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Early Morning Paddle

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Early Morning Paddle

When: Saturday, 8-10 a.m.

What: Savor the quiet of early morning with a paddle around scenic Lake Newport and wetlands led by naturalist Marilyn Williams.

Where: East Newport Boat Launch, East Newport Drive, Youngstown.

Cost: $12 for Mahoning County Residents, $15 NR half price for second person in tandem.

Details: Register/pay at Ford Nature Center by today.

Info: Call Ford Nature Center at 330-740-7107.

Orienteering 101

When: Saturday, noon to 2 p.m.

What: Learn the basics of reading a topo map and orienting yourself using a compass, while having fun.

Where: MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield.

Details: Age 14 and older. Register at Fellows Riverside Gardens by today.

Cost: Free

Info: Call MetroParks Farm at 330-533-7572.

Birding the Sanctuary

When: Saturday, 8-9:30 a.m.

What: Enjoy an early-morning bird walk with Jeff Harvey.

Where: Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, 2650 West Calla Road, Beaver Township.

Details: Space is limited; registration required by today. Boots required. Moderate difficulty, 1.25 miles.

Cost: Free

Info: Call Ford Nature Center at 330-740-7107.

Urban Farm & Community Garden Tour Series

When: Monday, 6-7:30 p.m.

What: See some of the gardens planted throughout Youngstown School District. See what the kids are growing, learn about vegetable gardening and ask questions to help improve your own garden.

Where: Chaney High School/Rayen Early College, 731 S. Hazelwood, Youngstown.

Info: Visit or call 330-533-5538.

Recreational Hike

When: Wednesday, 9 a.m.

What: Join our volunteer-led recreational hike and walk at your own pace.

Where: Kiosk at the MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead at MetroParks Farm, Route 46, Canfield.

Cost: Free

Details: Easy difficulty, 2 or 4 miles.

Info: Call Ford Nature Center at 330-740-7107.

Preservation Series: Canning Tomatoes

When: Next Thursday, 1-4 p.m.

What: Join Beth Stefura to learn and review best practices for food safety while canning tomatoes and other vegetables from your garden. Patty Basic will share tips on growing the best tomatoes, including heirlooms.

Cost: $15

Details: Visit

Info: Call 330-533-5538.

Canning & Preservation: Drying Apples

When: Aug. 9, 1-4 p.m.

What: Learn best practices for preserving your harvest, focusing on drying apples for year-round use. Master gardener volunteers Bob Eister and Mike Beaudis will share tips for success in the home orchard.

Cost: $15

Details: Visit

Info: Call 330-533-5538.