Birding 101: Habitat

Birding 101: Habitat

When: Saturday, 8-10 a.m.

What: Join naturalist Nick Parish to discover the numerous habitats found in Mill Creek Park.

Where: Mill Creek Preserve, 2668 West Western Reserve Road, Boardman.

Cost: Free

Details: Binoculars recommended. Moderate difficulty, 1.5 miles.

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

Sunday Summer Paddle

When: Sunday, 10 a.m. to noon

What: Enjoy a guided paddle on Lake Newport and through the wetlands with naturalist Nick Parish. Take in the scenery, search for wildlife and enjoy quality time on the water.

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

Cost: $12 for Mahoning County residents, $15 NR; 1/2 price for second person in tandem.

Details: Age and experience restrictions may apply. Register/pay at Ford Nature Center by Friday.

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

Botanical Mornings

When: Friday, 9-10 a.m.

What: Discover the progress of seasons at Fellows Riverside Gardens with Lynn Zocolo; then enjoy a coffee or tea in Kravitz’s Garden Cafe.

Location: Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave, Youngstown

Cost: $5

Info: Call 330-740-7116.

Urban Farm & Community Garden Tour Series

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

What: Get new ideas for gardening with your kids and growing your own vegetables at the garden designed to be fun for kids.

Where: Children’s Garden at Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown.

Info: Visit or call 330-533-5538.

Trot with Your Tot

When: Tuesday, 10-11 a.m.

What: Join naturalist and new-mom Cody Stoll for a short guided hike where your little ones can explore and play.

Where: Ford Nature Center, 840 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown.

Cost: Free

Details: Strollers welcome. Easy difficulty, 1 mile.

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

Firefly Hike

When: Aug. 3, 7:30-9 p.m.

What: Enjoy a summer evening looking for these bioluminescent beetles with naturalist Marilyn Williams on a hike along the Mindy Henning Memorial Trail.

Where: Bikeway Trailhead at MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield.

Details: Moderate difficulty, 2.5 miles.

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

Canning & Preservation: Drying Apples

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

What: Join Beth Stefura to learn best practices for drying apples for year-round use. Master gardeners Bob Eister and Mike Beaudis will share tips for success in the home orchard.

Cost: $15

Info: Visit or call 330-533-5538.

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