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Program & Events Calendar

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Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 01, 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM

SELF GUIDED: EYE SPY


Hit the trail any time during the month of June for a nature-themed game of Eye Spy! Begin by downloading or printing this month’s Eye Spy list from our "Publications & Downloads" page under the “Things to Do” tab, then enjoy a stroll along Parcours Trail in search of animals, plants and other landmarks along the way. You can also complete your search using the June 2 Instagram post (@summitmetroparks). SR/Treaty Line

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

LIL' SPROUTS


This biweekly program is designed to engage 3- to 5-year-olds and an accompanying grown-up into the wonderful world of gardening. Each class will build upon knowledge from the last and will be centered on what’s growing and ready to harvest! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/25: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 01, 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 registering. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/26: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

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

WEEKDAY WALKERS


Raise your heart rate and your spirits by joining a naturalist for a walk through the woods and meadows of Munroe Falls. Please bring water and wear a sturdy pair of hiking shoes. Please consult a doctor before beginning a new exercise routine.  MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 01, 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 5/26: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 01, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

GO NATIVE!


Drop in to the Rock & Herb Garden to discover why you should ditch exotic or invasive species and fill your home landscape with beautiful and ecologically important native plants instead! Wildflowers, grasses, vines, shrubs and trees — every species plays its part! Native seed packets will be available for attendees to bring nature home! FASN

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 02, 10:00 AM - 12:00 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 invitation will be emailed after registering. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/27: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 02, 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, June 02, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

BUCKEYE BLACK BEARS


June is the month when Summit County residents are treated to black bear sightings. Learn about our resilient and adaptable wild neighbors. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 04, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

GOOD MORNING, POND!


Children will discover pond life and critters through this nature exploration program at Alder Pond. This program includes a short hike and time to enjoy the Nature Play Area. Meet at Pioneer Shelter. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 04, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

FAMILY CYCLING: BINGO ALONG THE BIKE & HIKE


Bring the family for fun, competitive rounds of nature related BINGO as you ride the Bike & Hike Trail. Pick up all of your supplies for this self-guided ride from a naturalist at the Alexander Road trailhead. Bring your own bicycles and helmets. BHT/Barlow

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 04, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP


Plein Air (painting outdoors) workshops are designed to investigate and capture your impression of the natural environments in Summit Metro Parks. Learn to build your composition by identifying color theory, principles of design and elements of art while enjoying the great outdoors! This program is curated thanks to a collaboration with Akron Black Artist Guild. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/27: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 04, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

CATERPILLARS COUNT!


Discover the beauty of these soft-bodied arthropods, the important role caterpillars play in our native food webs and what they tell us about our world in the face of climate change. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 05, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

HIKE FOR THE HEALTH OF IT


Spring is warming into summer and the forest is full of activity. Join a naturalist at the Everett Road Covered Bridge then hike into the bustling forest at a moderate pace and allow the energy of the natural world to motivate you along a 2.5 mile trail. Dress for the weather and talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine. Riding Run Conservation Area: 2247 Everett Road Peninsula, OH 44264

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 05, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

BACK YARDS GONE WILD: MOON GARDENS


From flickering fireflies to dancing bats and marvelous moths — how can you make your backyard more inviting to our nocturnal neighbors? We'll talk night-blooming flowers, bat boxes, firefly-friendly yards and more during this monthly series focused on creating nature-welcoming yards. LP/Nature Center

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

SPRING BIRD STROLL


Spring is turning to summer and migrating birds are becoming nesting birds. Walk with a naturalist to identify birds in their nesting habitats. Meet at Himelright Lodge with your binoculars. CV/Valley View

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

FUN FACTS FOR KIDS


What is the fastest animal on the planet? Can toads give you warts? Join a naturalist on a walking scavenger hunt for the answers to these questions and more! WH

Leaf Icon Monday, June 06, 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, June 07, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

MUSIC BY THE LAKE


Enjoy a one-hour concert by the Metro Parks Ensemble. Please bring your own chairs and blankets. The concert will be canceled if it rains. Call 330-865-8060 if wet weather is in the forecast. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 08, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS


Join a naturalist to see what birds are hanging out around Summit Lake! Coffee and tea will be provided. Bring your favorite mug and a pair of binoculars. SLNC

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 08, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

YOGA FOR KIDS: SUMMER!


Ages 3 and up can join a certified yoga instructor and naturalist for this program. We will learn about nature, the seasons and animals through stories, songs, games and yoga poses. Bring a yoga mat, towel or blanket. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 09, 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, June 09, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

GOOD GARDENS: PLANNING A LATE SEASON GARDEN


Now is the time to make an action plan for your late summer and fall garden. Join a naturalist to discuss strategies and techniques for a late season planting. Bring some seeds and transplants to share with fellow gardeners! SLNC

Leaf Icon Friday, June 10, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

SUNSET HIKE AND FIRE


Daytime descends into the night and nocturnal creatures begin to stir. Join a naturalist as we hike into the woods and watch the forest transition from day to night. After our hike, sit and listen to the nightlife over the crackle of the campfire. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 11, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP


Plein Air (painting outdoors) workshops are designed to investigate and capture your impression of the natural environments in Summit Metro Parks. Learn to build your composition by identifying color theory, principles of design and elements of art while enjoying the great outdoors! This program is curated thanks to a collaboration with Akron Black Artist Guild. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/1: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 11, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

SOUNDS OF NATURE


Sound is a vital aspect of connecting to our natural world. In a unique setting of interpreting sound into drawing, we will explore just how much nature sounds influence our lives, and learn how to tune in deeper to the voices around us. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/1: 330-865-8065. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 11, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

TEEN ADVENTURE SERIES: ARCHERY AND MORE


Calling all teens looking to try something new! Ages 13-17 are invited to join us at our archery range at Tinkers Creek. Beginning and practiced archers are welcome. All equipment and hands-on instruction are provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. Afterward, all participants are welcome to enjoy roasting hotdogs over the campfire. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/2: 330-865-8065. LP/Tinkers Creek SNP

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 11, 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM

MARVELOUS MOTHS OF WETMORE


Join a naturalist to attract moths to a white sheet using special lights as we observe these insects' amazingly beautiful colors, shapes and patterns up close. We will be hoping for the big silk moths to join us for the evening! Bring a flashlight, camera, and bug spray. Meet in the parking lot. Wetmore Conservation Area: 4637 Wetmore Road Peninsula, OH 44223

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 12, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

DISTANCE HIKE


Hike seven miles on Schumacher, Valley Link and Parcours Trails.  CV/Schumacher Valley

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 12, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

BUTTERFLY AND MOTH GARDENS


Join a naturalist and discover how to attract butterflies and moths to your yard. Learn the differences between host and nectar plants and why both are important. Ever heard of a moon garden, or why it is important to nocturnal pollinators? Learn what plants will attract certain species of butterflies and basic landscape plans for your backyard. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, June 13, 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, June 15, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

DRAWING OUTDOORS


Bring your drawing pad and pencils for an outdoor lesson in drawing. Beginners are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program. Portable chairs and drinking water are recommended. Program will be canceled during inclement weather. FASN/Visitors Center

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

LIL' SPROUTS


This biweekly program is designed to engage 3- to 5-year-olds and an accompanying grown-up into the wonderful world of gardening. Each class will build upon knowledge from the last and will be centered on what’s growing and ready to harvest!  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/25: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 15, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

NATURE TIKES: TIKE HIKE!


Participants ages 1-3 years, along with their accompanying adult, will join a naturalist for a hike through SMP’s newest park area. Explore Valley View Area in Cascade Valley Metro Parkat a toddler-friendly pace. The trail is not currently paved. A carrier or jogger is recommended, but not required. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/8: 330-865-8065. CV/Valley View

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 16, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

OH YUCK, POND MUCK!


Kids of all ages are welcome to get their hands muddy with a naturalist. Sift through pond muck to discover and identify marvelous mud dwellers and learn how they survive in a pond ecosystem. SC/Big Oak

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 16, 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, June 16, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

SILVER CREEK KAYAK


Paddle with a certified instructor and a naturalist to learn paddle strokes, water safety and 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 wearing clothes that can get wet and bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. 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 6/9: Register here. SC/Bathhouse

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 16, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

SILVER CREEK KAYAK


Paddle with a certified instructor and a naturalist to learn paddle strokes, water safety and 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 wearing clothes that can get wet and bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. 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 6/9: Register here. SC/Bathhouse

Leaf Icon Friday, June 17, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

BLUE HERON HOMECOMING


Join the City of Akron, Summit Metro Parks and other partners to learn about the Akron Waterways Renewed! program. The festival will include hands-on activities for kids and adults, educational & historical tours, free food, entertainment and fun giveaways! For more information, visit https://www.akronwaterwaysrenewed.com/blue-heron-homecoming CV/Chuckery

Leaf Icon Friday, June 17, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

FISHY FAMILY FRIDAY


Ready for some fishy family fun? All ages can learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line in Tinker’s Creek Lake. A limited number of rods and reels will be available. Bait is provided. Participants 16 and older must have an Ohio fishing license. LP/Tinkers Creek

Leaf Icon Friday, June 17, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

FIREFLIES FOR KIDS


The meadow comes alive! Get close to nature's whimsical fireworks during this evening adventure. Learn about these amazing beetles and what you can do to help them continue to light up the night. Please bring your own bug jar and flashlight. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 18, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

FATHER'S DAY CARDS WITH A NATURAL TWIST


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

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 18, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

DADS GONE WILD!


To celebrate Father's Day, grab a father figure in your life and come join a naturalist for a fun Saturday stroll. We will be exploring the strange and diverse world of paternity in nature along the way. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 18, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

HABITAT HAPPENINGS: WET AREAS


Join a naturalist for a hike emphasizing the importance of wet natural areas for wildlife. Learn about the problems facing our local freshwater habitats and how we can use wildlife as water quality indicators. Find out what you can do to improve wet area habitats in your backyard. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 18, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

HOWLS FOR OWLS


Interested in the unusual sounds you hear in the night? Come learn about these cool night sounds as we hike along Towpath Trail. The naturalist will attempt to call in some of the animals we learn about. Bring a flashlight if you prefer. TT/Clinton

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 19, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

KINDEREALM: HUMMINGBIRDS


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn about the tiny, amazing hummingbird. The program includes a short hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/10: 330-865-8065. FASN

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

KINDEREALM: HUMMINGBIRDS


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn about the tiny, amazing hummingbird. Program includes a short hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/10: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 19, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION


Come on down to Summit Lake to celebrate Juneteenth! Juneteenth is the oldest national celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. Summit Metro Parks is honored to share this day with community members. There will be crafts, food, fishing and more! SLNC

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 19, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SALAMANDERS OF SMP


Join a naturalist to discover the diversity of salamanders found in Summit Metro Parks. Liberty Park is home to ten different species. Some live salamanders will be on display. Following the program, we will explore Ledges Trail to see how many we can find! LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, June 20, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS FOR KIDS


Kids and their adult companions can join a naturalist to learn about the crawling, slithering, scaly and slimy creatures found in our parks. Meet some of our resident education animals before taking a walk in search of toads, snakes and more in their natural habitats. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, June 20, 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, June 20, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

FREEDOM HIKE


Meet at the Mustill Store as we step back in time on this living history hike in recognition of Juneteenth. This casual walk into town will explore how the canal era was influenced and impacted by the institution of slavery and emancipation. TT/Mustill Store

Leaf Icon Tuesday, June 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 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 CCC and even the Wizard of Oz! FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Tuesday, June 21, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

MUSIC BY THE LAKE


Enjoy a one-hour concert by the Metro Parks Ensemble. Please bring your own chairs and blankets. The concert will be canceled if it rains. Call 330-865-8060 if wet weather is in the forecast. Sherman Shelter: , OH

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

KINDEREALM: HUMMINGBIRDS


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn about the tiny, amazing hummingbird. Program includes a short hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/10: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 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 Wednesday, June 22, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

KINDEREALM: HUMMINGBIRDS


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn about the tiny, amazing hummingbird. Program includes a short hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/10: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

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

MEET ME IN THE GARDEN


Join the Master Gardeners of Summit County to learn about heirloom plants and their role in modern gardens. Presented by Brian Gregory, Senior Horticulturalist, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. Registration is required on summitmastergardeners.org FASN/Visitors Center

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

HUMP DAY HIKE


Hike with a naturalist to blow off some steam or just work off dinner along Glens Trail.  G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 23, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

WHEN SILVER CREEK WAS A FARM


Take a hike on Chippewa Trail with stops along the way to learn the early history of the area in the days when the land was farmed. You'll also meet a pioneer character from the past!  SC/Big Oak

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 23, 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, June 23, 5:00 PM - 6:30 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 wearing clothes that can get wet and bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. 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 6/16: Register here. NR/Lot C4

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 23, 7:30 PM - 9:00 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 wearing clothes that can get wet and bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. 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 6/16: Register here. NR/Lot C4

Leaf Icon Friday, June 24, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

SUMMER NATURE TALES


Young children and their adult companions will enjoy this interactive, summer-themed story time intended for ages 18 months to 3 years. Make it a fun, family-friendly morning by exploring the park after the program. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, June 24, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

PREDATOR & PREY: EVERYBODY EATS


On this evening we will explore the topic of predation in the wildlife world. Almost everything in nature falls prey to something else, so we will take a look at how these food webs play out and discuss who eats who around our parks. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 25, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP


Plein Air (painting outdoors) workshops are designed to investigate and capture your impression of the natural environments in Summit Metro Parks. Learn to build your composition by identifying color theory, principles of design and elements of art while enjoying the great outdoors! This program is curated thanks to a collaboration with Akron Black Artist Guild. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/15: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 25, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

ARCHERY GAMES FOR FAMILIES


Families will play games to build archery skills in a fun and exciting way. Participants must have already taken one of our Intro to Archery programs. Equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be at least 9 years old and 50" inches or taller.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/16: 330-865-8065. SC/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 25, 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM

TENT CAMPING FOR FAMILIES


Families with children ages 10 and younger: join naturalists for a fun and relaxing overnight camping experience. Activities include guided hikes, campfire cooking, and yard games. Please bring your own camping equipment, including food, sleeping gear and toiletries. No gear? No problem! Camping kits with essentials are available to borrow while supplies last. Please request camping kits at the time of registration.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/10: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 25, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

ARCHERY GAMES FOR FAMILIES


Families will play games to build archery skills in a fun and exciting way. Participants must have already taken one of our Intro to Archery programs. Equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be at least 9 years old and 50" inches or taller. Call 330-865-8065 to register. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/16: 330-865-8065. SC/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 26, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

TRY IT: KAYAKING


Join us to try kayaking! Enjoy a relaxed session to see what this water sport is like and try maneuvering out on 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 wearing clothes that can get wet and bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/17: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 26, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

TRY IT: KAYAKING


Join us to try kayaking! Enjoy a relaxed session to see what this water sport is like and try maneuvering out on 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 wearing clothes that can get wet and bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/17: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 26, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

TRY IT: KAYAKING


Join us to try kayaking! Enjoy a relaxed session to see what this water sport is like and try maneuvering out on 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 wearing clothes that can get wet and bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/17: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 26, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

HABITAT HAPPENINGS: THE BEES' KNEES


What is so special about bees’ knees? How many species of bees are there in Ohio? Join a naturalist to answer these questions and more. We will learn to identify some of our common pollinators and what plants they like to visit. We will conclude with a hike to put our new skills to the test and identify the fuzzy butts we see. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Monday, June 27, 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, June 29, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

DRAWING OUTDOORS


Bring your drawing pad and pencils for an outdoor lesson in drawing. Beginners are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program. Portable chairs and drinking water are recommended. Program will be canceled during inclement weather. FASN/Visitors Center

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

LIL' SPROUTS


This biweekly program is designed to engage 3- to 5-year-olds and an accompanying grown-up into the wonderful world of gardening. Each class will build upon knowledge from the last and will be centered on what’s growing and ready to harvest!  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/25: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 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 Wednesday, June 29, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

FISH OF POND BROOK: HOW CLEAN IS THE CREEK?


Join a naturalist along with a conservation biologist as we survey the species of fish that live in Pond Brook. Presence of certain species can indicate the health of the stream. We will be electroshocking parts of the stream to determine what fish are living in that area and assess the quality of the stream. No harm is done to the fish, but it is an excellent way to survey the fish species present. LP/Pond Brook

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 29, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

NATURE GAMES


Enjoy family time outdoors with fun nature games and activities for all ages!  F/Tuscarawas Meadows

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

VITAL NATURE CONNECTIONS: WATER


Join a naturalist for a close look at a vital resource: water. We'll examine important aspects of water's connections to us and to all life on the planet, then investigate the life and health of a nearby stream. We'll be in the water for a portion of the program, so water shoes are recommended. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 30, 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, June 30, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

SUMMIT COUNTY SNAKES


Snakes have been wildly misunderstood for millennia. Please join us to better understand these remarkable reptiles and get to know the very snakes that call our county home. With any luck, we will find some on a short hike to take an even closer look at their beauty. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 30, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

SUMMIT LAKE KAYAK


Paddle in the “Heart of Akron” at Summit Lake to learn what historical treasures helped build this community. This program is 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 wearing clothes that can get wet and bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. 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 6/23: Register here. SLNC

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 30, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

PEDALING THROUGH HISTORY


Where did the rubber originally meet the road? In Akron, of course! Pedal Towpath Trail with a naturalist to learn about the history of bike design, Akron's impact on cycling and how this simple machine became the vehicle for several social and historical movements. Bring your own bicycle and helmet. Water is recommended. SLNC

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 30, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

SUMMIT LAKE KAYAK


Paddle in the “Heart of Akron” at Summit Lake to learn what historical treasures helped build this community. This program is 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 wearing clothes that can get wet and bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. 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 6/23: Register here. SLNC