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, May 27 to Thursday, June 2, 2016
Cicada Search in the Cleveland Metroparks
Sunday, May 29, 1 to 2:30 p.m., South Chagrin Reservation, Hawthorn Ridge Picnic Area,
Seventeen years ago, this area was full of cicadas emerging from the ground. The air may be full of buzzing insects today; learn about this fascinating natural phenomenon and see how many we can find. Free.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Saturday, May 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Canal Exploration Center.
Find out how the Ohio & Erie Canal helped shape the nation. Lock demonstrations repeat as crowds gather. For more information call 216-524-1497.
Saturday, May 28 & Sunday, May 29, 1 to 3 p.m., Ledges Shelter.
Take a less-than-2-miles hike on the hilly, rocky Ledges Trail. For more information call 330 -657-2752.
Explore Brandywine Falls
Sunday, May 29, 1 to 2 p.m., Brandywine Falls Trailhead.
Take a short, leisurely ranger-led walk to discover one of the region's most scenic views. Flat boardwalk with optional stairs. For more information call 330-657-2752.
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Ohio State Parks
Memorial Weekend Campout: East Fork
Friday, May 27 to Sunday, May 30, East Fork State Park
Make your reservations early.
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Worden's Ledges Hike
Saturday, May 28, 3 to 5 p.m., Hinckley Reservation, Worden Heritage Homestead parking lot, Worden Heritage Homestead is off Ledge Road between Kellog Road and State Road, Hinckley, OH 44233
Hike along a beautiful wooded trail that winds through sandstone ledges with Naturalist Kathy Schmidt. Learn about the history of the many carvings that Noble Stuart made in the sandstone during the 1940s. Free.
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Ashland County Parks
Mohican Audubon Society Bird Walk
Saturday, May 28, 9 to 11 a.m., Byers Woods, 675 Co Rd 1754, Ashland, OH 44805
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Crawford County Parks
Viewing the Night Sky
Saturday, May 28, 9 p.m., Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 State Route 598
Join members of the Crawford Park District’s Lowe-Volk Astronomy Club as they share their knowledge and telescope skills with all who are interested in the celestial sights. Bring your own telescope or allow the volunteers to assist you with those provided. It is a spectacular universe.
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Erie County Parks
I Spy In the Metroparks
Ongoing. Here is a challenge for kids! There are 8 required “I spys” throughout the
MetroParks. Take a picture next to each one and submit all pictures once you complete your task list. We will have a prize party in November! Visit eriemetroparks.org or stop in the Frost Center to pick up your list today! All pictures must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 31! Please submit pictures as a group, not individually.
Wednesday, June 1, 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m., DuPont Marsh/Huron River Greenway North, 1805 River Rd, Huron.
Let’s hike the trails and explore your MetroParks with a fun group!
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Geauga Park District
Bear Caves and Brook Trout
Sunday, May 29, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Bass Lake Preserve
A rugged and rare opportunity to venture up through the Spring Brook State Nature Preserve, home of Ohio's only native brook trout and the fabled Bear Caves, a Bass Lake attraction of the 19th Century hotel era. Registration required.
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Kid's Nature Hike
Saturday, May 28, 10 to 11 a.m., Vermilion River : Carriage Barn Lobby
Kids with adults hike to learn more about nature. Activities along the way. Easy Hike. Hiking Stick Program. For more information call (440) 967-7310
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Lorain County Parks
Summer Beach Schedule at Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park
Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park.
Lifeguards on duty, kayak and stand up paddleboard rentals available, and concession stand open daily (weather-permitting). Parking fee applies; Check their web site for operating hours and park amenities. 440-639-9972
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Medina County Parks
Saturday, May 28, 9 to 10 a.m., Allardale West parking lot
Healthy Strides combines a brief, informative talk by a Cleveland Clinic physician and caregiver and a casual one to three mile walk. Topics change each week based on the leader's specialty and suggestions from participants. All members of the community are welcome. Ages 10 to adult. No registration required. Free.
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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.
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Saturday, May 28, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Magnolia Flouring Mills
Pioneers helped shape Stark County and Ohio. Explore the Magnolia Mill on Pioneer Day through activities, games, and tours as we go back in time. Drop in between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Free.
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Summit County Parks
Tracks and Fire
Friday, May 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m., F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Campfire Area, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Look for signs of wildlife on a short hike, then warm up around the campfire and roast marshmallows, while supplies last. For information, call 330-865-8065.
Return of the 17-Year Cicadas
Sunday, May 29, 1 to 4 p.m., F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Learn about the amazing phenomenon of the 17-year cicadas. These insects spend most of their lives underground, but when they emerge: Look out! Stop by anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. to participate in activities that will explore the lives of these fascinating creatures. For information, call 330-865-8065.
School's Out Cookout
Monday, May 30, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Campfire Area, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Celebrate Memorial Day at the Nature Realm! Bring your own hot dogs and buns to cook over an open fire, and we'll provide drinks and condiments. Then, hike to enjoy the sights and sounds of spring. For information, call 330-865-8065.
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