Wildflowers 'wake up' in April at Summit Metro Parks

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Virginia bluebells, coltsfoot and white trillium – our state wildflower – are just a few welcome splashes of trailside color you may see in the Metro Parks this season.

Visitors are invited to join naturalists for guided wildflower walks during the following free programs in April. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Summit Metro Parks manages 11,500 acres, including 14 parks, several conservation areas and more than 125 miles of trails, with 22.4 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Annual attendance averages 5.2 million visits.

Current press releases are available online: http://www.summitmetroparks.org/News/News-Room.aspx

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