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Medina County Park District hosting Environmental Speaker Series

1/9/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

SHARON — The Medina County Park District will offer the following free Environmental Speaker Series programs at Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road. These programs are for ages 9 to adult. For more information, call 330-722-9364.

  • Hiking the Appalachian Trail, Jan. 16, 7 p.m. Bob Grau had no hiking experience or gear when he decided to attempt to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail, a distance of 2,181 miles. Grau will reveal the scenery of this classic trail while sharing some of his many adventures.
  • How to Travel the World as an Ecotourist, Jan. 30, 7 p.m. Ecotourism is a way of thinking about travel that informs an individual’s choices and behaviors throughout the journey. Ecotourism educates the traveler about unique natural and cultural wonders, provides funds for the conservation of such attractions, directly benefits local communities and always strives to be low impact. Kent State University Professor Andrew Lepp will present information on ecotourism and share his stories as an ecotourism developer and tour leader in Uganda, East Africa. Lepp is a professor and researcher with Kent State University’s Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management Program. He has worked in Uganda for the Ugandan Wildlife Authority, where he helped write the tourism-management plan for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, which is home to more than half of the world’s population of Mountain gorillas. He leads an annual trip to Uganda’s national parks for Kent State students.
  • Denali Autumn, Feb. 20, 7 p.m. Ohio outdoors writer and photographer W.H. “Chip” Gross will present the slide program “Denali Autumn,” highlighting the fall color, wildlife and mountain scenery of Alaska’s Denali National Park. Gross also will have copies of his six outdoor books and photo note cards on hand for sale. Gross is a professional freelance writer/photographer who, over a more than 30-year career, has published hundreds of articles and photos in dozens of outdoor-oriented magazines nationwide. He is also the author of five nonfiction books: “Ohio Wildlife Viewing Guide”; “Pro Tactics: Steelhead and Salmon”; “Young Beginner’s Guide to Shooting and Archery”; “Poachers Were My Prey”; and “Trolling Big-Water Walleye.”
  • Native Peoples of Ohio, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. Roger Moore will present the truth about native people in Ohio in the 18th century. He will focus on the dress, food, clothing, shelter and everyday lifestyle. Moore’s presentation will include stories of colorful characters in history who lived in what is now Ohio, along with debunking myths of native people created by Hollywood. Moore is a Native American re-enactor and historian who is of Native American decent. He has participated in six documentary films funded by the A&E network and acted in several mini-series on the History Channel. His latest film was a two-part series on PBS titled “The War That Made America,” in which he played Chief Hendrick of the Mohawks.

In addition, a Growing up Wild: Exploring Nature With Young Children will be offered Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This workshop is for formal and nonformal educators, child care providers and parents looking for ways to encourage outdoor play. This early childhood education activity-based curriculum provides young children with opportunities to learn through their senses and from direct experiences in nature. All activities correlate to the Head Start domains and NAEYC standards. The instructor is a Step Up to Quality-certified trainer. Register by Jan. 31 by calling 330-722-9364. This program is open to ages 16 to adult.

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