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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, August 01, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

SENIOR CYCLING


Join like-minded senior SMP supporters as we ride and explore various trails. We will gather to socialize and determine the route, distance and pace before rolling out. Expect to ride at least 10 to 12 miles at a casual (10-12 mph) pace. Please bring your own helmet and bicycle. Helmets are required. Arrive 15 minutes early to check in. BHT/Silver Lake

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

GOOD GARDEN TALKS: COMPOSTING


Join us in collaboration with Let's Grow Akron and OSU Extension to learn to encourage wildlife and manage the undesirable critters in the vegetable garden. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held indoors. SLNC

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 01, 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

FLY VS FLY


Discover the world of insect subterfuge. Plenty of insects engage in mimicry, but none quite like the firefly. Join a naturalist on a catch and release mission to crack the code of these cunning insects. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Friday, August 02, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

KINDEREALM: SANDHILL CRANES


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn about sandhill cranes, unique birds dating back to prehistoric times that dance, yell, build floating nests and are celebrated as a symbol of good fortune. Children will enjoy a craft, educational activities, a game and music. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/24: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

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

TOUCH-A-TRUCK: AUTISM AND SENSORY-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. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. The presence of emergency response vehicles is subject to availability. Presented by Wayside Furniture. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 03, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

INTRO TO STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING


Learn how to paddleboard and take a guided tour around the lake with a certified instructor. 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. All equipment will be provided. Location subject to change based on water conditions. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/24: Register here. NR/Lot C4

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 03, 11:00 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. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. The presence of emergency response vehicles is subject to availability. Presented by Wayside Furniture. MF/Lake Area

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 03, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

INTRO TO STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING


Learn how to paddleboard and take a guided tour around the lake with a certified instructor. 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. All equipment will be provided. Location subject to change based on water conditions. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/24: Register here. NR/Lot C4

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

SELF-GUIDED: STORYBOOK TRAIL


Enjoy a fun, active walk following a self-guided story trail based on the book "Chipmunk Song." Look for it along Old Mill Trail through August 25. FR/Brushwood

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 04, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

PSYCHED ABOUT SNAKES


Join a naturalist to learn about all things serpentine! We will discuss what makes snakes so fascinating and why they aren't as scary as they may seem. A live snake ambassador will give us a close look at their unique features. FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Monday, August 05, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

SPIDERS FOR KIDS


Kids and their adult companions will join a naturalist to explore the amazing variety of Ohio's friendly neighborhood spiders. After some fun in the shelter, we'll take a walk in search of creepy crawlies! WH

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 06, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

MUSIC BY THE LAKE


Enjoy a performance by the Metro Parks Ensemble by Munroe Falls Lake. 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 the feeling of riding a bike outdoors. Cycling Without Age is available with the support of the Andrea Rose Teodosio Foundation. 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, August 07, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

GO NATIVE!


Drop into the Rock & Herb Garden to discover why you should ditch exotic and invasive species and choose beautiful, beneficial native plants instead! Wildflowers, grasses, vines, shrubs and trees – every species plays its part! Native seed packets will be available to take home. FASN

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 08, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

LIL' SPROUTS


This biweekly program is designed to engage young children and accompanying adults in the wonderful world of gardening. Each class builds upon the last and will be centered on what’s growing and ready to harvest! Adults are asked to actively participate with children during the program. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/1: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 08, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

INTRO TO ARCHERY


Participants will learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at an outdoor range. 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 8/1: Register here. SC/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 08, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

INTRO TO ARCHERY


Participants will learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at an outdoor range. 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 8/1: Register here. SC/Archery Range

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 08, 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 08, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

NIGHT MUSIC AND DANCING AT MUSTILL STORE


Enjoy live music and dancing to celebrate the legacy of three generations of the Mustill family. In years past, the store was a popular place to buy or barter goods, gather and socialize. Light refreshments may be available for purchase. TT/Mustill Store

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 08, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

BAT NIGHT


Bats are some of the most fascinating and beneficial creatures of the night! Join us to learn about these fantastic flying insectivores as we attempt to catch live bats with nets for observation and data collection. Sherman Shelter: , OH

Leaf Icon Friday, August 09, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

KINDEREALM: SANDHILL CRANES


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn about sandhill cranes, unique birds dating back to prehistoric times that dance, yell, build floating nests and are celebrated as a symbol of good fortune. Children will enjoy a craft, educational activities, a game and music. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/24: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

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

GONE FISHIN'


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 16 will need a valid Ohio fishing license.  Shady Beach Shelter: , OH

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 10, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

BEGINNER PRAIRIE BIRDING


No experience? No problem! Join a naturalist for a hike along the 1.6-mile Prairie Trail to experience the joys of prairie birding. Binoculars are available to borrow on a first come, first-served basis. SFB

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 10, 1:00 PM - 11:00 AM

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, a campfire, 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 7/11: 330-865-8065. SC/Lake House

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 10, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

ROAD CYCLING PRIMER


Ever wanted to try road cycling, but did not know how to get started? We will discuss equipment, clothing and more! Then, we will practice communicating, passing and other techniques on the roadways within the park. Please bring your own bicycle and helmet. Helmets are required. SC/Pheasant Run

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 10, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

ROOTS & RHYTHM: AFRICAN DRUMMING WORKSHOP WITH BERHANE OKANTAH


Join us for an interactive workshop for all ages to explore nature through African drumming and artistic expression. Participants will enhance their hand-eye coordination and listening skills while building confidence and community. This interactive experience is presented in partnership with Akron Black Artist Guild. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/1: 330-865-8065. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/1: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 10, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

ROOTS & RHYTHM: AFRICAN DRUMMING WORKSHOP WITH BERHANE OKANTAH


Join us for an interactive workshop for all ages to explore nature through African drumming and artistic expression. Participants will enhance their hand-eye coordination and listening skills while building confidence and community. This interactive experience is presented in partnership with Akron Black Artist Guild. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/1: 330-865-8065. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/1: 330-865-8065. LP/Nature Center

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

WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH BEAVER FOOD?


Why do beavers do what they do? Join a naturalist to learn about the American beaver and why they're always knockin' down trees. FASN/Seneca Deck

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 11, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP


Learn how to conserve water in your outdoor spaces. Registration cost includes a rain barrel kit, 55-gallon food grade plastic drum and instruction on assembly and upkeep. Option available to assemble on-site or take kit home. Bring a handheld power drill, gloves and eye protection if you have them. Cost: $60/kit. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/17: Register here. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 11, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP


Learn how to conserve water in your outdoor spaces. Registration cost includes a rain barrel kit, 55-gallon food grade plastic drum and instruction on assembly and upkeep. Option available to assemble on-site or take kit home. Bring a handheld power drill, gloves and eye protection if you have them. Cost: $60/kit. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/17: Register here. LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Monday, August 12, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

AFTER WORK BIRD WALK


Less work, more warblers. Escape the office and enjoy a relaxed bird walk on the 1.4-mile Alder Trail. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Monday, August 12, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

VIRTUAL: PURPLE MARTINS TAKE FLIGHT


It's a bird cyclone! Join us online to discover the magical and mysterious story of the charismatic purple martin that mesmerizes paddlers at Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park and throughout the world. Meeting ID: 861 3928 6682 Zoom: , OH

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 13, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

GONE FISHIN'


Anglers ages 15 and younger can learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line and see what they 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 wish to fish. LP/Tinkers Creek

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 13, 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. The concert will be canceled if it rains. Call 330-865-8060 if wet weather is in the forecast. Music by the Lake is presented by Wayside Furniture. SC/Boathouse

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 14, 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 in the event of inclement weather. FASN

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

KINDEREALM: SANDHILL CRANES


Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn about sandhill cranes, unique birds dating back to prehistoric times that dance, yell, build floating nests and are celebrated as a symbol of good fortune. Children will enjoy a craft, educational activities, a game and music. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/24: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 15, 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 8/7: 330-865-8065. FASN/Visitors Center

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

SENIOR CYCLING


Join like-minded senior SMP supporters as we ride and explore various trails. We will gather to socialize and determine the route, distance and pace before rolling out. Expect to ride at least 10 to 12 miles, at a casual (10-12 mph) pace. Please bring your own helmet and bicycle. Helmets are required. Arrive 15 minutes early to check in. BHT/Brandywine Falls

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 15, 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 8/7: 330-865-8065. Zoom: , OH

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

GOOD GARDEN TALKS: COMPOSTING


Join us in collaboration with Let's Grow Akron and OSU Extension to learn the basics of composting and soil health in the vegetable garden. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held indoors. GYH/Main Entrance

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 15, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

BAT NIGHT


Bats are some of the most fascinating and beneficial creatures of the night! Join SMP staff in conjunction with The University of Akron Field Station to learn about these amazing mammals as we attempt to catch live bats with nets for observation and data collection. Follow the parkway until it ends at the field station.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/8: 330-865-8065. The University of Akron Field Station: 4240 Ira Road Akron, OH 44333

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

SUMMER NATURE TALES


Young children and their adult companions can 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 16, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

CELEBRATING BEES


Join us for a presentation about Ohio's native bees and identifying them. "Bee" prepared for a short hike to see what species we can discover! FASN/Visitors Center

Leaf Icon Friday, August 16, 9:30 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' beautiful colors, shapes and patterns up close. We will hope for the big silk moths to join us! Bring a flashlight and bug spray. DLQ

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 17, 1:00 PM - 3:00 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 Sunday, August 18, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

CATERPILLARS COUNT!


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

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

WOODLAND MUSHROOMS


A walk in the woods can reveal otherwise overlooked wonders of nature. Hike with a naturalist to discover the beauty, variety and ecology of mushrooms. Sturdy shoes, bug spray and drinking water are recommended. DLQ

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 20, 6:00 AM

SELF-GUIDED: WILD WONDER


Does nature fill you with whimsy? Do you experience bouts of childlike wonder? Let loose and explore the natural world from a new perspective as you hike along the 1-mile Fernwood Trail. This experience is available through August 31. FASN

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 20, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

SUMMIT LAKE CYCLE & TOUR


Browse a variety of fresh produce and sweets at the Summit Lake Neighborhood Farmer's Market before the ride. As we ride, we will make stops to discuss the neighborhood's history and evolution. This is a casually paced, 6- to 8-mile ride. Please bring your own helmet and bicycle. Helmets are required. TT/Summit Lake

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

SHRUNKEN TUSCARAWAS


Once as wide as 600 feet, the Tuscarawas River has been instrumental in the development of Ohio. Hike along the 1.6-mile Willow Trail and portions of the Walking Course to experience the gentle Tuscarawas as it is today and learn what the landscape was like in centuries past. F/Warner Road

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

LIL' SPROUTS


This biweekly program is designed to engage young children and accompanying adults in the wonderful world of gardening. Each class builds upon the last and will be centered on what’s growing and ready to harvest! Adults are asked to actively participate with children during the program. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/1: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 22, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

STORYTIME IN THE PARK: STONE SOUP


Sharing really is caring. Bring your little ones to Summit Lake Nature Center for a classic story and cooking activity! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/14: 330-865-8065. SLNC

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 22, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

INTRO TO KAYAKING


Learn how to kayak and take a guided tour around the lake with a certified instructor. 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. All equipment will be provided. Location subject to change based on water conditions. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/15: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 22, 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 22, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

SUNSET KAYAK


Learn how to kayak and take a guided tour around the lake at sunset with a certified instructor. 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. Wear clothes that can get wet and bring a water bottle. All equipment, including life jackets, will be provided. Location subject to change based on conditions. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/15: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 22, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

NOCTURNAL SOUNDS NIGHT HIKE


Explore our nocturnal world with your ears. We'll hike the field and forest to discover which species go bump in the night — insects, mammals and birds. Bring a flashlight. MF/Tallmadge Meadows

Leaf Icon Friday, August 23, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

NATURE SAUNTER


Appreciate the outdoors at a leisurely pace with a stroll along the 1.4-mile Quarry Trail. Enjoy a beverage and nature conversation afterward. DLQ

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

INTRO TO KAYAKING


Learn how to kayak and take a guided tour around the lake with a certified instructor. 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. All equipment will be provided. Location subject to change based on water conditions. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/16: Register here. SLNC

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 24, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

BIRD NERDS: FLIGHT


Newbies and experts alike are welcome to join us in this lively series for a fun, approachable discussion on a new bird topic each month. This month, we'll take a look at the power of flight and how it influences a bird's world. FASN/Visitors Center

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

INTRO TO KAYAKING


Learn how to kayak and take a guided tour around the lake with a certified instructor. 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. All equipment will be provided. Location subject to change based on water conditions. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/16: Register here. SLNC

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 25, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

FALL HIKING SPREE KICK-OFF


Get a head start on the 2024 Fall Hiking Spree! Hiking forms will be available and Fall Hiking Spree t-shirts will be for sale. Hike the new Olmsted Trail any time this day to earn spree credit. To receive your hiking staff and/or shield, all other hikes must be completed between September 1 and November 30. CV/Valley View

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 25, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

EVENING CONCERT: BLUE HOUR


Spend an evening with Blue Hour, Akron's own indie-folk rock band! Their catchy, thoughtful tunes will help build the perfect night to relax under the setting sun. This show is sure to be one you won't want to miss. Please bring your own blankets or chairs for seating. Refreshments will be provided. CV/Valley View

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 28, 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 in the event of inclement weather. FASN

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 28, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

GRAND GRASSES


Imagine steel blue and crimson gold stems growing upwards of six feet tall! These aren't your neighbor's lawn grasses. Hike the 1.6-mile Prairie Trail and learn just how amazing and important wild grasses really are. SFB

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 29, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

SENIOR CYCLING


Join like-minded senior SMP supporters as we ride and explore various trails. We will gather to socialize and determine the route, distance and pace before rolling out. Expect to ride at least 10 to 12 miles, at a casual (10-12 mph) pace. Please bring your own helmet and bicycle. Helmets are required. Arrive 15 minutes early to check in. TT/Big Bend

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 29, 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 30, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

INTRO TO ORIENTEERING


No sense of direction? No problem! We will learn the basics of using a compass through hands-on exploration and fun! Must be at least 12 years of age. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/16: 330-865-8065. F/Tuscarawas Meadows

Leaf Icon Friday, August 30, 4:00 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 7/25: 330-865-8065. SC/Lake House

Leaf Icon Friday, August 30, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

KAYAK OPEN HOUSE


Stop by to learn basic kayak techniques and take a short self-guided paddle under the guidance of certified instructors. 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. Wear clothes that can get wet and bring a water bottle. All equipment will be provided. Space is limited and kayaks are available on a first come, first-served basis. Location subject to change based on water conditions. SC/Lake House

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 31, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

INTRO TO ARCHERY


Participants will learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at an outdoor range. 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 8/21: Register here. LP/Tinkers Creek

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 31, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

INTRO TO ARCHERY


Participants will learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at an outdoor range. 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 8/21: Register here. LP/Tinkers Creek

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 31, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

NATIVE FERNS


Join a naturalist to learn about and look for Northeast Ohio’s native ferns. Discover their unique characteristics and how to incorporate them into your landscape to provide "soft landings." LP/Nature Center

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 31, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

INTRO TO STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING


Learn how to paddleboard and take a guided tour around the lake with a certified instructor. 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. All equipment will be provided. Location subject to change based on water conditions. Cost: $15/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/22: Register here. NR/Lot C6

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 31, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

SUNSET STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING


Learn how to paddleboard and take a guided tour around the lake with a certified instructor. 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. Wear clothes that can get wet and bring a water bottle. All equipment, including life jackets, will be provided. Location subject to change based on water conditions. Cost: $15/person. SUNSET DESCRIPTION ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 8/22: Register here. NR/Lot C6