March '14 progams, events at Metro Parks, Serving Summit County

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

Saturday, March 1, 11 a.m.
AMPHIBIANS FOR KIDS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Children discover our slimy amphibian friends with a naturalist, then make a craft. Find out how these cold-blooded creatures survive the winter and what they are up to now. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 2/25. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 1, 4 p.m.
AMPHIBIAN MIGRATION
Sand Run Metro Park / Old Portage Area
1300 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron
Join a naturalist as we attempt to witness the annual amphibian migration across Sand Run Parkway. Programs will occur when conditions are just right. The creatures prefer a light rain, temperatures above 45 degrees and darkness. Call 330-865-8060 after 4 p. m. to learn if a program is taking place that night. The migration often ends in early April.

Sunday, March 2, 1 p.m.
WINTER TREE I.D.
Cascade Valley Metro Park / Oxbow Area
1061 Cuyahoga St., Akron
Discover how to identify trees without their leaves while hiking the Oxbow Trail. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, March 2, 3 p.m.
SENECA TRAIL THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Seneca Deck
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
We're hiking 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.

Thursday, March 6, 10 a.m.
WEEKDAY WALKERS
O'Neil Woods Metro Park / Trail Lot
2550 Martin Rd., Bath
Join a naturalist for a leisurely stroll on Deer Run Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, March 7, 9 a.m.
CARDIO HIKE
Silver Creek Metro Park / Pheasant Run Area
5000 Hametown Rd., Norton
Enjoy healthy outdoor exercise with a naturalist at a vigorous pace with few, if any, rest stops. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, March 7, 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 2/25. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, March 7, 1 p.m.
HOMESCHOOL HIKE: SKULLS, SCAT & TRACKS
Silver Creek Metro Park / Pheasant Run Area
5000 Hametown Rd., Norton
Homeschoolers, 7 and older, join a naturalist to search for bits of evidence left behind by animals and discuss what can be learned from these findings. No students will be allowed without an adult companion. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 2/28. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, March 7, 6:30 p.m.
BIG BIRD NIGHT: WOODCOCKS & OWLS
Liberty Park / Pond Brook Conservation Area
3973 E. Aurora Rd., Twinsburg
Discover the amazing woodcock and attempt to witness the male bird's spectacular courtship flight over nearby fields, and then hike to search for owls. Bring binoculars and flashlights. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 8, 8 – 10 a.m. & 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
HISTORY OF MAPLE SUGARING
Furnace Run Metro Park / Brushwood Area
4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield
Learn about the history of maple sugaring and other fun facts while hiking. Then, return to Brushwood Pavilion for pancakes and a beverage. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 2/21. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 8, 12 – 4 p.m.
HIKIN G SPREE SHIELD ASSISTANCE
Firestone Metro Park / Coventry Oaks Area
40 Axline Ave., Akron
You hiked eight trails to earn the 2013 Fall Hiking Spree shield, but attaching it to your hiking staff may be harder than completing the hikes. Volunteers will gladly attach it for you at no charge. For information, call 330-865-8065.
 
Saturday, March 8, 2 p.m.
NATURE REALM HISTORY
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Help celebrate the nature and history of this special-use area, set aside nearly 50 years ago for the study and enjoyment of nature, while hiking Seneca Trail. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, March 9, 12:30 p.m.
ENHANCING YOUR BACKYARD BIRD HABIT AT
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist at our wildlife viewing window to discover easy ways to create a bird-friendly habitat in your back yard. Beginners and experts are welcome. Prior knowledge not required. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, March 12, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist-artist for this entertaining lesson in nature drawing. Bring a sketchbook, pencil and a sense of humor. Beginners are welcome. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 3/4. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, March 12, 1 p.m.
KINDEREALM: SALAMANDERS
Firestone Metro Park / Coventry Oaks Area
40 Axline Ave., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions find out why salamanders are slithering through the Metro Parks. Includes a craft and hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 3/5. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, March 13, 10 a.m.
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Silver Creek Metro Park / Pheasant Run Area
5000 Hametown Rd., Norton
Join a naturalist for a leisurely stroll on Chippewa Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, March 13, 7 p.m.
WARBLER WARM-UP: NOT SO PLAIN
F.A. Se iberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
New and experienced birders can join a naturalist to get ready for the spring migration. We will focus on warblers that are not so plain, and their traveling companions. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, March 14, 10 a.m.
CARDIO HIKE
Sand Run Metro Park / Treaty Line Area
995 Treaty Line Rd., Akron
Enjoy healthy outdoor exercise by hiking the Parcours and Dogwood trails, and part of the Valley Link Trail, at a vigorous pace with few, if any, rest stops. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, March 14, 7 p.m.
COYOTES IN YOUR PARKS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join Metro Parks naturalists and biologists for this informative program about how the eastern coyote is impacting our parks and your neighborhoods. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 15, 8 a.m.
HIKE & BREAKFAST: VERNAL EQUINOX
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pavilion
2077 Newton St., Akron
Wear your best spring hat and join us for a pre-vernal equinox hike and breakfast. Participants will be asked to contribute to the feast. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 3/7. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m.
WATERFOWL WATCH
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail / Wilbeth Road Trailhead
392 W. Wilbeth Rd., Ak ron
New and experienced birdwatchers view colorful waterfowl and other birds during the spring migration. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 15, 2 p.m.
HUMMINGBIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Hummingbirds and butterflies are two of the most beautiful visitors to any garden. Join a naturalist to learn how to attract them to your yard. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, March 16, 1 – 3 p.m.
HERON WATCH
Bath Road Heronry, Akron
Join Metro Parks naturalists to observe one of Ohio's largest birds, the great blue heron, through our binoculars and spotting scopes. Meet at the Bath Road Heronry on Bath Road, between Rive rview and Akron-Peninsula roads in Akron. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, March 17, 10:30 a.m.
KINDEREALM: SALAMANDERS
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pavilion
2077 Newton St., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions find out why salamanders are slithering through the Metro Parks. Includes a craft and hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 3/5. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, March 19, 10 a.m.
TURTLE TALES
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Children and their adult companions will enjoy a story about our reptilian friends. After the story, the children will help a naturalist feed the Nature Realm turtles. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 3/11. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, March 20, 11 a.m.
WELLNESS SERIES: NATURAL SPRING CLEANERS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Begin your spring cleaning on a healthy note this year by discovering how to make some inexpensive and natural cleaning alternatives. Bring a notebook and pencil to take notes. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 3/12. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, March 21, 9 a.m.
WATERFOWL WATCH
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail / Summit Lake Trailhead
380 W. Crosier St., Akron
Spring is a great time to view ducks, geese and other waterfowl. Ne w and experienced birdwatchers can join us during the migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, March 21, 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
KINDEREALM: SALAMANDERS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions find out why salamanders are slithering through the Metro Parks. Includes a craft and hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 3/5. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, March 21, 1 p.m.
HOMESCHOOLERS: ENDANGERED SPECIES
Furnace Run Metro Park / Brushwood Area
4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield
Homesch oolers, ages 11 to 14, can join a naturalist for a look into the lives of Ohio's threatened and endangered species. No students will be allowed to participate without an adult. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 2/28. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, March 21, 5 p.m.
PLANTS FROM THE PAST
Hampton Hills Metro Park / Main Entrance
2925 Akron-Peninsula Rd., Akron
Learn how common backyard plants were used in the past by American Indians and pioneers. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 22, 10:30 a.m.
KINDEREALM: SALAMANDERS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions find out why salamanders are slithering through the Me tro Parks. Includes a craft and hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 3/5. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 22, 2 p.m.
EARLY SPRING HIKE
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pioneer Area
550 Frazier Ave., Akron
Spring is in the air! Join a naturalist for a refreshing hike along Alder Trail, looking and listening for signs of spring. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, March 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 a naturalist-artist for this lesson in nature drawing. Paper and pencils will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 3/18. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, March 23, 2 p.m.
METRO PARKS BOOK CLUB: THYME OF DEATH
Sand Run Metro Park / Shady Hollow Pavilion
1750 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron
Join us for a review of "Thyme of Death" by Susan Wittig Albert. Drinks are provided. Please bring your own mug and written recipe using thyme. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, March 25, 12 p.m.
NATURE CRAFTING FOR ADULTS: EGG BASKET
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Weave your own egg basket for spring. Great for beginners. Materials fee: $15. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 3/14. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, March 26, 7 p.m.
MEET ME IN THE GARDEN: SUCCULENTS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Find out how to use hardy and non-hardy succulents in the garden. Presented by Bill Hendricks, President of Klyn Nurseries. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, March 27, 10 a.m.
WEEKDAY WALKERS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist for a leisurely stroll on Cherry Lane and Fernwood trails with stops along the way to discover nature and history. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, March 27, 7 p.m.
VIREO WARM-UP
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Birders, get ready for the spring migration by honing your identification skills, focusing on vireos and their look-a-likes. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, March 28, 9 a.m.
WATERFOWL WATCH
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail / Manchester Road Trailhead
2740 Manchester Rd., Akron
Spring is a great time to view ducks, geese and other waterfowl. New and experienced birdwatchers can join us during the migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, March 28, 7 p.m.
WILDLIFE AND US
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist to learn about interactions with wildlife. Topics covered will include when (and when not) to interfere with wildlife, what to do if you find an injured animal, and how to limit negative interactions. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 29, 9 a.m.
CARDIO HIKE
Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area
2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking about four miles 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. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 29, 10:30 a.m.
SPECIES SPOTLIGHT: BALD EAGLE
Gorge Metro Park / Main Entrance
1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls
Only decades ago, the American Bald Eagle was on the verge of extinction. Join a naturalist on a hike along Glens Trail to learn about the amazing comeback of this majestic bird. Bring binoculars. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 29, 2 p.m.
BEES FOR KIDS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist to find out where the bees are and what they are doing. Children will participate in a fun craft. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, March 30, 9 a.m.
CARDIO HIKE
Hampton Hills Metro Park / Main Entrance
2925 Akron-Peninsula Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking challenging terrain at a vigorous pace with few, if any, rest stops. Beginners are we lcome, but you may want to talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, March 30, 10 a.m.
WELCOMING APRIL
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail / Wilbeth Road Trailhead
392 W. Wilbeth Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist for a leisurely stroll to view the wildlife that calls this wetland home. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, March 30, 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. Volun teers will gladly attach it for you at no charge. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, March 30, 12:30 p.m.
FEEDING TIME
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Ever wonder what we feed our display animals at the Nature Realm? Ages 5 and older can help us feed the animals and learn more about them. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 3/21. For information, call 330-865-8065.

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