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 21 to Thursday, October 27, 2016
Day of Service: Make a Difference Day
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Locations given upon registration.
Join other volunteers across the United States for a 20-year tradition of giving back and become part of one of the largest national days of community service. To register, visit www.nps.gov/cuva Click on Volunteer and then Volunteer Opportunities.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The Lantern Tours 2016
Friday, October 21, 7 p.m., Canal Corners Farm & Market
Tour the 1905 Wisconsin-style dairy barn and enjoy music, cider, hot cocoa, and a bonfire. For more information call 216-401-5131 or visit www.lanterntheatreohio.com
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Ohio State Parks
Halloween Weekend: Maumee Bay
Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 23, Maumee Bay State Park
Decorate your campsite, costume judging, game and activities, luncheon, dances and more.... Book your campsite early!
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Emerald Necklace Hikers
Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m. to noon, Brecksville Reservation, Nature Center, 9000 Chippewa Creek Dr, Brecksville, OH
Don't feel comfortable navigating the trails on your own? Join this monthly hike to explore the Emerald Necklace, get some exercise and enjoy each other’s company. We’ll explore the autumn woods and get our hearts pumping on this hilly terrain.
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Ashland County Parks
Mohican Audubon Society Bird Walk
Saturday, October 22, 9 to 11a.m., Byers Woods, 675 Co Rd 1754, Ashland,
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Crawford County Parks
National Reptile Awareness Day
Friday, October 21, 5 p.m., Lowe-Volk Park
How much do you know about reptiles? It’s National Reptile Awareness Day. Join Lisa Bogard in the Nature Center to meet some of our reptiles and learn some intriguing insights about these cold-blooded critters.
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Erie County Parks
Fall Colors Canoe Float
Friday October 21, 4 to 6 p.m., Meet up for the last canoe trip of the season. We will check out the fall colors along the Huron River! Ages 12+. Registration required. Limit 20. Those who own their own water craft are welcome. No flip flops please! The Coupling MetroPark, 11618 SR 13, Milan. Meet at the canoe launch.
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Geauga Park District
Ansel's Cave: History Written in Rock Hike
Saturday, October 22, 1 to 3:30 p.m., The West Woods, Turkey Ridge Shelter
Hike 2 miles with a naturalist to historic Ansel's Cave to discover and document aged signatures etched on the walls of the rock face – a rare opportunity to go into this restricted area! Registration required.
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Birding is a great way to stay connected to our natural world. Lake Metroparks offers some of the best birding locations in the country and encourages the growing pastime through bird walks, classes and day trips. Important Bird Areas provide essential habitat for one or more species of birds and include sites that birds use during their nesting season, during the winter and/or while they are migrating. Usually these sites stand out as special from the surrounding landscape. Lake Metroparks has three parks that are of particular interest to birders as they are designated Important Bird Areas by Audubon Ohio for their role as breeding areas and places of rest and feeding during migration: Chagrin River Park, Girdled Road Reservation and Hell Hollow Wilderness Area.
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Lorain County Parks
Saturday, October 22, 10 to 11 a.m., Schoepfle Garden
Walk the woods and identify flowers, trees and tracks. Hiking Level 2 For more information call (440) 965-7237.
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Medina County Parks
Mysterious World of Owls
Friday, October 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m., The Lodge at Allardale
Come discover the amazing adaptations of these nocturnal birds of prey and see live owls up close! The Medina Raptor Center will offer a presentation of the unique features and abilities of these beautiful birds. Ages 7 to adult. No registration required. Free.
Healthy Strides: Brunswick Lake Trail
Saturday, October 22, 9 to 10 a.m., Brunswick Lake Trail
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
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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Let's Fly A Kite
Saturday, October 22, 2 to 4 p.m., Petros Lake Park - Shelter #2 (pond)
Gather your family for an afternoon of kite flying fun! Bring your own kite or build one with us. Participants will then test their kites and send them soaring over Petros Lake.
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Summit County Parks
Colors of Fall
Friday, October 21, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wood Hollow Metro Park, 2121 Barlow Rd., Hudson
Leaves are not the only colors that denote the season of autumn. Hike Downy Loop Trail while keeping a lookout for all of the colors of fall. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065.
Fall Tree I.D.
Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Cascade Valley Metro Park / Oxbow Area, 1061 Cuyahoga St., Akron
Come and learn how to identify trees by their fall colors and discover what triggers this incredible explosion of color in our forests. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065.
Sunday, October 23, 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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