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Program & Events Calendar

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Leaf Icon Sunday, May 01, 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM

SELF GUIDED: EYE SPY


Hit the trail any time during the month of May for a nature-themed game of Eye Spy! Begin by downloading or printing this month’s Eye Spy list from our “Educational Activities & Resources” page under the “Things to Do” tab, then enjoy a stroll along Old Mill Trail in search of plants, animals and landmarks along the way. You can also complete your search using the May 2 Instagram post (@summitmetroparks). FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Sunday, May 01, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

TEEN ADVENTURE SERIES: WILDFLOWER BIOBLITZ


Interested in learning the names of the flowers you commonly see? Empower yourself with the tools and knowledge to identify plants! We’ll go over different types of guides, what to look for and even have a friendly competition to see who can successfully identify the most plants. Participants are encouraged to download the iNaturalist app on their phones before attending. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/21: 330-865-8065. SFB

Leaf Icon Sunday, May 01, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

WARBLER WARM-UP


Join a naturalist as we get ready for warbler season and the biggest week in American birding! This program is designed for all levels of birding experience. We will review the basics of warbler identification, songs and other important tidbits about our feathered friends. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, May 02, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

SPRING BIRD STROLL


Hike Celebration Trail with a naturalist to marvel at May's new migrating arrivals. Discover May magic in the meadows, near the river and on the forest floor! CV/Valley View

Leaf Icon Monday, May 02, 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 Thursday, May 05, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

HOMESCHOOLERS: GARDENING


Homeschoolers ages 7-10: Join a naturalist to learn all about plants! We’ll focus on fruits and vegetables edible to humans and native plants that are important to many garden critters. Dress for a mess and prepare to plant, harvest and eat some delicious produce!  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/28: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Thursday, May 05, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

NATURE TIKES: MADE IN THE SHADE


Participants ages 1-3 years and their adult companions will enjoy a series of fun activities that explore sun, shade and shadows. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/27: 330-865-8065. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Thursday, May 05, 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, May 05, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

HOMESCHOOLERS: GARDENING


Homeschoolers ages 11-14: Join a naturalist to learn all about plants! We’ll focus on fruits and vegetables edible to humans and native plants that are important to many garden critters. Dress for a mess and prepare to plant, harvest and eat some delicious produce!  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/28: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Friday, May 06, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

GONE FISHIN'


Kids ages 15 and younger can learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line in Brushwood Lake. Some rods and reels will be available for use. Bait is provided. Adults must be there to supervise their children and if they want to fish, must have a current Ohio fishing license. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Friday, May 06, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

HIKE THE NIGHT


Have you ever heard the saying "What you see is what you get?" Try hiking Pheasant Run Trail at night to listen to the things we may not see. On this hike, a naturalist will use recordings in hopes of summoning choruses of croaks, hoots and howls as animals respond. Patience and silence are essential. For ages 6 and older. No dogs, please. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 07, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

KINDEREALM: TALKIN' TURTLES


May is the time to celebrate our not-so-slow moving shelled friends: turtles! Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions can get to know the turtle species found in our parks, play games, make a craft and learn why turtles need our help. Come prepared for a short hike with your family members! Meet on Seneca Deck. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/29: 330-865-8065. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 07, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

SPECIAL NEEDS TROUT DERBY


The trout derby is open to children and adults with special needs. The three anglers with the longest measured trout will be awarded trophies. Parents and caregivers may help the participants, but may not fish. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. A limited number of fishing rods will be available for use on a first-come, first-serve basis. This event is sponsored by the Goodyear Hunting & Fishing Club.  F/Little Turtle Pond

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 07, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

A BEE'S PERSPECTIVE: WILDFLOWER HIKE


Join a naturalist for a hike that buzzes flowers into perspective. Taking our time, we will gain the perspective of early spring pollinators as we view spring wildflowers. Along the way we will learn the names of the flowers and bees that we see. Everett Covered Bridge: Everett Rd Covered Bridge Boston Township, OH 44264

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 07, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

KINDEREALM: TALKIN' TURTLES


May is the time to celebrate our not-so-slow moving shelled friends: turtles! Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions can get to know the turtle species found in our parks, play games, make a craft and learn why turtles need our help. Come prepared for a short hike with your family members! Meet on Seneca Deck. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/29: 330-865-8065. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Sunday, May 08, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

HIKE FOR THE HEALTH OF IT


Hike Chuckery Trail 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. CV/Chuckery

Leaf Icon Sunday, May 08, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

BACK YARDS GONE WILD: COMPOSTING 101


New to composting? This program is for you! Learn the basics of starting, maintaining and troubleshooting a compost pile or barrel at home. Soon you’ll be turning food scraps and yard clippings into the richest soil around! LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, May 09, 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM

WANDERING FOR WARBLERS FIELD TRIP


Summit County birders can join park naturalists on a journey to the "Warbler Capital of the World" during the Biggest Week In American Birding Festival. The tour bus departs F.A. Seiberling at 6 a.m. for the famed Magee Marsh Boardwalk and returns at 6 p.m. Be prepared for eight hours of birding at several hotspots in all weather. Pack lunch, beverages, snacks, binoculars and cameras. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 4/20: Register here. FASN

Leaf Icon Monday, May 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 Thursday, May 12, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

STRETCH AND HIKE


Join us for a morning hike on Pheasant Run Trail with a few gentle stretches and exercises led by a naturalist. Meet at Pheasant Run Shelter. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Thursday, May 12, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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 invitation will be emailed after registration. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/5: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, May 12, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

SALUTE TO MOMS HIKE


Let's celebrate moms while hiking Alder Trail. We’ll talk about some amazing animal moms, including you, as we hike! GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Thursday, May 12, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

FEEDING TIME


Lettuce, worms, tomatoes and roaches...yum! Stop by the animal room and get up-close to our animal ambassadors as they eat a healthy lunch. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, May 12, 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 Friday, May 13, 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM

WARBLER WALK


New and experienced birders: join Summit Metro Parks and the Greater Akron Audubon Society to spot warblers and other neotropical migrants along the Cuyahoga River during peak migration. We'll also learn how to support our feathered friends during their epic journey north. Please bring your joy of birds, binoculars and a bird guide. CV/Valley View

Leaf Icon Friday, May 13, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

HERON OPEN HOUSE


Join a naturalist to observe the nesting behaviors of one of Ohio’s largest birds, the great blue heron, through our binoculars and spotting scopes. Meet at the Bath Road Heronry on Bath Rd., between Riverview and Akron-Peninsula roads in Akron. Bath Road Heronry: , OH

Leaf Icon Friday, May 13, 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM

MOVIE NIGHT: THE BIG YEAR


Love is in the air, and so are the birds! Join us for a free showing of the 2011 hit romantic comedy, "The Big Year" (rated PG) at our outdoor theater. Please bring your own blankets and chairs.  MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 14, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

KIDS FISHING


Kids ages 15 and younger can learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line in Summit Lake. Some rods and reels will be available for use. Bait is provided. Adults must be there to supervise their children and if they want to fish, must have a current Ohio fishing license. SLNC

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 14, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

TEEN ADVENTURE SERIES: WADE ON IN!


Explore with a naturalist as we look for the amazing variety of life in Rock Creek. We’ll be electroshocking (no harm to the fish) to see if we can find the unique rainbow darter and kick-netting to look for macroinvertebrates. Bring closed-toe water shoes and don't forget bug spray! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/6: 330-865-8065. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 14, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

NATURE-INSPIRED JEWELRY


Explore the world of earring making with polymer clay, led by jewelry designer Randi Mull, owner of Studio Syven. You will find how easy and enjoyable it is to make custom and lightweight jewelry for everyday wear. This workshop will complete 1 pair of earrings. If you can think it, you can make it. If you can make it, you can wear it. The options are limitless! This program is curated thanks to a collaboration with Akron Black Artist Guild ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/4: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 14, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

ATTRACTING BIRDS WITH NATIVE VINES AND SHRUBS


Did you know poison ivy is a native vine and is very important for our birds? Join a naturalist to learn what shrubs or vines to plant that will attract birds to your back yard year-round. Learn what not to plant in your landscape and why. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, May 15, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

SPRING BIRD WALK


It's migration time! New and experienced birders can join a naturalist in search of birds, from warblers to waterfowl. Binoculars are recommended; some will be available to borrow. LP/Pond Brook

Leaf Icon Sunday, May 15, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS


Join our interpretive artist online for this entertaining lesson in nature drawing for kids ages 6 to 12. All you need are a pencil and paper. A Zoom invitation will be emailed to participants after registration.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/6: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Sunday, May 15, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

BIRDS BUGS AND BLOOMS FOR SCOUTS


Scouts are invited to a workshop with naturalist-led sessions. We'll explore the park and learn about some of the cool plants and critters that call it home while honing the nature observation skills so pivotal in ecology themed merit badge work. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Sunday, May 15, 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 registration. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/6: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Monday, May 16, 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM

SELF GUIDED: WILDFLOWER WALK


There are more than daffodils to admire at beautiful Furnace Run Metro Park! Hike Daffodil Trail between May 16 and May 22 to discover delicate spring blooms of all shapes and sizes. Interpretive signs will be posted along the way to guide your learning experience. FR/Daffodil

Leaf Icon Monday, May 16, 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, May 17, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

UPCYCLED GARDENING PROJECT


Exercise your creativity during this fun upcycling project! Enjoy decorating a garden kneeler to use at home all season long. Your knees will thank you later! All materials will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/11: 330-865-8065. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Wednesday, May 18, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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 registration. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/11: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, May 18, 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 registration. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/11: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

VIRTUAL: TEEN TRIVIA


What are fiddleheads, and do you make music with them or eat them? Test your nature knowledge in a fun and interactive Zoom game where everyone wins! Zoom meeting ID: 845 9603 7092 ZOOM: , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, May 19, 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, May 19, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

SALAMANDER STROLL


Get to know these mysterious amphibians along the lower trails of Hampton Hills as see what kinds of salamanders we can spot in these forests and streams. Bring waterproof shoes and prepare to get dirty! HH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Thursday, May 19, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

DISTANCE HIKE


Hike more than six miles at a continuous pace on Valley Link Trail into Cascade Valley Metro Park. There will be few, if any, rest stops. Please wear appropriate footwear and bring drinking water. SR/Wadsworth

Leaf Icon Friday, May 20, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

WILDFLOWERS ON WHEELS


Enjoy the beauty of spring ephemerals as you cycle! Join a naturalist for native wildflower interpretation during a leisurely paced ride. Participants must bring their own bike and helmet. Water is recommended.  BHT/SR 303

Leaf Icon Friday, May 20, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

KINDEREALM: TALKIN' TURTLES


May is the time to celebrate our not-so-slow moving shelled friends: turtles! Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions can get to know the turtle species found in our parks, play games, make a craft and learn why turtles need our help. Come prepared for a short hike with your family members!  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/29: 330-865-8065. F/Little Turtle Pond

Leaf Icon Friday, May 20, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

KINDEREALM: TALKIN' TURTLES


May is the time to celebrate our not-so-slow moving shelled friends: turtles! Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions can get to know the turtle species found in our parks, play games, make a craft and learn why turtles need our help. Come prepared for a short hike with your family members! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/29: 330-865-8065. F/Little Turtle Pond

Leaf Icon Friday, May 20, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

FROGS N' BOGS


Escape the city smog at Springfield Bog! We'll search for frogs among the fog with an amphibian catalog. Join us to discover which frog species we can identify in this unique habitat once the sun drops. Don't forget a flashlight! SFB

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 21, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

KIDS' FISHING


Calling all kids 15 years and younger! Join two naturalists and explore the basics of fishing. Drop a line for yourself and get hooked on a new hobby! A few rods and reels will be available offered first come first serve. Bait will be provided. Adults must supervise their children but are not permitted to fish. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 21, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

NATURE-INSPIRED JEWELRY


Explore the world of earring making with polymer clay, led by jewelry designer Randi Mull, owner of Studio Syven. You will find how easy and enjoyable it is to make custom and lightweight jewelry for everyday wear. This workshop will complete 1 pair of earrings. If you can think it, you can make it. If you can make it, you can wear it. The options are limitless! This program is curated thanks to a collaboration with Akron Black Artist Guild. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/12: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Sunday, May 22, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

HABITAT HAPPENINGS: YOUR BACK YARD


On International Day for Biological Diversity, discover the importance of your own back yard with Summit Metro Parks, where “We're Your Back Yard.” Join a naturalist for an open discussion and hike about why plants matter and what you can do to help wildlife. Follow along with the Habitat Happenings series to learn about all the different ways you can help life around you. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Monday, May 23, 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, May 23, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

TENT CAMPING WORKSHOP


Before camping season kicks off, stop by and learn the basics of camping through hands-on activities and demonstrations. We're talking tents, cooking and preparation! We'll be at Maple Beach Shelter, located at the bottom of the sledding hill. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Monday, May 23, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

GOOD GARDENS: PLANT SWAP


Join us to swap some plants! These can be cuttings from plants in your yard or freshly grown from seed. Plants should be labeled by name and contained in pots. Vegetables and herbs are preferred, but all plants are welcome! All are encouraged to attend, even without plants to share. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Tuesday, May 24, 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 outdoor range. Beginner and experienced 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 5/12: 330-865-8065. LP/Tinkers Creek SNP

Leaf Icon Tuesday, May 24, 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. Beginner and experienced 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 5/12: 330-865-8065. LP/Tinkers Creek SNP

Leaf Icon Wednesday, May 25, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

SPRING BIRD WALK


Birders of all experience levels can join a naturalist for a spring bird walk at this park designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon. Binoculars are recommended. DLQ

Leaf Icon Wednesday, May 25, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

VIRTUAL: NATURE JOURNALING


Join our interpretive artist online for an inspiring virtual lesson in nature journaling as a technique for practicing mindfulness. A Zoom invitation will be emailed to participants after registration. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/18: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, May 25, 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, May 25, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

VIRTUAL: NATURE JOURNALING


Join our interpretive artist online 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 5/18: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, May 25, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

WEEKDAY WALKERS


Spend a spring evening hiking with a naturalist! Hit the trails for some exercise and observe all the flowers, leaves and smells the season has to offer. Please bring water and wear a sturdy pair of hiking shoes. Please consult a doctor before beginning a new exercise routine.  GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Thursday, May 26, 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, May 26, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

VIRTUAL: GARDENING FOR KIDS


Kids ages 7-14: Join us online to learn all about plants! We’ll focus on fruits and vegetables we can grow to eat, as well as native plants that are important to many of the critters that call our gardens home. Zoom Meeting ID: 842 1833 3488 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, May 26, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

TRY IT: ARCHERY


Participants ages 9 and older can sign up for a 45-minute time slot to try archery. Beginner and experienced archers are welcome. All equipment is provided. Participants must be 50 inches or taller. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/19: 330-865-8065. HH/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Thursday, May 26, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

TRY IT: ARCHERY


Participants ages 9 and older can sign up for a 45-minute time slot to try archery. Beginner and experienced archers are welcome. All equipment is provided. Participants must be 50 inches or taller. HH/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Thursday, May 26, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

VIRTUAL: GARDENING FOR ADULTS


Join us online to learn all about plants! We’ll focus on fruits and vegetables we can grow to eat, as well as native plants that are important to many of the critters that call our gardens home. Zoom Meeting ID: 869 5905 5055 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, May 26, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

TRY IT: ARCHERY


Participants ages 9 and older can sign up for a 45-minute time slot to try archery. Beginner and experienced archers are welcome. All equipment is provided. Participants must be 50 inches or taller. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/19: 330-865-8065. HH/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Friday, May 27, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

WORM COMPOSTING


Join a naturalist to learn about the benefits of vermiculture, or worm composting, for the garden. Visitors of all ages can make a wee worm bin to take home and start your own compost. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/20: 330-865-8065. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Friday, May 27, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

WHAT'S BF3?


What's BF3? It stands for birds, fungi, ferns and flowers of course! Join a naturalist as we look for birds that have arrived for the summer, fungi that might be growing, ferns spreading their fronds and flowers! We will be hiking the trail to see what we can find; who knows what we will see! Some binoculars will be available for use. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, May 27, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

KINDEREALM: TALKIN' TURTLES


May is the time to celebrate our not-so-slow moving shelled friends: turtles! Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions can get to know the turtle species found in our parks, play games, make a craft and learn why turtles need our help. Come prepared for a short hike with your family members! Meet at Indian Spring Trailhead. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/29: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 28, 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM

SELF-GUIDED: STORYBOOK TRAIL


Bring the family to enjoy some exercise and fun while following a self-guided story trail based on the book "Toad." Look for it along Downy Loop Trail between May 28 and June 12. WH

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 28, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

NATIVE PLANT FESTIVAL


Kick off summer by welcoming wildlife into your yard with beautiful, beneficial native plants! Join Summit Metro Parks staff and local native plant nurseries to learn more about the vital role of native plants in our ecosystem. Browse a wide variety of plants available for purchase, or attend an educational session to better understand how to incorporate native plants into your landscaping. Summit Metro Parks is offering a free plant to all attendees, while supplies last. Vendors include Auburn Native Plants, Companion Plants, Maple Leaf Gifts, Natives in Harmony, Native Roots, Powell’s Native Wildflowers, Riverside Native Trees, Working Gardens, and Slymans Food Truck with music by CLE Music Group. Seminars and hands-on activities will include: Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden (10:30-11 am), Providing Nesting Opportunities for Pollinators (11:30 am-12 pm), Restoring the Natural Landscape at Valley View (12:30-1 pm) & Guided Valley View Hike (2-3 pm). CV/Valley View

Leaf Icon Saturday, May 28, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

NATURE IS SCENT-SATIONAL


Join this scent-sational program to learn about a variety of smells found in nature! Why do plants and animals smell? Have humans benefited from these smells? Find the answers to these questions and more. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Sunday, May 29, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

ASTRONOMY NIGHT


Join a naturalist as we learn about the visible planets, stars and constellations. Telescopes will be available for viewing during the night. Hopefully the clouds will stay away! LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, May 31, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

HEALING HERBS


Join us for an introduction to harvesting herbs and flowers for natural herbal skincare. Participants will make a sample of sleepy salve to take home. Meet at Meadow View Shelter. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/25: 330-865-8065. MF/Tallmadge Meadows