Monday, January 12, 2015

Come outside and have fun: Winter programs at Lake Metroparks Saturday, January 17

It's winter time and we have a variety of programs happening this Saturday in our parks for people of all ages and abilities. Pre-registration required.

Saturday, January 17

Bird Walk 
Penitentiary Glen Reservation
8:30 to 10 am • FREE

Lake Metroparks has a long tradition of guided bird walks. The park’s variety of habitats offers the chance to see and hear many species of birds. Bring binoculars and field guide if you have them. We also have some that you can borrow during the walk - just contact the instructor prior to the walk. Beginners welcome.

Skate Ski Lessons 101 (beginner level)
Chapin Forest Reservation
9 to 10:30 am
$20 with ski rental
$10 without ski rental

Learn the basics of skate skiing with plenty of on-the-snow practice. Learn about equipment, body positions, poling, and V1 and V2 techniques. A limited amount of equipment is available.

Classic Cross-country Ski Lessons 101 
Chapin Forest Reservation
9 to 10:30 am
$15 with ski rental
$10 without ski rental

Learn to fall down and get up, glide, stride, stop, turn, and use your poles. Please state gender, shoe size and height when registering with rental. Participants should arrive 15 minutes prior to class start time.

Frozen Falls Bus Tour
Meet at Penitentiary Glen Reservation
9 am to noon • $40 per person
Ages 18 and older

Explore Lake County by bus visiting different frozen waterfalls and enjoying the beautiful winter scenery. Participants should dress for the weather and be prepared to hike to falls.

Crazy Kidz Ski Academy: Skinny Skis - First Tracks
Ages 4, 5 and 6
Chapin Forest Reservation
9:30 to 10:30 am
$10 with ski rental
$5 without ski rental
$5 each additional sibbling

Our motto is "No Child Left in the Lodge." This introductory class teaches young children the basic skills of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. You're never too young to learn how much fun snow sports can be!

Snowshoe the Parks
Indian Point Park
10 to 11:30 am
Ages 16 and older
$10 with ski rental
$5 without ski rental

Try snowshoeing on varied terrain through out our different parks! We will begin each class discussing the basics of snowshoeing and then going out and trying it on a different trail in a different park. Rental equipment will be brought to the different parks so pre-registration is necessary. If you're renting, please state height and weight when registering. Park location may change based on snow conditions.

Ride a Draft Horse
11 am to 12:30 pm • $20
Ages 10 and older

You have seen them pull wagons and plows, now here is your chance to groom, saddle and ride a mighty draft horse.

Creative Kids: Fabulous Fur
Children's Schoolhouse Nature Park
Noon to 1 pm
$5 for one child and one adult
$4 for each additional sibling
Ages 3 to 8

It's winter time, and many animals have their fur "coats" on. Come, learn, and create all about fur!

Winter Carnival
Painesville Township Park
1 to 3 pm • $5 per child
Ages 3 to 10

Want to have some indoor winter fun? Come join us for our indoor winter carnival for games, prizes and crafts! Concessions will be open for food purchases.

Adapted Winter Carnival
Painesville Township Park
3:30 to 4:30 pm • $8
Ages 9 and older

Come join us for our fun indoor winter carnival! Play old fashioned carnival games and win prizes, listen to music and enjoy refreshments. Program designed for participants with special needs only.

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