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Leaf Icon Friday, July 01, 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM

SELF-GUIDED: EYE SPY


Hit the trail any time during the month of July for a nature-themed game of Eye Spy! Begin by downloading or printing this month’s Eye Spy list from our "Publications & Downloads" page, then enjoy a stroll northbound along the Towpath Trail in search of historic landmarks, animals and more along the way. You can also complete your search using the July 4 Instagram post (@summitmetroparks). Bring a camera to document your finds. TT/Clinton

Leaf Icon Friday, July 01, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

SUMMIT LAKE BIRTHDAY BASH


It's a birthday party, and you're invited! Come to Summit Lake Nature Center to celebrate the anniversary of the center opening with yard games, a craft, garden activities and more! For additional information, please call 330-864-8431. SLNC

Leaf Icon Friday, July 01, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

BEGINNER STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING


Try stand-up paddleboarding to get some exercise and enjoy a guided nature tour of the lake with a certified instructor and naturalist. 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 6/22: Register here. NR/Lot C4

Leaf Icon Friday, July 01, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

BEGINNER STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING


Try stand-up paddleboarding to get some exercise and enjoy a guided nature tour of the lake with a certified instructor and naturalist. 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 6/22: Register here. NR/Lot C4

Leaf Icon Friday, July 01, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

NIGHTTIME LIGHTS


Join a naturalist for a celebration of fireflies! Learn all about these fabulous glow worms and their luminary behinds. Grab a glow stick and walk around the prairie while we search for our moon bug friends. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 02, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

CLASSY CANVAS


Like to paint but need some instruction? Adult participants are invited to appreciate the beauty of the parks as we paint together. We’ll look at some brightly colored creatures to inspire creativity and then go through step-by-step instruction. We will provide all of the supplies needed to create a personal masterpiece. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/24: 330-865-8065. SLNC

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

CAMPING FOR FAMILIES


Families are invited to 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 these during registration. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/15: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 05, 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

VIRTUAL: KINDEREALM


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions are invited to join us online to learn about all things froggy! Zoom Meeting ID: 879 8324 8113 ZOOM: , OH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 06, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

NATURE JOURNALING FOR ADULTS


Join our interpretive artist for an inspiring lesson in nature journaling as a technique for practicing mindfulness. The program will begin in the auditorium. Please bring a chair and drawing materials. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/23: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 06, 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 6/29: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 06, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

RIBBIT RIBBIT RIBBIT


Liberty Park is home to several different types of frogs. Join a naturalist to learn the difference between the wood frog, leopard frog, pickerel frog, green frog, bull frog and more! Some frogs will be available to see up close and we will walk the trail in hopes of finding others. LP/Pond Brook

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 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 Wednesday, July 06, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

VIRTUAL: NATURE JOURNALING FOR ADULTS


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 6/23: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 06, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

INTRO TO ARCHERY


Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Learn the basics of international-style target archery and test your marksmanship at our outdoor range. This program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction will be provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 6/29: Register here. SC/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 06, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

INTRO TO ARCHERY


Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Learn the basics of international-style target archery and test your marksmanship at our outdoor range. This program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction will be provided. Must be at least 50" tall. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 6/29: Register here. SC/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 07, 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 registering. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/30: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 07, 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, July 07, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

NATURE COLLAGE


Let's make something beautiful! Join our interpretive artist for this lesson in nature collage. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/30: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 07, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

KINDEREALM: FROGS


Hop on over and discover how to be a frog! Children ages 3 to 6 and their families are invited to join us and learn about a frog's life, make a craft, play games and explore along the trail. Be prepared to be outside, rain or shine. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/30: 330-865-8065. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 07, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

NATIVE PLANTS CONTAINED


Have a big passion for native plants, but limited space to grow them? Join a naturalist to discover how to incorporate natives into a container garden. Enjoy designing your own planter bursting with lovely, native foliage. All supplies will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/1: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Friday, July 08, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

DRAGONFLY DROP-IN


Families are invited to explore outside Liberty Park Nature Center for dragonflies and damselflies. Afterwards, stop by the outdoor shelter to create a special craft to take home as a memory of your observations of these special summer flyers. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, July 08, 4:30 PM - 5:30 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 bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/1: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Friday, July 08, 6:00 PM - 7:00 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 bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/1: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Friday, July 08, 7:30 PM - 8:30 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 bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/1: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Friday, July 08, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

FRIDAY NIGHT FROGS


Come spend the evening at the new Valley View Area to explore the wet, wooded and wild habitats that frogs call home. We'll study these creatures by sight and by sound, so don't forget your flashlight. CV/Valley View

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 09, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

KINDEREALM: FROGS


Hop on over and discover how to be a frog! Children ages 3 to 6 and their families are invited to join us and learn about a frog’s life, make a craft, play games and explore along the trail. Be prepared to be outside, rain or shine. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/30: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 09, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

DISTANCE HIKE


Join a naturalist for a longer hike connecting parks and trails! Hiking over five miles, we will encounter a diversity of life in the habitats along the Cuyahoga River. Drinking water is recommended.  CV/Schumacher Valley

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 09, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

KINDEREALM: FROGS


Hop on over and discover how to be a frog! Children ages 3 to 6 and their families are invited to join us and learn about a frog’s life, make a craft, play games and explore along the trail. Be prepared to be outside, rain or shine. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/30: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 10, 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM

SELF-GUIDED: STORYBOOK TRAIL


Bring the family out for some exercise and fun summertime exploration as you follow a self-guided story trail based on the book "Little Mole." This experience will be available along Coyote Run Trail from July 10 to 24. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 10, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

SUMMIT LAKE HISTORY HIKE


Join a naturalist for a hike on Summit Lake Loop Trail and learn about the rich ecological and cultural history of the lake and surrounding area. SLNC

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 10, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

BACK YARDS GONE WILD: SUMMER WILDFLOWERS


Learn how to make your yard nature-friendly by adding beautiful beneficial native wildflowers. We’ll discuss tips on incorporating blooms into your own yard, as well as their benefits to wildlife and people. Seeds will be available to take home, while supplies last. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, July 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 Tuesday, July 12, 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, July 13, 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, July 13, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

GARDEN CRAFT: EDIBLE CATERPILLAR FRUIT KABOBS


Join us to make a craft so good you can eat it! We’ll learn about caterpillars and why they are so important to our environment while exploring the garden space. Then, we will take a short hike down the Towpath Trail to search for cool critters and plants. Wear comfy shoes and bring a water bottle! SLNC

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 13, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

WEEKDAY WALKERS


Individuals of all abilities are encouraged to join us as we stroll Meadow Loop Trail. At .35 miles long, this paved loop is perfect for either a short walk or multiple trips around. Enveloped by the lively meadow, you’re sure to see something new each time. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 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, July 13, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

INTRO TO ARCHERY


Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Join us to learn international-style target archery and practice your marksmanship at our outdoor range. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. Fee: $10/person ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/6: Register here. LP/Tinkers Creek

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

INTRO TO ARCHERY


Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it's more accessible than ever. Join us to learn international-style target archery and practice your marksmanship at our outdoor range. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. Fee: $10/person ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/6: Register here. LP/Tinkers Creek

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 14, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

CANAL STROLL: CLINTON


Take a walk along the Towpath Trail and step back in time to experience life in an 1850s canal town. You’ll meet a special character from the past! TT/Clinton

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 14, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

BUTTERFLIES FOR KIDS


Join a naturalist for a whimsical exploration of butterflies. Look at the Summit Metro Parks butterfly collection, search for your own butterflies and create a butterfly masterpiece. Emerge from your chrysalis to join us for this activity-filled celebration of caterpillars. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 14, 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, July 14, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SNAKES OF SUMMIT METRO PARKS


Learn why these slithery serpents are important to the health of the parks' ecosystem and why they should be respected, not feared. Join a naturalist for basic ID skills and to learn about species native to SMP. Who knows, maybe a garter, brown or milk snake will slither in so you can see it up close and personal! Then, we will walk the trail to see if we can find the black snakes that frequent the ledges. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 14, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

SILVER CREEK KAYAK


Paddle with a certified instructor and a naturalist to learn paddle strokes, safety and to see wildlife around the water. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes: instruction and loan of kayak, paddle and personal flotation device. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/7: Register here. SC/Bathhouse

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 14, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

SILVER CREEK KAYAK


Paddle with a certified instructor and a naturalist to learn paddle strokes, safety and to see wildlife around the water. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes: instruction and loan of kayak, paddle, and personal flotation device. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/7: Register here. SC/Bathhouse

Leaf Icon Friday, July 15, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

SUMMER NATURE TALES


Young children and their adult companions will enjoy this interactive, summer-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, July 15, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

MINIBEASTS FOR FAMILIES


Families are invited to explore field and forest for often-overlooked and less-loved creatures: insects, arachnids and other “small beasts.” We’ll provide the nets and containers; you provide the curiosity! LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 16, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

TRY IT: STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING


Join us to try stand-up paddleboarding. Come 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 bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/7: 330-865-8065. SC/Bathhouse

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 16, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

TRY IT: STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING


Join us to try stand-up paddleboarding. Come 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 bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/7: 330-865-8065. SC/Bathhouse

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 16, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

TRY IT: STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING


Join us to try stand-up paddleboarding. Come 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 bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/7: 330-865-8065. SC/Bathhouse

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 17, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

GORGE KAYAK


Paddle the Cuyahoga River at the Gorge to see towering rock ledges and breathtaking scenery from your kayak. Led by a certified instructor and a naturalist. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes instruction and loan of a kayak, paddle and personal flotation device. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/8: Register here. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 17, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

ECOLOGY OF INTRODUCED SPECIES


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

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 17, 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

GORGE KAYAK


Paddle the Cuyahoga River at the Gorge to see towering rock ledges and breathtaking scenery from your kayak. Led by a certified instructor and a naturalist. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes instruction and loan of a kayak, paddle and personal flotation device. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/8: Register here. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Monday, July 18, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

BUG HUNT FOR KIDS


Kids and their adult companions will join a naturalist to learn about insects! We will start in the shelter to learn some fun facts, then head out onto the trail to see what we can find. Nets and jars will be provided for this fun hands-on walk. WH

Leaf Icon Monday, July 18, 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, July 18, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

MOTHS OF WOOD HOLLOW


Moths outnumber butterflies by about 20 to one. Join a naturalist to learn how to use black lights to attract these amazing creatures and for a chance to observe their beautiful colors, shapes and patterns up close. Bring a flashlight and camera if you'd like to take photos. Bug spray is highly recommended. WH

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 19, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

NATURAL HOME RECIPES


Let’s learn about easy, homemade cleaners you can make with ingredients from your pantry. We will discuss natural cleaning recipes for all-purpose cleaning spray, laundry detergent and hand sanitizer. Participants will make samples to take home. Meet at Hilltop Shelter. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/8: 330-865-8065. CV/Oxbow

Leaf Icon Tuesday, July 19, 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, July 20, 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 6/29: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 20, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING


Try stand-up paddleboarding to get some exercise and enjoy a guided nature tour of the lake with a certified instructor and naturalist. A certified instructor and a naturalist will guide you. No experience needed. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes instruction and loan of a paddleboard, paddle and personal flotation device. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/13: 330-865-8065. SC/Bathhouse

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 21, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

NATURE TIKES: TIKE HIKE!


Participants ages 1-3 years, along with their accompanying adult, will join a naturalist for a hike through the ledges of the Bike & Hike Trail. Explore the beautiful and historic landscape at a toddler-friendly pace. The Bike & Hike Trail is paved. Strollers and/or carriers are welcome. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/11: 330-865-8065. BHT/Boston Heights

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 21, 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, July 21, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

GOOD GARDENS: PRUNING BASICS


Are your tomatoes taking over? Basil growing wild? Squash seizing control? While it may seem counterintuitive, cutting back your plants can encourage compact growth, reduce the risk of disease and increase crop production. Join us to learn the basics of pruning your vegetable garden. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 21, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

VITAL NATURE CONNECTIONS: THE MECHANICS OF FLIGHT


Come and join us for July's installment of the Vital Nature Connections series! Take a deep dive into the mechanics of flight as we examine how birds and bugs utilize flight in different ways to hunt for food or evade predators, why waterfowl fly in a V formation, or how a Monarch butterfly can fly all the way to Mexico. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, July 22, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

EVENING CONCERT: THE BEN GAGE TRIO


Spend the evening at the new Himelright Lodge with local musicians The Ben Gage Trio! Relax and enjoy these rich folk and Americana tunes as they tell their beautiful stories under the setting sun. We invite you to come an hour early to secure a spot and enjoy refreshments at the lodge. This show is sure to be one you won't want to miss. Please bring your own blankets for seating. CV/Valley View

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 24, 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 leafy greens while we hike and discuss their importance. Something new could be just feet away! FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Monday, July 25, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

CREEK WALK FOR KIDS


Kids and their adult companions get hands-on in the creek to search for insects, amphibians, fish and even fossils! Dress to get wet and wear closed-toe shoes; no open-toe sandals, please. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Monday, July 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 Tuesday, July 26, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

SUMMER FLYERS HIKE


Celebrate all types of fascinating and beautiful winged creatures as we explore along Buttonbush Trail to observe birds, dragonflies, butterflies and more. Bring binoculars. Bug spray is recommended as mosquitos abound in the area! LP/Pond Brook

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 27, 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, July 27, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

KINDEREALM: FROGS


Hop on over and discover how to be a frog! Children ages 3 to 6 and their families are invited to join us and learn about a frog’s life, make a craft, play games and explore along the trail. Be prepared to be outside, rain or shine. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/30: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 27, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

RIVER MONSTERS


Join naturalists to get close and personal with the river monsters of our "crooked river." We're talking damsels, dragons, pennies and other macroinvertebrates! Please wear closed-toe shoes appropriate for the water. If the water current is too strong, the program will be moved to land. BHT/SR 91

Leaf Icon Wednesday, July 27, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

MEET ME IN THE GARDEN


Join the Master Gardeners of Summit County to learn how to maximize your garden's blooming season. Presented by Karen Martin, perennial manager of Dayton Nurseries. Registration is required on summitmastergardeners.org. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, July 28, 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, July 28, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

HABITAT HAPPENINGS: GRASSLANDS


It’s World Nature Conservation Day! Join a naturalist for a hike in a grassland while we talk about the importance of this critical habitat. Uncover the past and explore the future of this habitat while we learn the plants and animals that call this ecosystem home. Follow along with the Habitat Happenings series to learn the role every habitat plays in conservation. SFB

Leaf Icon Friday, July 29, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

WALK & TALK: DIVERSITY IN THE OUTDOORS


Join a naturalist alongside leadership of Summit Metro Parks to discuss our park district's efforts to include more Black and Brown voices. Bring stories, insight and ideas to share; we're here to learn! MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Saturday, July 30, 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

SUNSET CYCLE AND CAMPFIRE


Enjoy a 12-mile family-friendly ride on the Towpath Trail as under the setting sun. Then hang out afterwards for a campfire and s'mores! Bring your own bike and chair. Helmets and lights are required. DLQ

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 31, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

WILDFLOWER LORE


Stroll with a naturalist and discover the fascinating world of native wildflowers. We will weave together the importance of blooms and their ecology with interesting histories, name origins, folklore and more. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, July 31, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

NIGHTTIME NATURE SOUNDS


Join a naturalist on an evening hike and learn about some of the nocturnal critters croaking, hooting and howling the night away. SC/Big Oak