Bob Downing

Today

The Big Year — Veteran birder Greg Miller from Sugarcreek in Tuscarawas County will speak on his Big Year in 1998 when he traveled 130,000 miles to see more than 700 species of birds in North America. His talk, sponsored by the Medina County Park District, will be at 7 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. For ages 10 to adult. Free. 330-722-9364.

Warbler warm-up — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is presenting a program on identifying warblers with a trill song at 7 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. All levels of birders are welcome. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Contra dance — Join Hu$hmoney with its jigs and reels and caller Carol Kopp in a contra dance from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the Boston Township School House at state Route 303 and Riverview Road in Peninsula. Instruction at 7 p.m. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. $6.

Underground Railroad — Hale Farm & Village in Bath Township is presenting a program on what life was like for escaped slaves on the Underground Railroad. Tours will depart every 20 minutes from 6 to 8:20 p.m. Tickets are $20. The program will be repeated on Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The farm is at 2686 Oak Hill Road. To register, call 330-666-3711, ext. 1720, or halereservations@wrhs.org.

Akron hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, for a 5-mile hike. 330-923-6371.

Growing herbs — The Stark County Park District is holding a class on growing herbs at 6 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway, 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township. Free. Advance reservations required. 330-409-8096.

Camouflage for kids — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is holding a program on camouflage for youngsters 3 to 6 years old and accompanying adults at 1 p.m. $5 per child; adults free. Advance registration is required. 877-359-5235.

Friday

Waterfowl walk — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a waterfowl walk at 9 a.m. Meet at the Wilbeth Road Trailhead on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in South Akron. Bring binoculars and spotting scopes. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Full-moon hike — Metro Park, Serving Summit County, is holding a full-moon hike at Liberty Park. Meet at 7 p.m. Meet at the Pond Brook Conservation Area at 3973 E. Aurora Road (state Route 82), Twinsburg Township. Bring a flashlight. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Nickel Plate hike — The Stark County Park District is holding a hike at 9 a.m. on the Nickel Plate Trail. Meet at the Pinevale Avenue Trailhead in Louisville. 330-409-8096.

Saturday

Cardio hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is staging a cardio hike at 9 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park in South Akron. Meet at the Tuscarawas Meadows Area off Harrington Road. About 4 miles at a vigorous pace with few rests. Beginners are welcome, but check with your doctor. Bring a water bottle. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Bog hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a prairie walk at 1 p.m. at Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Road, Springfield Township. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Plants from past — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will look at how local pioneers and Indians used plants in a walk at 3 p.m. at the Gorge Metro Park. Meet in the Front Street parking lot in Cuyahoga Falls. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Maple tours — The Medina County Park District is holding 90-minute wagon tours of the Fulton Farm maple syrup operations. Meet at the park’s Buffalo Creek Retreat off Hubbard Valley Road in Guilford Township. Tours will be at 9, 9:45, 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. and noon. Advance registration is required. Free. 330-722-9364.

Tallmadge hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9 a.m. at Kent Park at the end of Kent Avenue off Northeast Avenue in Tallmadge for a 6-mile hike on the new Freedom Trail. 330-923-6371.

Brandywine Falls hike — The Portage Trail Walkers hiking club will meet at 9 a.m. at Brandywine Falls in the Cuyahoga Valley for a hilly 5-mile hike. The falls are off Brandywine Road in Sagamore Hills Township. 330-673-6896.

Sunday

World of eggs — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will present a program on eggs including a short hike at 1 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Sand Run hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. at Sand Run Metro Park for a hilly 5-mile hike. Meet in the Treaty Line Road parking lot. 330-923-6371.

Tuesday

Story time — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding story hours for youngsters 1 to 3 years old and accompanying adults at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Advance reservations are required. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Weekday walk — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a weekday walk at 10 a.m. at Cascade Valley Metro Park. Meet at the Oxbow Area at 1061 Cuyahoga Street in North Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

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 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.