Bob Downing

Today

Mogadore hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. for a 5-mile sidewalks-and-trails hike in Mogadore. Meet at Lions Park on Hale Avenue. An ice cream stop will be part of the hike. 330-923-6371.

Friday

Insect music — Cleveland Institute of Music faculty member Dr. Lisa Rainsong is directing a look at insects that make music at 7 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Presented by Metro Parks, Serving Summit County. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Weekday walk — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is staging a weekday walk at 10 a.m. at Munroe Falls Metro Park. Meet at Tallmadge Meadows Area off North Avenue (state Route 91) in Tallmadge. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Fern, fungi hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a fern and fungi hike at 10 a.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.com.

Walborn hike — The Stark County Park District is presenting a hike at 9 a.m. at Walborn Reservoir, 11324 Price St. NE, Marlboro Township. 330-409-8096.

Saturday

Spree kickoff — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will kick off its 50th annual Fall Hiking Spree from noon to 3 p.m. at Firestone (Tuscarawas Meadows) and from 1 to 3 p.m. at four other locations: Deep Lock Quarry in Peninsula, Gorge in Cuyahoga Falls and Goodyear Heights (Pioneer Area) and Sand Run (Wadsworth Area), both in Akron. All other spree hikes must be completed from Sunday through Nov. 30. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Pond Brook hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is offering a hike through the Pond Brook South area in Twinsburg Township from 9 to 11 a.m. Meet at 3973 E. Aurora Road (state Route 82). Bring water, a snack and binoculars. The terrain varies. Boots are recommended. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Stream hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a stream hike at 10 a.m. at Furnace Run Metro Park. Meet at the Brushwood Area off Townsend Road in Richfield Township. Wear shoes or boots that can get wet. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Birds of prey — Quail Hollow State Park near Hartville will present its birds of prey from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Bring a donation of paper towels for the birds. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Family camping — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is offering an introduction to camping for families at 2 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Families will be eligible to participate in a Sept. 13-15 camp out. Advance sign-up is required. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Fields, forests — Artwork on Fields and Forests 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 park. Hours: 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 and Monday.

Hanging at Hunt — The National Park Service is staging family-fun activities from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center off Bolanz Road in Cuyahoga Falls. The activities will continue from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Family theater — The Canal Corners Farm and Market in Valley View is staging plays at 1 and 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. There will be a show at 2 p.m. Sunday. 216-401-5131 or www.lanterntheatreohio.com.

Valley hike — The Portage Trail Walkers hiking club will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet at the north parking lot at the Happy Days Lodge off state Route 303 in Boston Heights. 330-673-6896.

Night skies — The Astronomy Club of Akron is presenting a look at the evening skies at 8:30 p.m. at the club’s observatory at Portage Lakes State Park, 5031 Manchester Road (state Route 93), New Franklin. 330-837-5848.

Oak Hill hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9 a.m. for a 5-mile hike in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet at the Oak Hill Trailhead off Oak Hill Road in Boston Township. 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.

Butterfly walk — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township, is holding a butterfly walk at its Foxfield Preserve at 10 a.m. 877-359-5235.

Kids fishing — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is opening its ponds for youth fishing involving youngsters 15 and under. Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Also open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday. at 8912 Portage Lakes Drive, Coventry Township. Youth anglers must be accompanied by adults, and adults are not allowed to fish in the youth area. 330-644-2293.

Ohio crafts — Hale Farm and Village is hosting the fourth annual Made in Ohio Arts & Crafts Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath Township. Admission is $5. 330-666-3711 or www.madeinohiofestival.com.

Sunday

Park concert — The Metro Parks Ensemble will perform at 5:30 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Sponsored by Metro Parks, Serving Summit County. Bring a blanket or chair. 330-865-8065 or www.summmetroparks.org.

Fall hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a hike at 7 p.m. at Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park off Riverview Road in Peninsula. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Peninsula hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. at Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park off Riverview Road in Peninsula for a 5-mile hike. 330-923-6371.

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

Monday

Night hawks — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is offering a nature program on nighthawks, a species of bird, at 6:30 p.m. at Firestone Metro Park. Meet at the Tuscarawas Meadows Area off Harrington Road in South Akron. Bring a lawn chair and binoculars. A campfire will follow. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Akron sack hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. for a hilly, 5-mile hike at Goodyear Heights Metro Park. Meet at the rear of the park’s main parking lot near the sledding hill. That’s off Newton Street in East Akron. Bring a sack lunch. 330-923-6371.

Tuesday

Trail cleanup — Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Salt Run Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley 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.

Collecting seeds — The National Park Service is seeking volunteers to collect native seeds from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley park. To register, call 330-657-2299 or go to www.nps.gov/cuva. Click on Volunteer.

Ledges hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a hike to the Ledges Area at Liberty Park in Twinsburg. Meet at 7 p.m. at 9999 Liberty Road. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Firestone hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 4 p.m. at Firestone Metro Park in South Akron. Meet at the Tuscarawas Meadows Area off Harrington Road for a leisurely 3-mile hike. 330-923-6371.

Bike ride — The Stark County Park District is holding an 18-mile bike ride at 9:30 a.m. Meet at the Craig Pittman Trailhead outside Navarre. 330-409-8096.

Survival workshop — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township, is holding a survival workshop on fire and shelter building from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The fee is $8. Advance sign-up is required. 877-359-5235.

Wednesday

Story times — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is presenting story times for youngsters 1 to 3 years old at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Evening hike — The National Park Service is holding an evening hike on the 3-mile Boston Run Trail from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley. Meet at the north parking lot at the Happy Days Lodge, off state Route 303 in Boston Heights.

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.

Twinsburg hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Liberty Park, 9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg, for a 5-mile hike. 330-923-6371.

Wild 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.