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 News 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, November 11 to Thursday, November 17, 2016
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Veterans Day Train
Friday, November 11, Cuyahoga Valley National Park
We invite veterans, active duty military, first responders, and their families to take a beautiful ride through CVNP for free, as a thank you for their service. Visit www.cvsr.com for times and locations.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Countryside Farmers’ Market at Old Trail School
Saturday, November 12, 9 a.m. to noon, Old Trail School
Live music, chef demonstrations, and family activities add spice to shopping for local produce. SNAP EBT and debit cards are accepted at the information booth. For more details visit www.cvcountryside.org
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Ohio State Parks
Hearth and History: Malabar Farm
Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Malabar Farm State Park
Learn open-hearth cooking skills by cooking lunch over the open hearth, then explore the history of Malabar Farm. COST: $30/person, Pre-registration required. Call (419) 892-2784 or visit www.MalabarFarm.org for more info.
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Woodlands Of Bedford: Mid-Autumn Hike
Saturday, November 12, Noon to 2 p.m., Bedford Reservation, Circle Emerald Field, Upper Button Rd off Grace and Turney Rds.
Join Fred Losi as we kick up the fallen leaves of autumn while exploring a large old field, meadow and the surrounding forest. We’ll see how plants prepare for the winter and examine their remains from the growing season. Terrain Difficulty: grass, moderate, 2 miles. Free.
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Ashland County Parks
The Ashland County Park District (ACPD) manages 16 unique parks comprising over 2,000 acres of beautiful forests, fields, lakes, and streams. All of this green-space is publically owned and open to the public 365 days a year for hiking, fishing, bird watching, biking, dog walking and other outdoor pursuits. Some seasonal hunting opportunities also are offered in a few select parks.
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Crawford County Parks
Saturday, November 12, 3 p.m., Heckert Nature Preserve
The last flowering plants and insects of the year can be seen along the trail at Heckert. Everything from dragonflies to migrating warblers is possible during this time of seasonal transition. Meet Warren Uxley at the Heckert parking lot.
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Erie County Parks
Full Moon Night Hike
Monday, November 14, 7 to 9 p.m., Edison Woods MetroPark, 8111 Smokey Rd, Berlin Heights.
We are kicking off the full moon hiking season with a walk through the meadows with the full moon lighting our way.
Wednesday, November 16, 10:30 a.m. & 5 p.m., Milan Towpath MetroPark, 99 North Main St, Milan.
Let’s get outside and move around!
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Geauga Park District
Waterfowl on the Move
Saturday, November 12, 9 to 11 a.m., LaDue Reservoir, Boathouse Parking Area
Meet up at the parking area on Valley Road to bird LaDue Reservoir for loons, waterfowl and Bald Eagles during prime migration time. Spotting scopes provided. Van seats available first come, first-served. Caravan behind if bus fills. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible.
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Take A Hike!
Lake Metroparks maintains more than 50 miles of trails throughout Lake County, including a 4.8-mile bike/hike trail. Explore hemlock ravines, open meadows, mature forests and the Lake Erie shoreline. Discover fascinating clues to our past. Most trails are gravel-surfaced. Some are hard-surfaced and suitable for strollers and wheelchairs, and others include steps and inclines that challenge any hiker. Horses and bicycles are permitted on specially designated trails, and your dog on a leash is welcome at most parks. Hiking trails are open every day of the year from 6 am to 11 pm unless otherwise posted. Hiking is one of the most popular forms of outdoor leisure, surveys suggest that one in three Americans rate it as one of their three favorite forms of outdoor recreation. Hiking combines several pursuits, interests in scenery, wildlife, discovery and solitude—all in a low-impact form of healthy activity. Hiking in the great outdoors provides exercise and interest for people of any age. Just getting out and walking around is a wonderful way to exercise and see nature. Since unexpected things happen, however, the best way to help guarantee a good time for all is to plan ahead carefully and follow safety precautions.
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Lorain County Parks
Winter Strategies Hike
Sunday, November 13, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Carlisle, Visitor Center lobby.
Hike and learn about how animals prepare for the cold winter months. Easy hike. For more information call (440) 458-5121 Ext. 232.
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Medina County Parks
Nature Art Fest
Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, November 13, 12 to 4 p.m., Wolf Creek Environmental Center
The 15th Annual Nature Art Fest, featuring unique items inspired by nature from professional artists, will be held at Wolf Creek Environmental Center. From paintings to stained glass, you'll find unique holiday gifts for everyone on your list. Bring the family and spend the day in one of the most beautiful parks in Medina County. No registration required. Free admission. All ages welcome.
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Portage County Parks
Enjoy Portage Parks all year round, on your own or with others at our educational programs and special events. Are you looking to embrace the beauty of the outdoors? Portage Parks offers a variety of educational activities, outdoor adventures, races, and walks, plus a number of other exciting events and activities throughout each season. Read more for additional information!
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Sunday Afternoon Stroll
Sunday, November 13, 1 to 3 p.m., Middle Branch Trail, Martindale Park
Looking for something to do as a family? Take a leisurely 2.0 mile hike on the Middle Branch Trail. Free.
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Summit County Parks
Hike and Fire: Night Animals
Friday, November 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Liberty Park, Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
Enjoy a campfire and roast some marshmallows while we learn about night animals. Then, we will head out on the trail and attempt to see these nocturnal creatures! For information, call 330-865-8065.
Fall Prairie Hike
Saturday, November 12, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Rd., Springfield Twp.
Join a naturalist for a leisurely afternoon stroll to enjoy all that fall has to offer. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065.
Sunday, November 13, 9 to 10 a.m., Liberty Park, Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
Hike both the Ledges and Maple Loop trails at a vigorous pace. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065.
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