Medina County Park District

Medina County Park District Connecting people with nature at 18 public parks, trails and preserves. More at www.MedinaCountyParks.com.
(9)

Operating as usual

06/16/2021

Meet the common fishing spider. This female spider was found in the Oenslager Nature Center a couple of weeks ago. It is one of the largest spiders found in Ohio with a leg span of up to 4 inches. It is often identified as a wolf spider or tarantula (tarantulas are not found in Ohio). Despite its large size, this spider is not aggressive and will retreat if given that option, and it is not considered dangerous to humans or pets. It is in the Nursery Web Spider Family and gets its name because the female builds a nursery, made out of silk and folded leaves, for its emerging young. The female remains close to the nursery which may provide protection from predators.
🎥 Submitted by: Naturalist Mark

Summit County’s Mounted Patrol hosted training exercises for mounted units from across Ohio at Allardale Park/Bath Pony ...
06/15/2021

Summit County’s Mounted Patrol hosted training exercises for mounted units from across Ohio at Allardale Park/Bath Pony Club over the weekend. These photos demonstrate a vehicle extraction maneuver where riders approach a vehicle that is surrounded by a crowd, and they push back the crowd from the vehicle so it can move to a safe location.

Now through June 30 -- Strolling Through Spring Challenge! Download the form here: https://medinacountyparks.com/images/...
06/14/2021

Now through June 30 -- Strolling Through Spring Challenge! Download the form here:https://medinacountyparks.com/images/Strolling_Through_Spring_21_web.pdf

Now through June 30 -- Strolling Through Spring Challenge! Download the form here:https://medinacountyparks.com/images/Strolling_Through_Spring_21_web.pdf

Show off your MCPD pride -- purchase t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, water bottles, a variety of hats, and more on our online s...
06/13/2021

Show off your MCPD pride -- purchase t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, water bottles, a variety of hats, and more on our online store. These items also make great gifts for friends and family. Visit www.shopmedinacountyparks.com to start shopping!

Show off your MCPD pride -- purchase t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, water bottles, a variety of hats, and more on our online store. These items also make great gifts for friends and family. Visit www.shopmedinacountyparks.com to start shopping!

Great job campers!
06/12/2021

Great job campers!

Join Bike Medina County for these guided rides through parts of Medina County parks and adjacent areas on June 24, July ...
06/12/2021

Join Bike Medina County for these guided rides through parts of Medina County parks and adjacent areas on June 24, July 22, and August 24. Details at: https://bikemedinacounty.weebly.com/

Join Bike Medina County for these guided rides through parts of Medina County parks and adjacent areas on June 24, July 22, and August 24. Details at: https://bikemedinacounty.weebly.com/

These are not the dragons of fairy tales, though some of their adaptations resemble something straight out of a storyboo...
06/11/2021

These are not the dragons of fairy tales, though some of their adaptations resemble something straight out of a storybook! Step out of the pages and onto the trail at Killbuck Lakes in search of dragonflies and damselflies from June 12-27. This self-guided hike is part of Natural Discoveries award-based hiking program. Visit the park to hike the trail and read the signs. You will find a code word listed on one of signs. Write the code word down on your Natural Discoveries form next to the hike title. Download the form here:https://medinacountyparks.com/images/2021_ND_final_rev_03-21_web.pdf

These are not the dragons of fairy tales, though some of their adaptations resemble something straight out of a storybook! Step out of the pages and onto the trail at Killbuck Lakes in search of dragonflies and damselflies from June 12-27. This self-guided hike is part of Natural Discoveries award-based hiking program. Visit the park to hike the trail and read the signs. You will find a code word listed on one of signs. Write the code word down on your Natural Discoveries form next to the hike title. Download the form here:https://medinacountyparks.com/images/2021_ND_final_rev_03-21_web.pdf

Pictured is a bumble bee on a columbine flower. Flowers and bees have a complex and essential relationship. Flowers prov...
06/11/2021

Pictured is a bumble bee on a columbine flower. Flowers and bees have a complex and essential relationship. Flowers provide nectar for hungry bees. In the process of getting a meal, bees aid in the fertilization of plants as they inadvertently transfer pollen from flower to flower. Hummingbirds are estimated to be the primary pollinator of columbine. A few species of bumblebees are the only bees in this area with tongues long enough to reach deep inside the flower as they awkwardly hang beneath.
📷Submitted by Naturalist Nichole

ALERT FOR PLUM CREEK PARK NORTH!Crews are taking down two hazard trees near the enclosed and open shelters this afternoo...
06/10/2021

ALERT FOR PLUM CREEK PARK NORTH!
Crews are taking down two hazard trees near the enclosed and open shelters this afternoon (June 10).

Please avoid this area while crews are working. Thank you!

ALERT FOR PLUM CREEK PARK NORTH!
Crews are taking down two hazard trees near the enclosed and open shelters this afternoon (June 10).

Please avoid this area while crews are working. Thank you!

Join Bike Medina County for these guided rides through parts of Medina County parks and adjacent areas on June 24, July ...
06/10/2021

Join Bike Medina County for these guided rides through parts of Medina County parks and adjacent areas on June 24, July 22, and August 24. Details at: https://bikemedinacounty.weebly.com/

Join Bike Medina County for these guided rides through parts of Medina County parks and adjacent areas on June 24, July 22, and August 24. Details at: https://bikemedinacounty.weebly.com/

06/10/2021

What's your favorite Medina County Park District location? (Share in the comments!)

Join us on our page on Friday at 12pm as we highlight a couple of our favorite Medina County Park District locations!

There are 10 parks, 6 nature preserves, 4 all-purpose trails and 2 wildlife sanctuaries to choose from to explore!

Visit their website for more details! (www.medinacountyparks.com/)

Be sure to watch Greater Medina Chamber's Spotlight on the park district -- this Friday at 12 p.m. right here on Faceboo...
06/09/2021

Be sure to watch Greater Medina Chamber's Spotlight on the park district -- this Friday at 12 p.m. right here on Facebook!

Did you ever wonder where all those noisy frogs go after they leave the ponds in the spring? Check out this spring peepe...
06/09/2021

Did you ever wonder where all those noisy frogs go after they leave the ponds in the spring? Check out this spring peeper hanging out in a spicebush in the middle of a forest.
📷Submitted by Naturalist Clair

Did you ever wonder where all those noisy frogs go after they leave the ponds in the spring? Check out this spring peeper hanging out in a spicebush in the middle of a forest.
📷Submitted by Naturalist Clair

Congrats David Harrison -- thank you for being an outstanding volunteer!
06/09/2021

Congrats David Harrison -- thank you for being an outstanding volunteer!

Photos from Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce's post
06/08/2021

Photos from Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce's post

We are looking forward to welcoming visitors back next month!
06/08/2021
3 Medina County Park District buildings to reopen in July

We are looking forward to welcoming visitors back next month!

The Susan Hambley Nature Center, the Medina County Park District headquarters and the newly named Alderfer-Chatfield Wildlife Sanctuary will open in July for public visits.

06/08/2021

Northern watersnakes are very common in Medina County and inhabit just about any permanent body of water. They are not venomous snakes even though they are often confused with the venomous water moccasin (cottonmouth) that is not found in Ohio. Colors and patterns vary. As you will see in the video, younger snakes have very distinctive patterns, and look similar to eastern milksnakes. The older adult can be a solid brown, black, or even gray. Watersnakes generally flee from people as demonstrated in this video. This watersnake was trying to squeeze itself into the spaces between the sandstone blocks.
🎥Submitted by Naturalist Mark

Mark your calendar for this Friday at 12 p.m. on Facebook -- thank you to Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce for highlig...
06/07/2021

Mark your calendar for this Friday at 12 p.m. on Facebook -- thank you to Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce for highlighting us!

Our community is lucky to have the Medina County Park District!

Join us this Friday at 12pm on our page as we Spotlight a few of the Medina County Park District locations... including an update on what's happening with the former Chippewa Lake Amusement Park site!

Until then, check out their website and visit a local park soon! https://www.medinacountyparks.com/

Show off your MCPD pride -- purchase t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, water bottles, a variety of hats, and more on our online s...
06/07/2021

Show off your MCPD pride -- purchase t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, water bottles, a variety of hats, and more on our online store. These items also make great gifts for friends and family. Visit www.shopmedinacountyparks.com to start shopping!

Show off your MCPD pride -- purchase t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, water bottles, a variety of hats, and more on our online store. These items also make great gifts for friends and family. Visit www.shopmedinacountyparks.com to start shopping!

Sign up today for these life-saving courses offered by Certified Instructor Rachel Rexroad. Details at https://reservati...
06/07/2021

Sign up today for these life-saving courses offered by Certified Instructor Rachel Rexroad. Details at https://reservations.medinacountyparks.com/programs/

June 10 Hands-only Child and Infant CPR
June 17 Stop the Bleed – First-Aid Class
June 19 Hands-only Adult CPR
June 26 Stop the Bleed – First-Aid Class
Registration is required and space is limited.

Sign up today for these life-saving courses offered by Certified Instructor Rachel Rexroad. Details at https://reservations.medinacountyparks.com/programs/

June 10 Hands-only Child and Infant CPR
June 17 Stop the Bleed – First-Aid Class
June 19 Hands-only Adult CPR
June 26 Stop the Bleed – First-Aid Class
Registration is required and space is limited.

As you visit the parks, please remember to bring water with you on these hot days! Water fountains are currently turned ...
06/06/2021

As you visit the parks, please remember to bring water with you on these hot days! Water fountains are currently turned off.

As you visit the parks, please remember to bring water with you on these hot days! Water fountains are currently turned off.

Now through June 30 -- Strolling Through Spring Challenge! Download the form here: https://medinacountyparks.com/images/...
06/06/2021

Now through June 30 -- Strolling Through Spring Challenge! Download the form here:https://medinacountyparks.com/images/Strolling_Through_Spring_21_web.pdf

Now through June 30 -- Strolling Through Spring Challenge! Download the form here:https://medinacountyparks.com/images/Strolling_Through_Spring_21_web.pdf

Next week you will be able to shop online for t-shirts, hats, drinkware, and more. Stay tuned . . .
06/05/2021

Next week you will be able to shop online for t-shirts, hats, drinkware, and more. Stay tuned . . .

Next week you will be able to shop online for t-shirts, hats, drinkware, and more. Stay tuned . . .

06/05/2021
During the COVID-19 shutdown, park staff took time to evaluate Wolf Creek Environmental Center’s purpose and how it has ...
06/05/2021

During the COVID-19 shutdown, park staff took time to evaluate Wolf Creek Environmental Center’s purpose and how it has evolved since its opening in 2000 as a youth-focused environmental center. Over time, the center has progressed into a nature center seeking to meet the needs of all user groups through nature displays, temporary exhibits, educational programs, and indoor bird-watching area. With this shift in focus, and coinciding with the reopening, is the dedication of the facility and wildlife sanctuary to Ruth Alderfer-Oenslager, who donated her 103 acres to Medina County Park District in 1975. Read more here:https://medinacountyparks.com/images/June_5_21_Leaflet_Gazette_final.pdf

During the COVID-19 shutdown, park staff took time to evaluate Wolf Creek Environmental Center’s purpose and how it has evolved since its opening in 2000 as a youth-focused environmental center. Over time, the center has progressed into a nature center seeking to meet the needs of all user groups through nature displays, temporary exhibits, educational programs, and indoor bird-watching area. With this shift in focus, and coinciding with the reopening, is the dedication of the facility and wildlife sanctuary to Ruth Alderfer-Oenslager, who donated her 103 acres to Medina County Park District in 1975. Read more here:https://medinacountyparks.com/images/June_5_21_Leaflet_Gazette_final.pdf

Another job well done by the park maintenance staff!
06/04/2021

Another job well done by the park maintenance staff!

ALERT FOR LAKE MEDINA - GRANGER ROAD PARKING LOTTree maintenance services will be at the Granger Road parking lot this m...
06/04/2021

ALERT FOR LAKE MEDINA - GRANGER ROAD PARKING LOT
Tree maintenance services will be at the Granger Road parking lot this morning (Friday, June 4) to remove a log jam located within the river and adjacent to our newly paved trail. They will be removing the large logs with a crane and will likely use the parking area closest to the trail. The trail will be closed temporarily today until the work is complete.

ALERT FOR LAKE MEDINA - GRANGER ROAD PARKING LOT
Tree maintenance services will be at the Granger Road parking lot this morning (Friday, June 4) to remove a log jam located within the river and adjacent to our newly paved trail. They will be removing the large logs with a crane and will likely use the parking area closest to the trail. The trail will be closed temporarily today until the work is complete.

Sign up today for these life-saving courses offered by Certified Instructor Rachel Rexroad. Details at https://reservati...
06/04/2021

Sign up today for these life-saving courses offered by Certified Instructor Rachel Rexroad. Details at https://reservations.medinacountyparks.com/programs/

June 10 Hands-only Child and Infant CPR
June 17 Stop the Bleed – First-Aid Class
June 19 Hands-only Adult CPR
June 26 Stop the Bleed – First-Aid Class
Registration is required and space is limited.

Sign up today for these life-saving courses offered by Certified Instructor Rachel Rexroad. Details at https://reservations.medinacountyparks.com/programs/

June 10 Hands-only Child and Infant CPR
June 17 Stop the Bleed – First-Aid Class
June 19 Hands-only Adult CPR
June 26 Stop the Bleed – First-Aid Class
Registration is required and space is limited.

Funnel web spiders are often shy and unseen, but their webs are easily recognizable. They construct a flat sheet of web ...
06/03/2021

Funnel web spiders are often shy and unseen, but their webs are easily recognizable. They construct a flat sheet of web that narrows into a funnel or tube shape, often leading into a shrub, crevice, or corner of a structure. They will sit and wait, hidden in the funnel, for prey to land on the web. The web is usually not sticky. The spider ambushes the insect, moving very quickly, to grab and paralyze it before dragging it into the funnel to be consumed.

Submitted by: Naturalist Nichole

Our merchandise webstore will launch next week!  Soon you will be able to shop online for t-shirts, hats, drinkware, and...
06/03/2021

Our merchandise webstore will launch next week! Soon you will be able to shop online for t-shirts, hats, drinkware, and more.

Stay tuned . . .

Our merchandise webstore will launch next week! Soon you will be able to shop online for t-shirts, hats, drinkware, and more.

Stay tuned . . .

Great news -- three buildings will reopen to the public in July!
06/02/2021
News roundup for June 2, 2021

Great news -- three buildings will reopen to the public in July!

Park district headquarters, located in Lafayette Township, will reopen on Tuesday, July 6. Normal business hours will resume from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exception of holidays.

Address

6364 Deerview Ln
Medina, OH
44256

General information

Terms of Use: This page is a place for respectful content that promotes nature education and public enjoyment of Medina County Parks.

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Medina County Park District posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to Medina County Park District:

Videos

Nearby government services


Other Government Organizations in Medina

Show All

Comments

Do you know how old is the giant multistemmed tree on the shore of Chippewa?
HI! My name is Kimberly Jackson I am the owner of V.P. Treats, I just wanted to share on here to help get the word out...V.P. Treats are Homemade, Organic treats. They are pet and human safe. There are no preservatives ( including BHA ) which are very unhealthy for all pets, even humans! I currently have 3 flavors listed right now that are all Peanut Butter based! The menu includes: Pumpkin, Banana, and Apple V.P.s. Which are available in 2 sizes regular and mighty! I am also working on a icing treat(s) which can be custom ordered with a pups name or age for birthdays etc. or even decorated for that particular month! I am also working on some cat & horse treat recipe's as well! Please visit https://vptreats.square.site/ to check out the menu! Please help share the word it is much appreciated!!!
It must be... spring!😳😂🙃 Buds are breaking...!
Love the Lodge at Allardale. Such a beautiful place in all seasons.
Not seven, but five swans a swimming out at Chippewa Inlet Trail North, Wetlands Loop this Christmas Eve.
Not seven, but five swans a swimming out at Chippewa Inlet North, Wetland Loop this afternoon.
What is the name of this beautiful shrub I found out at Letha House (next to the shelter)? It's just lovely this time of year!
A half mile loop in snow feels much, much longer, but it was worth it. Thanks to the ranger checking up on me today, asking if I was looking for the sledding hill!
I appreciate the kind words on the photos I've shared. This region is a different environment for me. I come from the land of the bison and tallgrass prairie. Here there's much different subject matter and that creates good photo opportunities. I'm hoping to get more involved within this site and on the trails.
Loved the dark, fall colors I captured in this image. The scene may not be majestic, but the colors on this evening were grand and "spoke" aitumn.