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, July 1 to Thursday, July 7, 2016
Saturday, July 2, 1 to 3 p.m., Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks, CanalWay Center, 4524 East 49th St, Cuyahoga Hts, OH 44125
Let's get out and stretch our legs this holiday weekend. We'll travel along the Canal and Cuyahoga River north to the overlook as we enjoy the sights and sounds of summer. Terrain difficulty: paved trail, 3 miles. Free
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Boston Mills Artfest
Saturday & Sunday, July 2 & 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Mills Ski Resort.
Attend this nationally recognized fine art and craft show. Fee. For more information visit bmbw.com and click on Events.
Explore Brandywine Falls
Saturday, July 2, 2 to 3 p.m., Brandywine Falls Trailhead.
Stroll at a leisurely pace to one of the region's most scenic views. Steep stairs are optional. For more information call 330-657-2752.
Sunday, July 3, 2 to 3 p.m., Ledges Shelter.
View stunning sandstone cliffs during a leisurely-paced hike on hilly, rocky trails. For more information call 330-657-2752.
For the complete Cuyahoga Valley National Park events calendar click:
Ohio State Parks
Bug Fest: Findley
Saturday, July 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Findley State Park
Campers are invited to join the naturalist for a day filled with bug activities. Registered campers only.
Independence Day Celebration: East Harbor
July 1 to the 4th East Harbor State Park
Time to hit the beach! Enjoy a band Friday night and watch local fireworks from the shores of Lake Erie on July 4th.
For a complete list of Northern Ohio State Park events click:
12,000 Step Program: Hike for Health
Saturday, July 2, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, CanalWay Center, 4524 East 49th St, Cuyahoga Hts, OH 44125
Health professionals now recommend taking at least 12,000 steps a day to improve or maintain your health. Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak will show you how far that gets you in the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, and will probably talk about something the entire way. Terrain Difficulty: paved, two hills, 6 miles. Free.
Looking Under Logs
Saturday, July 2, 1 to 2 p.m., South Chagrin Reservation, Look About Lodge , 37374 Miles Rd, Bentleyville, OH 44022
Even though it can’t always be seen, lots of natural activity takes place underneath a rotting log. Many of nature’s most important processes occur underground. Join Naturalist Andrew Mularo to learn about tiny creatures that live beneath a log. Ages: 4 to 7 years with adult
Terrain difficulty: mild, 1 mile. 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 offers a unique experience and support a variety of recreational activities including hiking, bird-watching, canoeing, dog-walking and hunting.
For the complete Ashland County Parks events calendar click:
Crawford County Parks
Lowe-Volk Nature Center
The Lowe-Volk Nature Center opened in Dec. 2002. The building has an eco-friendly design, and contains a passive solar heat and light system, an above ground leach bed and parallam beams. It currently features 25 exhibits on various topics, including live wildlife.
As the "hub" of Park District activities, many school groups utilize the Nature Center and surrounding Lowe-Volk Park for field trips. There are also public environmental education programs and large events hosted here.
For the complete Crawford County Parks events calendar click:
Erie County Parks
Stars & Stripes Celebration
Monday, July 4th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Washington Row & Columbus Ave., Sandusky, OH
Join Erie MetroParks and many others downtown Sandusky to celebrate July 4th. Stroll downtown Sandusky's scenic streets where you'll enjoy games, food vendors and family friendly activities. This is a Sandusky tradition that gets better every year.
For the complete Erie County Parks events calendar click:
Geauga Park District
Saturday, July 2, 10:30 to 12 p.m., Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve, Main Parking Lot
Join Naturalist Tami Gingrich as she surveys a transect for butterfly species. This long-term research project is done in conjunction with the Ohio Lepidopterist Society.
For the complete Geauga Park District events calendar click:
Tall Ships Fairport Harbor
July 7 through 10, 420 Water Street, Fairport Harbor
Watch a parade of sail, get an on-board pass, go for a day sail and enjoy festival food and entertainment! Click here for more information and to purchase tickets:
For the complete Lake Metroparks events calendar click:
Lorain County Parks
Friday, July 1, 1 to 2 p.m., Columbia
Join us for a discussion and then search for some destructive insects!
For the complete Lorain County Metroparks events calendar click:
Medina County Parks
Hiking for the Health of It - Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Blue Hen Falls
Saturday, July 2, 9 to 11 a.m., Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Blue Hen Falls Trailhead.
This is a hiking club for those adults who can hike four to five miles at a brisk pace. Walking trails can be mildly strenuous with a limited amount being off trail. Please dress for the weather, and be sure to have appropriate footwear. Ages 10 to adult. No registration required. Free.
For the complete Medina County Parks events calendar click:
Portage County Parks
Portage Trail Walkers Hike: PORTAGE Hike & Bike Trail
Saturday, July 2, 8:30 a.m., Meet at the PORTAGE Hike & Bike Trail Cleveland Rd. Trailhead, across from 480 Cleveland Rd., Ravenna.
Join the Portage Trail Walkers on a Hike from the Cleveland Rd. Trailhead to Peck Rd. in Ravenna. 5 mile round trip. Call Larry Thomas for Information: 330-673-6896
For the complete Portage County Parks events calendar click:
Scavenger Hunt Sunday
Sunday, July 3, 1 to 3 p.m., Quail Hollow Park, Nature Center
Drop in to the Nature Center between 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for an afternoon full of fun, a scavenger hunt, and exploration! Free.
For the complete Stark Parks events calendar click:
Summit County Parks
Saturday, July 2, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Furnace Run Metro Park, Brushwood Area, 4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield
Have you seen any mushrooms popping up these days? Join a naturalist on a leisurely hike in search of these interesting "fun guys." Edibles are not a part of the program. For information, call 330-865-8065.
Sunday, July 3, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Liberty Park, Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
Join friends and family to search for insects that are more colorful than fireworks. All ages are welcome. Some jars and nets provided. For information, call 330-865-8065.
For the complete Summit County Parks events calendar click:
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