworth

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 19, 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 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

SNOWY OWLS: 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. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 20, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

LATE FALL BIRD WALK


Join a naturalist to learn about how our avian neighbors prepare for winter. We'll search for birds in the open meadow and forest edge. Binoculars and a bird guide are recommended. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 20, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

EYE SPY AND CAMPFIRE


Hit the trail for a nature-themed game of "Eye Spy." Pick up your scavenger hunt list between noon and 3 p.m., then explore the trails in search of animals, plants and more. Afterward, stop by the campfire ring to warm up and roast some marshmallows. Return your completed list to the nature center front desk by 4:45 p.m. for a prize. Good for spree credit. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 20, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

FALL SPREE TOGETHER


In this series, trek alongside a naturalist to hike Pheasant Run Trail as we work toward getting our Fall Hiking Spree staff and shield — together! Focusing on the hike, we will make limited stops. Good for spree credit. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Sunday, November 20, 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. Good for spree credit. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Monday, November 21, 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 21, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR ALL AGES


Ages 9 and up can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our temporary indoor range. This 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 11/16: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Monday, November 21, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR ALL AGES


Ages 9 and up can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our temporary indoor range. This 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 11/16: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 23, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

WEEKDAY WALKERS


Individuals of all abilities are encouraged to join us for a 2-mile walk on the towpath. The paved section of trail between Summit Lake and Wilbeth Road is easily accessible and teeming with a beautiful array of plant and animal life. SLNC

Leaf Icon Saturday, November 26, 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 27, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

THE HISTORY OF AMERICA THROUGH THE FUR TRADE


Join a naturalist as we discuss how beaver, otter and many other fur-bearing animals shaped the America we know today. Learn how John Jacob Astor influenced both the east and west coasts through the fur trade, how the Hudson's Bay Company monopolized this industry and more! LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, November 28, 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 30, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

LAST CHANCE HIKE


Need one more? It's not too late! It's the last day of the Fall Hiking Spree, and we'll be checking off the 1.8 miles of Deer Run Trail to close out this year's spree. On this gorgeous trail, who knows what we'll find! Good for spree credit. ONW/Trail Lot

Leaf Icon Wednesday, November 30, 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 30, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

FALL LANTERN HIKE


Enjoy a guided walk by lantern light along the paved Coyote Run Trail and learn the history of the area around Liberty Park Nature Center. Good for spree credit. LP/Nature Center

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

VIRTUAL: LESSONS IN "BIO"DIVERSITY


Using Mother Nature as our teacher, we'll explore lessons in diversity, resilience, balance and understanding related to the human world. When nature speaks, we ought to listen! Zoom meeting ID: 874 8015 2620 Zoom: , OH