Summit County MetroParks sends out a calendar every quarter outlining all of their activities for the various parks around Summit County. I’ve handpicked what looks like the best events for the Nature Realm in West Akron and have placed them here for your easy cherry picking! (OK, there are no cherries in December, I know this) Most of these activities include an outdoor component- so dress warm!
Sunday 12/4 @11am
OK, I’ll be at church, but you can enjoy a wildlife hike and make a fun family craft with Naturalist Sarah Putnam. Each participant will create a nature postcard to send out for Christmas.
Wednesday 12/8 @ 7pm
Join Naturalist Mike Green indoors to discover what kind of owls live in our area. Then search for owls outdoors while hiking about a mile.
Kinderealm: Rascally Raccoons
Friday 12/10 @ 10:30am & @1pm
Saturday 12/11 @10:30am
Kids age 3 to 6 can learn to outsmart these masked bandits that live around their house! (Sounds kind of fun!) The program includes a craft and a short hike. REQUIRES REGISTRATION: Call 330.865.8065
Puppets Say the Darndest Things
Sunday 12/12 @2pm
All ages can join the puppets for a cute adventure and a craft- seems like a simple afternoon out to send Dad to with the kids to me!!!
American Indians for Kids
Saturday 12/18 @ 2pm
Kids 6 to 12 can discover a few American Indian tribes with Naturalist Danusia Casteel. This program includes a craft and a short hike.
Yule Log Family Craft
Sunday 12/19 @1pm
Join Naturalist Dave Gates to discover the tradition of the Yule Log, then make your own outside on the covered deck. (What’s a Yule Log? Wikipedia says: A Yule log is a large wooden log which is burned in the hearth as a part of traditional Yule or Christmas celebrations in several European cultures. REQUIRES REGISTRATION: Call 330.865.8065
Nature Drawing for Kids: Wildlife Cartooning
Tuesday December 28th @11am
Kids age 6 to 12 join naturalist and artist Danette Rushboldt for a lesson in capturing the “wild” in widlife. Bring a sketchbook, pencil and your imagination. Space is limited so call to register early. REQUIRES REGISTRATION: Call 330.865.8065