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Will winter finally arrive in full force this month, or will the unseasonably warm weather continue? Either way, Metro Parks offers programs and events to enjoy the Great Outdoors in February.


Are you already thinking ahead to warmer weather? Register for the inaugural Mother's Day 5K and run with or in celebration of mom!  


See you on the trails,


Metro Parks, Serving Summit County

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February Outdoor Almanac

Great blue herons are returning to the Bath Road heronry. Chickadees can be hand-fed at the Nature Realm. Late in the month, skunk cabbage (pictured), our earliest spring wildflower, blooms near streams and wetlands. Temperatures inside the buds heat up to 70 degrees, which melts any snow surrounding the plant.

Skunk Cabbage

Watch us on YouTube 

Our popular YouTube channel offers nearly 50 videos about your Metro Parks. Recent uploads include a snowy drive through Sand Run, an overview of white-nose syndrome at Liberty Park and a visit to the Nature Realm's wildlife viewing area.

YouTube Channel

Programs & Events

More than 40 FREE programs are available in February. Learn about amphibians, participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count and join a naturalist for a hike and breakfast. For details, download our monthly Programs & Events Guide.

Programs & Events Guide Feb. 2012  

Nature Realm Gift Shop: 20% Discount  

Shop for friends and loved ones at the Nature Realm gift shop and receive 20% off one regularly-priced item through Feb. 29. Mention code VAL212 to receive the discount, limit one use per customer. Cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Free gift wrapping is available while supplies last.


FASN Gift Shop 

Winter Sports 

When conditions permit, Metro Parks offers multiple opportunities for winter fun, including sledding, ice skating and cross-country skiing. To learn if winter sports areas are open, call our seasonal info line (330-865-8060) or get updates via Twitter.


Winter Sports Chart 2011      

Featured Trail: Cherry Lane

The 0.5-mile Cherry Lane Trail is an easy-to-travel loop that connects to Fernwood Trail at a 110-foot-long suspension bridge, taking visitors across a 45-foot-deep ravine. The 104-acre Nature Realm also includes a 10,000-square-feet visitors center, a gift shop, several gardens, observation decks, two ponds and a tall-grass prairie.

FASN Suspension Bridge  

Download the Metro Parks

Enjoy the park district on your PC, Mac and more. This month's desktop is available for download.


February 2012 Desktop      

Metro Parks, Serving Summit County
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Outdoor Almanac
YouTube Channel
Programs & Events
Nature Realm Gift Shop: 20% Discount
Winter Sports
Featured Trail: Cherry Lane

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