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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2015 Environmental Conservation Awards

Portage Park District Foundation Announces Award Winners

Environmental Education: Hiram College Tree House Project
Environmental Activism: Downtown Mantua Revitalization Committee
Green Business: Kelly Ferry, Farmer’s Markets
Green Building/Development: Emerald Environmental, Inc.
Lifetime Achievement: Ann Ward
Honor Roll for Land Conservation: Virginia Shaw, donor of Shaw Woods park

The awardees will be honored at the 17th annual Environmental Conservation Awards Benefit Dinner. The event will feature a reception with music, hors d’oeuvres featuring local foods, a buffet dinner and more. Fundraising proceeds will benefit the Portage Park District Foundation, whose mission is to support the Park District’s critical work of conserving Portage County’s natural and cultural heritage.

The dinner will be held April 11th at the Kent American Legion, 1945 Mogadore Road from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Register to attend or support the dinner by visiting: www.portageparkdistrict.org under programs and activities.
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Upcoming Programs

Spring is on its way! Join us in exploring your Portage Parks, including some that aren’t yet open regularly. Give us a call for more information.

March 20, 7-9:00 pm Zodiac in the Sky

@ Morgan Preserve, SR 44 parking lot (Shalersville, 1/2 mile south of SR 303 on the east side of the road). Join Volunteer Naturalist Joe Malmisur and volunteer Sky Ranger Guy Gillespie on the first day of Spring in an exploration of constellations.

March 29, 7:30-9:30 On the Hunt for Amphibians

@ Dix Park 7318 SR 44 Ravenna Township. Join Volunteers Joe Malmisur and Matt Sorrick on the hunt for salamanders and frogs who are active and breeding if the conditions are right.

Guided Nature Hikes

March 15th – Signs of Spring @ Towner’s Woods 2:00pm-4:00pm

April 4th – Birding for the Ordinary Guy Bird walk – Berlin Lake Trail SR 224 7:30am

April 4th – Lunar Eclipse/Vernal Pool Skinny Dip (Frogs and Salamanders only)
Morgan Preserve Parking lot Rt. 44 8:00pm-10:00pm

April 11th – Birding for the Ordinary Guy Bird walk – Seneca Ponds 7:30 am

April 11th – Wildflower Scavenger Hunt – Shaw Woods – 10:30am – 12:30 pm

April 18th – Birding for the Ordinary Guy Bird walk – Morgan Preserve 7:30 am

April 25th- Birding for the Ordinary Guy Bird walk – Shaw Woods 7:30 am
Shaw Woods Directions:
Take Rt. 88 in Ravenna to Beechwood St., turn right on Beery Rd. Signs for Shaw Woods will appear on the right side of Beery Rd., about 1 mile from Beechwood sign.

April 25th- Come Celebrate Earth Day at Who’s Your Mama? Earth Day Festival in Downtown KentStop by the Portage Park District table and learn about animal tracks!
For more information go to: http://www.whosyourmama.org/

May 2nd – Birding for the Ordinary Guy Bird walk – Towner’s Woods 7:30 am
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WANTED: Frog Watch Volunteers

Wanted Frog Watchers!

The Portage Park District needs your help as we join forces with Hiram College in Project FrogWatch. DownloadProject FrogWatch USA is a citizen science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that provides individuals, groups, and families with an opportunity to learn about wetlands in their communities and report data on the calls of local frogs and toads. Volunteers collect data during evenings from February through August and have been submitting data for over 15 years.

The dates for this years FrogWatch training will be January 29th and February 5th (Thursdays) from 7:00-9:00 pm. If volunteers would like to become certified, they will also need to take the certification exam on February 12th at 7:00 pm. We will hold our sessions at the James H. Barrow Field Station (Hiram College). There is a fee of $5.00 fee for the training, course materials, etc.

For more information on casinonorske.com contact Joe Malmisur at Draco1027@gmail.com or 330-770-3643

2015 Environmental Conservation Awards Dinner

Save the date for April 11th, 5:30-9:00 pm for the 17th Annual Environmental Conservation Awards Dinner, sponsored by the Portage Park District Foundation. Click the title above to go to the event web page to sponsor, nominate and register.