Posted by: Kirsten | Friday, 2 November 2007

Cuyahoga National Park and Environs — So Many Options!

Cuyahoga Frozen FallsDaylight Savings Time is coming to a close.  It’s getting colder and darker outside. Christmas shopping is on the horizon, and the last thing on our minds is heading outdoors, right?  Not in the Cuyahoga Valley!

I stumbled onto this list of activities happening in the northeastern Ohio area over the next several days, and I gotta say I’m extremely jealous that I can’t be there this weekend.  If you live in this area of the country and homeschool your kids, read on… you’ll be pleasantly amazed at the number and variety of options before you.

Saturday, November 3rd

Rocks hike — Naturalist Mike Greene of Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will direct a geology hike along the 1.8-mile Glens Trail at the Gorge Metro Park. Meet at 2 p.m. in the Front Street parking lot in Cuyahoga Falls. Call 330-865-8065 for information.

Bird walk — The National Park Service is staging a snipe walk from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet volunteer Dwight Chasar at the Lock 29 Trailhead off Mill Street in Peninsula. Participants will carpool to the old Coliseum site in Richfield Township. Be prepared to hike in tall, wet grass.

Underground Railroad — Learn what it was like for escaped slaves on the Underground Railroad in the 1850s. The program includes a 11/2-mile lantern hike and a return via the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The trips will depart every 30 minutes from 6 to 8 p.m. at Howe Meadow off Riverview Road in Cuyahoga Falls. Fee is $10. Recommended for ages 14 and older. Call 800-468-4070 for reservations and information.

Season of thanks — The Medina County Park District will present a program of songs, dances, drumming and storytelling as participants give thanks for the abundance in their lives. Learn about the Indians’ circle of life at 7 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. For all ages. Registration is required. Call 330-722-9364 for reservations and information.

Stark hike — The Stark County Park District will hold a nature walk from 1 to 3 p.m. Meet at the Exploration Gateway, 5712 12th St. N.W., Perry Township. Call 330-477-3552 for reservations and information.

Follow the tracks — Mount Union College’s John T. Huston-Dr. John B. Brumbaugh Nature Center will host a follow-the-tracks program for youngsters 7 to 9 years old. It will run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The center is on Daniel Street off state Route 183, six miles south of Alliance in Washington Township. Call 330-823-7487 for information.

Towpath hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9 a.m. at the Lock 39 Trailhead at Rockside Road in Valley View for hikes of five and 10 miles. Call 330-733-3995 for information.

Akron hike — The Portage Trail Walkers hiking club will meet at 9 a.m. for a 61/2-mile hike on the Towpath Trail in Northwest Akron. Meet at the Big Bend Trailhead off Merriman Road. Hikers will go to the historic Mustill Store and back. Call 330-673-6896 for information.

Sky watch — The Astronomy Club of Akron will present an open house and sky watch at 7:30 p.m. at the club’s observatory at Portage Lakes State Park at 5031 Manchester Road (state Route 93), New Franklin. Call 330-535-8009 for information.

Sunday, November 4th

Valley hike — The National Park Service is staging a seven-mile hike along the hilly Buckeye Trail from 9 a.m. to noon in the Cuyahoga Valley. Meet at the Station Road Bridge Trailhead off Riverview, south of state Route 82 in Brecksville.

Why Organics? — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will present a program on how organic products might be better for the environment and how they can help you develop a healthier lifestyle. The program will be at 2 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Call 330-865-8065 for information.

Photography workshop — The Medina County Park District will present an advanced digital photography workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. For ages 16 and older. The fee is $40. Bring your camera, manual and tripod if you have one. Call 330-722-9364 for reservations and information.

Australian wildflowers — Fritz and Alice Schmitthenner will present a slide show on the wildflowers of western Australia at 2 p.m. at the Wilderness Center off U.S. 250 in Sugar Creek Township. Sponsored by the center’s Botanizers plant club. Call 330-359-5235 for information.

Tuesday, November 6th

Water, water — The Medina County Park District will present a Nature Club program about water for youngsters 8 to 13 years old. It will be staged from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. Free. Call 330-722-9364 for information.

Whooo’s There? — The Stark County Park District is presenting a nature program about owls from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway, 5712 12th St. N.W., Perry Township. Call 330-477-3552 for reservations and information.

Wednesday, November 7th

New Franklin hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. for a five-mile towpath hike in New Franklin in southern Summit County. Meet at the Vanderhoof Trailhead off Vanderhoof Road, west of Manchester Road (state Route 93). Call 330-733-3995 for information.

Wild walk — The Wilderness Center off U.S. 250 near Wilmot will hold a wilderness walk at 10 a.m. Call 330-359-5235 for information.

Fall hike — The Medina County Park District is sponsoring a fall hike at 10 a.m. at Plum Creek Park South off Plum Creek Parkway in Brunswick Hills Township. Call 330-722-9364 for information.

Fur fun — The Stark County Park District is presenting a program about furs from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Exploration Gateway, 5712 12th St. N.W., Perry Township. Call 330-477-3552 for reservations and information.

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