Fresh Air

Thursday

Sand Run Metro Park Hike — Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 7 p.m. for a 5-mile hike. Meet at 1400 Sand Run Parkway, Akron. Kincaid Early, 330-865-0368 or 330-815-8308.

Fossils for Kids — Go on a walk to look for fossils, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Furnace Run Metro Park, Brushwood area, 4955 Townsend Road, Richfield. Adults mus accompany their children, no open toe sandals, waterproof boots or shoes that can get wet are required. 330-865-8065.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad National Park Scenic Day Pass and Bike Aboard! — View wildlife and scenery in the comfort of a climate-controlled train car. Get on and off at any station. $18, $13 ages 3-12. First-class seating is limited. Includes the Voices of the Valley audio tour. Or cycle the Towpath Trail in one direction and hop on the train to go back. Pay the one-way fee of $3, for ages 3 and over, when boarding. For times and locations or to purchase tickets, call 800-468-4070 or go to www.cvsr.com.

Explore Brandywine Falls — Take a short, leisurely ranger-led walk to discover one of the region’s most scenic views, 2-3 p.m. Brandywine Falls: 8176 Brandywine Road, Sagamore Hills. 330-657-2752.

Countryside Farmers Market at Highland Square — Live music, chef demonstrations and family activities add spice to shopping for local produce, 4-7 p.m. Highland Square, Conger Avenue and West Market Street, Akron. 330-657-2752.

Campfire Tales: Parks ROCK — Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner. Play games, then share some good old-fashioned campfire tales, 6 p.m. Ledges Shelter, Truxell Road / Kendall Park Road, 1 mile west of Akron Cleveland Road, Peninsula. 330-657-2752.

Friday

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.

Kinderealm: Colors of Nature — Children 3-6 and their adult companions join a naturalist to learn about the many colors of nature, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Advance registration required, call 330-865-8065.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad National Park Scenic Day Pass and Bike Aboard! — View wildlife and scenery in the comfort of a climate-controlled train car. Get on and off at any station. $18, $13 ages 3-12. First-class seating is limited. Includes the Voices of the Valley audio tour. Or cycle the Towpath Trail in one direction and hop on the train to go back. Pay the one-way fee of $3, for ages 3 and over, when boarding. For times and locations or to purchase tickets, call 800-468-4070 or go to www.cvsr.com.

Explore Beaver Marsh — Take a leisurely stroll through a habitat to observe wildlife, 11 a.m. to noon. Ira Trailhead, 3801 Riverview Road, Peninsula. 330-657-2752.

Junior Ranger, Jr.: Spiderific — Ages 4-6. Take a closer look at our eight-legged friends and learn what makes spiders unique, then head out on the trail for a spider hunt, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Location given upon registraion. To register, call 330-657-2796, ext. 100.

Evening Dining on the Rails — Enjoy an early three-course meal on the rails, presented by Creekside Restaurant and CVSR, 5:15 p.m. Peninsula Depot. $45. For tickets, go to www.cvsr.com.

Junior Ranger: Twilight Bat Flight — Ages 7-12. Eavesdrop on the ultrasonic calls of these fascinating fliers as we take an evening hike with special detectors to a longtime roost, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Location given upon registraion. To register, call 330-657-2796, ext. 100.

Saturday

Brecksville/Station Road Hike — Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 8 a.m. for a 4 or 6-mile hike. Meet at 13513 Station Road, Brecksville.

Brecksville/Station Road Hike — Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 0:30 a.m. for a 4 or 6-mile hike. Meet at 13513 Station Road, Brecksville.

Portage Hike & Bike Trail to Peck Road — Join Portage Trail Walkers at 8:30 a.m. Meet at Cleveland Road, Ravenna. 330-673-6896.

Buckeye Trail & Towpath — The Hilltop Hikers invite you on a 8-mile hike, 8:30 a.m. Meet at the General Store parking lot in Boston, 1550 Boston Mills Road, Peninsula. For more information, call 330-877-8875, 330-832-0313 or go to www.hilltophikers.org.

Woodland Mushrooms — Join a naturalist on a leisurely hike in search of these interesting “fun guys,” 9:30-11:30 a.m. Furnace Run Metro Park, Brushwood area, 4955 Townsend Road, Richfield. 330-865-8065.

Archery for Kids — Children 9-15 learn international-style target archery at our traveling outdoor range, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Silver Creek Metro Park, Archery Range, 89 Western Road, Wadsworth Township. Advance registraion required, 330-865-8065.

Archery for Adults — Adults 16 and over learn international-style target archery at our traveling outdoor range, 1-2:30 p.m. Silver Creek Metro Park, Archery Range, 89 Western Road, Wadsworth Township. Advance registraion required, 330-865-8065.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad National Park Scenic Day Pass and Bike Aboard! — View wildlife and scenery in the comfort of a climate-controlled train car. Get on and off at any station. $18, $13 ages 3-12. First-class seating is limited. Includes the Voices of the Valley audio tour. Or cycle the Towpath Trail in one direction and hop on the train to go back. Pay the one-way fee of $3, for ages 3 and over, when boarding. For times and locations or to purchase tickets, call 800-468-4070 or go to www.cvsr.com.

Off the Beaten Parh: Ravine Rambling — Join a ranger on this 2-mile saunter to explore a ravine, crossing and and out of a stream, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Boston Store Visitor Center, 1550 Boston Mills Road, Peninsula. 330-657-2752.

Countryside Farmers Market at Howe Meadow — Live music, chef demonstrations and family activities add spice to shopping for local produce. 9 a.m. to noon Howe Meadow, 4040 Riverview Road, Peninsula. 330-657-2752.

Breakfast and Lunch Along the Cuyahoga — All aboard for a four-course meal catered by Creekside Restaurant. 9 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Rockside Station. Breakfast: $30 adults, $25 ages 12 and under; Lunch: $32 adults, $27 ages 12 and under. For tickets, go to www.cvsr.com.

Art @ M.D. Garage: On the Road Again — A series of free art exhibitions. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. M.D. Garage, 1556 W. Boston Mills Road, Peninsula. 330-657-2752.

Lock Demonstrations — Weekend lock demonstrations repeat from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Canal Exploration Center, 7104 Canal Road, Valley View. 330-657-2752.

Hang Out At Hunt — Stop by to enjoy activities for the entire family, 1-3 p.m. Hunt House, 2054 Bolanz Road, Peninsula. 330-657-2752.

Explore Brandywine Falls — Take a short, leisurely ranger-led walk to discover one of the region’s most scenic views, 2-3 p.m. Brandywine Falls: 8176 Brandywine Road, Sagamore Hills. 330-657-2752.

“Ales on Rails” Beer Tasting Train: Hoppin’ Frog Brewery — Sample five brews and appetizers while riding the rails through CVNP as the sun sets. 7-9 p.m. Rockside Station. $50-$94. Ages 21 and older. To register, call 800-468-4070 or go to www.cvsr.com.

Lantern Theatre: The Declaration of Independence and Poor Richard’s Almanac — Bring the family for a staged reading in the Big Red Barn, 7 p.m. Lantern Theatre, 10901 Tinker Creek Road, Valley View. 216-401-5131 or www.lanterntheatreohio.com.

Hiking for the Health of It — A hiking club for adults who can hike four to five miles at a brisk pace, 9-11 a.m. Blue Hen Falls Trailhead, 2001 Boston Mills Road, Boston Township. Information: www.medinacountyparks.com.

Sunday

Goodyear Heights Metro Park — Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. for a 5-mile hike. Meet at 2077 Newton St., Akron. Kincaid Early, 330-865-0368 or 330-815-8308.

Mogadore Reservoir Hike — Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club meets at 6 p.m. for a 5-mile hike. Meet at 2578 state Route 43, Mogadore. Diane Lybarger, 330-733-8840.

Flying Jewels — Join friends and family to search for insects that are more colorful than fireworks, 1-2:30 p.m. Liberty Park, Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg. 330-865-8065.

Reception for Artist Craig Griffin — Celebrate the art exhibity of Craig Griffin, 1-3 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad National Park Scenic Day Pass and Bike Aboard! — View wildlife and scenery in the comfort of a climate-controlled train car. Get on and off at any station. $18, $13 ages 3-12. First-class seating is limited. Includes the Voices of the Valley audio tour. Or cycle the Towpath Trail in one direction and hop on the train to go back. Pay the one-way fee of $3, for ages 3 and over, when boarding. For times and locations or to purchase tickets, call 800-468-4070 or go to www.cvsr.com.

Breakfast and Lunch Along the Cuyahoga — All aboard for a four-course meal catered by Creekside Restaurant. 9 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Rockside Station. Breakfast: $30 adults, $25 ages 12 and under; Lunch: $32 adults, $27 ages 12 and under. For tickets, go to www.cvsr.com.

Art @ M.D. Garage: On the Road Again — A series of free art exhibitions. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. M.D. Garage, 1556 W. Boston Mills Road, Peninsula. 330-657-2752.

Lock Demonstrations — Weekend lock demonstrations repeat from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Canal Exploration Center, 7104 Canal Road, Valley View. 330-657-2752.

Explore Ledges — Take a hike on the hilly, rocky Ledges Trail, 2-3 p.m. Ledges Shelter, Truxell Road / Kendall Park Road, 1 mile west of Akron Cleveland Road, Peninsula. 330-657-2752.

Lantern Theatre: The Declaration of Independence and Poor Richard’s Almanac — Bring the family for a staged reading in the Big Red Barn, 2 p.m. Lantern Theatre, 10901 Tinker Creek Road, Valley View. 216-401-5131 or www.lanterntheatreohio.com.

Monday

Butterfly Walk — Discover beautiful butterflies celebrating their independence, 1-2:30 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Nets and jars are available. 330-865-8065.

Art @ M.D. Garage: On the Road Again — A series of free art exhibitions. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. M.D. Garage, 1556 W. Boston Mills Road, Peninsula. 330-657-2752.

Explore Beaver Marsh — Take a leisurely stroll to observe wildlife, 11 a.m. to noon. Ira Trailhead, 3801 Riverview Road, Peninsula. 330-657-2752.

Tuesday

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

McKinley Monument Hike — The Hilltop Hikers invite you on a 3-mile hike, 7 p.m. Meet at McKinley Monument, 800 McKinley Monument Drive NW, Canton. For more information, call 330-877-8875, 330-832-0313 or go to www.hilltophikers.org.

Running Spree: Group Run — Earn Running Spree credit on a group run led by staff from the Akron Marathon, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Ohio & Erir Canal Towpath Trail, Memorial Parkway Trailhead, 499 Memorial Parkway, Akron. 330-865-8065.

Junior Ranger Teen: Kayaking Basics — Learn to Kayak in your natural park by mastering basic paddling skills on a calm lake, then graduate to a trip down the Cuyahoga River, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For ages 12-16. Location provided upon registration. To register, call 330-657-2796, ext. 100.

Explore Brandywine Falls — Take a short, leisurely ranger-led walk to discover one of the region’s most scenic views, 2-3 p.m. Brandywine Falls: 8176 Brandywine Road, Sagamore Hills. 330-657-2752.

Free Yoga — Join a certified instructor Nancy Holland Myers of Blue Heron Yoga to move and breathe, 7-8:15 p.m. Octagon Shelter, Truxell / Kendall Park Road, 1.5 miles west of Akron Cleveland Road, Peninsula. 330-657-2752.

Stroller Hike — Enjoy a stroll with a naturalist and explore different parks and investigate nature happenings in ways both you and your little ones can understand, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park, 4985 Windfall Road, Medina. www.medinacountyparks.com.

Wednesday

Steelyard Commons Hike — Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club meets at 9:30 a.m. for a 5-mile hike. Meet at 3299 Steelyard Drive, Cleveland. Billy Stacy 330-968-7898 and Greg Anikeeff, 330-867-4545.

Towpath Trail from Ernie’s in Massillon Hike — The Hilltop Hikers invite you on a 5-mile hike. 6 p.m. Meet at 135 Lake Ave. NW, Massillon. For more information, call 330-877-8875, 330-832-0313 or go to www.hilltophikers.org.

Nature’s Numbers — Learn nature’s numbers while searching the park for all things countable, 10-11 a.m. Munroe Falls Metro Park, Lake Area, 521 S. River Road, Munroe Falls. Recommended for children ages 3-7. 330-865-8065.

Bats: Creatures of the Night — Join staff to learn about these flying mammals, 8:30-10 p.m. Goodyear Heights Metro Park, Pioneer Area, 550 Frazier Ave., Akron. 330-865-8065.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad National Park Scenic Day Pass and Bike Aboard! — View wildlife and scenery in the comfort of a climate-controlled train car. Get on and off at any station. $18, $13 ages 3-12. First-class seating is limited. Includes the Voices of the Valley audio tour. Or cycle the Towpath Trail in one direction and hop on the train to go back. Pay the one-way fee of $3, for ages 3 and over, when boarding. For times and locations or to purchase tickets, call 800-468-4070 or go to www.cvsr.com.

Explore Ledges — Take a hike on the hilly, rocky Ledges Trail, 2-3 p.m. Ledges Shelter, Truxell Road / Kendall Park Road, 1 mile west of Akron Cleveland Road, Peninsula. 330-657-2752.

Junior Ranger, Jr.: It’s a Birthday Party! — Ages. 4-6. Find out more about national parks and why rangers wear that badge. Come celebrate 100 years with the green and grey, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Location given upon registraion. To register, call 330-657-2796, ext. 100.

Early Evening Hike — Join a ranger for 5-miles on the unpaved, flat Oak Hill and Plateau trails, past Meadow Edge and Sylvan Ponds, 7-9 p.m. Oak Hill and Plateau Trailheads, 3901 Oak Hill Road, Peninsula. 330-657-2752.

Nature Through the Seasons — Easy hikes that explore different parks while observing the unfolding of nature throughout the seasons, 10-11 a.m. Plum Creek Park South, 2500 Plum Creek Parkway, Brunswick Hills Township. www.medinacountyparks.com.