Having a great time outside takes a bit of practice and lots of planning. Here's a handful of outdoor events happening this summer.

Having a great time outside takes a bit of practice and lots of planning. Here's a handful of outdoor events happening this summer.

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Mohican hiking

9 a.m. Sunday, July 12

Mohican State Park, Loudonville

Web: outdoor-pursuits.org

Columbus Outdoor Pursuits will lead a 12-mile hike through this beautiful wilderness about an hour north of the city. The hike is free.

Tree climbing

9 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. Sunday, July 26

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, Rockbridge

Web: hockinghillscanopytours.com

Professionals will teach you a unique technique to ascend and descend tall trees. Don't worry: You're secured to a climbing rope. Cost is $75.

Intro to Backpacking

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4

Clintonville Outfitters, Clintonville

Web: clintonvilleoutfitters.com

Every Tuesday evening, this outdoor shop drops science about various aspects of trail life. Don't miss this great introduction to the popular hobby. Classes are free.

Putting Down Roots

Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 6-9

Franklin Park Conservatory, Near East Side

Web: communitygarden.org

The American Community Garden Association will host its 30th-annual conference, a comprehensive slate of programs for organizing and growing a garden. Registration starts at $200.

Bird walk

8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8

Blendon Woods Metro Park, Westerville

Web: columbusaudubon.org

Join one of Columbus Audubon's seasoned birders in search of the waterfowl, song birds and backyard species that frequent this lovely preserve. Audubon walks are free.

Identifying Plants

10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8

Dawes Arboretum, Newark

Web: dawesarb.org

A horticulturalist will lead a group through the preserve, giving tips to identify native plants and trees. The two-hour class costs $12.

Adventure Weekend

Friday-Sunday, Aug. 21-23

Lake Hope State Park, McArthur

Web: theoutdoorsource.com

The Outdoor Source, a popular local retailer, will lead a weekend camping trip to this great park in southeastern Ohio. The trip costs $90.

Appalachian Adventure Women's Outdoor Weekend

Friday-Monday, Sept. 4-7

Burr Oak State Park, Glouster

Web: hockinghills.com/earthtouch

Hocking Hills adventure company Touch the Earth will introduce women to the outdoors during a retreat with educational seminars, activities and live music. The weekend costs $375.

Flaming Torchlight Tour

7 p.m. Saturday, July 25

Hocking Valley Canoe Livery, Logan

Web: hockinghillscanoeing.com

The Hocking River comes alive under a glowing flame attached to your bow during this nighttime excursion. The trip includes gear, snacks and live entertainment and costs $42 per couple.