July 28, 2014

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Summer is the time to get outside with park events

Kids in the Passport to Fishing program came away with more than just the basics of rigging a line and casting for fish.

“We try to give them the skills to be independent when they fish,” said Shelley Tender, an interpretive services manager for the Medina County Park District. “And the parents who stay for the classes also learn a lot, too.”

Cody Bednar, 12, of Wilmington, Ohio caught a fish on Friday during a Passport to Fishing class at Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park on Windfall Road. Bednar was attending the three day fishing class while visiting his grandmother, who lives in Hinckley Township. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Cody Bednar, 12, of Wilmington, Ohio caught a fish on Friday during a Passport to Fishing class at Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park on Windfall Road. Bednar was attending the three day fishing class while visiting his grandmother, who lives in Hinckley Township. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

The park district program ran Thursday through Saturday at Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park, 4985 Windfall Road, Granger Township, is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Development.

Tender said the program taught four key components of fishing. Children ages 7 to 12 learn about knots and rigging, water quality and water pollution, casting a line and safety and what kinds of fish are in local ponds.

There are a number of places within the park district for recreational fishing. Parents are allowed to fish with their children without a license at Carolyn Mugrage Park, Green Leaf Park, Buckeye Woods Park, Lake Medina, Letha House and Plum Creek Park.

The Letha House Park and Mugrage Park are catch and release only because the park district is trying to grow the fish population.

Fishing also is permitted at Hubbard Valley and Chippewa Lake parks, but anyone older than 16 needs a fishing permit.

For more information on the parks, visit www.medinacountyparks.com.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com. Follow her on Twitter @lorengenson.

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

Thursday

• Stroller Hike, River Styx Park, 8200 River Styx Road, Guilford Township, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. On this guided hike, participants will explore different parks and investigate nature happenings in ways both oldsters and little ones can understand. Children can be in strollers, backpacks, or can toddle along on their own. Mid to full-size or jogger-type strollers recommended. Ages newborn to 7. No registration required.

Saturday

• Hiking for the Health of it, Happy Days Visitor Center, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 500 W. Streetsboro Road, Peninsula, 8 to 10 a.m. This is a hike 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 be sure to have appropriate footwear. Ages 10 to adult. No registration required.

• Walk With a Doc, Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park, 4985 Windfall Road, Granger Township, 9 to 10 a.m. Walk With a Doc combines a casual one- to two-mile walk beginning with a brief, informative talk by a Cleveland Clinic doctor or other health provider. Topics are based on the provider’s specialty and requests of participants. Ages 10 to adult. No registration required.

Saturday and Sunday

• Wild Weekends: TYOT, Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick, 12 to 5 p.m. The nature center is home to many turtles — some aquatic and some live on land. Drop in to meet them and for a variety of “Take Your Own Turtle” crafts for all ages. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Tuesday, July 8 through Thursday, July 10

• Self Reliance in the Woods, for Women, Hidden Hollow Camp, 8672 Richman Road, Harrisville Township, 6 to 9 p.m. There is no distinction between men and women in terms of self-reliance, but this class is geared specifically for women. The workshop is designed to fit into summer schedules by breaking up wilderness survival topics into segments that are presented over a three-day series. The topics during these sessions will cover all of the basics you need to know to survive and even thrive in an emergency situation most anywhere in North America most anytime of year. Shelter, fire, water, and food with additional topics such as knife sharpening and awareness in the woods also being discussed. This is described as a fast-paced, hands-on class that will provide opportunities to not only learn these skills but to pass on to family members. The instructor is Tom Laskowski, director of Midwest Native Skills Institute, an outdoor wilderness self-reliance school in Northeast Ohio that has been in business over 17 years teaching non-military survival techniques. For more information and to register for the program, visit his website at www.SurvivalSchool.com or call him at 1-888-886-5592. For adults. Women only please. There is a $79 fee per person.

Tuesday, July 8

• Cycling Makes Sense Fitness Ride, Lester Rail Trail, 3654 Lester Road, York Township, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This program, offered by Medina County Park District and Century Cycles, is a way to get out on bicycles for a non-aggressive ride and experience the park district’s multipurpose trails. Before the start of the six- to 10-mile ride, Lynne Nawalaniec of Century Cycles will share basic tips on how to keep riders and bikes fit. Helmets are required. Meet at the Lester Road trailhead. Ages over 16. Register by July 7.

Saturday, July 12

• Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Workshop, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Which plant will stop a cut from bleeding? Which one takes the hurt out of a bee sting or itch away from a mosquito bite? How to make “coffee” out of a dandelion? These questions and more will be answered in one of the most comprehensive edible/medicinal plant workshops available. The class begins with a detailed slide presentation about the plants available in Northeast Ohio, followed by a discussion of what plants look like throughout the different seasons and how to prepare them to make teas, medicinal tinctures and decoctions, and simple meals. There also will be a field walk to see the plants in their natural environments. The class will end with a hands-on project using wild plants. Depending on plant availability, each person will help prepare a project such as a jam or jelly, dandelion wine, or a medicinal salve. The class is presented by Tom Laskowski, director of Midwest Native Skills Institute, Inc. (MNSI), a survival, wilderness, and self-reliance school located in Northeast Ohio. To register for this class, contact MNSI by phone at (888) 886-5592 or online at www.SurvivalSchool.com. For adults only. Register by July 11. There is a $50 fee per person.

• Goin’ Mobile with Nature: Forest, Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park, 4985 Windfall Road, Granger Township, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Medina Library Bookmobile will be visiting the parks this summer. Join library staff and park naturalists for this opportunity to discover nature. Participants can listen to nature themed stories read by library staff, and join a naturalist for a hands-on nature experience centering on the day’s topic. Participants are asked to bring a library card. All ages welcome. No registration required.

• Starry, Starry Nights at Letha House, Letha House Park West, 5800 Richman Road, Chatham Township, 9 to 11 p.m. Deep-sky objects, planets, and the moon up close can be seen using the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association’s telescopes. The observatory will be open for public viewing, and members will be available to answer questions. Activities and displays will be set up inside the barn for cloudy/rainy nights. The program will be canceled only for severe thunderstorms. Ages 6 to adult. No registration required.

Wednesday, July 16

• Nature Through the Seasons, Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick, 10 to 11 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.

Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20

• Wild Weekends: Avian Architects, Susan Hambley Nature Center, 473 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick, noon to 5 p.m. Birds build a wide variety of nests from stretchy hummingbird nests to woodpecker holes in trees to enormous eagle nests. Visit the nature center this weekend to see a variety of nests and learn what birds build them. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Friday, July 18

• Name That Tree Workshop, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This one-day workshop is designed to give participants in-depth training and practice on identifying trees using leaves and other common characteristics. The class begins indoors with some introductory identification clues and samples that we use to work through a dichotomous key. The afternoon is spent outside practicing. Lunch is included in the registration fee of $35 fee per person. Registration and payment information can be found online at http://woodlandstewards.osu.edu. There are no refunds for cancellations received after the registration deadline. There will be a $10 cancellation fee. For adults only. For more information, contact Mary at (614) 688-3421 or ohiowoods@osu.edu with questions. This class qualifies for five hours of continuing education credit for the Ohio Forest Tax Law program.

Saturday, July 19

• Hiking for the Health of it, Pine Lane Trail, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 1281 Pine Lane, Peninsula, 8 to 10 a.m. This is a hike 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 be sure to have appropriate footwear. Ages 10 to adult. No registration required.

• Walk With a Doc, Hubbard Valley Park, 8600 Hubbard Valley Road, Guilford Township, 9 to 10 a.m. Walk With a Doc combines a casual one- to two-mile walk beginning with a brief, informative talk by a Cleveland Clinic doctor or other health provider. Topics are based on the provider’s specialty and requests of participants. Ages 10 to adult. No registration required.

Sunday, July 20

• K-9 First Aid, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 2 to 4:30 p.m. This Red Cross-based K-9 first-aid class teaches the basics needed to keep your injured dog alive until professional assistance arrives. Instruction in this one-day, two-hour course includes bandaging techniques, splinting methods, immediate first aid for burns and frostbite, and more. Also covered, with the aid of a dog mannequin, is proper mouth-to-snout resuscitation, K-9 CPR, and how to find and check for your dog’s pulse. There is no fee for instruction and class handouts, but a first-aid book with DVD will be available to purchase for $20. Dog mannequins provided. Do not bring your dog to class. Ages 16 to adult. Register by July 20.

Thursday, July 24

• Tales for Tots, Letha House Park West, 5800 Richman Road, Chatham Township, 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. Investigate the lives of ants through a story, fun activities, and outdoor exploration. For ages 3 to 6 with an adult companion. Some or the entire program will be held outdoors so participants are asked to dress accordingly. Register between June 19 and July 24.

Friday, July 25

• Tales for Tots, Letha House Park West, 5800 Richman Road, Chatham Township, 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. Investigate the lives of ants through a story, fun activities, and outdoor exploration. For ages 3 to 6 with an adult companion. Some or the entire program will be held outdoors so participants are asked to dress accordingly. Register between June 19 and July 24.

• (Rain date is July 26), Food and a Flick in the Park, Buckeye Woods Park. 6335 Wedgewood Road, Lafayette Township. Corkscrew restaurant and Cool Beans Café will be in the park at 5:30 p.m. The movie is the animated feature, “The Croods,” the story of a caveman family that “must trek through a fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy,” according to imdb.com. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. No admission fee. All ages welcome. Movie begins at 9 p.m. Other activities will be available until start of the movie.

Sunday, July 27

• Photographers of the Parks Club Meeting, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 3 to 4 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, please contact Shelley at (330) 239-4814 or stender@medinaco.org. Ages 16 to adult. No registration required.

Thursday, July 31

• Cycling Makes Sense Fitness Ride, Chippewa Rail Trail, parking lot on south side of Chippewa Road, east of Lake Road, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This program, offered by Medina County Park District and Century Cycles, is a way to get out on bicycles for a non-aggressive ride and experience the park district’s multipurpose trails. Before the start of the six- to 10-mile ride, Lynne Nawalaniec of Century Cycles will share basic tips on how to keep riders and bikes fit. Helmets are required. Ages over 16. Register by July 30.