Get Rich Outdoors - Pick of the parks for the week of August 12 to August 18, 2016

Area National, State and County Park events
Posted at 6:00 AM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 06:00:18-04

Get Rich Outdoors

Here you will find a weekly update on select events and activities happening in northern Ohio national, state and county parks, which are in the NewsChannel 5 viewing area. Programs sometimes change for weather and other unforeseen circumstances! Check the park web-site before traveling.

Pick of the Park's for Friday, August 12 to Thursday, August 18, 2016

Featured Event

Recycling at Lowe-Volk Park
Saturday, August 13, 9 a.m. to Noon
The Colonel Crawford Lions Club and The Friends of the Crawford Park District will have a RECYCLE DAY, from 9am to noon at the Lowe-Volk Park Nature center located at 2401 State Route 598.
We will have a RECYCLE DAY the second Saturday of each month through the year.
Gather all of your recyclables and bring them out to the Lowe-Volk Park Nature Center on Saturday from 9am to Noon.
We will be accepting:
Clear/brown/green/blue glass (separate by color)
#1 (PETE) plastics
#2 (HDPE) plastics (colors do not have to be separated)
Newspaper/magazines/office paper/junk mail
Steel cans
Aluminum cans
Household batteries
CFL lightbulbs - from households only, no businesses please
Laptops, tablets &  cell phones.
No Electronics - No Computer Towers - No Computer Monitors -Or- Televisions!
Any recyclables taken to the Crawford Park District, outside of the second Saturday of every month do not get credited to the Park District. If you would like the money generated from recycling to go to them, you must take your recyclables to the Park District during their monthly collections.  Lowe-Volk Park is located 3 miles north of US Route 30. For more information contact the Crawford Park District office at 419-683-9000. Look for information on other programs offered by the Crawford Park District by visiting their web site at or by visiting our facebook page.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Junior Ranger, Jr.: Pollywogs and Waterbugs
Friday, August 12, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Location given upon registration.
Get your fingers wet as we take a close-up look at the creatures that live in the summer pond. For ages 4 - 6. A parent or guardian is required to attend programs with participating children. Location given upon registration. To register call 330-657-2796 ext. 100.

Civil War Reenactment
Saturday, August 13 & Sunday August 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hale Farm & Village
Hear the sounds of battle and smell the gunpowder at one of the largest Civil War reenactments in Ohio. Shake hands with President Lincoln or shop for a hoop skirt. Fee: $10 adults, $5 children ages 3 – 12, WRHS members and active military free. For details call 330-666-3711 or visit

Hike Aboard!
Sunday, August 14, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ira Trailhead
Join a ranger for a one-way train ride with 5 miles of hiking before and after the train ride. Trails are unpaved and hilly.  Fee: $3 per hiker, paid upon boarding. For more information or to purchase tickets call 800-468-4070 or visit

For the complete Cuyahoga Valley National Park events calendar click:

Ohio State Parks

Music at the Marina: Mosquito Lake
Various dates:
8/13: Lance Stinson (country) $7 day of show
8/20: Aftermath (60s tribute) $5
Concert at the Mosquito Lake Marina. Bring chairs and blankets. Food concessions available.
For more information call (330) 637-2075 or visit

For a complete list of Northern Ohio State Park events click:

Cleveland Metroparks

Summer Photo Hike
August 13 at 9 to 11 a.m., South Chagrin Reservation, Squaw Rock Picnic Area,
Capture nature’s summer sights with your camera as we hike along the scenic Chagrin River. We will stop along the way to see the famous Henry Church Rock and admire a bit of folk art. Terrain Difficulty: stairs, narrow trail, up to 1.5 miles. Phone: 440-473-3370. Free.

For the complete Cleveland Metroparks events calendar click:

Ashland County Parks

The Ashland County Park District (ACPD) is currently composed of 16 parks—each has natural features that make it distinct—including old-growth forest, native grassland, restored wetlands and spring-fed ponds. There are also miles of hiking trails, playgrounds, fishing ponds, bird-observation decks, river access for canoeing, and even a vintage cider press stored in a historic barn, all of which make these parks truly part of Ashland County.

For the complete Ashland County Parks events calendar click: 

Crawford County Parks

Water Carnival
Saturday, August 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 State Route 598
Join the Crawford Park District for this fun family event.  The Water Carnival will give you an opportunity to focus on the importance of water in an ecosystem and to have a great time getting wet during water games!  There will be fire trucks, a bicycle that goes across water, a slip and slide, and much more!  There will be food concessions.  Come ready to get wet and to have great family fun!  Food concessions will be available.  Lowe-Volk Park is located 3 miles north of US Route 30. For more information contact the Crawford Park District office at 419-683-9000. Look for information on other programs offered by the Crawford Park District by visiting their web site

For the complete Crawford County Parks events calendar click:

Erie County Parks

Perseid Meteor Shower Watch
Friday, August 12, 9 to 11 p.m., Castalia Quarry MetroPark, 8404 SR 101, Castalia, OH
The annual Perseid Meteor Shower is at its peak! Do you need a great spot to watch the show? Join us at the Castalia Quarry for a perfect view of the night sky and watch meteors zoom across the sky! Please bring a chair. Binoculars will be provided.

For the complete Erie County Parks events calendar click:

Geauga Park District

Meteors and Moths Overnight Event
Friday, August 12 & Saturday, August 13, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., Observatory Park
Spend the night enjoying the Perseid Meteor Shower and amazing nocturnal wildlife, including night-flying moths attracted by our black-light or mercury vapor lamps! Best meteor viewing should be 1-3 AM. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

For the complete Geauga Park District events calendar click:

Lake Metroparks

Super Star Party
Saturday, August 13, 8 p.m. to midnight, Penitentiary Glen Reservation
Have fun with astronomy while looking up into the sky at the annual Super Star Party. It’s a celebration of astronomical proportions! Stargazers of all ages can catch a good view of the Perseid Meteor Shower. Also, see the moon, planets, stars, and solar system with telescopes and expert guidance provided by the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society (weather permitting). All aboard for a ride on a miniature steam engine as you take the “Red Light Express Train Ride.” Trains are provided by the Lake Shore Live Steamers and ride times are selected at registration. Train rides are weather permitting. Stop by The Nature Store for “out-of-this-world” gifts. Pre-registration required and fee applies; click here or call 800-669-9226 to register. 

For the complete Lake Metroparks events calendar click:

Lorain County Parks

Astronomy: Persied Meteor Shower
Friday, August 12, 10 p.m. to midnight, Carlisle Reservation: Nielsen Observatory
Cosponsored by Black River Astronomical Society. Clear skies only. Cloud date 8/13. Free.

For the complete Lorain County Metroparks events calendar click:

Medina County Parks

Shooting Stars and Beating Wings
Saturday, August 13, 9 a.m. to noon, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road
Even without much light, there are all sorts of things to see in the park after dark. This is the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower as well as a great time of year for a variety of moths. Come out tonight to learn about and enjoy them both. Bring a flashlight for the moths and a chair or blanket for the meteors. The park will close at midnight. Free.

For the complete Medina County Parks events calendar click:

Portage County Parks

Each park and trail has its own character and potential for use or protection. Portage Parks strives to balance conservation of our natural resources with public use and enjoyment. We provide opportunities for enjoying and learning about our natural areas through activities such as walking, biking, hiking, boating, fishing, geocaching, picnicking, camping, nature programs, races and special events. See individual park pages and the park activities chart for more information.

For the complete Portage County Parks events calendar click:

Stark Parks

Sandy & Beaver Canal Fishing Derby
Saturday, August 13, 8 to 11 a.m., Whitacre Greer Park, Waynesburg
This derby, for children ages 4-15, takes place at Whitacre Greer Park in Waynesburg. Bait will be provided. Beverages and food will be for sale. Bring your own pole. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Fishing runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Free.

For the complete Stark Parks events calendar click:

Summit County Parks

Celebrate 100 Years Of Birds
Saturday, August 13, 12 to 4 p.m., F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join the Ohio Division of Wildlife, bird experts, wildlife rehabilitators and naturalists to celebrate 100 years of bird conservation. Crafts, activities and presentations will make this day one to remember! For information, call 330-865-8065.

For the complete Summit County Parks events calendar click:


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