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 Tuesday, August 01, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

MUSIC BY THE LAKE


Enjoy a performance by the Metro Parks Ensemble. 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. Presented by Wayside Furniture. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 02, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

STORY TIME IN THE PARK


Join 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 Tuscarawas Shelter. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 02, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

BAT NIGHT


Fantastic flying insect controllers, also known as bats, are some of the most fascinating and beneficial creatures of the night! Join us to learn about these amazing mammals as we attempt to catch live bats with nets for observation and data collection. Meet at Shady Beach Shelter.  MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 03, 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 7/26: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 03, 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, August 03, 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, August 03, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

GOOD GARDEN TALKS: PEST MANAGEMENT/PLANTING FOR BENEFICIALS


Join us in collaboration with Let's Grow Akron and OSU Extension for a presentation about pest management that includes attracting beneficial insects to the vegetable garden. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held indoors. SLNC

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

KINDEREALM: SENSATIONAL NATURE


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will use their senses to explore the natural world. Enjoy a story, sensory activities and a short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/27: 330-865-8065. GYH/Pioneer

Leaf Icon Friday, August 04, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

TENT CAMPING FOR ADULTS WORKSHOP


Calling all adventure-seeking adults! Join SMP naturalists for a fun-filled summer evening. Learn to cook over a campfire, try your hand at archery, practice setting up a tent and more. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/25: Register here. SC/Lake House

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 05, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

FUN WITH SUNFLOWERS


Learn about the amazing history, value and many benefits of growing lovely native sunflowers in your Wild Back Yard! FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 05, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

TIME FOR FISHING


Come try your hand at fishing! We'll provide the rods and bait, but feel free to use your own. Ages 16 and older will need a valid Ohio fishing license. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 05, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

BIKE BOSTON BRANDYWINE


Explore Boston Ledges on bike with a naturalist as we ride the Bike & Hike Trail roundtrip from State Route 303 to Brandywine Falls. The 8.6-mile ride will be slow to moderately paced. Please bring a bicycle, helmet and drinking water. Helmets are required to participate.  BHT/SR 303

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 06, 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM

SELF-GUIDED: STORYBOOK TRAIL


Enjoy a fun, active walk following a storybook trail based on the book "In The Tall, Tall Grass." This story is available along Bluebird Trail through August 27. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 06, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

THERE'S A BEAVER ABOUT


Join a naturalist to learn all about beavers. Afterwards, we will go on a short hike in search of evidence of local beavers — we may even spot one of our busy friends! FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 06, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

KIDS' FISHING


Kids ages 15 and younger can learn the basics of fishing and drop a line in Little Turtle Pond. Some rods and reels will be available for use. Bait is provided. Adults must supervise their children. F/Little Turtle Pond

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 06, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

TRY IT: KAYAKING


Join us to try kayaking! Stop by during this open house to explore the sport and try maneuvering out on the water in a relaxed atmosphere. For ages 13 and older; minors must be accompanied by an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. We suggest wearing clothes that can get wet and bringing water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. Space is limited; kayaks available on a first-come, first-served basis. SLNC

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

"BEE"FRIENDING BEES


"Bee" not afraid! You may think wasps, bees, yellow jackets and hornets are all very scary, but some are friendly neighborhood pollinators essential to our ecosystem. Learn to differentiate friend from foe with an SMP naturalist and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Denny Reiser. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, August 07, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

BUG HUNT FOR KIDS


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

Leaf Icon Monday, August 07, 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 08, 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, August 09, 6:00 AM

EYE SPY: HARD MODE


SMP's hit trail hunt is back! Hike along Cherry Lane Trail any time through August 23 for a challenge in the woods. Remember, this is not your nana's eye spy! FASN

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 09, 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 Thursday, August 10, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NATURE COLLAGE FOR ADULTS


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 8/3: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 10, 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, August 10, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

VIRTUAL: NATURE COLLAGE


Let's make a beautiful nature-inspired collage using recycled paper! Join our interpretive artist online for this easy, fun lesson. A list of materials and a Zoom invite will be emailed after registering. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/3: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 10, 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, August 11, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

TREES, PLEASE!


Join a naturalist as we learn about our tall friends of the forest. We will start at the Campfire Area and then take a hike on Cherry Lane and Fernwood Trails. We will identify some species of trees and talk about their unique characteristics. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Friday, August 11, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR ALL AGES


All ages 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. Participants must be at least 9 years old and 50 inches or taller. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/3: Register here. SC/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Friday, August 11, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR ALL AGES


All ages 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. Participants must be at least 9 years old and 50 inches or taller. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/3: Register here. SC/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Friday, August 11, 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

FILMS WITH FIREFLIES: EPIC


Join us for the ultimate summer movie experience! Enjoy an evening under the stars in a scenic setting while watching your favorite films with family and friends. Don't forget to bring snacks, bug spray and blankets or chairs. Presented by Wayside Furniture. SC/Lake House

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 12, 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 Wayside Furniture.  MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 12, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

TOUCH-A-TRUCK


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 Wayside Furniture.  MF/Lake Area

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

BIRD NERDS: WATER BIRDS


August's edition of Bird Nerds features water birds! While March's program covered ducks and geese, this month will explore a smorgasbord of other birds associated with water. This all-indoor presentation will be perfect for those seeking a deeper look at birds. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 12, 1:00 PM - 11:00 AM

TENT CAMPING FOR FAMILIES


Families with children ages 13 and younger are invited to join naturalists for a fun and relaxing overnight tent camping experience! Activities include guided nature hikes, 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 7/28: 330-865-8065. SC/Lake House

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 12, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

NATURE GAMES


Enjoy family time outdoors with fun nature games and activities for all ages! Meet at Sherman Shelter. SC/Lake House

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 13, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

HISTORY HIKE: DEEP LOCK QUARRY


Take a trip back in time to the 1800s as we hike to the towering remains of a century-old sandstone quarry. Along the way, we’ll also view part of the Ohio & Erie Canal and learn how quarries, canals and railroads weave together our area’s rich history. DLQ

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 13, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

SMP CYCLING CLUB


Join us on this biweekly bike ride as we pedal along and explore the Towpath Trail. This will be a 10-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, August 13, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SNAKES FOR KIDS


Join a naturalist for all things serpentine! We will talk about what makes snakes so special and why they aren't as scary as they may seem. There will even be an opportunity to meet and greet a native snake species. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 13, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

EVENING CONCERT: BLUE HOUR


Spend an evening outside with Akron's own indie-folk rock band, Blue Hour! Their catchy, thoughtful tunes will carry us into the night as we relax under the setting sun. Come as early as 6:30 to secure a spot and enjoy refreshments at Himelright Lodge. This show is sure to be one you won't want to miss. Please bring your own blankets or chairs for seating. CV/Valley View

Leaf Icon Monday, August 14, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

FOSSILS FOR KIDS


Kids and their adult companions can 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 14, 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 15, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

MUSIC IN THE PARK


Enjoy a performance by the Metro Parks Ensemble. 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.  FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 16, 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 8/9: 330-865-8065. FASN

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 16, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

KINDEREALM: SENSATIONAL NATURE


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will use their senses to explore the natural world. Enjoy a story, sensory activities and a short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/27: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 16, 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 and wellness. A Zoom invitation will be emailed to participants after registering. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/9: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 17, 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 7/26: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 17, 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, August 17, 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, August 18, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

SUMMER NATURE TALES


Young children and their adult companions will enjoy an 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 18, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

MINDFUL MOVEMENT YOGA


Join a certified yoga instructor and naturalist for a mindful, nature-infused yoga class. This class is suitable for all levels of yoga experience and will be slow to moderately paced. Please wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat and/or towel and drinking water. The class will be held outdoors. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Friday, August 18, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

BACK TO SCHOOL BONFIRE


Join us for one more bonfire of the summer before the school year begins! Enjoy s'mores, yard games and more for a family fun night. Please bring your own blankets or chairs for seating. FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Friday, August 18, 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

FILMS WITH FIREFLIES: HORTON HEARS A WHO


Join us for the ultimate summer movie experience! Enjoy an evening under the stars in a scenic setting while watching your favorite films with family and friends. Don't forget to bring snacks, bug spray and blankets or chairs. The program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Call 330-865-8060 if wet weather is in the forecast. Presented by Wayside Furniture. CV/Oxbow

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 19, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR ALL AGES


All ages 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. Participants must be at least 9 years old and 50 inches or taller. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/11: Register here. LP/Tinkers Creek

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 19, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR ALL AGES


All ages 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. Participants must be at least 9 years old and 50 inches or taller. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/11: Register here. LP/Tinkers Creek

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 19, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

NATURE KEEPSAKE JEWELRY MAKING CLASS


This family-friendly program will teach participants to create jewelry using preserved flowers and acrylic paint drippings. Each attendee will design a one-of-a-kind, durable and stylish piece of jewelry, whether a necklace, ring, earrings or bracelet. Recycled materials and nature finds will be used too. The class is accessible and open to all! This program is curated thanks to a collaboration with the Akron Black Artist Guild. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/10: 330-865-8065. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/10: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 20, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

HIKE FOR THE HEALTH OF IT


Hiking is good for your health! Join a naturalist on an outdoor hike along the 2.1-mile Black Bear Trail. Drinking water is recommended, as we will go at a moderate pace. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 20, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

CATERPILLARS COUNT!


Discover the beauty of these soft-bodied arthropods, the important role caterpillars play in our native food webs and what they tell us about our world in the face of climate change. Enjoy a sit-down presentation followed by a short hike in search of caterpillars. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 20, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

WHAT'S AN INVASIVE, AND WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?


Invasive species come in all shapes and sizes: earth worms and some species of fish, insects and especially plants. Join a naturalist as we discover how these exotic invaders are wreaking havoc on our environment. Learn to identify some of these problematic species, what to do if you see them, and what steps you can take in your own yard to help our native species rebound and flourish. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, August 21, 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 22, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

MUSIC IN THE PARK


Enjoy a performance by the Metro Parks Ensemble. 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. NR/Lot C4

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 23, 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 23, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

KINDEREALM: SENSATIONAL NATURE


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will use their senses to explore the natural world. Enjoy a story, sensory activities and a short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/27: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 23, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

ENJOYING THE GARDEN'S BOUNTY


Join us to sample garden-fresh vegetables in their prime! We'll discuss the local food movement, what it means to be a locavore, and how supporting local farms also supports the local environment and fights global climate change. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Thursday, 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 Thursday, August 24, 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, August 24, 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 8/16: Register here. NR/Lot C6

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

HOW TO INCORPORATE NATIVE FERNS INTO YOUR LANDSCAPE


Join a naturalist as we investigate native ferns. Learn the differences between several of the common ferns in our area. Discover why they are important and how to incorporate them into your landscape. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 24, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

PATRIOTIC CONCERT AT LIBERTY PARK


Celebrate America during this patriotic concert at Liberty Park. Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy the music of the Western Reserve Community Band, made up of musicians from around Summit County. Tap your toes along with the drums, trumpets, flutes and more during this musical tribute to the USA! Popcorn and lemonade will be provided. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 24, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

PURPLE MARTIN PADDLE


Paddle with naturalists in hopes to responsibly observe tens of thousands of birds settling into their roost for the night on their journey south. Take in a stunning sunset and learn about the other wildlife that call Nimisila Reservoir home. 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 8/16: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Friday, August 25, 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 to enjoy nature in summer along Downy Trail. Bring a mug and enjoy a beverage and more nature conversation afterward. WH

Leaf Icon Friday, August 25, 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

FILMS WITH FIREFLIES: THE PRINCESS BRIDE


Join us for the ultimate summer movie experience! Enjoy an evening under the stars in a scenic setting while watching your favorite films with family and friends. Don't forget to bring snacks, bug spray and blankets or chairs. The program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Call 330-865-8060 if wet weather is in the forecast. Presented by Wayside Furniture. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 26, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

GORGE KAYAK


Paddle the Cuyahoga River at Gorge Metro Park to see towering rock ledges and breathtaking scenery from your kayak. Led by a certified instructor and a naturalist. Minimum age is 13; ages 13-17 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 8/17: Register here. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 26, 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

GORGE KAYAK


Paddle the Cuyahoga River at the Gorge to see towering rock ledges and breathtaking scenery from your kayak. Led by a certified instructor and a naturalist. Minimum age is 13; ages 13-17 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 8/17: Register here. G/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 26, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

DRAGONS & DAMSELS


Join a naturalist to learn basic identification tips and why dragonflies and damselflies are so important to the ecosystem. We'll search the area around Seven Ponds Trail to see how many species we can find. LP/Tinkers Creek SNP

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 26, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

ROSE MALLOW TO CAMPFIRE MARSHMALLOW


Meet the halberdleaf rose mallow, a showy native flower that can be found growing in Ohio's wet areas with hollyhock-like flowers that attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Discover the connection between mallow plants and a favorite summer treat: marshmallows! FASN/Campfire Area

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 27, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

SMP CYCLING CLUB


Join us on this biweekly 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, August 27, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

FALL HIKING SPREE KICK-OFF


Get a head start on the 60th annual Fall Hiking Spree! Join naturalists for a hike along Seneca Trail, good for spree credit. Hiking forms will be available and Fall Hiking Spree t-shirts will be for sale. To receive your hiking staff and/or shield, all other hikes must be completed September 1 through November 30. Good for spree credit. FASN

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 27, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

LANDSCAPING WITH NATIVE PLANTS


Want to add beautiful, beneficial native plants to your yard, but not sure where to begin? Join a naturalist to learn some practical tips for incorporating native plants into your yard, how to purchase or grow plants of your own, and what benefits they can provide both gardeners and wildlife. Afterward, we'll tour the landscape surrounding Liberty Park Nature Center and take home seeds of our own to plant, while supplies last. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 30, 4:00 PM - 6:00 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 8/23: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 30, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

PURPLE MARTIN STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING


Paddleboard with naturalists in hopes of responsibly observing tens of thousands of birds settling into their roost for the night on their journey south. Take in a stunning sunset and learn about the other wildlife that call Nimisila Reservoir home. 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 8/23: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 31, 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 7/26: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Thursday, 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

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 31, 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, August 31, 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