October 24, 2014

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Medina County park events for May 16-25

Three generations relax at a hilltop rest area in the Medina Park District’s Allardale Park in Granger Township: From left, Therese Johnson with her daughter, Maddie, and husband, Alex Johnson, of Copley Township; his brother, Mick Ivan and their mother, Nancy Ivan, of Richfield. “This is my favorite thing to do on Mother’s Day,” Nancy Ivan said. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Three generations relax at a hilltop rest area in the Medina Park District’s Allardale Park in Granger Township: From left, Therese Johnson with her daughter, Maddie, and husband, Alex Johnson, of Copley Township; his brother, Mick Ivan and their mother, Nancy Ivan, of Richfield. “This is my favorite thing to do on Mother’s Day,” Nancy Ivan said. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

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

Friday

• Happy Trails Hiking Club, River Styx 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 hike either in Medina County parks or other interesting natural areas. Hikers are advised to dress for the weather. Participants usually stop for a snack at one of the local restaurants after the hike. For more information, contact Dee at (330) 722.4558. Ages 10 to adult. No registration required.

• Happy Trails Hiking Club, Hubbard Valley 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 hike either in Medina County parks or other interesting natural areas. Hikers are advised to come dressed for the weather. Participants often stop for a snack at one of the local restaurants after the hike. For more information, call Dee Mihevic at (330) 722-4558. Ages 10 to adult. No registration required.

Saturday

• Birds and Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. Spring migration brings a host of neotropical migrants through Medina County from as far away as Argentina. Participants will learn how to identify them by sight and sound. Donuts, coffee, and hot chocolate will be served after the hike. Hikers are urged to bring binoculars and field guides. Ages 10 to adult. Registration is required because birding on the trails is not practical with large groups. Location will be disclosed at time of registration.

• Hiking for the Health of it, Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Pine Lane Trail in Peninsula, 9 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. Hikers are advised to dress for the weather, and be sure to have appropriate footwear.

• K-9 Kapers, Hubbard Valley Park, 10 a.m. K-9 Kapers provides dog owners with an opportunity to socialize their pets with other dogs. These alternative hikes will interest both the dog and its owner while offering exercise and fun. All dogs must have an accompanying adult and eight-foot, non-retractable leash. Participants must maintain control of their dogs at all times. Participants are recommended to bring a towel for muddy feet and a water bowl. All ages welcome. No registration required.

• Eco-Arts Chalk Festival, Susan Hambley Nature Center, 10 a.m. Come join Medina County Park District as we host the ninth-annual Eco-Arts Chalk Festival. Prizes will be awarded in each of the following categories: best elementary, best middle school, best high school, best adult, and best group entries. Pat Catan’s Craft Centers sponsors this community event. Online registration is encouraged to ensure sufficient supplies, but registrations will be taken on event day. When registering, participants are asked to indicate entry preference by choosing from one of the five category options. All ages welcome. Registration deadline is May 16.

Saturday and Sunday

• Hurray for May!, Susan Hambley Nature Center, noon to 5 p.m. Spring is the perfect time for a chance to get out of the house and explore. There will be new activities and crafts each weekend in the month. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Sunday

• Rabbits and Hares, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 2 p.m. Although their teeth make them look like rodents, rabbits and hares actually belong to a group called “Lagomorphs.” Participants will learn what distinguishes these creatures and how they live, then take a hike to look for signs of their presence. A make-and-take craft will be available. Participant are advised to dress for the weather. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Thursday, May 22 and Friday, May 23

• Tales for Tots, Green Leaf Park, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Youngsters can become nature artists and experiment with the colors in nature while hearing stories and going on a rainbow hike. For ages 3 to 6 with an adult companion. Because some or the entire program may be held outdoors, parents are advised to dress their children appropriately. Deadline for registering is May 22.

Saturday, May 24

• 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 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. Participants will join licensed bird banders Gary and Jill Fowler at Wolf Creek to learn more about the significance of bird banding and see how it is done. Bird banding is weather variable and may not be done if it is raining or snowing. Signs will be posted at Wolf Creek if bird banding is occurring and to 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, will conduct this high-energy class. PiYo is a fusion of Pilates and Yoga choreographed to music. It is low impact but high intensity. Participants use their 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. For more information, contact Lauren at ulultys@att.net.Ages 16 to adult. Deadline to register is Friday. There is a $5 program fee.

Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25

• Hurray for May!, Susan Hambley Nature Center, noon to 5 p.m. Spring is the perfect time for a chance to get out of the house and explore. There will be new activities and crafts each weekend in the month. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Sunday, May 25

• Photographers of the Parks Club Meeting, Krabill Shelter, 3 p.m. This program provides 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. The club will emphasize but not be limited to nature photography. No registration required. For more information, contact Shelley at (330) 239-4814 or email stender@medinaco.org. Ages 16 to adult. No registration required.