Metro Parks, Serving Summit County February program, event listing

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

Saturday, February 1, 10:30 a.m.
COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist to see who is visiting our window this month. Coffee is provided. Bring your favorite mug and any nature questions you may have. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, February 1, 10:30 a.m.
SPECIES SPOTLIGHT: GROUNDHOG
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pavilion
2077 Newton St., Akron
Can groundhogs actually predict the weather? Join wildlife rehabilitator Fran Kitchen and a naturalist to learn about the natural history of these infamous rodents. Includes a craft, a chance to see a groundhog up close and a short hike. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, February 1, 12 – 4 p.m.
HIKING SPREE SHIELD ASSISTANCE
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
You hiked eight trails to earn the 2013 Fall Hiking Spree shield, but attaching it to your hiking staff was harder than completing the hikes. Volunteers will gladly attach it for you at no charge. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, February 1, 2 p.m.
THINK SPRING
Firestone Metro Park / Coventry Oaks Area
40 Axline Ave., Akron
See how animals are excited about spring's arrival and look for signs that spring is on the way. Includes a craft. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, February 2, 9 a.m.
RUSTY BLACKBIRD BLITZ
Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area
2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist to search for rusty blackbirds, a declining species that winters in Firestone Metro Park. All other birds will be a bonus. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, February 2, 10 a.m.
SENECA TRAIL THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Seneca Deck
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
We're hiking Seneca Trail each month, taking a photographic record of the seasonal changes that happen along the trail. 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 hike. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, February 2, 2 p.m.
CRYSTAL PALACE HIKE
Gorge Metro Park / Main Entrance
1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls
Huge, colorful icicles drip from the rock cliffs in Gorge Metro Park during winter. A naturalist will accompany you to a breathtaking view of this "Crystal Palace" along the rugged Glens Trail. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, February 6, 10 a.m.
WEEKDAY WALKERS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Campfire Area
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Take a leisurely stroll with stops along the way to discover nature. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, February 7, 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
KINDEREALM: THE SENSES
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about the five senses. Includes a craft and short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/28. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, February 7, 1 p.m.
HOMESCHOOL HIKE: WINTER WONDERLAND
Silver Creek Metro Park / Pheasant Run Area
5000 Hametown Rd., Norton
Homeschoolers 7 and older join a naturalist for a hike to explore the sights and sounds of the season. No students will be allowed without an adult companion. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/29. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, February 7, 7 p.m.
AMPHIBIAN MANIA
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Learn about toad and salamander migrations, plus who will be calling and which Metro Parks are best to hear them. A short presentation, crafts, games and live animals are all part of the evening. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, February 8, 10 a.m.
SNOWSHOE HIKE
Munroe Falls Metro Park / Tallmadge Meadows Area
1088 North Ave., Tallmadge
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 1/31. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, February 8, 10:30 a.m.
KINDEREALM: THE SENSES
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about the five senses. Includes a craft and short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/28. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, February 8, 12 p.m.
SOUP HIKE
Sand Run Metro Park / Shady Hollow Pavilion
1750 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron
Join a naturalist for a hike while outdoor cooking volunteers make a delicious homemade soup for everyone to enjoy. Please bring a bowl and spoon. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/31. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, February 8, 2 p.m.
CRYSTAL PALACE HIKE
Gorge Metro Park / Main Entrance
1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls
Huge, colorful icicles drip from the rock cliffs in Gorge Metro Park during winter. A naturalist will accompany you to a breathtaking view of this "Crystal Palace" along the rugged Glens Trail. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, February 9, 11 a.m.
SCAT AND TRACKS
Sand Run Metro Park / Shady Hollow Pavilion
1750 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron
Children 5 to 10 are invited to learn about the tracks and scat of different Ohio animals. Hike with a naturalist to look for tracks, then return to Shady Hollow to make "scat" that you can take home! ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 2/5. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, February 9, 1 p.m.
CHICKADEE SUNDAY
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Help us celebrate National Bird Feeding Month by hand-feeding chickadees during this entertaining and informative program. It begins indoors and moves outside to feed. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, February 9, 2 p.m.
BACK YARDS GONE WILD: MY STORY, PART TWO
Firestone Metro Park / Coventry Oaks Area
40 Axline Ave., Akron
Join a naturalist to hear personal stories about what it means to invite the natural world into your life. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, February 11, 11 a.m.
REPURPOSED GLASSWARE: BIRD FEEDERS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Celebrate National Bird Feeding Month by turning old saucers, vases, glasses and jars into an artful bird feeder. All materials provided. Fee: $10. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 2/4. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, February 12, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join us for an instructional and entertaining program. Bring a sketchbook, a pencil and a sense of humor. Beginners are welcome. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 2/4. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, February 12, 10 a.m.
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Sand Run Metro Park / Wadsworth Area
1400 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron
Join us for a leisurely stroll on Dogwood Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, February 12, 1 p.m.
KINDEREALM: THE SENSES
Firestone Metro Park / Coventry Oaks Area
40 Axline Ave., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about the five senses. Includes a craft and short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/28. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, February 13, 7 p.m.
WARBLER WARM-UP: YIPES, STRIPES!
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
New and experienced birders can get ready for the spring migration. We will focus on warblers with striping and their songs. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, February 14, 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 1 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 2/7. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, February 14, 7 p.m.
OWL PROWL
Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park
5779 Riverview Rd., Peninsula
Join a naturalist to discover what kinds of owls live in our area, and what makes them such great hunters, while exploring the Quarry Trail. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, February 15, 8 a.m.
HIKE & BREAKFAST: "HEARTY" HEARTS
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pavilion
2077 Newton St., Akron
Join us for a brisk winter hike and hardy breakfast. Participants will be asked to contribute to the feast. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 2/7. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, February 15, 1 p.m.
CARDIO HIKE
Cascade Valley Metro Park / Oxbow Area
1061 Cuyahoga St., Akron
Hike the Oxbow Trail, not once but twice, on this invigorating heart-healthy hike. 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.

Sunday, February 16, 1:30 p.m.
PUPPET SHOW: KING OF THE PUPPETS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join us for another hilarious puppet adventure as T-Rex tries to be "King." Includes a craft. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, February 16, 2 p.m.
TRACKING WILDLIFE
Munroe Falls Metro Park / Tallmadge Meadows Area
1088 North Ave., Tallmadge
Find out "who" is using one of our newest parks for hunting grounds. Please wear sturdy boots and dress for the weather. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, February 17, 10 a.m.
SNOWSHOE HIKE
Munroe Falls Metro Park / Tallmadge Meadows Area
1088 North Ave., Tallmadge
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 2/11. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, February 17, 10:30 a.m.
KINDEREALM: THE SENSES
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pavilion
2077 Newton St., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about the five senses. Includes a craft and short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/28. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, February 17, 12 p.m.
SCHOOL'S OUT COOKOUT
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pioneer Shelter
550 Frazier Ave., Akron
School-agers: Enjoy your day off from school with lunch around our campfire! After eating, we will take a walk around Alder Pond to see what nature has to offer. We will provide the condiments; you bring your lunch. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 2/11. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, February 20, 7 p.m.
WARBLER WARM-UP: LOOK AT MY THROAT!
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
New and experienced birders can get ready for the spring migration. We will focus on warblers with striking colorful throats and their songs. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, February 21, 1 p.m.
HOMESCHOOLERS: SKUNK CABBAGE & OTHER EARLY RISERS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Homeschoolers 7 to 10 join a naturalist to learn all about skunk cabbage and other plant and animal adaptations in winter. No students will be allowed without an adult companion. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 1/29. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, February 21, 6 p.m.
TAILING NIGHT TALONS
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pioneer Area
550 Frazier Ave., Akron
A naturalist will attempt to call owls using recordings in hope that owls will respond. Patience and silence are essential when prowling for owls. For ages 6 and older. No dogs, please. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, February 22, 11 a.m.
CAMPFIRE COOKING
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Campfire Area
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join us for this live demonstration of techniques and recipes for campfire meals and desserts, and enjoy some samples. Bring your own utensils, plates and napkins. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 2/17. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, February 22, 2 p.m.
WILDLIFE & WOOD WORKSHOP: SQUIRREL FEEDER
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Discover the types of squirrels you can attract to your back yard, and then build a squirrel-in-the-jar feeder. Limit one kit per family. Participation is required to purchase a $15 kit. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 2/14. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, February 23, 11:30 a.m. & 2 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 2/18. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, February 23, 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 2/14. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, February 23, 2 p.m.
WELLNESS SERIES: HERBS
Firestone Metro Park / Coventry Oaks Area
40 Axline Ave., Akron
Join a naturalist to learn about herbs that will add flavor to your meals or calm you after a stressful day. Participants will also make an herb planter to take home. Materials fee: $15. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 2/19. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, February 26, 10 a.m.
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area
2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist for a leisurely stroll on Willow Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, February 28, 7 p.m.
EXPLORING THE NIGHT SKIES
Firestone Metro Park / Coventry Oaks Area
40 Axline Ave., Akron

It's a great month for stargazing, because many bright stars are visible. Join us to learn about the seven stars of the winter hexagon and the constellations associated with them. For information, call 330-865-8065.

 

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