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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 7 to Thursday, October 13, 2016
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad National Park Scenic Day Pass and Bike Aboard!
Saturday, October 8 & Friday, October 7
Travel through CVNP in the comfort of our climate-controlled train cars. Get on and off at any station. Fee (coach): $15 adults, $10 children ages 3 - 12. Includes the Voices of the Valley audio tour. Or cycle the Towpath Trail in one direction and hop on the train to go back. Pay the one-way fee of $3.00, for ages 3 and over, when boarding. This special price is also available for distance hikers and runners. For tickets and train schedules visit www.cvsr.com or call 800-468-4070.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Saturday, October 8 & Friday, October 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hale Farm & Village
Celebrate the fall bounty with demonstrations of early American food, crafts, and trades. Fee: $10 adults, $5 children ages 3 – 12, WRHS members and active military free. For more information call 330-666-3711 or visit www.halefarm.org.
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Ohio State Parks
Fall Campout: Findley
Saturday, October 8 & Friday, October 7, Findley State Park
Join us in the campground for children's activities, crafts, leaf hike, hay rides, and Trick or Treat. Please call the Park office at (440) 647-5749 ext.#100 or 102 for more information. Regular camp fees apply. Make your reservations early (866) 644-6727.
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Fall Family Fishing Fest
Saturday, October 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, 4524 E49th Street, Cuyahoga Heights, OH
Children and families are invited to a fun fishing event along the Ohio and Erie Canal just down the hill from CanalWay Center. Rainbow trout and catfish will be stocked prior to the event. Ideal for those new to fishing, educational stations will provide opportunities for families to learn fishing skills or test your knowledge. Fishing will be open to anglers of all ages. Anyone over 16 years old must have a current Ohio Fishing License. Prizes will be awarded in several fishing categories for youth. Guidance will be available from experienced anglers to help those new to fishing. Bring a rod, tackle and a cooler with ice to store the "catch of the day". Bait will be provided and while supplies last, loaner rods will be available. The event is rain or shine and there is no pre-registration. Golf cart shuttles will provide rides throughout the event for seniors and persons with disabilities. For more information, call 216/206-1010. Ohio & Erie Canal Fishing Area:
Park at the CanalWay Center parking lot, located off the E. 49th Street entrance to Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation in Cuyahoga Heights. Walk the paved trail to the canal.
Wilderness Skills: Tree Identification Hike
Saturday, October 8, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Brecksville Reservation, Brecksville Nature Center, 9000 Chippewa Creek Dr, Brecksville, OH 44141
One of the most important skills to learn is tree identification which is necessary for so many other wilderness skills. Join Naturalist Kathy Schmidt to become acquainted with the trees of Brecksville. Terrain Difficulty: steps, 1 mile. Phone: 440-526-1012. 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
Ohio Cave Survey
Sunday, October 9, 2 p.m., Lowe-Volk Park
What’s really beneath your feet? Join Erin Hazelton of the Ohio Cave Survey on a virtual adventure through some of Ohio’s 400+ caves and rock shelters. Learn about the unusual creatures that call these places home and the research that has helped to protect some of these delicate ecosystems.
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Erie County Parks
History of Your Metroparks
Friday, October 7, 5 to 7 p.m., Ever wonder about the story behind Edison Woods MetroPark? Come enjoy a hot beverage and go on a guided walk as you learn about the history of your MetroParks! Please dress for the weather. Edison Woods MetroPark, 10186 Rt. 61, Berlin Heights.
Let’s Fly a Kite
Saturday, October 8, 2 to 4 p.m., Bring your favorite kite and let’s fly a kite! Ages 7+. Osborn MetroPark, 3910 Perkins Ave, Huron. Meet at the Outdoor Fitness Adventure parking lot.
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Geauga Park District
Pokémon & Planets
Sunday, October 9, 1 to 4 p.m., Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center
Observatory Park is a "hot spot" for the Pokémon GO phenomenon. Take a walk on the Planetary Trail to discover that all eight planets and additional interpretive areas are Pokéstops. Plus, enjoy fun Nature- and astronomy-themed activities and a planetarium show 2-3 p.m. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.
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Fall Harvest Weekends: Corn and Pumpkin Weekend
Saturday, October 8 & October 9, 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
Garden Walking Tour
Friday, October 7, 10 to 11 a.m., Schoepfle Garden
Stroll the garden for seasonal color and features. The tour is over gently sloping terrain with several benches for resting throughout the garden. Hiking Level 1 For more information call (440) 965-7237.
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Medina County Parks
Healthy Strides: Killbuck Lakes
Saturday, October 8, 9 to 10 a.m., Killbuck Lakes
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
Towner’s Woods 40th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, October 8, 4 to 7 p.m., Towners Woods Park 2264 Ravenna Rd. Kent, OH 44240
Celebrate the heritage of our most popular park, Towner’s Woods. More details about the event to follow!
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Saturday, October 8, 9 to 11 a.m., Trail near the Exploration Gateway Shelter
Join local licensed bird bander Al Eibel at Sippo Lake Park along the trail near the Exploration Gateway Shelter between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and see our wild birds up close.
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Summit County Parks
Tailing Night Talons
Friday, October 7, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Silver Creek Metro Park, Pheasant Run Area, 5000 Hametown Rd., Norton
A naturalist will attempt to call owls using recordings with hope that owls will respond. Patience and silence are essential when prowling for owls. For ages 6 and older. No dogs, please. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065.
Healthy Strides Hike
Saturday, October 8, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Silver Creek Metro Park, Pheasant Run Area, 5000 Hametown Rd., Norton
Summit Metro Parks is partnering with Cleveland Clinic Akron General to present Healthy Strides Hikes. During the Fall Hiking Spree, join us on casual 1- to 3-mile walks, preceded by a brief, informative talk by physicians and caregivers. Topics change each session based on the leader’s specialty. All hikes will be on hiking spree trails. This month's topic: "Breast Health Wellness." Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065.
Colors of Fall
Sunday, October 9, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Furnace Run Metro Park, Brushwood Area, 4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield
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.
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