September 2, 2014

Medina
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Stuff to do outdoors this month

Tuesday

Stroller Hike, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 10:30 a.m. On this guided hike, the group will explore different parks and investigate nature happenings in ways adults and children can understand. A fun way to enjoy the outdoors, get a little exercise and socialize with other parents. Children can be in strollers, backpacks or can toddle along on their own. Mid- to full-size or jogger-type strollers recommended. This program is for children ages newborn to 7. No registration required.

Wednesday

Nature Through the Seasons, Plum Creek Park South, Brunswick Hills Township, 10 a.m. The Nature Through the Seasons series consists of easy walks that explore the Medina County’s different parks while observing the unfolding of nature from the first spring wildflowers to the last days of winter. Ages 7 and older welcome. No registration required.

Gentle Yoga for Fitness, River Styx Park, Guilford Township, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants will learn basic yoga poses and simple relaxation techniques in the outdoors with personal trainer Sue Bielawski. Beginners welcome. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat with them to the class. No registration, walk-in only. Program fee is $7 per person (pay cash on the day of the program.) Ages 16 and older welcome. Email Bielawski at suebielawski@gmail.com with questions.

Sunday

Grand opening of the Lodge at Allardale, 141 Remsen Road, Granger Township, noon. The public is invited to join park district staff and the Allard family for the grand opening of its newest facility, the Lodge at Allardale. The Allard family donated its family farm to the park district in 1992 and now is a significant contributor to the construction of this new building. The grand opening includes crafts, letterboxing and naturalist-led hikes. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 2 p.m. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Natural Discoveries Hiking Series: Snakes Alive! Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 3 p.m. Join a group of hikers as they look for snakes in field and thicket. Participants will discover what kinds of snakes live in the park and whether there are any venomous snakes in Medina County. They also will learn the adaptations snakes use to find and capture their prey. Ages 7 and older welcome. No registration required.

June 11-13

Advanced Fishing for Kids, Buffalo Creek Retreat, Guilford Township, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This three-day camp is especially for all Passport to Fishing graduates. More advanced angling skills will be covered, but most of the time will be spent doing what the kids love most — fishing. This program is not for beginner anglers and it is recommended that children have participated in a previous Passport to Fishing program. Fishing poles and a limited amount of bait will be provided, but children may bring their own. This program is for children ages 8 to 12. Registration deadline is June 10.

June 11

Playing with the Wind, Hubbard Valley Park, Guilford Township, 10 or 11:30 a.m. Young children are invited to bring an adult and join Amy Winnicki in creative movement. Wind-themed activities using bubbles, balloons and parachutes will be the focus of the program. The children will learn that all of these items need air and all are fun to play with. This program will be canceled if it is raining. This program is for ages 2 to 6. Registration is required by June 10.

June 13

Cycling Makes Sense Fitness Ride, Buckeye Woods Park, Lafayette Township, 6:30 p.m. This program, offered by the park district and Century Cycles, is a way to for participants to get out on their bikes for a non-aggressive ride and experience the district’s wonderful multipurpose trails. Before the six- to-10-mile ride, Lynne Nawalaniec, of Century Cycles, will share basic tips for body and bike fitness. Helmets are required. Park in the parking lot by the ballfields to meet for this ride. Anyone older than 16 welcome. Register by June 12.

June 14-16

Wild Weekends: Life Under Logs, Susan Hambley Nature Center, Brunswick, noon to 5 p.m. Creatures depend on rotting logs to survive and they shouldn’t be cleaned up. Nature lovers can stop at the center to discover the creatures that live underneath fallen trees through activities, games and crafts. Participants should be prepared to get their hands dirty. All ages welcome. No registration required.

June 15

Hiking for the Health of It, Boston Run Trail (meet at Happy Days Visitor Center parking lot, 500 W. Streetsboro Road, Peninsula), 8 a.m. This is a hiking club for adults who can hike four to five miles at a brisk pace. Walking trails can be mildly strenuous. Participants should dress for the weather and be sure to have appropriate footwear. Ages 10 to adult welcome. No registration required.

June 15

Starry, Starry Nights, Letha House Park West, Chatham Township, 9 p.m. Observe deep-sky objects, planets and the moon up close using the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association’s telescopes. The observatory will be open for public viewing and members will be available to answer questions. The program only will be canceled in the event of severe thunderstorms. All ages welcome. No registration required.

June 20

Quick Start Canoeing, River Styx Park, Guilford Township, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Designed for beginning paddlers, this course will teach basic canoeing terminology, boating and water safety, how to choose and use appropriate equipment for paddling, and basic strokes for maneuvering a canoe. The course is geared to two-person canoes. Ages 9 to adult welcome. Deadline for registering is June 19. There is a $10 fee per participant.

June 20 and 21

Tales for Tots, River Styx Park, Guilford Township, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. What is covered in scales and carries his home on his back? A turtle, of course. Children will learn more about these animals through a story, hands-on examination and a simple craft. This program is for ages 3 to 6 with an adult companion. Some or the entire program may be held outdoors, so participants are asked to dress accordingly. Registration is through June 19.

June 22

Northeastern Ohio Live Steamers: All Aboard! Lester Rail Trail, York Township, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Lester Rail Trail hosts train rides around a miniature railroad and station house. Members of NEOLS, a miniature railroad group, are sponsoring this program. All ages welcomed. No registration required.

June 23

K-9 Search and Rescue Demonstration, Buckeye Woods Park, Lafayette Township, 2 p.m. The North Central Ohio K-9 Search & Rescue Team will demonstrate how its specially trained dogs are used to track and find missing persons in a variety of environments. This presentation will be interactive, with members using their K9 pals and the audience. Participants should not bring their own pets. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Natural Discoveries Hiking Series: Discovering Our Trees, Letha House Park East, Chatham Township, 3 p.m. Each year, the group visits a different park to explore the diversity of trees in this region. Join a park district naturalist to learn how to recognize different species of trees along with their uses. Ages 7 to adult welcome. No registration required.

Photographers of the Parks Club, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 3 p.m. This is an opportunity for nature photo enthusiasts to share knowledge with like-minded folks, gain special access to programs and events related to photography and support the park district. Both beginner and advanced photographers are invited to participate. The club will emphasize, but not be limited to, nature photography. No registration required. For more information, contact Shelley at (330) 239-4814 or stender@medinaco.org. Ages 16 to adult welcomed. No registration required.

June 26-28

Passport to Fishing, Letha House Park West, Chatham Township, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, this three-day program introduces children with little or no previous fishing experience to the sport of angling. The Passport program includes stewardship messages as part of each learning activity. Four topics are covered over the three days and children will earn a fishing pole as part of the program. Children must attend all three days to be eligible to receive the fishing pole. This program is offered twice during the summer, but children may register for only one one-week session. Fishing poles and bait will be provided during the program. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children, but it is not required. Ages 7 to 12 welcome. Register by June 25.

June 28

The Wonders of the Seasons, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 10:30 a.m. Participants will learn about the beauty of the seasons through songs, instruments, creative movement and stories. Children will learn a Native American song for Mother Earth, a Japanese rain song, an apple-picking song for the fall and a winter song for playing in the snow. The instructor has a degree in music education and a master’s in outdoor education. She has taught music to children for 34 years. Children should dress appropriately for outdoor activities. Ages 3 to 6 welcome. Register by June 27.

June 28-30

Wild Weekends: All About Birds, Susan Hambley Nature Center, Brunswick, noon to 5 p.m. Birds are one of the most visible, colorful, and fascinating forms of wildlife. Join us this weekend for an assortment of bird activities and then go see which birds you can spot as you walk along the trail. All ages welcome. No registration required.

SOURCE: Medina County Park District