Today

Lunchtime hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, and the Summit County Historical Society are sponsoring a lunchtime history hike in downtown Akron. Meet at 11:30 a.m. at Lock 3 Park, 200 S. Main St. Bring a bagged lunch and an umbrella. 330-865-8065.

Contra dance — You can join the musical group Hu$hmoney with its jigs and reels 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 begins at 7 p.m. Fee is $6.

Civil War lecture — Dr. Peter D’Onofrio will speak on Medical Advancements of the Civil War in a Civil War celebration lecture at 7 p.m. Meet at the GAR Hall at Riverview Road and state Route 303 in Peninsula. For information, go to www.peninsulahistory.org.

Stories for tots — The Medina County Park District is presenting story hours for youngsters 3 to 6 years old and accompanying adults at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Susan Hambley Nature Center, 4173 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick. The program will be repeated at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday. Registration required for the indoor-outdoor program. 330-722-9364.

Friday

Lyceum lecture — Award-winning ornithologist, author and wildlife biologist John C. Robinson will speak on Birds from A-Z in a Cuyahoga Valley Lyceum lecture series. His talk will be at 7 p.m. at the Happy Days Lodge off state Route 303 in Boston Heights. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 3 to 12. Advance tickets are available at 330-657-2909.

Lantern hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is offering a 1.8-mile lantern hike at 8 p.m. at O’Neil Woods Metro Park. That’s off Martin Road in Bath Township. 330-865-8065.

Firestone bird walk — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a spring bird walk at 7:30 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park. Meet in the Tuscarawas Meadows Area off Harrington Road in South Akron. Bring binoculars. 330-865-8065.

Towpath hike — The Stark County Park District is sponsoring a hike on the Towpath Trail at 9 a.m. Meet at the John Glenn Trailhead off Warmington Road SW in Perry Township. 330-409-8096.

Saturday

Akron cleanups — Volunteers are needed 9 a.m. to noon to clean up along Adam’s Run and Haley’s Run, two streams in South Akron. Meet at the Haley’s Run Trailhead, 719 Landon St. Sponsored by Keep Akron Beautiful, the National Park Service, the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, Lockheed Martin, Goodyear employees, the Summit Soil & Water Conservation District and the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. Call 330-864-6033 or 330-657-2378 for information.

Junior Rangers — The Cuyahoga Valley park is presenting three Junior Rangers programs, all from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., to mark National Junior Ranger Day. There is a program about decomposers for youngsters 7 to 12. There is a fishing program for youngsters 7 to 12. The last program is on what it’s like to be a ranger for youngsters 4 to 6 years old. Adults must attend with participating children. Call 330-657-2796, ext. 100, for reservations, location and information. There will also be a celebration from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Happy Days Lodge off state Route 303 in Boston Heights. There will be a swearing-in ceremony at 1 p.m.

Garlic mustard pull — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is seeking volunteers to pull invasive garlic mustard from 9 a.m. to noon at Goodyear Heights Metro Park. Meet in the Pioneer Area off Frazier Avenue in East Akron. To register, call 330-865-8057, ext. 226. Dress for off-trail work and bring a hat, work gloves, snack and water. Adults must accompany those 16 and younger.

Rain-barrel workshop — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is presenting a rain-barrel workshop at 11 a.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Single barrels are $70, linking barrels are $30. Registration is required. 330-865-8065.

Kids’ fishing — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is presenting a learn-to-fish class for youngsters 15 and younger. It will run from 1 to 3 p.m. at Little Turtle Pond at Firestone Metro Park. That’s off Harrington Road in South Akron. A few rods and reels will be available. Bait will be provided. Adults are not permitted to fish. 330-865-8065.

Trail cleanup — Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Plateau Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet at the Oak Hill Trailhead off Oak Hill Road in Boston Township. Wear sturdy boots and bring a small pack with lunch, water and work gloves. 330-678-9028.

Trout derby — The Stark County Park District will hold its 43rd annual Jack Cullen Towpath Trail Trout Derby for children 4 to 15 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Lock 4 Park south of Canal Fulton in Lawrence Township. Sponsors include the Stark County Federation of Conservation Clubs and the Berkley Fishing Team. Adults can fish only after 11 a.m. For information, check out www.starkparks.com.

Hiking open kickoff — The Stark County Park District and the Friends of Stark Parks are kicking off a hiking club with the goal of having members hike at least 100 miles this year in the park system. It’s called the Hike-a-Hundred Club. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway, 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township. For ages 12 and older. Membership is $10. There will be a hike and T-shirt distribution. 330-409-8096.

Fishing derby — The Medina County Park District is holding its Youth Fishing Derby for anglers 15 and younger from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at River Styx Park off River Styx Road in Guilford Township. Registration opens at 8 a.m. Bring your own poles. A limited number of fishing poles will be available. A limited amount of bait will be provided. Prizes. Free. 330-722-9364.

Spring scavenger hunt — The Medina County Park District is staging a walk-in spring scavenger hunt from noon to 5 p.m. at the Susan Hambley Nature Center, 4173 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick. It will be repeated from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. All ages. Free. 330-722-9364.

Hummingbird fun — The Medina County Park District is presenting a nature program about hummingbirds at 2 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. All ages welcome. 330-722-9364.

Bog walk — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Natural Areas and Preserves and Friends of the Kent Bog are hosting a bog walk at 1 p.m. The Kent Bog State Nature Preserve is off Meloy Road on Kent’s south side. For information, call 330-527-5118.

Summit hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 10 a.m. at the Sagamore Square parking lot at state Route 82 and Holtzhauer Road in Sagamore Hills Township for a six-mile hike to Brandywine Falls. 330-687-8139.

Nature walk — Nature filmmaker Miles Reed of Hinckley Township will direct a spring bird and wildflower walk from 10 a.m. to noon in Medina County. Meet at 7171 Greenwich Road, Westfield Township. Sponsored by the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. RSVP to Kim Bihler at kbihler@wrlandconservancy.org.

Furnace Run hikes — The Portage Trail Walkers hiking club will meet at 9 a.m. to hike at Furnace Run Metro Park in northern Summit County. Meet at the Brushwood Area off Townsend Road in Richfield Township. There will also be a short hike at the park’s daffodil trail. 330-678-6896.

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 off state Route 183 in Washington Township. 330-823-7487.

Garden workshops — The Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve is hosting a workshop for youngsters to paint and plant a pot at 10 a.m. and a culinary herb workshop at 2:30 p.m. The center is at 11929 Beech St. NE, Washington Township. Registration requested. 330-829-7050.

Native plant sale — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is staging its annual Native Plant Sale and Gardening Seminar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seminars start at 10 a.m. and are $5 per session. It will continue from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 877-359-5235 or check out www.wildernesscenter.org.

Wildflower walk — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township will present a wildflower walk at 2:30 p.m. 877-359-5235,

Preserve planting — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township will be planting its Foxfield Preserve, a natural burial tract, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 877-359-5235,

Sunday

Treasure hunt — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a nature treasure hunt at 1 p.m. at Liberty Park in Twinsburg. Meet at the Recreation Area at 9385 Liberty Road. 330-865-8065.

Book club — The Nature Realm Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. to discuss David M. Carroll’s Following the Water: A Hydromancer’s Notebook. Meet at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065.

Marshland hikes — The National Park Service is holding wetland walks on the Towpath Trail at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet at the Ira Trailhead off Riverview Road north of Ira Road in Cuyahoga Falls.

Quail Hollow hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. at Quail Hollow State Park near Hartville for a five-mile hike on trails. The park is at 13480 Congress Lake Road NE, Lake Township. 330-687-8139.

Wildflower walk — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township will present a wildflower walk at 2 p.m. 877-359-5235,

River trip — The University of Mount Union’s John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center is hosting a program by RedTail on rafting the Grand Canyon from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The center is on Dan Street off state Route 183 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.

Hiking open house — The new Hike-a-Hundred hiking club in Stark County will hold an open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Second Sole, 4667 Dressler Road NW, Jackson Township. 330-409-8096.

Wildflower walk — The Stark County Park District is staging a wildflower walk at 6 p.m. at the Canal Fulton Canalway Center, 125 Tuscarawas St. 330-409-8096.

Wednesday

Evening hike — The National Park Service is holding an evening hike of 3˝ miles on the Cross Country and Lake trails in the Cuyahoga Valley park. It will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Meet at the Kendall Lake Shelter parking lot off Truxell Road in Boston Township. Wear sturdy shoes.

Healthy hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is staging a healthy hike of 1.8 miles on the Glens Trail in the Gorge Metro Park at 10 a.m. Meet in the Front Street parking lot ion Cuyahoga Falls. 330-865-8065.

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.

Gardening workshop — The Medina County Park District is holding an organic gardening workshop about raised beds from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. The fee is $20. Registration is required. 330-722-9364.

Acoustic Wednesday — The Medina County Park District is sponsoring Acoustic Wednesday with folksy music from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Susan Hambley Nature Center, 4173 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick. Call 330-722-9364 for information.

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