Bob Downing

Today

Full-moon hike — The National Park Service is offering a full-moon hike on the Oak Hill Trail at 7 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley. Meet at Oak Hill Trailhead off Oak Hill Road in Boston Township. It will be a 1½-mile hike.

All about snakes — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will offer a nature program on snakes at 11 a.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. 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.

Wild about Winter! — The Medina County Park District is staging a walk-in nature program on winter from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. Indoor and outdoor activities, crafts, displays. The program will continue Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 330-722-9364.

Molly by moonlight — The Stark County Park District is staging a moonlight walk at Molly Stark Park off Columbus Avenue Northeast in Nimishillen Township. Meet at 6 p.m. 330-409-8096.

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

Friday

School’s out cookout — Bring your own hot dogs and buns to cook over an open fire at noon at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Drinks and condiments will be provided by Metro Parks, Serving Summit County. Join a naturalist-led hike to learn how animals cope with winter. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Full-moon fire — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a full-moon outdoor fire from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on the Seneca Deck at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Stories and hot chocolate. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Junior Rangers — The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is presenting a Junior Rangers program on winter tracks and snowshoes for youngsters 7 to 12 years old. It will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The fee is $8 and includes equipment rental. Adults must attend with participating children at no charge. Dress for the weather. Must be at least 4 inches of snow. Call 330-657-2796, ext. 100, for reservations, location and more information.

Junior Rangers II — Cuyahoga Valley National Park is presenting a Junior Rangers program on cross-country skiing for children 7 to 9 years old. It will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The fee is $15 and includes equipment rental. Adults must attend with participating children at no charge. Dress for the weather. Must be at least 6 inches of snow. Call 330-657-2796, ext. 100, for reservations, location or more information.

Full-moon hike — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is holding a full-moon walk at 5:30 p.m. Coffee and hot chocolate will follow. Donations requested from nonmembers. Will be canceled if the weather is bad. 877-359-5235.

Saturday

Bird walk — You can join a winter bird walk at 10 a.m. at Liberty Park in northern Summit County. Meet at the Pond Brook Conservation Area at 3973 E. Aurora Road (state Route 82), Twinsburg Township. Sponsored by the city of Twinsburg and Metro Parks, Serving Summit County. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Bog hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a winter hike at 1 p.m. at Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Road, Springfield Township. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Cookie-burner hike — The National Park Service is holding a nine-mile hike on the Buckeye and Valley trails in the Cuyahoga Valley. Meet at 9 a.m. at park headquarters at Vaughn and Riverview roads in Brecksville. Wear sturdy shoes and appropriate cold-weather gear. Pack a lunch to eat along the trail.

Junior Rangers — Cuyahoga Valley National Park is presenting a Junior Rangers program on snowshoeing for children 7 to 12 years old. It will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. There must be at least 4 inches of snow. The fee is $8 and includes equipment rental. Adults must attend with participating children at no charge. Dress for the weather. Call 330-657-2796, ext. 100, for reservations, location and more information.

Ski workshop — The National Park Service is holding 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 own equipment and $15 with a three-hour rental. To register, call 330-657-2752.

Hudson hike — The Portage Trail Walkers hiking club will meet at 9 a.m. at Hudson Spring Park off Stow Road in Hudson for hiking on the 1.8-mile loop. 330-673-6896.

Akron hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9 a.m. at the Spaghetti Warehouse restaurant off South Main Street in Akron for a five-mile hike. Hikers will socialize in the restaurant after the hike. 330-923-6371.

Sunday

Gorge hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a hike on the 1.8-mile Glens Trail at the Gorge Metro Park. Meet at 2 p.m. at the Front Street parking lot in Cuyahoga Falls. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Junior Rangers — Cuyahoga Valley National Park is presenting a Junior Rangers program on cross-country skiing for children 10 to 12 years old. It will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The fee is $15 and includes equipment rental. The fee is $10 with own gear. Adults must attend with participating children at no charge. Dress for the weather. Must be at least 6 inches of snow. Call 330-657-2796, ext. 100, for reservations, location or more information.

Munroe Falls hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. at Brust Park in Munroe Falls for a five-mile hike. The park is off state route 91 just north of the Cuyahoga River. 330-923-6371.

Monday

New Year’s party — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a New Year’s celebration from 10 a.m. to noon at Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Crafts, activities and refreshments for families. Take a hike. Enjoy a campfire. Marshmallows will be provided. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Wednesday

Bath hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Bath Nature Preserve for a five-mile hike. The preserve is off Ira Road. 330-923-6371.

Trail cleanup — Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Lake and Cross Country trails in Cuyahoga Valley National 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.

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

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