Summit Metro Parks offers something for everyone, including the following programs and events:

Wednesday, March 1, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
OTTER SPOTTERS
Liberty Park / Pond Brook Conservation Area
3973 E. Aurora Rd., Twinsburg
Join a naturalist in search of these playful water-lovers. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Beginning Wednesday, March 1, 8 - 10 p.m.
AMPHIBIAN MIGRATION
Sand Run Metro Park / Old Portage Area
1300 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron
Join a naturalist as we attempt to witness the annual amphibian migration across Sand Run Parkway. Programs will occur when conditions are just right. The creatures prefer a light rain, temperatures above 45 degrees and darkness. Call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. to learn if a program is taking place that night. The migration often ends in early April.

Thursday, March 2, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
SKUNK CABBAGE
Cascade Valley Metro Park / Oxbow Area
1061 Cuyahoga St., Akron
Discover the unique odorous and chemical properties that make one of spring's earliest bloomers one of the best. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, March 2, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
WARBLER WARM-UP
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist for a series on identification tips, songs and habitats of our returning warblers. New birders can get a jumpstart and experienced birders can brush up on their skills. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, March 3, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
TAILING NIGHT TALONS
Wood Hollow Metro Park
2121 Barlow Rd., Hudson
A naturalist will attempt to call owls using recordings, with hope that owls will respond. Patience and silence are essential. For ages 6 and older. No dogs, please. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 4, 9 - 11 a.m.
COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS
Liberty Park / Nature Center
9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
Bring a mug and join a naturalist for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area. We will find out why this area is a favorite of our winged residents. Coffee and tea are provided. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
COFFEE WITH THE BIRDS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join us for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area. We will see winter residents and spring arrivals. Bring a mug. Coffee is provided. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 4, 2 - 3 p.m.
METRO PARKS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area
2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
We'll hike a different trail each month, taking a photographic record of the seasonal changes that happen. In December we'll come in from the cold and review the year in pictures. You can take your own pictures or just enjoy the hikes. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, March 5, 9 - 11 a.m.
COUCH TO 5K TRAINING SERIES
Sand Run Metro Park / Mingo Lodge
1501 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron
Do you want to learn how to start running in a supportive environment? Join us and go from the couch to running your first 5K race in just 10 weeks! We will meet each week for a group run and to discuss different running topics. All participants must be registered and paid in full by February 28. Series cost is $40, which includes a training shirt AND registration to the May 14 Mother's Day 5K in Munroe Falls Metro Park. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/11. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, March 5, 12 - 1:30 p.m. & 2 - 3:30 p.m.
NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Ages 6 to 12 join a naturalist-artist for this lesson in nature drawing. Paper and pencils will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/14. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, March 5, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
PRE-TEEN YOGA
Liberty Park / Nature Center
9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
Pre-teens (ages 9 to 13) join a certified yoga instructor to disconnect from the stresses of school and extracurricular activities by reconnecting to nature through yoga. Weather permitting, this class will include a short walk. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat or towel, and water. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, March 5, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
GREAT LAKES THEATER PERFORMANCE: THE JABBERWOCKY
Firestone Metro Park / Coventry Oaks Area
40 Axline Ave., Akron
The 2017 Great Lakes Theater Outreach Tour performs a new work for children inspired by Lewis Carroll's poem "The Jabberwocky." There will be a question-and-answer period after the performance. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, March 8, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 - 3 p.m.
NATURE DRAWING FOR ADULTS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist-artist for this entertaining lesson in nature drawing. Bring a sketchbook, pencil and a sense of humor. Beginners are welcome. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/17. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, March 8, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
SUNSET HIKE AND FIRE
Liberty Park / Nature Center
9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
Explore what is blooming on Bluebird Trail before enjoying the sunset. Afterward, warm up by the fire and roast marshmallows, while supplies last. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, March 9, 9:30 - 10 a.m.
NATURE STORIES
Liberty Park / Nature Center
9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
Young children and their adult companions will enjoy this interactive, nature-inspired story time intended for ages 18 months to 3 years. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/19. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, March 9, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
ALL ABOUT COMPOSTING
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Goodyear Lodge
2077 Newton St., Akron
Learn about composting: what goes in, what comes out, and how to build a compost bin of your own. There will be a chance to win a pre-made bin at the end of the program. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, March 10, 9 - 11 a.m.
WATERFOWL WATCH
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail / Manchester Road Trailhead
2740 Manchester Rd., Akron
New and experienced birdwatchers can view ducks, geese and other water birds during the spring migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, March 10, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. & 1 - 2 p.m.
KINDEREALM: SNAKES
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about our slithery snake friends. Includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/18. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, March 10, 7 - 8 p.m.
SNOWSHOE HARES VS. COTTONTAILS
Furnace Run Metro Park / Brushwood Area
4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield
Join a naturalist to learn all about the similarities and differences between snowshoe hares and eastern cottontails. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
HISTORY OF MAPLE SUGARING
Liberty Park / Nature Center
9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
Discover the history of maple sugaring dating back to American Indians. Afterward, enjoy hot pancakes and a beverage, while supplies last. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 11, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
HOT COCOA HIKE
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Seneca Deck
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Hike with a naturalist to learn about local wildlife, and then warm up with a hot cup of cocoa. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 11, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
KINDEREALM: SNAKES
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about our slithery snake friends. Includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/18. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 11, 1 - 3 p.m.
HIKING SPREE SHIELD ASSISTANCE
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
You hiked eight trails to earn the 2016 Fall Hiking Spree shield, but attaching it to your hiking staff was harder than completing the hikes. Volunteers will gladly attach it for you at no charge. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, March 12, 1 - 3 p.m.
FOUR-LEAF CLOVER HUNT
Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area
2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
Try your luck in searching for rare four-leaf clovers in a grassy field! Learn about the history of these lucky charms and your odds of finding one. Please dress to get muddy. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, March 12, 1 - 3 p.m.
HERON OPEN HOUSE
Bath Road Heronry: between Riverview and Akron-Peninsula roads, Akron
Celebrate the return of the great blue heron while viewing them through our spotting scopes and binoculars. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, March 13, 1 - 2 p.m.
CARDIO HIKE
Furnace Run Metro Park / Brushwood Area
4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield
Hike both the Rock Creek and Old Mill trails twice at a vigorous pace. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, March 14, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
KINDEREALM: SNAKES
Liberty Park / Nature Center
9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about our slithery snake friends. Includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/18. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, March 14, 7 - 8 p.m.
YOGA IN THE PARK
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Enjoy an energizing yoga practice with a certified yoga instructor. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat or large towel and drinking water. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/1. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, March 15, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
KINDEREALM: SNAKES
Firestone Metro Park / Coventry Oaks Area
40 Axline Ave., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about our slithery snake friends. Includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/18. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, March 15, 5 - 6:30 p.m.
HOW TO EAT A PINE TREE
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pioneer Area
550 Frazier Ave., Akron
Hike Piney Woods Trail to learn how people have consumed the roots, bark, needles and cones of coniferous trees for thousands of years. Samples of pine needle tea and pine nuts are included in this program. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, March 16, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
CABIN FEVER HIKE
Springfield Bog Metro Park
1400 Portage Line Rd., Springfield Twp.
Cooped up all winter? Come join a naturalist for a morning hike to beat your cabin fever as we hike Prairie Trail. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, March 16, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
GORGE HISTORY HIKE
Gorge Metro Park / Main Entrance
1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls
Hike with a naturalist and learn about the history of the Gorge. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, March 17, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY HIKE
Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park / Deep Lock Quarry
5779 Riverview Rd., Peninsula
Explore symbolism through the plants, animals and colors of spring. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, March 17, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 - 2:30 p.m.
HOMESCHOOLERS: STINKY STUFF
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Homeschoolers, ages 7 to 10: There's some stinky stuff out there, so let's investigate! Plants and animals use smells in different ways to survive. How does your sense of smell compare? ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/24. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 18, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
FUR, FEATHERS & SCALES
Liberty Park / Nature Center
9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
Learn about Ohio's native animals that exhibit different coverings and how they help the creatures get along in nature. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 18, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
GET A JUMP ON SPRING
Furnace Run Metro Park / Brushwood Area
4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield
Spring is in the air! Join a naturalist for a refreshing hike along Rock Creek Trail, looking and listening for signs of spring. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 18, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
ARCHERY OPEN SHOOT
Firestone Metro Park / Coventry Oaks Area
40 Axline Ave., Akron
Register for a half-hour time slot to improve your shot. Participants must have already taken our introductory and archery games programs. All equipment provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/25. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 18, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
HIKE THE HOLLOW
Wood Hollow Metro Park
2121 Barlow Rd., Hudson
Hike at Wood Hollow with a naturalist while learning about the awesome amphibians that live here. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, March 19, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
ARCHERY GAMES FOR KIDS
Firestone Metro Park / Coventry Oaks Area
40 Axline Ave., Akron
Ages 9 to 15 will play different games to build archery skills in a fun and exciting way. Participants must have already taken one of our intro to archery programs. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/28. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, March 19, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
WEATHER, YOU LIKE IT OR NOT
Liberty Park / Twinsburg Ledges Area
9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
Weather is all around us! Learn a little about how it works and how the forecast sometimes means more to nature than it does to us. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, March 19, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
A YEAR OF HERBS: HISTORY AND FOLKLORE
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join us for this new monthly series in which we will explore herbs, from their history to their uses. We begin this month with past uses of herbs and some of the folklore that surrounds them. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, March 19, 2:30 - 4 p.m.
ARCHERY GAMES FOR ADULTS
Firestone Metro Park / Coventry Oaks Area
40 Axline Ave., Akron
Ages 16 and older will play different games to build archery skills in a fun and exciting way. Participants must have already taken one of our intro to archery programs. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/28. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, March 20, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
BRING ON SPRING!
Sand Run Metro Park / Wadsworth Area
1400 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron
Hike Dogwood Trail with a naturalist to discover signs of spring. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, March 20, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
KINDEREALM: SNAKES
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Goodyear Lodge
2077 Newton St., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn about our slithery snake friends. Includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/18. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, March 22, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park
5779 Riverview Rd., Peninsula
Celebrate National Goof Off Day with us. This hike promises to be laid back, easy going and an all around good time. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, March 22, 7 - 9 p.m.
MEET ME IN THE GARDEN
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join the Master Gardeners of Summit County to learn about the native orchids of the Great Lakes region. Presented by orchid enthusiast Thomas Sampliner. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, March 23, 9 - 11 a.m.
WATERFOWL WATCH
Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park / Lot SM2
5531 S. Main St., Green
New and experienced birdwatchers can view ducks, geese and other water birds during the spring migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, March 23, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
WARBLER WARM-UP
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist for a series on identification tips, songs and habitats of our returning warblers. New birders can get a jumpstart and experienced birders can brush up on their skills. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, March 24, 1 - 3 p.m.
HOMESCHOOLERS: STINKY STUFF
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Homeschoolers, ages 11 to 14: There's some stinky stuff out there, so let's investigate! Plants and animals use smells in different ways to survive. How does your sense of smell compare? ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/24. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, March 24, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
CROAKING CHORUS FROG HIKE
Springfield Bog Metro Park
1400 Portage Line Rd., Springfield Twp.
Learn and listen for the calls of spring peepers, wood frogs, northern leopard frogs, pickerel frogs, and western chorus frogs. Please bring your own flashlights and wear waterproof hiking shoes. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 25, 8 - 10:30 a.m.
HIKE & BREAKFAST
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Goodyear Lodge
2077 Newton St., Akron
Shake off winter by joining us for a hike and breakfast. Participants will be asked to contribute to the feast. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 3/7. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
HARBINGERS OF SPRING
Hampton Hills Metro Park / Main Entrance
2925 Akron-Peninsula Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist to walk Adam Run Trail to look for signs of spring. Maybe we will be lucky enough to see several "harbingers of spring," including the delicate wildflower bearing the same name. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 25, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
UPCYCLED SPRING WALL DECOR
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
While supplies last, create personalized art for your home using items that might otherwise end up in the landfill. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, March 25, 8 - 9:30 p.m.
EARTH HOUR EVENT & FIRE
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Campfire Area
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Lights out! Earth Hour is an energy-conservation event celebrated worldwide. Join us for unplugged games and activities around a campfire. In the case of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, March 26, 12 - 2 p.m.
COMMUNITY ART
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Seneca Deck
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join our naturalist-artist for some creative fun, and add your individual flair to a community art project. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, March 26, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
AFTERNOON CAMPFIRE
Liberty Park / Twinsburg Ledges Area
9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
Enjoy an afternoon campfire and learn about the animals you may find in Liberty Park. Meet at the amphitheater. The campfire will be moved to the shelter if it rains. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, March 26, 1 - 3 p.m.
WHISPERS FROM MOTHER NATURE
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist to see what Mother Nature has in store for us as we look towards April in the Metro Parks and in your back yard. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, March 27, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
SPRING NATURE DAY-CAMP
Liberty Park / Nature Center
9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
Kids 7 to 10 will enjoy this early-spring adventure with fun, hands-on experiences. We will be exploring the park, doing a craft and learning about nature in spring. Pack a lunch and dress to be outside for long periods of time. Cost: $10. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 2/5. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, March 29, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
ART FOR THE ANIMALS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Spring cleaning comes to the Nature Realm! Join a naturalist to create works of art to decorate the tanks of our resident animals. Bring your creativity and dress to get messy. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, March 29, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
FAMILY FISHING
Furnace Run Metro Park / Brushwood Area
4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield
Learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line in Brushwood Lake. A limited number of rods and reels will be available for use. Bait is provided. Participants 16 and older must have a fishing license. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, March 29, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
WARBLER WARM-UP
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist for a series on identification tips, songs and habitats of our returning warblers. New birders can get a jumpstart and experienced birders can brush up on their skills. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, March 30, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
WATERFOWL WATCH
Liberty Park / Tinkers Creek Area
10303 Aurora-Hudson Rd., Streetsboro
Spring is a great time to view ducks, geese and other waterfowl. New and experienced birdwatchers can join us during the migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, March 30, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
A WALK IN THE PARK
Firestone Metro Park / Warner Road Area
200 E. Warner Rd., Akron
Celebrate National Take a Walk in the Park Day with an easy, family-friendly stroll that is appropriate for people of all ages. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, March 30, 6 - 7 p.m.
BRINGING DOWN THE DAM
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Hear the interwoven story of Gorge Dam, the Cuyahoga River and Gorge Metro Park. The power of gravity, scenic beauty, competing economies and contamination – this tale has it all. You'll also learn about the push to "Free the Falls." For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, March 31, 1 - 3 p.m.
HIKING SPREE SHIELD ASSISTANCE
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
This is the LAST DAY to get your 2016 Fall Hiking Spree rewards and have our wonderful volunteers attach a shield to your staff. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, March 31, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
WHO'S FOOLIN' WHO
Munroe Falls Metro Park / Tallmadge Meadows Area
1088 North Ave., Tallmadge
Hike and learn the myths about some of our local wildlife, and what is the real truth, with a naturalist. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, March 31, 8 - 10 p.m.
CREATURES FROM THE BLACK LAGOON
Liberty Park / Pond Brook Conservation Area
3973 E. Aurora Rd., Twinsburg
Join a naturalist as we explore several "black lagoons" (i.e., vernal pools) along Buttonbush Trail, looking for wood frogs, fairy shrimp, salamanders, horsehair worms, leeches and other mysterious creatures. For information, call 330-865-8065.