Bob Downing

River lecture

The Cuyahoga River is no longer Americas burning river.

Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, deputy director of watershed programs for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, will speak Friday in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on Northeast Ohios most-famous river, which is getting cleaner.

Her talk will be at 7 p.m. at the Happy Days Lodge off state Route 303 in Boston Heights. A panel discussion will be held at 8 p.m. Information stations will open at 6 p.m.

The program is part of the parks Lyceum lecture series.

Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children 3 to 12.

Tickets are available by calling 330-657-2909, option 4, or going to www.conservancyforcvnp.org. Click on Events.

Friday

Owl prowl Summit Metro Parks is conducting an owl prowl from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Wood Hollow Metro Park, 2121 Barlow Road, Hudson. Patience and silence are needed. For ages 6 or older. No dogs. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Recycling T-shirts Summit Metro Parks will turn old T-shirts into home decorations, gifts and pet toys from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Bring scissors and T-shirts. Advance sign-ups are required. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Saturday

Icicle hike Summit Metro Parks is holding an icicle hike on the Glens Trail in Gorge Metro Park. The hike is also known as the Crystal Palace hike for its ice. It will run from 1 to 3 p.m. Meet in the Front Street parking lot in Cuyahoga Falls. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Bird feeders Summit Metro Parks wants you to celebrate National Bird Feeding Month by making a feeder and then putting it in the park. Its a walk-in program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Ledges hike Summit Metro Parks is holding a public hike at 10 a.m. on the Ledges Trail in the Twinsburg Ledges Area of Liberty Park, 9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg. Not recommended for strollers. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Bird walk Summit Metro Parks is holding a winter bird walk from 1 to 3 p.m. at Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Road, Springfield Township. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Family campfire The National Park Service is holding a family campfire program looking at the Underground Railroad with costumed re-enactors at 7 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley. Meet at the Happy Days Lodge off state Route 303 in Boston Heights. 330-657-2752.

Snowshoe hike The National Park Service is conducting a snowshoe hike from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley. Meet at the Kendall Lake Shelter off Truxell Road in Boston Township. Free. Equipment rentals are available. If theres no snow, the outing will become a hike. 330-657-2752.

Bird feeders The Medina County Park District is hosting a walk-in program on bird feeders and seed from noon to 5 p.m. at the Susan Hambley Nature Center, 4173 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick. The program will continue from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 330-722-9364 or www.medinacountyparks.com.

Wild doings The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Sugar Creek Township, is hosting a bird-banding demonstration at 10:30 a.m. There will also be a program on Ohios geology at 1 p.m. and a information session on the Foxfield Preserve for natural burials at 2 p.m. There will be a mixed-media painting class from 2 to 4 p.m. with artist Marlea Hershberger. The fee is $35. Go to www.byebyebluegallery.com to register.

Sunday

Beaver Marsh The National Park Service is holding a hike on the Towpath Trail to seek winter wildlife from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley. Meet at the Ira Trailhead off Riverview Road north of Ira Road in Cuyahoga Falls. Wheelchair and stroller accessible if no snow. 330-657-2752.

Park drama The Great Lakes Theaters 2016 Outreach Tour will present Agatha Christies The Secret Adversary at 2 p.m. at the Coventry Oaks Pavilion at Firestone Metro Park. Thats at 40 Axline Ave. in South Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Bird beaks Summit Metro Parks is offering a look at bird beaks in a nature program from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Mingo Shelter in Sand Run Metro Park. Thats off Sand Run Parkway in northwest Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Bugs and birds Summit Metro Parks is hosting a look at native plants from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Monday

Stark birds The Stark County Park District is holding a bird walk at 7:30 a.m. at Walborn Reservoir. Meet at the Reeder Avenue Northeast trailhead in Marlboro Township. 330-409-8096 or www.starkparks.com.

Tuesday

Cardio hike Summit Metro Parks is holding a 2.4-mile cardio hike with a brisk pace and few breaks from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Cascade Valley Metro Park. Meet in the Oxbow Area off Cuyahoga Street in North Akron. Beginners are welcome. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Nature stories Summit Metro Parks is offering 30-minute nature stories for children 18 months to 3 years old and accompanying adults at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Advance sign-ups are required. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Amphibian migration If weather conditions are right, you can watch migrating amphibians at Sand Run Metro Park in northwest Akron. It will run from 8 to 10 p.m. Meet at the Old Portage Area at 1300 Sand Run Parkway. Call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. to find if the program is on. There should be a light rain with temperatures above 45 degrees and darkness for the best results.

Wednesday

Flycatchers and vireos Summit Metro Parks is offering a look at flycatchers and vireos in a birding program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

For a complete list, go to www.ohio.com.

Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or bdowning@thebeaconjournal.com.