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City of Fairlawn hosting variety of spring nature programs

3/14/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

FAIRLAWN — The city of Fairlawn will host the following Spring Nature Programs at Fort Island Park Learning Resource Center and surrounding park. The Learning Resource Center is located at 413 Trunko Road.

Participants are required to wear shoes or boots (no open-toed shoes or sandals), dress appropriately for the weather (hikes take place rain and shine) and dress to get messy.

All registrations must be made by a parent or legal guardian of the child. Checks and cash are accepted. Registration is available online at www.cityoffairlawn.com/index.aspx?NID=281 with mail-in payment, or register by mailing permission form, program selection form and check to: City of Fairlawn, Fairlawn Parks & Recreation, 3487 S. Smith Road, Fairlawn, OH 44333. Registrations must be received no later than two weeks prior to the start of a class, unless otherwise noted.

Refund requests must be made 72 hours prior to start of class.

Parents are asked to make arrangements for siblings, as only those children registered may attend the program.

  • Spring Break Programs: Nature Tots, April 2, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., $5 ($4 for Fairlawn residents) per person, ages 3-5 (with adult), register by March 29. Parents are invited to introduce their children to nature and science through hands-on exploration. Children will meet a live animal, hike outdoors and do a simple craft, game or story to explore nature.
  • Crafty Kids: Seed Paper-making, April 3, 3 to 4 p.m., $5 ($4 for Fairlawn residents), ages 7 and older , register by April 1. Participants will make their own handmade seed paper after learning about trees and where paper comes from. Participants will take home a handmade craft to plant at home to watch grow.
  • Spring Break Fun Day, April 4, 10:30 a.m. to noon, $8 ($7 for Fairlawn residents), ages 6-10, register by April 3. A naturalist will host a morning filled with crafts, animals and games. Depending on the weather, the group might go outside to paint the snow or stay in to make a craft, play games and see animals.
  • Park Healthy Hike, April 5, 2 to 3 p.m., free and open to all ages (with an adult if younger than 5). Participants are invited to keep the park and themselves healthy and looking fresh for upcoming Earth Day and Arbor Day. Attendees will participate in a stream cleanup, pull weeds and get exercise at the same time.
  • Great Garlic Mustard Challenge and Free Lunch, April 13 and 27 and May 4, 10 a.m. to noon, free and open to all ages. Participants will pull up invasive garlic mustard to allow other plants to grow, then enjoy lunch and beverages.
  • Spring Nature Hikes, May 9 and 22, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., free and open to all ages (with an adult if younger than 5). Participants will join a naturalist to look for early signs of spring and enjoy the warming weather and colorful varieties of wildflowers on a walk through the park learning about native plants and migrating birds. The boardwalk is stroller friendly. Participants can bring binoculars; a few extra pairs will be on hand for the children.
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