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Published: April 19, 2017 12:00 AM

April bloomswith hikes

Join a naturalist to see bluebells and other wildflowers that are blooming this time of year during any of these free programs in April.

- A wildflower walk will be April 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Furnace Run Metro Park and the Daffodil Trail, 3100 Brush Road in Richfield. Hike with a naturalist to see a gorgeous display of spring wildflowers on this easy walk.

- Enjoy a hike along the river with a naturalist in hopes of seeing a tremendous amount of bluebells and other wildflowers along the way. The hike will be April 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Everett Road covered bridge, 2370 Everett Road in Peninsula.

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Peak daffodilseason inFurnace Run

Thousands of daffodils -- including dozens of varieties -- are expected to be at or near peak-bloom through the middle part of next week along the H.S. Wagner Daffodil Trail in Furnace Run Metro Park, 3100 Brush Road in Richfield.

Parking in the gravel lot is limited to about 10 cars, so visitors are encouraged to be patient and go weekdays before 4 p.m. There are three picnic tables and a porta-potty near the start of the trail. The 0.6-mile Daffodil Trail is named for the first director of Summit Metro Parks. Harold S. Wagner planted the first bulbs there in the late 1930s.

For more information, call 330-865-8065 or visit summitmetroparks.org.

District seeks lifeguards

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Summit Metro Parks is will train individuals interested in working as lifeguards this summer and pay the costs of the certification tests. The catch? Potential lifeguards must already know how to swim. A water test includes, but is not limited to, treading water for two minutes and swimming a continuous distance of 550 yards. The park district will offer lifeguard and CPR training at no charge for individuals who qualify. Those who are interested must apply and contact park managers no later than April 21 at 3 p.m. To apply, visit: http://www.summitmetroparks.org/employment.aspx.

The manager of Munroe Falls Metro Park may be contacted at 330-630-9602, and pmeeker@summitmetroparks.org. The manager of Silver Creek Metro Park may be contacted at 330-825-8579, and jsimon@summitmetroparks.org.

Lake swimming is offered May 27 through Aug. 13 at the Lake Area in Munroe Falls (521 S. River Rd., Munroe Falls) and at Silver Creek (5000 Hametown Rd., Norton).

Other April events

- A "Croaking Chorus Frog Hike" will be April 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Wood Hollow Metro Park, 2121 Barlow Road in Hudson. American toads and gray tree frogs join the nightly frog choir. Join a naturalist to learn and listen for their calls on this night hike along Wood Hollow's Downy Loop Trail.

Bring flashlights and waterproof shoes. For information, call 330-865-8065.

- Visit "Bluebell Valley" April 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Everett Road Covered Bridge, 2370 Everett Road in Peninsula. Enjoy a hike along the river with a naturalist in the hopes that we see a tremendous amount of bluebells and other wildflowers along the way. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Celebrate Earth

Day in Metro Parks

Earth Day is April 22, and park visitors are invited to celebrate with Summit Metro Parks. The Cuyahoga River: A Fiery Past will be April 22 from 10 a.m to noon at the Gorge Metro Park, 1160 Front Street in Cuyahoga Falls.

Many people recall the Cuyahoga River catching fire in 1969, but did you know that the river burned many times throughout history? Walk along the Crooked River and learn how its story of pollution and redemption inspired musicians, politicians, students and scientists, and shaped our nation's history.

An Earth Day celebration will be April 22 from noon to 4 p.m. at Liberty Park and the Twinsburg Ledges area, 9999 Liberty road in Twinsburg. Join Summit Metro Parks and the city of Twinsburg for special Earth Day activities including live music, a guided hike, exhibits, an electric car display and more.

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