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Program & Events Calendar

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

SELF-GUIDED: EYE SPY


Hit the trail any time during the month of August 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 along Celebration Trail in search of colorful wildflowers, butterflies, birds and more along the way. You can also complete your search using the August 2 Instagram post (@summitmetroparks). Bring a camera to document your finds. CV/Valley View

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

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Get fit while you sit! Enjoy an online exercise session with a certified BalloFlex instructor. BalloFlex is a seated workout that incorporates the elements of dance and fitness together in a safe, low impact and fun system. It is designed for all ages and abilities! Zoom meeting ID: 849 6465 8634 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Monday, August 01, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

BATS, UP CLOSE & PERSONAL


Fantastic flying insect controllers, also known as bats, are some of the most fascinating (and beneficial) creatures of the night! Join staff to learn about these amazing mammals as we attempt to catch live bats with nets for observation and data collection. WH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 03, 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, August 03, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

A CONCERT OF CRICKETS & KATYDIDS


Birdsong is the first music we hear each year, and frogs and toads join them throughout spring and into the summer. But late summer and early autumn? Crickets and katydids take the stage for nature's final performances of the year! Dr. Lisa Rainsong of the Cleveland Institute of Music will introduce you to the members of this delightful ensemble and explain how to identify who's doing all that singing! CV/Valley View

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 04, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

DANCE EXPLORATION FOR KIDS


Ages 3 and up are invited to join a naturalist to explore movement in natural spaces. Discover the joy of dancing in the great outdoors! Meet at the amphitheater. LP/Nature Center

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

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Get fit while you sit! Enjoy an exercise session with a certified BalloFlex instructor. BalloFlex is a seated workout that incorporates the elements of dance and fitness together in a safe, low impact and fun system. It is designed for all ages and abilities! Zoom meeting ID: 849 6465 8634 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 04, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

FOCUS ON FERNS


Join us to learn about the fascinating ferns found in our area. An introduction will focus on understanding structure and habitat, followed by an outdoor exploration to locate and enjoy these unique plants along the trail. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, August 05, 5:00 PM - 6:30 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 7/28: 330-865-8065. SC/Lake House

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 06, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

BYO KAYAKING: WILDLIFE


Do you have your own kayak and want to learn more about what you see? Paddle with naturalists to observe the creatures that call this lake home. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants are required to bring a life jacket, paddle and registered kayak, 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 7/29: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 06, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

BYO KAYAKING: WILDLIFE


Do you have your own kayak and want to learn more about what you see? Paddle with naturalists to observe which creatures call this lake home. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants are required to bring a life jacket, paddle and registered kayak, 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 7/29: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 06, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

NATIVE PLANTS FOR THE FUTURE


Climate change, conservation the sixth mass extinction — all these terms are alarming. Join a naturalist to decipher the science behind it all and look toward the future of native plants. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 06, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

TEEN HIKE AND FIRE


Calling all young adults! Bring your friends and join us for an evening out under the night sky. Explore the nighttime forest, then sit around the campfire and enjoy an ooey gooey s'more. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 07, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

YOGA FOR TEENS


Ages 11 to 16 are invited to join a certified yoga instructor and naturalist for a relaxing yoga practice of easy poses, calming breathing techniques and mindfulness exercises. Bring a yoga mat, towel or blanket and a water bottle. Meet at Tuscarawas Shelter. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 07, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

BACK YARDS GONE WILD: HUMMINGBIRDS


Learn about these fascinating, flying gems of the garden and how to attract them to your own back yard. After a presentation, take a short stroll to search for hummingbirds and the flowers they like best. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 07, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

TRY IT: ARCHERY


Sign up for a brief introduction and trial of one of the oldest sports around! No experience necessary. All equipment is provided. Participants must be 50 inches or taller. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/27: 330-865-8065. HH/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 07, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

TRY IT: ARCHERY


Sign up for a brief introduction and trial of one of the oldest sports around! No experience necessary. All equipment is provided. Participants must be 50 inches or taller. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/27: 330-865-8065. HH/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 07, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

TRY IT: ARCHERY


Sign up for a brief introduction and trial of one of the oldest sports around! No experience necessary. All equipment is provided. Participants must be 50 inches or taller. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/27: 330-865-8065. HH/Archery Range

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

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Get fit while you sit! Enjoy an online exercise session with a certified BalloFlex instructor. BalloFlex is a seated workout that incorporates the elements of dance and fitness together in a safe, low impact and fun system. It is designed for all ages and abilities! Zoom meeting ID: 849 6465 8634 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 09, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

WEEKDAY WALKERS


Individuals of all abilities are encouraged to join us as we stroll Overlook Trail. At 0.5 miles long, this paved loop is perfect for either a short walk or multiple trips around. Reach the overlook for a breathtaking view that will have you returning for more. CV/Overlook

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 09, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

HEALTHY HABITATS


Learn about native plants and how they benefit the environment while attending the Summit Lake Farmers’ Market. TT/Summit Lake

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 09, 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. "Cycling without Age" trishaw bikes will be available beginning at 6 p.m. to carry riders with limited mobility on a bench seat for an unobstructed view of nature and feeling of riding a bike in the outdoors. The event will be canceled if it rains. Call 330-865-8060 if wet weather is in the forecast. Music by the Lake is presented by Wayside Furniture and Cycling without Age is available with the support of the Andrea Rose Teodosio Foundation. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 10, 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 8/3: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 10, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

NATURE PLAY


Cultivate your young one’s natural curiosity while joining a naturalist in the nature play area. The program will include a short hike along with games, songs and more. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 10, 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 8/3: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 10, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

S'MORE FUN IN THE PARK


Learn about local wildlife around a summer campfire. Kids will be able to participate in some fun activities on the lawn, followed by creating s'mores on the fire while supplies last. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 11, 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 8/4: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 11, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

VITAL NATURE CONNECTIONS: THE FOREST FLOOR


Join us for this month's installment of the Vital Nature Connections series for a close look at the rich and complex life of the forest floor. We’ll examine the incredible organisms and interactions that maintain forest ecology and provide important ecosystem services such as nutrient cycling. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 11, 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, August 11, 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 8/8: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Friday, August 12, 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. Join us to learn international-style target archery at our outdoor range. Beginner and experienced archers are welcome. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/29: Register here. SC/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Friday, August 12, 5:00 PM - 1:00 PM

CAMPING UNDER THE STARS


For adventure-seeking adults only: join naturalists for an active overnight tent-camping experience including hiking, paddling and campfire cooking at the peak of the Perseid meteor shower! Please bring your own camping equipment, including a tent, 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 7/27: 330-865-8065. SC/Lake House

Leaf Icon Friday, August 12, 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.Join us to learn international-style target archery at our outdoor range. Beginner and experienced archers are welcome. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/20: Register here. SC/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Friday, August 12, 8:30 PM

MOVIE NIGHT AT LIBERTY PARK


Spread out a blanket or lawn chair and join us for a family-friendly movie under the evening stars in the amphitheater! Bring your own bug spray, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. FernGully:The Last Rainforest is an inspiring classic for all to enjoy. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 13, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

TOUCH-A-TRUCK AUTISM-FRIENDLY HOUR


All ages can sit in and explore more than a dozen Summit Metro Parks and local emergency response vehicles, free of horns and flashing lights. Later in the day, Air Bear from Akron Children’s Hospital will make a special appearance, and food will be available for purchase. The presence of emergency response vehicles, including Air Bear, is subject to availability. Presented by Akron Children’s Hospital. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 13, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

TOUCH-A-TRUCK EVENT


All ages can sit in and explore more than a dozen Summit Metro Parks and local emergency response vehicles. Air Bear from Akron Children’s Hospital will make a special appearance, and food will be available for purchase. The presence of emergency response vehicles, including Air Bear, is subject to availability. Presented by Akron Children’s Hospital.  MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 13, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

SHADES OF YELLOW


Ever wonder why most flowers are yellow in the summer? Join a naturalist as we learn why and discover the many shades of yellow flowers that grow in the meadow and fields of Liberty Park. Learn how many different types of goldenrod are native to Ohio and how many are growing at the park. We will also discuss what pollinates these radiant flowers and why they play such an important role in creating local biodiversity. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 14, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

FISHING FOR KIDS


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, first come first served. Bait will be provided. Adults must supervise their children but are not permitted to fish. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 14, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

HIKE FOR THE HEALTH OF IT


Join a naturalist for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking Black Bear Trail at a moderate pace. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 14, 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 bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/5: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 14, 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 bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/5: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 14, 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 bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/5: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Monday, August 15, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

SPIDERS FOR KIDS


Kids and their adult companions will join a naturalist to explore the amazing variety of Ohio’s friendly neighborhood spiders. After some fun in the shelter, we’ll take a walk in search of real live creepy crawlies! LP/Nature Center

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

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Get fit while you sit! Enjoy an online exercise session with a certified BalloFlex instructor. BalloFlex is a seated workout that incorporates the elements of dance and fitness together in a safe, low impact and fun system. It is designed for all ages and abilities! Zoom meeting ID: 849 6465 8634 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 16, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

RECIPES FROM THE GARDEN: TOMATOES


Tomatoes fresh from the garden, yum! Join a naturalist to prepare a few healthy recipes using this oh-so-tasty fruit. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/10: 330-865-8065. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 16, 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. Music by the Lake is presented by Wayside Furniture.  SC/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 17, 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, August 17, 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, August 17, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

KINDEREALM: BUTTERFLIES


Children ages 3 to 6 and their families can drop by and learn all about butterflies. Discover how they transform from wiggly caterpillars into fluttering, flying wonders. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/10: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

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

KINDEREALM: BUTTERFLIES


Children ages 3 to 6 and their families can drop by and learn all about butterflies. Discover how they transform from wiggly caterpillars into fluttering, flying wonders. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/10: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 17, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

WOODLAND MUSHROOMS


Join a naturalist on a hike to discover the beauty, variety and interesting ecology of mushrooms. Bring bug spray and water. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 17, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

BIRDS AT THE PRESERVE


Join park naturalists and The University of Akron's Dr. Lara Roketenetz for an evening of birding in a variety of habitats. Bring your binoculars and bug spray. Bath Nature Preserve: 4160 Ira Rd Akron, OH 44333 330-668-2919

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 18, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM


Up and at 'em! We are starting the day off on the right foot with an early morning summer bird walk through Springfield Bog. SFB

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 18, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

NATURE TIKES: TIKE HIKE!


Participants ages 1-3 years, along with their accompanying grown-up, will join a naturalist for a hike along Overlook Trail in beautiful Cascade Valley. Explore the native landscape at a toddler-friendly pace. Overlook Trail is paved. Strollers and/or carriers welcome. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/8: 330-865-8065. CV/Overlook

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

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Get fit while you sit! Enjoy an exercise session with a certified BalloFlex instructor. BalloFlex is a seated workout that incorporates the elements of dance and fitness together in a safe, low impact and fun system. It is designed for all ages and abilities! Zoom meeting ID: 849 6465 8634 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 18, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

NIMISILA RESERVOIR KAYAK


Paddle a portion of Nimisila Reservoir 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 8/11: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 18, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

GOOD GARDENS: GOOD VS. BAD BUGS


Have you noticed something eating the leaves of your beans? What is that enormous caterpillar eating my tomatoes? Why are my cucumber and squash vines dying? Join us as we answer these questions and more relating to the bugs you see in your garden. GYH/Lodge

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 18, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

PURPLE MARTIN PADDLE


Paddle with naturalists to observe a tornado of tens of thousands of birds settling into their roost for the night on their journey south. 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 8/11: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Friday, August 19, 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, August 19, 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

MOONLIGHT BIKE RIDE AND CAMPFIRE


Enjoy a 15-mile family-friendly ride on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail under the light of the moon. Then hang out afterwards for a campfire and s'mores! Bring your own bike and chair. Helmets and lights are required. DLQ

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 20, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING


Try stand-up paddleboarding to get exercise and enjoy a guided nature tour of the lake with a certified instructor and naturalist. 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 paddleboard, paddle, and personal flotation device. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/11: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 20, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING


Try stand-up paddleboarding to get a workout 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 paddleboard, paddle, and personal flotation device. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/11: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 20, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

HABITAT HAPPENINGS: TREES AND SHADE


Interested in the benefits of trees? Marveled about how tall trees grow? Join a naturalist to answer these questions and more as we explore these charismatic plants! We will explore the forest one tree at a time and relate their benefits to our yards. Follow along with the Habitat Happenings series to learn the role every habitat plays in conservation. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 21, 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM

SELF-GUIDED: STORYBOOK TRAIL


Enjoy a fun, active walk following a self-guided story trail based on the book "Chipmunk Song". Look for it along Old Mill Trail between August 21 and September 5. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 21, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

DISTANCE HIKE


Join a naturalist for a longer hike connecting multiple trails! Hiking more than 5 miles, we will encounter a diversity of life in the habitats around Silver Creek Lake. SC/Big Oak

Leaf Icon Monday, August 22, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

FOSSILS FOR KIDS


Kids and their adult companions will follow a naturalist while exploring the stream to hunt for fossils. Dress to get wet and wear closed-toe shoes; no open-toe sandals, please. FR/Brushwood

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

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Get fit while you sit! Enjoy an online exercise session with a certified BalloFlex instructor. BalloFlex is a seated workout that incorporates the elements of dance and fitness together in a safe, low impact and fun system. It is designed for all ages and abilities! Zoom meeting ID: 849 6465 8634 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Monday, August 22, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING


Try stand-up paddleboarding to get a workout and enjoy a guided nature tour of the lake with a certified instructor and naturalist. 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 paddleboard, paddle, and personal flotation device. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/17: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Monday, August 22, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

PURPLE MARTIN STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING


Stand-up paddleboard with naturalists to observe a tornado of tens of thousands of birds settling into their roost for the night on their journey south. 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 paddleboard, paddle and personal flotation device. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/17: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Monday, August 22, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

MOTHS OF MANY COLORS


Join a naturalist to explore the variety and beauty of our local moths. Bring a flashlight and camera if you'd like to take photos. Enjoy the many colors, sizes and shapes that make up this group of lepidopterans. Learn the difference between a pug, slug, dagger, silk and sphinx moths. You'll also learn what a moth garden is and why it is beneficial. Bug spray is recommended.  LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 24, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

KINDEREALM: BUTTERFLIES


Children ages 3 to 6 and their families can drop by and learn all about butterflies. Discover how they transform from wiggly caterpillars into fluttering, flying wonders. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/10: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 24, 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, August 24, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

GO NATIVE!


Drop into the Rock and Herb Garden to discover why you should ditch exotic and 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, August 25, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

READING THE CLOUDS


Ever wondered what's going on in the sky when the clouds are puffy, wispy, thick, thin, translucent, rippled or patchy? Join a naturalist to learn to read the sky and explore the wonderful world of weather! FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 25, 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, August 25, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

NIMISILA RESERVOIR KAYAK


Paddle a portion of Nimisila Reservoir 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 8/17: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 25, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

PURPLE MARTIN PADDLE


Paddle with naturalists to observe a tornado of tens of thousands of birds settling into their roost for the night on their journey south. 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 8/17: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Friday, August 26, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

COAL AND CONSTRUCTION


What was happening at the location of Silver Creek Metro Park during the late 1800s and early 1900s? Hike with a naturalist and we'll discuss subjects from coal to dairy and more! SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Friday, August 26, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

FAMILY FLASHLIGHT WALK AND CAMPFIRE


Families are invited to learn all about creatures that are active at night and to enjoy a campfire and s'mores. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 27, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

ARBORETUM TOUR


Enjoy a walk with a naturalist through the arboretum along paved pathways that are accessible for all abilities. Learn about the variety of trees and shrubs in this cultivated, botanical collection.  FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 27, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

KINDEREALM: BUTTERFLIES


Children ages 3 to 6 and their families can drop by and learn all about butterflies. Discover how they transform from wiggly caterpillars into fluttering, flying wonders. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/10: 330-865-8065. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 27, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

KINDEREALM: BUTTERFLIES


Children ages 3 to 6 and their families can drop by and learn all about butterflies. Discover how they transform from wiggly caterpillars into fluttering, flying wonders.Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/10: 330-865-8065. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 27, 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE NIGHT


Do you know what a conehead is? How about a tree cricket or a handsome trig? Join a naturalist to hunt the fields and forest edges for hidden insects. You might even see a shooting star as we talk about some of the constellations in the sky. Bring a flashlight and bug spray. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 28, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

FALL HIKING SPREE KICK-OFF


Get a head start on the 59th annual Fall Hiking Spree and meet a naturalist and mascots at Cascade Valley, Valley View. Hiking forms will be available and Fall Hiking Spree t-shirts will be for sale. To receive your hiking shield, all other hikes must be completed 9/1 through 11/30. Good for spree credit. CV/Valley View

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 28, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

PURPLE MARTINS FROM SHORE


Observe a fascinating bird spectacle as purple martins return by the thousands to their roosts for the evening. NR/Lot C6

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

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Get fit while you sit! Enjoy an online exercise session with a certified BalloFlex instructor. BalloFlex is a seated workout that incorporates the elements of dance and fitness together in a safe, low impact and fun system. It is designed for all ages and abilities! Zoom meeting ID: 849 6465 8634 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 30, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

WEATHER FOLKLORE HIKE


Can upside down leaves, mare's tails or low-flying birds really predict the weather? We'll look at the history and credibility of weather folklore sayings as we enjoy a hike, hopefully in beautiful weather! WH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 31, 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, August 31, 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, August 31, 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