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Take some time for Summer fun in the parks
Annual Butterfly & Dragonfly Hikespicebush swallowtail
August 18, 10:00 a.m.     Towner's Woods Park

Join naturalists from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on this hike where you're guaranteed to discover lots of cool butterflies, dragonflies and other insects at the height of summer wildflowers.  We'll meet at the Towner's Woods parking lot then head down the PORTAGE Hike and Bike Trail to Butterfly Loop trail.  Bring your net and jar if you'd like to participate in the action, or just come along and learn from the experts.


Discover Bats Program
bat in hand

August 24, 8:00 p.m. Buchert Park, Mantua 

Our friends at Davey Resource Group have offered to share their expertise again for an exciting program on bats. You'll get a chance to learn about the life histories of bats and see them up close. Specially licensed Biologists will arrive ahead of time to set up bat nets across the Cuyahoga River to catch and temporarily observe them which helps us learn about the species of bat that are active in the area.

Meet at Pavilion #2, next to the park lodge. You may want to also bring a flashlight, since we'll be there at dark. Buchert Park is at 4808 E. High St., Mantua.
Rider Rumble
September 8, 2012
Towner's Woods Park

A trail race with a variety of obstacles,
(canvas crawls, log hurdles, rope webs, climbing ladders, haybale climbs...you get the idea). 
All guaranteed to get you up close and personal with nature.  Kid's course too. Go on, give it a try!
Hosted by Corporate Motivation, Inc.with  proceeds going to support Portage Parks.
For more information, click HERE
Wild Hikes Challenge
Until December 1, 2012

Wild Hikes logo Year of the Bat logo

Take the Challenge and earn a hiking stick (your first year) and a brass tag to attach to attach commemorating your achievement.  Hike 8 of the designated Park District trails by December 1st, and get to know Portage County's natural heritage. This year's tag includes the symbol representing the commemorating the Year of the Bat!
Download your hiking form here, or call the Park District office at (330) 297-7728. 
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Morgan Preserve Wetlands and Stream Restoration
River Day Tour
Thanks to the support
of many partners and volunteers, almost 8,000 trees were planted on the 9 acres of restored wetlands and stream at Morgan Preserve in Shalersville.  Check out the project website here.
Headwaters Adventure Race Fun
Held on July 14, 2012
2012 race boat  2012 Race
 183 racers from all over had another exciting adventure in the beautiful landscapes of northern Portage County. Special thanks to our sponsors and dozens of volunteers who supported the event! See the race results, photos and complete list of supporters here.
(if you were there and left something behind, please give us a call, we have a few "found" things at the office)

Ledges to Lake Adventure Race
September 22, 2012
Our friends at Cleveland Metroparks are hosting this run, pedal, ride race. Check it out here.
Contact Information
Christine Craycroft
Executive Director
Portage Park District
705 Oakwood St.
Suite G-4
Ravenna, Ohio 44266