Summit Metro Parks events for July

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Summit Metro Parks offers something for everyone, including the following programs and events that will be going on starting July 1.

July 1 through August 31
SUMMER BIKING SPREE
Multiple locations
Explore by bike the multipurpose trails managed by Summit Metro Parks – and earn rewards during this second annual event! Cycling forms with the list of trail sections will be available starting June 15 online at summitmetroparks.org, at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm (1828 Smith Rd., Akron), the park district’s administrative offices (975 Treaty Line Rd., Akron), Century Cycles (1621 Main St., Peninsula) and all Acme Fresh Market stores in Summit County. For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, July 1, 10:30 a.m.
CREEK CREATURES FOR KIDS
Furnace Run Metro Park / Brushwood Area
4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield
Join a naturalist to find out who lives in our most pristine creek. Wear shoes that can get wet. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, July 1, 5 p.m.
MUSIC BY THE LAKE
Munroe Falls Metro Park / Lake Area
521 S. River Rd., Munroe Falls
Enjoy an evening of free swimming from 5 to 8 p.m. and live music at 6:30 by the Metro Parks Ensemble. Concert cancelled if it rains. If wet weather is in the forecast, call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. for status.

Wednesday, July 2, 10:30 a.m.
ANIMAL TALES
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Children and their adult companions will enjoy a story about our amphibian friends. After the story, the children will help a naturalist feed the Nature Realm amphibians. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 6/26. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, July 3, 10:30 a.m.
WATER BUGS FOR KIDS
Springfield Bog Metro Park
1400 Portage Line Rd., Springfield Twp.
Join a naturalist to explore the world of water bugs. Nets and jars provided. Trail not suitable for strollers. Sunscreen and hats are a must!

Friday, July 4, 10 a.m.
BIKING SPREE OPEN HOUSE
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail / Memorial Parkway Trailhead
499 Memorial Pkwy., Akron
Stop by to enjoy displays, pick up information and meet a naturalist. We will be available to answer all of your biking spree questions and to sign your forms. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, July 4, 10 a.m.
ALL-AMERICAN TREES
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist to meet an honorary team of native trees whose products helped build this great country and are essential to many of our Fourth of July celebrations. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, July 4, 1 p.m.
BUTTERFLY WALK
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Discover the beautiful butterflies celebrating their independence on this holiday. Nets and jars will be available for you to net, observe and then release the butterflies. Please dress for the sun and possible poison ivy. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, July 5, 8 a.m.
SPRINGFIELD BOG HIKE
Springfield Bog Metro Park
1400 Portage Line Rd., Springfield Twp.
Enjoy an early walk to see blooming prairie plants and nesting birds. Binoculars are recommended. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, July 5, 9 a.m.
CARDIO HIKE
Sand Run Metro Park / Shadowfield Lot
1350 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron
Join a naturalist for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking three miles on strenuous terrain 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.

Saturday, July 5, 10 a.m.
WOODLAND MUSHROOMS
Furnace Run Metro Park / Brushwood Area
4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield
Seen any mushrooms popping up these days? Join a naturalist on a leisurely hike in search of these interesting "fun guys." Edibles are not part of the program. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, July 5, 8 p.m.
CAMPFIRE: BATS
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pioneer Shelter & Trails
550 Frazier Ave., Akron
Enjoy a campfire while learning about the bats found in your Metro Parks! Marshmallows will be provided, while supplies last. Please bring a chair or blanket and a flashlight. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, July 6, 1 p.m.
SUMMER FAMILY BOOK WALK
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Campfire Area
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Families can enjoy Cherry Lane Trail while reading "Jo MacDonald Hiked in the Woods." After the story, stop by the campfire area to make a craft. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, July 6, 2 p.m.
DARNERS, CRUISERS & SKIMMERS - OH, MY!
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail / Manchester Road Trailhead
2740 Manchester Rd., Akron
Try to tame a dragon! All ages are welcome to join a naturalist to try catching one of these amazing insects. We will take a short walk along the towpath for a look at our more common dragonflies. No previous experience required! For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, July 6, 6 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, July 7, 7 p.m.
AKRON HISTORY HIKE: GLENDALE CEMETERY
Lock 3
200 S. Main St., Akron
Explore the beauty and history of Glendale Cemetery on foot. A trolley will transport us to Glendale. Parking on Akron streets and in city lots is free after 6 p.m. Cost: $15/adult, $5/children ages 12 and under. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 6/24. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, July 8, 5 p.m.
MUSIC BY THE LAKE
Silver Creek Metro Park / Bathhouse
5000 Hametown Rd., Norton
Enjoy an evening of free swimming from 5 to 8 p.m. and live music at 6:30 by the Metro Parks Ensemble. Concert cancelled if it rains. If wet weather is in the forecast, call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. for status.

Wednesday, July 9, 8:30 p.m.
BATS: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
Furnace Run Metro Park / Brushwood Pavilion
4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield
Mysterious and often misunderstood, bats are one of the most fascinating creatures of the night. Join staff to learn about these flying mammals. Nets will be set up to try and catch live bats for observation and data collection. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 7/3. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, July 10, 10 a.m.
WEEKDAY WALKERS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist for a leisurely stroll of Seneca Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, July 11, 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.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 7/5. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, July 11, 10 a.m.
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Silver Creek Metro Park / Pheasant Run Area
5000 Hametown Rd., Norton
Join a naturalist on this leisurely stroll to discover some of the history and nature along the trail. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, July 11, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Main Entrance
2077 Newton St., Akron
The City of Akron presents the Juke Hounds, performing blues, rock and soul. For information, call 330-375-2311.

Saturday, July 12, 10 a.m.
KIDS' FISHING
Firestone Metro Park / Little Turtle Pond
2400 Harrington Rd., Akron
Kids 15 and younger can learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line at Little Turtle Pond. A few rods and reels will be available for use during the program. Bait is provided. Adults must supervise their children but are not permitted to fish. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, July 12, 11 a.m.
AMERICANAFEST
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Spend the day celebrating all things American. Listen to the soothing sounds of a jazz band, watch master woodcarver Tom Baldwin create his award-winning duck decoys, be entertained by Foster Brown on the banjo and learn how to make an apple pie over a campfire using pie irons. Crafts, refreshments and a duck-calling contest are included in this fun-filled day! The award-winning BBQ food truck, Pig Lickin' Good BBQ, will be selling lunch on site. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, July 12, 7 p.m.
YOGA IN THE PARK
Furnace Run Metro Park / Brushwood Area
4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield
Join a naturalist and a certified yoga instructor from Yoga Lounge and Barre, and see how nature can add to your yoga experience. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat or large towel and drinking water. This program is designed for people with an active lifestyle. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/4: 330-865-8065.

Saturday, July 12, 8:30 p.m.
FIREFLIES: NATURE'S NIGHT LIGHTS
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pioneer Shelter & Trails
550 Frazier Ave., Akron
Learn how these amazing "bugs" light up the summer sky. After a short presentation, we'll take a walk to look for fireflies and other creatures of the night. Bring a bug jar, flashlight and insect repellent. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, July 13, 9 a.m.
CARDIO HIKE
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join us 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.

Sunday, July 13, 12 p.m.
BIKING SPREE OPEN HOUSE
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail / Clinton Trailhead
2749 North St., Clinton
Join a Naturalist during this open house to ask questions, get biking spree information and have your form signed. We will also have a challenge for you to complete while you cool off! For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, July 14, 10:30 a.m.
KINDEREALM: RED FOX
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pavilion
2077 Newton St., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions explore the habits and habitats of the red fox. A craft and short hike are included. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 7/8. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, July 14, 10:30 a.m.
BUGS FOR KIDS
Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area
2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist on a walk to look for bugs. Adults must accompany their children. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, July 15 – Thursday, July 17, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
NATURE CAMP
Furnace Run Metro Park / Brushwood Area
4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield
Kids ages 7 and 8 can register for this exciting three-day, drop-off camp. We will explore the pond, forest and creek habitats of Furnace Run Metro Park with fun, hands-on experiences in the outdoors. Cost is $60/person for all three days. REGISTRATION HAS BEGUN! For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, July 15, 11 a.m.
NATURE CRAFTING FOR KIDS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Kids 6 to 12 and their adult companions join a naturalist to create a one-of-a-kind weaving using natural and recycled materials. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 7/10. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, July 15, 7 p.m.
RANDOM ACT OF MUSIC
Bike & Hike Trail / SR 91 lot
130 N. Main St., Munroe Falls
The all-volunteer Metro Parks Ensemble performs an hour of traditional marches, big band standards and oldies. Concert cancelled if it rains. If wet weather is in the forecast, call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. for status.

Wednesday, July 16, 10:30 a.m.
KIDS' FISHING
Furnace Run Metro Park / Brushwood Area
4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield
Join a naturalist for a morning of fishing fun. Some poles and bait will be provided. Only children under the age of 16 will be permitted to fish. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, July 16, 1 p.m.
KINDEREALM: RED FOX
Firestone Metro Park / Coventry Oaks Area
40 Axline Ave., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions explore the habits and habitats of the red fox. A craft and short hike are included. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 7/8. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, July 18, 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
KINDEREALM: RED FOX
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions explore the habits and habitats of the red fox. A craft and short hike are included. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 7/8. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, July 18, 8:45 p.m.
BALLET HISPANICO OF NEW YORK
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Main Entrance
2077 Newton St., Akron
The City of Akron presents Ballet Hispanico of New York as part of the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival. Includes an interactive children's program by the UA Dance Institute at 7:45 p.m. For information, call 330-375-2311.

Saturday, July 19, 10:30 a.m.
KINDEREALM: RED FOX
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions explore the habits and habitats of the red fox. A craft and short hike are included. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 7/8. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, July 19, 11 a.m.
WILDLIFE ON SENECA DECK: CINNAMON FOX
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Seneca Deck
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join Debra Jean and her rescued cinnamon red fox, and learn the story of their partnership. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, July 19, 1 p.m.
PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP OPEN HOUSE - PART 2
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Bring your photographs to Seneca Deck, where Metro Parks photography volunteers will be on hand to critique your images and offer help in perfecting them. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, July 19, 2:30 p.m.
PADDLE THE PARKS
Tannery Park / Tannery Park
Kayak or canoe 6.5 miles down the Cuyahoga River to Waterworks Park, 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. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY CALLING 330-541-7467. Must check in 30 minutes prior to departure for a safety briefing. Return transportation to Tannery Park provided. Bring binoculars, drinking water and sunscreen, and dress to get wet. Cost: $20/kayak; $30/canoe.

Saturday, July 19, 8:45 p.m.
BALLET HISPANICO OF NEW YORK
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Main Entrance
2077 Newton St., Akron
The City of Akron presents Ballet Hispanico of New York as part of the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival. Includes an interactive children's program by the UA Dance Institute at 7:45 p.m. For information, call 330-375-2311.

Sunday, July 20, 2 p.m.
SUMMER SALSAS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Who needs salsa from a jar? Watch and learn as our cooking volunteers whip up some tasty homemade salsas using only the freshest ingredients. Samples, tips and recipes will be available. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 7/15. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, July 20, 7:30 p.m.
AKRON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Main Entrance
2077 Newton St., Akron
The City of Akron presents the Akron Symphony in Goodyear Heights Metro Park. For information, call 330-375-2311.

Tuesday, July 22, 10 a.m.
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Cascade Valley Metro Park / Chuckery Area
837 Cuyahoga St., Akron
Join a naturalist for a leisurely stroll on Chuckery Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, July 22, 10:30 a.m.
BUTTERFLIES FOR KIDS
Munroe Falls Metro Park / Tallmadge Meadows Area
1088 North Ave., Tallmadge
Join a naturalist to explore the world of butterflies. Nets and jars provided. Trail suitable for strollers. Sunscreen and hats are a must! For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, July 23, 7 p.m.
MEET ME IN THE GARDEN: FACES OF CONSERVATION
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Learn how to be a better steward of the fragile, intertwined ecosystems of plants and animals. Presented by the Master Gardeners of Summit County and Judy Semroc, conservation specialist for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, July 24, 10:30 a.m.
COMPASSES FOR KIDS
Sand Run Metro Park / Wadsworth Area
1400 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron
Learn to use a compass to solve an animal mystery during this informative and entertaining program. Some compasses will be provided. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, July 24, 7 p.m.
YOGA IN THE PARK
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Seneca Deck
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist and a certified yoga instructor from Yoga Lounge and Barre, and see how nature can add to your yoga experience. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat or large towel and drinking water. This program is designed for people who are new to yoga or seeking a gentle flow class. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 7/4: 330-865-8065.

Friday, July 25, 9 a.m.
FERN WALK
Gorge Metro Park / Main Entrance
1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls
Join a naturalist to learn about some of Ohio's native ferns, and discover how to identify them by their structure and habitat. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, July 25, 5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
EVENING PADDLE
Silver Creek Metro Park / Boathouse
5171 S. Medina Line Rd., Norton
Learn about canoe safety, paddling techniques and proper equipment, then put your skills to use on Silver Creek Lake. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 7/17. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m.
SUMMER WILDFLOWERS
Silver Creek Metro Park / Pheasant Run Area
5000 Hametown Rd., Norton
Join a naturalist to discover past and present uses of wildflowers along Chippewa Trail. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, July 26, 5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
EVENING PADDLE
Silver Creek Metro Park / Boathouse
5171 S. Medina Line Rd., Norton
Learn about canoe safety, paddling techniques and proper equipment, then put your skills to use on Silver Creek Lake. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 7/17. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, July 26, 7 p.m.
COMEBACK KIDS: RIVER OTTER
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail / Ira Road Trailhead
3801 Riverview Rd., Peninsula
Join a naturalist for this second program in a series in which we explore how once-common animals disappeared from Ohio and then made great comebacks. Please meet at the Ira Trailhead sign in the parking lot. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, July 26, 9 p.m.
ATTRACTING MOTHS TO BLACK LIGHTS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Campfire Area
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
July 20 to 28 is National Moth Week, a global celebration of moths and biodiversity. Join naturalists for an up-close look at the beautiful colors, shapes and patterns of these amazing creatures. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, July 27, 9 a.m.
BEGINNING BIRDERS: THE BLUE BIRDS
Springfield Bog Metro Park
1400 Portage Line Rd., Springfield Twp.
Join a naturalist for a stroll at the bog to view the "blue birds" that call this park home. Binoculars and field guides provided. Beginners and experts are welcome! Wear a hat and bring drinking water. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, July 27, 2 p.m.
BOOK CLUB
Sand Run Metro Park / Shady Hollow Pavilion
1750 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron
Join us in a lively discussion of Amy Stewart's book "Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful." Drinks are provided, so bring your mug. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, July 29, 10:30 a.m.
BUGS FOR KIDS
Springfield Bog Metro Park
1400 Portage Line Rd., Springfield Twp.
Join a naturalist to explore the world of bugs. Nets and jars provided. Trail not suitable for strollers. Sunscreen and hats are a must! For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, July 29, 7 p.m.
RANDOM ACT OF MUSIC
Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area
2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
The all-volunteer Metro Parks Ensemble performs an hour of traditional marches, big band standards and oldies. Concert cancelled if it rains. If wet weather is in the forecast, call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. for status.

Thursday, July 31, 10:30 a.m.
FOSSILS FOR KIDS
Furnace Run Metro Park / Brushwood Area
4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield
Join a naturalist on a walk to look for fossils. Shoes that can get wet, or boots, are required. No open-toed sandals. Adults must accompany their children. For information, call 330-865-8065.

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