Get Rich Outdoors - Pick of the parks for the week of August 5 to August 11, 2016

Area National, State and County Park events
Posted at 6:00 AM, Aug 04, 2016

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 5 to Thursday, August 11, 2016

Featured Event

Early Evening Hike: Cuyahoga Valley National Park   
Wednesday, August 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Stanford Trailhead
Join a ranger for 3.5 miles on the hilly Stanford and Brandywine Gorge trails, culminating with a great view of the park's largest waterfall. For more information call 330 -657-2752.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Bird Watching: Lingering Songbirds
Saturday, August 6, 7 to 10 a.m., Wetmore Trailhead,
Search with Volunteer Naturalist Dwight Chasar for lingering warblers along the hilly and unpaved. For more information call 330-657-2752.

Beat the Heat Hike
Sunday, August 7, 8 to 10:30 a.m., Ledges Trailhead.
Hike 6.5 miles on the unpaved, hilly Boston Run and Ledges trails. For more information call 330-657-2752.

For the complete Cuyahoga Valley National Park events calendar click:

Ohio State Parks

Miskito Pirate Fest Weekend: Mosquito Lake
Friday, August 5 to Sunday August 7, Mosquito Lake State Park
Join us for pirate-themed activities all weekend and Boat Parade at Mosquito Lake Marina. For more information call  330-637-2075 or visit

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

Cleveland Metroparks

Emerald Necklace Hiking Tour (West)
August 6 at 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rocky River Reservation, Rocky River Nature Center , 24000 Valley Parkway, North Olmsted, OH 44070
Traverse the vast acreage of Cleveland Metroparks with Naturalist Marty Calabrese by bus and boot. Learn new foot trails through several reservations. Long hiking distances and moderate terrain throughout. Fee: $60, includes transportation and lunch. Register online beginning July 1. Upon registration, please print and complete a waiver from this page.
You may return the completed waiver form via

Bike to the Falls
August 6 at 1 to 3 p.m., Garfield Park Reservation, Windy Ridge Picnic Area, Garfield Hts, OH 44125
Enjoy this summer afternoon while biking through the park. We’ll ride to Mill Creek Falls to see Cuyahoga County’s largest waterfall. Helmet required. Register by phone or online beginning July 20 at 9 a.m. Registration ends August 5 at 3 p.m. 216-206-1000

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

Boating Safety: Beginner Canoeing
Wednesday, August 10, 6 p.m., Bucyrus Neff Reservoir SR 98
Canoeing is a great way to get out and enjoy nature.  And, as always, when on the water, safety is first and foremost.  This program being offered by the Crawford Park District will begin with a boating safety lesson, followed by a canoe float around the Bucyrus Neff Reservoir.  Canoes will be provided.  Pre-registration is required by August 9(419-683-9000).   Funded through a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft.    

For the complete Crawford County Parks events calendar click:

Erie County Parks

Walk with a Doc
Monday, August 8, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., East Sandusky Bay MetroPark, Wyandot Meadows,
5401 Cleveland Rd, Huron.
Walk with a Doc is an organization dedicated to encouraging healthy physical activity in people of all ages. Join a local doctor for a brief health chat followed by a walk every Monday! Snacks and water will be provided.

For the complete Erie County Parks events calendar click:

Geauga Park District

Cuyahoga Lunch Kayak (Ages 12+ w/adult)
Saturday, August 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Eldon Russell Park
Pack a lunch and water and enjoy the beautiful Upper Cuyahoga River. We’ll stop along the way to eat. Basic kayaking skills required. Must be able to kayak at least 5 miles. Registration starts July 31.

Nature Arts Festival
Sunday, August 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Big Creek Park
Don’t miss this 25th annual day of fine arts on display and for sale by regional artists – “coming home” to Big Creek Park and a free 5-minute Lolly the Trolley ride from Chardon Arts Festival on the Square! Media include woodcarvings, paintings, photography, handcrafted jewelry and other forms of Nature art in various price ranges. Also take in a farmer’s market, music and entertainment, family make-n-take projects, writing contest readings and open mic, chalk art, food and much more!

For the complete Geauga Park District events calendar click:

Lake Metroparks

Vintage Ohio
Friday & Saturday, August 5 & 6, 1 to 10 p.m., Lake Metroparks Farmpark
Annual wine festival by The Ohio Wine Producers Association featuring wine tasting, arts and crafts, demonstrations, music, food, children’s entertainment/play area and a carryout store. Call 1-800-227-6972 or visit for event and ticket information.

For the complete Lake Metroparks events calendar click:

Lorain County Parks

Insect Hunt
Saturday, August 6, 11 a.m. to noon, Miller Nature Preserve: Shelter
We will take some nets and see how many insects we can find. Level 1 hike. Free.

For the complete Lorain County Metroparks events calendar click:

Medina County Parks

Natural Discoveries Hiking Series: In Search of the Mantid
Saturday, August 6, 3 to 4 p.m., Allardale West Parking Lot, 401 Remsen Rd. Medina, OH 44256
Natural Discoveries is a series of free nature-themed programs designed for ages seven to adult. Participants in the program who complete certain hike requirements are eligible to receive awards. See the Natural Discoveries link on our website for award details. The praying mantis is one of our most impressive insects. Enjoy the late summer wildflowers as we hike along the trails of Allardale and explore the world of the mantid. 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

Last Hurrah Campfire
Sunday, August 7, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Wildlife Conservation Center
School is just around the corner. Come spend one of your last nights with us as we kick off the end of summer. Drop by to relax any time between 7:30-9 p.m. and enjoy some S'Mores, games, and more! Please bring folding chairs or blankets. Free.

For the complete Stark Parks events calendar click:

Summit County Parks

Friendly Neighborhood Spiders
Friday, August 5, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Munroe Falls Metro Park, Tallmadge Meadows Area, 1088 North Ave., Tallmadge
Join a naturalist on a short walk to explore for the amazing variety of crawling creatures that call this park home. Use different types of magnification aids to get close-up views of some of these little treasures. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Touch-A-Truck Event
Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Munroe Falls Metro Park, Lake Area, 521 S. River Rd., Munroe Falls
All ages can touch and sit in more than 12 different Summit Metro Parks vehicles. Includes a special appearance by Air Bear from Akron Children's Hospital! For information, call 330-865-8065.

Ledges Trail Throughout The Year
Saturday, August 6, 1 to 2 p.m., Liberty Park, Twinsburg Ledges Area, 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
We'll hike Ledges 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. This trail is not recommended for strollers. For information, call 330-865-8065.

For the complete Summit County Parks events calendar click:


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