The following is a list of Medina County Park District programs and activities for September. All events are free unless otherwise noted. Register at www.medinacountyparks.com. For more information, call (330) 722-9364.
• Creative Concoctions for Preschoolers, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Young children are invited to create mysterious mixtures and make marvelous messes in a fun, hands-on discovery program. All supplies are provided. Parents are asked to dress their kids for a mess. Ages 3 to 6 with an adult. Register by Sept. 9.
• Homeschoolers Outdoor Education: Butterfly Bonanza, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Children can learn about and catch some common and not-so-common butterflies of Wolf Creek. They also will learn about the amazing monarch butterfly that migrates to Mexico for the winter. Because the program will be in tall prairie grass, parents are asked to dress their children in long pants. Ages 7 to 12. Registration is open until filled. Free for Medina County residents; $3 for out-of-county participants.
• Starry, Starry Nights at Letha House, Letha House Park West, 8 p.m. Participants can see 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 will only cancel in the event of severe thunderstorms. All ages welcome. No registration required.
Saturday to Sunday
• The Buzz on Bees, Susan Hambley Nature Center, noon to 5 p.m. The program offers crafts and activities to get the buzz on bees: What keeps bees so busy in the fall and why they are so important to people. All ages welcome. No registration required.
• K-9 Search & Rescue Demonstration, Allardale East, The Lodge at Allardale, 2 p.m. The North Central Ohio K9 Search and Rescue Team will demonstrate 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 team members using their K-9 pals and the audience. Visitors are asked not to bring pets. All ages welcome. No registration required.
• Nature Through the Seasons, C. L. Mugrage Park, 10 a.m. The program is a series of easy walks that explore our different parks while observing the unfolding of nature from the first spring wildflowers to the last days of winter. Ages 7 to adult. No registration required.
• Tales for Tots, Susan Hambley Nature Center, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Kids get to explore one small world on the forest floor — rotten logs. Find out who lives there and why through a story and hands-on examination. For ages 3 to 6 with an adult companion. Some or the entire program may be held outdoors; participants are asked to dress accordingly. Register by Sept. 19.
• Hiking for the Health of it, Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Blue Hen Falls, 9 a.m. This is a hiking club for those adults who can hike four to five miles at a brisk pace. The trails can be mildly strenuous. Participants are asked to dress for the weather, and be sure to have appropriate footwear. Ages 10 to adult. No registration required.
• Northeastern Ohio Live Steamers: ALL ABOARD! Lester Rail Trail, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Train rides are offered around a miniature railroad and station house. Members of N.E.O.L.S., a miniature railroad group, will offer this free program. All ages welcome. No registration required.
• Nature for Families: Butterfly Bonanza, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 1 p.m. Children can learn about and catch some common and not-so-common butterflies of Wolf Creek. They also will learn about the amazing monarch butterfly that migrates to Mexico for the winter. Because the program will be in tall prairie grass, parents are asked to dress their children in long pants. Ages 7 to 12. Registration is open until filled. Free for Medina County residents; $3 for out-of-county participants.
• Critter Crafts, Susan Hambley Nature Center, noon to 5 p.m. Participants are invited to use rocks, seed pods, sticks and other natural items to make all sorts of creatures real or imagined. Supplies provided. All ages welcome. No registration required.
• Natural Discoveries Hiking Series: Pawpaw — Our Official State Fruit, Letha House Park East, 3 p.m. The pawpaw became Ohio’s official state fruit in January 2009. Most of the relatives of the pawpaw grow in the tropics, and walking along the Pawpaw Trail at Letha House gives you that tropic forest feeling. Participants can learn about the history of the pawpaw and the wildlife associated with it. They also will have the opportunity to taste this mango-like fruit. Ages 7 to adult. No registration required.
• Photographers of the Parks Club Meeting, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 3 p.m. This program offers 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, please call Shelley at (330) 239-4814 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Ages 16 to adult.
Sept. 24 & Sept. 26
• HOOK, LINE, and SINKER, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6 to 8 p.m. This is a two-day workshop teaching basic fishing skills to beginners. Topics include equipment and how to use it, types of line, knot tying, proper sizes of hooks, use of live and artificial bait, types and uses of lures, fish handling, how to filet fish and prepare them for the frying pan, basic reel and rod repairs, and local fishing hot spots. The class will be taught by park district volunteers who are involved in the state of Ohio’s Passport to Fishing program. No prior fishing experience or equipment is needed. Ages 16 to adult. Register by Sept. 23.
• Nature Printing, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6:30 p.m. The aim of the program is to teach how to use natural objects and colorful paints to embellish scrapbook pages, photo mattes, nature journals, note cards and other printed material. Supplies and paper for note cards is provided. Participants can bring their own scrapbook pages or other paper items to decorate. Ages 13 to adult. Register by Sept. 25.
l Coyotes on the Move, Krabill Shelter/Chippewa Lake, 7:30 p.m. Coyotes have expanded their range more than any other wild animal in North America. This program teaches how this amazing mammal has adapted to a diversity of habitats, including Ohio’s suburbs. The program begins by discussing the life history of the coyote and includes a short hike and an attempt to call in one of these typically shy animals. Ages 8 to adult. No registration required.
• Searching for Snakes, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 1 p.m. Medina County Park District Naturalists are asking for help to conduct a snake survey at Wolf Creek Environmental Center. Participants will search the grounds documenting snake species they spot. Long pants and solid shoes are required. Ages 8 to adult. No registration required.
• Critter Crafts, Susan Hambley Nature, noon. Participants are invited to use rocks, seed pods, sticks, and other natural items to make all sorts of creatures real or imagined. Supplies provided. All ages welcome. No registration required.
• Introduction to Digital Photography, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 1 p.m. This program will teach techniques for digital camera use and how to get the most out of modern cameras. The class will cover tips for taking better pictures, how to edit images with and without a computer, and proper storing and printing of your digital images. Participants are asked to bring their own digital camera with user manual. Ages 16 to adult. Register by Sept. 28. There is a $25 program fee.