Bob Downing

Today

Weekday walk Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is staging a weekday walk on the Glens Trail at 10 a.m. at the Gorge Metro Park. Meet in the Front Street parking lot in Cuyahoga Falls. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Eco-travel talk Kent State University professor Andrew Lepp will speak on How to Travel the World As an Eco-Tourist at 7 p.m. at the Medina County Park Districts Wolf Creek Environmental Center. Thats at 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. Free. For ages 9 to adult. 330-722-9364.

Sand Run hike The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2 p.m. for a 5-mile hike on the Sand Run Jogging Trail. Meet in the Wadsworth Area in Sand Run Metro Park off Sand Run Parkway in northwest Akron. 330-923-6371.

Friday

Park concert Folksy singer-songwriter John Gorka will appear in concert at 8 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The show will be held in the Happy Days Lodge off state Route 303 in Boston Heights. Tickets are $17, $5 for children 3 to 12. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. You can purchase tickets online at www.conservancyforcvnp.org or by calling 330-657-2909, option 4. The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is also presenting a North Woods Dinner by chef Larkin Rogers before the concert. Advance reservations are required for the dinner. Tickets including the show are $50, $12 for children 5 to 12. For reservations, call 330-657-2909, ext. 119.

Derby stories A team from the All-American Soap Box Derby will present a historical program at 7 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Sponsored by Metro Parks, Serving Summit County. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Saturday

Groundhog fun Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is sponsoring a nature program on groundhogs by Akrons Fran Kitchen and naturalist Dave Brumfield at 10:30 a.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park. Meet in the shelter off Newton Street in East Akron. Program includes a craft, a short hike and a look at the groundhogs ability to predict weather. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Think spring Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is offering a think-spring program at 2 p.m. at the Coventry Oaks Area at Firestone Metro Park. Thats off Axline Avenue in South Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Coffee with birds Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will hold an indoor bird-watching session at 10:30 a.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Coffee is provided. Bring your own mug. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Ski workshop The National Park Service is directing a beginning cross-country ski workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley. Meet at the Kendall Lake Shelter off Truxell Road in Boston Township. The fee is $10 with equipment and $15 with rental. Advance sign-up is required. 330-657-2752.

Waterfowl walk Volunteer Dwight Chasar will lead a waterfowl walk in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Red Lock Trailhead off West Highland Road in Sagamore Hills Township. Bring binoculars and field guides.

Wetlands walk The National Park Service is conducting a wetlands walk on the Towpath Trail from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley. Meet at the Ira Trailhead off Riverview Road north of Ira Road in Cuyahoga Falls.

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.

Healthy hike The Medina County Park District is holding a healthy hike of four to five miles at 9 a.m. at Buckeye Woods Park off state Route 162 in Lafayette Township. For ages 10 to adult. Free. Dress for the weather and have appropriate footwear. 330-722-9364.

Medina hike The Happy Trails Hiking Club will meet at 10 a.m. at the Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park at 4985 Windfall Road, Granger Township, for a hike. For ages 10 to adult. Free. Dress for the weather.

Groundhog celebrations The Stark County Park District is holding a Groundhog Day open house with activities from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway, 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township. The park districts groundhog, General Stark, will check for his shadow at 8 a.m. Sunday at the Exploration Gateway. A hike will follow. 330-409-8096.

Scavenger hunt The Medina County Park District is holding an I Spy scavenger hunt from noon to 5 p.m. in a walk-in program 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.

Silver Creek hike The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 11 a.m. at Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton for a five-mile hike. Meet in the Pheasant Run Area. The park is off Hametown Road. After the hike, participants are invited to move to Silver Run Winery near Doylestown for lunch and wine. 330-923-6371.

Walborn hike The Portage Trail Walkers hiking club will meet at 9 a.m. at Walborn Reservoir in Stark Countys Marlboro Township for a hike. Meet at the marina at 11324 Price St. NE. 330-673-6896.

Geocaching fun The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township, is holding a geocache winter event from 6 to 9 p.m. Hot drinks and snacks will be served. For more information, go to www.geocaching.com or send an email to axetowax@yahoo.com. Preregistration opens at 5:30 p.m. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.

Stark hike The University of Mount Unions John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center is hosting a hike on the Huston Woods Trail at 2 p.m. The center is on Dan Street in Washington Township. 330-823-7487.

Feed chickadees The Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve will host a program where participants can feed chickadees by hand from noon to 3 p.m. It will be repeated from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. The center is at 11929 Beech St. NE, Washington Township. 330-829-7050 or www.beechcreekgardens.org.

Zoar talk Jon Baker will speak on Ghost Stories of Tuscarawas County at 1 p.m. at Historic Zoar Village. The talk will be held in the Historic Zoar Schoolhouse. Free. Zoar is off state Route 212 in northern Tuscarawas County. www.historiczoarvillage.com.

Groundhog fun The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is holding Groundhog Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be groundhog shows at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Free with museum admission. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for children 3 to 18, college students and senior citizens. The museum is at 1 Wade Oval in the University Circle area. www.cmnh.org.

Sunday

Crystal Palace hike Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is staging a Crystal Palace hike. Thats the name given to the frozen icicles along the Glens Trail at the Gorge Metro Park. Meet at 2 p.m. in the Front Street parking lot in Cuyahoga Falls. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Blackbird blitz Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is presenting a hike to search for rusty blackbirds at 9 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park. Declining numbers of the bird winter in the Akron area. Meet at the Tuscarawas Meadows Area off Harrington Road in South Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Seneca Trail hike Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a hike on the Seneca Trail at 10 a.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Bring your camera and record the trail on the first of 12 monthly hikes. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Valley hike The National Park Service is staging a five-mile hike on the Perkins and Riding Run trails in the Cuyahoga Valley. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Everett Road Covered Bridge off Everett Road in Boston Township. Expect hills and unpaved surfaces. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

Getting-started hike The National Park Service is holding a 1-mile hike on the Oak Hill Trail at 2 p.m. Meet at the Oak Hill Trailhead off Oak Hill Road in Boston Township.

Puppet show The Medina County Park District is staging a puppet show on Groundhog Day at 2 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. For ages 4 to 10. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. 330-722-9364.

Tallmadge hike The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. for a five-mile hike on the Freedom Trail in Tallmadge. Meet at Lions Park at the end of Lions park Drive off of Northeast Avenue (state Route 261). 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.

Firestone hike The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 4 p.m. for a three-mile hike at Firestone Metro Park. Meet in 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.

Richfield hike The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Furnace Run Metro Park for a five-mile hike. Meet in the Brushwood Area off Townsend Road in Richfield Township. 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.