Current Programs

Highlighted here are our current programs offered by the Friends of Hudson Parks in conjunction with our sponsors and partners.

Invasive Plant Removal

Volunteers needed! The Friends of Hudson Parks has been battling garlic mustard in local parks for the past few years and it’s time to start again this year. We need volunteers in the community to help with the labor intensive job of controlling these invasive plants before seeds begin to mature in June.

The Friends group is hosting open garlic mustard “pulls” at selected parks throughout April and May. The Parks Department provides trash bags and gloves for the events. The current schedule includes:

 Sunday, April 22 (Earth Day), 1-4 p.m., Hudson Springs Park
 Friday, April 27, 2-4 p.m., Turnpike Trail / Bicentennial Woods (park and meet at Hudson Springs parking lot)
 Thursday, May 3, 10 a.m. to Noon, Veterans Way Park
 Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m. to Noon, Cascade Park

RSVP for a specific date via email to friendsofhudsonparks@gmail.com.
Scouting troops and other service organizations looking for volunteer activities are especially welcome to help with this community service.

“Tinker Tuesday” Wildflower & Historical Hike

Join us for a wildflower and history walk led by Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist and Friends board member Lisa Lebovitz. Please sign up with Kate Chapel, at kchapel@tinkerscreekwatershed.org

Click here for further information.

Migratory Bird Week

Please join us Sunday, May 6 at 9am or Tuesday, May 8 at 9am at Hudson Springs Park in recognizing this event with a hike in search of common backyard favorites and uncommon species who are passing through on their way north. Please bring a bird identification book, binoculars, bug spray and a writing utensil. Bird books will be provided if needed.

Geocaching Adventure 2018

Are you ready to explore the Hudson parks searching for some unique and challenging caches? The Friends of Hudson Parks Geocaching Adventure continues in 2018 with the launch of a new series of caches at the beginning of April. This is a perfect activity to get out into the parks to enjoy in any season. The 2018 caches hidden in 6 of the Hudson Parks are the following:

 FOHP1-18 Bicentennial Woods
 FOHP2-18 Darrow Road Park
 FOHP3-18 Cascade Park
 FOHP4-18 Trumbull Woods
 FOHP5-18 Maple Grove Park
 FOHP6-18 Hudson Springs Park

There is also a 7th bonus cache: FOHP Bonus – 2018. Find the code in each of the 6 caches to determine the coordinates for this bonus cache which is located in Hudson Springs Park. All 7 caches will remain available at least through the end of 2018.

Record the code you find in each of the 6 caches on the 2018 Geocaching Adventure form (click here to download the form).

Add the sticker you will find in the bonus cache and drop your completed form in the mailbox at the Hudson Springs Park entrance booth or mail the completed form to Friends of Hudson Parks, P.O. Box 941, Hudson, OH 44236. Each cacher who turns in a properly completed form will receive an original 2018 Friends of Hudson Parks pathtag (while supplies last). Your pathtag will be mailed to you. In addition, those returning a completed form by November 30, 2018 will have a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from a local merchant.

For a list of the active Friends of Hudson Parks geocaches click here, at Geocaching.com.

You will need to register and create an account at Geocaching.com – registration is free and quick to do. In addition to the 2018 FOHP series of caches, all of the caches placed for the 2016 and 2017 series and a few of the caches from the 2014 and 2015 series remain available to be found.