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Medina Parks Have Something For Everyone This Winter

opportunities that will help keep you active, healthy, and out of hibernation. With parks, nature preserves, and trails spread throughout Medina County, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy the crisp air, wildlife, and the beauty of the season.

Miles of trails that explore woods, ravines, meadows, wetlands, lakeshores, and riverbanks are available when you are, anytime from dawn until dusk. There are trails for all abilities, from flat, paved all-purpose paths to hilly terrain that will get your cardiovascular system pumping. Just go to to download a trail guide or scan the QR code on the information board at each park to open a hiking guide right on your smartphone. Several parks have great sledding hills for

kids of all ages as well as opportunities for cross-country skiing.

Interested in learning something new about nature? Take a look at the schedule of guided hikes available throughout the season. The Natural Discoveries Hiking Series offers free nature-themed programs for ages seven to adult. Participants are eligible for awards after completing various hikes. No registration is required. Other hiking series include Nature Through the Seasons and Hiking for the Health of It. Want to try a new sensory experience? Take in the sights and sounds of nature after dark on a special Night Hike February 20 at Allardale West.

You may not be the only one chomping to get out of the house on a winter’s day. K-9 Kapers are free monthly hikes offering exercise and fun for dogs and their owners. All dogs must have an accompanying adult and eight-foot leash (non-retractable). We recommend bringing a towel for muddy feet and a

water bowl. All ages are welcome; no registration required. You and your pet can play off-leash any old time at our popular new dog park at Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park.

Medina County Park District’s calendar is also filled with indoor activities to entertain kids and stimulate your own creativity. Sign-up for a photography workshop, attend a children’s puppet show, make handmade gifts for the holidays, learn the basics of bird identification, or tackle a Pinterest craft project.

Do you glumly hang up your fishing gear when the lakes freeze over? Come to a free, two-day Ice Fishing Workshop January 26 and January 28. On the second day, our experts will lead you onto the ice at Wolf Creek Environmental Center to practice your newfound skills.

Do you like helping others discover the joys of nature? Do you have a green thumb? Are you good at building things? Would you enjoy baking cookies for a special event? Medina County Park District relies on a network of dedicated volunteers with all sorts of talents to assist with activities. There are many

ways for businesses, organizations, and individuals to give back to their community through the parks.

To learn more about Medina County Park District sites, programs, and opportunities, please visit or call 1-844-722-9364. Be sure to like Friends of Medina County Parks on Facebook and follow Medina County Park District on Instagram and Twitter to enjoy photos from the parks and to keep up with news and events.