September 17, 2014

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This week’s Medina County park events listing for the month of August

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

Thursday

• 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 Wednesday.

Friday through Sunday

• Wild Weekends: Game Day, Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick, noon to 5 p.m. Celebrate summer at the nature center with a collection of games and challenges. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Saturday

• Hiking for the Health of it, Kendall Lake, 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. Hikers are advised to dress for the weather and have appropriate footwear. Ages 10 to adult. No registration required.

• Walk With a Doc, Allardale West, 401 Remsen 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.

• Northeastern Ohio Live Steamers: ALL ABOARD. Model Train Rides, Lester Rail Trail, 3654 Lester Road, York Township, 4 to 8 p.m. The train rides around a miniature railroad and station house. Members of N.E.O.L.S., a miniature railroad group, is sponsoring this program. 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. Participants can examine deep-sky objects, planets and the moon up close using the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association’s telescopes. The observatory will be open for viewing, and members will be available to answer your questions. Activities and/or displays will be set up inside the barn for cloudy nights. Cancellations will only be made in the case of severe thunderstorms. Ages 6 to adult. No registration required.

Tuesday, Aug. 5

• Preschoolers in the Garden: Plants Have Needs, Too, Chippewa Lake, Krabill Shelter, 7597 Ballash Road, Lafayette Township, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Soil is one of the most important things a plant needs to grow, but not all soil is healthy. OSU Master Gardeners will explain the different types of soil. Participants will engage in hands-on exploration as we sift through soil, dig into a worm compost bin, and create individual compost cups. Ages 3 to 6. Register by Friday, Aug. 1.

Wednesday, Aug. 6

• Stroller Hike, Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park, 4985 Windfall Road, Granger Township, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. On this guided hike, participants will explore different parks and investigate nature happenings in ways both adults and youngsters can understand. The event also provides an opportunity for parents to get a little exercise and socialize with other parents. 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.

Friday, Aug. 8

• Songs of the Earth, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 10 a.m. to noon. This event will explore how different cultures express their relationships and respect for Mother Earth through music, creative movement, storytelling, and outdoor education activities. Participants can learn about Native American teachings with song and dance, perform Japanese haiku and do some West African drumming. Ages 8 to 12. Register by Aug. 7.

Saturday, Aug. 9

• Goin’ Mobile with Nature: Insects, Buckeye Woods Park, 6335 Wedgewood Road, Lafayette Township. near the baseball fields, 10 a.m. to noon. The Medina Library Bookmobile will be visiting the parks this summer. Visitors can listen to nature-themed stories read by library staff, then join a naturalist for a hands-on nature experience centering on the day’s topic. Take and make activities are also provided. Visitors are reminded to bring their library card. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Tuesday, Aug. 12

• Homeschoolers Outdoor Education: In the Creek with Crayfish, Hubbard Valley Park, 8600 Hubbard Valley Road, Guilford Township, 10 to 11:30 or 1 to 2:30 p.m. Crayfish may not truly be fish, but they certainly are interesting. The program reveals the secrets of crayfish—from what they eat to where they spend the winter. Participants will search for crayfish in the stream in the park so they should be prepared for wet feet. Ages 7 to 12. Registration is open until the program is filled and is free for Medina County residents. There is a $3 fee for non-county participants. Register by Aug. 11.

Wednesday, Aug. 13

• Nature Through the Seasons, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 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, Aug. 15 through Sunday, Aug. 17

• Wild Weekends: Damsels and Dragons, Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick, 12 to 5 p.m. While dragonflies and damselflies are beautiful to look at, they also live fascinating lives before they adorn our ponds and meadows. The program will explore all stages of a dragonfly’s life cycle. Participants can see live dragonfly larvae, play some games, and do a dragonfly craft. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Saturday, Aug. 16

• Hiking for the Health of it, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 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. Please dress for the weather, and be sure to have appropriate footwear. Ages 10 to adult. No registration required.

• Walk With a Doc, Allardale East, 141 Remsen 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.

Sunday, Aug. 17

• Natural Discoveries Hiking Series: Magic and Medicine of Plants, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 3 to 4 p.m. Plants and flowers have played an essential role in the survival of man from the beginning of time. Along the way, many fascinating stories, both true and untrue, have developed as a result of this relationship. Hikers will delve into some of the romantic legends, medicinal histories and wild superstitions of some of our late summer wildflowers. Ages 7 to adult. No registration required.

Thursday, Aug. 21

• Cycling Makes Sense Fitness Ride, Buckeye Woods Park, 6335 Wedgewood Road, Lafayette Township., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This program, offered by Medina County Park District and Century Cycles, is a great 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. Cyclists can park in the parking lot by the ballfields. Ages 16 and older. Register by Aug. 20.

• Tales for Tots, River Styx Park, 8200 River Styx Road, Guilford Township,, 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. This program, aimed at youngsters ages 3 to 6 with an adult companion, will investigate butterflies through a story and fun activities and a hike to look for the beautiful and delicate creatures. The program will be held outdoors; participants are advised to dress accordingly. Register by Aug. 21.

Friday, Aug. 22

• Tales for Tots, River Styx Park, 8200 River Styx Road, Guilford Township,, 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. This program, aimed at youngsters ages 3 to 6 with an adult companion, will investigate butterflies through a story and fun activities and a hike to look for the beautiful and delicate creatures. The program will be held outdoors; participants are advised to dress accordingly. Register by Aug. 22.

Sunday, Aug. 24

• Photographers of the Parks Club Meeting, The Lodge at Allardale, 141 Remsen Road, Granger Township, 3 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, contact Shelley at (330) 239-4814 or stender@medinaco.org. Ages 16 to adult.

Friday, Aug. 29

• Moth Mania, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 8 to 9:30 p.m. Butterflies get all the attention, but moths are important creatures, too. Participants will learn about some of the more interesting traits of these insects, then go outside to see them in action. All ages are welcome. No registration required.

Saturday, Aug. 30

• Ohio Division of Wildlife: Hunter Education Course, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Completion of a hunter education course is required for all first-time hunting license buyers, according to Ohio law. The hunter education course covers topics including firearms, ammunition, gun handling, archery, hunter responsibilities, outdoor safety, wildlife management and conservation, and other related information. Absolutely no firearms are allowed in the class. Lunch is not provided, but there will be an hour break. To register, please visit wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/education-and-outdoor-discovery/hunter-and-trapper-education. Ages 7 to adult.