Crown Point Earth Day 5k: Race Results

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate Earth Day with us during our first annual 5K Trail Race and 1-mile Family Fun Run. There were runners of all ages exploring our fields, wetlands and wooded trails.

Click here to see race results: Race Times 2017 Crown Point Earth Day 5k

Thank you to all of our volunteers, especially, Connie Gardner, who volunteered to coordinate and time the event, and Alicia Thomas, who helped with capturing hundreds of fun photos. Below are a few highlights from the race, and you can check out all of the race photos here.

Some of our race winners pose with their handmade pottery


1-mile runner, Lauren Turos, with her seedling donated by RB Stout, Inc.


Banana Tent compliments of Mustard Seed Market & Café

Simple Gifts that Keep on Giving

We’re all searching for the perfect gift that will surprise and delight our loved ones on Christmas morning, something he or she will enjoy all year long. This year, Crown Point has you covered with a gift you’ve never given before.


Through our unique CSA gift-giving program, you can now purchase a whole or half share in our Crown Point CSA program for someone you love. With the gift certificate you purchase, friends and family members will enjoy 20 weeks of fresh, organic vegetables during the spring/summer growing season.

And you can rest easy this holiday season, knowing that our certified organic produce is grown with love on a farm that supports permaculture, environmental conservation and biodiversity – all things you can’t buy in a store.

Whole CSA shares are $700 and Half Shares are just $350. This amounts to just less than $20-$35 per week for a fresh supply of organic produce, much less than you (or your loved one) would pay in a grocery store. Crown Point membership also qualifies you to receive a 10% discount on the share prices listed above!

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  1. Purchase a gift certificate redeemable for a CSA share for family members or friends.
  2. Shareholder (certificate recipient) registers online and makes arrangements to pick up vegetable at Crown Point Ecology Center when the spring/summer harvest begins.
  3. Produce pick up begins the third week of May and continues for 20 consecutive weeks.
  4. It’s that easy. Now relax and have a wonderful holiday!



Contact us by email ( or call 330-668-8992 for more information about purchasing a CSA gift certificate. Thank  you for supporting Crown Point Ecology Center with your holiday giving!


The Spirit of Giving, Doubled at Wayside Furniture


Planning to support Crown Point Ecology Center as part of your year end giving? Wayside Furniture will  double the impact of your gift from Friday, November 25th – Monday, November 28th.

Just stop by Wayside Furniture and make a donation to Crown Point Ecology Center. It’s that simple.

Wayside will make a matching contribution up to $100 through Monday or until a total of $200,000 is given ($100,000 from the public and $100,000 from Wayside). No cash donations please.

For more details, visit their website here.


Asia, Inc & Crown Point Ecology Center: Free Range Summer Fun

asia-inc-imageDuring the long days of summer, parents everywhere are looking for ways to keep their children busy and engaged. Crown Point Ecology Center’s Farm & Science Camp has done just that for hundreds of youth in the greater-Akron community for over twenty years. This summer, however, there was a group of children whose parents and teachers were especially happy to see them running through our acres of woods, harvesting vegetables and preparing fresh recipes.

With a little bit of creativity and collaboration from Theresa Beyerle, Chair of Crown Point’s Board of Directors, and Kim Helms, a Program Coordinator for the non-profit Asia, Inc., a group of refugee students were able to enjoy a week of outdoor exploration and fun during the first week of August. Asia, Inc. (Asian Services in Action) is an organization committed to empower and advocate on behalf of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, including those who have come to northeast Ohio seeking a permanent home after displacement from their native country.

According to Ms. Helms, one of the primary challenges that keeps students in the Asia, Inc. ESL (English as a Second Language) program from participating in many activities is a lack of transportation. Once Theresa realized this, she accessed funding for a van and over twenty children were able to experience the joys of summer camp, most of them for the very first time.

Because of language barriers and cultural differences, Kim explained that Asia, Inc. staff members often have to provide extra support to their students on these type of excursions, which can sometimes get in the way of children fully engaging in an activity with other adults. But she was pleased to say that Crown Point’s experienced educators jumped right in, and the Asia, Inc. chaperones were able to step back and enjoy watching the children learn and play.

Favorite activities included visiting the pond, learning about bee-keeping and like many crown point visitors – they loved the chickens! Each day, the eager campers headed for the coop on arrival with a morning greeting, and later before loading into the van for home, each child made a point to “say goodbye” to their feathered friends. One student has already arranged a return visit, with the help of a neighbor who offered to bring her back with her family.

Following the success of this partnership week, and a very sunny camping season, the staff of Crown Point is eagerly anticipating future opportunities to engage with our extended community. This includes a variety of workshops, events and meeting space for group visits throughout the year.  To learn more, about getting involved, you can view our event calendar online or contact us by email at

Children’s Painting Class with Hillary Ash, October 22nd

kids-paint-fall-2016On Saturday, October 22nd, Bath resident, painter and Colorful Canvas owner Hillary Ash will teach an art class for children ages 6-12 years in Crown Point Ecology Center’s Century Barn. Experience isn’t necessary, so even beginning painters can pick up a brush and create a work of art on canvas. The class will be followed by a bonfire with s’mores! Parents are welcome to stay with their children, but bring a book or your hiking shoes; the class is only for children. Cider and snacks will be available.

When students arrive for the class, there will be acrylic paints, brushes, easels, and acres of nature’s beauty, courtesy of the Crown Point Ecology Center. Children will be following the instructor’s lead to paint their own version of a scene she’s completed beforehand.

Crown Point’s beautiful 5 miles of green space is right in Ash’s backyard and her children attend Crown Point programs, so it’s a natural place for her to share her artistic talents with young members of our community. “Some say that Crown Point is one of Summit County’s best kept secrets, so an opportunity such as this can introduce new people to this historic property,” said Ellen Otto, Special Events Coordinator. Additionally, painting can help us tap into our creativity – in keeping with Crown Point’s mission since painting and the arts are aligned with nature.

Class time is from 1:00-3:00 pm. To reserve a spot, send a check in the amount of $25  to Crown Point Ecology Center, PO Box 484, Bath, OH 44210 or make your reservation online. You can also call 330-668-8992 for additional information or to make payment by phone.