Get Rich Outdoors - Pick of the parks for the week of November 25 to December 1, 2016

Area National, State and County Park events
Posted at 5:00 AM, Nov 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-24 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 25 to Thursday, December 1, 2016

Featured Event

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad: The Polar Express
Wear pajamas to hear a reading of The Polar Express as we journey to the North Pole. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. For tickets and more information call 800-468-4070 or visit  

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Black Friday Hike
Friday, November 25, 8:30 a.m. to noon, NPS Park Headquarters
Join a ranger for 7.5 miles on the hilly Buckeye and Valley trails, and avoid the crowds and congestion. For more information call 330-657-2752.

Hiking the Hills
Sunday, November 27, 9m a.m. to noon, Everett Covered Bridge
Hike 7 miles on the Perkins, Riding Run, and Furnace Run Connector trails.
For more information call 330-657-2752.

For the complete Cuyahoga Valley National Park events calendar click:

Ohio State Parks

The Official Ohio State Parks & Outdoors Guide App
Enhance your visit to any of Ohio’s stunning State Parks with this FREE mobile app—the only official State Park app that allows you to access the most up-to-date park information such as upcoming events, weather conditions and safety alert communications, while taking in the scenery of your favorite parks. Choose a park to visit by location or by activity, such as camping or fishing.

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

Cleveland Metroparks

Hike The Mountain Bike Trail
Saturday, November 26, 2 to 4:30 p.m., Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, CanalWay Center, 4524 East 49th St, Cuyahoga Hts, OH 44125
Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak leads a hike of the Mountain Bike Trail in Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. We’ll see what’s out there on this rugged area of the park. Terrain Difficulty: dirt trail, rocks, large hills, various challenges. Free.

Register by phone or online beginning November 1 at 9 a.m.
Registration ends  November 26 at Noon

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

Bird Walk
Saturday, November 26, 3 p.m., Sears Woods
Conditions far to the north of Ohio dictate what types of birds will spend the winter in the Buckeye State. Each year is different but it’s always interesting; come and learn what this year will bring. Meet Warren Uxley at the Sears Woods parking lot.

For the complete Crawford County Parks events calendar click:

Erie County Parks

Get Fit Club – Tai Chi
Tuesday, November 29, 6 to 7 p.m., Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, Erie Room, 3910 Perkins Ave, Huron.
Tai Chi helps improve balance and prevents falls by targeting all the physical components to stay upright: leg strength, flexibility, range of motion and reflexes.

Metropark Walk
Wednesday, November 30, 10:30am & 5 p.m., Castalia Quarry MetroPark, 8404 SR 101, Castalia.
Still feeling stuffed from Thanksgiving?! See the breathtaking views off the cliffs where you can see the layers of limestone that were once quarried. 

For the complete Erie County Parks events calendar click:

Geauga Park District

Family Fun Weekend
Saturday, November 26, 1 to 3 p.m., The West Woods, Lobby
Come indoors to explore Nature! Become a "wildlife detective," meet a turtle and a tree frog, explore with a scavenger hunt and more – fun for the whole family! Free.

For the complete Geauga Park District events calendar click:

Lake Metroparks

Breakfast/Lunch with Santa
November 26,  to December 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Farmpark
Santa greets children in the café. After enjoying a delicious meal, visit and take a photo with Santa in the theater and then head to the toy workshop to build a wooden toy to take home. Professional photography and pony rides optional and available for additional charge. Participants are welcome to stay all day to enjoy all of Farmpark's regular activities. Ticket sales begin 8 a.m. Wednesday, October 26: online here for Lake County residents, and for
Farmpark members — please have your membership number and call 440-358-7275 to purchase tickets at a discount. Ticket prices: $15 ages 12+, $12 ages 2 through 11, $3 younger than 2 years; tickets required for every person that attends. Open ticket sales (for everyone, including out-of-county customers) begin 8 a.m. November 2. This is a family activity and children must be accompanied by registered adult(s). Due to space limitations, ALL participants including children younger than 2 years must be pre-registered.

For the complete Lake Metroparks events calendar click:

Lorain County Parks

Saturday Leftover Hike
Saturday, November 26, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Columbia Reservation
Let’s hike the trails and burn some calories to make room for turkey leftovers! 

For the complete Lorain County Metroparks events calendar click:

Medina County Parks

Talkin' Turkey  
Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27, 12 to 5 p.m., Wolf Creek Environmental Center
Do you know that wild turkeys have beards, sleep in trees, and can change the color of their faces? Stop in at Wolf Creek Environmental Center this weekend to learn all about these strange birds through a variety of wild turkey activities. All ages welcome. 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

Turkey Burner: High Mileage Hike
Saturday, November 26, 9 to noon, Quail Hollow Park, Dogwood Parking Lot
Lace up your hiking boots and get out with Stark Parks for this 5.0 mile hike along the nature surface trails of Quail Hollow. Be prepared for a strenuous hike--wear hiking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring water. Meet at the Dogwood parking lot. Free.

For the complete Stark Parks events calendar click:

Summit County Parks

Distance Hike
Friday, November 25, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Everett Road Covered Bridge, 2370 Everett Rd., Peninsula
Burn off that turkey dinner by hiking more than 8 miles at a continuous pace on trails that are difficult or primitive. There will be few, if any, rest stops. Drinking water is recommended. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Whispers from Mother Nature
Friday, November 25, 1 to 2:30 p.m., F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Learn what Mother Nature has in store for us during the coming month, including which plants, animals, birds or insects to look for as you hike Summit Metro Parks trails. For information, call 330-865-8065.

In Search Of Galls
Sunday, November 27, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Munroe Falls Metro Park, Tallmadge Meadows Area, 1088 North Ave., Tallmadge
What is a gall? What's in a gall? Learn the answers to these questions and more on a hike through the Tallmadge Meadows Area. For information, call 330-865-8065.

For the complete Summit County Parks events calendar click:


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