People at Sandy Ridge Reservation understand a need for appreciating nature while adding exercise to a busy schedule.
Bring binoculars and an inquisitive mind regularly to hike with others in this 310-acre wetlands area attractive to waterfowl and many wild animals.
Examples of activities include:
- Waterfowl hike, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Search for and become acquainted with migrant waterfowl, who pass through the area in the spring and fall.
- Campfire hike, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Nov. 4. Includes a hike followed by a campfire, which provides a perfect opportunity to get acquainted with friends old and new.
- Outer limits birding, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 7. Includes birding in some areas normally off limits to the public. Compare checklists over coffee afterward.
- Waterfowl hike, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Nov. 10. Another opportunity to search for migrant birds.
- Sunday morning hike, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Nov. 11. Look for ducks and waterfowl.
- Evening marsh hike, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Explore creatures in the marsh.
- Campfire hike, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 17. A hike followed by a campfire and a great way to catch up with friends outdoors.
- Outer limits birding, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 21. Opening areas normally off limits to the public.
- Waterfowl hike, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Nov. 29. Search for migrating waterfowl.
Those without a hiking partner may find group hikes helpful.
Of course, Lorain County Metro Parks offers many more opportunities to gather friends for a trek outdoors, or to meet new people at a scheduled hike or activity. Check out the Arrowhead, a publication of activities at Lorain County Metro Parks, at www.metroparks.cc
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