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Medina County park events for the month of April

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

Tuesday

• Homeschoolers Outdoor Education: Worms, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. What good are worms? Where do they spend the winter? How long do they live? This program provides those answers and more. There will be a short hike, weather permitting. Ages 7 to 12. Registration is open until filled. Free for Medina County residents. There is a $3 fee for noncounty participants.

Thursday

• Environmental Speaker Series: Bobcat Recovery in Ohio, Current Research for Future Management, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 7 p.m. Medina County had its first confirmed bobcat in over 100 years in September. Having completed her third year of research with Ohio’s Division of Wildlife, Christa Rose will share how this wild cat is making a comeback in Ohio. She will discuss bobcat behavior and ecology along with additional related initiatives on Ohio coyotes and gray and red foxes. Christa Rose is a wildlife biologist with a master’s degree in conservation biology from Columbia University. Ages 9 to adult. No registration required.

Saturday

• PiYo with Lauren, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 9:15 a.m. Lauren Warner, certified PiYo Strength instructor is offering this high-energy class. PiYo is a fusion of Pilates and yoga choreographed to music. It is low impact but high intensity by using the 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, a hand towel, and a sticky mat. For more information contact Lauren at ulultys@att.net. Ages 16 to adult. Register by Friday. There is a
$5 fee.

• Birding for New Birders, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 10 a.m. Birdwatching is one of the fastest growing recreational activities in the United States. This two-hour class will cover binoculars and field guides, what to wear for function and comfort, and bird identification basics. Participants will observe, discuss, and identify birds at the feeders outside the classroom window. Optional: Class will meet at an upcoming Birds and Breakfast hike to practice bird identification out in the field. Ages 10 to adult. Register by Saturday.

• Moon Hike, Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park 7:30 p.m. Hikers will experience the nighttime sights and sounds and learn a little about the moon and night vision. All ages welcome. Register by Saturday.

Saturday and Sunday

• Fossil Hunter, Susan Hambley Nature Center, noon to 5 p.m. Ever want to be a fossil hunter? Those that answer “yes,” can drop by the Susan Hambley Nature Center to view a variety of plant and animal fossils that have been found in our area from 350,000 million years old to a mere 10,000 years old. The program will include real fossils and information about how fossils are formed. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Wednesday, April 16

• Nature Through the Seasons, River Styx Park, 10 a.m. This program consists of easy walks that explore the district’s 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.

Thursday and Friday, April 17-18

• Tales for Tots, Krabill Shelter, 10 a.m. or
1 p.m. Ever seen a hole in the yard and wondered who or what made it? Find out who these little diggers are and why they dig through a story, fun activities, and outdoor exploration. For ages 3 to
6 with an adult companion. Some or the entire program may be held outdoors so participants are advised to dress accordingly. Register by April 17.

Friday, April 18

• Happy Trails Hiking Club, Johnson Woods State Nature Preserve, 13240 Fox Lake Road, Marshallville, 10 a.m. The Happy Trails Hiking Club meets every other Friday of each month for a leisurely one- or two-mile hike either in Medina County parks or other interesting natural areas. Participants are advised to come dressed for the weather. Hikers often stop for a snack at one of the local restaurants after the trek. Ages 10 to adult. No registration required. For more information, call Dee Mihevic at (330) 722-4558.

Saturday, April 19

• Hiking for the Health of it, Chippewa Rail Trail, 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 with a limited amount being off trail. Participants are advised to dress for the weather and to have appropriate footwear. Ages 10 to adult. No registration required.

• Migratory Bird Banding, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 9 a.m. Bird banding is a scientific research method that studies bird behavior and movements and provides us with valuable information about avian populations and migratory patterns. The data collected through bird banding is critical to identify contributing factors affecting populations in both winter and summer habitats and the establishment of needed conservation efforts. Licensed bird banders Gary and Jill Fowler will explain more about the significance of bird banding and see how it is done. Other banding dates are scheduled for April 26 and May 3, 10, and 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. Please note that bird banding is weather variable and may not be done if it is raining or snowing. Signs posted at Wolf Creek will state if bird banding is occurring and direct participants to the banding location on the dates listed above. All ages welcome. No registration required.

• Your Home, Your Town, Your World Susan Hambley Nature Center, noon to 5 p.m. April is Earth Month. There will be crafts and activities to show how we can all protect our resources and enhance our living every day. No registration required. All ages welcome.

Tuesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 24

• Hook, Line and Sinker, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6:30 to 8:30 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 also certified instructors for the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s Passport to Fishing program. No prior fishing experience or equipment is needed. Ages 16 to adult. Register by April 21.

Saturday, April 26

• Migratory Bird Banding, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 9 a.m. Bird banding is a scientific research method that studies bird behavior and movements and provides us with valuable information about avian populations and migratory patterns. The data collected through bird banding is critical to identify contributing factors affecting populations in both winter and summer habitats and the establishment of needed conservation efforts. Licensed bird banders Gary and Jill Fowler will explain more about the significance of bird banding and see how it is done. Other banding dates are scheduled for May 3, 10, and 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. Please note that bird banding is weather variable and may not be done if it is raining or snowing. Signs posted at Wolf Creek will state if bird banding is occurring and direct participants to the banding location on the dates listed above. All ages welcome. No registration required.

• PiYo with Lauren, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 9:15 a.m. Lauren Warner, certified PiYo Strength instructor is offering this high-energy class. PiYo is a fusion of Pilates and yoga choreographed to music. It is low impact but high intensity by using the 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, a hand towel, and a sticky mat. For more information contact Lauren at ulultys@att.net. Ages 16 to adult. Register by April 25. There is a $5 fee.

• Medina County’s 18th Annual Earth Day Festival, Buffalo Creek Retreat, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come celebrate Earth Day at Medina County Park District’s Buffalo Creek Retreat, just south of Hubbard Valley Park. There will be earth-friendly exhibits, a family fishing derby, kids’ activities, food, and much more, so bring the whole family for a fun-filled day. Additional parking for this event will be at Hubbard Valley Park with shuttle service provided to Buffalo Creek. All ages welcome. No registration required. Free admission.

• Family Fishing Derby, Buffalo Creek Retreat, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Families are invited to fish together, hook some memories, and win prizes. The event will feature the first Medina County Park District Family Fishing Derby. Parents and children can register as teams and fish between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Registration is required in order to be eligible to win prizes. A limited amount of rods, reels, and bait will be available for use. This derby is held in conjunction with Medina County’s 18th annual Earth Day Festival. All ages welcome. No registration required.