April Programs

Wednesday, April 1 ‑ 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 29. Free.

Wednesday, April 1 ‑ 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.

Friday, April 3 ‑ Woodcock Walk – Wolf Creek Environmental Center ‑ 7:30 p.m. Do you know there is a bird that nests in Ohio that has a flexible bill, sings with its wings, and dances for its dinner? Come learn more about this unusual bird and take a hike to try to see one in action. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.

Saturday, April 4 ‑ A Healthy Dose of Nature: Hiking Series – Plum Creek Park South – 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, April 4 – Basket Weaving 101: Everyday Basket – Wolf Creek Environmental Center – 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Join expert basket maker Betty Rettig to celebrate the beginning of spring by weaving a basket you can enjoy the whole year through. Stop by Wolf Creek to see an example. No experience is necessary. All materials are provided. Ages 12 and up. Please call Betty Rettig at (330) 975-4251 to register by March 27. There is a $17 fee per basket.

Sunday, April 5 – Orienteering for Beginners – The Lodge at Allardale – 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come learn to navigate using a compass and topographic map with the Northeast Ohio Orienteering Club. This approximately three‑hour activity will be in three parts: a lecture session, followed by a guided map hike, and concluded with a short orienteering course on your own. Fee: $15 per individual or group; registration begins at 10:30 a.m. with instruction beginning at 11 a.m. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, visit NEOOC.com or call (216) 285‑0627. Ages 12 and up.

Wednesday, April 8 ‑ Natural Discoveries – Chippewa Rail Trail – 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. Ages 7 and up. No registration is required. Free.

Wednesday, April 8 ‑ 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, April 9 ‑ 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, April 11 ‑ 87th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks – River Styx Park ‑ 7:30 a.m. Watch as migrating spring birds return or travel through to their summer breeding grounds during the 87th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks. Spring bird walks are co‑sponsored by Cleveland Metroparks, Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society, Geauga Park District, Hiram College, Holden Arboretum, Lake Metroparks, Medina County Park District, and the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. Medina County Park District walks are led by experienced birders and will be held every Saturday at 7:30 a.m. through May 16. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.

Saturday, April 11 ‑ Garlic Mustard Workshop – Wolf Creek Environmental Center – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Naturalist Nichole will educate us on the identification and removal methods of the invasive plant garlic mustard. Learn about the habitat garlic mustard threatens and about some of the wildflowers we are protecting. There will be an outdoor component to observe garlic mustard in the field. Ages 11 and up. No registration is required. Free.

Saturday, April 11- Egg‑citing Eggs! Susan Hambley Nature Center 12 to 5 p.m. Eggs aren’t just for breakfast, and they don’t just come from chickens! Stop in for this interactive program to learn all about animals that hatch from eggs. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.

Wednesday, April 15 ‑ 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.

Saturday, April 18 ‑ 87th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks – River Styx Park ‑ 7:30 a.m. See 4/11 program listing for details.

Saturday, April 18 – Medina County Earth Day Festival – Buffalo Creek Retreat – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come celebrate Earth Day at Medina County Park District’s Buffalo Creek Retreat! There will be earth-friendly exhibits, a family fishing derby, kids’ activities, food, and much more, so bring the whole family for a fun-filled day. Additional parking for this event will be at Hubbard Valley Park with shuttle service provided to Buffalo Creek. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.

Saturday, April 18 – Family Fishing Derby – Buffalo Creek Retreat – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Fish together with your family, hook some memories, and win prizes! Grab a rod and reel in an afternoon of fishing fun during Medina County Park District’s Family Fishing Derby! Parent/child teams can register and fish any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Registration is required (the day of the event) to be eligible to win prizes. Please bring your own fishing pole. A limited amount of fishing poles and bait will be available for use. This derby is held in conjunction with Medina County’s 24th Annual Earth Day Festival. All ages are welcome. Free.

Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19 ‑ Egg‑citing Eggs! Susan Hambley Nature Center – 12 to 5 p.m. Eggs aren’t just for breakfast, and they don’t just come from chickens! Stop in for this interactive program to learn about animals that hatch from eggs. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.

Sunday, April 19 – Tree Planting Party – Buckeye Woods Park – 2 to 4 p.m. Celebrate the park district’s 55th anniversary and plant a tree! Bring a pair of gardening gloves and a shovel if you have one. A limited number of shovels will be available. Meet at the shelter by the pond. Light refreshments will be provided by Friends of Medina County Parks. All ages are welcome. Register by April 6.  Free.

Sunday, April 19 ‑ K‑9 Kapers – Hubbard Valley 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, April 19 ‑ Natural Discoveries Hiking Series: Swifts and Swallows ‑ Killbuck Lakes – 3 to 4 p.m. It’s not unusual to see swallows swooping around our barns and fields after insects, but do we know which kind of swallows we are seeing? Take a hike searching for swifts and swallows, and learn what makes them amazing. 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.

Wednesday, April 22 ‑ 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, April 23 ‑ Tales for Tots – Plum Creek Park North Lodge – 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. These secretive critters are seldom seen and never heard. Find out more about the life of a salamander through a story and hands‑on discovery. For ages 3 to 6 with an adult companion. Some or all of the program will be held outdoors; please dress accordingly. Register between March 26 and April 23. Free.

Friday, April 24 ‑ Tales for Tots – Plum Creek Park North Lodge – 10 to 11 a.m. See 4/23 program listing for details. Register between March 26 and April 23. Free.

Saturday, April 25 ‑ 87th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks – River Styx Park ‑ 7:30 a.m. See 4/11 program listing for details.

Saturday, April 25 ‑ Woodland Health ‑‑ Day of Service Hubbard Valley Park – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Join us for a day of service pulling an aggressive weed from the sensitive habitat at Hubbard Valley Park. Medina Master Gardeners Volunteers will educate about the habitat garlic mustard threatens and about some of the wildflowers we are protecting. You will learn everything you need to know about identifying and removing this invasive species. This is an excellent opportunity to give back to your community and ensure a healthy park for future generations. Bring your own work gloves, and dress appropriately for the outdoors. Ages 11 and up. No registration required. Free.

Saturday, April 25 ‑ Moss Mosey – River Styx Park – 2 to 3 p.m. Mosses are things that stay in the background, but if you pay attention, they are in the background nearly everywhere you look. Bring mosses into focus as we hike and learn some basics of moss biology and how to distinguish some of the common moss groups. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.

Sunday, April 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 and up.

Wednesday, April 29 ‑ 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 ten and up. No registration is required. Free.

Register for programs at www.medinacountyparks.com.

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