Bob Downing

Today

Weekday walk Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a weekday walk at 10 a.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Hike the Cherry Lane and Fernwood trails. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Vireo workshop Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a bird identification class on vireos and similar-looking birds at 7 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Contra dance You can join the musical group Hu$hmoney with its jigs and reels and caller Carol Kopp in a contra dance from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Meet at the Boston Township School House at Riverview Road and state Route 303 in Peninsula. Instruction will be offered at 7 p.m. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. The fee is $6.

Medina birds Filmmaker-naturalist Miles Reed will present a program on the birds of Medina County at 7 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. For ages 9 to adult. Free. 330-722-9364.

Seed starting The Stark County Park District is conducting a seed-starting workshop at 6 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway, 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township. 330-409-8096.

Lunch rush The Stark County Park District is sponsoring a lunch run/walk on the Middle Branch Trail at noon. Meet at Schneider Park in Plain Township. 330-409-8096.

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

Friday

Waterfowl walk Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a waterfowl walk at 9 a.m. along the Towpath Trail. Meet at the Manchester Road Trailhead at 2740 Manchester Road in southwest Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Wildlife and us Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is presenting a look at human interactions with wildlife at 7 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Fit Friday The Stark County Park District is holding a Fit Friday hike at 9 a.m. at the Exploration Gateway, 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township. 330-409-8096.

Saturday

Bald eagle hike Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is staging a bald eagle hike along the Glens Trail in the Gorge Metro Park. Learn about the eagles comeback and perhaps see local eagles. Meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Front Street parking lot in Cuyahoga Falls. Bring binoculars. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Cardio hike Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a cardio hike at 9 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park. Meet in the Tuscarawas Meadows Area off Harrington Road in South Akron. Beginners are welcome to the brisk walk with few, if any, rest stops. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Bees for kids Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is presenting a nature program on bees for youngsters at 2 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. The program includes a craft. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Park concert The bluegrass group Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass will perform at 8 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley park. The show will be staged in the Happy Days Lodge off state Route 303 in Boston Heights. Tickets are $17, $5 for children 3 to 12. Advance tickets are available by calling 330-657-2909, option 4, or at www.conservancyforcvnp.org.

Vernal pools The Cuyahoga Valley park is presenting a Junior Rangers program on vernal pools for youngsters 7 to 12 years old. It will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Adults must attend with participating children at no charge. Call 800-642-3297, ext. 100, for reservations, location and more information.

Orienteering meet The North Eastern Ohio Orienteering Club is holding a cross-country meet with courses for all skill levels. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. The meet begins at noon from the Octagon Shelter off Truxell Road in Boston Township in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Bring a whistle and compass. The map fee is $9. For more information, call 216-285-0627 or go to www.neooc.com.

Meet animals The Medina County Park District is conducting a walk-in animal program from noon to 5 p.m. at the Susan Hambley Nature Center, 4173 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick. The program will be repeated from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. All ages welcome. 330-722-9364.

Wood ducks The Medina County Park District is presenting a nature program and hike on colorful wood ducks at 2 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. All ages welcome. 330-722-9364.

Bird walk The Stark County Park District is conducting a bird walk at 7:30 a.m. at Molly Stark Park off Columbus Road Northeast in Nimishillen Township. 330-409-8096.

Spring wildflowers The Stark County Park District is holding a woodland wildflower walk at 10 a.m. at Walborn Reservoir off Price Street Northeast in Marlboro Township. 330-409-8096.

Brandywine hike The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Brandywine Falls off Brandywine Road in Sagamore Hills Township for a 6-mile hike. 330-923-6371.

Portage hike The Portage Trail Walkers hiking club will meet at 9 a.m. at the Cable Line Road boat ramp in West Branch State Park east of Ravenna for a hike. 330-673-6896.

Geocache fun The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township, is hosting the Geocache Triple Play with three events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.

Bird nest boxes The Western Reserve Land Conservancy is holding a workshop to build nesting boxes for prothonotary warblers from 10 a.m. to noon at its headquarters, 3850 Chagrin River Road, Moreland Hills. All materials will be supplied. Free. Advance sign-up is required. Contact Kim Bihler at 440-528-4162 or kbihler@wrlandconservancy.org.

Migration Sensation Shreve in southern Wayne County is hosting the Shreve Spring Migration Sensation and migrating birds from 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. with nature walks and drives, speakers, exhibits, crafts, refreshments at Shreve Elementary School, 598 N. Market St. (state Route 226). Pancake breakfast. Admission is $15 for adults or $20 for families. For information, go to www.shrevemigration.org.

Sunday

Wildlife walk A naturalist for Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will direct a nature walk at 10 a.m. on the Towpath Trail in South Akron. Meet at the West Wilbeth Road Trailhead at the Ohio & Erie Canal. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Cardio hike Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is staging a cardio hike at 9 a.m. at Hampton Hills Metro Park. Meet in the parking lot off Akron-Peninsula Road in North Akron. Brisk hike with few stops. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Feeding time Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will be feeding its display animals at 12:30 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. For ages 5 and older. Advance reservations are required. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Getting-started hike The National Park Service is staging a low-intensity, 1-mile hike to help people get started walking. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Kendall Lake Shelter in the Cuyahoga Valley. Thats off Truxell Road in Boston Township.

Valley hike The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. at the Hunt Farm off Bolanz Road in Cuyahoga Falls for a 5-mile hike in the Cuyahoga Valley. 330-923-6371.

Spring wildflowers The University of Mount Unions John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center is hosting a spring wildflower walk from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The center is on Dan Street in Washington Township. 330-823-7487.

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.

Wednesday

Park stroll Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a guided walk at 2 p.m. on the Seneca Trail at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

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 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.

Wild walk The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township, is holding a guided hike at 10 a.m. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.

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