Upcoming Programs

Join Volunteer Naturalist Joe Malmisur at the following events in May:

Birding for the Ordinary Guy and Gal Bird Walk-Sat. May 2, 7:30am Towner’s Woods Park: Located at 2264 Ravenna Rd., Franklin Twp.

Wildflowers! Wildflowers! Wildflowers!-Sat. May 9, 10:00 am- 12:00pm Dix Park: Come Join us as we discover the beauty of wildflowers! Trilliums, Violets, Toothwort, Ginger, Squirrel Corn, Canada Lily, and Many More! Located at 7318 State Route 44, Ravenna Twp.

The Great Garlic Mustard Pull!-Friday May 22, 5:00-8:00 pm Dix Park
Come join the fun and take out this week’s frustrations by pulling Garlic Mustard.
It not only helps your mental frame of mind but also helps the Park District control an invasive species–A win-win situation all around! Bring your gloves! Located at 7318 State Route 44, Ravenna

Exploring Our Solar System-Fri. May 22, 8:30-10:30pm Morgan Preserve: Join Sky Ranger Guy Gillespie as we look toward the heavens with three telescopes. We will be viewing Planets, Stars, maybe even the Space Station! Located on the East side of State Route 44, 1/2 mile south of State Route 303, Shalersville Twp.

Aquatic Apartments–Sat. May 23rd, 7:00-8:30pm Franklin Bog Preserve:
Come join us as we observe Beavers as they expand their apartment complex at Franklin Bog. Currently there are three lodges with a fourth under construction. Also, have you ever seen a Devil’s Walking Stick….you will. Ouch! Located on Route 43 in Kent, North of Oak Knolls Golf Course-Look for signs

Enjoy the Serenity of Shaw Woods- Sat. May 30 5:00-7:00pm Shaw Woods Park: Come Enjoy the Beauty and Splendor of Shaw Woods as viewed through the fading afternoon sun. Enjoy the wildflowers, birds, and hear the soothing sounds of the West Branch of the Mahoning River. Located on Beery Road, Ravenna Twp., approximately 1/2 mile south of Beechwood Rd., off of State Route 88.

Explore the Cuyahoga River from Camp Hi to Mantua-Sun. May 31 12:00-4:00pm:
Contact Camp Hi to register – 330-569-7621
$20.00 per person

Birding By Bicycle-Sat. June 6 9:00-11:00am Headwaters Trailhead:
Come join Joe Malmisur and Dr. Sarah Mabey as we take a leisurely ride to Mantua and back on the Headwaters Trail. We will be listening to see how many different species of birds we can see or hear on the trail. 16 miles round trip, but you can ride any distance, it’s your choice. If you aren’t a birder, no problem, join us anyway and enjoy the beauty and splendor of Headwaters Trail.
Directions: Headwaters Trailhead in Garrettsville is located behind the Portage County District Library/Garrettsville Village Park at 10482 South St., Garrettsville, OH

Mini Mushroom Foray–Sun. June 14 10:00am – 1:00 pm Shaw Woods :
Come join Joe Malmisur and members of the Ohio Mushroom Society as we scour Shaw Woods for mushrooms. Mushrooms will be collected and then identified by experts from the Mushroom Society. Bring your lunch and eat as you overlook the West Branch of the Mahoning river’s lush flood plain.

Moths of the Night–Sat. June 27 8:30-10:00 pm Towner’s Woods:
Come join Joe Malmisur and others as we use black lights and white sheets to attract moths and other night insects for identification. Who knows what we will see, maybe a spectacular Luna or Io moth. We will also be hiking a few trails in search of a Barred or Great Horned Owl. WHOOOO knows what we will see or hear! Located on Beery Road, Ravenna Twp., approximately 1/2 mile south of Beechwood Rd., off of State Route 88.

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