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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, September 11 to Thursday, September 17, 2015
Three-acre Corn Maze
August 15 through October 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lake Metroparks Farmpark
Weather and field condtitions permitting. Do you have a good sense of direction? Here’s a chance to test your skill as you ”walk the stalk” through a multitude of twists and turns through a three-acre corn maze at Lake Metroparks Farmpark. Trivia questions are posted throughout the maze to help guide you along the way. Answer the questions correctly and you will proceed on the correct path. Included with Farmpark admission: $6; ages 60+, $5 Youth 2 – 11, $4; younger than 2, Free; Farmpark members, Free
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Bird Watching: Migrating Songbirds
Saturday, September 12, 8 to 10 a.m., Red Lock Trailhead.
Discover migrating songbirds within the lowland forests along the Cuyahoga River. This 2.5-mile walk along the firm, flat Towpath Trail is wheelchair accessible. For more information call 330-657-2752.
Saturday, September 12, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Ira Trailhead,
Take a 2-mile nature hike to Beaver Marsh and beyond. The firm, flat Towpath Trail is accessible by wheelchair and stroller. For more information call 330-657-2752.
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Ohio State Parks
Fall Car Show: Mosquito Lake
Saturday, September 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mosquito Lake State Park
Fall Car Show is held at Marina Parking Lot in Main Park Area. Event times 1 0a.m. to 4p.m. with registration from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., cost of registration $5.00 per vehicle. Event includes Trophies, giveaways to participants, Vendors, food and a DJ. For more information call Dave at 330-717-8047.
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Hilly Hike with a View
Saturday, September 12, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Euclid Creek Reservation, Quarry Picnic Area,
Naturalist Jake Kudrna will lead you in and out of ravines, along a cascading waterfall, and up to a scenic overlook in Euclid Creek Reservation. Free
Walking Works: Fort Hill Hike
Saturday, September 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Rocky River Reservation, Rocky River Nature Center, 24000 Valley Parkway, North Olmsted, OH 44070
Earn Walking Works credit while enjoying a beautiful view above the Rocky River. We’ll talk about the history of the area and look for interesting wildlife along the way. Terrain: many steep stairs, hills, 1.5 miles. Free.
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Ashland County Parks
River Walk Natural Area
This 11 acre park is nestled along the Jerome Fork of the Mohican River just south of Ashland and provides an opportunity to enjoy over 1500 feet of river access. Hiking, bird watching, spring wildflower viewing and canoeing (at your own risk) are all great activities to enjoy here.
Both the river and park are home to diverse communities of animal including turtles, river otters, wood ducks, herons, deer and an impressive number of insects. Towering buckeye and walnut trees stand silent watch over the flood plain and wait patiently for your visit.
Note: Insect repellant is advised during summer months.
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Crawford County Parks
Family Tent Camping
Friday, September 11, 6:30 p.m., Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598
The Crawford Park District invites all to come and pitch a tent around the pond for an all-night campout stay. You can start setting up your tent any time after 5; programing will start at 6:30. Bring your kids out for a night of family fun that can include fishing and hiking, watching the night sky, and of course, roasting s’mores. So bring your tent, blankets, and a treat to share around the camp fire. We’ll have a wonderful night. Preregistration required before Sept. 10. Lowe-Volk Park is located 3 miles north of US Route 30. For more information contact the Crawford Park District office at 419-683-9000. Look for information on other programs offered by the Crawford Park District by visiting their web site.
Archery for Beginners
Sunday, September 13, 2 p.m., Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 State Route 598
This new program offered by the Crawford Park District is for those interested in archery and have not had many chances to experience it. We’ll start with safety first and move into the basics of shooting a bow and arrow. Participants will then get to apply their new knowledge and skillsets toward our targets. All equipment will be provided. Again, this is a beginner program. For ages 6 and up. Lowe-Volk Park is located 3 miles north of US Route 30. For more information contact the Crawford Park District office at 419-683-9000. Look for information on other programs offered by the Crawford Park District by visiting their web site.
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Erie County Parks
Friday September 11, 7 to 8 p.m., Edison Woods MetroPark, 8111 Smokey Rd, Berlin Heights. Do you like to roast marshmallows over a fire? Do you like to tell scary stories? Then this is the program for you! Come prepared with your best spooky story and a chair. Registration required. Limit 20.
Go Take a Hike Kickoff
Sunday September 13, 2:30 to 4:30, East Sandusky Bay MetroPark, Eagle Point, 3819 Cleveland Rd, Sandusky.
Join the Friends of Erie MetroParks for guided hikes, a disc jockey, storytelling, drum circle, kids' nature activities, train rides and refreshments for the annual Kickoff event! Registration for the hike Kickoff begins at 2:30 with a 2:59 start. This fall event begins the Go Take a Hike Program. All activities are free!
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Geauga County Parks
Monarchs and Meadow Insects
Sunday, September 13, 12:30 to 4 p.m., Frohring Meadows, Katydid Shelter
Net and tag Monarch butterflies, along with a variety of butterflies, grasshoppers, praying mantises, katydids, beetles and other insects, and play the “Monarch Migration” game.
Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.
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27th Annual Bug Day
Sunday, September 13, Noon to 4 p.m., Penitentiary Glen Reservation
Bring the whole swarm out for a fun afternoon of live bugs, buggy games, activities and adventure. Ride on miniature trains provided by the Lake Shore Live Steamers 1 to 3 p.m., weather permitting. Check out The Nature Store for “buggy gifts.” Admission: free.
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Lorain County Parks
Funday's Family Fun Fest
Sunday, September 13, Columbia Reservation, Shelter #1
Sundae Funday's and the Columbia Reservation will be teaming up to bring you our second annual Family Fun Fest! Festivities include Snickers the Clown, naturalist led wildlife program, musical guest Neil “Crash” Coffin, free mini golf for kids 12 & under w/ a paid adult, $1.00 hot dogs & small soft serve cones, and much more! Stay tuned to facebook for more details. We can't wait to see you here!
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Medina County Parks
Saturday, September 12, 9 to 10 a.m., River Styx Park
Healthy Strides combines a casual one-to-three mile walk, preceded by a brief informative talk by Cleveland Clinic physicians and caregivers. 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
Each park and trail has its own character and potential for use or protection. Portage Parks strives to balance conservation of our natural resources with public use and enjoyment. We provide opportunities for enjoying and learning about our natural areas through activities such as walking, biking, hiking, boating, fishing, geocaching, picnicking, camping, nature programs, races and special events. See individual park pages and the park activities chart for more information.
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Bob Meister Special Needs Fishing Derby
Saturday, September 12, 10 a.m. to noon, Sippo Lake Clubhouse & Boat Shelter
This fishing derby is exclusively for children ages 4 to 18 with special needs. Sponsored by Stark Parks and the Berkley Fishing Team, this derby will take place on the accessible Sherban Fishing Pier and the shoreline at Sippo Lake. Reservations are required at Stark Parks or at 330.409.8096. free. Contact number: (330) 409-8096
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Summit County Parks
Fall Migration Hike
Saturday, September 12, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wood Hollow Metro Park, 2121 Barlow Rd., Hudson
Join us for a peek into the lives of migrant birds on this easy hike through a new Metro Park. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065.
Nature & History of the Glens
Saturday, September 12, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Gorge Metro Park, Main Entrance, 1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls
Join a naturalist to explore the rugged Glens Trail. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065.
Hike for the Birds Sunday, September 13, 9:30 - 11 a.m., Liberty Park, Twinsburg Ledges Area, 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
Take a morning hike to search for fall birds and other wildlife. Meet in the parking lot. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065.
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