Bob Downing

Today

Park walkers — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a walk of two miles on the Piney Woods Trail at 10 a.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park. Meet at the Pioneer Area off Frazier Avenue in East Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Photo program — Professional photographer Tim Cooper will present a program on the perfect exposure for digital photography from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Happy Days Lodge in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. That’s off state Route 303 in Boston Heights. Free. Sponsored by the Cuyahoga Valley Photographic Society. He is also directing a three-day workshop on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The fee is $460. 330-657-2909 or info@cvps.org.

Sand Run hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2 p.m. for a five-mile hike in Sand Run Metro Park. Meet in the Wadsworth Area parking lot off Sand Run Parkway in northwest Akron. 330-923-6371.

Natural areas — The Medina County Park District is presenting a look at Ohio’s natural areas and preserves by photographer Ian Adams at 7 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. For ages 9 to adult. 330-722-9364.

Friday

Ranger Confidential — Former ranger and author Andrea Lankford will speak at 7 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Lyceum lecture series. Her talk will be held in the Happy Days Lodge off state Route 303 in Boston Heights. She is the author of the book Ranger Confidential: Living, Working and Dying in the National Parks. Admission is $6, $3 for children 3 to 12. Advance tickets are available at 330-657-2909. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Lantern hike — Ranger Mike Kosmos will direct a lantern hike from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley park. It will be an easy one-mile hike on the Lake Trail. Meet at the Kendall Lake Shelter off Truxell Road in Boston Township.

Home-schooled hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a family hike for home-schooled youngsters 7 and older. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Oxbow Area of Cascade Valley Metro Park. That’s off Cuyahoga Street in North Akron. Advance registration is required. Adults must accompany children. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Stark hike — The Stark County Park District is staging a hike at 9 a.m. on the Middle Branch Trail. Meet at Martindale Park in Plain Township. 330-409-8096.

Drum circle — The Terra Amma Drum Circle with Rebekah Benner will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron, 3300 Morewood Road, Fairlawn. Bring drums and percussion toys. No experience needed. 330-780-7476.

Sky watches — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is presenting a planetarium show at 8 p.m., followed by a star watch, weather permitting. 877-359-5235.

Saturday

Crystal Palace hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is staging a hike to the ice-filled gorge between Akron and Cuyahoga Falls at 10 a.m. Meet in the Front Street parking lot in Cuyahoga Falls. The hike will be along the rugged Glens Trail. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Groundhog Day — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will offer a nature program on groundhogs to mark Groundhog Day at 1 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Bird walk — The National Park Service is conducting a winter bird walk for waterfowl from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley. Meet volunteer Dwight Chasar at the Red Lock Trailhead off West Highland Road in Sagamore Hills Township.

Ravine hike — The National Park Service is holding a hike to Columbia Run ravine and its ridges in the Cuyahoga Valley. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Columbia Run Picnic Area off Riverview Road in Boston Township. It will be a three-mile hike.

Ski workshop — The National Park Service is holding a beginning cross-country ski workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 P.M. The fee is $10 with your own equipment and $15 with equipment rental. The class will be held with or without snow. Meet at the Kendall Lake Shelter off Truxell Road in Boston Township. Dress for the weather. Advance registration is required. 330-657-2752.

Trail cleanup — Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Pine Grove and Ledges trails in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet at the Octagon Shelter off Truxell Road in Boston Township. Wear sturdy boots and bring a small pack with lunch, water and work gloves. 330-622-0437.

General Stark II — The Stark County Park District and its resident groundhog, General Stark II, will check for its shadow at 8:30 a.m. on Groundhog Day at the Exploration Gateway, 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township. Crafts and activities for children begin at 8 a.m. and run through 10:30 a.m. There will be a program on groundhogs from 9 to 10 a.m. Free but advance registration is requested. 330-409-8096.

Healthy hike — The Medina County Park District is staging a healthy hike at 9 a.m. at Silver Creek Metro Park off Hametown Road in Norton. Meet in the Pheasant Run Area. Dress for the weather and have appropriate footwear. For ages 10 to adult. 330-722-9364.

Happy Trails hike — The Medina-based Happy Trails hiking club will meet at 10 a.m. at Buckeye Woods Park in Lafayette Township for a hike of one to two miles. For ages 12 to adult.

Snowshoe stomp — The Medina County Park District is conducting snowshoe hikes at 2 and 6 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. Bring two pairs of boots. Child-sized snowshoes for ages 6 to 12 will be available. Advance registration is required. If there’s not enough snow, the event will become a hike. Free. 330-722-9364.

Oak Hill hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9 a.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley for a five-mile hike. Meet at the Oak Hill Trailhead off Oak Hill Road in Boston Township. 330-923-6371.

Valley hike — The Portage Trail Walkers hiking club will meet at 9 a.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley for a five-mile hike on the Towpath Trail. Meet at the Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center off Bolanz Road in Cuyahoga Falls. 330-673-6896.

Book club — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is presenting a book club discussion of A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir by Donald Worster from 2 to 3:30 p.m. 877-359-5235.

Wild doings — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is holding a bird-banding demonstration from 2 to 3 p.m. The center is also holding a winter geocaching event from 6 to 9 p.m. Preregistration is at 5:30 p.m. For details, check out www.geocaching.com. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.

Feeding birds — The Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve is offering a chance to hand feed chickadees from noon to 3 p.m. The program will continue from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at 11929 Beech St. NE, Washington Township. Free. 330-829-7050.

Zoar lecture — Walsh College history professor Kelly Selby will speak on Ohio Women and the Civil War Home Front in a Historic Zoar Village lecture at 1 p.m. in the Zoar Schoolhouse in Zoar off state Route 212 in northern Tuscarawas County. Free. 330-874-3011 or www.historiczoarvillage.com.

Sunday

Winter hike — The National Park Service is holding a winter warm-up hike of seven miles on the difficult Perkins and Riding Run trails in the Cuyahoga Valley. The hike will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Everett Road Covered Bridge off Everett Road in Boston Township. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.

Snowshoe hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a snowshoe hike at 2 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro park. Meet in the Pioneer Area of Frazier Avenue in East Akron. Advance registration is required. The rental fee is $5. Children must be at least 10 years old and accompanied by adults. If there’s not enough snow, the event will become a hike. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Amphibian fun — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is offering a program on amphibians including a craft for youngsters 5 to 10 years old. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Canine hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is sponsoring a canine hike at 3 p.m. at Firestone Metro Park in South Akron. Meet at Little Turtle Pond off Harrington Road. The hike will be on the 1.6-mile Willow Trail. Dogs must be on leashes and under their owners’ control. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Photo workshop — The Medina County Park District is offering a photo workshop on composition techniques from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. For ages 16 to adult. The fee is $25. Advance registration is required. Bring some of your photos on a flash stick or other media and receive some suggestions. 330-722-9364.

Botzum hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. for a five-mile hike. Meet at the Botzum Trailhead off Riverview Road south of West Bath Road in North Akron. 330-923-6371.

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.

Tuesday

Firestone hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 4 p.m. for a three-mile hike in Firestone Metro Park. Meet at the Tuscarawas Meadows Area off Harrington Road in South Akron. 330-923-6371.

Wednesday

Trail cleanup — Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Lake and Cross Country trails in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet at the Kendall Lake Shelter parking lot off Truxell Road in Boston Township. Wear sturdy boots and bring a small pack with lunch, water and work gloves. 330-688-1767.

Nature weaving — The Medina County Park District is offering a nature-weaving workshop at 6:30 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. The fee is $15. Supplies will be provided. For ages 16 to adult. Advance registration is required. 330-701-1576.

Green hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. for a five-mile hike in the city of Green’s Boettler/Southgate parks. The parks are off Massillon Road (state Route 241) south of Greensburg Road. 330-923-6371.

Nature walk — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is holding a nature walk at 10 a.m. 877-359-5235.

Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or bdowning at the beaconjournal.com.