Metro Parks, Serving Summit County January '14 events

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Metro Parks, Serving Summit County offers something for everyone, including the following programs and events:

Friday, January 03, 9:30 a.m.
SHOW & TELL ME A STORY
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Kids 1 to 3 join a naturalist for this special 30-minute story time for tots! ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 12/27. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, January 03, 10:30 a.m.
SHOW & TELL ME A STORY
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Kids 1 to 3 join a naturalist for this special 30-minute story time for tots! ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 12/27. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, January 03, 1:00 p.m.
SHOW & TELL ME A STORY
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Kids 1 to 3 join a naturalist for this special 30-minute story time for tots! ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 12/27. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, January 03, 1:00 p.m.
HOMESCHOOL HIKE: EVERGREENS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Homeschoolers 7 and older can join a naturalist to discover the variety of native trees that thrive here. No students will be allowed to participate without an adult. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 12/27. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, January 03, 7:00 p.m.
OWL PROWL
Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area
2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
Discover what kinds of owls live in our area, and what makes them such great hunters, while exploring sections of the Redwing and Willow trails. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, January 04, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist for the second program in this winter series to see who is visiting our wildlife window. Coffee is provided. Bring your favorite mug and any nature questions you may have. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, January 04, 1:00 p.m.
KIDS DISCOVER: ANIMAL FOOTPRINTS
Silver Creek Metro Park / Pheasant Run Area
5000 Hametown Rd., Norton
Children 5 to 10 learn about animal tracks with a naturalist and take a hike to search for them. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, January 04, 2:00 p.m.
WELLNESS SERIES: GOOD FORM RUNNING
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join Ed Hoffmeier from Fleet Feet Sports to learn the "good form running" technique and how it can improve your runs. Bring your other running questions as well. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 12/19. For information, call 330-865-8065. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, January 05, 1:30 p.m.
PUPPET SHOW: REX'S NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join us for another hilarious puppet adventure as T-Rex tries to mend his ways. Includes a craft. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, January 05, 3:00 p.m.
SENECA TRAIL THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Seneca Deck
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
We'll hike Seneca Trail each month this year, taking a photographic record of the seasonal changes that happen. In December we'll come in from the cold and review the year in pictures. You can take your own pictures or just enjoy the hikes. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, January 08, 10:00 a.m.
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park
5779 Riverview Rd., Peninsula
Take a leisurely stroll with stops along the way to discover nature and some of the rich history of the quarry. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, January 10, 10:30 a.m.
KINDEREALM: TRACKS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about animals and the tracks they leave behind. Includes a craft and short hike. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/3. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, January 10, 1:00 p.m.
KINDEREALM: TRACKS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about animals and the tracks they leave behind. Includes a craft and short hike. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/3. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, January 10, 6:00 p.m.
SOUP HIKE
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Campfire Area
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist to enjoy a cup of soup around a campfire, followed by a short evening hike. Soup will be provided. Please bring a cup, spoon and flashlight. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, January 11, 10:30 a.m.
CARDBOARD CLASSIC
Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area
2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
Enjoy some fun in the snow by recycling old items into new sleds. All sleds will be assembled on site. We will provide some cardboard, duct tape and marshmallows for roasting. Canceled if no snow. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/3. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, January 11, 10:30 a.m.
KINDEREALM: TRACKS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about animals and the tracks they leave behind. Includes a craft and short hike. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/3. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, January 11, 1:00 p.m.
CARDIO HIKE
Munroe Falls Metro Park / Lake Area
521 S. River Rd., Munroe Falls
Join us for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking at a vigorous pace with few, if any, rest stops. Beginners are welcome, but you may want to talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, January 11, 3:00 p.m.
WINTER FAMILY PICNIC
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pioneer Shelter
550 Frazier Ave., Akron
Start a new family tradition in the New Year! Hike with a naturalist, then return to a warm fire for a winter picnic. Families need to provide their own picnic foods. A fire and s'mores (while supplies last) are provided. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, January 12, 11:30 a.m.
NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Ages 6 to 12 join us for this lesson in nature drawing. Paper and pencils will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/7. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, January 12, 1:00 p.m.
SEARCHING FOR EAGLES
Gorge Metro Park / Main Entrance
1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls
Join a naturalist to search for bald eagles while discovering the comeback story of our national bird. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, January 12, 2:00 p.m.
NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Ages 6 to 12 join us for this lesson in nature drawing. Paper and pencils will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/7. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, January 12, 3:00 p.m.
TRACKS AND SIGNS AT THE LEDGES
Liberty Park / Twinsburg Ledges Area
9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
Have you ever wondered who else has walked the trail when people weren't around? Find out with a naturalist on this moderate hike. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, January 13, 10:30 a.m.
KINDEREALM: TRACKS
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pavilion
2077 Newton St., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about animals and the tracks they leave behind. Includes a craft and short hike. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/3. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, January 13, 7:00 p.m.
ALMOST-FULL MOON SKI
Silver Creek Metro Park / Pheasant Run Area
5000 Hametown Rd., Norton
Bring your cross-country skis to see nature in winter around Pheasant Run Trail. If there isn't enough snow we will take a nature walk instead.  For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, January 15, 10:00 a.m.
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Liberty Park / Twinsburg Ledges Area
9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
Join us for a leisurely stroll on the Ledges Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, January 15, 11:00 a.m.
WILDLIFE PAINTING FOR ADULTS WITH TOM BALDWIN
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece during this instructional and entertaining program. Spend the day learning how to paint a realistic killdeer handcrafted by Tom Baldwin. Fee: $12.50, payable by cash or check the day of the program. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/8. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, January 15, 1:00 p.m.
KINDEREALM: TRACKS
Firestone Metro Park / Coventry Oaks Area
40 Axline Ave., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about animals and the tracks they leave behind. Includes a craft and short hike. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/3. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, January 16, 7:00 p.m.
BEGINNING BIRDERS: BRUSH UP ON THRUSHES
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
This program will introduce the thrush family to new birders, and experienced birders can brush up on thrushes. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, January 17, 10:00 a.m.
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Cascade Valley Metro Park / Oxbow Area
1061 Cuyahoga St., Akron
Take a leisurely stroll with stops along the way to discover nature. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, January 17, 1:00 p.m.
HOMESCHOOLERS: ASTRONOMY
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Homeschoolers 11 to 14 can join a naturalist in an inflatable planetarium to learn about constellations. No students will be allowed to attend without an adult companion. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 12/27. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, January 18, 8:00 a.m.
HIKE & BREAKFAST: SNOWFLAKE HIKE
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pavilion
2077 Newton St., Akron
Join us for a brisk winter hike and "comfort breakfast" of oatmeal and more. Participants will be asked to contribute to the feast. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/14. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, January 18, 10:30 a.m.
ASTRONOMY: CONSTELLATIONS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist to learn about constellations in an inflatable planetarium. Participants must be 9 or older. Program will last about 45 to 60 minutes. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/10. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, January 18, 1:00 p.m.
ASTRONOMY: CONSTELLATIONS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist to learn about constellations in an inflatable planetarium. Participants must be 9 or older. Program will last about 45 to 60 minutes. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/10. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, January 18, 3:00 p.m.
ASTRONOMY: CONSTELLATIONS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist to learn about constellations in an inflatable planetarium. Participants must be 9 or older. Program will last about 45 to 60 minutes. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/10. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, January 19, 1:00 p.m.
WINTER FAMILY BOOK WALK
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Campfire Area
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Families can enjoy Cherry Lane Trail in a new way! Hike along at your own pace with stops to read the story "Stranger In The Woods," then come to the campfire area to enjoy a fire, hot chocolate and marshmallows (while supplies last). For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, January 19, 1:00 p.m.
BEAT WINTER BLUES & ENERGIZE YOUR DAY
Firestone Metro Park / Coventry Oaks Area
40 Axline Ave., Akron
Beat the winter blahs by joining Metro Parks staff and Tai Chi instructor Nancy Gardner for this wellness program to discover tips, techniques, movements and foods that will help motivate and energize you during the cold weather. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, January 19, 3:00 p.m.
WINTER TREE I.D.
Silver Creek Metro Park / Pheasant Run Area
5000 Hametown Rd., Norton
Discover how to identify trees without their leaves while hiking Chippewa Trail. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, January 20, 10:30 a.m.
ASTRONOMY: CONSTELLATIONS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist to learn about constellations in an inflatable planetarium. Participants must be 9 or older. Program will last about 45 to 60 minutes. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/10. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, January 20, 1:00 p.m.
ASTRONOMY: CONSTELLATIONS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist to learn about constellations in an inflatable planetarium. Participants must be 9 or older. Program will last about 45 to 60 minutes. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/10. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, January 20, 3:00 p.m.
ASTRONOMY: CONSTELLATIONS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist to learn about constellations in an inflatable planetarium. Participants must be 9 or older. Program will last about 45 to 60 minutes. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/10. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, January 21, 10:00 a.m.
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Furnace Run Metro Park / Brushwood Area
4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield
Take a leisurely stroll on Old Mill and Rock Creek trails with stops along the way to discover nature. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, January 24, 10:00 a.m.
CARDIO HIKE
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pioneer Shelter
550 Frazier Ave., Akron
Hike 3.4 miles at a vigorous pace with a naturalist with few, if any, stops. Beginners are welcome, but you may want to talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, January 25, 10:00 a.m.
SNOWSHOE HIKE
Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area
2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
Get a brief how-to lesson followed by a moderate snowshoe hike. Snowshoe rental is $5/person. Children must be 10 or older and with an adult companion. If not enough snow, there will still be a hike. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/16. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, January 25, 11:00 a.m.
WILDLIFE & WOOD WORKSHOP: SUET FEEDER
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Discover the types of birds you can attract to your back yard, and then build a hanging suet feeder. Limit one kit per family. Participation is required to purchase a $15 kit. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/17. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, January 26, 12:30 p.m.
FEEDING TIME
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Ever wonder what we feed our animals at the Nature Realm? Now's your chance to come help us feed the animals and learn more about them. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/22. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, January 26, 2:00 p.m.
METRO PARKS BOOK CLUB
Sand Run Metro Park / Shady Hollow Pavilion
1750 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron
Join a naturalist for this lively discussion of "Confessions of a Bad Beekeeper" by Bill Turnbull. Drinks are provided. Please bring a mug. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, January 26, 3:00 p.m.
SEARCHING FOR EAGLES
Gorge Metro Park / Main Entrance
1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls
Search for a bird that has made a great comeback. Please wear sturdy boots and dress for the weather. Binoculars will be provided. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, January 29, 10:00 a.m.
NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join us for this instructional and entertaining program. Bring a sketchbook, a pencil and a sense of humor. Beginners are welcome. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/21. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, January 30, 10:00 a.m.
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Gorge Metro Park / Main Entrance
1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls
Take a leisurely stroll on Glens Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, January 31, 7:00 p.m.
ALL-AMERICAN SOAP BOX DERBY
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join the Soap Box Derby Team as they share their history and events, and show off some of the cars. The Nature Realm gift shop will be open. For information, call 330-865-8065.

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