Get Rich Outdoors - Pick of the parks for the week of November 18 to November 24, 2016

Area National, State and County Park events
Posted at 5:00 AM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-17 05:00:02-05

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 18 to Thursday, November 24, 2016

Featured Event

Thanksgiving Dinner with Abraham Lincoln
Saturday, November 19, 3:30p.m., Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Hale Farm and Village
Celebrate an American tradition at Hale Farm & Village. Enjoy a classic Thanksgiving feast with family and friends as you dine with President Lincoln and other historic guests. Listen to the stories of our nation's past and enjoy the music of the season.$45 Adults; $35 Members; $20 Child (12 and under) Reservations Required. Call 330-666-3711 x 1720 for reservations or details or email More Information here:

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Off the Beaten Path: Unexpected Views
Saturday, November 19, 9 to 10:30 p.m., Boston Store Visitor Center
Hike on- and off-trail to unexpected views provided by roads and reclamation on this moderate 2-mile hike. For more information call 330-657-2752

For the complete Cuyahoga Valley National Park events calendar click:

Ohio State Parks

Fall Hiking Series: Burr Oak
Saturday, November 19, 10 a.m., Burr Oak State Park, Ranger Office
Cooler temperatures, change of color, the crisp sound and smell of leaves under your feet--it's hiking time!  Come for our Fall Hiking Series and experience the season of Autumn in the park.
Each hike will explore a different section of trail at Burr Oak State Park.  All hikes are 3 to 4 miles long and are scheduled on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Complete 3 out of 4 hikes and receive a special hiking memento. 

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

Cleveland Metroparks

West Creek Headwaters Hike
Saturday, November 19 at 1 to 2:30 p.m., West Creek Reservation, Kmart parking lot on Broadview Road,
Where does West Creek originate, and what does it look like there? Take a hike around the headwaters neighborhood to explore the places that give our urban creeks their unique characteristics. Terrain Difficulty: tall grass, sidewalks, 3 miles. Phone: 440-887-1968. 

For the complete Cleveland Metroparks events calendar click:

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.

For the complete Ashland County Parks events calendar click:

Crawford County Parks

The CPD depends on a solid cadre of volunteers to keep things running smoothly. Sarah Messerschidt has taken on the responsibility of updating our volunteer list and contacting individuals when we need help. If you have not updated your volunteer form recently or you would like to volunteer for the first time, our volunteer form is available on our website. You could also stop by the Nature Center to complete the form or request that a form be emailed.

For the complete Crawford County Parks events calendar click:

Erie County Parks

Fall Colors Walk
Saturday, November 19, 1 to 3 p.m., Edison Woods MetroPark, 8111 Smokey Rd, Berlin Heights.
Enjoy a walk through the meadows and woods of the MetroPark.

Project Feederwatch
Saturday, November 20, 10 to 11 a.m., East Sandusky Bay MetroPark, Eagle Point, 3819 Cleveland Rd, Sandusky. 
Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds. The data collected helps scientists track movements of winter bird populations. We will take a short walk back to The Coop and do our very own data collection to submit! Registration required! Limit 10.

Extended Hike
Sunday, November 20, 2 to 4 p.m., Castalia Quarry MetroPark, 8404 SR 101, Castalia.
Want to prevent that turkey wobble? A 5 mile hike may be just the cure! 

For the complete Erie County Parks events calendar click:

Geauga Park District

Night Hike & Campfire
Friday, November 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Orchard Hills Park, Lodge
Gather around a campfire, warm up with some hot chocolate, journey into the darkness to experience the magical world of Nature at night, then return to the campfire for a sweet treat! Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Hidden Homes Nest Quest
Sunday, November 20, 2 to 4 p.m., The Rookery, Great Blue Heron Lodge
Enjoy an indoor presentation on animal architecture including nest samples, followed by an outdoor search for bird, insect and mammal nests revealed now that leaves have fallen. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

For the complete Geauga Park District events calendar click:

Lake Metroparks

Candy Land Has Gone Wild!
Saturday, November 19 & Sunday, November 20, noon to 5 p.m., Penitentiary Glen Reservation
On a life-sized game board, discover the many flavors that nature gives us as you play along and travel through the seasons in our indoor wonderland. Draw a card, move from space to space and explore nature through the year. In addition, enjoy a craft, activity pages and scavenger hunts — fun for the whole family! Snacks and beverages are also available. Enjoy holiday shopping at The Nature Store. Snowshoe rentals available, weather permitting.

For the complete Lake Metroparks events calendar click:

Lorain County Parks

Saturday Stroll
Saturday, November 19, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Miller Nature Preserve: Geocache
Join us for an easy hike.

For the complete Lorain County Metroparks events calendar click:

Medina County Parks

Natural Discoveries Hiking Series: Traditions and Turkeys  
Sunday, November 20, 3 to 4 p.m., Hidden Hollow Camp
Natural Discoveries is a series of free nature themed programs designed for ages seven to adult. Participants in the program who complete certain hike requirements are eligible to receive awards. See the Natural Discoveries link on our website for award details. Learn about the turkey, the bird behind the traditions and festivities that many enjoy this time of year. During this hike, search for signs of turkey activity in the fields and forests where we hope to catch a glimpse of one or two. Ages 7 to adult. No registration required. Free.

For the complete Medina County Parks events calendar click:

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!

For the complete Portage County Parks events calendar click:

Stark Parks

History at the Hollow Hike
Sunday, November 20, noon to 2 p.m., Quail Hollow Park, Nature Center
Hike within the beautiful park known as Quail Hollow. Not only will you be amazed by the landscape, but you can learn the history behind it all too! Please dress appropriately for the weather. Free.

For the complete Stark Parks events calendar click:

Summit County Parks

Ledges Trail Throughout The Year
Saturday, November 19, 1 to 2 p.m., Liberty Park, Twinsburg Ledges Area, 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg, OH 44087
We'll hike Ledges Trail each month this year, taking a photographic record of the seasonal changes. In December we'll review the year in photos. You can take your own pictures or just enjoy the hikes. This trail is not recommended for strollers. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Coffee With The Birds
Sunday, November 20, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Liberty Park, Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
Join us for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area. We will find out why this area is a favorite of our winter residents. Bring a mug. Coffee is provided. For information, call 330-865-8065.

For the complete Summit County Parks events calendar click:


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