Summit Metro Parks We're Your Back Yard

Programs & Events

Program & Events Calendar

To join a virtual program, visit www.zoom.com and enter the Zoom meeting ID.

Summit Metro Parks staff can adapt many programs to be accessible to anyone who would like to participate. Please make the request at the time of registration and/or at least 72 hours prior to the program. Contact us at 330-865-8065.

On the rare occasion of a program cancelation or change, please visit us on social media to see the latest information.

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

SELF-GUIDED: LEAF MAN STORYBOOK TRAIL


Get some exercise and enjoy beautiful fall colors as you follow a self-guided story trail based on the book "Leaf Man." Look for it along Old Mill Trail through October 29. Good for spree credit. FR/Brushwood

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

SELF-GUIDED HIKE: BIOMIMICRY


Earn Fall Hiking Spree credit while learning how humans have turned to nature for inspiration in innovation. This self-guided hike will be on display along Pheasant Run Trail through October 16. Good for spree credit. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 01, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

HISTORY OF THE PORTAGE PATH AND ARTIST'S TALK


Join us for a walk from Big Bend to the northernmost point of the Portage Path. You’ll learn about the history of this vital link between North American waterways as we walk, then enjoy a talk at the northern terminus by artist Peter Jones. Jones created the statues of the portaging American Indian which can be seen at both the northern and southern termini of the Portage Path. This program is presented in coordination with the Portage Path Collaborative as part of a series of events in honor of North American First People’s Day.  SR/Big Bend

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

LICHEN THOSE MOSSY LEDGES


What happens when mushroom and algae take a "lichen" to one another? Join a naturalist to discover what makes up the "living skin" covering rocks along the ledges and why it's so important to the area's ecology. We will also learn about the geology and formation of the iconic ledges. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 01, 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM

FALL FAMILY OUTING


Fall into autumn fun at this FREE event featuring a lumberjack show, hayrides, bonfires, naturalist activities, music, refreshments and more. A wheelchair-accessible hay wagon is available. Lumberjack shows will start at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Some straw bale seating will be available; visitors are also welcome to bring their own blankets and chairs. Food will be available for purchase from D-Bo's Grill, Henry's Creamery and Routine Coffee. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Monday, October 02, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


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

Leaf Icon Tuesday, October 03, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS


Join our interpretive artist for an entertaining lesson in nature drawing. Bring a sketchbook, pencil and a sense of humor. Beginners are welcome. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/28: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 04, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS


Join our interpretive artist for an entertaining lesson in nature drawing. Bring a sketchbook, pencil and a sense of humor. Beginners are welcome. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/28: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 04, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

VIRTUAL: NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS


Join our interpretive artist for this entertaining virtual lesson in nature drawing. No experience is necessary; all you need are pencils, paper and a sense of humor. A Zoom invitation will be emailed to participants after registering. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/28: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 04, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

INTRO TO ARCHERY


Participants can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our temporary indoor range. This program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 9 years old and 50 inches or taller. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 9/27: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 04, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

INTRO TO ARCHERY


Participants can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our temporary indoor range. This program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 9 years old and 50 inches or taller. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 9/27: Register here. F/Coventry Oaks

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 05, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS


Join our interpretive artist for an entertaining lesson in nature drawing. Bring a sketchbook, pencil and a sense of humor. Beginners are welcome. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/28: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 05, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

FEEDING TIME


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

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 05, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


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

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 05, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

KIDS IN THE GARDEN


Join us in collaboration with Let's Grow Akron for this weekly gardening program for children of all ages. Each class builds upon the last and will be centered on what's growing and ready to harvest in the garden. SLNC

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 05, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

GOOD GARDEN TALKS: SEED SAVING


Join us in collaboration with Let's Grow Akron and OSU Extension to learn seed saving techniques that will help you save money and preserve your favorite vegetable varieties. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held inside Summit Lake Nature Center. SLNC

Leaf Icon Friday, October 06, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

AUTUMN NATURE TALES


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

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 07, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NIMISILA RESERVOIR 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 9/29: Register here. NR/Lot C4

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

WILD BACK YARDS: TOAD ABODES


Toads love Wild Back Yards! Join a naturalist to learn about these common amphibians and how to create a toad abode for your backyard. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 07, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

DANCE AND MYSTERY IN THE PARK


Join us for an interactive dance performance with a fast-paced mystery story and game that unfolds with you, the audience! Curated thanks to a collaboration with the Akron Black Artist Guild, the program is costume-friendly and fun for the whole family. Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome!  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/27: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 07, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

NIMISILA RESERVOIR 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 9/29: Register here. NR/Lot C4

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 08, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

THE CANAL AND THE OATMEAL KING


By 1827, Akron was quickly becoming a leading manufacturing center as the Ohio & Erie Canal brought the world to the wilderness. Businesses prospered, including entrepreneur Ferdinand Schumacher’s Cascade Mills, which would later evolve into Quaker Oats. Come experience life along the canal and meet a special character from the past. TT/Mustill Store

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 08, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS


Join our interpretive artist for this entertaining lesson in nature drawing for kids ages 6 to 12. All materials will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/29: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 08, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

VIRTUAL: NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS


Join our interpretive artist for this entertaining virtual lesson in nature drawing for kids ages 6 to12. All you need is a pencil and paper. A Zoom invitation will be emailed to participants after registration. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/29: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

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

BACK YARDS GONE WILD: SEED COLLECTING


It’s never too early to plan next year’s garden! Learn how to start beautiful, beneficial native plants from seed, including collection, storage and propagation, and take home seeds to plant in your own yard. Please bring small bags from home for seed collecting. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 08, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

FALL FOLIAGE HIKE


Join a naturalist on this 2-mile trek to enjoy the autumn colors while they last. We'll discuss what causes this beautiful annual display and other signs of the fall season. Meet at Indian Spring Trailhead. Good for spree credit. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Monday, October 09, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


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

Leaf Icon Tuesday, October 10, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

ARCHAEOLOGY AT SUMMIT METRO PARKS


Attention fans of Indiana Jones! Archaeology is one of the ways we learn about our history and the lives of the people who lived in Summit County before us. Come learn about the archaeological work done in Summit Metro Parks today by one of our own park archaeologists! CV/Valley View

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 11, 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. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/5: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 11, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

KINDEREALM: SPIDERS


October is the month for Halloween, and Halloween means spiders! Kids ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions are invited to come and learn all about spiders, from their eyes to their legs and all the other qualities that make them special. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/4: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 11, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

VIRTUAL: NATURE JOURNALING FOR ADULTS


Join our interpretive artist for an inspiring virtual lesson in nature journaling as a technique for practicing mindfulness. A Zoom invitation will be emailed to participants after registering. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/5: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

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

LIL' SPROUTS


This biweekly program is designed to engage children ages 3 to 5 and an accompanying adult in the wonderful world of gardening. Each class builds upon the last and will be centered around what’s happening in the garden at that time. Adults are asked to actively participate with children during the program. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/6: 330-865-8065. SLNC

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

NATURE COLLAGE


Let's make a beautiful, nature-inspired collage using recycled paper! Join our interpretive artist for this easy, fun lesson. All materials will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/5: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 12, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


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

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 12, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

VIRTUAL: NATURE COLLAGE


Let's make a beautiful, nature-inspired collage using recycled paper! Join our interpretive artist for this easy, fun lesson. A list of materials and a Zoom invite will be emailed after registering. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/5: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 12, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

KIDS IN THE GARDEN


Join us in collaboration with Let's Grow Akron for this weekly gardening program for children of all ages. Each class builds upon the last and will be centered on what's growing and ready to harvest in the garden. SLNC

Leaf Icon Friday, October 13, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

NATURE STORIES AND MORE


Curious youngsters of all ages with an accompanying adult will enjoy learning about nature through stories and play. The program will be held indoors. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 13, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

SENIOR SAUNTER


Whether you're a senior by age or just prefer a leisurely pace, join us for a stroll as we enjoy nature and fall colors. Bring a mug to share warm beverages and conversation afterward. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, October 13, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

COOL COYOTES


Is the sound of coyotes howling and yipping scary to you? Join a naturalist to learn about the elusive and misunderstood coyote. After a short presentation, we will take a hike to play coyote calls in hopes that some might call back. FASN

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 14, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

BIRD NERDS: OWLS


Bird enthusiasts of all kinds are invited to join us as we explore a new group of birds each month. We're talking adaptations, behavior, identification and more. After the presentation we'll hit the trail to practice what we learn. This month, we're taking a good look at owls. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 14, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

DANCE AND MYSTERY IN THE PARK


Join us for an interactive dance performance with a fast-paced mystery story and game that unfolds with you: the audience! Curated thanks to a collaboration with the Akron Black Artist Guild, the program is costume-friendly and fun for the whole family.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/27: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 14, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

INTRO TO ORIENTEERING


No sense of direction? No problem! We will learn the basics of compass usage through hands-on exploration and fun. Supplies are provided, must be at least 12 years of age. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/6: 330-865-8065. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 15, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

HIKING SPREE SHIELD ASSISTANCE


Is attaching the hiking spree shield more challenging than actually hiking the eight trails? Summit Metro Parks volunteers will gladly attach it for you at no charge. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 15, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

MEGAFAUNA BEHEMOTHS


Halloween is known for monsters, so let's talk about the behemoths that once roamed Ohio! Come learn about the megafauna that towered over all and how they were replaced by the fauna we have today. FASN

Leaf Icon Monday, October 16, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


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

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 18, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

KINDEREALM: SPIDERS


October is the month for Halloween, and Halloween means spiders! Kids ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions are invited to come and learn all about spiders, from their eyes to their legs and all the other qualities that make them special. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/4: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 18, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

SPREE NIGHT HIKE


Investigate a river corridor and forest at night to see what critters are active. The hike involves hills and steps, so please come prepared with sturdy shoes and a flashlight to light your path. Good for spree credit. CV/Oxbow

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 19, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

HOMESCHOOLERS: FALL FOLKLORE


Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 12: Discover how stories related to animals, plants and the stars have been used to teach lessons and predict seasonal changes throughout time. Dress appropriately for a fall hike! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/12: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 19, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


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

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 19, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

HOMESCHOOLERS: FALL FOLKLORE


Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 12: Discover how stories related to animals, plants and the stars have been used to teach lessons and predict seasonal changes throughout time. Dress appropriately for a fall hike! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/12: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 19, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

KIDS IN THE GARDEN


Join us in collaboration with Let's Grow Akron for this weekly gardening program for children of all ages. Each class builds upon the last and will be centered on what's growing and ready to harvest in the garden. SLNC

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 19, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

GOOD GARDEN TALKS: SEED SWAP


Join us to swap some seeds! We will begin with a short program on seed saving, followed by a seed swap. These can be seeds harvested from plants you grow or extra seeds leftover from packets. Seeds should be labeled with variety name and packed in small quantities if possible. Vegetables and herbs are preferred, but all seeds are welcome! Anyone can attend, even if you don't have seeds to share. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Friday, October 20, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

AUTUMN NATURE TALES


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

Leaf Icon Friday, October 20, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

FIGHT FOR LOVE: A POETRY EXPERIENCE


Fight for Love is an interactive experience that will showcase a series of poems performed by artist EbaNee Bond. The selected poetry will share and communicate a transformational, emotional journey for love. Audience members ages 18 and older will listen, read and compose poetry during the evening. This program is curated thanks to a collaboration with the Akron Black Artist Guild. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/11: 330-865-8065. SR/Shady Hollow

Leaf Icon Friday, October 20, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

NOT-SO-SPOOKY STORIES CAMPFIRE


Sit beneath the light of the moon to enjoy s'mores and hear some fun, lighthearted nighttime tales. Bring a blanket or chair if you'd like. LP/Twinsburg Ledges

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

RIVER HIKE


Trek alongside a naturalist as we work toward getting our Fall Hiking Spree staff and shields together! Focusing on the hike, we will make limited stops. Oxbow Trail is 1.2 miles and is rated moderate. Good for spree credit. CV/Oxbow

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 21, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

DANCE AND MYSTERY IN THE PARK


Join us for an interactive dance performance with a fast-paced mystery story and game that unfolds with you, the audience! Curated thanks to a collaboration with the Akron Black Artist Guild, the program is costume-friendly and fun for the whole family.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/12: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 21, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

PET ROCKS FOR KIDS!


Kids of all ages are welcome to come with an adult to create their very own pet rock using natural materials! All you need to bring is a smile and some creativity. We'll provide the rest! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/13: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 21, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

LEAF IT! THE BENEFITS OF LEAVES IN YOUR YARD


Autumn means time for that tedious task of raking, bagging and disposing of leaves – or does it? Learn how leaving the leaves can benefit your yard and the environment, while making your life easier! After the presentation, we’ll take a walk to look at how the leaf layer is important to the forest. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 21, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

TRUCK-OR-TREAT


At this FREE event, visitors of all ages can explore the trucks and vehicles that help keep our parks beautiful while collecting treats from SMP staff. Costumes are encouraged for all ages! SC/Lake House

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 22, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

THAT'S FOR THE BIRDS...


Join us in making DIY bird feeders to take home and add to your own Wild Back Yard. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/13: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 22, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

LUNAS & LEAVES


Leaf piles are teeming with life! Discover the magical connection between the charismatic luna moth and its reliance on fallen leaves. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, October 23, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


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

Leaf Icon Tuesday, October 24, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

ECO-PRINTING FOR ADULTS


In this art for adults program, we'll explore printing with natural materials to create beautiful fall-inspired patterns on fabric and paper. Dress for a mess! Limited space. Registration required. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 9/29: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Tuesday, October 24, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

PUMPKIN CARVING


Join us to create a seasonal work of art! The program will take place in the outdoor shelter so we can enjoy a fire and marshmallows. In case of inclement weather, we will move indoors. BYOP (pumpkin, that is), or receive one free pumpkin per family, while supplies last. Carving utensils provided. Stay until the end to see all our creations lit up with candles and crown the fan favorites! LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 25, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

CREEPY CRAWLIES CRAFT


Don't get spooked - insects can be cute, too! Discover some of this season's creepy creatures and create your own to take home. All ages welcome, while supplies last. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, October 25, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

GORGE DAM PUBLIC MEETING


Members of the public are invited to attend a community update on the process to remove a 420-foot-wide, 60-foot-tall dam within Gorge Metro Park. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Ohio EPA, City of Akron and other stakeholders will present a project status update. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Parking is available at the garage at 40 S. High St. or the surface lot at 71 S. High St.  Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Branch: 60 S. High St., Akron , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 26, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

LIL' SPROUTS


This biweekly program is designed to engage children ages 3 to 5 and an accompanying adult in the wonderful world of gardening. Each class builds upon the last and will be centered around what’s happening in the garden at that time. Adults are asked to actively participate with children during the program. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/6: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 26, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


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

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 26, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

KIDS IN THE GARDEN


Join us in collaboration with Let's Grow Akron for this weekly gardening program for children of all ages. Each class builds upon the last and will be centered on what's growing and ready to harvest in the garden. SLNC

Leaf Icon Thursday, October 26, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

FAMILY FLASHLIGHT WALK


Families with young children: drop by to spot wildlife in early evening with the help of a flashlight. A naturalist will greet you at the trailhead, then send you along the lower 0.5 miles of Oxbow Trail to spot wildlife using eye-shine. Please bring a flashlight to enhance your experience! CV/Oxbow

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 28, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

FALL WOODLAND MUSHROOMS


A walk in the woods can reveal wonders of nature otherwise overlooked. Join a naturalist on a hike to discover the beauty, variety and interesting ecology of fall mushrooms. Dress for the weather. Sturdy shoes are advised. Bath Nature Preserve: 4160 Ira Rd. Bath, OH

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 28, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

DANCE AND MYSTERY IN THE PARK


Join us for an interactive dance performance with a fast-paced mystery story and game that unfolds with you, the audience! Curated thanks to a collaboration with the Akron Black Artist Guild, the program is costume-friendly and fun for the whole family.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/12: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 28, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

TRUCK-OR-TREAT


At this FREE event, visitors of all ages can explore the trucks and vehicles that help keep our parks beautiful while collecting treats from SMP staff. Costumes are encouraged for all ages! GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, October 28, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

FULL MOON HIKE


Watch the full moon rise over the Cuyahoga River as we hike the 1.4-mile Quarry Trail. Headlamps and hiking shoes or boots are recommended. DLQ

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 29, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

SPREE WITH ME — DISTANCE HIKE


Join a naturalist on this 4.6-mile hike along the Towpath Trail from the Vanderhoof Road Trailhead to the Franklin Trailhead and back to check another trail off your Fall Hiking Spree list! Good for spree credit. TT/Vanderhoof

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 29, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

SPOOKY SCAVENGER HUNT


Drop in for a self-guided scavenger hunt along Maple Loop Trail to search for some spooky and not-so-spooky items. Return your completed list to the nature center front desk for a prize. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 29, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

HELLBENDERS - OHIO'S LARGEST SALAMANDER


Join a naturalist as we learn about this unique predator that can live to be 100 years old, breathes through its skin and can only be found in "pristine" rivers and creeks. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 29, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

PAINT 'N TAKE FOR ADULTS


Adults will be led step-by-step to create an easy acrylic painting to celebrate the fall season. All supplies will be provided, along with a cup of hot apple cider. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 10/20: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, October 29, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

S'MORES AND MORE BONFIRE


Sit beside the fire and enjoy stories, games and more about the fall season. Bring blankets or chairs from home. S'mores available while supplies last. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Monday, October 30, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


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