Tallmadge hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 6 p.m. at Lions Park in Tallmadge for a five-mile hike on the Freedom Trail. The park is off Lions Park Drive off Northeast Avenue (state Route 261). 330-923-6371.
Plants from past — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is presenting a hike looking at common backyard plants that were used by Native Americans. Meet at 6 p.m. at Cascade Valley Metro Park’s Oxbow Area. That’s off Cuyahoga Street in North Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.
Leaves for kids — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is presenting Kinderealm programs on leaves for youngsters 3 to 6 years old and accompanying adults. Meet at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. It will be repeated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 10:30 a.m. Monday at Goodyear Heights Metro Park in East Akron and 1 p.m. Wednesday at Firestone Metro Park in South Akron. Advance sign-up is required. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.
Stark hike — The Stark County Park District is having a hike at 9 a.m. on the Middle Branch Trail. Meet at Schneider Park in Plain Township. 330-409-8096.
Enchanted Forest — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Sugar Creek Township, is holding its 25th annual Enchanted Forest with guides with lanterns leading costumed groups with shows at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. It continues on Saturday. Advance reservations are required. Admission is $8. Children 3 and under are free. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.
Spooky Science — The Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve is hosting Spooky Science with the Bug Man (Jim Smolka), night hikes, storytelling, sky watches and more from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. It will be repeated from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Beech Creek is at 11929 Beech St. NE, Washington Township. Admission is $6 with children under 2 admitted free. 330-829-7050 or www.beechcreekgardens.org.
Fall Family Outing — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding its Fall Family Outing at 6 p.m. at Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton. There will be bonfires, free hay rides, naturalist activities, star gazing, storytelling, mascots, live music, apple cider, cookies and more. A wheelchair-accessible hay wagon will be available. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.
Mushroom hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will present a mushroom hike at 2 p.m. with Dr. John Ott, a biology professor at the University of Akron. Meet at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Edibles are not part of the program. Advance sign-up is required. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.
Fall cleanup — The Cascade Locks Park Association, Keep Akron Beautiful and EnviroScience Inc. of Stow are seeking volunteers to help with a cleanup from 8:30 a.m. to noon on the Ohio & Erie Canal and the Little Cuyahoga River. Meet at the Mustill Store off West North Street near downtown Akron. Bags, gloves and some waders will be provided. 330-374-5625.
Family Fall Fest — The Stark County Park District is holding its Fall Family Fest at 4 p.m. at Petros Lake Park off Perry Drive in Perry Township. 330-409-8096.
Pioneers in parks — The Medina County Park District is presenting its 29th annual Pioneers in the Park Festival with demonstrations of pioneer skills, bluegrass and dulcimer music, old-time baseball and pioneer games and activities from noon to 6 p.m. at Buckeye Woods Park off state Route 162 in Lafayette Township. It will continue from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Free. 330-722-9364.
Wild things — The Medina County Park District is holding a walk-in program on Warts, Webs and Wild Things from noon to 5 p.m. at the Susan Hambley Nature Center, 4173 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick. It will continue from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 330-722-9364.
Portage hike — The Portage Park District will meet at 8:30 a.m. at Towner’s Woods Park for a hike along the Portage hike-and-bike trail to Redbrush Road in Ravenna Township and back. The park is off Ravenna Road north of Brady Lake in Franklin Township. 330-297-7728 or www.portageparkdistrict.org.
Portage hike II — The Portage Trail Walkers hiking club will meet at Beckwith Orchards and walk to Kent and back on the Portage Trail. Meet at 9 a.m. at Towner’s Woods Park off Ravenna Road in Franklin Township.
Fall into Nature — The Bath Nature Preserve is hosting Fall into Nature with activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4240 Ira Road, Bath Township. Dogs will be blessed at 1 p.m. Akron Zoo animals will be displayed at noon. There will be a fun run at 1 p.m. and ceremonies at the new fishing deck at 2 p.m. Humane Society rescue animals will be available. The Akron Ceili Band will also perform.
New Franklin hike —The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Vanderhoof Trailhead off Vanderhoof Road in New Franklin for a 5-mile Towpath Trail hike. Some club members will be heading to Zanesville for a 10 a.m. hike. Meet at the Muskingum County Conference and Welcome Center, 205 N. Fifth St., Zanesville. Carpooling will be offered. 330-923-6371.
Bird banding — The University of Mount Union’s John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center is hosting a bird-banding demonstration from 8 to 10 a.m. The center is on Dan Street in Washington Township. 330-823-7487.
Hoot, harvest fest — The Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s Medina Summit chapter is sponsoring its Hoot and Harvest Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hill ’n Dale Club, 3605 Poe Road, Montville Township. Free but bring a potluck dish to share. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided by the conservancy. Hayrides, pumpkin carving, owls from the Medina Raptor Center. Free but donations accepted. RSVP by calling 440-528-4162 or email@example.com.
Bike & Brew — The Akron-based Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition is holding its Bike & Brew in Zoar in northern Tuscarawas County. The bike ride begins at 4 p.m. at Canal Lands Park on Dover-Zoar Road. Dinner with German food, live music and beer starts at 5 p.m. at the Canal Tavern of Zoar. Advance tickets are $30, $5 for children 5 to 16. Tickets at the door are $35, $5 for children. 330-374-5657 or www.ohioeriecanal.org.
Nature drawing — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is having nature drawing classes for youngsters 6 to 12 years old at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Paper and pencils will be provided. Advance sign-up is required. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.
Brimfield hike — The Portage Park District will meet at 2 p.m. for a guided walk at Gray Birch Bog in Brimfield Township. Call the park district at 330-297-7728 for directions.
Sand Run hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. in Sand Run Metro Park in northwest Akron for a 6-mile hike on the Mingo Trail. Meet in the Wadsworth Area off Sand Run Parkway. There will be an alternate 5-mile hike on the Sand Run Jogging Trail. 330-923-6371.
Kent concert — The Mountain Rose Concert Series will present the Sugarcreek Acoustic Duo and Keith Bachman at 6:30 p.m. at Kent’s Fred Fuller Park. Meet in the Roy Smith Shelter at 497 Middlebury Road. Admission is $7.
Manor House tours — Quail Hollow State Park near Hartville is offering a tour of the H.B. Stewart Manor House at 2 p.m. The park is at 13480 Congress Lake Road NE., Lake Township. Free. 330-877-6652.
Bike ride — The Stark County Park District is having a bike ride at 9:30 a.m. Meet at Schneider Park in Plain Township. 330-409-8096.
Night hike — The Stark County Park District is conducting a night hike at 6:30 p.m. in Canal Fulton. Meet at the Canal Fulton Canalway Center. 330-409-8096.
Weekday walk — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is offering a 2-mile walk on the Meadow Trail at Munroe Falls Metro Park. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Tallmadge Meadow Area off North Avenue (State Route 91) in Tallmadge. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.
Nature drawing — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is having nature drawing classes for adults at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Bring a sketchbook and pencils. Beginners are welcome. Advance sign-up is required. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.
Brown-bag concert — Zack Friedof will entertain in a brown-bag concert from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mustill Store off West North Street near downtown Akron. Bring your own lunch. 330-374-5625.
Akron hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron, for a 5-mile hike. 330-923-6371.
Nature walk — The Medina County Park District is holding a nature walk at 3 p.m. at Hubbard Valley Park off Hubbard Valley Road in Guilford Township. For ages 7 to adult. 330-722-9364.
Story time — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Sugar Creek Township, is holding a story hour for 3- and 4-year-olds and accompanying adults at 11 a.m. 877-359-5235.
Planetarium show — The Wilderness Center is presenting a planetarium show on major constellations, planets and moons in October at 2 p.m. at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Sugar Creek Township. Free. 877-359-5235.
Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or bdowning at the beaconjournal.com.