Come work together with OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers and park district volunteers to remove garlic mustard and other non‑native plants from sensitive wildflower habitats in the parks. No prior experience is necessary. Please bring your own work gloves. This is an excellent opportunity to give back to your community and ensure a healthy park for future generations. Registration is encouraged but not required. Registered participants will be contacted in the event of a cancellation; others may call the cancellation hotline at (330)  239‑3305. Ages eight to adult. Free.

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March 19 to June 19, 2024
Get outside and fish at your Medina County parks this spring. This self-guided program is the perfect way to spend time with family and friends and can be completed at your convenience.

Participants who fish at five or more designated fishing areas between March 19 and June 19 and turn in their completed forms to the Oenslager Nature Center between June 20 and July 7, 2024 will receive an award (while supplies last). This program is open to all ages; one award per person. Download the form HERE.


Come celebrate Earth Day at  Medina County Park District’s Buffalo Creek Retreat with earth‑friendly exhibits, family fishing derby (NEW LOCATION FOR FISHING DERBY IS AT HUBBARD VALLEY PARK), kids’ activities, food, and much more! Additional parking for this event will be at Hubbard Valley Park with shuttle service provided to Buffalo Creek. All ages are welcome. Free admission. No registration is required.

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Fish together with your family, hook some memories, and win prizes! Grab a rod and reel in an afternoon of fishing fun during Medina County Park District’s Family Fishing Derby! Parent/child teams can register and fish any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Registration during the derby is required to be eligible to win prizes. Please bring your own fishing pole. A limited amount of fishing poles and bait will be available for use. This derby is held in conjunction with Medina County’s Earth Day Festival. All ages are welcome. Free.

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April 1 to June 30, 2024 -- Click HERE for the form.
Get outside and explore your Medina County parks on accessible trails! “Strolling Through Spring” is great for strollers, wheelchairs, and walkers of all abilities.

Complete five or more of the designated trails between April 1 and June 30 to qualify for an award. Hikes and awards are FREE for all participants! The award for all hikers is a unique commemorative art print created by local artist and long-time park volunteer George Parmelee.


Join a librarian for bird stories and a craft. Then learn from a park naturalist about bird identification, adaptations, and nest‑building techniques of Ohio bird species. A rain date for this program will be May 9, same time and location. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.

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Boost your boating safety knowledge and meet Ohio's boating education law by taking the Ohio Boating Education Course on May 11 at Chippewa Yacht Club. This course will also include a discussion on pulling water skiers and skiing safety by the Chippewa Lake Water Ski Show Team! The course is free and open to the public, ages 16 and up. Registration is required. Ohio law requires that anyone born on or after January 1, 1982 operating a boat powered by more than 10 horsepower must have a boating license. Successful completion of this course fulfills this requirement.


Join us for this unique event cosponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 900, Crooked River Foundation, ORMACO, and Medina County Park District. Come and enjoy the rich cultural heritage of a Native American powwow and experience a showcase of traditional dances, songs, music, and art. Gates for public open at 10:30 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Grand Entry is at noon. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. General admission is $5; seniors and active duty veterans $3 -- CASH ONLY. Children under six are FREE.


See the newly‑opened Granger Wetlands from several perspectives as the park district and Granger Historical Society come together for this unique one‑day event. Visit the park early (8 to 11 a.m.) to watch talented Plein Air painters capture the beauty of the property on canvas. You may also bring your own art supplies and join them! Later, meet costumed re‑enactors portraying former residents who will recall the wetland’s history through their stories, park naturalists who will teach you about wetland wildlife of then and now, and a wetlands ecologist who will walk you through the process of creating Granger Wetlands. The Granger Historical Society (located just around the corner), will have artifacts from the property on display and light refreshments. Schedule of activities: Plein Air painters 8 to 11 a.m., historical stories ‑ 1 to 2:45 p.m., ecologist walk ‑ 3:15 to 4 p.m., historical society open from 1 to 4 p.m. Because parking is limited at the site, shuttle service will be provided from the Granger United Methodist Church parking lot at 1235 Granger Road. The historical society is located next door at 1261 Granger Rd. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.

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Join the Northeastern Ohio Live Steamers for railroad camp this summer. Campers will have opportunities to experience track and switch construction; track installation; and to learn safe operation of electric, diesel, and steam locomotives. Learning during the week will be culminated on Friday with campers giving train rides to their relatives. Participants are to provide their own bag lunches and transportation to and from the Lester Rail Trail track site.


Looking for summer enrichment for your middle schooler?

Chippewa Yacht Club, in partnership with MCPD, offers Spirit of America, a comprehensive youth boating education program that will keep kids active, outside, and engaged! In this summer enrichment course, students will:

  •  Earn their state boating license
  • Learn drowning prevention techniques, water safety, and capsize recovery
  • Receive instruction on sailboats, powerboats, jet skis,canoes, kayaks, and SUPs
  • Gain confidence, build teamworking skills, and have fun!

This year’s course will be from July 8-14 and is open to 12-15 year olds. Find all the details about the course, including dates, times, locations, cost, and how to register at chippewasailing.org.