Summit Metro Parks April '14 programs, events

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

Wednesday, April 2, 2 p.m.
AFTERNOON STROLL
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Campfire Area
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Come enjoy a stroll around Seneca Trail to see what's happening in the afternoon. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, April 3, 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 3/25. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, April 4, 9 a.m.
WATERFOWL WATCH
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail / Wilbeth Road Trailhead
392 W. Wilbeth Rd., Akron
Spring is a great time to view ducks, geese and other water birds. New and experienced birdwatchers can join a naturalist for a chance to view these birds during the spring migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, April 4, 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
KINDEREALM: SUN & MOON
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn how the sun and moon are our friends, but we need to remember the sun can also be troublesome. Includes a craft and hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 3/26. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, April 4, 1 p.m.
HOMESCHOOL HIKE: ANIMAL SOUNDS
Cascade Valley Metro Park / Schumacher Valley Area
1690 Cuyahoga St., Akron
Homeschoolers, ages 7 and older, join a naturalist on a hike to find out what all that racket is about. No students will be allowed without an adult companion. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 3/28. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.
BIG BIRD NIGHT: WOODCOCKS & OWLS
Silver Creek Metro Park / Pheasant Run Area
5000 Hametown Rd., Norton
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, April 5, 9 a.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, April 5, 10:30 a.m.
KINDEREALM: SUN & MOON
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn how the sun and moon are our friends, but we need to remember the sun can also be troublesome. Includes a craft and hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 3/26. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, April 5, 2 p.m.
SILLY SALAMANDERS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Campfire Area
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Families are invited to learn about Ohio's salamanders. We will hike and try to find these little critters, then finish with a craft. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, April 6, 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 4/1. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, April 6, 1 p.m.
BEGINNING BIRDERS: MIGRATION WARM-UP
Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area
2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
Does birding in spring intimidate you? Join a naturalist for a basic introduction of what to look for when birding this season. Some binoculars and field guides will be provided. Bring only your questions! For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, April 6, 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.

Friday, April 11, 7:30 a.m.
FRIDAY FIRESTONE FEATHERS AND FRIENDS
Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area
2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
New and experienced birders join a naturalist for spring bird walks along the Tuscarawas River migratory flyway. This is an excellent opportunity to see avian travelers on their way to summer breeding areas. Binoculars are recommended. All participants will receive a checklist and final tally of birds seen this season. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
TROUT DERBY
Firestone Metro Park / Little Turtle Pond
2400 Harrington Rd., Akron
Anglers 15 and younger each receive a $1 cash prize if they catch a tagged fish. Bring fishing gear. A limited number of rods and reels will be available for use during the derby. Minnows cannot be used as bait; worms will be available for purchase. Adults are not permitted to fish. Sponsored by the Goodyear Hunting & Fishing Club and the Ohio Division of Wildlife. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.
CARDIO HIKE
O'Neil Woods Metro Park / Trail Lot
2550 Martin Rd., Bath
Join a naturalist for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking at a vigorous pace with few, if any, rest stops. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, April 12, 2 p.m.
EARTH HEROES
Cascade Valley Metro Park / Chuckery Area
837 Cuyahoga St., Akron
Get a jump on Earth Day! Hike while learning about some of nature's heroes like Rachel Carson, John Muir and Aldo Leopold. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, April 13, 1 p.m.
HERON WATCH
Bath Road Heronry, Akron
Join Metro Parks naturalists to observe the nesting behaviors of 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 Riverview and Akron-Peninsula roads in Akron. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, April 13, 3:30 p.m.
EARLY WILDFLOWERS
Hampton Hills Metro Park / Main Entrance
2925 Akron-Peninsula Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist for a gentle walk on moderate terrain to view the wildflowers that are already making their debut. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, April 16, 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 4/8. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, April 18, 1 p.m.
HOMESCHOOLERS: AIR & WEATHER
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10, can join a naturalist to explore all the wonders of weather and the air that surrounds us. No students will be allowed without an adult companion. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 3/28. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, April 18, 7 p.m.
FROG HOP
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail / Clinton Trailhead
2749 North St., Clinton
Join a naturalist for an evening walk to listen for the chorusing frogs that thrive here. Please dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get wet. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, April 19, 8 a.m.
SPRING BIRD WALK
Liberty Park / Twinsburg Ledges Area
9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
New and experienced birdwatchers join a naturalist on Saturday mornings through May 17 for spring bird walks in Liberty Park. We will alternate each week between the Twinsburg Ledges and Pond Brook areas. Binoculars are recommended. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m.
WILDFLOWER HIKE
Cascade Valley Metro Park / Oxbow Area
1061 Cuyahoga St., Akron
Search for wildflowers along Oxbow Trail and discover some past and present plant uses. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, April 19, 2 p.m.
SIGNS OF SPRING
Furnace Run Metro Park / Brushwood Area
4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield
Hike at a leisurely pace along Rock Creek Trail with a naturalist in search of early wildflowers and other signs of spring. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, April 19, 3 p.m.
TEA TIME
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Discover teas, found in nature, that were used by early civilizations. Participants will be able to enjoy a cup of natural herbal tea, too, while supplies last. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, April 21, 10:30 a.m.
KINDEREALM: SUN & MOON
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pavilion
2077 Newton St., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions will learn how the sun and moon are our friends, but we need to remember the sun can also be troublesome. Includes a craft and hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 3/26. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, April 25, 7:30 a.m.
FRIDAY FIRESTONE FEATHERS AND FRIENDS
Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area
2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
New and experienced birders join a naturalist for spring bird walks along the Tuscarawas River migratory flyway. This is an excellent opportunity to see avian travelers on their way to summer breeding areas. Binoculars are recommended. All participants will receive a checklist and final tally of birds seen this season. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, April 26, 8 a.m.
HIKE & BREAKFAST: EARLY WILDFLOWERS
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pavilion
2077 Newton St., Akron
Enjoy an early spring wildflower hike and delicious breakfast. Participants will be asked to contribute to the feast. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 4/15. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, April 26, 8 a.m.
SPRING BIRD WALK
Liberty Park / Pond Brook Conservation Area
3973 E. Aurora Rd., Twinsburg
New and experienced birdwatchers join a naturalist on Saturday mornings through May 17 for spring bird walks in Liberty Park. We will alternate each week between the Twinsburg Ledges and Pond Brook areas. Binoculars are recommended. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
BLUEBELL VALLEY
Everett Road Covered Bridge
2370 Everett Rd., Peninsula
Enjoy a strenuous 2.3-mile hike with a naturalist to see a tremendous amount of bluebells and other wildflowers along the way. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, April 26, 6 p.m.
WILDFLOWER HIKE
Liberty Park / Twinsburg Ledges Area
9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
Search for wildflowers along the Ledges Trail and discover some past and present plant uses. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, April 27, 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 4/23. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, April 27, 2 p.m.
OLD FARMERS' ALMANAC
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Ever wonder why or how the Old Farmers' Almanac makes its predictions? Join a naturalist for this tongue-in-cheek look at its 221-year history and its 80 percent accuracy. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, April 28, 9 a.m.
CARDIO HIKE
Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area
2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking at a vigorous pace with few, if any, rest stops. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
AKRON HISTORY HIKE: SKYWALKS
Lock 3
200 S. Main St., Akron
See Akron through the skywalks with tour leaders from the Summit County Historical Society and Metro Parks. Meet at the Akron History Museum at Lock 3. In case of rain, please bring an umbrella. Participants will get a sticker for free parking in city garages. Street parking is metered. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, April 29, 10 a.m.
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Cascade Valley Metro Park / Oxbow Area
1061 Cuyahoga St., Akron
Join a naturalist for a leisurely stroll on Oxbow Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, April 30, 2 p.m.
AFTERNOON STROLL
Hampton Hills Metro Park / Main Entrance
2925 Akron-Peninsula Rd., Akron
Come enjoy a stroll around Spring Hollow Trail to see what's happening in the afternoon. For information, call 330-865-8065.

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