Edith Chase-In Memoriam

Edith Chase, a local scientist, environmentalist and Park Supporter passed away recently.  Mrs. Chase was a great contributor to the Portage Park District for many years and supported our mission of conservation and providing opportunities for people to enjoy the beauty of Portage County.

Edith Chase will be missed by many

Edith Chase


Summit Metro Parks Gorge Dam Public Meeting

Gorge Dam, What’s Next, A Public Meeting

Date:  June 27

Time:  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Place:  Natatorium of Cuyahoga Falls, 2345 Fourth Street, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221

A public meeting for interested stakeholders and members of the public.  The public will get an update on the status of the dam removal and learn about summer events related to the project.  Speakers will feature the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, its history, its benefits and its role in the Gorge Dam Removal.  In addition, a Cultural Resource Specialist from Summit Metro Parks will present stories concerning the history of the Gorge.  The public will get an update on the status of the dam removal and learn about summer events that feature issues related to the project.  Presenters will be available during the social hour that follows the program.

June Birding Programs

Join us to view local birds in Your Portage Parks!

Binoculars and Guidebooks available for use during the program

Contact us with questions: 330-297-7728

Sunday June 11 6:30pm  Evening Birding Program                                                              Towner’s Woods 2264 Ravenna Rd. Kent, OH

Sunday June 25 6:30pm  Evening Birding Program                                                                Morgan Park 8828 ST RT 44  Ravenna, OH

New Parks Commissioner Thomas Hrdy

Thomas Hrdy Appointed Park District Commissioner

The Portage Park District welcomes its newest Board member. Portage County Probate Court Judge Robert Berger recently appointed Thomas (Tom) Hrdy to the Portage Park District Board of Commissioners to serve a three year term effective April 20th.  Mr. Hrdy, a recently retired Portage County Department of Job & Family Services employee & licensed social worker spends his time in a private practice that provides services to defense based legal teams in Summit, Portage & surrounding counties.  Tom enjoys gardening, bee keeping, hiking and is an avid outdoorsman.  He is currently working on his doctorate at Kent State University in Justice Studies & Public Policy.

“Today more than ever our parks serve a purpose to enrich, enlighten, and empower us in this hectic electronic world we live in.  Take a moment to ponder and respect the beauty and wonderment that the outdoors and parks offer us and our need to keep the commitment to them, so that they are in a pristine condition for the generations that follow us.”

Outdoor Workshops this Summer


W.O.W., Wet And Wild

June 19, 20, 21, 2017

Project Wild/Aquatic Wild/Growing Up Wild, Project Wet & Wonders Of Wetlands Workshop

Three Days in the Wet and Wild: Project Wild, Growing up Wild, Project Wet, Project Wild Aquatic (K-12) and Wonders of Wetlands, are tested innovative curriculum, teaching ecology, wildlife and water resource principles that are correlated to the Ohio Academic Standards. Participants of this workshop will engage in co-operative,

hands-on activities and simulations. Upon completing the training, participants will receive the comprehensive Project Wild, Growing Up Wild, *Project Wet, Project Aquatic Wild, and Wonders of Wetlands Curriculum and Activity Guides as well as other resource material, and leave prepared and inspired to teach about ecology, wildlife, and water in the classroom or informal educational setting.

The centerpieces of this three-day workshop are the five Curriculum and Activities Guides. Written for learners of all ages, the activities are easy to use and fun! The lessons incorporate a variety of formats, such as large and small group learning,

whole-body activities, laboratory investigations, discussion of local and global topics, and community service projects.

An example of the topics in Project Wet include: focusing on wetlands, watersheds, conservation, ground water, water quality, waterborne disease, life systems, atmospheric water distribution, movement of water over the Earth, surface characteristics of water and other specific topics.

Support for this workshop comes from ODNR, Summit SWCD, Cuyahoga SWCD, the City of Cuyahoga Falls, the University of Akron Martin Center for Field Studies and Environmental Education Field Station, the Isaac Walton League, and SECO.


Gene Easter-Well-known Northeast Ohio Educator

Jamey Emmert-ODNR Division of Wildlife, District 3, Educator

Lara Roketenetz-University of Akron Field Station Educator

Jacki Zevenbergen-Cuyahoga SWCD Stormwater Educator

Sandy Barbic-Summit SWCD Educator

David Young-Cuyahoga Falls Water Department

Ivan Hack-The Isaac Walton League