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Published: April 9, 2017 12:00 AM

SUMMIT METRO PARKS PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES FOR APRIL

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

April 9

Wild in the Woods -- 10 a.m. to noon. Liberty Park / Twinsburg Ledges Area, 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg. All ages can stop by our nature play area at Liberty Park and engage in fun, hands-on experiences with nature. A naturalist will be on hand to help guide your experience. Getting dirty is encouraged, so dress appropriately.

Mother's Day Herbs -- 2 to 3:30 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron. Spend an afternoon learning how herbs can help one relax. Participants will be able to take something home to give to a special woman for Mother's Day, while supplies last.

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April 11

Kinderealm: April Showers -- 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Liberty Park / Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg. Children ages 3 to 6 with their adult companions learn how April showers prepare plants and animals for spring. A craft and hike are part of the program. Make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. Advance registration required.

Yoga in the Park -- 7 to 8 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center. 1828 Smith Rd., Akron. Enjoy an energizing yoga practice with a certified yoga instructor. Wear comfortable clothing, and take a yoga mat or large towel and drinking water. Advance registration required.

April 12

Hike the Gorge -- 1 to 3 p.m. Gorge Metro Park / Main Entrance, 1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls. Hike the rugged Gorge Trail and learn about the nature and history of the Cuyahoga River.

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April 13

Nature Stories -- 9:30 to 10 a.m. Liberty Park / Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg. Young children and their adult companions will enjoy this interactive, nature-inspired story time intended for ages 18 months to 3 years. Advance registration required.

Weekday Walkers -- 10 to 11:30 a.m. Munroe Falls Metro Park / Lake Area, 521 S. River Rd., Munroe Falls. Stroll along Indian Spring Trail with frequent stops to discover nature along the way.

Wild in the Woods -- 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Liberty Park / Twinsburg Ledges Area, 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg. All ages can stop by the nature play area at Liberty Park and engage in fun, hands-on experiences with nature. A naturalist will be on hand to help guide experiences. Getting dirty is encouraged, so dress appropriately.

April 14

Friday Firestone Feathers & Friends -- 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Rd., Akron. New and experienced birders will enjoy spring bird walks along the Tuscarawas River migratory flyway. Binoculars are recommended. All participants will receive a checklist and final tally of birds seen this season.

Homeschool: 21st Century Farmer -- 10:30 a.m. to noon & 1 to 2:30 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron. Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: Discover what it means to be an eco-farmer in today's fast-paced, technological world. Advance registration required.

When I Grow Up ... -- 2 to 3:30 p.m. Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park, 5779 Riverview Rd., Peninsula. Some baby animals look nothing like their parents. Search for some young and adult wildlife while hiking the trail with a naturalist.

April 15

Distance Hike -- 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sand Run Metro Park / Treaty Line Area, 995 Treaty Line Rd., Akron. Shake off the winter blues and stretch legs with a 6-mile hike at a continuous pace on trails that are difficult or primitive. There will be few, if any, rest stops. Wear appropriate footwear and take drinking water.

Wildflower Hike -- 10 a.m. to noon. O'Neil Woods Metro Park / Trail Lot, 2550 Martin Rd., Bath. Join a naturalist to look for the ephemeral spring wildflowers along Deer Run Trail.

Sunset Hike -- 6:30 to 8 p.m. Furnace Run Metro Park / Brushwood Area, 4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield. Join a naturalist on a leisurely hike along Old Mill Trail and (hopefully) enjoy a beautiful evening sunset.

April 16

Egg-Citing Eggs -- 1 to 2 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Seneca Deck, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron. Whose egg is that? Explore different eggs and learn about the creatures they came from.

April 17

Life-Size Survival Board Game -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Liberty Park / Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg. Walk around a life-size game board and test survival skills. Choose which berries are safe to eat and decide how to fend off predators. But be careful ... one wrong move will send participants back to Start. Program moved indoors if it rains.

Kinderealm: April Showers -- 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Goodyear Lodge, 2077 Newton St., Akron. Children ages 3 to 6 with their adult companions learn how April showers prepare plants and animals for spring. A craft and hike are part of the program. Make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. Advance registration required.

April 18

Akron History Hike: Skywalks -- 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Polsky Building, 275 S. High St., Akron. Tour leaders from the Summit County Historical Society and Summit Metro Parks will travel through the skywalks and highlight World War I monuments. Meet in the lobby of the Polsky Building. In case of rain, take an umbrella.

Amphibian Hike -- 2 to 3:30 p.m. Deep Lock Quarry Metro Par, 5779 Riverview Rd., Peninsula. Spring is amphibian season. All ages may take a hike in search of frogs, salamanders and toads.

April 19

Adventure Day Camp -- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Goodyear Lodge, 2077 Newton St., Akron. Kids ages 7 to 10 will enjoy this early spring adventure with fun, hands-on experiences. We will be exploring the park, doing a craft and learning basic outdoor skills. Pack a lunch and dress to be outside for long periods of time. Cost: $10. Advance registration required.

Kinderealm: April Showers -- 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Firestone Metro Park / Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave., Akron. Children ages 3 to 6 with their adult companions learn how April showers prepare plants and animals for spring. A craft and hike are part of the program. Make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. Advance registration required.

Free the Falls: Bringing Down the Gorge Dam -- 7 to 8 p.m. Cuyahoga Falls Library, 2015 3rd St. Cuyahoga Fall. For 100 years, Gorge Metro Park has coexisted with a 420-foot-wide, 60-foot-tall dam. Now, that dam is being studied for removal. This presentation will examine the interwoven story of the Gorge Dam, the Cuyahoga River and the park itself, plus the benefits of dam removal. The tale is one of gravity and water, of scenic beauty and contamination, and of competing economies. Mainly, it is the account of how our vision for the Gorge has evolved.

April 20

Adventure Day Camp -- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Firestone Metro Park / Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave., Akron. Kids ages 7 to 10 will enjoy this early spring adventure with fun, hands-on experiences. Participants will explore the park, do a craft and learn basic outdoor skills. Pack a lunch and dress to be outside for long periods of time. Cost: $10. Advance registration required.

Biomimicry: Inspiration from Mother Nature -- 4 to 5:30 p.m. Liberty Park / Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg. How can nature inspire and teach? Join a naturalist to learn about the plants and animals that have inspired countless technological advancements before taking a hike in search of these creatures.

Sustainability Open House -- 6 to 8 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron. Lean how to become more Earth-friendly this Earth Week. Drop in to discover all things sustainable including single-use products, lawn and garden care items and cleaning products, among others.

April 21

Friday Firestone Feathers & Friends -- 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Rd., Akron. New and experienced birders will enjoy spring bird walks along the Tuscarawas River migratory flyway. Binoculars are recommended. All participants will receive a checklist and final tally of birds seen this season.

Homeschool: 21st Century Farmer -- 1 to 3 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron. Homeschoolers, ages 11 to 14: Discover what it means to be an eco-farmer in today's fast-paced, technological world. Advance registration required.

Walk Like an Animal -- 2 to 3 p.m. Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pioneer Area, 550 Frazier Ave., Akron. Bear crawl. Frog hop. Walk like different animals as you learn about them. Program for ages 3 to 8 and their families. For information, call 330-865-8065.

April 22

The Cuyahoga River: A Fiery Past -- 10 a.m. to noon. Gorge Metro Park / Main Entrance, 1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls. Many people recall the Cuyahoga River catching fire in 1969, but the river burned MANY times throughout history? Walk along the Crooked River and learn its story of pollution and redemption.

Wildflower Walk -- 10 to 11:30 a.m. Furnace Run Metro Park / Daffodil Trail, 3100 Brush Rd., Richfield. Hike with a naturalist to see a gorgeous display of spring wildflowers on this easy walk.

Earth Day Celebration -- noon to 4 p.m. Liberty Park / Twinsburg Ledges Area, 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg. Join Summit Metro Parks and the city of Twinsburg for special Earth Day activities including live music, a guided hike, exhibits, an electric car display, and more.

Big Bird Night -- 8 to 9:30 p.m. 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. Take binoculars and flashlights.

April 23

Community Art -- 2 to 2 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Seneca Deck, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron. Join naturalist-artist for some creative fun and add individual flair to this community art project.

Whispers from Mother Nature -- 1 to 2:30 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron. Join a naturalist to see what Mother Nature has in store while looking toward May in the Metro Parks and in everyone's back yard.

Heron Watch -- 1 to 3 p.m. Bath Road Heronry: between Riverview and Akron-Peninsula roads, Akron. Observe the nesting behaviors of the great blue heron through spotting scopes.

April 24

Cardio Hike -- 1 to 2 p.m. Gorge Metro Park / Highbridge Trail, 1270 Front St., Akron. Hike both the Highbridge and Chuckery trails at a vigorous pace. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended.

April 27

Wild in the Woods -- 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pioneer Area, 550 Frazier Ave., Akron. All ages can stop by the nature play area at Goodyear Heights and engage in fun, hands-on experiences with nature. A naturalist will be on hand to help guide everyone's experience. Getting dirty is encouraged, so dress appropriately.

The History of Gorge Metro Park -- 6 to 7 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron. Join historians to learn about the exciting history of Gorge Metro Park. From roller coasters to dance halls, this park once had it all. Also learn about plans to remove the Gorge Dam and restore a free-flowing river.

April 28

Friday Firestone Feathers & Friends -- 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Rd., Akron. Join a naturalist to walk the trails and see which birds have arrived during the spring migration.

Croaking Chorus Frog Hike -- 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wood Hollow Metro Park, 2121 Barlow Rd., Hudson. American toads and gray tree frogs join the nightly frog choir. Join a naturalist to learn and listen for their calls on this night hike along Wood Hollow's Downy Loop Trail. Take flashlights and waterproof shoes.

Bluebell Valley -- 6:30 to 8 p.m. Everett Road Covered Bridge, 2370 Everett Rd., Peninsula. Enjoy a hike along the river with a naturalist in the hope that bluebells and other wildflowers will be seen along the way.

April 29

Hike & Breakfast -- 8 to 10:30 a.m. Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Goodyear Lodge, 2077 Newton St., Akron. Enjoy a spring wildflower hike around Alder Pond followed by a delicious breakfast. Participants will be asked to contribute to the feast. Advanced registration required.

Garlic Mustard Pull -- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Seneca Deck, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron. Growing, growing, gone! Learn about this invasive plant, then hike Seneca Trail and start pulling. Gloves are recommended. Bags will be provided.

Wildflower Hike -- 1 to 2:30 p.m. Cascade Valley Metro Park / Oxbow Area, 1061 Cuyahoga St., Akron. Hike Oxbow Trail to see which flowers are blooming this time of the year.

In Search of Woodcocks -- 8 to 10 p.m. Silver Creek Metro Park / Pheasant Run Area, 5000 Hametown Rd., Norton. Join a naturalist to look for woodcocks as they "dance" in the twilight. See how Summit Metro Parks has managed several acres of woodcock habitat in order to enhance the chances of seeing these interesting but elusive birds.

April 30

Morning Bird Walk -- 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Munroe Falls Metro Park / Tallmadge Meadows Area, 1088 North Ave., Tallmadge. New and experienced birders learn the basics of identification and search for our colorful and sweet-sounding neighbors.

Summit Metro Parks manages 14,300 acres, including 16 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 million visits. For information, call 330-865-8065.


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