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for the birds
• Enjoy “Coffee with the Birds” Jan. 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Liberty Park Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Road in Twinsburg. Join for a peaceful morning discussion at the wildlife viewing area, and find out why it's a favorite of those winged winter residents. Bring a mug. Coffee is provided. For information, call 330-865-8065.
• “Kinderealms: Hawks and Eagles” will be Jan. 17 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., also at the Liberty Park Nature Center. Children 3 to 6 years and their adult companions can explore which hawks and eagles winter here. A craft and short hike will be included. Make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. Advance registration is required and has begun. For information, call 330-865-8065.
• Finally,“Tailing Night Talons” will be Jan. 28 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the nature center. A naturalist will attempt to call owls using recordings, with hope that owls will respond. Patience and silence are essential. This is for ages 6 and older. No dogs, please. For information, call 330-865-8065.
Hours for MLK Day
• The visitors center at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm (1828 Smith Road in Akron) will welcome visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 16. The nature center at Liberty Park (9999 Liberty Road in Twinsburg) will be closed. Regular hours for the Nature Realm building (330-865-8065) are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Regular hours for the Liberty Park building (330-487-0493) are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. In observance of the federal holiday, the Summit Metro Parks administrative offices (975 Treaty Line Road in Akron) will be closed Jan. 16. District offices will reopen Jan. 17 at 8 a.m. For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org.
January hikes: Telltale Tracks
• Who left these footprints? Find out Jan. 12 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Liberty Park Pond Brook Conservation Area, 3973 East Aurora Road. Make some tracks of your own while discovering signs of wildlife. For information, call 330-865-8065.
Metro Parks through the year
• Hike a different trail each month, taking a photographic record of the seasonal changes that happen. The next session will be Jan. 14 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Liberty park Pond Brook Conservation Area. In December, come in from the cold and review the year in pictures. Take your own pictures or just enjoy the hikes. For information, call 330-865-8065.
Tracks are for Kids
• Go on a hike, learn the basics of tracking and search for clues that animals have left behind: tracks and scat, during this program Jan. 16 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Liberty Park Pond Brook Conservation Area, 3973 East Aurora Road. For information, call 330-865-8065.
School’s Out Cookout
• Bring your own hot dogs and buns to cook over an open fire, and the Metro Parks will provide drinks and condiments at the School’s Out Cookout, Jan. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Liberty Park Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Road in Twinsburg. Enjoy nature trivia while cooking and eating your lunch. Advance regisration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065.
Hear nature stories Jan. 19
• Young children and their adult companions can enjoy this interactive, nature-inspired story time intended for ages 18 months to three years, Jan. 19 from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at the Liberty Park Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Road in Twinsburg. Advance registration is required.
Take a snow shoe hike
• Ge a brief how-to lesson on snow shoes, followed by a moderate snow shoe hike, Jan. 21 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Liberty Park Recreation Area, 9385 Liberty Road in Twinsburg. Advance registration is required.