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 28 to Thursday, November 3, 2016
Saturday, October 29, 10 a.m. to noon, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Location provided upon registration.
Learn about CVNP’s mission, vision, and partners, as well as the park’s expectations and standards. For new and prospective volunteers. For more information call 330-657-2299. Register online at nps.org/cuva. Click Volunteer and then Training and Enrichment.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Hiking the Hills
Sunday, October 30, 9 a.m. to noon, Wetmore Trailhead
Hike 7 miles on the Wetmore Trail. For more information call 330-657-2752.
For the complete Cuyahoga Valley National Park events calendar click:
Ohio State Parks
Venison Chili Cook Off : Findley
Saturday, October 29, 1 to 3 p.m., Findley State Park
Join us at the campground pavilion for this contest. Participants must pre-register for park provided venison. Chili will be judged for prizes and enjoyed by other contestants and on-lookers. Please call the park office at (440) 647-5749 ext#100 or 102 for more information.
Trick-or-treat as an additional activity.
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Saturday, October 29, 12:30 p.m. Brecksville Reservation, Jaite Wayside ,Vaughn Road parking lot.
Join Naturalist Pam Taylor on her favorite section of the Buckeye Trail. Prepare for hills and wet feet on this hike. We will be carpooling. 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.
For the complete Ashland County Parks events calendar click:
Crawford County Parks
Fascinating Facts & Mystifying Myths
Tuesday, November 1, 5 p.m., Lowe-Volk Park
Are bats really blind? Is that water in the camel’s hump? There are some incredible things in nature, from frozen frogs to carnivorous plants. Join Lisa Bogard and see if you can pick out the fascinating facts from the mystifying myths of nature.
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Erie County Parks
Metropark Clean Up
Saturday October 29, 10 to 11 a.m., Need some volunteer hours? Or do you just like to help the environment? We will go on a hike and pick up trash along the way. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Pelton Park, 800 Pelton Park Dr, Sandusky.
Sunday October 30, 1 to 3 p.m., Feeling a little overindulged with all the Halloween candy? Let’s walk off some of that with a nice 5 mile hike! Edison Woods MetroPark, 8728 Mason Rd, Berlin Heights.
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Geauga Park District
Exploring Autumn Hike
Sunday, October 30, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Frohring Meadows
Join a naturalist to explore these forests, meadows and wetlands in their autumn splendor! Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.
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Portions of two state designated wild and scenic rivers – and many tributaries – flow through and are protected by Lake Metroparks. In addition to protecting watersheds and open space, Lake Metroparks annually provides nearly 2.5 million visitors with countless recreational and educational experiences.
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Lorain County Parks
Spooky Nature Hike
Saturday, October 29, 1 to 2 p.m., Columbia Reservation
Lets meet and hike the trail and talk about the spooky and creepy things in nature!
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Medina County Parks
Treats on the Trail
Saturday, October 29, 1 to 3 p.m., Susan Hambley Nature Center
For trick or treaters of all ages, join us at Susan Hambley Nature Center to make a treat bag and trick or treat along the trail. Come dressed in your favorite costume! All ages welcome. No registration required. Free.
Starry, Starry Nights at Letha House
Saturday, October 29, 8 to 10 p.m., Letha House Park West
Come see deep sky objects, planets, and the moon up close using the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association's telescopes. The observatory will be open for public viewing, and members will be available to answer your questions. Activities and/or displays will be set up inside the barn for further interest on cloudy nights. Cancellations will only be made in the case of severe thunderstorms. All ages welcome. No registration required. Free.
For the complete Medina County Parks events calendar click:
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.
For the complete Portage County Parks events calendar click:
High Mileage Hike
Saturday, October 29, 9 to noon, Middle Branch Trail, Martindale Park
Lace up your hiking boots and get out with Stark Parks for this 6.5 mile hike along the Middle Branch Trail. Be prepared for a strenuous hike by wearing hiking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring water. Meet at Martindale Park.
Quail Holloween Night Hike
Sunday, October 30, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Quail Hollow Park Nature Center
In the spirit of Halloween, come take a guided lantern hike at Quail Hollow Park. Learn about the history of the area and we'll even get to explore the historic Brumbaugh Cemetery! Lanterns will be provided.
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Summit County Parks
Twilight Hike and Campfire
Friday, October 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m., F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Come explore the forest as twilight turns to night. Afterward, enjoy s'mores around the campfire, while supplies last. For information, call 330-865-8065.
Whispers From Mother Nature
Saturday, October 29, 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, and insects to look for as you hike the trails in the Metro Parks. For information, call 330-865-8065.
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