Medina County Park District Upcoming Programs

January Programs

Saturday, January 4 ‑ A Healthy Dose of Nature: Hiking Series ‑ Chippewa Inlet Trail North ‑ St. Rte. 42, Lafayette Road (St. Rte. 42 entrance) – 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.

Tuesday, January 7 ‑ 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 by January 6. Free.

Tuesday, January 7 ‑ Homeschoolers Outdoor Education: Beneath the Ice ‑ Wolf Creek Environmental Center – 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m. A walk in winter will, inevitably, involve encountering some snow and ice, but what is happening below the ice? Join us for this homeschool program about animal adaptations and activities in winter to explore a world that cannot always be seen. Ages 7 to 12. Register by January 6. Free.

Wednesday, January 8 ‑ Natural Discoveries ‑ Plum Creek Park South – 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 designed for ages seven to adult. 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.

Wednesday, January 8 ‑ 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 January 6. Free.

Friday, January 10 ‑ Full Moon Hike ‑ Buckeye Woods Park ‑ 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Take advantage of the short winter days with a walk after dark. A naturalist will lead you through the park to experience nighttime sights and sounds, as well as learn a little about the moon and night vision. Ages 6 and up. No registration is required. Free.

Saturday, January 11 ‑ Winter Re‑Tweet ‑ Susan Hambley Nature Center – 12 to 5 p.m.Feeding and watching birds is a great way to brighten up a winter day, and it’s a constant source of entertainment. There’s action, comedy, drama, and, sometimes, a song. It is all there at your backyard bird feeder. Occasionally, a surprise visitor will show up like a deer or a wild turkey. At this program, there will be information and displays on the best types of feeders to use, buying bird seed that works, and which birds visit our feeders during the wintertime. We’ll answer these questions and more as we watch and enjoy these beautiful creatures at our bird feeding area. There will be bird crafts, games, and displays. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.

Saturday, January 11 ‑ Digital Photography Basics ‑ Wolf Creek Environmental Center – 1 to 4 p.m. Come learn helpful techniques for digital camera use and how to get the most out of the camera you have. This class will cover tips for taking better pictures, how to edit images with and without a computer, and proper storing and printing of your digital images. Please bring your own digital camera with user manual to class. Ages 16 and up. Register by January 9. There is a $25 program fee.

Sunday, January 12 ‑ Winter Re‑Tweet ‑ Susan Hambley Nature Center – 12 to 5 p.m. See 1/11 program listing for details.

 Sunday, January 12 ‑ The Notable Nuthatch ‑ Wolf Creek Environmental Center – 2 to 3 p.m. From their chattering call to their upside down tree climbing, nuthatches are birds that do things their own ways. Come learn about these ways and then take a hike in search of nuthatches in the wild. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.

 Sunday, January 12 ‑ K‑9 Kapers ‑ Princess Ledges Nature Preserve – 3 to 4 p.m. K‑9 Kapers provides dog owners with an opportunity to socialize their pets with other dogs. These alternative hikes will interest both the dog and its owner while offering exercise and fun. All dogs must have an accompanying adult and eight‑foot leash (non‑retractable). Participants must maintain 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.

Tuesday, January 14 ‑ Preschoolers in the Garden: Let’s Get Our Hands Dirty! Krabill Shelter – 10 to 11:30 p.m. Dirt may look brown and uninteresting, but healthy soil is full of life. Join OSU Master Gardeners as we dive underground to get a better look at soil and the critters that live in it. We will explore this topic through stories, art, and a variety of hands‑on stations. Don’t miss out on making a decorative mud pie! Dress for outdoors and mess. For ages 3‑8 with an adult companion. Register by January 13. There is a $5 program fee.

Saturday, January 18 ‑ Photo Scavenger Hunt ‑ Wolf Creek Environmental Center – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring your camera or phone with you to this family‑friendly activity where you will be challenged to find and photograph a list of things throughout the nature center and park. Complete the list to receive a prize while supplies last!  Please dress for the weather as you will need to search both inside and out. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.

Saturday, January 18 ‑ Winter Re‑Tweet ‑ Susan Hambley Nature Center – 12 to 5 p.m. Feeding and watching birds is a great way to brighten up a winter day, and it’s a constant source of entertainment. There’s action, comedy, drama, and, sometimes, a song. It is all there at your backyard bird feeder. Occasionally, a surprise visitor will show up like a deer or a wild turkey. At this program, there will be information and displays on the best types of feeders to use, buying bird seed that works, and which birds visit our feeders during the wintertime. We’ll answer these questions and more as we watch and enjoy these beautiful creatures at our bird feeding area. There will be bird crafts, games, and displays. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.

Saturday, January 18 ‑ Puppet Show: Martha Moth’s Mission ‑ Wolf Creek Environmental Center – 1 to 2 p.m. or 3 to 4 p.m. From caterpillar to cocoon to adult, metamorphosis is no easy feat. Martha will have to work harder than she ever thought possible if she is going to make it through this life cycle. Find out what happens at this hilarious puppet show . . . and see if this moth can go the distance. Afterward, kids can enjoy making a craft. Children must come with an adult companion. Interest level is ages 4‑10. No registration is required. Free.

Sunday, January 19 ‑ Photo Scavenger Hunt ‑ Wolf Creek Environmental Center – 12 to 5 p.m. Bring your camera or phone with you to this family‑friendly activity where you will be challenged to find and photograph a list of things throughout the nature center and park. Complete the list to receive a prize while supplies last!  Please dress for the weather as you will need to search both inside and out. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.

Sunday, January 19 – Winter Re-tweet – Susan Hambley Nature Center – 12 to 5 p.m. See 1/18 program listing for details.

Sunday, January 19 ‑ Natural Discoveries: Surviving Winter ‑ Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park – 3 to 4 p.m. The cold temperatures and scarcity of food in winter can be challenging for plants and animals. Find out different strategies in nature for surviving the winter. Discover who stays active and who hibernates. 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. No registration is required. Ages 7 and up. Free.

Thursday, January 23 ‑ Tales for Tots ‑ Wolf Creek Environmental Center – 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. At night when we are sleeping, there are many things taking place outside. We will learn more about the creatures of the night through a story, hands‑on exploration, and a short hike. For ages three to six with an adult companion. Some or all of the program will be held outdoors; please dress accordingly. Register between December 12 and January 23. Free.

Friday, January 24 ‑ Tales for Tots ‑ Wolf Creek Environmental Center – 10 to 11 a.m.
 At night when we are sleeping, there are many things taking place outside. We will learn more about the creatures of the night through a story, hands‑on exploration, and a short hike. For ages three to six with an adult companion. Some or all of the program will be held outdoors; please dress accordingly. Register between December 12 and January 23. Free.

Sunday, January 26 ‑ 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 stender@medinaco.org. Ages 16 to adult.

Please register for programs online at medinacountyparks.com.

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