Take a step back in time to pre‑1840s America when trappers and Native Americans would gather together at “rendezvous” to sell their furs, trade for needed supplies, meet with old friends, engage in storytelling, and participate in contests of all sorts. Presented by the National Rendezvous and Living History Foundation, the Old Northwest Territory Primitive Rendezvous is a private national event facilitated by period re‑enactors from across the region. The public is invited during special public days to visit the encampments and learn what took place during a typical pre‑1840s rendezvous. Pets are NOT permitted (service animals welcome). All ages are welcome. No registration is required. Free.

strolling through spring

Get outside and explore your Medina County parks on accessible trails! “Strolling Through Spring” is great for strollers, wheelchairs, and walkers of all abilities. Complete five or more of the designated trails between April 1 and June 30 to qualify for an award. Hikes are FREE for all participants. Out-of-county residents pay $3 to receive their awards. The award for all hikers is a unique commemorative art print created by local artist and long-time park volunteer George Parmelee.

Download the form HERE.



This challenge will test your powers of observation and allow you to enjoy the unfolding of nature in Medina County Park District! Search for these native spring wildflowers to complete the challenge, but these beauties aren’t here for very long, so you have to be quick!

Download the Spring Wildflower Challenge form HERE.
For a photo catalog of common wildflowers found in Medina County, click HERE.

Get Out and Fish
March 20 to June 21

Get outside and fish at your Medina County parks this spring. This self-guided program is the perfect way to spend time with family and friends and can be completed at your convenience. Participants who fish at five or more desig-nated fishing areas between March 20 and June 21 and turn in their completed forms to the Oenslager Nature Center between June 22 and July 10 will receive an award (while supplies last.) This program is open to all ages. One award per person.
Click HERE to download the form.

Would you like to learn more about the beautiful plants that grow in nature? Would you like to learn how to use them in your landscape? Native Plant Specialist (NPS) courses are a fun way to gain knowledge about the native plants of Ohio. The native plant specialist course consists of outdoor field sessions taught at various Medina County park locations with diverse displays of flora by qualified field naturalists and botany experts. During the course, you will learn common and scientific names, ecological relationships, and human uses of native plants. You will also develop skills in using family features and a botanical key to identify plants. Courses include special emphasis on natives useful for landscaping and alien invasives that threaten native ecosystems.

Courses for 2022 are FULL. Check back for 2023 dates.

Click HERE for the course brochure.
Click HERE for the program guidelines.


We are pleased to offer the Spirit of America youth boating education program this summer in partnership with the Chippewa Yacht Club. Online registration will open on Monday, April 4 at 8 a.m. Please visit for more details.