Summit Metro Parks May '14 programs, events

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

Thursday, May 1 through Monday, June 30
11th annual SPREE FOR ALL
Multiple locations
Hikers on foot and those with strollers, wheelchairs, walkers and canes enjoy flat, easy trails during this hiking series for people of all abilities. Complete at least five hikes (on five different trails, the same trail or any combination of trails) to receive hiking rewards. Hikes must be completed May 1 through June 30. Rewards are FREE to Summit County residents. Out-of-county residents pay to receive their hiking rewards ($10 for first-year hikers, $5 for veteran hikers). Hiking forms with the list of trails will be available starting April 15 at summitmetroparks.org, at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm (1828 Smith Rd., Akron), the park district's administrative offices (975 Treaty Line Rd., Akron) and all Acme Fresh Market stores in Summit County. For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065.

Friday, May 2, 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.

Friday, May 2, 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 4/25. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, May 2, 10 a.m.
WILDFLOWER HIKE
Sand Run Metro Park / Wadsworth Area
1400 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron
Join a naturalist in search of woodland wildflowers along Dogwood Trail. Portions of this walk are strenuous due to hilly terrain, so wear sturdy boots. Park at the Shadowfield Area, just west of the Wadsworth Area. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, May 2, 1 p.m.
HOMESCHOOL HIKE: MIGRATION
Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park
5779 Riverview Rd., Peninsula
Homeschoolers, ages 7 and older, can join a naturalist to explore the quarry for migratory birds. We will also walk along the towpath, so please bring water. No students will be allowed without an adult. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 4/25. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, May 3, 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, May 3, 10 a.m.
WILDFLOWER HIKE
Hampton Hills Metro Park / Main Entrance
2925 Akron-Peninsula Rd., Akron
Search for wildflowers along Spring Hollow Trail and discover some past and present plant uses. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, May 3, 1 p.m.
FOR WOMEN ONLY: FISHING
Furnace Run Metro Park / Brushwood Area
4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield
Ladies, drop in and learn the basics of fishing with female naturalists. Poles, bait and tackle will be provided. A fishing license is not needed this weekend. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, May 4, 1 p.m.
A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT: POETRY AND ECOLOGY
Cascade Valley Metro Park / Oxbow Area
1061 Cuyahoga St., Akron
Tap into your poetic instincts during this interactive writing workshop with poet Barbara Sabol on the banks of the Cuyahoga, and discover how the river inspires poetry and how poetry, in turn, inspires ecological awareness. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, May 4, 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.

Monday, May 5, 10:30 a.m.
KINDEREALM: VINES
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pavilion
2077 Newton St., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about the plants that climb in 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 4/29. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, May 9, 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.

Friday, May 9, through Sunday, May 11
VISITOR APPRECIATION DAYS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Shop for moms, dads and grads and receive 15% off all merchandise in the Nature Realm gift shop, where we specialize in Made in the USA, fair trade and eco-friendly items. On Mother's Day, May 11, the first 100 ladies visiting the shop will receive a free flower. Support your Metro Parks and find some fantastic gifts at a great price! For information and hours, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, May 10, 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, May 10, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
INTRO TO KAYAKING AND CANOEING
Silver Creek Metro Park / Boathouse
5171 S. Medina Line Rd., Norton
Join a Metro Parks naturalist and ODNR to learn about kayak and canoe safety, paddling techniques and proper equipment, then put your skills to use on Silver Creek Lake. Please dress for the weather. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 5/2. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, May 11, 8 a.m.
3rd ANNUAL MOTHER'S DAY 5K
Munroe Falls Metro Park / Lake Area
521 S. River Rd., Munroe Falls
Run with or in celebration of mom during the third annual Mother’s Day 5K, a fundraiser to benefit the Metro Parks Foundation. Jogging strollers are welcome. Advance adult registration, ending 4/25, is $20/person. Day-of registration is $30/person. Runners/walkers 14 and under are free, but they must register. For information, call 330-865-8065 or visit summitmetroparks.org.

Sunday, May 11, 8:30 a.m.
BIRD SEARCH
Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park
5779 Riverview Rd., Peninsula
Search for migrating birds, including colorful warblers, in this Audubon-designated Important Bird Area. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, May 11, 1 p.m.
HERON WATCH
Bath Road Herony, Akron
Join Metro Parks naturalists to celebrate Mother's Day by observing herons and their young 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.

Wednesday, May 14, 1 p.m.
KINDEREALM: VINES
Firestone Metro Park / Coventry Oaks Area
40 Axline Ave., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about the plants that climb in 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 4/29. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, May 15, 10 a.m.
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Furnace Run Metro Park / Brushwood Area
4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield
Join a naturalist to enjoy a leisurely stroll on Old Mill Trail with stops to discover nature and history. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, May 16, 7:30 a.m.
FRIDAY FIRESTONE FEATHERS AND FRIENDS
Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area
2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
New and experienced birders join Naturalist Pat Rydquist 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.

Friday, May 16, 1 p.m.
HOMESCHOOLERS: PROPERTIES OF MATTER
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Homeschoolers, ages 11 to 14, join a naturalist to learn about the physical and chemical properties of matter through a series of hands-on activities. No students will be allowed without an adult companion. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 4/25. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, May 16, 7 p.m.
BACK YARDS GONE WILD: BLUEBIRDS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Discover why eastern bluebirds are so captivating. A naturalist will discuss how to attract them to your yard, what to plant to sustain them, and some trouble-shooting tips. We will also monitor nesting boxes, so wear long pants. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, May 17, 8 a.m.
SPRING BIRD WALK
Liberty Park / Twinsburg Ledges Area
9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
New and experienced birdwatchers join a naturalist for the final spring bird walk in Liberty Park this season. Binoculars are recommended. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, May 17, 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
RIVER DAY: RIVER CRITTERS
Bike & Hike Trail / SR 91 lot
130 N. Main St., Munroe Falls
Celebrate River Day by joining us at Brust Park to learn more about the critters that call the Cuyahoga River home. See how fish populations are sampled and then get into the river with nets to catch other aquatic critters. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, May 17, 1 p.m.
KIDS' FISHING
Firestone Metro Park / Little Turtle Pond
2400 Harrington Rd., Akron
Kids 15 and under learn the basics of fishing. A few rods and reels will be available. Bait is provided. Adults are not permitted to fish. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, May 17, 2 p.m.
PADDLE THE PARKS
Tannery Park
100 Stow St., Kent
Registration is required by calling Crooked River Adventures: 330-541-7467. Kayak or canoe four and a half miles down the Cuyahoga River, from Tannery Park in Kent to Brust Park in Munroe Falls, with ACA-certified instructors and a Metro Parks naturalist as your guide. Learn the basics while observing wildlife and beautiful habitats. No experience needed. Space is limited. Return transportation to Tannery Park provided. Bring binoculars, water, sunscreen and dress to get wet. Cost: $20/kayak; $30/canoe. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 5/6. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, May 18, 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 5/13. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, May 18, 2 p.m.
METRO PARKS BOOK CLUB
Sand Run Metro Park / Shady Hollow Pavilion
1750 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron
Join a naturalist to discuss "What the Robin Knows" by Jon Young. Drinks are provided. Please bring a mug. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, May 19, 7 p.m.
AKRON HISTORY HIKE: GLENDALE CEMETERY
Lock 3
200 S. Main St., Akron
Leaders from the Summit County Historical Society and Metro Parks are your guides on this trolley tour (no walking) of Glendale Cemetery, which is celebrating 175 years of history. Cost: $15/adult, $5/children 12 and under, payable before May 14. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 4/22. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, May 20, 9 a.m.
CARDIO HIKE
O'Neil Woods Metro Park / Trail Lot
2550 Martin Rd., Bath
Join a naturalist for healthy outdoor exercise by twice hiking the challenging Deer Run Trail. Expect 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.

Tuesday, May 20, 6 p.m.
EVENING HIKE TO THE BEAVER MARSH
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail / Botzum Trailhead
2928 Riverview Rd., Akron
Want the chance to see beavers coming out for the night to feed? This hike is about four and a half miles round-trip, with a stop halfway to look for signs of beaver and listen to the sounds of the marsh. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, May 21, 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 5/14. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, May 23, 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, May 24, 9 a.m.
SONGS AND BLOOMS
Liberty Park / Twinsburg Ledges Area
9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
Join naturalists to view migrating and nesting birds, delicate wildflowers and more in this fragile habitat. Bring your binoculars, cameras and field guides to get the most out of your morning. Some of these items will be provided. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, May 24, 11 a.m.
WATER MONSTERS
Everett Road Covered Bridge
2370 Everett Rd., Peninsula
Families will enjoy learning about the unique and irreplaceable "monsters" that live in our waters. Wear shoes that can get wet so you can have a closer peek. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, May 24, 9 p.m.
MOTHS & METEORS
Silver Creek Metro Park / Bathhouse
5000 Hametown Rd., Norton
Join naturalists and astronomy volunteers for a night at the park. We will search to see what moths have emerged this month and also watch for meteors streaking across the sky. Bring a chair or blanket, a flashlight, and dress for the weather. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, May 25, 1 – 3 p.m.
SPRING FAMILY BOOK WALK
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Campfire Area
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Families can enjoy Cherry Lane Trail while reading "Lost in the Woods." After the story, stop by the campfire area to make a craft. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, May 26, 2 p.m.
AQUARIUM ARTWORK
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Learn about the natural history of the display animals at the Nature Realm and create a backdrop for an aquarium that reflects an outdoor habitat. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 5/20. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, May 27, 7 p.m.
GRASSLAND BIRDS: BOBOLINKS & MORE
Munroe Falls Metro Park / Tallmadge Meadows Area
1088 North Ave., Tallmadge
Join a naturalist to search for bobolinks, meadowlarks, field and grasshopper sparrows. Other birds will be a bonus. Binoculars are recommended. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, May 28, 7 p.m.
MEET ME IN THE GARDEN: POLLINATORS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Learn how to create pollinator habitats with simple techniques to positively impact the health and survival of these important creatures. Presented by Denise Ellsworth, Program Director of OSU Department of Entomology. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, May 29, 10 a.m.
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pioneer Area
550 Frazier Ave., Akron
Join a naturalist to enjoy a leisurely stroll on Piney Woods Trail with stops to discover nature and history. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, May 30, 10 a.m.
SPRING FERN WALK
Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park
5779 Riverview Rd., Peninsula
Join a naturalist to learn about some of Ohio's native ferns, and discover how to identify them by structure and habitat. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, May 30, 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
KINDEREALM: VINES
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about the plants that climb in 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 4/29. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, May 31, 10 a.m.
CARDIO HIKE
Gorge Metro Park / Main Entrance
1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls
Hike five miles on strenuous terrain 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, May 31, 10 a.m.
INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY CAMPING
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Campfire Area
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Learn the basics of family camping, then sign up to spend a relaxing weekend (optional) in a Metro Park, June 13 to 15. Families are encouraged to attend, but at least one member of each family must complete the workshop to be eligible for the campout. Camping spaces are limited to the first 15 families who sign up during the training. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 5/23. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, May 31, 10:30 a.m.
KINDEREALM: VINES
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about the plants that climb in 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 4/29. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, May 31, 2 p.m.
FERNS & FUNGI
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Seneca Deck
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Spring wildflowers have finished blooming. Now is a good time to search for some of the less noticeable "plants" of the forest floor. Join a naturalist for a hike to explore the fascinating world of ferns and fungi. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, May 31, 2 p.m.
INTRODUCTION TO BACKPACKING
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist for this two-hour workshop to learn about the proper clothing, gear, food and first aid needed for a successful backpacking trip. Then, sign up for one of our overnight backpacking trips in a Metro Park (optional): a women-only trip in June or an introduction trip in October. Food and equipment are NOT provided. Participants must attend the workshop to be eligible. Ages 10 to adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 5/23. For information, call 330-865-8065.

 

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