Bob Downing

Today

Weekday walk Summit Metro Parks is holding a weekday walk on the Piney Woods Trail at 10 a.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park. Meet at the Pioneer Area off Frazier Avenue in East Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Valley hike The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 7 p.m. at the Ira Trailhead off Riverview Road north of Ira Road in Cuyahoga Falls for a 5-mile Towpath Trail hike. 330-923-6371.

Eagle watching The Stark County Park District is holding an eagle watch at 6 p.m. at the White property off Marlboro Avenue Northeast, Marlboro Township. 330-409-8096.

Friday

Fern walk Summit Metro Parks is conducting a fern walk at 10 a.m. at Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park off Riverview Road in Peninsula. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Vines for kids Summit Metro Parks is holding Kinderealm programs on vines for youngsters 3 to 6 years old and accompanying adults at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. The program will be repeated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Advance sign-up is required. Program includes a craft and hike. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Saturday

Cardio hike Summit Metro Parks is presenting a cardio hike at 10 a.m. at the Gorge Metro Park. Meet in the Front Street parking lot in Cuyahoga Falls. Bring drinking water. Beginners are welcome. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Family camping Summit Metro Parks is offering an introduction to family camping at 10 a.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Learn the basics and then join June 13-15 camp out. Advance sign-up is required. Class attendance is mandatory for the camp out. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Ferns, fungi Summit Metro Parks is holding a program on ferns and fungi at 2 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Backpacking class Summit Metro Parks is sponsoring an introduction to backpacking class at 2 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. You can sign up for two weekend trips in the parks. Food and equipment are not provided. For ages 10 to adult. Attendance is mandatory if you want to join the two trips. Children must be accompanied by adults. Advance sign-up is required. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Bird walk The National Park Service is sponsoring a bird walk from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley. Meet at the Ledges Shelter parking lot off Truxell Road in Boston Township. Bring binoculars and field guides.

Open tent Learn about Cuyahoga Valley camping, Leave No Trace camping and equipment options in a walk-in program from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hunt House off Bolanz Road in Cuyahoga Falls. Presented by the National Park Service.

Natures palette Artwork on Natures Palette by the Crooked River Gang, a group of local artists, will be featured 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.

Bird walk The Stark County Park District is conducting a bird walk at 7:30 a.m. on the Nickle Plate Trail in Louisville. Meet at the Pinevale/McKimm Trailhead. 330-409-8096.

Wildflower walk The Stark County Park District is staging a wildflower walk at 2 p.m. at Walborn Reservoir. Meet at the Reeder Avenue Northeast Trailhead in Marlboro Township. 330-409-8096.

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

Holden hike The Portage Trail Walkers hiking club will meet at 8:30 a.m. at Holden Arboretum in Kirtland in Lake County. The entry fee is $4 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. Mileage will depend on participants. 330-673-6896.

Kids fishing The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is opening its ponds for youth fishing involving youngsters 15 and younger. Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Also open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at 912 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.

Sunday

Bog hike Summit Metro Parks, is holding a bog hike at Springfield Bog Metro Park at 8 a.m. The park is at 1400 Portage Line Road, Springfield Township. Binoculars are recommended. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Seneca Trail hike Summit Metro Parks has been visiting the Seneca Trail for monthly hikes to see the trail through the year. The next hike will be at 6 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Silver Creek hike The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. at Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton for a 5-mile hike. Meet in the Pheasant Run Area. The park is off Hametown Road. 330-923-6371.

Family bird walk The University of Mount Unions John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center is hosting a family bird walk at 1 p.m. The center is on Dan Street in Washington Township. 330-823-7487.

Tuesday

Lake concert The Metro Parks Ensemble will perform at 6:30 p.m. in a free concert at Munroe Falls Metro Park. There will be free swimming from 5 to 8 p.m. The concert will be canceled if it rains. Call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. for a weather update. The park is off South River Road in Munroe Falls. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Container garden Summit Metro Parks is holding classes on making a self-watering container garden at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. The fee is $5. Advance sign-up is required. Participants will get a list of needed supplies. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

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 in South Akron. 330-923-6371.

Bike ride The Stark County Park District is conducting an 18-mile bike ride on the Sippo Valley Trail. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Lincoln Park in Massillon. 330-409-8096.

Pre-school fun The Medina County Park District is holding a program on gardening for preschoolers 3 to 6 years old and accompanying adults from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Meet at the Krabill Shelter, 7597 Ballash Road, Lafayette Township. Advance sign-up is required. Free. 330-722-9364.

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.

Bedford hike The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. in Cleveland Metroparks Bedford Reservation. Meet at the Egbert Road Picnic Area parking lot off the Valley Parkway west of Egbert Road. It will be a 5-mile hike. 330-923-6371.

Stroller walk The Medina County Park District is conducting a stroller walk for parents with young children at 10:30 a.m. at Plum Creek Park South off Plum Creek Parkway in Brunswick Hills Township. 330-722-9264.

Park Yoga The Medina County Park District is holding Yoga in the Park at 2 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. There will be a second class at 7 p.m. at Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park off Windfall Road in Granger Township. The fee is $10. Proceeds will go to the Friends of Medina County Parks for the playground at Mugrage park. Bring a mat and water bottle and wear comfortable clothing. For ages 10 to adult. Advance sign-up is requested. 330-722-9364.

Wild walk The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Sugar Creek Township, is holding a guided walk 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.