For Immediate Release
June 11, 2020

Natural Discoveries Hiking Series Retooled for Summer

The 2020 Natural Discoveries Hiking Series is back.

After a three-month COVID-19 hiatus, the popular award-based Medina County Park District hiking series has been retooled to offer self-guided interpretive hikes that enable visitors to experience nature while observing social-distancing guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health. The program is free and open to ages seven to adult.

Participants who complete five designated Natural Discoveries hikes in 2020 earn a special award patch. Those who finish ten hikes receive a hiking stick (one time only). Natural Discoveries hikes completed in January, February, and March count toward the total, too.

To participate, visit www.MedinaCountyParks.com to download an updated form that lists Natural Discoveries hiking opportunities through the end of the year. From June 20 through August 30, visitors will find Programs-on-a-Post at each scheduled hike location. Programs-on-a-Post is a series of informational signs on a nature topic placed along the trail. A code word will be listed on one of the signs. For the hike to count toward an award, write the code word on the form where the hike leader typically would initial to confirm attendance.

Hikers will explore the hidden world of lichen at Princess Ledges Nature Preserve, learn about butterflies at Medina Marsh, cool off with a water walk in Gray’s Creek at Letha House Park East, and more. Each of the Programs-on-a-Post will be available for at least one week.

If social-distancing guidelines permit, it’s possible naturalist-led hikes could return this fall. Please watch for updates. Awards may be claimed when Natural Discoveries group hikes resume.

For park locations and information, please visit www.MedinaCountyParks.com.

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