Today

Nature walk — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a family nature walk at 10 a.m. in the Cascade Valley Metro Park. Meet at the Oxbow Area off Cuyahoga Street in North Akron. 330-865-8065.

History hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, and the Summit County Historical Society are staging a history hike to the Cascade Locks via the Towpath Trail from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in downtown Akron. Meet at the Akron History Exhibit at Lock 3 Park off South Main Street. Bring a lunch. 330-865-8065.

Toad abode — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a program about toads at 7 p.m. at Furnace Run Metro Park. Meet in the Brushwood area off Townsend Road in Richfield Township. Make a toad abode to take home. 330-865-8065.

Contra dance — You can join the musical group Hu$hmoney with its jigs and reels and caller Carol Kopp in a contra dance from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Meet at the Everett Road Covered Bridge in Boston Township. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Fee is $6.

Junior Rangers — The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is presenting the Junior Rangers Challenge to test outdoor skills of youngsters 7 to 12 years old. It will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fee is $8. Children must be accompanied by adults, who will be admitted free. Call 800-642-3297, ext. 100, for reservations, location and information.

Civil War talk — You can learn about Civil War photographer Matthew Brady in a program at 7 p.m. in Peninsula. Meet at the GAR Hall and Museum at Riverview Road and state Route 303. www.peninsulahistory.org.

Dinner cruise — The St. Helena III canal boat will offer a dinner cruise at 6:30 p.m. on the Ohio & Erie Canal in Canal Fulton. Food will be from the Canal Grille restaurant. Tickets are $27 a person. Reservations are required. 330-854-6835 or www.cityofcanalfulton-oh.gov.

Canoe class — The Medina County Park District is offering canoe classes for beginners at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at River Styx Park off River Styx Road in Guilford Township. The class is geared to two-person boats. For ages 9 to adult. Fee is $10 per person. Registration required at 330-722-9364.

Shapes, colors — The Medina County Park District is staging a program about shapes and colors from the song We Live in the City at 10:30 a.m. at the Susan Hambley Nature Center in Brunswick. The program is for youngsters 5 to 8 years old. Registration required. The center is at 4173 Parschen Blvd. 330-722-9364.

Ice cream hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 7 p.m. in Mogadore for an ice cream sidewalks hike of five miles. Meet at Lion’s Park off Hale Avenue. 330-687-8139.

Nimisila fly-in — The Corsair Model Aircraft Club will host a seaplane fly-in from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Nimisila Reservoir. Meet at parking lot C-6 off Christman Road in Green. Pilots must be certified. 330-297-6177.

Friday

Park concert — Midnight Special will stage a rock concert from 7 to 9 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park off Newton Street in East Akron. Presented by Akron Recreation Bureau. 330-375-2311.

Ledges hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a night hike to the Twinsburg Ledges at Liberty Park. Meet at 7 p.m. at the Twinsburg Ledges Area at 9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg. Bring a flashlight. 330-865-8065.

Kids’ hike — The National Park Service is staging a hike of up to 2½ miles for youngsters 7 to 12 years old in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Meet at 7 p.m. at the Station Road Bridge Trailhead off Riverview Road south of state Route 82 in Brecksville.

Saturday

Purple martin fest — Learn about purple martins and how the insect-eating birds help humans at the Buckeye Martin Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. at the State Mill boat launch at Portage Lakes State Park, 809 State Mill Road, Coventry Township. There will be crafts and games for children. 330-644-1540.

Duck derby — The Cascade Locks Park Association is holding its fourth annual Canal Day Arts festival and Duck Derby with artists and crafts, food vendors and live music from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet at the Schumacher Cascade Mills site off West North Street near downtown Akron. Racing ducks are available for $5 or five ducks for $20. Escape artist Michael Griffin will appear. 330-374-5625 or www.cascadelocks.org.

Lost ladybugs — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a program about ladybugs at 11 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park. Meet in the Warner Road Area, 200 E. Warner Road. Bring water, sunscreen and a digital camera, if you have one. 330-865-8065.

Waterfall hike — The National Park Service is holding a waterfall hike from 8:30 to 11 a.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley park. It will be a strenuous three-miles in the stream behind the Mudcatcher facility in the northern part of the park. Meet at the Station Road Bridge Trailhead off Riverview Road in Brecksville.

Junior Rangers — The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is presenting a Junior Rangers program about unhuggable plants and animals for youngsters 7 to 12 years old. It will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fee is $8. Children must be accompanied by adults, who will be admitted free. Call 800-642-3297, ext. 100, for reservations, location and information.

Nature journaling — The National Park Service is holding a nature journaling program from 10 a.m. to noon in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet at the Everett Road Covered Bridge off Everett Road in Boston Township. To register, call 330-657-2752.

Brandywine walks — The National Park Service is sponsoring guided walks at Brandywine Falls at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Meet at the falls off Brandywine Road in Sagamore Hills Township. The walks will be repeated at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Hanging at Hunt — Musicians Kate and Ray Ritchie will perform from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. That’s off Bolanz Road in Cuyahoga Falls. The show will be canceled if weather is stormy. There will be family activities there from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Cuyahoga animals — Cuyahoga Critters artwork by the Crooked River Gang, a group of local artists, will be featured in an exhibit at the M.D. Garage in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1556 Boston Mills Road, Boston Township. The show continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Starry night — The Medina County Park District is holding a night sky watch from 9 to 11 p.m. at Letha House Park, 5800 Richman Road, Chatham Township. The program is co-sponsored by the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association. The program will be canceled if there are severe thunderstorms. 330-722-9364.

Kayak get-together — The Stark County Park District is holding a kayak get-together at 10 a.m. on Walborn Reservoir, 11324 Price St. NE, Marlboro Township. 330-409-8096.

Moonlight serenade — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Sugar Creek Township, is hosting its Romantic Serenade wine and food tasting from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $30. Must be 21 years old for alcohol. Music by the Kentland String Ensemble. Reservations required. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.

Solar party — The Astronomy Club of Akron will host a solar party and hot dog roast at 1 p.m. at the club’s observatory at Portage Lakes State Park, 5031 Manchester Road, New Franklin. 330-837-5848.

Valley hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9 a.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley for a seven-mile hike. Meet at the Oak Hill Trailhead off Oak Hill Road in Boston Township. 330-687-8139.

Hiram hike — The Portage Trail Walkers hiking club will meet at 8:30 a.m. to hike the Hiram Biology Station off Wheeler Road in Hiram Township. 330-673-6896.

Kids fishing — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is opening its ponds for fishing by youngsters 15 and under. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be casting demonstrations by the Portage Lakes Bassmasters at 10:30 a.m. and a fillet demonstration by biologist Matt Wolfe at 2 p.m. The ponds have been stocked with fish. Also open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at 8912 Portage Lakes Drive, Coventry Township. Young anglers must be accompanied by adults, but adults are not allowed to fish. 330-644-2293.

Sunday

Cemetery walk — Ranger Rebecca Jones will direct a program on the Terra Vista cemetery, its symbols and stories in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It will run from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Meet at the Canal Visitor Center off Valley View Road in Valley View. Be prepared to carpool.

Folk jam — The University of Mount Union’s John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center is hosting a folk jam at 2 p.m. The center is on Dan Street in Washington Township. 330-823-7487.

Monday

Nature walk — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a family nature walk at 10 a.m. in Firestone Metro Park. Meet in the Tuscarawas Meadows Area off Harrington Road in South Akron. 330-865-8065.

Mill tour — The Stark County Park District is holding a tour of the historic Magnolia Flouring Mills in southeastern Stark County at 2 p.m. 330-409-8096.

Tuesday

Full-moon hike — The National Park Service is presenting a full-moon hike from 9 to 11 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet at the Kendall Lake Shelter off Truxell Road in Boston Township. It will be a 3.3-mile hike on the Lake and Cross Country trails.

Nature walk — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a family nature walk at 10 a.m. in Furnace Run Metro Park. Meet in the Brushwood Area off Townsend Road in Richfield Township. 330-865-8065.

Trail cleanup — Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Salt Run Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Meet at the Pine Hollow Trailhead off Quick Road in Boston Township. Wear sturdy boots and bring a small pack with lunch, water and work gloves. 330-725-6097.

Moon walk — The Medina County Park District is conducting a full-moon walk at 9 p.m. at Allardale Park off Remsen Road in Granger Township. 330-722-9364.

Full-moon hike — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township will present a full-moon hike at 8:30 p.m. 877-359-5235.

Hinckley paddle — Cleveland Metroparks is offering full-moon paddles in its 34-foot Voyager canoe at 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m. on Hinckley Lake in the Hinckley Reservation. Meet at the Hinckley Lake boathouse off West Drive in Hinckley Township in Medina County. Admission is $5. Reservations are encouraged. 440-786-8530.

Wednesday

Evening hike — The National Park Service is holding an evening hike on the 2.75-mile Tree Farm Trail from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet at Horseshoe Pond off Major Road in Boston Township.

Sea to sea America — From Sea to Shining Sea artwork by the Crooked River Gang, a group of local artists, will be featured in an exhibit at the M.D. Garage in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1556 Boston Mills Road, Boston Township.

Healthy hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is staging a healthy hike on the Towpath Trail at 9 a.m. Meet at the Wolf Creek Trailhead at 33 Snyder Avenue in Barberton. 330-865-8065.

Nature walk — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a family nature walk at 10 a.m. at Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton. Meet at the bathhouse. The park is off Hametown Road. 330-865-8065.

Butterfly walk — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is staging a butterfly walk at 1 p.m. at Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Road, Springfield Township. 330-865-8065.

Full-moon hike — The Stark County Park District is holding a full-moon hike at 8 p.m. at Deer Creek Reservoir, 14514 Price St., Lexington Township. 330-409-8096.

Go fourth — Sarah’s Vineyard will host a musical program by folksy singer Alex Bevan and Boy=Girl (Paul Kovac and Jen Mauer) from 5 to 10:30 p.m. at 1204 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls. Fireworks. Admission is $5. 330-929-8057 or www.sarahsvineyard.com.

Acoustic Wednesday — The Medina County Park District is sponsoring Acoustic Wednesday with folksy music from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Susan Hambley Nature Center, 4173 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick. 330-722-9364.

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