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

April 27

Wild in the Woods -- 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pioneer Area, 550 Frazier Ave., Akron. All ages can stop by the nature play area at Goodyear Heights and engage in fun, hands-on experiences with nature. A naturalist will be on hand to help guide everyone's experience. Getting dirty is encouraged, so dress appropriately.

The History of Gorge Metro Park -- 6 to 7 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron. Join historians to learn about the exciting history of Gorge Metro Park. From roller coasters to dance halls, this park once had it all. Also learn about plans to remove the Gorge Dam and restore a free-flowing river.

April 28

Friday Firestone Feathers & Friends -- 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Rd., Akron. Join a naturalist to walk the trails and see which birds have arrived during the spring migration.

Croaking Chorus Frog Hike -- 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wood Hollow Metro Park, 2121 Barlow Rd., Hudson. American toads and gray tree frogs join the nightly frog choir. Join a naturalist to learn and listen for their calls on this night hike along Wood Hollow's Downy Loop Trail. Take flashlights and waterproof shoes.

Bluebell Valley -- 6:30 to 8 p.m. Everett Road Covered Bridge, 2370 Everett Rd., Peninsula. Enjoy a hike along the river with a naturalist in the hope that bluebells and other wildflowers will be seen along the way.

April 29

Hike & Breakfast -- 8 to 10:30 a.m. Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Goodyear Lodge, 2077 Newton St., Akron. Enjoy a spring wildflower hike around Alder Pond followed by a delicious breakfast. Participants will be asked to contribute to the feast. Advanced registration required.

Garlic Mustard Pull -- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Seneca Deck, 1828 Smith Rd., Akron. Growing, growing, gone! Learn about this invasive plant, then hike Seneca Trail and start pulling. Gloves are recommended. Bags will be provided.

Wildflower Hike -- 1 to 2:30 p.m. Cascade Valley Metro Park / Oxbow Area, 1061 Cuyahoga St., Akron. Hike Oxbow Trail to see which flowers are blooming this time of the year.

In Search of Woodcocks -- 8 to 10 p.m. Silver Creek Metro Park / Pheasant Run Area, 5000 Hametown Rd., Norton. Join a naturalist to look for woodcocks as they "dance" in the twilight. See how Summit Metro Parks has managed several acres of woodcock habitat in order to enhance the chances of seeing these interesting but elusive birds.

April 30

Morning Bird Walk -- 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Munroe Falls Metro Park / Tallmadge Meadows Area, 1088 North Ave., Tallmadge. New and experienced birders learn the basics of identification and search for our colorful and sweet-sounding neighbors.

District seeks


Summit Metro Parks is will train individuals interested in working as lifeguards this summer and pay the costs of the certification tests. The catch? Potential lifeguards must already know how to swim. A water test includes, but is not limited to, treading water for two minutes and swimming a continuous distance of 550 yards. The park district will offer lifeguard and CPR training at no charge for individuals who qualify. Those who are interested must apply and contact park managers no later than April 21 at 3 p.m. To apply, visit:

The manager of Munroe Falls Metro Park may be contacted at 330-630-9602, and The manager of Silver Creek Metro Park may be contacted at 330-825-8579, and Lake swimming is offered May 27 through Aug. 13 at the Lake Area in Munroe Falls (521 S. River Rd., Munroe Falls) and at Silver Creek (5000 Hametown Rd., Norton).

Summit Metro Parks manages 14,300 acres, including 16 parks, several conservation areas and more than 125 miles of trails, with 22.4 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Annual attendance averages 5 million visits. For information, call 330-865-8065.