Get Rich Outdoors - Pick of the parks for the week of June 17 to June 23, 2016

Area National, State and County Park events
Posted at 6:00 AM, Jun 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-16 06:00:08-04

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, June 17 to Thursday, June 23, 2016

Featured Event

Summer Solstice Festival Featuring Biscuit Miller
Friday June 17, 4 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday June 18, noon to 10:30 p.m. & Sunday June 19, noon to 6 p.m.,
Usher in summer with Sarah's Vineyard wines, local food vendors, art vendors, and live bands. Admission: $10 includes wine glass and tastings. Cash-only events. No outside food or coolers permitted. Sarah's Vineyard, For further details, visit or call 330-929-8057.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Explore Brandywine Falls
Saturday, June 18, 2 – 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.

Hike Aboard!
Sunday, June 19, 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Boston Store Visitor Center.
Join a ranger for a one-way train ride followed by a challenging 6 mile hike back to our cars. Trail is unpaved and hilly. $3 per hiker, paid upon boarding. For more information call 800-468-4070 or visit

Full Moon Hike
Monday, June 20, 9 to 11 p.m., Horseshoe Pond
Join a ranger on a 2.75-mile moonlit hike on the unpaved, rolling Tree Farm Trail. For more information call 330-657-2752.

For the complete Cuyahoga Valley National Park events calendar click:

Ohio State Parks

Young Angler's Fishing Derby: Findley
Saturday, June 18, 10 to noon, Findley State Park
Come to the Picnic Point Shelter and have your children join us for this fishing Derby. Prizes are available and lunch will be served at Noon. For more information call the Park office at (440) 647-5749. ext#100 or 102

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

Cleveland Metroparks

Prairie Drop-In
Saturday, June 18 at 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Tallgrass Prairie, Brecksville Reservation, Brecksville, OH 44141
Stop by to see what is in bloom. Naturalist Kathy Schmidt will be there to identify plants and share their pioneer and American Indian uses. Terrain Difficulty: flat, 0.5 mile. Phone: 440-526-1012. Free.

Father’s Day Hike
Sunday, June 19, 2 to 3 p.m., Rocky River Reservation, Rocky River Nature Center
Enjoy a family hike around the beautiful West Channel Pond. We’ll search for wildlife like beaver, mink, and water snakes. Terrain: mostly flat, 0.5 mile. Free.

For the complete Cleveland Metroparks events calendar click:

Ashland County Parks

Hurdle Waterfowl Park
This wooded 66-acre park, which is ideal for hiking and bird watching, was originally designed to attract waterfowl. In addition to two miles of hiking trails, there is a 4.5-acre fishing pond, a 12-acre shallow pond complex and a 2.5-acre duck pond. The park also has mature woods and a small buttonbush marsh. An large observation tower that overlooks the park can be opened upon request and for special events.

For the complete Ashland County Parks events calendar click: 

Crawford County Parks

Daughmer Teasel-Pull
Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m., Daughmer Savannah
Join members of the Ohio Natural Areas & Preserves Association in trying to eradicate an invasive species.  Invasive species out-compete our local flora and fauna and can turn habitats into botanical monocultures.  Wear long pants and bring gloves and a shovel.

For the complete Crawford County Parks events calendar click:

Erie County Parks

Walk With a Doc
Monday, June 20, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Commons of Providence, 8000 Providence Dr, Sandusky.
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.

Full Moon Kayak Float
Monday, June 20, 9 to11 p.m., The Coupling MetroPark, 11618 SR 13, Milan
Come see what the Huron River is like under a full moon while paddling a kayak. Ages 12+. Limit 12. Registration required.  .

Metropark Hikers,
Wednesday, June 22, 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m., Castalia Quarry MetroPark, 8404 SR 101, Castalia.
Let’s hike the trails and explore your MetroParks with a fun group! 

For the complete Erie County Parks events calendar click:

Geauga Park District

Moth Madness
Saturday, June 18, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge
See amazing, elusive, night-flying, gossamer-winged moth species that have been attracted to our three light stations. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Progressive Prairie Prowl
Monday, June 20, 6 to 8 p.m., Frohring Meadows, Katydid Shelter
After several years getting established, Frohring Meadows' prairie is ablaze with color. Watch the progression of flowers on this three-part series over the summer. Long pants and closed-toed shoes recommended.

Solar Day & Solstice Sunset
Monday, June 20, 6 to 9:30 p.m., Observatory Park
Cook s'mores in a solar oven, participate in solar-powered toy car races, test light sensitive beads, view the sun through a special telescope, and (if you stick around) witness the full moon rising at sunset on the longest day of the year! Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

For the complete Geauga Park District events calendar click:

Lake Metroparks

Summer Beach Schedule at Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park
Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend
Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park 440-639-9972
Lifeguards on duty, kayak and stand up paddleboard rentals available, and concession stand open daily (weather-permitting). Parking fee applies; click here:
for operating hours and park amenities. 

For the complete Lake Metroparks events calendar click:

Lorain County Parks

Happy Father's Day
Sunday, June 19, noon to 8 p.m., Columbia Reservation.
Come celebrate the whole day with dad here at Sundae Funday’s and the Columbia Metro Parks! Enjoy all the beautiful sights and sounds the Park has to offer and all Dad’s get a FREE round of mini golf with the purchase of a round of golf! So bring the entire family for an affordably fun time!!

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Making
Sunday, June 19, 2 to 3 p.m., Vermilion River, Benjamin Bacon Museum.
Stop in the Bacon House to make and taste homemade ice cream! For more information call (440) 967-7310.

For the complete Lorain County Metroparks events calendar click:

Medina County Parks

Hiking for the Health of It
Saturday, June 18, 9 to 11 a.m., Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Pine Lane Trailhead, 1281 Pine Lane in Peninsula.
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.

Home for the Summer: Songs of our Summer Birds
Saturday, June 18, 9 to 11 a.m., Wolf Creek Environmental Center
June is a good month for listening to the Neotropical migrant songbirds that spend their summers with us! Males continue to sing during nesting season, and our year-round residents will still be singing as well. Cleveland Institute of Music faculty member Dr. Lisa Rainsong will introduce you to the songs of our summer residents in an indoor presentation followed by an outdoor listening hike as we search for summer and year-round residents on their nesting territories. All ages welcome. No registration required. Free

For the complete Medina County Parks events calendar click:

Portage County Parks

Portage Trail Walkers Berlin Lake Trail Moonlight Walk                
Saturday, June 18, 7:15 to 9:15 p.m., Kirkbride Rd. Trailhead off of Route 14 in Deerfield Township, Portage County.
Join the Portage Trail Walkers for a moonlit hike on the Berlin Lake Trail.  4.5 mile round trip.  Call Larry Thomas for Information: 330-673-6896

For the complete Portage County Parks events calendar click:

Stark Parks

Surviving Fatherhood
Sunday, June 19, 1 to 3 p.m., Quail Hollow Park, Nature Center
Happy Father's Day, Dads! Over the years you have passed on a lot of wisdom to your children and we thank you! We invite you to spend the day with your family and us to learn the 'How Tos' of surviving in the wild. Meet by the Nature Center. Free.

For the complete Stark Parks events calendar click:

Summit County Parks

Moth Night
Friday, June 17, 9 to 11 p.m., Crown Point Ecology Center, 3220 Ira Rd., Bath
Moths outnumber butterflies by more than 11 to one. Join naturalists to learn how to use black lights to attract these amazing creatures, and for a chance to observe their beautiful colors, shapes and patterns up close. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Moths at Glendale Cemetery
Saturday, June 18, 9 to 11 p.m., Glendale Cemetery, 150 Glendale Ave., Akron
Moths outnumber butterflies by more than 11 to one. Join naturalists to learn how to use black lights to attract these amazing creatures and for a chance to observe their beautiful colors, shapes and patterns. For information, call 330-865-8065.

What's That Deafening Sound?
Sunday, June 19, 2 to 4 p.m., F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron
They're back, after 17 years living underground. Come and learn about periodical cicadas and their amazing life cycle. For information, call 330-865-8065.

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