October 21, 2014

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Hikers to be rewarded for walking park trails

Rain soaks the path at the Abbeyville Road entrance to the Lester Rail Trail on Sunday in York Township. The trail is one of 20 in the Medina County Park District’s Trekking Through Autumn self-guided hiking program, which begins today. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Rain soaks the path at the Abbeyville Road entrance to the Lester Rail Trail on Sunday in York Township. The trail is one of 20 in the Medina County Park District’s Trekking Through Autumn self-guided hiking program, which begins today. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

The Medina County Park District again is offering awards to hikers who cover at least eight of 20 designated trails.

Trekking Through Autumn is a self-guided hiking program, which began in 2007 and is aimed at showcasing the beauty of fall in Medina County’s parks.

The program begins today. To win an award, participants must complete the hikes by Nov. 30. All parks are open from dawn to dusk, except Wolf Creek Environmental Center, which is open Tuesdays through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

Backpacks are awarded to first-year participants. Hiking pins will be awarded for successive years. Awards are free for all Medina County residents. Out-of-county residents pay $10 for the backpack and $2 for a hiking pin.

Details of the contest are available online at www.medinacountyparks.com. Click on Programs and Activities, and then click on Trekking Through Autumn. Brochures also are available at Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township; the park office, 6364 Deerview Lane, Lafayette Township; or Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick.

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

Wednesday
Yoga in the Park, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Instructor Karen Barton will present yoga at the basic level appropriate to newcomers as well as experienced yogi. There is no fee for this class, but donations are welcome and will go toward the Friends of the Medina County Parks Mugrage Inclusive Playground Fund. Registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome if there is space. Participants should bring a yoga mat and water bottle and wear comfortable clothing. Ages 10 to adult. Register by Wednesday.

Thursday
Stroller Hike, Green Leaf Park, 1674 S. Medina Line Road, Sharon Township, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. On this guided hike, participants will explore different parks and investigate natural happenings in ways both adults and children can understand. This program is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors, 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.

Creative Writing for Homeschoolers, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Nature will serve as the inspiration for homeschoolers who want to improve their writing skills. The styles of skilled authors are used as patterns to write poetry. This class is for students in grades three to six. Students should bring a writing journal, or if they’re comfortable with word processing, a laptop/tablet. A thesaurus also is suggested. Part of the class may be outdoors, so participants should dress appropriately. Class meets the first Thursday of the month: Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4. Ages 8 to 12. Register by Tuesday.

Saturday
Hiking for the Health of It, Allardale West, 401 Remsen Road, Granger Township, 9 to 11 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 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.

Yoga in the Park, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Instructor Karen Barton will present yoga at the basic level appropriate to newcomers as well as experienced yogi. There is no fee for this class, but donations are welcome and will go toward the Friends of the Medina County Parks Mugrage Inclusive Playground Fund. Registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome if there is space. Participants should bring a yoga mat and water bottle and wear comfortable clothing. Ages 10 to adult. Register by Saturday.

Concert in the Park: Woodland Melodies with Bud Preston, The Lodge at Allardale, 141 Remsen Road, Granger Township, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Back by popular demand and with new songs, Bud Preston, “Ohio’s finest finger-style guitarist,” performs both classic and original tunes. CDs will be available for purchase after the concert. The concert will be held inside The Lodge at Allardale. Ages 7 to adult. No registration required.

International Observe the Moon Night, Letha House Park West, 5800 Richman Road, Chatham Township, 8 to 10 p.m. Members of the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association provide telescopes to bring you up close to Earth’s nearest neighbor. You’ll see craters filled with light and shadow and some flat and some with higher peaks than Mount Everest. Activities and or displays will be set up inside the barn for further interest if it is cloudy/rainy. Ages 6 to adult. No registration required.

Saturday and Sunday
Fishing Frenzy!, Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick, noon to 5 p.m. Fall is right around the corner, and it’s a great time of year to go fishing. Bait fish move to shallow water, and bigger fish follow and feed on them to prepare for the colder season ahead. Join us this weekend to learn about the basics of fishing. Participants will learn about the different species of fish that live in our lakes and ponds; what fishing equipment, tackle, and bait works the best; and where to fish around the area. There will be crafts, games and displays but no actual fishing at this program. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Tuesday, Sept. 9
Creative Concoctions for Preschoolers, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. Youngsters are invited to create mysterious mixtures and make marvelous messes in this fun, hands-on discovery program. All supplies are provided; come dressed for mess! Ages 3 to 6. Register by Sept. 9.

Homeschoolers Outdoor Education: Fuzzy Caterpillars, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m. Fuzzy caterpillars are the rare insects you may be tempted to pet. Youngsters will learn why that might be a bad idea and many other fun facts about these crawling critters. The event will include a caterpillar hike. Ages 7 to 12. Registration is open until filled. Free for Medina County residents. There is a $3 fee for non-county participants.

Wednesday, Sept. 10
Nature Through the Seasons, Chippewa Rail Trail, Chippewa Road, about a quarter mile east of Lake Road, Lafayette 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.

Saturday, Sept. 13
Monarch Madness, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, noon to 4 p.m. Participants will learn about the life of the amazing monarch butterfly during a day of butterfly activities for the whole family. Activities include games, crafts, butterfly hikes, monarch catching and tagging, and more. There will be a butterfly release at 4 p.m. to send the monarch butterflies on their way to Mexico. Participants are encouraged to bring cameras. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Sunday, Sept. 14
K-9 Kapers, Allardale West, 401 Remsen Road, Granger Township, 3 to 4 p.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 8-foot, non-retractable leash. Participants must maintain control of their dogs at all times. Dog owners are advised to bring a towel for muddy feet and a water bowl. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Wednesday, Sept. 17
Yoga in the Park, Wolf Creek Environmental Center,6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Instructor Karen Barton will present yoga at the basic level appropriate to newcomers as well as experienced yogi. There is no fee for this class, but donations are welcome and will go toward the Friends of the Medina County Parks Mugrage Inclusive Playground Fund. Registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome if there is space. Participants should bring a yoga mat and water bottle and wear comfortable clothing. Ages 10 to adult. Register by Sept. 17.

Thursday, Sept. 18, and Friday, Sept. 19
Tales for Tots, Hidden Hollow Camp, 8672 Richman Road, Harrisville Township, 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. What has eight eyes, eight legs, and weaves beautiful webs of silk? Spiders, of course. Participants will explore the world of spiders through a story, go on a spider hunt, and make a cool spider craft to take home. For ages 3 to 6 with an adult companion. Because some or all of the program will be held outdoors, participants are advised to dress accordingly. Register by Sept. 18.

Saturday, Sept. 20
Hiking for the Health of It, Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Boston Run Trail, Peninsula, 9 to 11 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. Participants are advised to dress for the weather and 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.

Yoga in the Park, Wolf Creek Environmental Center,6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Instructor Karen Barton will present yoga at the basic level appropriate to newcomers as well as experienced yogi. There is no fee for this class, but donations are welcome and will go toward the Friends of the Medina County Parks Mugrage Inclusive Playground Fund. Registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome if there is space. Participants should bring a yoga mat and water bottle and wear comfortable clothing. Ages 10 to adult. Register by Sept. 20.

Migratory Bird Banding, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 9 a.m. to noon. 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 the significance of bird banding and see how it is done. Banding dates are scheduled for Sept. 20 and Oct. 4 9 a.m. to noon. Bird banding is weather variable and may not be done if it is raining or snowing. Alternate dates may be scheduled at the last minute if needed. Signs will be posted at Wolf Creek to let you know if bird banding is occurring and to direct you to the banding location on the dates listed above. Those interested also can call (330) 239-4814 on the day banding is scheduled to ask if banding is taking place. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Northeastern Ohio Live Steamers: ALL ABOARD!, Lester Rail Trail, 3654 Lester Road, York Township, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Adults and children can ride on the miniature railroad. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Family Leaf Hike, Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick, 2 to 3 p.m. Enjoy a fall hike with the naturalist followed by a nature craft. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Sunday, Sept. 21
Natural Discoveries Hiking Series: Caterpillars and Cocoons, River Styx Park, 8200 River Styx Road, Guilford Township, 3 to 4 p.m. Participants will search the meadow and woods for caterpillars, cocoons and egg cases. Participants are encouraged to bring any specimens they have found. Ages 7 to adult. No registration required.

Friday, Sept. 26, 5 p.m. to Sunday, Sept. 28, 3 p.m.
Family Campout: Learning the Basics, Hidden Hollow Camp, This program is designed for the family with limited or no camping experience to learn the skills to get out into the woods and enjoy the family campouts that will produce future memories. During the weekend, you will learn how to reliably start campfires (even in the rain), set up tents, arrange a campsite, prepare food over a campfire, learn to navigate by the stars, discover the tricks of keeping warm even in the dead of winter, learn what plants in the area are edible and which can be used for medicine, including remedies for poison ivy. Participants must bring their own camping equipment, but meals will be provided. The instructor will be Tom Laskowski, director of Midwest Native Skills Institute, an outdoor wilderness self-reliance school in Northeast Ohio that has been in business more than 17 years teaching non-military survival skills. For detailed information about the camp, including pricing and weekend itinerary and to register for the program, go to www.SurvivalSchool.com or call (888) 886-5592.

Friday, Sept. 26
Coyotes on the Move, The Lodge at Allardale, 141 Remsen Road, Granger Township, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Coyotes have expanded their range more than any other wild animal in North America. Learn how this amazing mammal has adapted to a diversity of habitats, including Ohio’s suburbs. We’ll begin the program by discussing the life history of the coyote and then take a short hike where we will attempt to call in one of these typically shy animals. Ages 8 to adult. No registration required.

Saturday, Sept. 27
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.

Searching for Snakes, Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Park district naturalists are looking for people who would go out looking for snakes instead of running away from them to help with a snake survey at Wolf Creek Environmental Center. Participants will hike the property documenting snake species. Long pants and solid shoes are required. Ages 8 to adult. No registration required.

Sunday, Sept. 28
K9 Search & Rescue Demonstration, Hubbard Valley Park, 8600 Hubbard Valley Road, Guilford Township, 2 to 3 p.m. The North Central Ohio K9 Search and Rescue Team will demonstrate how its specially trained dogs are used to track and find missing persons in a variety of environments, both urban and rural. This presentation will be interactive, with members using their K9 pals and the audience. Participants may not bring their own pets to this event. All ages welcome. No registration required.

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. 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. No registration required.