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Upcoming Portage Parks District Events


Wanted Frog Watchers!

The Portage Park District needs your help as we join forces with Hiram College in Project FrogWatch. Project FrogWatch USA is a citizen science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that provides individuals, groups, and families with an opportunity to learn about wetlands in their communities and report data on the calls of local frogs and toads. Volunteers collect data during evenings from February through August and have been submitting data for over 15 years. 

The dates for this years  FrogWatch training will be January 29th and February 5th (Thursdays) from 7:00-9:00 pm.  If volunteers would like to become certified, they will also need to take the certification exam on February 12th at 7:00 pm.  We will hold our sessions at the James H. Barrow Field Station (Hiram College).  There is a fee of  $5.00 fee for the training, course materials, etc.  

For more information contact Joe Malmisur at Draco1027@gmail.com or 330-770-3643

Birding for the Ordinary Average Guy/Gal

Come join Portage Park District volunteer naturalist Joe Malmisur and Dr. Sarah Mabey on Monday Feb. 9th for the fourth in the Park District’s birding series. It doesn’t matter if you did not attend prior sessions. There is always a brief review of things that were covered. The fourth session will focus on bird migration, habitat, and Dan Best, naturalist from the Geauga Park District is scheduled to provide insight on birding by season. Nights activities are from 7:00-9:00 at 705 Oakwood St. Ravenna Ohio in the Senior Center. 

Upcoming Hikes

The Portage Park District is here to help you LOVE winter. Ever want to try snow-shoeing or cross-country skiing? Join volunteer instructors and rent equipment from Geiger Ski Haus at the parks, (available for these programs*) and give it a shot! Skis $10/2 hours; shoes $6/2 hours. For more information, please contact Volunteer Naturalist Joe Malmisur at Draco1027@gmail.com or call 330-770-3643.

Feb. 7 – Stars and Moon Snowshoe Hike – 7:00pm – 9:00pm     Morgan Preserve (meet at parking lot on Rt 44)

Feb. 8 – x country skiing – Rt 700 Trail head    2:00pm – 4:00pm  

Feb. 15 – x country skiing  – 2:00pm – 4:00 pm  Towner’s Woods

Feb. 21 – x country skiing – 10:00am – 12:00pm  Franklin Connector Trail

Feb. 22 – Snowshoe hike – 2:00-4:00 Camp Spelman

X-Country skiing is dependent on snow. Hikes will occur whether there is snow or not.