Get Rich Outdoors - Pick of the parks for the week of September 23 to September 29, 2016

Area National, State and County Park events
Posted at 6:00 AM, Sep 22, 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 23 to Thursday, September 29, 2016

Featured Event

Ohio Heritage Days: Malabar Farm State Park
Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Malabar Farm State Park
Crafts, primitives, antiques, antique tractors, horses, food, live music, Civil War and living history camp, archaeological displays on Sunday. Try the barn dance Saturday night 7 to 10 p.m. Continuing a Bromfield tradition, square and line dancing with live music and caller. Beginners welcome. Food is available. $1 donation at door. For ages 12 & older.
Call (419) 892-2784 or visit for more information.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Fall Introduction to Backpacking
Friday, September 23, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Boston Store Visitor Center
Learn about backpacking or new tips for the gear you have. Required for overnight trip on October 1 - 2. To register, call 330-657-2753 ext. 352.

Hale Farm & Village
Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
This outdoor living history museum features life and crafts from the mid-1800s. Enjoy farm animals, pastures, gardens, and historic houses with interpreters in period costume. See the calendar for events on select weekends. Fee: $10 adults, $5 children ages 3 - 12, WRHS members and active military free. For details call 330-666-3711 or visit

For the complete Cuyahoga Valley National Park events calendar click:

Ohio State Parks

Fall Campout: Pymatuning
September 23 & 24, noon Friday to 10 p.m. Saturday, Pymatuning State Park
Join us in the campground for a weekend of games, food, boat rides, and entertainment & education sessions.

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

Cleveland Metroparks

Pawpaws in the Park
Saturday, September 24, noon to 4 p.m., North Chagrin Reservation, Squire’s Castle parking lot,
Discover the phenomenal natural and cultural history of this forgotten fruit.
Taste a pawpaw (while supplies last) and learn fun pawpaw recipes. There will be fun crafts, walks to a real pawpaw patch (12:30-1:15 & 2:30 – 3:15) and talks (1:30-2 p.m. and 3:30 – 4 p.m.) to learn how they have helped shape our American history. Free

For the complete Cleveland Metroparks events calendar click:

Ashland County Parks

Mohican Audubon Society Bird Walk
Saturday, September 24, 9 to 11a.m., Byers Woods, 675 Co Rd 1754, Ashland, OH 44805

For the complete Ashland County Parks events calendar click: 

Crawford County Parks

Friends of the Crawford Park District
The Friends of the Crawford Park District Inc. was formed in 1997 to provide membership in an organization which supports, encourages, and participates in the educational and scientific pursuits of the Crawford Park District and for raising financial support for the Crawford Park District.  The Friends group has helped the Park District build a Nature Center, preserve over 300 acres of parks, and support community nature education programs.  Many of the programs assist children learn about nature and become environmentally responsible citizens. Community groups we are proud to serve include scouts, day care, nursing homes, assisted living, public and private schools, 4-H, church groups, latchkey, DD and adult service organizations.

If you would like to help support the Friends of the Crawford Park District and its mission, print a Friends' Membership form and mail to this address: Crawford Park District, 2401 SR 598, Crestline, Oh  44827  Thank you for your support.

For the complete Crawford County Parks events calendar click:

Erie County Parks

History of Your Metroparks
Friday, September 23, 6 to 8 p.m., East Sandusky Bay Metropark, Enchanted Cottage, 4011 Cleveland Rd, Sandusky.
Ever wonder about the story behind the Stockdale Arboretum and the Enchanted Cottage? Come enjoy a hot beverage as you learn about the history of your MetroParks! 

For the complete Erie County Parks events calendar click:

Geauga Park District

Reptile Day Snake Survey
Saturday, September 24, 9 to 11 a.m., Observatory Park
Learn about coverboard snake surveys, take a carpool to join naturalists on a hike to discover what species live at Observatory Park, then visit the McCullough Science Center for a live reptile display by the Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists (NOAH). Registration required.

Reptile Day at Observatory Park
Saturday, September 24, 12:30 to 4 p.m., Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center
From snakes to lizards, reptiles are amazing! Stop by to see a wide variety of these incredible creatures brought in by members of the Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists (NOAH).
Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

For the complete Geauga Park District events calendar click:

Lake Metroparks

Fall Harvest Weekends
Antique Tractor Show Weekend: September 24 & 25
Apple Butter Weekend: October 1 & 2
Corn & Pumpkin Weekends: October 8, 9, 15 & 16
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lake Metroparks Farmpark
Four weekends of fall harvest fun! Each weekend features an aspect of farming and harvest, and visitors enjoy family-friendly hands-on activities that are part of Farmpark’s harvest traditions. On all weekends, little farmers can pedal their way on mini tractors through a farm maze, navigate the hay maze and play in the kid’s areas. The whole family can explore the three-acre corn maze. On some weekends, visitors can help grind apples and press cider as well as taste apple cider, apple butter and harvest soup! Regular Farmpark admission applies.

For the complete Lake Metroparks events calendar click:

Lorain County Parks

Evening Marsh Hike
Tuesday, September 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Sandy Ridge. JWC
Join us as we explore the marsh in the evening. Hiking Level 2. For more information call (440) 327-3626. Free.

For the complete Lorain County Metroparks events calendar click:

Medina County Parks

Saturday, September 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wolf Creek Environmental Center
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.
K 9 Search & Rescue Demonstration 
Sunday, September 25, 2 to 3 p.m.   Buckeye Woods Park
The North Central Ohio K 9 Search & Rescue Team will be demonstrating how its specially trained dogs are used to track and find missing persons in a variety of environments, both urban and rural. This presentation will be interactive, with members using their K 9 pals and the audience. Please do not bring your own pets to this presentation. All ages welcome. No registration required. Free.

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

High Mileage Hike
Saturday, September 24, 9 to noon, Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail, Crystal Springs Trailhead
Lace up your hiking boots and get out with Stark Parks staff for a brisk 6.0 mile hike along the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail. Wear proper hiking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring plenty of water. Free.

For the complete Stark Parks events calendar click:

Summit County Parks

Hike and Fire
Friday, September 23, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Firestone Metro Park, Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
Hike with a naturalist, and then sit by a campfire to toast marshmallows, while supplies last. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Fall Mushroom Hike
Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., O'Neil Woods Metro Park, Trail Lot, 2550 Martin Rd., Bath
Did You Know? Fungi have different ecological roles. Join a naturalist for a walk along parts of Deer Run Trail to discover the beauty, variety and interesting ecology of fall mushrooms. Edibles are not part of the program. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Meet Bob, He's A Cool Cat!
Saturday, September 24, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Liberty Park, Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
Bobcats are North America's most common wildcat and are making a big comeback in Ohio. Come and learn about this reclusive and elusive creature as we hike the Ledges Trail looking for clues. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Whispers From Mother Nature
Sunday, September 25, 3 to 4:30 p.m., F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Discover what Mother Nature has in store for us during the coming month. Learn what plants, animals, birds, or insects to look for as you hike Summit Metro Parks trails. For information, call 330-865-8065.

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