Cross country skiing

Explore in the snow around Quail Hollow Park while learning about cross country ski equipment, basic techniques and safety. The program is at 9 a.m. Feb. 10 and the cost is $12 per participant for equipment rental. Rental fees will be collected by Quail Hollow Park the morning of the program. Cash or check only please. Program is weather dependent and registered participants will be contacted prior to the program to confirm attendance. Pre-registration is required with a minimum of 10 participants. Ages 12 and up.

Geology lesson

Visitors can join a naturalist to learn the history and geology of Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park, 5779 Riverview Road, Peninsula, from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 10. The program includes a hike on the 1.4-mile Quarry Trail, which takes hikers by interesting rock formations and eventually to the towering quarry steps – a marvel in both past and present times. Deep Lock Quarry was home to ancient Native American trails, pioneer quarrying, narrow gauge railroads and a hobo campsite. Stone from the quarry was used for canal locks, and in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to construct several facilities in the park district, including Pioneer Shelter in Goodyear Heights Metro Park. For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065. 

Historic Honeywell Drive

Long before legislation requiring the fair and equal treatment of all people, some locals chose to make their home in an integrated community on Honeywell Drive in what is now the Valley View Area of Cascade Valley Metro Park. A naturalist will share the history of this special place during a free program from 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 in the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Road. After completing archaeological work at the Valley View Area (formerly the Valley View Golf Club), park district staff found evidence of the unique neighborhood that existed decades ago including old newspaper ads from the Akron Beacon Journal from the late 1940s and early 1950s that marketed lots along Honeywell  —  an area sometimes called "Wheelock Acres"  —  to "whites or colored." For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065. 

Quail Hollow Tour

Take a guided lantern hike at Quail Hollow Park, 13480 Congress Lake Ave., Hartville, at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12. On this hike you will learn about the history of the area and even get to explore the Historic Brumbaugh Cemetery. Lanterns will be provided. Guests will meet at nature center. For more information, call 330-409-8096.