Upcoming Medina County Park District Events

October Events

Wednesday, October 2 ‑ Natural Discoveries ‑ River Styx Park – 8200 River Styx Road, Wadsworth 44281 – 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. No registration is required. Free.

Saturday, October 5 ‑ A Healthy Dose of Nature: Hiking Series ‑ Killbuck Lakes – 7996 White Road, Burbank (Westfield Township) 44214 – 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 to adult. No registration is required. Free.

Saturday, October 5 ‑ Fall Fest and Horse Show ‑ Medina Creative Therapy Ranch – 5200 Lake Road, Medina 44256 – 12 to 5 p.m. Join Medina Creative Therapy Ranch for its annual Fall Fest! This family friendly event will include a horse show, Halloween activities and contests, bake sale, and clam bake. For more information regarding the ranch or to contact a ranch representative with questions, visit its website at medinacreativehousing.com. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free admission.

Saturday, October 5 ‑ Starry, Starry Nights at Letha House – Letha House Park West – 5800 Richman Road, Spencer 44275 – 8 to 10 p.m. Come see deep‑sky objects, planets, and the moon up close using the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association’s telescopes.The observatory will be open for public viewing, and members will be available to answer your questions. Activities and/or displays will be set up inside the barn for further interest on cloudy nights. Cancellations will only be made in the case of severe thunderstorms. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.

Sunday, October 6 ‑ Color Float ‑ Hubbard Valley Park – 8600 Hubbard Valley Road, Seville 44273 – 1 to 3 p.m. Join a naturalist on the water to enjoy the fall colors that are unfolding around us. Bring your kayak, paddle, and personal flotation device (PFD) to the program. Your PFD must be worn for the duration of this program. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.

Wednesday, October 9 ‑ Yoga for Preschoolers ‑ Susan Hambley Nature Center – 1473 Parschen Boulevard, Brunswick 44212 ‑ 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 October 7. Free.

Saturday, October 12 ‑ Migratory Bird Banding ‑ Wolf Creek Environmental Center – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Join licensed bird banders Gary and Jill Fowler and watch as they show how bird banding is done and explain how researchers use the collected data to study bird behavior and movement. Please note that bird banding is weather variable and may not be done if it is raining or snowing. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.

Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13 ‑ Warts, Webs, and Wild Things ‑ Susan Hambley Nature Center – 1473 Parschen Boulevard, Brunswick 44212 – 12 to 5 p.m. Stop in for a fun Halloween experience. Learn about some of our favorite Halloween animals, from creepy and crawly to slithery and slimy. We’ll have kid‑friendly crafts and activities to get you acquainted with some of our most misunderstood animals. Costumes are welcome. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.

Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13 ‑ 35th Annual Pioneers in the Park Festival ‑ Buckeye Woods Park – 6335 Wedgewood Road, Medina, 44256 – 12 to 5 p.m. Take a trip back in time at Buckeye Woods Park! There is much to see and do including demonstrations of pioneer crafts and skills, historical re‑enactors and encampments, live music and entertainment, great food, old‑fashioned baseball games, and pioneer games and crafts for the little ones! Don’t miss out on this unique and fun‑filled event! Pioneers in the Park is the first stop on the Medina County Fall Foliage Tour. All ages are welcome. No registration required. Free admission.

Wednesday, October 16 ‑ Music at The Lodge: Circle of Friends ‑ The Lodge at Allardale – 141 Remsen Road, Medina 44256 – 7 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing evening in the park with free, live musical entertainment. This concert series brings a variety of music the whole family will enjoy. The concerts will be held indoors due to variable weather conditions. This month, enjoy music from Circle of Friends, a group that loves to share positive energy and joy with its rock/folk‑inspired music performed on acoustic guitar, stand‑up bass, percussion, and keyboard. The group’s original and cover songs weave together a tapestry of melodies that inspire and uplift one’s spirit. Circle of Friends also celebrates our relationship with the natural world through songs and stories. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.

Friday, October 18 ‑ Northeastern Ohio Live Steamers: Halloween ALL ABOARD! Lester Rail Trail ‑ 3654 Lester Road, Medina 44256 ‑ 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring your family and friends to Lester Rail Trail for this “spooktacular” event! Members of the N.E.O.L.S. miniature railroad group will offer free train rides during this special park program. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes, but, for safety, please avoid long, flowing garments. Gates will close promptly at 8:30 p.m. or when the parking lot is full, whichever comes first.

Saturday, October 19 ‑ Basket Weaving 101: Fall Basket ‑ Wolf Creek Environmental Center – 6100 Ridge Road, Wadsworth 44281 ‑ 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Join Betty the basket maker to enjoy weaving a fun little basket to express the season and add a new basket that YOU have woven to your fall decor. Stop by Wolf Creek to see an example. No experience is necessary. All materials are provided. Please call Betty Rettig at 330‑975‑4251 to register by October 12. Ages 12 to adult. There is an $18 program fee per person.

Saturday, October 19 ‑ K‑9 Kapers ‑ Letha House Park West – 5800 Richman Road, Spencer 44275 – 10 to 11 a.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.

Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20 ‑ Warts, Webs, and Wild Things ‑ Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Boulevard, Brunswick 44212 – 12 to 5 p.m. See 10/12 listing for program details.

Saturday, October 19 ‑ Northeastern Ohio Live Steamers: Halloween ALL ABOARD! Lester Rail Trail – 3654 Lester Road, Medina 44256 – 2 to 4 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring your family and friends to Lester Rail Trail for this “spooktacular” event! Members of the N.E.O.L.S. miniature railroad group will offer free train rides during this special park program. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes, but, for safety, please avoid long, flowing garments. Gates will close promptly at 4 p.m. for the afternoon session and 8:30 p.m. or when the parking lot is full, whichever comes first. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.

Sunday, October 20 ‑ Natural Discoveries Hiking Series: Creepy Crawlies ‑ Chippewa Inlet Trail North – 5803 Lafayette Road (St. Rte. 42) – 3 to 4 p.m. As Halloween draws near, we invite you to join us on this hike in search of the cool, creepy crawlies of the parks. Don’t worry though, the park naturalist will debunk some of the myths surrounding these critters along the way. 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.

Thursday, October 24 ‑ Tales for Tots ‑ Wolf Creek Environmental Center – 6100 Ridge Road, Wadsworth 44281 – 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. Winter is coming! Listen to a story about what our animal friends do to prepare for wintry weather that will be followed by a short hike to look for animal signs. For ages three to six with an adult companion. Some or all of the program will be held outdoors; please dress accordingly. Register between September 26 and October 23. Free.

Friday, October 25 ‑ Tales for Tots ‑ Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road – 10 to 11 a.m. See 10/24 program listing for details.

Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27 ‑ Warts, Webs, and Wild Things – Susan Hambley Nature Center – 1473 Parschen Boulevard, Brunswick 44212 – 12 to 5 p.m. See 10/12 listing for program details. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.

Saturday, October 26 ‑ Mysterious World of Owls ‑ Wolf Creek Environmental Center – 6100 Ridge Road, Wadsworth 44281 – 2 to 3 p.m. Come discover the amazing adaptations of these nocturnal birds of prey and see live owls up close! The Medina Raptor Center will offer a presentation of the unique features and abilities of these beautiful birds. No registration is required. Free.

Sunday, October 27 ‑ Photographers of the Parks Club Meeting ‑ Wolf Creek Environmental Center – 6100 Ridge Road, Wadsworth 44281‑ 3 to 4 p.m. This is a great opportunity for nature photo enthusiasts to share knowledge with like‑minded folks, gain special access to programs and events related to photography, and support the park district. Both beginner and advanced photographers are invited to participate. The club will emphasize but not be limited to nature photography. No registration required. For more information, please contact Shelley at 330‑239‑4814 or stender@medinaco.org. Ages 16 to adult.

Program registration is available online at www.medinacountyparks.com.

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