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, October 14 to Thursday, October 20, 2016
National Fossil Day
Saturday, October 15, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Everett Covered Bridge
Join a fossil-hunting expedition for young and old, exploring the rocks of Furnace Run. Wear shoes that can get wet. For more information call 330-657-2752.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Saturday, October 15, 6 to 8 p.m., Kendall Lake Shelter
On this 1-mile lantern hike, costumed characters bring Ohio's past to life with tales of love and despair, joy and grief, and kindness and horror. Hikes depart every 30 minutes. For more information call 330-657-2752.
Full Moon Hike
Sunday, October 16, 7 to 9 p.m., Oak Hill Trailhead
Take a 1.5-mile moonlit hike on the flat, unpaved Oak Hill Trail. For more information call 330-657-2752.
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Ohio State Parks
Halloween Campout - Mohican
Friday October 14 & Saturday October 15, Mohican State Park
Join us for a weekend of Fun. activities include: campsite decorating, costume contest, trick or treat, hikes, arts & crafts, fun & games. Events for registered campers & cottage guests only.
Two weekends in October (14-15 & 21-22) For more info call the Camp Office (419) 994-4290.
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Autumn Photo Hike
Saturday, October 15, 9 to 11 a.m., South Chagrin Reservation, Quarry Rock Picnic Area,
Capture the sights of the season as autumn paints the trees with color. Discover how nature prepares for the coming winter as we explore the wonders on the trail. Terrain difficulty: stairs, hills, slow-paced, up to 1.5 miles. Free.
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Ashland County Parks
The Ashland County Park District (ACPD) is currently composed of 16 parks—each has natural features that make it distinct—including old-growth forest, native grassland, restored wetlands and spring-fed ponds. There are also miles of hiking trails, playgrounds, fishing ponds, bird-observation decks, river access for canoeing, and even a vintage cider press stored in a historic barn, all of which make these parks truly part of Ashland County.
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Crawford County Parks
Halloween Family Fun Night
Saturday, October 15, 7 to 9 p.m., Lowe-Volk Park
Come to Lowe-Volk Park and celebrate with a night filled with fall fun! Dress in your Halloween costume or just come to enjoy the activities. There will be a bonfire, face painting, nature art, wagon rides, and a treat bag for kids. Bring a flashlight and go on a guided night hike in the woods. Choose be-tween the haunted hike and the non-haunted hike. Pumpkins will also be available. Bring the whole family!
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Erie County Parks
Wednesday October 19, 10:30 a.m. & 5 p.m., Enjoy a brisk autumn walk through the meadows! East Sandusky Bay MetroPark, Steinen Wildlife Area, 4501 Cleveland Rd, Sandusky.
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Geauga Park District
Jump into Fall Days
Saturday & Sunday, October 15 & 16, 1 to 5 p.m., Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge Shelter
Celebrate autumn with hands-on activities for all ages: free horse-drawn wagon rides, kayaking, fishing, face painting and balloon creations, harvest bounty treats for sale and much more. Wagon rides are first come, first served 1-4 PM. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.
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Fall Harvest Weekends: Corn and Pumpkin Weekend
Saturday, October 15 & October 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Lake Metroparks Farmpark continues a tradition of celebrating the harvest season with four weekends of fall harvest activities! In addition to the popular corn maze, live farm animals, kid’s crafts and harvest demonstrations, visitors can join us for any or all of the uniquely themed weekends during Fall Harvest Weekends. Help husk, shell and grind the corn or plow behind draft horses while younger visitors make handmade corn husk dolls and paint pumpkins. Visitors may also enjoy improvements to our Showman’s Circle area, including a farm-themed playground, a children’s water feature and covered shelter for live animal demonstrations, all new this year! On all four weekends, little farmers can pedal their way on mini tractors through the farm maze in the Visitor Center Exhibit Hall. Outside, they can navigate the hay maze and play in the kid’s areas, while out in the field the whole family can explore the three-acre corn maze. Enjoy harvest-themed crafts, get a taste of apple cider and help grind apples and press cider. In addition to the many regular daily activities, learn how to drive a miniature horse. Plus, each weekend, our hand-cranked ice cream will take on different harvest flavors!
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Lorain County Parks
Fall Hike in Cascade Park
Sunday, October 16, Cascade Park
Take a leisurely stroll through Cascade and enjoy the fall colors. Meet at the Nature Center.
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Medina County Parks
Natural Discoveries Hiking Series: Lichen Hikin’
Sunday, October 16, 3 to 4 p.m., Princess Ledges Nature Preserve
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. Lichens are something that are often seen but seldom noticed. Learn about the delicate balance of this dual organism as we hike the wooded trails of Princess Ledges Nature Preserve. Ages 7 to adult. No registration required. Free.
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Portage County Parks
Portage Park District conserves important natural areas and creates parks and trails for public use and enjoyment. We partner to improve the health and quality of life in our communities, while realizing significant economic benefits. 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.
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Family Fall Fest
Saturday, October 15, 2 to 6 p.m., Petros Lake Park
Costumers are encouraged for this Stark Parks free, non-scary seasonal event featuring a .25 mile hike, hayrides, crafts, fall games, and more! Food and beverages will be available for sale. Free.
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Summit County Parks
Ledges Trail throughout The Year
Saturday, October 15, 1 to 2 p.m., Liberty Park, Twinsburg Ledges Area, 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
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 pictures. You can take your own pictures or just enjoy the hikes. This trail is not recommended for strollers. For information, call 330-865-8065.
Not-So-Spooky Stories & Campfire
Saturday, October 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m., F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Sit under the light of a nearly-full moon to hear some nighttime tales. Enjoy the warmth of a fire and roast marshmallows afterward, while supplies last. For information, call 330-865-8065.
Sunday, October 16, 8 to 9:30 p.m., Munroe Falls Metro Park, Tallmadge Meadows Area, 1088 North Ave., Tallmadge
Take a hike by moonlight and learn about the supermoon overhead. For information, call 330-865-8065.
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