Thursday, April 30

Everett Road Covered Bridge/Bluebell Hike — Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2 p.m. for a 5-mile hike at Everett Covered Bridge, 2370 Everett Road, Peninsula.

Explorers — Ages 7-11. Come travel the Nature Center’s trails in search of migratory birds, 10-11:30 a.m. Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center, 16146 Daniel St. NE, Minerva. For information, call 330-823-7487 or email naturecenter@mountunion.edu.

Petros Park Hike — Hilltop Hikers Club will have a 5-mile hike, 10 a.m. at Petros Park, 3275 Perry Drive SW, Canton. 330-877-8875, 330-832-0313 or www.hilltophikers.org.

Friday, May 1

12th Annual Spree for All — Hikers on foot and those with strollers, wheelchairs, walkers and canes can navigate flat trails during hiking series. Complete at least five hikes to receive hiking rewards. May 1-June 30. Hiking forms with the list of trails are available at www.summitmetroparks.org.

Friday Firestone Feathers and Friends — New and experienced birders join the spring bird walks along the Tuscarawas River migratory flyway, 7:30-10:30 a.m. Firestone Metro Park, Tuscarawas Meadows, 2620 Harrington Road, Akron. 330-865-8065.

Terra Amma Drum Circle — Bring drums and percussion toys if you have them, 7-9 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron, 3300 Morewood Road, Akron. 330-780-7476.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad “Ales on Rails” Beer-Tasting Train — Sample a variety of brews while riding the rails through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Ages 21 and older. 7 p.m. $47-$82. Akron Northside Station, 27 Ridge St., Akron. 800-468-4070 or go to www.cvsr.com.

Saturday, May 2

Brandywine Falls North Hike — Join Portage Trail Walkers for 9 a.m. hike. Meet at Brandywine Falls, 8176 Brandywine Road, Sagamore Hills. 330-673-6896.

Bird Walk — Join a naturalist for an early morning bird walk and look and listen for early spring migrants, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Cascade Valley Metro Park, Oxbow Area, 1061 Cuyahoga St., Akron. 330-865-8065.

Fishing for Adults — 16 and older. Join a naturalist to learn the basics of fishing and cast a line without having to buy a fishing license, 10 a.m. to noon. Furnace Run Metro Park, Brushwood Area, 4955 Townsend Road, Richfield. 330-865-8065.

Thyme for Dinner: Herbs — Join a naturalist for ideas about what to plant in the garden to add something new to your palate, 2-3:30 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Advance registration required. 330-865-8065.

Woodcock Waltz — Watch the aerial dances of male woodcocks as they try to win the hearts of watching females, 8:30-9:30 p.m. Hampton Hills Metro Park, Top O’ the World, 1285 Bath Road, Cuyahoga Falls. Call 330-865-8060 to see if Top O’ the World is open on event day.

Spring Wildflower Hike — See spring wildflower display during hike from 10 a.m. to noon. Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve, 11027 Hopkins Road, Garrettsville. 330-527-5118.

Birding for the Ordinary Guy Bird Walk — Held by the Portage Park District, 7:30 a.m. at Towner’s Woods, 2264 Ravenna Road, Kent.

Early Bird Hikes — Learn how to identify migrants by sight and sound, 7:30 a.m. River Styx Park, 8200 River Styx Road, Guilford Township. 330-722-9364.

Ohio Boater Education Course — Eight-hour class in boating and water safety designed by ODNR Division of Watercraft, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chippewa Lake Krabill Shelter, 7597 Ballash Road, Medina. $35. Preregistration is required, call 330-722-3055 or email alan@hallockproperties.com.

Life in the Pond — Explore aquatic life in the Nature Center’s pond to discover some of the many inhabitants visitors don’t usually see, 2-3:30 p.m. Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center, 16146 Daniel St. NE, Minerva. For information, call 330-823-7487 or email naturecenter@mountunion.edu.

Medina Marsh Open House — Get a closeup view of nesting great blue herons, rehabilitated raptors and the natural beauty of a new public park, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Medina County Park District’s Medina Marsh preserve, 4266 Fenn Road, Medina Township. 330-528-4178.

Sand Run Metro Park Hike — Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Sand Run Metro Park, Wadsworth area, 1400 Sand Run Parkway, Akron, for a 7-mile hike. Bob Sweet, 330-867-6388.

Bluebell Hike — Hilltop Hikers Club will have a 5-mile hike, 10 a.m. at 2370 Everett Road, Peninsula. 330-877-8875, 330-832-0313 or www.hilltophikers.org.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Spring Excursion — Take a round trip through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. $18, $13 ages 3-12. First-class seating is limited. Includes the Voices of the Valley audio tour. For times, locations and to purchase tickets, call 800-468-4070 or go to www.cvsr.com.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Bike Aboard — Cycle the Towpath Trail in one direction, then hop on the train and ride back to your car, or ride the train first and bike back to your car. Arrive 10 minutes prior to the train’s scheduled arrival. Pay your fare when you board, $3 for bicyclists, $9 for runners and hikers. 800-468-4070 or go to www.cvsr.com.

Spring Training Hike — Join a park ranger on a 6˝-mile hike along Wetmore Trail, 9 a.m. to noon. Wetmore Trailhead, 4653 Wetmore Road, Peninsula. 330-657-2752.

Art @ M.D. Garage - Spring Show, Our CVNP Playground — A free art exhibition organized and coordinated by the Crooked River Gang, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at M.D. Garage, 1556 Boston Mills Road W., Peninsula. 330-657-2752.

Sunday, May 3

Spring Bird Walk — See which birds are migrating through Liberty Park, 8:30-10 a.m. Liberty Park, Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg. 330-865-8065.

Danette Rushboldt Reception — Event for the art exhibit of naturalist Danette Rushboldt, noon to 2 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065.

Nurture Through Nature: De-Stress — Join a naturalist with tai chi instructor, motivational speaker and energy coach Nancy Gardner to kick off Mental Health Month, 3-5 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065.

Wind Chime Workshop — This workshop will provide you with all the materials to construct a wind chime with a great musical pitch, 2-4 p.m. Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center, 16146 Daniel St. NE, Minerva. $10 material fee. For information, call 330-823-7487 or email naturecenter@mountunion.edu.

Cleveland Metroparks Spring Bird Walks — Volunteer-led walks take place at 7:30 a.m. every Sunday through May 17. Go to www.clevelandmetroparks.com or http://wcasohio.org/spring_bird_walks.htm. for more information.

Gorge Metro Park Hike — Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. at Gorge Metro Park, 1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, for a 5-mile hike. Kincaid Early, 330-865-0368 or 330-815-8308.

Me & My Dog Hike — Hilltop Hikers Club will have a 5-mile hike, 2 p.m. at Boettler Southgate Park, 5300 Massillon Road, Green. 330-877-8875, 330-832-0313 or www.hilltophikers.org.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Spring Excursion — Take a round trip through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. $18, $13 ages 3-12. First-class seating is limited. Includes the Voices of the Valley audio tour. For times, locations and to purchase tickets, call 800-468-4070 or go to www.cvsr.com.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Bike Aboard — Cycle the Towpath Trail in one direction, then hop on the train and ride back to your car, or ride the train first and bike back to your car. Arrive 10 minutes prior to the train’s scheduled arrival. Pay your fare when you board, $3 for bicyclists, $9 for runners and hikers. 800-468-4070 or go to www.cvsr.com.

Art @ M.D. Garage - Spring Show: Our CVNP Playground — Free art exhibition organized and coordinated by the Crooked River Gang, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at M.D. Garage, 1556 Boston Mills Road W., Peninsula. 330-657-2752.

Full Moon Hike — Join a park ranger for a 1˝-mile hike on the Oak Hill Trail, 7:30-9 p.m. Oak Hill Trailheads, 3901 Oak Hill Road, Peninsula. 330-657-2752.

Tuesday, May 5

Firestone Metro Park Hike — Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 4 p.m. at Firestone Metro Park, Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Road., Akron, for a 3-mile hike. Bruce Ahonen, 330-794-1039.

Jackson Park Hike — Hilltop Hikers Club will have a 5-mile hike, 10 a.m. at Jackson Park, 5735 Wales Ave. NW, Massillon. 330-877-8875, 330-832-0313 or www.hilltophikers.org.

Dinner in the Valley: Wildflower Hike and Dinner — Spring hike on the Stanford Trail, followed by a seasonal meal prepared by Chef Larkin Rogers, 6 p.m. Stanford House, 6093 Stanford Road, Peninsula. $38 for members, $45 nonmembers, and $15 ages 5-12. 330-657-2909, ext. 100 or go to www.conservancyforcvnp.org.

Wednesday, May 6

Quail Hollow State Park Hike — Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Quail Hollow State Park, 13480 Congress Lake Ave., Hartville, for a 5-mile hike. Dave Slater, 234-542-8225.

Jackson Park Hike — Hilltop Hikers Club will have a hike, 6 p.m. at Jackson Park, 5735 Wales Ave. NW, Massillon. 330-877-8875, 330-832-0313 or www.hilltophikers.org.

Countryside U: Exploring the Small Farm Dream — This four-week course is designed to help aspiring farmers decide whether starting an agricultural business is right for them, 6-9 p.m. Crown Point Ecology Center, 3220 Ira Road, Bath Township. $100 or $15 for two business partners. For more information, go to www.cvcountryside.org.