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 Thursday, June 01, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


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

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 01, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

GOOD GARDEN TALKS: WEED & WATER MANAGEMENT IN THE VEGETABLE GARDEN


Join us in collaboration with Let’s Grow Akron and OSU to learn some weed management and proper watering techniques for your vegetable garden. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held indoors. SLNC

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 03, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

DAZZLE WITH BASIL


Learn about the long history of this herb and how to enhance your home cooking in simple, tasty ways using it! FASN

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 03, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

FLORAL PORTRAITS WORKSHOP


Participants ages 12 and up will complete a series of floral portraits using colored pencils and other weather-safe materials while exploring the natural artistic playground of Tallmadge Meadows. This program is curated thanks to a collaboration with the Akron Black Artist Guild. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/25: 330-865-8065. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 04, 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM

SELF-GUIDED: STORYBOOK TRAIL


Enjoy some exercise and fun as you hike and read along with a story trail based on the book “Flower Garden.” Look for it along Quarry Trail between June 4 and June 25. DLQ

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 04, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

FIELD & FOREST BIRD WALK


They're back! Hike with a naturalist and search for migratory and resident birds alike in the open meadow and forest edge. Please bring binoculars and a bird guide. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

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

SMP CYCLING CLUB


Join us on this bi-monthly bike ride as we pedal along and explore the Towpath Trail. This will be a 15 mile, casually paced (10-12 mph), out and back ride. Please bring your own helmet and bicycle. Helmets are required to participate. SLNC

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 04, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

BACK YARDS GONE WILD: POLLINATORS


Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and friends! Learn how to make your yard pollinator-friendly! We’ll discuss planting ideas, bee baths, nesting needs and more. Participants will create a simple bee house and wildflower seeds will be available to take home, while supplies last. We will end with a short walk in search of these creatures in the gardens around the nature center. LP/Nature Center

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

MUSIC BY THE LAKE


Enjoy a performance by the Metro Parks Ensemble at Main Beach Shelter. Please bring your own chairs and blankets, and a picnic if you prefer. 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 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. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 07, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NATURE JOURNALING FOR ADULTS


Join our interpretive artist for an inspiring lesson in nature journaling as a technique for practicing mindfulness and wellness. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/31: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 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 Wednesday, June 07, 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 and wellness. A Zoom invitation will be emailed to participants after registering. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/31: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 07, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

WILDERNESS SKILLS


Join our naturalists for an introduction on how to survive in wilderness emergencies. We will learn basic fire-making with flint and steel, shelter building and more. Must be 12 years of age or older, no experience necessary. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/1: 330-865-8065. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 08, 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 6/1: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 08, 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 6/2: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 08, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


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

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 08, 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 6/1: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Friday, June 09, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

STORY TIME IN THE PARK


Gather with a naturalist for a family-friendly story time filled with nature stories, songs and fun activities for all ages. Make a few new friends and stay to play or explore the park after the program. Meet at Shady Beach Shelter. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Friday, June 09, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

SENIOR SAUNTER


Whether you're a senior by age or just want to appreciate the outdoors at a leisurely pace, join us for a stroll as we enjoy nature as summer approaches. Bring a mug and enjoy a beverage and more nature conversation afterward. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Friday, June 09, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR ALL AGES


Ages 9 and up can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our outdoor range. This program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 6/2: Register here. LP/Tinkers Creek

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

INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR ALL AGES


Ages 9 and up can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our outdoor range. This program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 6/2: Register here. LP/Tinkers Creek

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

BIRD NERDS: SUMMER SPECIALS


Summer specials are on the agenda! Bird enthusiasts of all kinds are invited to join us in this series as we explore a new group of birds each month of the year. We’ll discuss adaptations, behavior, identification and more. After the presentation, we'll hit the trail to practice what we learn. Binoculars are recommended. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 10, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

THE "PESTS" IN OUR HOMES


Have you ever seen any creepy crawlers in your home? They actually might be helping you! Come learn about the insects that live close to us and the benefits they provide. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 11, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

INTRO TO MOUNTAIN BIKING


Are you mountain bike curious but nervous to hit the trail by yourself? Then this program is for you! Join us to go over mountain biking safety and trail tips followed by a ride on the beginner and moderate loops at Hampton Hills Metro Park. Please bring your own helmet and bicycle. Helmets are required to participate. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/26: 330-865-8065. HH/Mountain Bike

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

INTERMEDIATE MOUNTAIN BIKING ADVENTURE


Join us on the intermediate trails. Enjoy about five miles of single-track mountain biking with several wooden obstacles and challenging climbs. This ride is intended to increase your confidence on the trail as well as riding in a group. Please be mindful of your own cycling abilities and bring your own helmet and bicycle. Helmets are required to participate. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/26: 330-865-8065. HH/Mountain Bike

Leaf Icon Monday, June 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 Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

MUSIC BY THE LAKE


Enjoy a performance by the Metro Parks Ensemble at Sherman Shelter. Please bring your own chairs and blankets, and a picnic if you prefer. The concert will be canceled if it rains. Call 330-865-8060 if wet weather is in the forecast. Presented by Wayside Furniture. SC/Lake House

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 14, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

KINDEREALM: BLUEBIRDS


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will enjoy exploring all about the “bird that carries the sky on its back.” Active learning will include a short walk to look for bluebirds and other feathered friends. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/7: 330-865-8065. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 14, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

SUNSET SPREE HIKE


Earn spree credit and take in sunset views while learning about our wildlife neighbors that are active at dusk. Good for spree credit. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 15, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


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

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 15, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

GOOD GARDEN TALKS: CREATIVE CHEF


Enjoying your garden produce but looking for new recipes? Come expand your palate and try some innovative recipes. Samples will be available while they last. Good for spree credit. GYH/Lodge

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

REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS FOR KIDS


Kids and their adult companions join a naturalist to learn about the crawling and slithering creatures in our parks. Participants will explore areas near Alder Pond as we hike the trail searching for frogs, snakes and turtles. GYH/Pioneer

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

SPRING NATURE TALES


Summer is almost here! In an interactive story time, young children and their adult companions can explore what critters are out and about as the season changes. 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, June 16, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

FREE THE FALLS HIKE


Enjoy a hike with a naturalist along the rugged 1.8-mile Gorge Trail. We will talk about the plan to remove the Gorge Dam, current updates on the process and the many environmental benefits of the dam removal. Hiking shoes or boots are recommended. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Friday, June 16, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

SUNSET HIKE AND FIRE


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

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 17, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

CLASSY CANVAS FOR FAMILIES


Like to paint but need some instruction? Kids 6 and up with an adult participant 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. Participants are encouraged to wear old clothes. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/9: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 17, 1:00 PM - 11:00 PM

TENT CAMPING FOR FAMILIES


Families with children under 14 are invited to join naturalists for a fun and relaxing overnight tent camping experience! Activities include guided nature activities, campfires, s’mores and games. Please bring your own camping equipment, including food, sleeping gear, toiletries, and chairs. No gear? No problem! Request a free camping kit with essentials during registration, available while supplies last. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 5/24: 330-865-8065. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 17, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

CLASSY CANVAS FOR ADULTS


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 6/9: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 17, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

HIKE FOR THE HEALTH OF IT


Join a naturalist for a brisk hike along Indian Spring Trail in anticipation of summer's arrival. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 18, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

DISTANCE HIKE


Hike more than six miles at a continuous pace discovering the wildlife and topography of Sand Run Valley. There will be few, if any, rest stops. Please wear appropriate footwear and bring drinking water. Meet in the parking lot. FASN

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 18, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

SMP CYCLING CLUB


Join us on this bi-monthly bike ride as we pedal along and explore the Towpath Trail. This will be a 15-mile, casually paced (10-12 mph), out and back ride. Please bring your own helmet and bicycle. Helmets are required to participate. SLNC

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 18, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

FATHER'S DAY HIKE


Bring yourself or the family to Liberty Park as we hike Ledges Trail together. Be prepared for a few nature dad jokes along the way. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, June 19, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION


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

Leaf Icon Tuesday, June 20, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

VITAL NATURE CONNECTIONS: WHAT LIVES IN THE STREAM


As part of the Vital Nature Connections series, join a naturalist to learn what lives in a stream. See how everything in nature is connected, from the smallest macroinvertebrates to the largest mammal. We will be joined by a conservation biologist as we use an electroshocking technique to survey for indicator species of fish that live in Pond Brook. No harm is done to the fish, but it is an excellent way to assess the health of the stream. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 21, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

DRAWING OUTDOORS


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

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 21, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

KINDEREALM: BLUEBIRDS


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will enjoy exploring all about the “bird that carries the sky on its back.” Active learning will include a short walk to look for bluebirds and other feathered friends. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/7: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 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 Wednesday, June 21, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

KINDEREALM: BLUEBIRDS


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will enjoy exploring all about the “bird that carries the sky on its back.” Active learning will include a short walk to look for bluebirds and other feathered friends. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/7: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 21, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

MUNROE FALLS FISHING


Come try your hand at fishing. We'll provide the rods and bait, so all you have to do is show up! Anyone over the age of 15 will need a valid Ohio fishing license. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 21, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

SUMMER SOLSTICE YOGA


Join a certified yoga instructor and naturalist for this special summer solstice yoga class. This outdoor class is suitable for all levels of yoga experience and will be slow to moderately paced. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring drinking water and a yoga mat and/or towel.  SR/Wadsworth

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 22, 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 6/2: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 22, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


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

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 22, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

WILD BACK YARDS: BUGGIN' OUT


Learn why insects are crucial for a biodiverse backyard and how to attract them to your space. Build your own insect condo to take home and check one Wild Back Yards recognition program requirement off the list! FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 22, 4:30 PM - 6:30 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 life jacket. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 6/14: Register here. SC/Lake House

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 22, 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 life jacket. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 6/14: Register here. SC/Lake House

Leaf Icon Friday, June 23, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

THE NATURE OF SLIME


Slime is all around us, even if we can't see it! Come join a naturalist to learn all about examples of slime used in nature. At the end we will be making our very own slime! FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, June 23, 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM

MARVELOUS MOTHS OF DEEP LOCK QUARRY


Join a naturalist to attract moths using special lights and sheets as we observe these insects' amazingly beautiful colors, shapes and patterns up close. We will be hoping for the big silk moths to join us for the evening! Bring a flashlight, camera and bug spray. Meet in the parking lot. DLQ

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 24, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

HERBS: MINT FAMILY


Join a naturalist to learn what plants are included in the mint family, how to grow mint at home and why it is one of the most versatile of herbs. The program will be held at the Rock and Herb Garden. FASN

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 24, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

BEGINNER STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING


Try stand-up paddleboarding, the fastest growing water sport, to get a workout and enjoy nature. A certified instructor and a naturalist will guide you. No experience needed. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes instruction and loan of paddleboard, paddle and life jacket. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 6/15: Register here. NR/Lot C4

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 24, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

WHAT IS WIND?


What is it wind? Where does it come from? Wind affects our lives and our planet in ways we never think about. Join a naturalist to learn all about these topics and more on a short walk around the lake. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 24, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

BEGINNER STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING


Try stand-up paddleboarding, the fastest growing water sport, to get a workout and enjoy nature. A certified instructor and a naturalist will guide you. No experience needed. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes instruction and loan of paddleboard, paddle and life jacket. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 6/15: Register here. NR/Lot C4

Leaf Icon Saturday, June 24, 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

A WALK THROUGH THE WOODS AT NIGHT


Hiking through the woods at night is a different experience than it is during the day. Join a naturalist to explore Black Bear Trail after sundown. Whoooo knows what we may see and hear! A flashlight and bug spray are highly recommended. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 25, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

NIMISILA RESERVOIR KAYAK


Paddle Nimisila Reservoir to view breathtaking summer 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 life jacket. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 6/16: Register here. NR/Lot C4

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

KIDS FISHING OPEN HOUSE


Kids ages 15 and younger can learn the basics of fishing and drop a line in Alder Pond. Some rods and reels will be available for use. Bait is provided. Adults must supervise their children and must have a valid Ohio fishing license if they would like to fish as well. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 25, 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

NIMISILA RESERVOIR KAYAK


Paddle Nimisila Reservoir to view breathtaking summer 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 life jacket. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 6/16: Register here. NR/Lot C4

Leaf Icon Sunday, June 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

SALAMANDERS OF SMP


Join a naturalist to discover the diversity of salamanders found in Summit Metro Parks. Liberty Park is home to 10 different species, and we will have some to see up close. Following the program, we will explore Ledges Trail to see how many we can find! LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, June 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 Tuesday, June 27, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS FOR KIDS


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

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 28, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

KINDEREALM: BLUEBIRDS


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will enjoy exploring all about the “bird that carries the sky on its back.” Active learning will include a short walk to look for bluebirds and other feathered friends. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/7: 330-865-8065. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 28, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

INTERPRETING INTERPRETATION: WHAT IS IT?


Join an interpretive naturalist to learn about the art and history of interpretation and discuss what the future of interpretation might look like. SLNC

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 28, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

MEET ME IN THE GARDEN: PRESERVATION OF YOUR LANDSCAPE


Join Kathie VanDevere, a fellow of Historic Landscape Institute (Monticello), to learn basic principles and techniques for preserving your gardens. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, June 28, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

FIREFLY NIGHT


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

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 29, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

POND PALS


Join a naturalist to explore what life is living in our local ponds. It's more than you think! Closed-toe water shoes recommended. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 29, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


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

Leaf Icon Thursday, June 29, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

DISCOVER NATIVE PLANTS


Drop-in to discover the beauty, resilience and ecological importance of native plants through a variety of interactive tabletop activities. A naturalist will be on hand to answer questions and provide landscaping insight. Seed packets will be available, while supplies last. Meet in the Rock & Herb Garden. FASN

Leaf Icon Friday, June 30, 3:00 PM - 11:00 AM

TENT CAMPING FOR ADULTS


Calling all adventure-seeking adults! Join SMP naturalists for an active overnight tent camping experience. We’ll be hiking, cooking and adventuring as a group. Recreational activities may include paddling, orienteering or archery. Please bring your own camping equipment, including sleeping gear, toiletries, snacks and a chair. No gear? No problem! Request a free camping kit with essentials during registration, available while supplies last. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 6/14: 330-865-8065. SC/Lake House

Leaf Icon Friday, June 30, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

GONE FISHIN'


Youth ages 15 and younger can learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line and see what they can catch! Some rods and reels will be available for use. Bait is provided. Adults must supervise their children and must have a current Ohio fishing license if they want to fish. LP/Tinkers Creek

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

FIRE AND FIREFLIES!


Unwind at the campfire and learn about the many species of fireflies in Ohio, including some of their differing traits. When night falls, we will take a stroll on Cherry Lane and Fernwood Trails in search of these bright beings. We will also talk about ways we can support a healthy habitat for them in our own back yards. FASN/Campfire Area