Get Rich Outdoors - Pick of the parks for the week of July 15 to July 21, 2016

Area National, State and County Park events
Posted at 6:00 AM, Jul 14, 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, July 15 to Thursday, July 21, 2016

Featured Event

Buckeye Trail Association New Chapter Kick Off
Saturday, July 16, 3 to 4:30 p.m., North Chagrin Reservation, Nature Center, 3037 SOM Center Road, Willoughby Hills, OH 44094
Come learn about the brand-new Crooked River Chapter of the Buckeye Trail Association!  The new chapter will promote the Buckeye Trail throughout northeast Ohio with volunteering, hiking, and having fun with fellow hikers in our own backyard.
To learn more about the Buckeye Trail, visit or find the Crooked River Chapter on Free.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad National Park Scenic Day Pass and Bike Aboard!
Saturday & Sunday, July 16 & 17.
View wildlife and scenery in the comfort of our climate-controlled train cars. Get on and off at any station. Spend a whole day exploring or just a few hours. Fee (coach): $18 adults, $13 children ages 3 - 12. Includes the Voices of the Valley audio tour. Or cycle the Towpath Trail in one direction and hop on the train to go back. Pay the one-way fee of $3.00, for ages 3 and over, when boarding. For tickets and train schedules visit or call 800-468-4070.

Hike Aboard!
Sunday, July 17, 9:25 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Peninsula Depot.
Join a ranger for a one-way train ride, then hike back 6.5 challenging miles. 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

Kite Flyers Weekend: Maumee Bay
Friday July 15 to Sunday July 17, Maumee Bay State Park
Join us for Kite Flying Weekend at Maumee Bay State Park. Enjoy the beach and a picnic, fly a kite or sit back and enjoy all the kites already flying.

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

Cleveland Metroparks

Woodlands of Bedford: Summer Sagamore Creek Walk
Saturday, July 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bedford Reservation, Alexander Bike Lot
Enjoy a slow exploration of this cool, rocky creek with Fred Losi. We’ll travel directly in the stream, exploring features such as a remote waterfall, and the Cuyahoga River confluence. Wear wettable shoes and clothing and bring water and a light lunch. 216-206-1000. 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

Archery Games
Friday, July 15, 6 p.m., Unger Park, 1303 Bucyrus Nevada Rd.
Join Crawford Park District Naturalist, Lisa Bogard for some archery games.  We will have friendly competitions to see who has the best aim.  Some games will be Tic Tac Toe, popping balloons, and getting the most points on the target.  All ages are welcome, and no prior experience is needed.  There will be time in the beginning for instructions and practice.  All necessary equipment will be provided.  Unger Park is located just west of Bucyrus on Bucyrus-Nevada Road.  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

Train Rides
Saturday, July 16, 1 to 3 p.m., East Sandusky Bay MetroPark, Eagle Point, 3819 Cleveland Rd, Sandusky, OH
Erie Metro Live Steamers will have miniature steam-powered engines available to pull passengers through the park! Fun for all! All rides are weather dependent.

Firelands Symphony Orchestra
Sunday. July 17, 4 to 6 p.m., James McBride Arboretum, 1 University Dr., Huron, OH
Summer Ensemble Series: Michael Gabriel, Please bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the concert!  Rain venue: Cedar Point Building.

For the complete Erie County Parks events calendar click:

Geauga Park District

Habitats Revisited Van Trip: Hyde Property
Saturday, July 16, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., The West Woods, Nature Center Parking Lot
This is the third of four visits to the Hyde property to see it in its summer wardrobe. A variety of habitats provide an opportunity to explore and observe the seasonal changes in the plant and animal life that call this area home. There are no trails but the terrain is fairly flat and open. There is potential for wet spots and poison ivy so sturdy hiking shoes/boots are recommended (no flip-flops). Dress for the weather and pack a lunch. We will leave from The West Woods at 9:30 a.m. and return by 1 p.m.

For the complete Geauga Park District events calendar click:

Lake Metroparks

Ice Cream Weekends
July 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lake Metroparks Farmpark
Celebrate National Ice Cream Month at Farmpark’s Ice Cream Weekends. Try your hand at making ice cream and meet the dairy cows that produce milk and cream. Find out where your favorite ice cream flavor comes from. Enjoy an ice cream sundae (additional charge applies) and participate in old fashioned games, crafts, and more. Visit the hands-on Cow to Cone Indoor Play Area to discover how the ingredients in ice cream go from cow to cone; play area open July 2
through September 4, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Regular Farmpark admission applies.

For the complete Lake Metroparks events calendar click:

Astronomy: Solar Viewing
Sunday, July 17, noon to 4 p.m., Black River: Bur Oak
Co-sponsored by Black River Astronomical Society. Clear skies only. Free.

For the complete Lorain County Metroparks events calendar click:

Medina County Parks

Hiking for the Health of It  
Saturday, July 16, 9 to 11 a.m., Hubbard Valley Park
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.

K 9 Search & Rescue Demonstration  
Sunday, July 17, 2 to 3 p.m., Hubbard Valley Park
North Central Ohio K 9 Search & Rescue Team will demonstrate how its specially trained dogs are used to track and find missing persons in a variety of environments, both urban and rural. This presentation will be interactive, with members using their K 9 pals and the audience. Please do not bring your own pets. All ages welcome. No registration required. Free.

For the complete Medina County Parks events calendar click:

Portage County Parks

Headwaters Adventure Race                                                             
Saturday, July 16, 8 12 p.m.,  
Run, Pedal & Paddle for Trails & Watershed Conservation!  Register and join us for this exciting adventure race that begins and ends in Mantua Village Park.  For more info, go to

For the complete Portage County Parks events calendar click:

Stark Parks

High Mileage Hike
Saturday, July 16, 9 12 p.m., Walborn Reservoir, meet at the Marina. 
Lace up your hiking boots and get out with Stark Parks for this 6.0 mile hike along natural surfaces of the Walborn Reservoir Trails. Be prepared for a strenuous hike--wear hiking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring water. Free.

For the complete Stark Parks events calendar click:

Summit County Parks

Summer Stroll
Sunday, July 17, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Munroe Falls Metro Park, Lake Area, 521 S. River Rd., Munroe Falls
Walk Indian Spring Trail in the cool shade and enjoy the natural wonders of this park. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Quest for Quercus
Sunday, July 17, 12 to 2 p.m., Cascade Valley Metro Park, Chuckery Area, 837 Cuyahoga St., Akron
The Chuckery Area is home to at least seven of Ohio's 20 different oak species. How many can we find? For information, call 330-865-8065.

For the complete Summit County Parks events calendar click:


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