Fresh Air

Thursday

Metro Parks Family Tree: Brush Family — Join a naturalist to explore the lives of the influential families behind Summit Metro Parks, 7-8:30 p.m. Furnace Run Metro Park, Brushwood Area, 4955 Townsend Road, Richfield. 330-865-8065.

Wilderness Sprouts: Beavers — Learn all about beavers and, weather permitting, visit a real beaver lodge, 10-11 a.m. the Wilderness Center, 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Wilmot. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.

Friday

Tailing Night Talons — A naturalist will attempt to call owls using recordings with hope that owls will respond, 6-7:30 p.m. Liberty Park, Twinsburg Ledges Area, 9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg. 330-865-8065.

Lyceum Distinguished Speakers: Tim Krynak: Where Have All the Bats Gone? — Tim Krynak, natural resources project manager, Cleveland Metroparks, discusses the devastating environmental impacts of white-nose syndrome, 6 p.m. Happy Days Lodge, 500 W. Streetsboro Road, Peninsula. $6, $3 ages 3-12. 330-657-2909 or www.conservancyforcvnp.org.

Astronomy Club Meet-Up — Monthly meet-up will be about eye pieces presented by Phil Creed, 7:30 p.m. the Wilderness Center, 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Wilmot. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.

Saturday

Quail Hollow State Park Hike — Join Portage Trail Walkers at 9 a.m. Quail Hollow State Park, 13480 Congress Lake Ave., Hartville. 330-673-6896.

Archery Games for Adults — Ages 18 and older will play different games to build archery skills in a fun and exciting way, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Firestone Metro Park, Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave., Akron. Advance registration required, call 330-865-8065.

Animal Tales — Children and their adult companions will enjoy a story about our chickadee friends. After the story, the children will hike outside and try to hand feed the birds, 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.

Groundhogs and American Folklore — Join wildlife rehabilitator Fran Kitchen and a naturalist to learn about groundhogs and the folklore associated with them, 1-2:30 p.m. Goodyear Heights Metro Park, Pavilion, 2077 Newton St., Akron. 330-865-8065.

Wildlife & Wood Workshop: Suet Feeder — Discover the types of birds you can attract to your backyard, and then build a hanging suet feeder, 1-2:30 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Advance registration required, call 330-865-8065.

Archery Games for Teens — Ages 13-17 will play different games to build archery skills in a fun and exciting way, 1-2:30 p.m. Firestone Metro Park, Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave., Akron. Advance registration required, call 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, locations and to purchase tickets, call 800-468-4070 or go to www.cvsr.com.

Hike Aboard! — Journey through the national park by train and hike 5 challenging miles back on the hilly Buckeye Trail, 9:10 a.m. Boston Store Visitor Center, 1550 Boston Mills Road, Peninsula. 330-657-2752.

Snowshoe Hike — Learn a new skill or just get out and enjoy the winter chill on snowshoes, 1 to 3 p.m. Kendall Lake Shelter, Truxell/ Kendall Lake Road, two miles west of Akron-Cleveland Road, Peninsula. If there is no snow, program will be a winter hike. 330-657-2752.

Learn to Cross-Country Ski — Learn the basics of cross-country skiing. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Kendall Lake Shelter, Truxell/ Kendall Lake Road, two miles west of Akron-Cleveland Road, Peninsula. Program will be canceled if there is less than 4 inches of snow. For updates, call 330-657-2752.

Junior Ranger Jr.: Star Light, Star Bright — Come out to explore the lights at night with a ranger, 6-8 p.m. For ages 4-6 with an adult. For registration and location, call 330-657-2796, ext. 100.

Campfire Tales: Road Trip — Come for a fun look at how the automobile changed from a horseless carriage to a hot rod, with costumed characters bring the past to life, 7-8 p.m. Happy Days Lodge, 500 W. Streetsboro Road, Peninsula. 330-657-2752.

Snowshow Hares — Learn all about these unique animals through activities, games and crafts, noon to 5 p.m. Susan Hamble Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Road, Brunswick. Free. For information, go to www.medinacountyparks.com.

Plate Tectonics — Learn why volcanoes and earthquakes are active and how mountains are formed, 1-2:30 p.m. the Wilderness Center, 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Wilmot. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.

Sunday

Archery Games for Kids — Ages 9-12 will play different games to build archery skills in a fun and exciting way, 1-2:30 p.m. Firestone Metro Park, Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave., Akron. Advance registration required, call 330-865-8065.

Archery Games for Seniors — Ages 55 and over will play different games to build archery skills in a fun and exciting way, 3-5 p.m. Firestone Metro Park, Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave., Akron. Advance registration required, call 330-865-8065.

Winter Warm-up Hike — 7-mile on the unpaved, hilly Buckeye and Valley Trails, 9 a.m. to noon. NPS Park Headquarters, 15610 Vaughn Road, intersection of Vaughn and Riverview Roads, Brecksville. 330-657-2752.

Explore Beaver Marsh — Take a leisurely paced walk in search of winter wildlife, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Ira Trailhead, 3801 Riverview Road, Peninsula. 330-657-2752.

Snowshow Hares — Learn all about these unique animals through activities, games and crafts, noon to 5 p.m. Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Road, Brunswick. Free. For information, go to www.medinacountyparks.com.

Wednesday

Ohio Winter Special Olympics — Come cheer on these athletes as they brave freezing temperatures to compete in the Winter Special Olympics. Cross-country and downhill skiing events are at Brandywine Ski Resort, Ice Skating at Kent State University’s Ice Arena. Free to participate and watch. For an event schedule, call 330-657-2753, ext. 227.

Hilltop Hiker’s Canton Parks Hike — Will meet for a 5-mile hike, 6 p.m. Meet at the Garden Center Parking, 1615 Stadium Park Drive NW, Canton. For information, go to www.hilltophikers.org.