Fresh Air

Thursday

Ira Road Hike — Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club meets at 7 p.m. for a 5-mile hike. Meet at 3801 Riverview Road, Peninsula.

Metro Parks Family Tree: Seiberling Family — Come explore the lives of the influential families behind the park district, 7-8:30 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065.

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.

Civil War Lecture: Grand Army of the Republic — Listen to experts detail historical aspects of this American Conflict, 7 p.m. G.A.R. Hall, 1785 Main St., Peninsula. For more information, call 330-657-2528 or go to www.peninsulahistory.org.

Friday

Astronomy Club Meet-Up — Meet at the Astronomy Education Builden and discuss astronomy, telescopes and observing followed by a short business meeting, 7:30 p.m. The Wilderness Center, 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Wilmot. 877-359-5235 or go to www.wildernesscenter.org.

Spring Fungus Hike — Hike with a naturalist in the Tinkers Creek area to see which fungi are “blooming” this spring, 10 a.m. to noon. Liberty Park, Tinkers Creek Area, 10303 Aurora-Hudson Road, Streetsboro. 330-865-8065.

KinderRealm: Wildflowers — Children 3-5 and their adult companions find out about the beautiful wildflowers blossoming in the Metro Parks, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Natural Realm, Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Advance registration required, call 330-865-8065.

Tracks and Fire — Look for signs of wildlife on a short hike, then warm up around the campfire and roast marshmallows, 6-7:30 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Campfire Area, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065.

Owl Prowl — Explore for owls with a naturalist, for ages 6 and older, 8-9:30 p.m. Wood Hollow Metro Park, 2121 Barlow Road, Hudson. No dogs please. 330-865-8065.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad National Park Scenic Day Pass — 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. For times and locations or to purchase tickets, call 800-468-4070 or go to www.cvsr.com.

Day Out with Thomas — Take a 35-minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine. Families with young children can also enjoy magicians, balloon artists, face painting, and more. For details and to register, call 800-468-4070 or go to www.cvsr.com.

Saturday

CVNP/Oak Hill Hike — Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. for a 5-mile hike. Meet at 3901 Oak Hill Road, Peninsula. Kincaid Early, 330-865-0368 or 330-815-8308.

Sand Run Hike — The Hilltop Hikers invite you on a 5- or 8-mile hike, 10 a.m. Meet at Sand Run’s Wadsworth Parking Lot, 1400 Sand Run Parkway, Akron. For more information, call 330-877-8875, 330-832-0313 or go to www.hilltophikers.org.

Holden Arboretum Hike — Join Portage Trail Walkers at 10 a.m. Meet at Holden Arboretum, 9550 Sperry Road, Willoughby. 330-673-6896.

Astronomy Club of Akron — Observe most distant object within reach of the observatory telescope. Quasar 3C273 is 2.4 billion light-years away and receding from us at 16 percent the speed of light. 9 p.m. Meet at 5031 Manchester Road, Akron. For more information, go to www.acaoh.org.

Paddle Cleanup — Bring your kayak or canoe to help clean up our waterways for Boating Week, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nimisilla Reservoir Metro Park, 6194 Christman Road, Green. Advance registration required, 330-865-8065.

Cub’s Club: Life on the Ledge — Ages 7-11 will explore life on the ledges and learn about the fragile nature of this habitat, 10 a.m. to noon. Liberty Park, Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg. Advance registration required, call 330-865-8065.

KinderRealm: Wildflowers — Children 3-5 and thier adult companions find out about the beautiful wildflowers blossoming in the Metro Parks, 10:30-11:30 a.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Advance registration required, call 330-865-8065.

Ferns & Fungi — Search for some for the less noticeable “plants” of the forest floor along Cherry Lane and Fernwood trails, 1-3 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Campfire Area, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad National Park Scenic Day Pass — 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. For times and locations or to purchase tickets, call 800-468-4070 or go to www.cvsr.com.

Day Out with Thomas — Take a 35-minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine. Families with young children can also enjoy magicians, balloon artists, face painting, and more. For details and to register, 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: Spring Has Sprung — 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.

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.

Lock Demonstrations — Weekend lock demonstrations repeat from 11 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, 1-3 p.m. Ledges Shelter, Truxell Road / Kendall Park Road, 1 mile west of Akron Cleveland Road, Peninsula. 330-657-2752.

Sunday

Goodyear Heights Metro Park Hike — Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club meets at 2:30 p.m. for a 5-mile hike. Meet at 2077 Newton St., Akron.

North Canton Holiday Ramble — The Hilltop Hikers invite you on a 5-mile hike, 2 p.m. Meet at Price Park, 1000 W. Maple St., North Canton. For more information, call 330-877-8875, 330-832-0313 or go to www.hilltophikers.org.

Return of the 17-Year Cicadas — Learn about the amazing phenomenon of the 17-year cicadas, 1-4 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065.

Pond Brook South Hike — Join Summit Metro Parks and the City of Twinsburg for an extended hike into the Pond Brook Conservation Area to explore plants and animals, 1-4 p.m. Liberty Park, Pond Brook Conservation Area, 3973 E. Aurora Road, Twinsburg. Advance registration required, call 330-865-8065.

Book Club: Confessions of an Eco-Sinner — Traveling over 100,000 miles and to more than 20 countries, science-journalist Fred Pearce tracks down the sources of his stuff, literally, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065.

Day Out with Thomas — Take a 35-minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine. Families with young children can also enjoy magicians, balloon artists, face painting, and more. For details and to register, call 800-468-4070 or go to www.cvsr.com.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad National Park Scenic Day Pass — 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. 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: Spring Has Sprung — 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 a.m. to 3 p.m. Canal Exploration Center, 7104 Canal Road, Valley View. 330-657-2752.

Explore Brandywine Falls — Take a short, leisurely ranger-led walk to discover one of the region’s most scenic views, 1-2 p.m. Brandywine Falls: 8176 Brandywine Road, Sagamore Hills. 330-657-2752.

Monday

School’s Out Cookout — Celebrate Memorial Day at the Nature Realm. Bring your own hot dogs and buns to cook over an open fire, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Campfire Area, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065.

Art @ M.D. Garage: Spring Has Sprung — 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.

Tuesday

McKinley Monument Hike — The Hilltop Hikers invite you on a 3-mile hike. 6 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.

Akron History: Glendale Cemetery — Leaders from Summit Metro Parks and the Summit County Historical Society will be guides on this tour of Spanish American War soldiers, 7-9 p.m. Glendale Cemetery, 150 Glendale Ave., Akron. Advance registration required, call 330-865-8065.

Firestone Metro Park Hike — Join the Cuyahoga Falls Strollers on a hike with lunch following at Waterloo Restaurant, 9:15 a.m. Meet at the Quick Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls. Carpool to Firestone Metro Park. For more information, call 330-971-8425.

Wednesday

Furnace Run Metro Park Hike — Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club meets at 9:30 a.m. for a 5-mile hike. Meet at 4955 Townsend Road, Richfield. Jack Wenrick, 330-923-6371.

Weekday Walkers — Join a naturalist on a leisurely stroll to discover the bog’s birds and blooms, 9:30-11 a.m. Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Road, Springfield Township. 330-865-8065.

Running Spree: Group Run — Celebrate National Running Day and earn Running Spree credit on a group run led by staff from the Akron Marathon, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Firestone Metro Park, Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Road, Akron. 330-865-8065.

Gardening Through the Year — Learn about selecting healthy plants, hardening them off and the correct way to plant them, 7-8:30 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065.

Explore Ledges — View stunning sandstone cliffs during a leisurely-paced hike on hilly, rocky trails, 2-3 p.m. Ledges Shelter, Truxell Road / Kendall Park Road, 1 mile west of Akron Cleveland Road, Peninsula. 330-657-2752.

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.

Habitat RestorationL Native Planting — Join park staff in restoring CVNP’s Ecosystem by installing native plants, 1-4 p.m. Location provided upon registration. For more information and to register, call 330-657-2299 or go to www.forcvnp.org/volunteer.

Early Evening Hike — Join a ranger for a 2.75-mile hike on the unpaved, rolling Tree Farm Trail, 7-9 p.m. Horseshoe Pond, 2075 Major Road, Peninsula. 330-657-2752.