Visitors to Medina County parks can enjoy nature, get some exercise and earn awards.
First-year participants who complete at least eight self-guided hikes during the park district’s annual “Trekking Through Autumn” program will be awarded a backpack. Hiking pins will be awarded to those who are repeat participants.
Out-of-county residents pay $10 for the backpack and $2 for the hiking pin.
The program will run Sept. 1 through Nov. 30 and more than a dozen hiking trails and nature preserves are available.
Participants will need to obtain a “Trekking Through Autumn” brochure and to mark each hike completed. Once at least eight hikes are finished, the brochure can be brought to the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township.
Brochures are available at:
- park district headquarters, 6364 Deerview Lane, Lafayette Township;
- Wolf Creek Environmental Center;
“We often hear from participants who say they never knew there were so many special places in Medina County,” park district interpretive services manager Shelley Tender said in a statement. “Part of the fun of ‘Trekking Through Autumn’ is the opportunity to revisit favorite parks and discover new ones.”
Parks are open dawn to dark — except Wolf Creek Environmental Center, which is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Because Wolf Creek is a wildlife sanctuary, no pets are permitted, but dogs on leashes are welcome at other locations.
Participants are invited to post hiking photos on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #trekkingthroughautumn.
The park district said photos will be shared on social media.