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Vol. 60 No. 2

MAR•APR ’9

G R EEN I S L A N DS S U M M IT M ETRO PARKS

B I - M O N T H LY M A G A Z I N E

ON THE INSIDE 4 DISCOVER

Protecting Endangered Species

9 EXPLORE Programs and Events

7 ENJOY

BEE Great: POLLINATE!


Your Metro Parks are funded by a small Summit County real-estate tax. This magazine is an example of your public dollars at work.

Our parks are like green islands in an urban landscape.

BOARD of PARK

IN THIS ISSUE

commissioners

Native Plants for Pollinators . . . . . . . . . 3 Protecting Endangered Species . . . . . . . 4 Employee Spotlight: Demetrius Lambert-Falconer . . . . . . . . 8 Programs & Events Guide . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Hampton & Friends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 BEE Great: POLLINATE! . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Summit Metro Parks Foundation . . . . . 8 BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS Mark A. Spisak Chair Joel D. Bailey Tonya Block Herb Newman Tina Ughrin Lisa M. King Executive Director EDITORS Stephanie Walton Chief of Marketing & Communications Mike Greene Education & Recreation Manager Lindsay Smith Marketing & Public Relations Manager

Joel D. Bailey

Mark A. Spisak Tonya Block

Herb Newman Tina Ughrin

The park district’s governing body is appointed by the Summit County Probate Judge. Commissioners serve overlapping three-year terms and are assisted by the executive director, who oversees the work of full-time and part-time employees, seasonal workers and volunteers.

DESIGN & ART DIRECTION Jennie Levy Graphic Designer Karl Simonson Graphic Designer Summit Metro Parks 975 Treaty Line Rd., Akron, OH 4433-5837 Administrative Offices: 330-867-55 F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm: 330-865-8065 Liberty Park Nature Center: 330-487-0493 Seasonal Information: 330-865-8060 Volunteer Information: 330-865-8047 Photos contributed by: Keith Black Rob Blair Jerry Cannon Alan Casanova Rob Curtis Debbie DiCarlo

Jeff Hill Tami Hill Tim Hite Kevin Lanterman Jennie Levy Marlo Perdicas

JJ Prekop Jr. Robert Roach Dominic Sherony Karl Simonson Matthew Studebaker

This magazine is mailed free of charge to Summit County residents. To join the mailing list, send your name and mailing address to marketing@summitmetroparks.org or call 330-867-55.

Green Islands can be downloaded online: summitmetroparks.org

SWIM SEASON BEGINS Enjoy lake swimming May 25 through August . During swim season, an admission fee or season pass is required to enter our swim areas, open weekdays  a.m. to 7 p.m., and weekends/holidays 0 a.m. to 8 p.m. Swim areas may be closed due to weather conditions. Munroe Falls Metro Park Lake Area 52 S. River Rd. Munroe Falls 44262

Silver Creek Metro Park Bathhouse 5000 Hametown Rd. Norton 44203

Daily admission: • $5 for adults, teens and children (5 and older) • FREE for children under 5 • Age at time of purchase determines price. Payment is by cash or check only. For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-867-55 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Printed on FSC ® -certified Rolland Enviro Print; a 00% post-consumer, processed chlorine-free, recycled paper.

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YO U R B AC K YA R D UNCONVENTIONAL NATIVE PLANTS FOR POLLINATORS Fortunately, more people are learning about the importance of native plants and their impact on our ecosystem. By choosing these plants, you will have color, Joe Malmisur, Interpretive Naturalist

nectar, pollen and host plants that will attract butterflies, bees, birds and insects throughout the year. Here are five uncommon native plants to consider planting as an alternative to common varieties like milkweed, beebalm, echinacea, asters and goldenrods.

FULL SUN

SUN TO PART SHADE

CULVER’S ROOT

JOE-PYE WEED

(Veronicastrum virginicum)

(Eutrochium spp.)

Bloom Time: Summer

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil: Average to Wet

Soil: Average to Wet

NEW YORK IRONWEED

LUPINE (Lupine spp.)

(Vernonia harperi)

Bloom Time: Spring to

Bloom Time: Summer to Fall

Summer

Soil: Average to Wet

Soil: Average to Dry

MOUNTAIN MINT (Pycnanthemum virginianum) Bloom Time: Summer Soil: Average to Dry

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For more information, consider attending SMP’s Native Plant series in the coming months. Check the Programs & Events section of this publication or summitmetroparks.org for details.

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PROTECT

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ummit Metro Parks are places where we take refuge from the stress of daily life. But parks offer refuge to more than our human citizens. Each Metro Park is home to an astonishing array of rare, threatened and endangered

Great Plains Ladies’-tresses are a species of orchid. They’re found in fens and prairies and are native to Summit County.

species of plants and animals. In fact, our parks host 264 of the rarest, and most endangered, species on Earth.

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YOUR BACK YARD

ING ENDANGERED SPECIES Mike Johnson, Chief of Conservation

medicines are derived from chemicals and compounds that were first produced by plants and animals. We do not invent new medicines and products as much as we mimic what nature has already accomplished. Thus, it is in our self-interest to preserve all living species on earth. American chestnut

West Virginia white

But there is another side to the For nearly 00 years, park district staff

conservation of species. The conser-

preservation of art. Every species is a

have worked tirelessly, often behind the

vation of biodiversity is similar to the

masterpiece. As a society, we collect

scenes, to protect our natural areas and

and curate and spend millions of

the rare species living within.

dollars to preserve species because we have decided they have an intrinsic

Why Protect Endangered Species?

value that transcends monetary value. The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is unambiguous in this regard: the

Every living species on earth is a

American people value every species

chemical factory that is the result of

on earth and extinction within our

millions of years of experimentation and biological perfection. Most of our

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Pale green orchid

borders is unacceptable. continued on page 6

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What Does it Mean to be Listed as Rare? But who gets to decide what is rare or endangered and what is being done to protect these creatures? At the global level, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Red List of

Indiana bat

federally endangered Indiana bat has been seen at Liberty Park and Clinton Conservation Area. Our most imperiled species is the federally threatened

northern monkshood, which clings to existence on a single rock ledge along the banks of the Cuyahoga River.

Threatened Species (IUCN Red List)

The Ohio Department of Natural

is considered the most comprehensive

Resources also maintains a list of species

inventory of global conservation status.

that are rare and endangered in Ohio.

Within Summit Metro Parks, there

Some of these species may be very

are 4 globally ranked Red List species,

common outside of the state, but their

including tubercled rein-orchids, Great

representation here is poor. Most of

Plains Ladies’-tresses and ginseng.

the rare species in the Metro Parks are

With a little patience, park patrons

actually plants that you may walk right

can observe Red-Listed cerulean

by and never know it.

warblers at Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park and Henslow’s sparrows at Silver

Finally, Summit Metro Parks maintains a

Creek Metro Park — these species are

list of species considered noteworthy to

considered stable for now.

Summit County. For example, while 99

Ginseng

At 45, Liberty Park in Twinsburg has the greatest number of listed species.

percent of the magnificent American

chestnut were eliminated by a blight nearly 00 years ago, there are a few immune specimens hanging on at Gorge, Sand Run and Munroe Falls Metro

Henslow’s sparrow

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The Endangered Species Act of 973

Parks. The West Virginia white is a

is the platform for national-scale

small, rapidly declining butterfly being

species conservation within the United

impacted by the invasive (and toxic)

States. Overseen by the Fish and

garlic mustard that’s replacing the native

Wildlife Service, federally listed plants

plant used by the caterpillar of this

and animals have the strongest legal

species. Another interesting species

protections, and Summit Metro Parks

is the five-lined skink, the only lizard

is home to nine of these species. The

native to Northeast Ohio.

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YOUR BACK YARD

How Do We Conserve our Protected Species?

Cerulean warbler

Summit Metro Parks staff employ a host of tools to help manage and protect our rare and endangered species. We are utilizing genetic cloning to save our

northern monkshood. Prescribed fire

Deep Lock Quarry in Peninsula has the greatest density of listed species. The old sandstone quarry mimics a sandstone cliff community, one of the rarest natural habitats in Ohio. and herbicides are used to battle the invasive plants displacing our native ecosystems. But the most effective thing we can do to protect our rare and endangered plants and wildlife is to leave them alone. We work closely with park planners, naturalists and operations staff to plan trails and recreational areas around our sensitive habitats and species. And, we depend on your help in these important efforts. You can do your part by staying on designated trails and taking nothing with you when you leave our parks. By working together, we can all protect these amazing species for

Juvenile five-lined skink

generations to come.

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SMP Employee SPOTLIGHT:

Demetrius Lambert-Falconer Chief of Community Engagement How long have you worked at SMP? DF: I have worked for Summit Metro Parks since May of 206. Previously, I worked for a neighboring park system for 7 years.

What is your role at Summit Metro Parks? DF: I assist others in creating and providing great programs that connect the public to nature-based education, recreation and outreach.

What’s your favorite project you’ve worked on? DF: My favorite project has been the creation of the “pop-up” nature center at Summit Lake. This project was intended to last for just a little over two months and is now nearing its third summer of activation! We also just learned that we will have a new, permanent home at the Akron Pump House. This nature center and surrounding areas (including shoreline improvements, picnic tables, grills, additional lighting and a permanent shelter) have made a significant difference for those living around Summit Lake and nearby communities.

You are featured in this year’s ad campaign. Can you tell us about those photos? DF: My family and I enjoy connecting with nature by walking the trails, fishing and singing around bonfires. All of those activities happen in Summit Metro Parks. These photos were taken at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, which is located on Smith Road in Akron. It’s a great spot to enjoy the trails and a visitors center in all seasons.

What’s your best tip to enjoy the Metro Parks? DF: We have so many ways to engage with the parks! A few of my favorites are to read a magazine, walk the trails, participate in a “School’s Out Cookout” and attend “Breakfast in the Park” programs.

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PROGRAMS & EVENTS MARCH

Sunday, March 3, 7 – 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 7, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

YOGA: VINYASA

WOMEN OF SUMMIT METRO PARKS

Enjoy an active vinyasa yoga practice with a certified instructor. FASN/Visitors Center: 828 Smith Rd., Akron

March through early April

AMPHIBIAN MIGRATION Join naturalists as we attempt to witness the annual amphibian migration across Sand Run Parkway. To enhance your experience and to keep the wildlife safe, there will be a limited number of participants per program, so registration is required. To find out when a program is taking place, follow us on social media or call 330-865-8065 for the latest information. Programs occur when conditions are just right for the creatures to move: light rain, temperatures above 50 degrees and darkness. On the day that a program is announced, simply register by phone for this FREE program. SR/Old Portage: 300 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron

Saturday, March 2 9:30 – 0 a.m. & 3 – 3:30 p.m.

NATURE STORIES Young children and their adult companions will enjoy this interactive, nature-inspired story time intended for ages 8 months to 3 years. LP/Nature Center: 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg

☎ (2/22)

Sunday, March 3,  – 2:30 p.m.

NATURE FOR FAMILIES: SPRING EMERGES Join this hands-on nature exploration series for the whole family. This month we’ll explore nature as it emerges for spring. We will be outside for most the program. LP/Nature Center: 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg

☎ (2/23)

Sunday, March 3, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

ZODIAC EXPLORERS: AQUARIUS This monthly program series explores the night sky and examines the zodiac constellation of the month with a mix of science, folklore and personal reflection through journaling. The program will take place rain or shine. LP/Nature Center: 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg

Monday, March 4, 0 –  a.m.

$

Fee

SLNC S ummit Lake Nature Center

Visitors Center: 828 Smith Rd., Akron

Friday, March 8, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

NIGHT HIKE Experience the sights and sounds of nature at night. Bring a flashlight to help investigate! MF/Tallmadge Meadows: 088 North Ave., Tallmadge

PRESCHOOL EXPLORERS Get outside and enjoy nature through this monthly series for children ages 3 to 5. Each month we will explore a seasonal topic that will engage the senses and encourage self-exploration. Program will be outside, so please dress for the weather. LP/Nature Center: 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg

Saturday, March 9, 2:30 – 2:30 p.m.

NATURE ART FOR TEENS Do you have a creative spirit? Teens ages 3 to 7 can join our interpretive artist for lessons in nature-inspired art. This is a drop-off program. Please dress for a mess. FASN/Visitors Center: 828 Smith Rd., Akron (2/22)

Tuesday, March 5, 0 – :30 a.m.

CARDIO HIKE Hike four miles at a vigorous pace with few, if any, rest stops. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. SC/Big Oak: 599 Medina Line Rd., Norton

HIKING SPREE SHIELD ASSISTANCE Volunteers will attach your shield to your hiking staff at no charge. FASN/Visitors Center: 828 Smith Rd., Akron

Wednesday, March 6,  – 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 2,  – 3 p.m. Sunday, March 0,  – 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30,  – 3 p.m.

HISTORY HIKE Hike with a naturalist and learn about the history of Silver Creek Metro Park. SC/ Pheasant Run: 5000 Hametown Rd., Norton

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Programs with these icons require advance registration, beginning at 0 a.m. on the date in parentheses, by the method indicated. (date) Registration start date

Celebrate Women’s History Month by learning the history, stories and impact the women of Summit Metro Parks make at work and in their communities. Enjoy a short presentation followed by a panel discussion. Bring your questions and positivity! FASN/

BHT Bike & Hike Trail CVN Cascade Valley / North CVS Cascade Valley / South DLQ Deep Lock Quarry

FASN F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm F Firestone FR Furnace Run FT Freedom Trail

☎ Call: 330-865-8065 

GYH Goodyear Heights G Gorge HH Hampton Hills LP Liberty Park

 Web: 330tix.com

MF Munroe Falls NR Nimisila Reservoir ONW O’Neil Woods SC Silver Creek

SFB Springfield Bog SR Sand Run TT Towpath Trail WH Wood Hollow

For more information: Call 330-867-55, visit summitmetroparks.org or email marketing@summitmetroparks.org summitmetroparks.org

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PROGRAMS & EVENTS | MAR ’9

Saturday, March 9, 2:30 – 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 6, 6 – 8 p.m.

WHAT’S THE BUZZ ABOUT BUZZARDS?

SUNSET HIKE

Come to our open house to learn the history of Ohio’s Buzzard Day and the value of buzzards (a.k.a. turkey vultures). Get up close to a special guest from Lake Metroparks: a live turkey vulture! LP/Nature Center: 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg

Saturday, March 9, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

AFTERNOON HIKE & FIRE Take a hike on Cherry Lane Trail to see what nature is up to as spring approaches, then warm up by a fire. Feel free to bring a snack. Marshmallows and roasting sticks will be provided while supplies last. FASN/Campfire Area: 828 Smith Rd., Akron

Sunday, March 0 2 – :30 p.m. & 2 – 3:30 p.m.

NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS Ages 6 to 2 can join our interpretive artist for this lesson in nature drawing. Paper and pencils will be provided. FASN/Visitors Center: 828 Smith Rd., Akron (3/2)

Sunday, March 0,  – 3 p.m.

HISTORY OF MAPLE SUGARING Discover the history of maple sugaring from techniques used by Native Americans to current technology that helps us enjoy the sweet syrup even faster. Samples of maple syrup will be available while supplies last. LP/Nature Center: 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg

Tuesday, March 2, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

HISTORY HIKE: GIRL SCOUTS Celebrate National Girl Scout Day! Join a naturalist to learn about the Girl Scouts’ contributions to our parks while strolling through a forest they helped to plant decades ago. SC/Pheasant Run: 5000 Hametown Rd., Norton

Wednesday, March 3 0 a.m. – 2 p.m. &  – 3 p.m.

NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS

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Join a naturalist for a relaxing evening hike on Meadow Trail. MF/Tallmadge Meadows: 088 North Ave., Tallmadge

Wednesday, March 3, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 7,  – 2:30 p.m.

SAND RUN FOR THE FUTURE

BEGINNER BUTTERFLIES

Become familiar with the watershed right in your back yard! Enjoy a short, hands-on presentation then take a hike to discover a dynamic watershed that needs our help.

Before they start flying, learn the basics of butterfly identification through an interactive presentation and tabletop activities. Meet in the auditorium. FASN/Visitors Center: 828

SR/Mingo: 50 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron

Smith Rd., Akron

Thursday, March 4, 0 – :30 a.m.

Sunday, March 7, 3 – 4 p.m.

WEEKDAY WALKERS

VERNAL POOLS: WHAT’S FOR DINNER?

Join a naturalist for a leisurely stroll on Quarry Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. DLQ: 5779 Riverview Rd., Peninsula

Friday, March 5 0:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. &  – 2:30 p.m.

at the Confluence Metro Park lot on Turkeyfoot Road, just before Gardner Pie.

HOMESCHOOLERS: THE “TOOTH” ABOUT RODENTS

Monday, March 8, 0 – :30 a.m.

Homeschoolers ages 7 to 0: From mice and squirrels to groundhogs and beaver, rodents are everywhere! Find out why these big-toothed critters are an important part of the animal world. FASN/Visitors Center: 828

Hike over four miles at a fast pace with a naturalist. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. Meet in front of the nature center. LP/Nature Center: 9999 Liberty Rd.,

Smith Rd., Akron

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Friday, March 5, 7:30 – 9 p.m.

WOODCOCK WATCH AND OWL PROWL Discover the amazing woodcock and attempt to witness the male bird’s spectacular courtship flight over nearby fields, then hike to search for owls. Binoculars and flashlights are recommended. For ages 6 and older. No dogs, please. WH: 22 Barlow Rd., Hudson

Saturday, March 6,  – 2:30 p.m.

BLACK BEARS Come learn about the native bear that is making a comeback in Ohio. This program will enlighten visitors on this beautiful creature and its amazing abilities. FASN/Visitors Center:

CARDIO HIKE

Twinsburg

Wednesday, March 20,  – 2:30 p.m.

THINK SPRING Discover why animals are excited about spring’s arrival and look for signs that a new season is on the way. CVS/Oxbow: 06 Cuyahoga St., Akron

Wednesday, March 20, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

HISTORY AND NATURE OF LIBERTY PARK Join a naturalist on a hike along Black Bear Trail to learn the history of Twinsburg and Liberty Park, along with the unique wildlife within the park. LP/Nature Center: 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg

828 Smith Rd., Akron

Join our interpretive artist for this entertaining lesson in nature drawing. Bring a sketchbook, pencil and a sense of humor. Beginners are welcome. FASN/Visitors Center:

Saturday, March 6, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

828 Smith Rd., Akron

Join a naturalist to see what plants and animals will be growing in, flying over or waking up this April at Summit Lake and in the Metro Parks. TT/SLNC: 390 W. Crosier St., Akron

☎ (3/5)

What are salamanders and their offspring eating in vernal pools? Get a close look at their tiny meals during this off-trail hike. Meet

WHISPERS FROM MOTHER NATURE

Thursday, March 2, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

GARDENING THROUGH THE YEAR: STARTING SEEDS Learn how to properly start seeds now to enjoy beautiful flowers and yummy vegetables all summer long. Come prepared with your questions! LP/Nature Center: 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg summitmetroparks.org


KINDEREALM: MAPLE SUGARING Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions can learn how maple syrup is made. A short hike and craft are included. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. (2/26)

Wednesday, March 6 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. F/Coventry Oaks 40 Axline Ave., Akron

Tuesday, March 2 0:30 – :30 a.m. LP/Nature Center 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg

Thursday, March 4 0:30 – :30 a.m. TT/SLNC 390 W. Crosier St., Akron

Thursday, March 28 0:30 – :30 a.m. FASN /Visitors Center 828 Smith Rd., Akron

Thursday, March 28  – 2 p.m. FASN /Visitors Center 828 Smith Rd., Akron

Friday, March 22, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Friday, March 22, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 24, 0 – :30 a.m.

WATERFOWL FOR WORLD WATER DAY

SPRING HIKE & FIRE

HIBERNATION WAKE-UP

Join a naturalist for a hike on Cherry Lane Trail to see what has sprung this spring! A toasty campfire will follow. Marshmallows will be available while supplies last. FASN/Campfire

Take a hike to learn about our animal neighbors who are just waking up, and those who’ve been awake all winter long. After hiking, warm up around a campfire. FASN/

Area: 828 Smith Rd., Akron

Campfire Area: 828 Smith Rd., Akron

Saturday, March 23, 0 – :30 a.m.

Sunday, March 24, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

HERON OPEN HOUSE

MINDFULNESS IN NATURE

Celebrate the return of great blue herons while viewing them through spotting scopes and binoculars. Meet at the Bath Road Heronry

Spending time in nature has been scientifically proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, while decreasing stress. Come learn about the benefits of nature during the first program in our “Mindfulness in Nature” series. Each month we will explore a new topic to benefit our wellness. LP/Nature

Nimisila Reservoir is an important migration stopover for a multitude of waterfowl. Join a Summit Metro Parks naturalist to look for ducks and other waterfowl as we celebrate World Water Day in collaboration with Manchester High School! From 5 to 7 p.m. students will host a variety of free waterrelated activities in the cafeteria of the high school located at 437 W. Nimisila Rd. in Akron. NR/Lot SM2: 553 S. Main St., Green

Friday, March 22, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

FAMILY FISHING Ready for some after-school family fun? All generations can learn the basics of fishing with a naturalist, then drop a line in Brushwood Lake. A limited number of rods and reels will be available. Bait is provided. Participants 6 and older must have a fishing license. FR/Brushwood: 4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield

on Bath Road between Riverview and AkronPeninsula roads in Akron.

Saturday, March 23,  a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

AMPHIBIANS FOR KIDS Children, accompanied by an adult, are invited to discover our slimy amphibian friends with a naturalist. LP/Nature Center: 9999 Liberty Rd.,

Monday, March 25, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Twinsburg

Kids ages 7 to 0 will enjoy this early spring adventure with fun, hands-on experiences. We will explore the park, do a craft and learn about nature in spring. Pack a lunch and dress to be outside for long periods of time. Cost: $0/person. LP/Nature Center: 9999 Liberty

Saturday, March 23, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

OWL PROWL

WATERFOWL WATCH New and experienced birdwatchers can view ducks, geese and other water birds during the spring migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. A few pairs of binoculars will be available for loan.

Friday, March 22, 9 –  a.m. TT/Summit Lake: 380 W. Crosier St., Akron

Wednesday, March 27, 0 – :30 a.m. LP/Tinkers Creek: 0303 Aurora-Hudson Rd., Streetsboro

Sunday, March 3, 9 –  a.m. LP/Tinkers Creek: 0303 Aurora-Hudson Rd., Streetsboro

Center: 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg

Explore for owls with a naturalist after an informative presentation. Patience and silence are essential when prowling for owls. Program for ages 6 and older. No dogs, please. CVN/Schumacher Valley: 690 Cuyahoga St., Akron

Saturday, March 23, 2 – 4 p.m.

RAIN GARDEN & RAIN BARREL 0 Join a discussion about stormwater issues and things you can do at home to reduce your stormwater footprint. Learn how rain barrels and rain gardens can assist you, then take an optional tour of the park district’s first LEED certified building after the program. Experts will be on hand to answer questions. This program is presented together with Summit Soil and Water Conservation District and Davey Resource Group. SR/Mingo: 50 Sand

SPRING NATURE DAY CAMP

Rd., Twinsburg

(2/27) $

Wednesday, March 27, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

MEET ME IN THE GARDEN Join the Master Gardeners of Summit County to learn about the Wolcott Lilac Garden and some of the lilac varieties found there. Presented by Dr. Robert Zavodny, president, International Lilac Society. FASN/Visitors Center: 828 Smith Rd., Akron

Thursday, March 28, 0 – :30 a.m.

ANIMAL BABIES FOR KIDS Children ages 3 and up will learn about the animal babies emerging in spring with a short lesson, story and craft while supplies last. Children must be accompanied by an adult. LP/Nature Center: 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg

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PROGRAMS & EVENTS | MAR-APR ’9

Thursday, March 28, 7:30 – 9 p.m.

WOODCOCK WATCH AND OWL PROWL

ARCHERY All equipment and hands-on instruction provided.

Thursday, March 28, 0:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR KIDS Children ages 9 to 5 can learn internationalstyle target archery and test their marksmanship at our temporary indoor range. Beginning and practiced archers are welcome. Must be 50 inches or taller. Cost: $0/person. (3/5) $

Thursday, March 28,  – 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2:30 – 2 p.m.

INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR FAMILIES Families with children 9 and older can learn international-style target archery together at our indoor range. Beginning and practiced archers are welcome. Must be 50 inches or taller. Cost: $5/family. (3/5) $

Friday, March 29, 0:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

ARCHERY GAMES FOR KIDS Ages 9 to 5 will play different games to build archery skills in a fun and exciting way. Participants must have already taken one of our Intro to Archery programs. Must be 50 inches or taller. (3/5) FREE

Friday, March 29,  – 2:30 p.m.

ARCHERY GAMES FOR FAMILIES Families with children 9 and older will play different games to build archery skills. Participants must have already taken one of our Intro to Archery programs. Must be 50 inches or taller. (3/5) FREE

Sunday, March 3, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR ADULTS Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today, and it’s more accessible than ever. Participants 6 and older can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our temporary indoor range. Beginning and practiced archers are welcome. Cost: $0/person. (3/5) $ All programs at F/Coventry Oaks: 2 40 Axline Ave., Akron

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Discover the amazing woodcock and attempt to witness the male bird’s spectacular courtship flight over nearby fields, then hike to search for owls. Patience and silence are essential. For ages 6 and older. No dogs, please. LP/Nature Center: 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg

Friday, March 29,  – 3 p.m.

HOMESCHOOLERS: THE “TOOTH” ABOUT RODENTS Homeschoolers ages  to 4: From mice and squirrels to groundhogs and beaver, rodents are everywhere! Find out why these big-toothed critters are an important part of the animal world. FASN/Visitors Center: 828 Smith Rd., Akron

☎ (3/)

Friday, March 29,  – 2:30 p.m.

HOT COCOA HIKE Come out and hike the trail to learn about what the critters are up to outside, then warm up around the fire with a cup of hot cocoa. FASN/Seneca Deck: 828 Smith Rd., Akron

Saturday, March 30, 0 a.m. – 2 p.m.

CREATURES FROM THE BLACK LAGOON Join a naturalist as we explore “black lagoons” (i.e., vernal pools). We will look for wood frogs, spring peepers, fairy shrimp, salamanders, horsehair worms and other mysterious creatures. MF/Tallmadge Meadows:

Monday, April , 0 –  a.m.

PRESCHOOL EXPLORERS Get outside and discover nature through this monthly program for children ages 3 to 5. Each month we will explore a seasonal topic that will engage our senses and encourage self-exploration. The program will be outside, so please dress for the weather. LP/Nature Center: 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg

Thursday, April 4,  – 4 p.m.

DISTANCE HIKE Hike more than 7 miles at a continuous pace on trails that are difficult or primitive. There will be few, if any, rest stops. Please wear footwear appropriate for potentially muddy conditions. Drinking water is recommended.

088 North Ave., Tallmadge

LP/Twinsburg Ledges: 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg

Sunday, March 3,  – 3 p.m.

Friday, April 5, 7:30 – 9 p.m.

NATURE’S TRICKSTERS Learn how animals fool each other with trickery and deception on a hike along Rock Creek Trail. FR/Brushwood: 4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield

Sunday, March 3,  – 2:30 p.m.

HIKE AND FIRE Join a naturalist for an evening hike followed by a campfire. Feel free to bring your favorite folklore and not-so-scary campfire stories. Marshmallows will be provided for roasting, while supplies last. LP/Nature Center: 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg

ATTRACTING WILDLIFE WITH NATIVE PLANTS

Saturday, April 6, 3 – 5 p.m.

Do you want to see more birds, butterflies, bees and other wildlife? Join a naturalist to see how you can attract wildlife to your back yard by planting certain native plants and learn why these plants, trees and shrubs are so important. FASN/Visitors Center: 828 Smith

KIDS’ FISHING Kids 5 and younger can learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line in Brushwood Lake. Some rods and reels will be available for use. Bait is provided. Adults must supervise their children, but may not fish during the program.

Rd., Akron

FR/Brushwood: 4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield

IT’S NOT TOO EARLY TO THINK ABOUT SUMMER DAY CAMP!


PROGRAMS & EVENTS | APR ’9

Saturday, April 6, 8 – 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, April , 6 – 7:30 p.m.

THE SEARCH FOR SNIPES

GARDENING THROUGH THE YEAR: PREPARING BEDS

Did you know snipes are real animals? No fooling! Explore for this elusive creature, along with other cool nighttime critters. WH: 22 Barlow Rd., Hudson

Sunday, April 7,  – 2:30 p.m.

Properly preparing your flower and vegetable beds can help ensure successful gardening. Bring a notebook and your questions. LP/Nature Center: 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg

NATURE FOR FAMILIES: MIGRATION BEGINS

Friday, April 2, 9 –  a.m.

Join this hands-on nature exploration series for the whole family. This month we’ll explore nature as creatures begin to migrate back from warmer climates. Be prepared to be outside for most of the program. LP/Nature

New and experienced birdwatchers can view ducks, geese and other water birds during the spring migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. TT/Summit Lake: 380 W.

WATERFOWL WATCH

Crosier St., Akron

Center: 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg

Sunday, April 7, 2 – 4 p.m.

A DEEP LOOK AT DEEP LOCK Stroll with a naturalist to learn the history of Deep Lock Quarry and the role it played for Akron, the Ohio and Erie Canal and beyond. DLQ: 5779 Riverview Rd., Peninsula

Sunday, April 7, 2 – 3 p.m.

SONGS & STORIES WITH SAM SAPP Calling all families! Enjoy animal and nature songs by singer/songwriter Sam Sapp. Listen or sing along, and learn about animals in your back yard during this interactive concert. Meet in the auditorium. FASN/Visitors Center: 828 Smith Rd., Akron

HOMESCHOOLERS: BUILDING YOUR BACK YARD Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 0: It’s Earth Month! Learn about how sustainability starts right in your own back yard. From native wildflowers to rain barrels, there is so much we can do! FASN/Visitors Center: 828 Smith Rd., Akron

(3/30)

Saturday, April 3, 0 – :30 a.m.

HERON OPEN HOUSE Celebrate the return of great blue herons while viewing them through spotting scopes and binoculars. Meet at the Bath Road Heronry on Bath Road, between Riverview and AkronPeninsula roads in Akron.

Sunday, April 7, 7 – 8 p.m.

YOGA: VINYASA Enjoy an active vinyasa yoga practice with a certified instructor. FASN/Visitors Center: 828 Smith Rd., Akron

Friday, April 2 0:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. &  – 2:30 p.m.

☎ (3/26)

Sunday, April 7, 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Saturday, April 3,  – 2:30 p.m.

HIKE AND FIRE Come hike Cherry Lane Trail to learn about local wildlife, then warm up around the fire with marshmallows. FASN/Campfire Area: 828 Smith Rd., Akron

Saturday, April 3, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

WOODCOCK WATCH Learn about this elusive shorebird on a hike along Pheasant Run Trail as we attempt to witness their aerial courtship display and hear their distinctive calls. Silence and patience are essential for this program. No dogs, please. SC/Pheasant Run: 5000 Hametown Rd., Norton

Sunday, April 4 2 – :30 p.m. & 2 – 3:30 p.m.

NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS Ages 6 to 2 can join our interpretive artist for this lesson in nature drawing. Paper and pencils will be provided. FASN/Visitors Center: 828 Smith Rd., Akron

☎ (4/5)

Monday, April 5, 9 – 0:30 a.m.

CARDIO HIKE Enjoy outdoor exercise and view beautiful rock ledges while hiking 5 miles on the Bike & Hike Trail at a vigorous pace. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. BHT/Boston Heights: 298 W. Boston Mills Rd., Boston Heights

Monday, April 5 9:30 – 0 a.m. &  – :30 a.m.

NATURE STORIES Young children and their adult companions will enjoy this interactive, nature-inspired story time intended for ages 8 months to 3 years. LP/Nature Center: 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg

☎ (4/9)

ZODIAC EXPLORERS: PISCES This monthly program series explores the night sky and examines the zodiac constellation of the month with a mix of science, folklore and personal reflection through journaling. The program will take place rain or shine. LP/Nature Center: 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg

Wednesday, April 0,  – 2:30 p.m.

HISTORY HIKE Come out and hike with a naturalist to discover the history of Goodyear Heights Metro Park. GYH/Pioneer: 550 Frazier Ave., Akron

Visit summitmetroparks.org Registration begins April .

Saturday, April 3, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

TROUT DERBY Anglers 5 and younger each receive a $ cash prize if they catch a golden trout. Bring fishing gear. A limited number of rods and reels will be available for use during the derby. Minnows cannot be used as bait; worms will be available for purchase. Adults are not permitted to fish. Sponsored by the Goodyear Hunting & Fishing Club and the Ohio Division of Wildlife. F/Little Turtle: 2400 Harrington Rd., Akron

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PROGRAMS & EVENTS | APR ’9

Tuesday, April 6,  – 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 8, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

GEOLOGY OF THE GORGE

GOOD GARDENS

Join a naturalist as we hike Glens Trail to examine several of its geologic features. Learn how the Cuyahoga River was formed and where all those lucky stones came from.

Join a Master Gardener to learn everything you need to know about starting and growing tomatoes in your garden. GYH/Lodge: 2077

Friday, April 9,  – 2:30 p.m.

Drop in to celebrate our remarkable planet! Discover ways to live more sustainably while enjoying the plants and wildlife in our parks.

Explore for the eastern cottontail rabbit, one of the most common wildlife species in Ohio, while hiking Pheasant Run Trail. SC/Pheasant Run: 5000 Hametown Rd., Norton

(4/6)

Wednesday, April 7, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

WILDFLOWER WALK Join a naturalist for a leisurely walk to discover which wildflowers have sprung so far this spring. FR/Brushwood: 4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield

Wednesday, April 7, 7:30 – 9 p.m.

AMPHIBIANS AT NIGHT Discover the source of all that racket! Grab your flashlight and get an up-close experience searching for amphibians. Parking is limited. BHT/Young Road: 5090 Young Rd., Stow

Thursday, April 8, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

BIOMIMICRY: INSPIRATION FROM MOTHER NATURE Defying gravity, graceful high-speed travel, even regenerating brain cells! Through biomimicry, we can learn to imitate amazing natural feats. Discover what we’ve learned and what we’ve yet to uncover from our greatest teacher: Mother Nature. FASN/ Visitors Center: 828 Smith Rd., Akron

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Wednesday, April 24, 0 – :30 a.m.

SENSATIONAL SENSORY PLAY

SOUNDS OF SPRING HIKE

Enjoy all spring has to offer during this sensory play experience for children ages 3 to 5. Plan to be outside and get muddy! LP/Nature

Onondaga Deck: 828 Smith Rd., Akron

828 Smith Rd., Akron

FASN: 828 Smith Rd., Akron

Friday, April 9, 2:30 – 4 p.m. Listen to what nature has to say this spring. We’ll hike Cherry Lane Trail to check out what is making all the noise and why. FASN/

Join our interpretive artist for this entertaining lesson in nature drawing. Bring a sketchbook, pencil and a sense of humor. Beginners are welcome. FASN/Visitors Center:

open house

Monday, April 22, 0 a.m. – 5 p.m.

RABBIT HIKE

NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS

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Newton St., Akron

G/Main Entrance: 60 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls

Wednesday, April 7 0 a.m. – 2 p.m. &  – 3 p.m.

EARTH

Center: 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg

Thursday, April 25,  a.m. –  p.m.

Friday, April 9, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

KIDS’ FISHING

ALL ABOUT EGGS

Kids 5 and younger will learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line at Little Turtle Pond. A few rods and reels will be available for use. Bait is provided. Adults must supervise their children but are not permitted to fish. F/Little

Children and their adult companions will enjoy an egg-citing hike and learn about different types of eggs. We’ll even attempt to find some eggs in nature. FASN/Campfire Area: 828 Smith Rd., Akron

Saturday, April 20, 8 – 0 a.m.

CARDIO HIKE AND BREAKFAST Join a naturalist for a 3+ mile, fast-paced hike followed by a healthy breakfast prepared by staff and volunteers. Registration is required and you will be asked to contribute to the feast. Please consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. FASN/Seneca Deck: 828 Smith Rd., Akron

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Saturday, April 20, 9 –  a.m.

WHAT IS A WARBLER? Hike Deep Lock Quarry, an Audubondesignated “Important Bird Area,” to search for these beautiful spring migrants and learn basic field ID. Please bring binoculars and a field guide. DLQ: 5779 Riverview Rd., Peninsula

Saturday, April 20, 2:30 – 2:30 p.m.

NATURE ART FOR TEENS Teens ages 3 to 7 can join our interpretive artist for lessons in nature-inspired art. This is a drop-off program. Please dress for a mess. FASN/Visitors Center: 828 Smith Rd., Akron (4/2)

Turtle Pond: 2400 Harrington Rd., Akron

Thursday, April 25,  – 2:30 p.m.

BLUEBELL VALLEY Enjoy a hike along the river with a naturalist to attempt to view bluebells and other wildflowers along the way. Everett Road Covered Bridge: 2370 Everett Rd., Peninsula

NATURE DAY CAMPS Please pack a lunch and dress to be outside for long periods of time. Cost: $0/person. (3/28) $

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

ANIMAL ADVENTURES Monday, April 22 – Ages 0 to 2 SR/Shady Hollow: 750 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron

ALL ABOUT BIRDS Wednesday, April 24 – Ages 7 to 0 F/Coventry Oaks: 40 Axline Ave., Akron

OUTDOOR SKILLS Thursday, April 25 – Ages 7 to 0 FR/Brushwood: 4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield


KINDEREALM: TURTLES Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about turtles, inside and out. Includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. (3/29)

Tuesday, April 9 0:30 – :30 a.m. LP/Nature Center 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg

Wednesday, April 0 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. F/Coventry Oaks 40 Axline Ave., Akron

Thursday, April  0:30 – :30 a.m. GYH/Lodge 2077 Newton St., Akron

Thursday, April 8 0:30 – :30 a.m. FASN /Visitors Center 828 Smith Rd., Akron

Friday, April 26, 0 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 28, 2 – 3 p.m.

WILDFLOWER HIKE

OTTER OPEN HOUSE

Join a naturalist as we hike the hills looking for spring wildflowers, birds and ferns. HH/Main

Learn about these playful creatures, where to find them and why they call this park home. A naturalist will lead short walks in search of otters every 30 minutes. LP/Pond Brook: 3973

Entrance: 2925 Akron-Peninsula Rd., Akron

Friday, April 26,  – 3 p.m.

E. Aurora Rd., Twinsburg

HOMESCHOOLERS: BUILDING YOUR BACK YARD

Sunday, April 28,  – 3 p.m.

Homeschoolers, ages  to 4: It’s Earth Month! Learn about how sustainability starts right in your own back yard. From native wildflowers to rain barrels, there is so much we can do! FASN/Visitors Center: 828 Smith Rd., Akron

☎ (3/30)

Saturday, April 27,  – 2:30 p.m.

WILDFLOWER HIKE Hike Oxbow Trail to see which flowers are blooming this time of the year. CVS/Oxbow: 06 Cuyahoga St., Akron

Saturday, April 27, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

WHISPERS FROM MOTHER NATURE Join a naturalist to see what plants and animals will be growing, flying over or waking up in May at Summit Lake and in the Metro Parks. TT/SLNC: 390 W. Crosier St., Akron

Sunday, April 28, 9:30 –  a.m.

BARK & BLOOMS Learn how to ID some trees and spring wildflowers through their distinguishing features. A basic tree guide and Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide are recommended. FR/Brushwood: 4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield

Sunday, April 28, 0 – :30 a.m.

MINDFULNESS IN NATURE: MEDITATION Enjoy a peaceful morning in nature de-stressing through guided meditation. We will spend the morning outside, so dress for the weather!

HERON WATCH Observe the nesting behaviors of great blue herons through our spotting scopes. Meet at the Bath Road Heronry on Bath Road, between Riverview and Akron-Peninsula roads in Akron.

Sunday, April 28,  – 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 8  – 2 p.m. FASN /Visitors Center 828 Smith Rd., Akron

ARCHERY All equipment and hands-on instruction provided.

Friday, April 26, 0:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR KIDS Children ages 9 to 5 can learn internationalstyle target archery and test their marksmanship at our temporary indoor range. Beginning and practiced archers are welcome. Must be 50 inches or taller. Cost: $0/person. (4/9) $

BUMBLE BEES & THEIR FRIENDS

Friday, April 26,  – 2:30 p.m.

Join a naturalist as we learn about some of the 455 different native bees found in Ohio, including bumble bees. FASN/

Participants 6 and older can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our temporary indoor range. Beginning and practiced archers are welcome. Cost: $0/person. (4/9) $

Visitors Center: 828 Smith Rd., Akron

Monday, April 29, 8:30 –  a.m.

SPRING BIRD WALK New and experienced birdwatchers can join a naturalist for a bird walk around Alder Pond. Binoculars are recommended. GYH/ Pioneer: 550 Frazier Ave., Akron

Monday, April 29, 6 – 8 p.m.

INTRO TO ARCHERY FOR ADULTS

Saturday, April 27 2:30 – 2 p.m. & 2:30 – 4 p.m.

ARCHERY GAMES OF THRONES FOR ADULTS Ages 6 and older will be assigned to a great “House of Westeros” and play games to build archery skills with an ice-and-fire twist. Participants must have already taken one of our Intro to Archery programs. (4/9) FREE

FIRE ON THE PRAIRIE

Sunday, April 28, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Why do we periodically set the prairie ablaze? Explore fire-related equipment up close, then stroll through a section of freshly-burned prairie to learn how fire plays an essential role in sustaining healthy, diverse habitat. SFB: 400

ARCHERY OPEN SHOOT

Portage Line Rd., Springfield Twp.

Register for a half-hour time slot to improve your shot. Participants must have already taken one of our Intro to Archery programs. (4/9) FREE

All programs at F/Coventry Oaks: 40 Axline Ave., Akron

LP/Nature Center: 9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg summitmetroparks.org

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Hampton & Friends Activities for Adventurers of All Ages

TREASURE HUNT Have FUN on a HIKE and test your park knowledge … 8 marks the spot.

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 A BIRD

ACORNS

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o What kind?

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What picture is on the TRAIL MARKER? Draw the symbol here

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Name of the PARK and TRAIL?

A tree STUMP

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2 A small WATERFALL or STREAM

3 Name of a LAKE, POND or RIVER:

4 A LOG

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How many ANIMALS did you see? ______

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4 A MAPLE LEAF

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5 How many BRIDGES were on the trail? ______

List them here: ___________________________

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6 How many PEOPLE were on the trail? ______

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How many BENCHES did you see? _______

7 How many DOGS did you see? ______

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How many PICNIC TABLES did you see? _____

ALL OAK LEAVES belong to only two families: RED OAK or WHITE OAK.

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9 A PINE TREE

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8 RED OAK leaves have POINTED tips. o

20 What was the BEST PART of the HIKE?

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9 WHITE OAK leaves have ROUNDED tips. o

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BEE Great: POLLINATE! Jen M. Harvey, Fund Development Manager / Grant Writer

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ow are donors like pollinators? • They are attracted to new ideas that are just starting to bloom.

that make our parks some of the sweetest around. Join them and BEE Great: Pollinate!

• Their actions create seeds that grow into something beautiful. • They are hardworking and love what they do. Did you know that Summit Metro Parks is cultivating honeybees in some of our parks with meadows? The bees have already produced a small amount of wildflower honey. Donors to the Summit Metro Parks Foundation support projects like this

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Are you over the age of 70 /2 and have a required minimum distribution (RMD) from an IRA? One way to donate is to direct a portion of the distribution to the Summit Metro Parks Foundation. The sweet part is that you support the parks, and may see a lower income tax bill. Summit Metro Parks Foundation 975 Treaty Line Road Akron, OH 4433 foundation@summitmetroparks.org EIN: 34-683837

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SUMMIT METRO PARKS FOUNDATION The Summit Metro Parks Foundation is a 50(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established in 99 to further the goals and mission of Summit Metro Parks. We are grateful to those who made gifts January  through December 3, 208, whose names are listed here. These donations will support and create thriving parks that are a cornerstone of Summit County’s quality of life, and benefit the park district’s charitable, educational and scientific initiatives. Robert Abdenour

in memory of Mark Allen Bower Harold Jr. & Karen Baer Michael & Cynthia Smith Jacqueline Turner Brenda Janet White

in memory of Oliver Demrovsky Nolley Elementary

in honor of Scott Fulton Chris Fulton

in memory of Sue Dennison Michael & Cynthia Smith

Samanthalee GainesBlackwood

Albrecht Family Foundation & Acme Fresh Market

Linda Brashear

in honor of Ann G. Allan Jennifer & Jonathan Allan Soros Foundation

The Bruce & Erica Greer Family Foundation

in memory of Ronald J. Dill Ray & Karen Barta David Benko Thomas J. & Penny M. Boes Joe & Linda Gingo Martha R. Lindberg Marlene Searle Dave & Mary Tschantz

Alicia Adams Akron Children's Hospital Employees Foundation

in memory of Judith Winget Keyser Anderson Jeff Anderson & Martha Peterson in memory of Jim Anich Laura Clark Loretta Harland Dianne Holland Sheila Patricia Martin Anonymous (5) Lois D. Arnold in honor of Blitz Austin Georgena Austin Joel D. & Jan Bailey in honor of John Bartlett Anonymous in memory of D. Gene Beckett Ronald W. Reagan High School Andrea Stevens in memory of Denise I. Bellis Dale Bellis in honor of Kasey Bertolino Anonymous in memory of Wendell Biermann Margaret A. Williams Tonya Block Amy Bodnar Bokom Foundation, George & Susan Klein, Trustees in memory of Lisa Anne Botnick Ellen W. Botnick

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Darla Brown

Cindy Buck Buckeye Partners, L.P. Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC Burning River Endurance Run & Relay Runners and Western Reserve Racing, LLC in honor of Joan D. Carlson Lee & Robin Woodard in memory of Ralph W. Carney James A. Carney, Katherine P. Carney & Megan Hinchliffe and family Trina M. Carter in memory of Casey Casenhiser Kathleen Thomas Joseph Chandler in honor of Leonard Cheslock Gail E. Cheslock in honor of Geoffery Michael Cliff Tanya Larue Cliff in honor of Jacoby & Evelyn Cochran Matt Cochran in honor of Anthony Coffman Anonymous in memory of Betty Dalton Akron Community Foundation Discretionary Fund

in memory of Mary Mack Donahue Ellen Kurtti Becky Viator Stephen & Kathryn Zeger

Amy Garrett Kesha Grice The Gregory Hackett Family Foundation Robin Hardman in memory of Frank J. Harwood, Gayle A. Turk & Vincent Stallone, Jr. Gary & Carole Harwood Scott Hertle Kelly Holden

The Dreamcatcher Fund in memory of Jim Eaglewolf David Ayers Beth & Larry Billings Robyn Brown Robert & Debra Bunnell Zhe Luo Joanne Robinson Julie Y. Zhao in memory of Thomas Easterling Rusty & Gayle Miller John D. Papp in honor of Gene Eyler Marian Harmount Fairlawn City Garden Club in honor of Charles & Dorothy Falk Melanie & David Cooper Mark & Deanna Johnson John & Susan Riccardi in memory of Denise, Helen & Norman Fashimpaur The Fashimpaur Family Michael Fiume Kevin M. Fongheiser

GRANT SUPPORT Akron Community Foundation Capital Grants Akron Community Foundation Civic Affairs Akron Garden Club Akron / Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau Allstate Foundation Cargill John S. and James L. Knight Foundation McAlonan Fund of Akron Community Foundation Reimagining the Civic Commons Ohio Commission on Minority Health The Trust for Public Land

Lisa Davis

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SUMMIT METRO PARKS FOUNDATION

Jeffrey Homan

Alicia Michelle Monteith

House of Plants, Inc., Lisa Sondles, owner

Jo-Ann Moritz

Rod Hower in honor of Trista Hughes Anonymous Damian Huising Marshae Jackson in honor of Maggie Jacobs Anonymous in honor of Jean M. Hansen Congregation of Faith Lutheran Church Christiane Jenkins in memory of Alice Kersker Sarah S. Wright in memory of Ben Kiehl Kimberly Sabo in honor of Lisa King Anonymous Julie Kohut Taku Kopp Amy Kundmueller Rena Large Greg Leimeister in honor of Deborah & Sigmund Lembo The Kesler Family, The Kraus Family, The Lembo Family

in memory of Sam J. Morlan Frank L. Field, Jr. Susan Holt Bonnie Horovitz Leonard & Sharon Morlan Tim Mullins Karla Richards Joseph & Diane Weigand in honor of Mother June & Mama Vasaris Dalia Spisak in memory of Steve Nash Zionsville United Methodist Church Kathy Neag in memory of Donald C. Neidert Brothers, Sisters & their families in honor of Herb Newman Nick & Maureen Katanic Herb & Dianne Newman Timothy Nichols Samuele Palcko Amy Papatoukakis in honor of Peggy Tracie D’Antonio Cynthia A. Peterson in memory of Alice Phillips Michael & Cynthia Smith

in honor of Carolyn & Pete Levan’s 50th wedding anniversary Donna & Dave Paola

in honor of Meralie Pocock Anonymous

in memory of Jacqueline Lindquist Kira M. Sandmann

in memory of Patricia Quirk Comunale Foundation Patty Costigan Joanne Delapa Judy Ernest & Jack Harley Marlene & Dave Gaino Ruthie & Nick George Tati & Richard Harris Cathy Henretta Christine J. Hill Geraldine & Tom Hill James & Rachel Lenavitt Sylvia & David Levinson Hannah Marshall & Rich Slovisky Marjorie Moskovitz Catherine & Bill Pangas Michael & Roberta Sacks Viki Straus Barbara & Don Tolliver Patti & Ron Weinstein Gail Weintraub

in honor of Andy Little Joseph Earl Steiner in memory of Bill & Trudy Loeb Betty J. Levinson Logsdon Family Foundation Joan Leslie Long in memory of Penny T. McCary American Wood Reface, Inc. Leigha McFarren Merck Foundation MG O’Neil Foundation Milton James Foundation Margaret Minns

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Carol Pullin

in memory of Richard Remington Sr. John & Christine Dayton James A. Remington

in honor of Teresa Sigler Anonymous in honor of The Sisson and Crane Families Jim & Jerry Sisson

in honor of Richard Remington Sr., Father’s Day 208 Cynthia A. Peterson

James & Letha Skinner Edward & Cheryl Sliva

in honor of Madeline Rogers and Adam Stull’s wedding guests Rick & Alita Rogers in honor of Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Rubino Michael A. Rubino III

in memory of James “Steve” Sandy Thomas & Linda Riegler in memory of Jules F. Sauvageot Colin Baker & Amanda Wince Adam Braun Richard & Patricia Cardarelli Colette Cosma John C. Murza James A. Smith Wesley & Linda Van Fossen Robert A. Warfield Daniel & Carol Wilson Nancy K. Zaidan in memory of Christin S. Savene Susan Savene in memory of Peter J. Schloesser Karen Schloesser-Beck

John Sederwall

in honor of Anderson Tuesday Rosemary Dennis Mia Rose Wagers Jan Tulley Tina Ughrin

Mark A. Spisak

Vertical Runner, Vince Rucci, owner

in memory of Carol Ann Stevenhagen John Stevenhagen

in honor of Cheryl & Tom Wells Geoff Gentsch

in honor of Felda Strongoli Anonymous

Linda & Wayne Sanders II

Sharon Schnall & R. Drew Sellers

Karen E. Smith

in memory of Joshua Trumbo Friends & Family of Joshua Trumbo

Hoyt & Merdith Wells Mark Whitmore

Bert L. Szabo

Brad & Magita Willen

Todd E. Taras

in memory of Larry Williams Mike & Sue King Donna Leahy Diane M. Ruszczyk Harold & Patricia Webb Gretchen Wolski

Jim Thomas in memory of Diane Touschner Anonymous John & Darlene Bradley Roger W. & Joan M. Hoffman Kara J. Martell Lauren Elizabeth Miller Fred & Elaine Miller Lauren Elizabeth Miller Marv & Patricia Ostberg Karen S. Patrick Bryn Siegel Virginia G. Smith Jim & Bonnie Stoops Beth Touschner Phil & Sandy Touschner Nancy A. Weibling Ann Towell Robert Trogdon

Don & Judy Sewell

in memory of Fred Witt The Bud & Barbara Dunaway Family Fund of Akron Community Foundation in memory of Ed Wolski Larry & Shirley Williams in honor of Janet Wood Tia Codispoti Janet Wood in memory of Charles Wooley Keith Gordon Amtsberg Tony Bisesi Luba Shirley Friends & Family

The Green Islands Legacy Society recognizes those who have made a planned gift to Summit Metro Parks or the Summit Metro Parks Foundation. Their commitment makes an extraordinary difference for the future of Summit Metro Parks.

Green Islands Legacy Society Elizabeth Baker

Susan Korosa

James & Letha Skinner

Alice M. Bittner

Harold F. Levinson

Marion L. Taylor

Bruce H. Buchholzer

Joan Leslie Long

Marilyn Vernon

Edna L. Carlson

Emil A. Merkle

Mildred C. Walzer

Helen S. Coup

Ruth A. Shea

Hoyt & Merdith Wells

David Jones

Charles E. Shea

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