Get Rich Outdoors - Pick of the parks for the week of September 16 to September 22, 2016

Area National, State and County Park events
Posted at 6:00 AM, Sep 15, 2016

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, September 16 to Thursday, September 22, 2016

Featured Event

Village Peddler Festival: Lake Metroparks
September 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. & September 18,10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lake Metroparks Farmpark
Enjoy a fall afternoon in the country at this outdoor marketplace filled with more than 175 craftsmen, music, harvest market, and the aroma of food cooking outside. Visit for event information and admission rates.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Full Moon Hike
Friday, September 16, 7 to 9 p.m., Boston Store Visitor Center,
3.5-mile hike on the Towpath Trail between Boston and Jaite.

Canal Day
Sunday, September 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Canal Exploration Center
Join rangers and volunteers to celebrate all things canal. Volunteers demonstrate and lead activities from the mid-1800s such as spinning wool, playing children’s games, and cooking dinner. Make a craft, push a lock gate, or enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of life along the canal in 1853. 

For the complete Cuyahoga Valley National Park events calendar click:

Ohio State Parks

Clambake: Mosquito Lake
Saturday, September 17, 1 to 5 p.m., Mosquito Lake State Park
Clambake at the Mosquito Lake Marina.  Advanced Tickets Required. For more information visit or call 330-637-2075.

For a complete list of Northern Ohio State Park events click:

Cleveland Metroparks

Rolling Hills Hike
Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m. to Noon, Ledge Lake, Hinckley Reservation
Join Naturalist Wendy Weirich for a closer look at our southernmost trail with an abundant diversity of life. Terrain: rolling hills, 2.5 miles. Free.

Chagrin River Bird Quest
Saturday, September 17, 4 to 6 p.m., North Chagrin Reservation, Nature Center, 3037 SOM Center Road, Willoughby Hills, OH 44094
Join Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland (ASGC) and Cleveland Metroparks for the second annual Chagrin River Bird Quest. Explore the Chagrin River Valley from Lake Erie south to ASGC's bird sanctuaries in Aurora.
How many birds can your team check off in 24 hours? Bird on your own or join naturalists for a guided hike. Get ready, get set, BIRD.
Registration online at

For the complete Cleveland Metroparks events calendar click:

Ashland County Parks

Ashland County Fair
September 18 to 24, 2016

For the complete Ashland County Parks events calendar click: 

Crawford County Parks

Lowe-Volk Nature Center
The Lowe-Volk Nature Center opened in December 2002. The building has an eco-friendly design, and contains a passive solar heat and light system, an above ground leach bed and parallam beams. It currently features 25 exhibits on various topics, including live wildlife. As the "hub" of Park District activities, many school groups utilize the Nature Center and surrounding Lowe-Volk Park for field trips.  There are also public environmental education programs and large events hosted here, such as Arrowhead Day (fourth Saturday in February) and Living History Day (first Saturday in June).

For the complete Crawford County Parks events calendar click:

Erie County Parks

Lake Erie Wing Watch
Saturday , September 17 & Sunday, September 18, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 SR 2, Oak Harbor.
Come out for some fun and learn about Things with Wings! There will be free family friendly activities throughout the day. This will include presentations, tram rides, guided hikes and exhibits. Food trucks will also be available! In the evening we will learn about Bats and Moths and go in search of them! Join us for guided field trips throughout the area! Be prepared to see lots of diverse wildlife (especially birds)! Visit for more information.

For the complete Erie County Parks events calendar click:

Geauga Park District

Family Fishing Expo
Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m. to Noon, Swine Creek Reservation, Killdeer Pond & Lakeview Shelter
Families, come out to learn the basics of fishing! Natural Resource Management staff will instruct on fishing equipment, knot tying and fish identification skills, followed by a morning of fishing with experienced anglers. Equipment provided or bring your own. Registration required.

For the complete Geauga Park District events calendar click:

Lake Metroparks

Inspired by the National Parks Quilt Show
September 21 through October 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, Lake Metroparks Farmpark
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, 148 fiber artists created 177 original art quilts to depict landscapes, flora and fauna of the 59 national parks. This traveling quilt show is on a national two-year tour; don't miss this local two-week stop at Farmpark! Support provided by the Lake County Visitors Bureau Arts & Culture Funding Program. Regular Farmpark admission applies.

For the complete Lake Metroparks events calendar click:

Lorain County Parks

Full Moon Hike at High Meadows
Friday, September 16, 8 to 9 p.m., Black River
Hike High Meadows with a Black River Ranger by the light of the moon (weather permitting). Moderate hiking level. Free.

For the complete Lorain County Metroparks events calendar click:

Medina County Parks

%page_break%Lake to Lake Harvest Tour: Inaugural Bike Ride  

Saturday, September 17, Starts at 7 a.m., Buckeye Woods Park, Join us for this inaugural community bike ride presented by Medina County Park District. There are four route options: a casual ride 6.7 mile ride with an optional 6 mile addition that will consist mainly of flat trail riding through Medina County Park District's beautiful Buckeye Woods Park and Chippewa Inlet and two longer route options (32 and 47 miles) for the more experienced rider. The longer routes will be rolling hills road riding. The routes will be posted prior to the event. Rain or shine, we ride! Pre registration can be done on line at events.html or the day of the event at Buckeye Woods Park. Registration is from 7 to 8 a.m. for the longer routes and 8 a.m. for the casual ride. Cash or check only. All ages welcome.

For the complete Medina County Parks events calendar click:

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.

For the complete Portage County Parks events calendar click:

Stark Parks

Fit Friday
Friday, September 16, 9 to 11 a.m., Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail, Butterbridge Road Trailhead
Get out with Stark Parks for this bi-weekly, healthy walking series. Join park staff for a 3.5 mile walk on the Towpath Trail. Free.

For the complete Stark Parks events calendar click:

Summit County Parks

Hike the Hollow
Friday, September 16, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wood Hollow Metro Park, 2121 Barlow Rd., Hudson
Warm summer days are quickly coming to a close. Join a naturalist on a leisurely hike to discover what is out and about this time of the year. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Mountain Bike Area Open House
Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hampton Hills Metro Park, Mountain Bike Area, 2092 Theiss Rd., Akron
Join Summit Metro Parks and the Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association, and enjoy the Hampton Hills Mountain Bike Area, whether you own a bike or not! Local cycling shops will have loaner bikes, and food trucks will be on site. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Akron History Hike: Mary Campbell Cave
Sunday, September 18, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Gorge Metro Park, Main Entrance, 1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls
Join Summit Metro Parks and the Summit Council Historical Society on an accessible hike to Mary Campbell Cave. Learn about Mary's life after she was recaptured from the Lenape Indians, plus other history of the area. Complete the trail after the program for Fall Hiking Spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Late Summer Saunter
Sunday, September 18, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Rd., Springfield Twp.
Enjoy an afternoon saunter around Springfield Bog and enjoy the many colors, shapes and sizes of the late-summer wildflowers. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065.

For the complete Summit County Parks events calendar click:


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