Today

Ice cream hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 7 p.m. at the Eastgate Plaza on Canton Road for a five-mile hike on sidewalks and in parks in Akron’s Ellet neighborhood. There will be an ice cream stop, too. 330-687-8139.

Friday

Meet Cheeks — You can meet costumed Cheeks the Chipmunk, the mascot of Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, at 6 p.m. at Cascade Valley Metro Park. Meet at the Sackett Overlook off Sackett Avenue in Akron. The appearance will be canceled if it rains. 330-865-8065.

Art reception — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is hosting a reception to mark the opening of an art exhibit on recycling from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065.

Waterfalls hike — The National Park Service is conducting a hike to Brandywine Falls in the Cuyahoga Valley park to mark National Trails Weekend. Meet at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. at the falls off Brandywine Road in Sagamore Hills Township. The hikes will be repeated at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a 2.2-mile hike to Ritchie Ledges at 7 p.m. Meet at the Ledges Shelter off Truxell Road in Boston Township.

Dinner in the valley — The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is holding a Dinner in the Valley with an Indian meal prepared by Chef Larkin Rogers. It will be served at 6 p.m. at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center off Oak Hill Road in Boston Township. Call 330-657-2796, ext. 121, for pricing and reservations.

Drum circle — Rebekah Benner will lead the Terra Amma Drum Circle from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron, 3300 Morewood Road, Fairlawn. 330-780-7476.

Planetarium show — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is presenting a planetarium show and star watch, weather permitting. Meet at 8 p.m. Free. 877-359-5235.

Saturday

Heron hikes — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a hike to the heronry on West Bath Road to celebrate the arrival of heron chicks. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Botzum Trailhead off Riverview Road and hike to the heronry. Spotting scopes will be set up until noon. The program will be repeated from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Pedal, campfire — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a 10-mile bike ride for families, followed by a campfire. Meet at 8 p.m. at the Clinton Trailhead, 2749 North St., Clinton. Helmets and lights are required. Bring a chair and campfire food. 330-865-8065.

Family camping — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is presenting an introduction to family camping at 2 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road. Families can sign up for a weekend camp-out on June 8-10 in a local park. Families must attend the program to be eligible. 330-865-8065.

Trail workshop — The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is hosting a trail workshop at 8:30 a.m. Meet at the Ledges Shelter off Truxell Road in Boston Township. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers will clean up the Ledges, Pine Grove, Forest Point and Haskell Run trails. Bring a small pack with lunch. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. To reserve a spot, call 330-657-2299 or email volunteer@forcvnp.org.

Valley hikes — The National Park Service is leading a 7½-mile hike on the Buckeye Trail from Jaite to Station Road. Wear sturdy shoes and bring snacks and water. Carpooling is required. It will run from 8 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Station Road Bridge Trailhead off Riverview Road in Brecksville. Other National Trail hikes: on the Lake and Cross Country trails from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet at the Kendall Lake Shelter off Truxell Road in Boston Township; a guided hike for youngsters 4 to 11 years old from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Kendall Lake Shelter off Truxell Road in Boston Township.

Bird walk — The National Park Service is holding a bird walk about wrens from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Meet at the Ledges Shelter off Truxell Road in Boston Township.

Cuyahoga critters — Artwork on “Cuyahoga Critters” by the Crooked River Gang, a group of local artists, will be featured in an exhibit 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.

Hanging at Hunt — The National Park Service is conducting family activities from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center off Bolanz Road in Cuyahoga Falls. Patrick and Nikki Custy will present Irish music from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Mustill hike — The Cascade Locks Park Association is holding a history hike at 11 a.m. Meet at the Mustill Store off West North Street near downtown Akron. 330-374-5625.

Valley hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9 a.m. at the Boston Store Visitor Center in the Cuyahoga Valley park. It will be a six-mile hike to Brandywine Falls. The center is off Boston Mills Road in Boston Township. 330-687-8139.

Fishing derby — The Berkley Fishing Team is holding the Pep Tamargo Memorial Kids Fishing Derby for youngsters 15 and under from 8 to 11 a.m. at Sippo Lake Park in Perry Township. Advance reservations are required. You can make reservations at the Sippo Lake marina. 330-409-8096.

Family fishing — The Medina County Park District is presenting a family fishing program at 6 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. For ages 6 to adult. A few rods and reels will be available. Advance registration is required. 330-722-9364.

Trail Day hikes — The Stark County Park District is staging three hikes to mark National Trails Day: at 10 a.m. on the new section of the Hoover Park Trail behind Hoover High School near 10th Street in North Canton; at 11:15 a.m. on the Hoover Trail and at noon on the new Middle Branch Trail in Plain Township. Meet at Schneider Park. 330-409-8096.

Healthy hike — The Medina County Park District is holding a healthy hike at 10 a.m. at River Styx Park off River Styx Road in Guilford Township. For ages 12 to adult. 330-722-4558.

Healthy hike II — The Medina County Park District is conducting another healthy hike at 8 a.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet at Blue Hen Falls off Boston Mills Road in Boston Township. 330-722-9364.

Fishing derby — Quail Hollow State Park near Hartville is holding a fishing derby for youngsters 4 to 15. It will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the Shady Lane Pond. The park is at 13480 Congress Lake Road NE, Lake Township. Some rods and reels will be available. Prizes. All children must be accompanied by adults. 330-877-6652 or www.quailhollowpark.org.

Cemetery walk — You can join in a one-mile walk through the Massillon Cemetery with local historian Margy Vogt at 2 p.m. The cemetery is at 1827 S. Erie St. The fee is $5. 330-832-8469 or vogt@sssnet.com.

Moonlight hike — The Portage Trail Walkers hiking club will meet at 8 p.m. at Stow’s Silver Spring Parks for a moonlight hike A potluck dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The park is off Stow Road. Meet at the picnic pavilion. 330-678-6896.

Map, compass — The University of Mount Union’s John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center is hosting a program on orienteering from 2 to 4 p.m. The center is on Dan Street off state Route 183 six miles south of Alliance in Washington Township. 330-823-7487.

Nature book club — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is presenting a book club discussion on Unbowed: A Memoir by Kenya’s Wangari Maathai. Meet at 2 p.m. 877-359-5235.

Kids fishing — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is opening its ponds for youth fishing involving youngsters 15 and under. Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Also open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at 8912 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.

NASA tour — Cleveland’s NASA Glenn Research Center is offering public tours of its supersonic wind tunnel at 10 and 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Advance registration is suggested. Open to U.S. citizens with photo identification. The center is at 21000 Brookpark Road. For information, go to www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/events/tours.html.

Sunday

Valley hikes — The National Park Service is celebrating National Trails Weekend with hikes in the Cuyahoga Valley. You can join a 4½-mile hike from 9 to 11 a.m. from the Boston Store Visitor Center in Boston Township to Brandywine Falls and an evening wetlands walk from 8 to 10 p.m. from the Ira Trailhead off Riverview Road in Cuyahoga Falls.

Meadow walk — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a meadow walk at 9 a.m. at Liberty Park. Meet in the Twinsburg Ledges Area, 9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg. 330-865-8065.

Nature walk — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is staging a nature walk at 1 p.m. Meet at the Clinton Trailhead off West North Street in Clinton. 330-865-8065.

Snake hike — The Medina County Park District is staging a snake hike at 3 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. For ages 7 to adult. 330-722-9364.

Portage Lakes hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. at Portage Lakes State Park, 5031 Manchester Road (state Route 93), New Franklin. Meet at the Big Oaks parking lot for a five-mile hike. 330-687-8139.

Folk jam — The University of Mount Union’s John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center is hosting a folk jam at 2 p.m. The center is on Dan Street off state Route 183 six miles south of Alliance in Washington Township. 330-823-7487.

Monday

Full-moon hike — The National Park Service is conducting a full-moon hike from 9 to 11 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley. It will be a 2Ύ-mile hike on the Tree Farm Trail. Meet at Horseshoe Pond off Major Road west of Riverview Road in Boston Township.

Full-moon hike II — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is presenting a hike to celebrate the Moon of Horses full moon. Meet at 8:30 p.m. Free. 877-359-5235.

Magnolia mill tour — The Stark County Park District is holding a tour of the historic Magnolia Flouring Mills at noon. 330-409-8096.

Hinckley paddle — Cleveland Metroparks is offering paddles in its 34-foot Voyager canoe at 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m. under a full moon on Hinckley Lake in the Hinckley Reservation. Meet at the Hinckley Lake boathouse off West Drive in Hinckley Township in Medina County. Admission is $5. Advance reservations are encouraged. Call 216-206-1000 for reservations and more information.

Tuesday

Park concert — The Metro Parks Ensemble will present a free outdoor concert at 6:30 p.m. at Munroe Falls Metro Park, 521 S. River Road, Munroe Falls. Free lake swimming. Friends of Metro Parks will serve dessert from Acme Fresh Market while supplies last. If it rains, the concert will be postponed to June 12. Call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. for a weather update.

Bog walk — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a hike to look for grassland birds at 7 p.m. at Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Road, Springfield Township. 330-865-8065.

Firestone hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 4 p.m. at Firestone Metro Park for a four-mile hike. Meet at the Tuscarawas Meadows Area off Harrington Road in South Akron. 330-687-8139.

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. Call 330-725-6097 for more information.

Stroller hike — The Medina County Park District is sponsoring a stroller hike at 10:30 a.m. at River Styx Park off River Styx Road in Guilford Township. 330-722-9364.

Full-moon hike — The Stark County Park District is staging a full-moon hike at 8:30 p.m. at Walborn Reservoir, 11324 Price St. NE, Marlboro Township. 330-409-8096.

Wednesday

Evening hike — The National Park Service is staging an evening hike of four miles on the Towpath and Hale Farm Connector trails from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Meet at the Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center off Bolanz Road in Cuyahoga Falls.

Trail cleanup — Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 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. Call 330-688-1767 for more information.

Mustill Store hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Mustill Store off West North Street near downtown Akron for a five-mile hike. 330-687-8139.

Eagle viewing — Eagle spotter Jim Kavelaris will direct eagle watching from 5 to 7 p.m. at Walborn Reservoir. Meet at 13600 Marlboro Ave. NE in Marlboro Township. Sponsored by the Stark County Park District. 330-409-8096.

Nature walk — The Medina County Park District is conducting a nature walk at 10 a.m. Meet at the Chippewa Inlet Trail off Chippewa Road in Lafayette Township. For ages 7 to adult. 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. 330-722-9364.

Nature walk — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is hosting a nature walk at 10 a.m. 877-359-5235.

Environmental Investigators — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is presenting an Environmental Investigators program on insects for children and accompanying adults at 1 p.m. 877-359-5235.

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