Lace up for the Couch to 5K

Motivating. Fun. Life-changing. Those are just some of the ways past participants in the "Couch to 5K" training series have described the annual Summit Metro Parks program, now in its third year.

On Feb. 16 the park district will host an information session about the 10-week series, 7-8 p.m., in the auditorium at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road). Elizabeth Kresse will describe what series participants can expect and answer questions.

Participants will meet every Sunday beginning March 5 at 9 a.m. for a group run and to discuss running topics, from stretching and proper form to finding the right running shoe, with experts from Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Second Sole in Akron and more.

Registration is required for the training series. The Mother's Day 5K will be May 14 in Munroe Falls Metro Park, 521 S. River Road in Munroe Falls.

For informatio, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065.

February features feathered friends

Summit Metro Parks naturalists will host a variety of bird-related programs for all ages this month.

- Stop by Liberty Park Nature Center Feb. 12 from noon to 2 p.m. to make pinecone bird feeders. For information, call 330-865-8065.

- Join for the "Bald Eagle Open House" at the Liberty Park Tinkers Creek State Nature Preserve Feb. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m., 1230 Old Mill Road in Aurora. Swing by any time between 1 and 3 p.m. to learn about bald eagles, and hopefully catch a glimpse of one of them.

For information, call 330-865-8065.

- "Kinderealm: Owls" will be Feb. 21 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Liberty Park Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Road in Twinsburg. Children 3 to 6 years and their adult companions can discover the owls "whooo" are raising young this time of year. This program includes a hike and craft. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Other

Summit Metro Parks offers:.

- Take a snowshoe hike Feb. 11 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Liberty Park. Meet at the Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Road. Get a brief how-to lesson, followed by a moderate snowshoe hike. If there's not enough snow, a hike of the area will still take place.. Advance registration is required and begins Jan. 29.

For information, call 330-865-8065.

- A hike with the dogs will be Feb. 12, 1-2 p.m. ,at Furnace Run Metro Park in the Brushwood Area, 4955 Townsend Road, Richfield.

Follow a naturalist with a furry friend on a leash for a walk around Rock Creek Trail. For information, call 330-865-8065.

- Hear the "Bear Truth" Feb. 17 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Liberty Park Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Road in Twinsburg. Learn the truth about our biggest and furriest neighbor, the black bear.

Hike to a cave before enjoying hot cocoa (while supplies last) in the nature center.

For information, call 330-865-8065.