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Published: May 14, 2017 12:00 AM

WEEKDAY WALKERS

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center

1828 Smith Rd., Akron

Celebrate National "Love a Tree Day" on this hike with a naturalist to discover some amazing things about the trees at the Nature Realm. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, May 17, 9:30 - 10 a.m.

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NATURE STORIES

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 IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/15. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, May 17, 10 a.m. - noon & 1 - 3 p.m.

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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 IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/11. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, May 17, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

WILD IN THE WOODS

Liberty Park / Nature Center

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. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, May 18, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

GORGE HISTORY HIKE

Gorge Metro Park / Main Entrance

1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls

Learn about past hidden treasures of the Gorge and discover some that are still here today. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, May 19, 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

FRIDAY FIRESTONE FEATHERS AND FRIENDS

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. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, May 19, 1 - 3 p.m.

HOMESCHOOLERS: SENSES

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center

1828 Smith Rd., Akron

Homeschoolers, ages 11 to 14: Humans have five senses that work pretty well, but other animals have developed heightened, strange and wonderful ways to experience the world around them. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/4. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, May 19, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center

1828 Smith Rd., Akron

Explore plant and animal species that have gone extinct, are currently endangered, and those that have been brought back from the brink. Discover the causes of extinction and what we can do to protect them in the future. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

MOUNTAIN BIKE AREA OPEN HOUSE

Hampton Hills Metro Park / Mountain Bike Area

2092 Theiss Rd., Akron

Join Summit Metro Parks to enjoy the Hampton Hills Mountain Bike Area, whether you own a bike or not! Several local cycling shops will have FREE adult loaner bikes for use during the event. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. - noon

GEOLOGY OF THE GORGE

Gorge Metro Park / Main Entrance

1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls

Join a naturalist to walk Glens Trail and learn how the Gorge was formed, including the different types of rock layers found there. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, May 20, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

PRE-TEEN YOGA

Liberty Park / Nature Center

9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg

Pre-teens (ages 9 to 13) join a certified yoga instructor to disconnect from the stresses of school and extracurricular activities by reconnecting to nature through yoga. Weather permitting, this class will be held outside. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat or towel, and water. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, May 20, 1 - 3 p.m.

PADDLE CLEANUP

Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park / Lot C6

6194 Christman Rd., Green

Bring your own canoe or kayak that has current watercraft registration to volunteer your time cleaning up our waterways for Boating Week while learning about safety on the water. We will weigh the debris collected. All participants must have a life jacket. Ages 13 and older only. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/28. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, May 20, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

METRO PARKS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Hampton Hills Metro Park / Main Entrance

2925 Akron-Peninsula Rd., Akron

We'll hike a different trail each month, 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.

Saturday, May 20, 2 - 3 p.m.

A RIVERDAY WALK THROUGH TIME

High Bridge Glens Park

1817 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls

Enjoy an easy hike in the Upper Gorge. We will meet at the restored site of a 19th Century park that was once Northeast Ohio's most-visited attraction, and see the results of dam removal elsewhere on the Cuyahoga River. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, May 21, noon - 3 p.m.

WORLD TURTLE DAY

Liberty Park / Nature Center

9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg

Celebrate our slow-moving friends, the turtles. Get to know the turtle species found in our parks, play games, make a craft, and learn why turtles need our help. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, May 21, noon - 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 - 4 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 IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/22. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, May 21, 12:30 - 3 p.m.

BEGINNING INSECT I.D.

Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pioneer Area

550 Frazier Ave., Akron

Collect insects and learn to identify them using a field guide. Please bring your own jar, insect net and/or field guide, if you have them. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, May 22, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

KINDEREALM: HUMMINGBIRDS

Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Goodyear Lodge

2077 Newton St., Akron

Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions celebrate the arrival of hummingbirds and learn why these little birds travel so far to raise their babies. Includes a craft and short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/14. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, May 23, 7 - 9 p.m.

AKRON HISTORY: GLENDALE CEMETERY

Glendale Cemetery

150 Glendale Ave., Akron

Leaders from Summit Metro Parks and the Summit County Historical Society are your guides on this tour commemorating World War I soldiers. We will walk one mile along Mausoleum Row to IOOF Monument and back, visiting the graves of notable veterans. No restrooms are available at the cemetery. Maximum: 60 people. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/25. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, May 24, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

KINDEREALM: HUMMINGBIRDS

Firestone Metro Park / Coventry Oaks Area

40 Axline Ave., Akron

Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions celebrate the arrival of hummingbirds and learn why these little birds travel so far to raise their babies. Includes a craft and short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/14. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, May 24, 3 - 4 p.m.

OPOSSUM VS. POSSUM

Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pioneer Area

550 Frazier Ave., Akron

Is it opossum or possum? Come discover the answer and learn about North America's only marsupial! For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, May 24, 7 - 9 p.m.

MEET ME IN THE GARDEN

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center

1828 Smith Rd., Akron

Join the Master Gardeners of Summit County to learn about tropical plants and how to care for them in Northeast Ohio. Presented by Jacqueline Kowalski, OSU Extension Educator. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, May 25, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

WILD IN THE WOODS

Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pioneer Area

550 Frazier Ave., Akron

All ages can stop by our nature play area at Goodyear Heights 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. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, May 25, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

A YEAR OF HERBS: MEDICINALS

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center

1828 Smith Rd., Akron

Herbs have been used throughout the years to heal many conditions. Join us to learn about some herbs that may help relieve some common ailments. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, May 26, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. & 1 - 2 p.m.

KINDEREALM: HUMMINGBIRDS

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center

1828 Smith Rd., Akron

Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions celebrate the arrival of hummingbirds and learn why these little birds travel so far to raise their babies. Includes a craft and short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/14. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, May 26, 6 - 8 p.m.

BANK SWALLOW WATCH

Cascade Valley Metro Park / Overlook Trail

354 Sackett Ave., Akron

Join a naturalist to view the aerial acrobatics of bank swallows. These small birds put on quite a show, diving through the air and flitting in and out of their nests in the steep, sandy riverbank. Some scopes and binoculars will be available. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, May 26, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

CROAKING CHORUS FROG HIKE

Munroe Falls Metro Park / Lake Area

521 S. River Rd., Munroe Falls

Green frogs and bullfrogs begin to emerge in preparation for summer breeding season. Listen for their calls on a hike of Indian Spring Trail. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m. - noon

FLOWERS AND FERNS AND FUNGI OH, MY!

Munroe Falls Metro Park / Lake Area

521 S. River Rd., Munroe Falls

April showers bring more than flowers. Join a naturalist on a hike to look for seasonal wildflowers, ferns and fungi. Meet at the Indian Spring Trailhead. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, May 27, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

KINDEREALM: HUMMINGBIRDS

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center

1828 Smith Rd., Akron

Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions celebrate the arrival of hummingbirds and learn why these little birds travel so far to raise their babies. Includes a craft and short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/14. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, May 27, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

PAST PREDATORS OF OHIO

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center

1828 Smith Rd., Akron

Wolves, mountain lions, fishers? Come learn about the top predators that used to roam our great state! For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, May 28, 10 - 11 a.m.

DOG-WALKING HIKE

Wood Hollow Metro Park

2121 Barlow Rd., Hudson

Follow a naturalist with your "Metro Pooch" for a laid back walk on Downy Loop Trail. Dogs must remain on leashes (8-foot max) at all times. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, May 28, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

WHISPERS FROM MOTHER NATURE

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center

1828 Smith Rd., Akron

Join a naturalist to see what Mother Nature has in store for us as we look towards June in the Metro Parks and in your back yard. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, May 28, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

GARDENING FOR WILDLIFE

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Seneca Deck

1828 Smith Rd., Akron

Attract the birds, bees and everything in between to your yard this season. Take a tour of the Nature Realm grounds and learn the basics of wildlife planting. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, May 29, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

SCHOOL'S OUT COOKOUT

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Campfire Area

1828 Smith Rd., Akron

Celebrate Memorial Day at the Nature Realm! Bring your own hot dogs and buns to cook over an open fire, and we'll provide drinks and condiments. Then, hike to enjoy the sights and sounds of spring. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, May 29, 1 - 3 p.m.

SPRING CLEANERS

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Seneca Deck

1828 Smith Rd., Akron

Drop in and discover ways to clean without chemicals. Please bring an 8-ounce jar to take a sample home with you. Program will be in the auditorium if it rains. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, May 30, 7 - 9 p.m.

AKRON HISTORY: GLENDALE CEMETERY

Glendale Cemetery

150 Glendale Ave., Akron

Leaders from Summit Metro Parks and the Summit County Historical Society are your guides on this tour commemorating World War I soldiers. We will walk one mile along Mausoleum Row to IOOF Monument and back, visiting the graves of notable veterans. No restrooms are available at the cemetery. Maximum: 60 people. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 4/25. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, May 31, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

SPRING PLANTING IDEAS & PLANT SWAP

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center

1828 Smith Rd., Akron

Learn new ways to garden around your home. We will talk about a couple of vertical planting possibilities and ways to contain plants that spread quickly, like strawberries. Please bring plants or seeds to swap that are in some form of a container. For information, call 330-865-8065.


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