Plan ahead with friends to earn a hiking stick this year

Lorain County Metro Parks offers a hiking stick program to help people develop healthy habits of hiking with others and enjoying nature. In order to earn a hiking stick, participate from April 1 to June 30 in 10 hikes in six Lorain County Metro Parks, and ask a park naturalist to sign off on your hiking stick form for each hike. People who previously earned … Continue reading Plan ahead with friends to earn a hiking stick this year

Whooo wants to know about Ohio owls?

An Ohio Owls Night Hike is 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at Big Creek Park at 9160 Robinson Road, Chardon, part of Geauga Park District. No registration is required. But wait! There’s another opportunity to find owls for children ages 6 to 11: Nature Explorers All About Owls, 1-3 p.m. Nov. 23 at Holbrook Hollows Lodge at 7250 Country Lane in Chagrin Falls. Register online at … Continue reading Whooo wants to know about Ohio owls?

Last splash of summer: Try multi-rider stand-up paddleboard with friends

Photo courtesy of Metro Creative Connection shows a single rider stand-up paddleboard. What’s SUP XL? A minimum of five adults is needed to ride a new giant SUP XL multi-rider paddleboard 1:30-6 p.m. August 10, 17 or 24 at the beach at Punderson State Park at 11755 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township in Geauga County. Work together to paddle around the lake or cruise for … Continue reading Last splash of summer: Try multi-rider stand-up paddleboard with friends

Think spring at Schoepfle Gardens

Whether winter hit as hard as you expected or worse, February is a time to turn thoughts to spring at Schoepfle Gardens at 11106 Market St. in Birmingham.Schoepfle Gardens is a part of Lorain County Metro Parks, and weekly walks to view perpetually changing formal gardens and breathtaking natural vistas are highly recommended. Here are some early opportunities: First Flowers Walks are 10 a.m. Feb. … Continue reading Think spring at Schoepfle Gardens

Get fit, explore nature with group hikes at Sandy Ridge Reservation

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 … Continue reading Get fit, explore nature with group hikes at Sandy Ridge Reservation