October 23, 2014

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Medina County park events for March

The following is a list of Medina County Park District programs and activities for the remainder of the month of January. All events are free unless otherwise noted. Register at www.medinacountyparks.com. For more information, call (330) 722-9364.

Saturday

• Puppet Show: The Amphibians are Coming! Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 2 p.m. The puppets at Wolf Creek have created a new television show called “Wolf Creek Nature News.” This month, they investigate strange noises and sightings coming from vernal pools in the forest. Could it be aliens from outer space? The Wolf Creek Puppet News Team investigates these strange occurrences. After the show, kids can enjoy making a craft. Registration is required for everyone attending the program. Children must come with an adult companion. This program is aimed at youngsters ages 4 to 10, but all ages are welcome. Register by Saturday.

• CAA Astronomy Presentation Series: Interstellar Travel Fact & Fiction, Letha House Park West, 8 p.m. Physicists tell us that the speed of light is the speed limit of the universe. Nevertheless, writers and filmmakers have imagined interstellar quests. Tim Campbell, the vice president of the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association, will discuss these fictional journeys through space along with the science of an actual trip to the stars. The program will be held rain or shine. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is requested. Ages 10 to adult. Register by March 8.

Saturday and Sunday

• Frog-art, Susan Hambley Nature Center, 12 to 5 p.m. By the end of March, frogs should be singing in the ponds. Kids can get ready by creating some frogs of their own from a variety of crafts. Supplies provided. No registration required. All ages welcome.

Tuesday, March 11

• Creative Concoctions for Preschoolers, Plum Creek Park North, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Youngsters are invited to create mysterious mixtures and make marvelous messes in this hands-on program. All supplies are provided and the youngsters are urged to come dressed for mess. Ages 3 to 6. Register by March 10.

• Homeschoolers Outdoor Education: Signs of Spring, Plum Creek Park North, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Spring is almost here, and it’s everywhere you look, from the Tree Swallows returning from the south to the smiles on people’s faces. Participants will start at the shelter to learn about the first signs of spring and then hike the trails to look for these signs. Participants are advised to dress for the weather. Ages 7 to 12. Registration is open until filled. Free for Medina County residents. There is a $3 fee for non-county participants.

Wednesdays, March 12

• Basic Nature Drawing for Homeschoolers, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 1 p.m. Participants will learn to observe details in nature and make objects come to life on paper with a simple pencil. Techniques for making realistic drawings will be demonstrated and taught during this three-week class concluding with a finished project. All supplies will be provided. Students will receive a set of drawing pencils, both color and graphite, sharpener and kneaded eraser that they can keep. Ages 11 to 16. Register by March 11. There is a $10 program fee.

Thursday, March 13

• Environmental Speaker Series: Incredible Saguaro, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 7 p.m. Former Park Ranger Travis White will discuss the Saguaro National Park, including the elevations ranging from 2,180 to 8,666. The lower desert has all the interesting flora and fauna of the lush Sonoran desert, including its namesake, the giant Saguaro cactus — the world’s largest. Upper elevations host huge Ponderosa forests where bear, cougar, and other animals abound. Travis White is a retired veteran of 31 years with the National Park Service. He has worked at several national parks including Saguaro National Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Mammoth Cave, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Cabrillo National Monument. Ages 9 to adult. No registration required.

Saturday, March 15

• Hiking for the Health of it, Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Lock 29 Towpath in Peninsula, 9 a.m. This is a hiking club for those adults who can hike four to five miles at a brisk pace. Walking trails can be mildly strenuous. Hikers are advised to dress for the weather and to have appropriate footwear. Ages 10 to adult. No registration required.

• PiYo with Lauren, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 9:15 a.m. Join Lauren Warner, certified PiYo Strength instructor. PiYo is a fusion of pilates and yoga choreographed to music. It is low impact but high intensity. You will use your own body to create resistance. People of all ages can take PiYo and modifications based on skill level and flexibility are offered. Participants are asked to bring water, hand towel, and a sticky mat. Contact Lauren with questions at ulultys@att.net. Ages 16 to adult. Register by March 14. There is a $5 program fee.

• K-9 Kapers, Lake Medina, Granger Road entrance, 10 a.m. K-9 Kapers provides dog owners with an opportunity to socialize their pets with other dogs. All dogs must have an accompanying adult and eight-foot, non-retractable leash. Participants must maintain control of their dogs at all times. Partipants are asked to bring a towel for muddy feet and a water bowl. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16

• Frog-art, Susan Hambley Nature Center, 12 to 5 p.m. By the end of March, frogs should be singing in the ponds. Kids can get ready by creating some frogs of their own from a variety of crafts. Supplies provided. No registration required. All ages welcome.

Wednesday, March 19

• Nature Through the Seasons, Green Leaf Park, 10 a.m. The Nature Through the Seasons series consists 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.

• Basic Nature Drawing for Homeschoolers, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 1 p.m. Participants will learn to observe detail in nature and make objects come to life on paper with a simple pencil. Techniques for making realistic drawings will be demonstrated and taught during this three-week class concluding with a finished project. All supplies will be provided. Students will receive a set of drawing pencils, both color and graphite, sharpener and kneaded eraser that they can keep. Ages 11 to 16. Register by March 11. There is a $10 program fee.

Thursday, March 20

• Ohio State University Extension Medina County, Pesticide Applicator Training, The Lodge at Allardale, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Plan to attend this session to meet re-certification requirements for private applicator license. Fee is $35 per person. Late registration is $50. Register by March 10. Light refreshments will be served. For more information and to register, contact Kathy Bulka at 330-725-4911 ext.108, bulka.1@osu.edu, or pested.osu.edu.

Thursday and Friday, March 20-21

• Tales for Tots, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Fossils tell stories of life long ago. Youngsters will discover more about them through a story, hands-on examination, and a simple craft. For ages 3 to 6 with an adult companion. Some or the entire program may be held outdoors; participants are advised to dress accordingly. Register by March 20.

Friday, March 21

• Happy Trails Hiking Club, Buckeye Woods Park, 10 a.m. The Happy Trails Hiking Club meets every other Friday of each month at 10 a.m. for a leisurely one-or-two-mile trek either in Medina County parks or other interesting natural areas. Hiker are advised to dress for the weather. Participants often stop for a snack at a local restaurants after the hike. For more information, all Dee Mihevic at (330) 722-4558. Ages 10 to adult. No registration required.

Saturday, March 22

• Waterfowl Migration, Chippewa Inlet Trail North, 9 a.m. March is the month to observe colorful ducks, geese, and swans as they pass through Ohio on their way to Canada. Participants are urged to bring binoculars. Spotting scopes will be set up for distant viewing. Ages 7 to adult. No registration required.

• Fulton Farm Maple Syrup Tour, Buffalo Creek Retreat. The public is invited to a wagon tour of the Fulton Family’s Maple Valley Farm sugar woods, owned and operated by five generations of the Fulton family. Visitors will see the entire syrup-making process, from gathering the sap to boiling and bottling in the sugar house. Tours will begin and end at Buffalo Creek Retreat where complimentary baked goodies and warm refreshments will be available. Space is limited for this event. Register by March 20. Tours will be approximately 90 minutes in duration and will be conducted every 45 minutes in groups of 25. Tour times are 9 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. or noon. If any time slots do not meet the minimum requirement of 10 people, participants may be called and asked to move to another time slot. To cancel a reservation, please contact the park office at (330) 722-9364 as soon as possible to allow us time to fill the openings.

• PiYo with Lauren, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 9:15 a.m. Join Lauren Warner, certified PiYo Strength instructor. PiYo is a fusion of Pilates and Yoga choreographed to music. It is low impact but high intensity. You will use your own body to create resistance. People of all ages can take PiYo and modifications based on skill level and flexibility are offered. Participants are asked to bring water, hand towel, and a sticky mat. Contact Lauren with questions at ulultys@att.net. Ages 16 to adult. Register by March 21. There is a $5 program fee.

Saturday and Sunday, March 22-23

• Meet the Animals, Susan Hambley Nature Center, 12 to 5 p.m. The nature center is home to many animals including snakes, turtles, fish, a toad, a frog, cockroaches, and a worm farm. Visitors can come and learn all about their habits, care, and life histories. Activities will be set up Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. There will be a live animal presentation with the naturalist at 2 p.m. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Sunday, March 23

• Natural Discoveries Hiking Series: Waterfowl Migration, Chippewa Inlet Trail North, 3 p.m. March is the month to observe those colorful ducks, geese, and swans as they pass through Ohio on their way to Canada. Participants are urged to bring binoculars. Spotting scopes will be set up for distant viewing. Ages 7 to adult. No registration required.