Bob Downing

Today

Peninsula hike The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2 p.m. in Peninsula for a 5-mile hike on the Towpath Trail. Meet at Lock 29 Trailhead off East Mill Street. 330-923-6371.

Friday

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

Forest hike Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is staging a forest hike for home-schooled youngsters 7 and older. Meet at 1 p.m. at ONeil Woods Metro Park off Martin Road in Bath Township. Adults must accompany their children. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Tree identification The Medina County Park District is holding a tree identification program from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Meet at the Lodge at Allardale off Remsen Road in Granger Township. Indoor-outdoor program. The fee is $35 a person. Lunch will be provided. Advance reservations are required. Contact Mary at 614-688-3421 or ohiowoods@osu.edu. For ages 16 to adult.

Planetarium show The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Sugar Creek Township, is holding a planetarium show and public star watch, weather permitting. Meet at 8 p.m. For all ages. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.

Saturday

Owls, soup Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is serving a vegetarian campfire soup and then staging a hike to listen for owls. Meet at 6 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. A campfire will follow. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Underground Railroad The National Park Service is offering a look at the Underground Railroad in the Cuyahoga Valley park. There will be a 2-mile lantern hike and short railroad ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Hikes depart every 30 minutes from 6:30 to 8 p.m. from Howe Meadow. Thats off Riverview Road north of Ira Road in Cuyahoga Falls. Tickets are $14. To register, call 800-468-4070 or go to www.cvsr.com.

Bird walk The National Park Service is staging a bird walk from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet at park headquarters at Riverview and Vaughn roads in Brecksville. It will be a 1-mile walk in the Jaite area.

Volunteer orientation The National Park Service is holding an orientation for volunteers from 10 a.m. to noon in the Cuyahoga Valley park. To register, call 330-657-2299 or email volunteer@forcvnp.org.

Beer train The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is offering an ale train from 2 to 4 p.m. from Rockside Station in Independence. For 21 and older only. Tickets are $47 to $82. Advance reservations are required. 800-468-4070 or www.cvsr.com.

Adventure trek The Stark County Park District is holding an Adventure Trek at 10 a.m. at the Fry Family Park near East Sparta. The fee is $5. 330-409-8096.

Portage hike The Portage Park District is holding a hike at the Walter Preserve in Palmyra Township. It will start at 8:30 a.m. Call 330-297-7728 for directions and more information.

Canal Fulton hike The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Canal Fulton Canalway Center off Tuscarawas Street for a 5-mile hike on the Towpath Trail. Meet at Lock 29 Trailhead off East Mill Street. 330-923-6371.

Healthy hike The Medina County Park District is staging a healthy hike at 9 a.m. at Letha House Park East, 5745 Richman Road, Chatham Township. Wear appropriate footwear. For ages 10 to adult. 330-722-9364.

Photo workshops The Medina County Park District is offering an intermediate digital photography workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. The fee is $35. Bring your own digital cameras and user manual. For ages 16 to adult. Advance sign-up is required. In addition, there will be a second workshop: Digital Darkroom Magic, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Wolf Creek. The fee is $30. Advance sign-up is required. For ages 16 to adult. 330-722-9364.

Skunks, opossums The Medina County Park District is offering a walk-in nature program on skunks and opossums 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. For all ages. 330-722-9364.

Happy Trails The Happy Trails Hiking Club will meet at 10 a.m. at the Susan Hambley Nature Center, 4173 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick, for a hike of up to 2 miles. For ages 10 to adult.

Astronomy fun The Astronomy Club of Akron will observe Herschels Double Cluster and the planets Neptune and Uranus in a program at 6:30 p.m. Meet at the clubs observatory at Portage Lakes State Park, 5031 Manchester Road (state Route 93), New Franklin. 330-837-5848.

Tallmadge hike The Portage Trail Walkers hiking club will meet at 9 a.m. at Lions Park off Lions Road in Tallmadge for a 5-mile hike. 330-673-6896.

Arts, crafts show The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Sugar Creek Township, is hosting its Nature Fest Arts and Crafts Show with artisans and crafters. It runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.

Book club The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Sugar Creek Township, is holding a meeting of its Nature Book Group at 2 p.m. Members will discuss The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds With Common Birds. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.

Sunday

Canine hike Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a canine hike at 1 p.m. at Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton. Meet in the Pheasant Run Area. The park is off Hametown Road. All pets must be on leashes and under their owners control. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Oxbow outing Naturalist Mike Greene of Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will direct an oxbow walk at 3 p.m. at Cascade Valley Metro Park. Meet at the Oxbow Area off Cuyahoga Street in North Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Reservoir hike The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. at Mogadore Reservoir for a 5-mile hike. Meet behind the Ankor Inn off state Route 43 in Suffield Township. 330-923-6371.

Lilies, orchids Randy Rowe of the Botanizers botany club will present a program on lilies and orchids at 2 p.m. at the Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Sugar Creek Township. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.

Folk jam The University of Mount Unions John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center is hosting a folk jam at 2 p.m. There will also be a nature walk at 2 p.m. The center is on Dan Street in Washington Township. 330-823-7487.

Monday

Stroller walk The Stark County Park District is conducting a stroller walk for parents with young children at 10 a.m. at the Exploration Gateway Shelter, 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township. 330-409-8096.

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.

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

Valley dinner The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is presenting Dinner in the Valley by chef Larkin Rogers with a look at the federal Civilian Conservation Corps at 6 p.m. at the Ledges Shelter off Truxell Road in Boston Township. For pricing and reservations, call 330-657-2909, ext. 119, or go to www.conservancyforcvnp.org.

Munroe Falls hike The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Munroe Falls Metro Park. Meet in the first parking lot past the gatehouse off South River Road in Munroe Falls. It will be a 5-mile hike. 330-923-6371.

Nature walk The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Sugar Creek Township, is sponsoring a nature walk at 10 a.m. For all ages. Free. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.

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