Tuesday, March 3 ‑ Preschoolers in the Garden: Let’s Play with Plants! Krabill Lodge – 10 to 11:30 a.m. Apples, strawberries, corn, maple syrup, mint, and almonds! We all love to eat plants, that’s for sure. But what else can we do with the plants around us? Join OSU Master Gardeners as we play with plants and learn about their many different uses. From dyes to paper to clothing, plants provide us with so much. We will explore this topic through stories, art, and a variety of hands‑on stations. Don’t miss out on painting with plant dyes! Dress for outdoors and mess. Ages 3 to 8 with an adult companion. Register by March 2. There is a $5 program fee.
Wednesday, March 4 ‑ Yoga for Preschoolers – Susan Hambley Nature Center ‑ 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Learn about nature, the seasons, and animals through yoga poses, a story, songs, and a game. We will practice breathing techniques and also learn how to calm down and relax. Students should bring a yoga mat or small rug to sit on, wear comfortable clothing suitable for yoga, and prepare to be barefoot. Ages 3 to 6. Register by March 2. Free.
Saturday, March 7 ‑ A Healthy Dose of Nature: Hiking Series – Chippewa Rail Trail – 9 to 11 a.m. Hiking outdoors in Medina County Park District has plenty of perks! There are beautiful views, fresh air, the sounds and smells of nature, AND it’s good for you, too. Mentally, being in the outdoors reduces symptoms of stress and anxiety. Physically, hiking is great for your heart, blood pressure, and muscles. Once‑a‑month, join a naturalist and volunteers to hike at a vigorous pace. This healthy hike will take place on a different trail each month and will be between three to five miles in length. Please dress for the weather, wear appropriate footwear, and bring along a bottle of water. Ages ten and up. No registration is required. Free.
Saturday, March 7 ‑ Learn to Play Guitar (Lesson 1 of 5) – Wolf Creek Environmental Center – 10 to 11:30 a.m. This class is for anyone who has ever had the desire to play the guitar ‑ whether you are new to the guitar or have experienced some frustration in past attempts! Bring your guitar and your smiles for an engaging, fun, and energetic class as we learn the techniques and tricks to help us unleash the musician inside. Ages 16 and up. Register by March 5. There is a $65 program fee.
Sunday, March 8 ‑ K‑9 Kapers – Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park – 3 to 4 p.m. K‑9 Kapers will provide dog owners with an opportunity to socialize their pets with other dogs. These alternative hikes will interest the dogs and their owners, while offering exercise and fun. All dogs must have an accompanying adult and be on a leash not more than eight feet long. Participants must have control of their dogs at all times. We recommend bringing a towel for muddy feet and a water bowl. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.
Sunday, March 8 ‑ Natural Discoveries Hiking Series: Beneficial Buzzards – Chippewa Inlet Trail North – State Route 42 – 3 to 4 p.m. Buzzards, or vultures as they are officially called, get a bad rap because of their scavenging habits, but they are a key component to maintaining healthy ecosystems. Join us on this hike to learn about the benefits of these fascinating birds and which vultures are commonly seen in our parks. Natural Discoveries is an award‑based series of free nature programs. Themed hikes are held on Sundays, and hikes that explore seasonal happenings are offered on Wednesdays. Please visit the park district’s website for a brochure listing complete hike details and dates. Ages 7 and up. No registration is required. Free.
Tuesday, March 10 ‑ Creative Concoctions for Preschoolers – Wolf Creek Environmental Center – 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. Our younger park friends are invited to create mysterious mixtures and make marvelous messes in this fun, hands‑on discovery program. Come experiment with combinations of ordinary ingredients to create something fun. All supplies are provided; come dressed for mess! Ages 3 to 6. Register between 2/10 and 3/9. Free.
Tuesday, March 10 ‑ Homeschoolers Outdoor Education: Rocks and Minerals – Wolf Creek Environmental Center – 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m. From building material and jewelry to electricity and even food, we are surrounded by rocks and the products we make from them. Learn about rocks and minerals and how we use them through hands‑on games and activities. Ages 7 to 12. Register by March 10. Free.
Thursday, March 12 ‑ Creative Writing for Homeschoolers – Wolf Creek Environmental Center – 2 to 3:15 p.m. Nature will serve as the inspiration for homeschoolers who want to improve their writing skills. We’ll imitate the styles of skilled authors and use patterns to write poetry. The classes are offered individually but build upon one another to develop skills. Students will need a pencil, journal, and thesaurus. Part of the class may be outdoors so dress appropriately. A writing assignment will be given after each class, and students will be expected to share what they wrote at the following month’s class. Class will be cancelled if any school district in Medina County is closed due to inclement weather. Ages 8 to 12. Register by March 11. Free.
Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 ‑ Spring Scavenger Hunt – Susan Hambley Nature Center – 12 to 5 p.m. Rain or shine, we’ll offer indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts. Visit the park to seek and find on the trails or in the building. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.
Sunday, March 15 – Delve into the Dark: The Secret Lives of Vernal Pools – Wolf Creek Environmental Center – 2 to 3 p.m. Join us for a photographic journey into the natural history, importance, and benefits of vernal pools. The inhabitants which call vernal pools their home are some of the rarely seen, but beautiful creatures in the natural world. We will delve into the dark waters of vernal pools and reveal the secrets below. Learn how you can create and protect this vital natural habitat. Ages ten and up. No registration is required. Free.
Wednesday, March 18 ‑ Natural Discoveries – Lake Medina ‑ State Route 18 entrance – 10 to 11 a.m. Join us for an easy walk to observe the unfolding of nature all year long in the parks. Natural Discoveries is an award‑based series of free nature programs. Themed hikes are held on Sundays, and hikes that explore seasonal happenings are offered on Wednesdays. Please visit the park district’s website for a brochure listing complete hike details and dates. Ages 7 and up. No registration required. Free.
Saturday, March 21 – Fulton Farm Maple Syrup Tour and Pancake Breakfast (register by March 10) – Buffalo Creek Retreat – Times vary – Join us as we take a wagon tour of the Fulton family’s Maple Valley Farm sugar woods. See the entire syrup‑making process from gathering sap to boiling and bottling in the sugar house. Tours will begin and end at Buffalo Creek Retreat where you can enjoy a pancake breakfast and warm refreshments! Space is limited for this event. Registration ends March 10. The registration form is available on the park website home page. Tours, approximately 90 minutes in duration, will be conducted every 45 minutes for groups of 25. Breakfast will be available either before or after your tour time. Your time slot will be confirmed via email on March 16. We will do our best to place you in your first‑choice time slot, but tours will be scheduled on a first‑come, first‑served basis. Dress appropriately for outdoor activity. Boots are recommended! All ages are welcome. There is a $6 fee per person.
Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22 ‑ Spring Scavenger Hunt – Susan Hambley Nature Center – 12 to 5 p.m. Rain or shine, we’ll offer indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts. Visit the park to seek and find on the trails or in the building. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.
Sunday, March 22 ‑ Photographers of the Parks Club Meeting – Wolf Creek Environmental Center – 3 to 5 p.m. This is a great opportunity for nature photo enthusiasts of all skill levels to share knowledge with like‑minded folks, gain special access to programs and events related to photography, and support the park district. The club will emphasize but not be limited to nature photography. No registration is required. For more information, please contact Shelley at (330) 239‑4814 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Ages 16 and up.
Wednesday, March 25 ‑ After‑work Wildflower Walk – Hubbard Valley Park ‑ 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Join us on Wednesdays this spring for a casual after‑work walk among the wildflowers. Our spring ephemerals do not last long, so we will see what changes are occurring with each passing week. A notebook, pencil, and wildflower guide are helpful but not required. Ages 10 and up. No registration is required. Free.
Thursday, March 26 ‑ Tales for Tots – Wolf Creek Environmental Center – 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. What is a vertebrate? Do all animals have a skeleton? Find out the answers as we investigate through a story, craft, and exploratory activities. For ages three to six with an adult companion. Some or all of the program will be held outdoors; please dress accordingly. Register between February 20 and March 26. Free.
Friday, March 27 ‑ Tales for Tots – Wolf Creek Environmental Center 10 to 11 a.m. See 3/26 program listing for details. Register between February 20 and March 26. Free.
Saturday, March 28 ‑ Waterfowl Walk – Chippewa Inlet Trail North ‑ St. Rte. 42- 10 to 11 a.m. Migratory waterfowl, like ducks, geese, and swans, are traveling through Ohio on their way to Canada. Grab a pair of binoculars and a bird guide and join us in observing these waterfowl. A spotting scope and a limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow. Please dress for the weather. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.
Sunday, March 29 ‑ Natural Discoveries Hiking Series: Frog Chorus – Green Leaf Park ‑ 3 to 4 p.m. From the wooded wetland of Green Leaf Park come the calls of male frogs including spring peepers, wood frogs, and western chorus frogs. Join us as we listen to this spring chorus and discover the life history of these amazing amphibians. Natural Discoveries is an award‑based series of free nature programs. Themed hikes are held on Sundays, and hikes that explore seasonal happenings are offered on Wednesdays. Ages 7 and up. No registration is required. Free.
Please register for programs online at medinacountyparks.com.