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Published: June 7, 2017 12:00 AM

Campfire kicks off summer at Liberty Park

This summer, spend balmy evenings at the park district's largest park. On June 21 at 7 p.m., at Liberty Park's Twinsburg Ledges Area (9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg), participants can kick off summer with a naturalist-led hike on the 1.1-mile Ledges Trail. After the hike, while supplies last, visitors can roast marshmallows around a campfire. To learn more, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065.

Running Spree jogs into third year

Third annual Metro Parks Running Spree began June 1 and includes a number of natural-surface and paved trails for beginning, intermediate and advanced runners that can be completed for credit. You don't have to be speedy to earn spree rewards.

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"The Running Spree is not a race," said Summit Metro Parks spokesperson Nathan Eppink. "It's meant to encourage our visitors to be outside and get exercise. You can run, jog or walk-run on the trails. Your time, your form -- none of that matters."

Each participant who finishes at least six runs on any combination of select trails by Aug. 31 will earn a wooden race medal on a commemorative ribbon. Eppink said the medals are similar to those offered by the Akron Marathon Race Series, and the spree is a great way to train for the June, August and September events.

Forms are available at runningspree.summitmetroparks.org.

Take a hike in June

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- A Year in Pictures: Ledges Trail will be June 9 at the Liberty Park Nature Center from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Enjoy this presentation in the shelter about the seasonal changes of the Twinsburg Ledges Area. After the presentation, enjoy a campfire at our amphitheater. For information, call 330-865-8065.

- Join up for the Nature Trivia Hike June 11 from noon to 1:30 p.m., 9999 Liberty Road at the Liberty Park Nature Center. Did you know that snakes don't blink, dragonflies can't walk and frogs have teeth? Discover these and other cool facts about wildlife during this hike. For information, call 330-865-8065.

- Hear Nature Stories June 14 from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at the Liberty Park Nature Center. Young children and adult companions can enjoy this interactive, nature-inspired story time intended for ages 18 months to 3 years. Advance registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065.

- Drop-in Nature Crafts will be June 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Liberty Park Nature Center. All ages can join a naturalist for nature-crafting fun in the shelter. A new craft will be presented each month this summer. Please dress for a mess. For information, call 330-865-8065.

- Drop-in Nature Crafts will be June 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Liberty Park Nature Center. All ages can join a naturalist for nature-crafting fun in the shelter. A new craft will be presented each month this summer. Please dress for a mess. For information, call 330-865-8065.

- A Kids Hike and Yoga will be June 15 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., 9999 Liberty Road at the Liberty Park Nature Center. Children ages 7 years and older and their adult companions can join a certified instructor for a program focused on connecting with nature. Weather permitting, this class will be outside and include a short hike. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat or towel, and drinking water. Some mats provided, while supplies last. For information, call 330-865-8065.

- "Smooth as Silk: Moths" will be June 15 from 9 to 11 p.m. at the Liberty Park Nature Center. Join naturalists as they try to coax beautiful silk moths toward light. These magnificent moths are stunning, large and colorful. Bring a flashlight, bug spray and a camera for photos. For information, call 330-865-8065.


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