Each spring, salamanders – and other amphibians – in Sand Run Metro Park travel about a half-mile to lay eggs in seasonal vernal pools.

Beginning March 1 and continuing through early April, Summit Metro Parks will offer opportunities to join a naturalist to witness the creature’s unique journey to its breeding grounds. But there’s a catch.

Salamanders are fickle, and conditions have to be just right. They prefer a combination of darkness, light rain and temperatures above 45 degrees. Only a few programs may be offered during the five-week span.

The public may call the park district’s seasonal information line at 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. to learn if a program is taking place on a particular evening. Announcements will also be made from @metro_parks on Twitter.

Parking for programs will be available in Sand Run Metro Park’s Old Portage Area (1300 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron). When salamanders are on the move, Sand Run Parkway will be closed to vehicle traffic between Portage Path and Merriman Road.

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