Visitor Guide Visit MetroparksToledo.com for a complete list of programs and camps.
Get Outside Yourself.
Change is in the Air You can feel that change is coming. The days are shorter, the nights cooler. There is a nip in the morning air. Look closely and you will see subtle changes in the woods and meadows. Soon, the colors will come, and you wonâ€™t want to miss the show. Get a front row seat to autumn from a Metroparks trail. Take a stroll on the Towpath Trail between Farnsworth and Providence Explore the new Moseley Trail from the big woods of Secor to the shores of Wiregrass Lake Watch the streams of migrating waterfowl at Howard Marsh Or bring your bike and test your skills on the newly completed Beach Ridge Singletrack Trail at Oak Openings Preserve Take the Trail Challenge for additional motivation to hike the Metroparks this fall. Sign up online and get a t-shirt, set a goal to hike 50, 100 or 150 miles before next June and record your mileage. If you achieve your goal, you will receive a hiking stick at the end of the program. As the slow slide into winter continues, plan to join Metroparks for a 40-year tradition, Holidays in the Manor House, starting December 1 at Wildwood. The 16-day event will be bigger than ever, with new twists and experiences. Of course, the highlight of Holidays is seeing what creative new ideas the volunteer decorators have come up with this year to transform the 30,000-square-foot mansion into a winter wonderland.
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Reservations Program Reservations: 419-407-9701 Online Reservations: MetroparksToledo.com Volunteer Services: 419-407-9703
Thereâ€™s More! For a complete list of events and programs, go to MetroparksPrograms.com. For more information about Metroparks, visit MetroparksToledo.com.
About Metroparks The mission of Metroparks Toledo is to conserve the regionâ€™s natural resources by creating, developing, improving, protecting, and promoting clean, safe, and natural parks and open spaces for the benefit, enjoyment, education, and general welfare of the public.
Accessibility If you would like information and support for accessibility to programs, services, facilities or applying for a job at Metroparks, call 419-407-9700.
Hours of Operation All Metroparks open daily, 7 am until dark. Admission is free. Other hours and fees apply to specific attractions.
Employment Metroparks Toledo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Go to the Careers page on our website to complete an employee interest form for future job postings. Seasonal hiring starts in January.
Programs Metroparks programs and activities encompass a wide variety of interests related to the park districtâ€™s purpose. Programs are open to everyone. Children must be accompanied by adults unless noted as a drop-off program.
Metroparks Trails Trails in each of the Metroparks offer a variety of distances and experiences, from winding dirt paths through the woods and prairies, to hard surfaces for bicycling and skating. Oak Openings Preserve also has horse trails. Learn more at metroparkstoledo.com 3
Wildwood Preserve Natural beauty, local history and a million visitors are part of the Wildwood story. Natural beauty and manmade elegance come together as one at Wildwood Preserve, the busiest of the Metroparks, with more than a million visitors annually. The 493-acre park is the former estate of Toledoâ€™s Stranahan family, whose home, now known as the Manor House, it is available for tours and rentals. Trails begin at the Visitors Center, formerly the riding stables for the estate. Trails lead to a footbridge over the Ottawa River and a scenic streamside boardwalk. 5100 W. central avenue toledo, ohio 43615
Park Highlights October provides the last month of the year for a historic tour of the Manor House before it transitions into its Holiday splendor in December.
Rental Facilities ward pavilion & manor house Whitetail Shelter farmhouse
Howard Marsh Newest Metropark restores marsh near Lake Erie shore.
Park Highlights Visit Howard Marsh to see mixed flocks of black birds feasting on wetland vegetation.
The newest Metropark is the second largest in the system – twice the size of Wildwood Preserve – as well as the closest to the Lake Erie Shore. Opening just in time for spring birding season, Howard Marsh is a large birdbath located at the crossroads of two migratory flyways. For the human visitors, a long trail with a boardwalk into a restored marsh, and a waterway through the marsh, offer exciting new experiences. 611 S. Howard Road Curtice, Ohio 43412 Trails: 6 miles of dike top walking trail; includes a ¼-mile boardwalk into the marsh Surface: Mowed natural surface Learn more at metroparkstoledo.com 5
Oak Openings Preserve The largest Metropark is a small part of an important region. Located between Whitehouse and Swanton, Oak Openings Preserve takes its name from the surrounding region, which is 23 times larger than the park itself. Oak Openings, Secor, Wiregrass Lake and Westwinds Metroparks are all located in the Oak Openings Corridor. MAJESTY IN ITS NATURAL HABITAT Pioneers trudging through a dense swamp called this area “Oak Openings.” Most of the park is an oak savanna ecosystem, characterized by alternating wetlands and vegetated dunes. The Nature Conservancy once named the sandy region one of the 200 “Last Great Places on Earth.”
Prickly-pear cactus, wild lupine and sand cherry bloom atop dry, hot sand dunes not far from orchids growing in low, wet swales. Stands of isolated pine and spruce planted by the WPA during the Great Depression are still visible. Oak Openings is a birder’s paradise. It is the nesting place of bluebirds, indigo buntings, whippoorwills, lark sparrows and many other species, as well as an excellent location to see migrating songbirds in spring. Naturalists, birders, hikers, equestrians and researchers converge at Oak Openings, which is a popular destination for recreation, quiet reflection and nature study.
Park Highlights Listen for the crackle of fall leaves as your tires roll along the singletrack trail.
Rental Facilities caretakerâ€™s cottage A small cottage available for rent to families or groups to enjoy the sounds of nature. Sleeps up to 8 comfortably. Buehner Center A great indoor rental facility for your next family gathering, graduation party, or corporate event. Kitchenette and electricity are available.
Park Details 5402 wilkins road whitehouse, ohio 43571 Trails: 10 Miles: 35.01 Surfaces: Native Material, Hard Surface, Crushed Stone Activities: Nature Walks & Hiking, Running, Biking, Playground, Birding, Window on Wildlife, Summer Camps, Horseback Riding, Fishing, Camping, Cross-Country Skiing, Beach Ridge Single Track Trail NOTES: Oak Openings is connected by the Wabash-Cannonball Trail to Fallen Timbers Battlefield and Side Cut Metroparks.
oak openings lodge The view at this historical building is beautiful inside and out. Located in the woods, the Lodge is a popular wedding venue, with a stone fireplace, a spacious kitchen and a patio. The room accommodates 80 to 100 people. Pine Ridge Chalet A secluded retreat in a pine plantation. Sleeps 5 with room for an outdoor gathering of up to 20. White Oak Campground This primitive campground offers the opportunity for tent campers to rent individual or group campsites. Springbrook Campground This primitive campground offers the opportunity for tent campers to rent individual or group campsites. There are two sites with horse corrals, so riders can now camp with their horses.
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Maumee River Parks Three Metroparks all connected by the Towpath Trail overlook the Maumee River. The young Metroparks district secured a lease for these former “canal lands” in the early 1930s from the State of Ohio, providing the backbone for the riverside parks we enjoy today. PROVIDENCE History comes to life at Providence Metropark, where a water-powered mill still grinds grain and saws logs. Nearby, mules pull an 1870s canal boat loaded with passengers through an original Miami & Erie Canal lock. New: You can launch your canoe or kayak from a new access off Grand Rapids Road.
BEND VIEW You’ll find Bend View on just about any list of the most scenic places in Lucas County. The park overlooks a dramatic 90-degree bend in the Maumee. A shelter built by Depression-era workers awaits those who hike from either the Bend View or Farnsworth parking areas. FARNSWORTH Farnsworth is a sentimental favorite for generations of scouts and families who hiked, camped and picnicked at the narrow riverside park with 30-foot bluffs overlooking the river. Visit the most significant geologic feature in NW Ohio! The Bowling Green Fault line can be seen when river levels are low; look for a fracture in the river’s bluff with a stream flowing between two plates in the Earth. You’ll find this just upstream of Roche de Bout and the old Interurban Bridge.
Park Highlights Take a whiff of the sweet smelling leaves of the Sycamore and Cottonwood as you walk the Towpath Trail.
Rental Facilities Timber Shelter A new rental facility near the playground and boat launch at Farnsworth. Providence Dam Shelter A large, historic rental facility near the Dam at Providence, overlooks the Maumee River. Farnsworth Campground Primitive campsites on the banks of the Maumee River. Fire rings and firewood included.
Park Details Providence Metropark 13200 S. River Road (Historic Area) 13827 S. River Road (Dam Area) Grand Rapids, Ohio 43522
Granger Island Cabin and Tent Platforms Available Memorial Day through November 1.
Bend View Metropark 10040 S. River Road Waterville, Ohio 43566 Farnsworth Metropark 8505 S. River Road Waterville, Ohio 43566 Trails: 2 Miles: 10.55 Surfaces: Native Material, Crushed Stone Activities: Nature Walks & Hiking, Running, Biking, Playgrounds, Birding, Fishing, Paddling Sports, Boat Launch, Camping NOTES: The Towpath multi-use trail is 9 miles one-way connecting all three parks. Learn more at metroparkstoledo.com 3
Blue Creek Blue Creek is a quiet retreat in the country. Blue Creek is still in development, but portions are now open. A one-mile loop trail begins at the old hog barn on Shadel Road and leads you through a wetland to scenic quarry pond. Bring a fishing pole! The entrance on Providence Road winds back to the former Nona France Quarry, which was recently opened for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. A grassy launch is now available for public use. Blue Creek is operated in partnership with the Village of Whitehouse, Natureâ€™s Nursery and the Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District. It is home to Metroparks native seed nursery. 7825 shadel road whitehouse, ohio 43571 10 PARKS
Park Highlights Look for the sweep harvester through the tall prairie at Blue Creek Seed Nursery as the workers finish the fall harvest.
Fallen Timbers Battlefield Three amazing sites. One extraordinary Metropark. From the street, the connection between Fallen Timbers Battlefield, Fallen Timbers Monument and Fort Miamis arenâ€™t obvious. But all three sites are forever connected and each is reminiscent of a substantial turning point in our nationâ€™s history. Fallen Timbers Battlefield and Fort Miamis National Historic Site is managed by Metroparks and also Affiliated Unit of the National Park Service.
Park Highlights Listen for the rustle of animals scurrying in the underbrush hoarding Hickory nuts and acorns at the woods of Fallen Timbers.
Rental Facilities visitor center An indoor rental space great for corporate meetings, family gatherings and more.
4949 n. jerome road maumee, ohio 43537
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Pearson Thereâ€™s always something to do at Pearson. From birding to baseball to picnicking and fishing, thereâ€™s something for everyone at Pearson. This Metropark is one of the last remaining stands of the Great Black Swamp, a notorious forest that once blanketed much of northwest Ohio. Activities abound and examples of work done by the Depression-era programs are all around you. Activities and attractions include baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, fishing, a playground and the Johlin Cabin. 761 lallendorf road at sr2 oregon, ohio 43616
Park Highlights Come to Pearson North to enjoy the fall migrating waterfowl.
Rental Facilities Macomber Lodge Homestead Shelter Packer-hammersmith center Tennis court shelter playground shelter black swamp shelter
Toledo Botanical Garden A museum for plants.
Toledo Botanical Garden offers visitors the opportunity to share, discover and enjoy natureâ€™s beauty. With over sixty acres of display gardens and relevant plant collections, TBG is full of beauty, tranquility and opportunities for exploration and reflection.
The loss of leaves on the trees help you focus on the beautiful bark of trees such Sycamore, Cherry and Dawn Redwood trees.
Green thumbs come to the Garden to learn more about the varieties of annuals and perennials nestled within the various beds and look for ways to incorporate new ideas into their home landscapes.
Rental Facilities Conference Center garden cottage
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Swan Creek Preserve Relax and enjoy nature without leaving the city at a pleasant urban oasis.
Swan Creek Preserve provides a pleasant, pastoral respite from city life for people who look to the park to connect with nature.
Activities and attractions include scenic overlooks along the trails, a swinging bridge, indoor and picnic shelters, a playground and a Window on Wildlife. 4659 airport highway toledo, ohio 43614 2nd entrance: 4100 glendale avenue
Visit Glendale side of Swan Creek to see the award winning pergola and a great photo op.
yager center mary jane gill shelter Swan Creek Gazebo The perfect spot for an outdoor wedding.
Secor A mini Oak Openings with virtues all its own. Many distinguishing characteristics of this charming park include its location in the Oak Openings Region, northwest Ohioâ€™s largest concentration of native dogwood and a restored tallgrass prairie. In 2003, the National Center for Nature Photography opened on the site with rotating exhibits from prominent nature photographers. Additional attractions and amenities include large picnic areas, playing fields, indoor meeting rooms, picnic shelters and a Window on Wildlife.
Park Highlights Fall presents a great opportunity to take a leisurely stroll on the boardwalk on the red trail and enjoy the fall color of the swamp woods.
Rental Facilities secor room walnut grove shelter lone oak shelter Meadowview Shelter
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Side Cut Enjoy fishing, sightseeing and communing with nature where it all began. Side Cut was the first Metropark and an interesting slice of American history. Today, Side Cut is a refuge for fishermen from around the country as walleye swim upriver to spawn. The â€œspring runâ€? is the largest of its kind on the Great Lakes. Activities and attractions within Side Cut include river access, a sledding hill, playground, an indoor facility, picnic shelters, and a Window on Wildlife. 1025 w. river road maumee, ohio 43537 NOTE: Side Cut is connected via the Wabash-Cannonball Trail to Fallen Timbers Battlefield and Oak Openings Preserve Metroparks. 16 PARKS
Park Highlights Spy on wildlife from the top of the hill at Siegert Lake.
Rental Facilities lamb center maumee rotary pavilion shelter Riverview Shelter
Middlegrounds An urban oasis with something for everyone. The first Metropark in downtown Toledo offers amazing views of the Maumee River and city skyline. Pull up a park bench and watch the lake freighters go by. Drop a fishing line, launch a kayak or take a stroll on a new 1.5-mile loop trail. Now open: Metroparks first off-leash dog area along Ottawa Street. You can now rent kayaks in the park.
Park Highlights Catch the last freighters of the season leaving the Port of Toledo from the comfort of a swinging bench.
Rental Facilities rotary roundhouse
The new Rotary Roundhouse picnic shelter, available by reservation, resembles a railroad roundhouse once located on the property. The park hosts programs that appeal to neighbors and downtown office workers alike. 111 Ottawa Street Downtown Toledo, Ohio Under the Anthony Wayne Bridge Learn more at metroparkstoledo.com 17
Westwinds Regionâ€™s only public 3D archery course. Bring your own equipment during normal operating hours, or attend programs offered through Metroparks where gear is provided. See the Outdoor Skills programs listed at MetroparksPrograms.com for upcoming programs. Westwinds is also home to the Flying Tigers RC Model Club, and its members can often be seen flying their remote-control aircraft from the airstrip that they maintain. Additional features include a shelter and a planned walking trail. 9918 geiser road holland, ohio 43528
Park Highlights Take a late afternoon walk through the golden hues of the tall grass prairie on Low Trail through Westwinds.
Rental Facilities turkey foot shelter
Wiregrass Lake From lazing on the shore to fishing off the dock, Wiregrass Lake makes for a lovely day on the water.
The namesake lake is the first thing you will notice at Wiregrass. The scenic water is open for canoeing and kayaking, as well as fishing from the shore or the dock. An accessible launch with rollers is available to assist paddlers entering or returning from the lake.
As you stroll along the trail around the Lake listen for the last sounds of the singing insects.
meadowhawk shelter Wiregrass Lake Campground
Attractions and activities at Wiregrass Lake include the lake itself, the boat dock with canoe and kayak launch, a trail around the lake and three primitive camping sites near the lakeshore. 201 N. Eber road HOLLAND, ohio 43528
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Connecting People to Parks Soon, every Lucas County resident will be within five miles of a Metropark. This milestone is the result of new projects being completed and new corridors and greenways connecting the parks, making them more accessible than ever before. View an interactive map of the region and each of its parks at MetroparksToledo.com.
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Special Event Programs SPOOKTACULAR SHOOT
The zombie apocalypse has once again descended on Westwinds Metropark. Westwinds has been transformed into another world for a nighttime Halloween-themed archery shoot. Bring a flashlight, headlamp or both. Halloween costumes are encouraged and so is your favorite glow-wear (archery safe please). Have your own equipment? Test your skills on the zombie 3D course. If you need a bow to get the job done, Metroparks will provide the gear for beginners ages 8+ on the static range. A campfire and snacks will be supplied to keep you warm and fueled for the fight. #GetOutsideYourself. Free, Code 408801601 OCTOBER 12 AND 13 Friday; 6 to 10 p.m. Westwinds, Turkey Foot Shelter
GHOSTS OF PROVIDENCE
Providence Metropark is located in the real ghost town of Providence, Ohio, a once booming canal town abandoned after a cholera epidemic, a devastating fire and the decline of canal traffic. As Halloween approaches every year, the sprits of the park’s past begin to stir. Meet characters from long ago as they tell you the dirt from the ditch on this lantern lit evening walk. Please
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note: this program involves walking in the dark over uneven terrain. This program is not recommended for children under 5 due to program content. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Fee: $7, Reservations, Code 401104601 OCTOBER 19 AND 20 Friday; 7 to 7:45 p.m. Providence, Canal/Mill parking lot
MAUMEE VALLEY ADVENTURERS TOMBSTONE BICYCLE TOUR
The Tombstone Bicycle Tour starts at Oak Opening Preserve and includes several route options. A great family option is The Family Haunted Ride, especially designed for families with children 12 an under. Join in the fun of this family friendly ride dressed in your “bike safe” costume. Metroparks is a proud sponsor of the Maumee Valley Adventurers Tombstone Bicycle Tour and Family Haunted Ride. For more information and registration: MVAdventurers.org. Free, Reservations, Code 408404602 OCTOBER 21 Sunday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Providence Historic Area, parking lot
HOLIDAYS AT THE MANOR HOUSE
S’mores, S’mores and more S’mores: Stop at the S’more Hut and make a s’more over an open fire on your way to or from the Manor House compliments of your Metroparks.
DECEMBER 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 AND 16 Saturdays and Sundays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall
Ring in the holidays at one of northwest Ohio’s most festive celebrations: Holidays at the Manor House. For over 40 years, community volunteers have transformed over 30 areas of the Manor House at Wildwood Preserve into a holiday wonderland. Tour the Manor House and see why over 25,000 people make Holidays in the Manor House an annual tradition. Watch for more details. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Free
Holidays in the Hall: Take a short walk from the Manor House to Metroparks Hall featuring one of our most beloved displays — the remote control trains are moving to the Hall this year. New this year: Holidays at the Ice Skating Rink. We are bringing the rink to Wildwood for everyone’s holiday enjoyment. DECEMBER 1 THROUGH 16 Daily; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wildwood Preserve, Manor House
Take a leisurely ride through scenic Wildwood Preserve aboard a carriage pulled by Molly and Sally – the mule team from Providence. This experience is being offered on the weekends to make your visit to Holidays in the Manor House even more memorable. Cost: Fee: $6/person (children under 5 free if they sit on an adult’s lap). Ticket sales online only at MetroparksToledo.com. Tickets sales begin on Nov. 1, 2018. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Fee: $6 (Children Under 5 Free if they sit on adult’s lap), Reservations
HOLIDAYS FAMILY NIGHT HIKE
Bring the whole family to Wildwood for a fun filled winter evening at your beautiful Metroparks. There are several family friendly activities to do during Holidays at the Manor house. If you are up for some more fun and a little adventure, then bundle up to take a night hike as we explore the park after dark on a naturalist led hike. We’ll finish the evening with some s’mores around a fire. Please remember to dress for the weather. Arrive by 5:45 p.m. to visit the Holidays displays before joining the night hike program. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Free, Reservations, Code 404402607 DECEMBER 5 AND DECEMBER 12 Wednesday; 7 to 8 p.m. Wildwood Preserve, Manor House Front Lawn
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Preschool and Family Programs TODDLER TRAILS (AGES 18 MONTHS TO 3 YEARS OLD)
This outdoor, multi-sensory nature play and exploration introduces your toddlers up to three years of age to the natural world and promotes its preservation. Adult companions accompany and assist in their child’s experience at the program. Register toddlers only. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Fee: $2, Reservations, Code 404402105 OCTOBER 3; NOVEMBER 7; DECEMBER 5 Wednesday; 10 to 11 a.m. Wildwood Preserve, Metz Visitor Center
TALES AND TRAILS (AGES 2 TO 5)
PRESCHOOL PIONEERS (AGES 3 TO 5)
Bring your 3 to 5 year old to the little cabin in the big swamp to learn about northwest Ohio’s earliest settlers. Children will hear a story and enjoy an interactive history activity. Adults must accompany child during the program. Register participating children only. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Fee: $5, Reservations, Code 401103101 OCTOBER 12: APPLE SEASON NOVEMBER 9; THANKFUL FOR THANKSGIVING Friday; 10 to 11:30 a.m. Pearson, Johlin Cabin
Park adventures for our youngest park visitors. Preschoolers, toddlers and their guardians enjoy story time, a nature walk and a craft to take home. There is a different theme each session. Please dress for the weather. Register participating children only. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Fee: $3, Reservations, Code 404402101
OCTOBER 11 AND 25; NOVEMBER 8; DECEMBER 20 Thursday; 10 to 11 a.m. Various locations
OCTOBER 6: WEAVING A YARN NOVEMBER 3: PREPARING FOR WINTER DECEMBER 1: PIONEERING CHRISTMAS Saturday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pearson, Johlin Cabin
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Calling pioneers of all ages, the Johlin Black Swamp Cabin is open to enjoy. See how much home life has changed in the last 150 years. A different topic each month. Join us any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., lend a hand or just explore. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Free, Code 401103604
Enjoy and afternoon stroll with the whole family while on a guided nature tour with a park interpreter and experience your favorite Metroparks from new perspectives. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Free, Reservations, Code 404402602 OCTOBER 20: FALL COLOR NOVEMBER 17: GEOLOGY DECEMBER 22: WINTER WILDLIFE Saturday; 1 to 2:30 p.m. Various Locations
HURRAY FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
Parents, do you need some help with subject matter? Metroparks can design a special program just for your learning group. Call 419-407-9789. Or sign up individually for the themed programs below. Register participating children only. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Fee: $4, Reservations, Code 404404101 OCTOBER 23: TREES NOVEMBER 20: MYSTERY SKINS AND SKULLS DECEMBER 18: HIBERNATION Tuesday; 10 to 11:30 a.m. Secor, NCNP Classroom
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH ART
The National Center for Nature Photography is here make it a Sunday in the Park with Art. Join us anytime between 12 pm and 5 pm to enjoy a scavenger hunt and art activities to get the whole family involved! Donâ€™t forget to follow the fun to the Window on Wildlife and park trails on your own to discover what is waiting to be seen around Secor Metropark. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Free, Reservations, Code 406603604 OCTOBER 28 Sunday; 12 to 5 p.m. Secor, National Center for Nature Photography
OAK GROVE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: A SCHOOL DAY IN 1893 Come visit the Oak Grove School House and explore what school was like in 1893. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Free, Code 401102601 NOVEMBER 3 Saturday; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wildwood Preserve, Oak Grove School
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Programs for All Ages SENIOR STROLL
EXPLORER: FALL COLOR TOUR
OCTOBER 3, 10, 17, 24 AND 31 NOVEMBER 7, 14, 21 AND 28 Wednesdays; 2 to 3 p.m. Wildwood Preserve, Metz Visitor Center
OCTOBER 7 AND 9 Various Days and Times Oak Openings Preserve, Mallard Lake parking lot
WAKE UP WITH THE BIRDS
HISTORY OF HUNTING IN OHIO
It’s important to stay active at all ages and equally important to spend time in nature. Come move, learn, and socialize as we take a gently paced nature walk around Wildwood. Dress accordingly for the weather and any age is welcome in this walking group. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Free, Reservations, Code 404402603
Make Thursday mornings your bird watching time! Bring your favorite morning beverage and join us in Wildwood’s Window on Wildlife for this informal viewing and interpretation of our feathered friends. At 8:30, we may venture out to take a quick look in nearby trees and meadows (optional). No birding experience necessary. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Free, Reservations, Code 404404604 OCTOBER 4, 11, 18 AND 25 NOVEMBER 1, 8, 15 AND 29 DECEMBER 6, 13, 20 AND 27 Thursday; 8 to 9 a.m. Wildwood Preserve, Window and Wildlife
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Oak Opening’s vibrant colors will dazzle on this naturalist narrated excursion aboard Metropark’s open-air trolley. Seats are limited, so reserve your place now for this one of a kind road trip. Maximum 2 wheel chairs per trip. All other participants must be able to climb 3 steps. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Fee: $5, Reservations, Code 404404603
For thousands of years, humans have hunted the birds and animals of this area. Come learn the changing technology and game animals of the region, and how hunting has drastically changed over the centuries. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Fee: $2, Reservations, Code 401103601 OCTOBER 11 Thursday; 6 to 7:30 p.m. Side Cut, Lamb Center
FOREST BATHING: EXPERIENCE THE HEALING POWERS OF THE FOREST
Reduce stress and increase well-being! Experience this Forest Bathing journey as a certified guide leads you on this short, nonstrenuous walk. Feel the healing qualities of the forest with activities that invite you to connect with nature by using all of your senses. Please dress in layers for this rain or shine event and leave phones and cameras behind. For more information on Forest Bathing visit www.natureandforesttherapy.org. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Fee: $18, Reservations, Code 404510101 OCTOBER 13 Saturday; 2 to 5 p.m. Oak Openings Preserve, Evergreen Lake Area parking lot
JOHLIN CABIN OPEN HOURS
The Johlin Black Swamp Cabin is open to enjoy. Come learn how the environment of northwest Ohio has changed in the last two centuries. Join us any time between 11 am and 3 pm, to explore and learn about the Great Black Swamp. No Reservations required. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Free, Reservations, Code 401103605 OCTOBER 13; NOVEMBER 10; Saturday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pearson, Johlin Cabin
GET TO KNOW THE TRAILS
Get outside yourself and get on the trails with a park naturalist. We will look at the flora and fauna of Northwest Ohio as we explore a new trail each month. This is a great way to experience our beautiful Metroparks and all they have to offer us. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress according to the weather. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Free, Reservations, Code 404402604 OCTOBER 13: OAK OPENINGS NOVEMBER 8: WILDWOOD DECEMBER 29: PEARSON Saturday; 1 to 2 p.m. Various Locations
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PROJECT LEARNING TREE
Project Learning Tree is for educators of all kinds: classroom teachers, scout leaders, nature interpreters, parents and others. This workshop promotes tree awareness and community actions through fun, hands-on activities designed for easy use and to fulfill multi-disciplinary education standards. All participants take home the Project Learning Tree curriculum guide, a thorough and excellent resource. Please bring a sack lunch and reusable drink container. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Fee: $25, Reservations, Code 404404501 OCTOBER 14 Sunday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oak Openings Preserve, Buehner Center
SCIENCE MILL 1800: CORN YOU BELIEVE IT? AND APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL
Expand your understanding and appreciation of Science at the Isaac Ludwig Mill by participating in family friendly hands on STEM activities that will ignite your curiosity! Drop in any time between 10am and 5pm to discover this session’s science theme. Save some time to visit the 42nd Apple Butter Festival across the river in Grand Rapids. The Volunteer Canal Boat will also have boat rides at 12:30pm, 2pm and 3:30pm (fee applies; call (419) 407-9700 for Reservations). Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Free, Reservations, Code 404404602 OCTOBER 14 Sunday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Providence, Isaac Ludwig Mill
LEAVES ACROSS THE WATER
Journey along the vividly colored banks of the Miami and Erie Canal. Listen to the sounds of nature, as a Metroparks Naturalist leads you on this fall color canal boat ride, explaining the changes taking place as autumn approaches. Program includes an extended canal boat ride taking passengers to lesser traveled parts of Providence Metroparks restored Miami and Erie Canal. Program Fees: Fee: $8 Ages 13-59, Fee: $7 Ages 60 and up, Fee: $5 Ages 3-12, 2 and under free. Prices will show once added to cart. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Fee: $8, Reservations, Code 404404601 OCTOBER 20 Saturday; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Providence, Kimbles Landing
FITNESS NIGHT HIKE
Warm up with an upbeat hike along the scenic Maumee River while enjoying the park after dark. Dress accordingly for the weather and let’s get outside. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Free, Reservations, Code 405515101 OCTOBER 24 AND DECEMBER 18 Various Days, Times and Locations
NATURE AT NIGHT HIKE: FALL NIGHTTIME WILDLIFE
Walk in the park after dark and discover the wonders of the night at a time when parks are normally closed. Dress accordingly for the weather and let’s get outside. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Free, Reservations, Code 404402601 OCTOBER 26: FALL NIGHTTIME WILDLIFE NOVEMBER 23: NIGHTTIME SKY DECMEBER 21: WINTER NIGHTTIME WILDLIFE Various Days, Times and Locations
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THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU HAVE
Come and enjoy a canal era Thanksgiving at the Isaac Ludwig Mill. Learn canal history, hear a story, create a yummy activity and sample other foods of the era. This is a drop-in program. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Free, Code 401103603 NOVEMBER 3 Saturday; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Providence, Ludwig Mill
A WALK BACK IN TIME
Take a walk back in time along the tow path trail that once ran next to the Miami and Erie Canal. Weâ€™ll discuss the history of the canal, the town of Grand Rapids that was once called Gilead, and the settlers of this region. Please dress for the weather and bring water. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Free, Reservations, Code 404402605 NOVEMBER 9 Friday; 1 to 2 p.m. Providence, Canal/Mill parking lot
HOLIDAYS IN THE MILL
Step back in time at the Isaac Ludwig Mill! Decorate a gingerbread cookie and a Holiday decoration to take home. Looking for a unique holiday gift or have some baking to do? Pick up some of our stone ground products to take home. This is a drop in program 12pm-4pm. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Free, Code 401103602 NOVEMBER 10 Saturday; 12 to 4 p.m. Providence, Ludwig Mill
VETERANS DAY 11 MILE HIKE
Observe Veteranâ€™s Day by treating yourself to an outdoor challenge! From dunes to woodlands, lakes to riversides, this 11 mile hike in honor of 11/11 will pass through some of the lesser known areas of our largest Metropark. Bring a daypack with your lunch, water bottle and snacks. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Free, Reservations, Code 405515101 NOVEMBER 11 Sunday; 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oak Openings Preserve, Evergreen Lake parking lot
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NATURE NIGHT SYMPHONY
Who, who, whooooo’s that owl? What’s that insect? Explore the sounds of nature’s nocturnal symphony and learn to recognize the individual musicians singing in the night. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Fee: $3, Reservations, Code 404401101 NOVEMBER 15 Thursday; 6 to 7 p.m. Brookwood, Brookwood Center
November 17th is National Take a Hike Day
Join this national celebration to get out of the house and onto a trail! Metroparks has over 170 miles of trails across Lucas County. Bring your family and friends or come alone and join fellow hikers for Naturalist Staff led hikes at three parks around Toledo. Selected trails are easy and accessible for all ages and abilities. Free, Registration. Pearson Metropark Meet at the Packer Hammersmith Center porch and take in the crisp fall air in this remnant of the Great Black Swamp 1 to 2 p.m. Swan Creek Preserve Metropark Glendale Entrance: Meet at the wooden pergola and head toward everyone’s favorite swinging bridge while enjoying the fall meadows and woods. 1 to 2 p.m. Blue Creek Metropark Public Parking lot on Schadel road: Meet at the trailhead and circle the quarry pond and native prairies looking for spider webs, migrating birds and furry friends. 1 to 2 p.m.
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STAR STRUCK: GEMINID METEOR SHOWER
It may be chilly outside, but DECEMBER 14th is a hot night for meteor watching. The spectacular Geminid Meteor Shower should peak this evening with an impressive display of lights streaking across the night sky. Bring a camp chair, a thermos of hot chocolate or coffee, and your warmest clothes, and cross your fingers for a cloudless night. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Fee: $3, Reservations, Code 404404102 DECEMBER 14 Friday; 8 to 9 p.m. Bend View, parking lot
WINTER SOLSTICE WALK
Celebrate the longest night of the year and the first day of winter with an evening walk in your Metroparks. The sun reaches its most southern point around noon and then the days start to get “longer” as daylight increases. This only happens once a year, don’t miss it. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Free, Reservations, Code 404402606 DECEMBER 21 Friday; 6 to 7 p.m. Wildwood Preserve, Metz Visitor Center
Celebrate the gifts of nature on this stroll through woods and prairie followed by a warm cup of sassafras tea in the Window on Wildlife. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Free, Reservations, Code 404101601 DECEMBER 25 Tuesday; 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wildwood Preserve, Metz Visitor Center
Outdoor Skills hiking
FIVE MILE HIKE: OAK OPENINGS SEASONAL HIGHLIGHTS
TRY IT! ARCHERY
OCTOBER 2 Tuesday; 6 to 8 p.m. Oak Openings Preserve, Mallard Lake parking lot
OCTOBER 3 Wednesday; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Westwinds, parking lot
FIVE MILE HIKE
Transform into an arrow-slinging archer in two sessions. Get the tools to safely navigate the range, become familiar with basic archery equipment and start working on precision and accuracy. Only Metroparks equipment may be used. Registration fee includes both sessions, please register for the first session only. First session is Sunday, OCTOBER 21, 2018. Second session is Sunday, OCTOBER 28, 2018. #GetOutsideYourself. Fee: $30, Reservations, Code
Enjoy an evening hike in the park with a naturalist. Explore the fall color of Oak Openings Preserve along 5 miles of trail, then enjoy the quiet as sunset fades to twilight during our hike. #GetOusideYourself. Free, Reservations, Code 405515101
Take a hike with us in your beautiful Metroparks! #GetOutsideYourself. Free, Reservations, Code 405515101 NOVEMBER 3 Saturday; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oak Openings Preserve, Evergreen Lake parking lot
NEW TRAIL! FIVE MILE HIKE
Welcome winter with a hike on the newly developed Moseley Trail between Secor and Wiregrass Lake Metroparks. #GetOutsideYourself. Free, Reservations, Code 405515101
Ready, aim, fire! This program will provide an introduction to the sport of archery. Learn about the archery range and safety essentials, then try your hand at shooting. If you enjoy your Archery Try It, sign up for an in depth Archery 101 class.#GetOutsideYourself. Fee: $4, Reservations, Code 405502101
OCTOBER 21 AND 28 Sunday; 3 TO 4:30 p.m. Westwinds, parking lot
DECEMBER 22 Saturday; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Secor, NCNP parking lot
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GLOW ROLL, FAMILY RIDE, 7 MILES
Light up the night on a 7 mile, naturalist-led ride through Oak Openings. Check out the night sky and listen for the calls of the night. Bring your bike, bike lights and/or reflective gear, water bottle and helmet (required, some are provided on first come first served basis). Free, Reservations, Code 405504101 OCTOBER 19 Friday; 7 to 8 p.m. Oak Openings Preserve, Evergreen Lake parking lot FISHING Metroparks has a great variety of fishing programs for all types of anglers! Check out fly tying, fly fishing, night fishing and more.
Whether you are a seasoned angler or have never held a fishing pole, everyone will have a great time reeling in this outdoor skill! Participants will be able to do some night fishing at Mallard Lake. Fishing equipment provided, but you are welcome to bring your own equipment as well. Ages 16+ must have a fishing license. #GetOutsideYourself. Free, Reservations, Code 405506101
OCTOBER 6 Saturday; 8 to 10:30 p.m. Oak Openings Preserve, Mallard Lake parking lot
FLY FISHING 101
This educational program will provide handson learning and information about fly fishing. We will work on casting techniques and practice accuracy, as well as how to approach casting in different scenarios. There will be information about fly lure patterns and the ability for hands-on learning with different flies. Come cast and tie your way into becoming a better angler. Participants will not actually be fishing, this is a basic informational class intended for those just beginning. #GetOutsideYourself. Free, Reservations, Code 405506101 NOVEMBER 2 Friday; 6 to 8 p.m. Oak Openings, Lodge
Interested in helping? Metroparks programs are supported by volunteers.
Call Volunteer Services at 419-407-9703 for more information.
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FLY TYING 101
This educational program will provide hands-on learning and information about tying flies for fly fishing. The instructor will take you through step-by-step to help you tie your very own fly that you can take with you. Come tie your way into becoming a better angler! Fee: $8, Reservations, Code 405506101 DECEMBER 12 Wednesday; 5:30 to 7 p.m. or 7:30 to 9 p.m. Swan Creek, Yager Center TREE CLIMBING
TRY IT! TREE CLIMBING
Participants will be using harnesses and climbing ropes to get to the tree-tops. All equipment provided. Please dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes. #GetOutsideYourself. Fee: $25, Reservations, Code 405516101 OCTOBER 7 Sunday; 1 to 2:30 p.m. Toledo Botanical Garden, Terrace Room
TREE CLIMBING, SPOOKY CLIMB!
LADIES DAY OUT, TREE CLIMBING
What better way to view the fall colors than from the tops of the trees? Ladies of all ages and body shapes can participate in our newest outdoor skill. Participants will be using harnesses and climbing ropes to get to the tree-tops. All equipment provided. Please dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes. #GetOutsideYourself. Fee: $25, Reservations, Code 405516101 OCTOBER 27 Saturday; 1 to 2:30 p.m. Swan Creek, Yager Center Patio
TRY IT! TREE CLIMBING
Participants will be using harnesses and climbing ropes to get to the tree-tops. All equipment provided. Please dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes. #GetOutsideYourself. Fee: $25, Reservations, Code 405516101 NOVEMBER 4 Sunday; 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wildwood Preserve, Ward Pavilion
HOLIDAY TREE CLIMBING
Participants will be using harnesses and climbing ropes to get to the tree tops. All equipment provided. Please dress for the weather and wear closedtoed shoes. Letâ€™s have a howling good time. #GetOutsideYourself. Fee: $25, Reservations, Code 405516101
Join naturalists at this festive tree climbing opportunity. This special holiday climb will be a lighted spectacular. Participants will be using harnesses and climbing ropes to get to the tree-top. All equipment provided. Dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes. #GetOutsideYourself. Fee: $25, Reservations, Code 405516101
OCTOBER 26 Friday; 7:30 to 9 p.m. Swan Creek, Yager Center Patio
DECEMBER 7 AND 8 Friday and Saturday, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wildwood Preserve, East Entrance
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Scout Programs Check out all our great Scouting programs! If you have a whole troop that will be participating, please consider a private, requested program. You can request from our website under www.metroparkstoledo.com. Click Discover and Request a Group Program. These programs are designed for Scouts, but any child can participate.
CALLING ALL SCOUTS! MOUNTAIN LION (LION CUBS)
This newest Scout rank will start their outdoor training by learning how to pack for a hike, how to be safe and respecting wildlife. Fee: $3, Reservations, Code 405509101 OCTOBER 2 Tuesday; 6 to 7 p.m. Side Cut, Riverview Shelter
CALLING ALL SCOUTS! NIGHT OWL (GIRL SCOUT CADETS)
Experience the excitement of real night-life! Turn off the electronics and tune into your senses to get in touch with your nocturnal side! Fee: $6, Reservations, Code 405509101 OCTOBER 4 Thursday; 7 to 9 p.m. Pearson, Playground
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CALLING ALL SCOUTS! ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE MERIT BADGE (BOY SCOUTS)
From symbiosis to biosphere, Metroparks naturalists will help you decode some of these terms and show you why they are so important. Become a scientist and join us for a series of experiments and activities that will get you thinking about the environment. First Class ranked Scouts and above only. Long pants and long sleeve shirts recommended. Bring snack and a refillable water bottle. Don’t forget your pencil. Drop off program. Fee: $16, Reservations, Code 305509102 OCTOBER 4 Thursday; 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oak Openings Preserve, Lodge
CALLING ALL SCOUTS! PLAYING THE PAST, CABIN STYLE (JUNIOR GIRL SCOUTS)
Who are you? Who, Who! Playing the Past will allow Girl Scouts’ imaginations to soar. Games, activities and living history will be part of earning this badge at the Johlin Cabin at Pearson Metropark. Fee: $8, Reservations, Code 405509101 OCTOBER 13 Saturday; 3:30 to 6 p.m. Pearson, Johlin Cabin
CALLING ALL SCOUTS! ANIMAL HABITATS (GIRL SCOUT JUNIORS)
CALLING ALL SCOUTS! HIKER (BROWNIE GIRL SCOUTS)
OCTOBER 16 Tuesday; 6 to 7:30 p.m. Westwinds, parking lot
NOVEMBER 3 Saturday; 10 to 11:30 a.m. Secor, NCNP parking lot
CALLING ALL SCOUTS! PAWS ON THE PATH (WOLF CUBS)
CALLING ALL SCOUTS! SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION MERIT BADGE (BOY SCOUTS)
Get out and explore nature! Learn about what it takes to make an animal home. Take a hike along the Juliette Gordon Low National Girl Scout Trail to look for animals that call Metroparks home. Fee: $6, Reservations, Code 405509101
Bring your wolf senses on the hunt to see wildlife and gain new experiences in nature. It is time for Wolves to stretch their legs and go on a one mile prowl. We will be introducing the basics of hiking, safety and how to treat our outdoor resources and our fellow outdoor enthusiasts. Fee: $3, Reservations, Code 405509101 OCTOBER 27 Saturday; 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Swan Creek, Mary Jane Gill Shelter
CALLING ALL SCOUTS! OUTDOOR ART CREATOR (BROWNIE GIRL SCOUTS)
As an artist, you can walk outside and see colors, shapes, and ideas for things you want to create. Find out how you can make your own art outdoors and have fun doing it! Girls will get the chance to use a Metroparks digital camera, explore on the trail, create leaf artwork, wind chimes, and create a mini garden. Scouts must provide their own SD card to take their photos home. Fee: $10, Reservations, Code 40550910107 OCTOBER 27 Saturday; 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Secor, National Center for Nature Photography
Has anyone ever told you to “Take a hike!” Now you can do it with excitement and confidence! From plotting your route, to hitting the trail, practice all steps required to plan a successful hike. Fee: $6, Reservations, Code 405509101
Come see about the exciting things happening right under your feet! Soil and water is what makes the world function; complete the requirements by exploring the diverse Oak Openings Preserve. Everything from sandy and clay soils, to rivers, to watersheds can be found at this incredible park. Register only for the first session on NOVEMBER 6th. Fee: $16, Reservations, Code 405509101
NOVEMBER 6 AND 13 Tuesday; 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge
CALLING ALL SCOUTS! FUR, FEATHERS, FERNS (BEAR CUBS)
Get out and explore the outdoor world! Bears will look near and far at the plants and animals that call Metroparks home. What will we find on our one mile walk? Every hike in the parks is a different experience. Fee: $3, Reservations, Code 405509101 NOVEMBER 10 Saturday; 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oak Openings Preserve, Mallard Lake parking lot
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CALLING ALL SCOUTS! DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (JUNIOR GIRL SCOUTS)
Click, click! Do you know how to get the most out of your digital device and what it takes to capture a winning photo? Girls will get the chance to use a Metroparks digital camera to explore the ins-and-outs of the camera and fulfill the requirements for the digital camera badge. Scouts must provide their own SD card to take their photos home. Fee: $8, Reservations, Code 405509101-08
NOVEMBER 17 Saturday; 2 to 4:30 p.m. Secor, National Center for Nature Photography —— There’s More! For a complete list of programs, see the calendar of events at MetroparksPrograms.com. Metroparks members receive a 20% discount on most programs. For more information about Metroparks, visit our website at MetroparksToledo.com.
Toledo Botanical Garden Programs HORT HIKES
Monthly walks at Toledo Botanical Garden will highlight plants throughout the garden, specifically focused on seasonal interest: flowers, fruits, bark and more. See what’s happening in the Garden, and take those ideas home for your own landscape. Second Monday of the month, except for June. Free, Reservations, Code 104405605-08 OCTOBER 8; NOVEMBER 12; DECEMBER 10 Monday; 6 to 7 p.m. Toledo Botanical Garden, Historic Log Cabin
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Nature Art and Photography GOLDEN HOUR NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY (AGES 8 AND UP)
Capture the beauty of nature, right here at your local Metroparks! Bring your camera and activate your creative side as we capture the treasured moments of the Golden Hour. (Limited cameras will be provided. Bring your own SD card to take your photos home.) Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Free, Reservations, Code 406603601 OCTOBER 20 Saturday; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Side Cut, Riverview Area
GETTING UP CLOSE WITH NATURE: MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY (AGES 8 AND UP)
Grab your camera and zoom in as we enter the world of macro photography. We will explore the details of nature usually missed in day to day life through the help of your camera lens. After a brief introduction in the classroom, we will head out onto the trails to capture your own nature close-ups. Bring your own camera or borrow one from the Metroparks. Bring your own SD card to take your pictures home. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Fee: $5, Reservations, Code 406603602
FALL COLORS PHOTOGRAPHY (AGES 8 AND UP)
Capture the beauty of nature, right here at your local Metroparks! Bring your camera and show your artistic eye, as we explore the changing autumn colors. (Limited cameras will be provided. Bring your own SD card to take your photos home.) Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Free, Reservations, Code 406603603 NOVEMBER 10 Saturday; 2 to 4 p.m. Oak Openings Preserve, Sand Dunes —— There’s More! For a complete list of programs, see the calendar of events at MetroparksPrograms.com. Metroparks members receive a 20% discount on most programs. For more information about Metroparks, visit our website at MetroparksToledo.com.
NOVEMBER 3 Saturday; 2 to 3:30 p.m. Secor, NCNP Classroom
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Volunteers Volunteer Orientation
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Metroparks of the Toledo Area! Prior to volunteering, all new volunteers are encouraged to attend this orientation which enables the Volunteer Services staff to meet prospective volunteers, learn more about their interests, review park policies and procedures, and provide an overview of Metroparks volunteer opportunities. Orientations are held the first Tuesday and Thursday of most months. #GetOutsideYourself. Free, Reservations, Code 500002601 OCTOBER 2 AND 4; NOVEMBER 6 Tuesdays; 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall
Be part of the excitement! become a metroparks volunteer.
Go to MetroparksToledo.com to fill out an application then sign up to attend a Volunteer Orientation.
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VOLUNTEER TRAINING: PARK HIGHLIGHTS
Park specific natural and cultural history, interpretation, and volunteerism are the focus of this outdoor training that features a different Metropark each month. Open to all interested adults and recommended for Metroparks Volunteers. #GetOutsideYourself. Free, Reservations, Code 400001501 OCTOBER 17: WESTWINDS Thursday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Westwinds, Turkey Foot Shelter NOVEMBER 16: HOWARD MARSH Friday, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Howard Marsh, parking lot
VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION: HOLIDAYS IN THE MANOR HOUSE
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Metroparks of the Toledo Area for our Holidays at the Manor House! Learn more about the volunteer opportunities for Holidays by attending this orientation. Volunteer Services staff to will be available to meet prospective volunteers, learn more about their interests, review park policies and procedures, and provide an overview of Holidays at the Manor House volunteer opportunities. Registration required. #GetOutsideYourself. Free, Reservations, Code 400002601 NOVEMBER 1 Thursday; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall
HOLIDAYS AT THE MANOR HOUSE: VOLUNTEER PREVIEW
Ring in the holidays at one of northwest Ohio’s most festive celebrations: Holidays at the Manor House. For over 40 years, community volunteers have transformed over 30 areas of the Manor House at Wildwood Preserve into a holiday wonderland. Tour the Manor House and see why over 25,000 people make Holidays in the Manor House an annual tradition. Watch for more details. Discover the Toledo you never knew existed. Free NOVEMBER 30 Friday, 6 p.m. Wildwood Preserve, Manor House
Members MEMBERS TOUR: TOLEDO BOTANICAL GARDEN
Toledo Botanical Garden – A museum of flowers and treasure in our community! Is Toledo Botanical Garden your special place? Then join Dave Zenk, Metroparks executive director and the garden staff for coffee, treats and updates on your favorite gardens. Space is limited, RSVP by calling (419) 407-9712 or emailing Felica.Clark@MetroparksToledo.com. Light refreshments will be served. OCTOBER 11 Thursday, 8:30 a.m. Toledo Botanical Garden, Conference Center
MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEER HOLIDAYS AT THE MANOR HOUSE PREVIEW
A Special Time To Say Thank You. Members and volunteers make our work possible. Join Metroparks staff as we show appreciation to our members and volunteers for their extended support at a special preview of Holidays in the Manor and reception. This is an exclusive evening for Metroparks members and volunteers only. Enjoy festive music, cocktails and hor d’oeuvres. NOVEMBER 30 Friday, 6:00 p.m. Wildwood Preserve, Manor House
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Manor House Programs TEA AT STRANLEIGH
Enjoy specially brewed tea and sample delicious sandwiches and desserts while overlooking the Shipman Garden. Reservation tables are 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and walk-in guests are from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (first come first serve basis; we will not be able to seat any guests after 2:15pm). Reservations for the entire season open March 5, 2018. Please, call 419-407-9790. Presented by the Manor House Volunteers. Cost is per tea setting (Extra items are 60 cents each). Proceeds from the Teas are used for the restoration and preservation of the Manor House. Fee: $10, Reservations, Code 502204601 OCTOBER 5: SPOOKY TEA NOVEMBER 2: TEA IN TUSCANY Friday; 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wildwood Preserve, Manor House
MUSIC AT THE GRAND MANOR
Start the day with a delightful performance by the Choir from Toledo School for the Arts followed by the popular salad buffet. Reservations begin September 24th by calling 419-407-9790 and the fee is Fee: $15. Sponsored by Manor House Volunteers. Fee: $15, Reservations, Code 500000603 OCTOBER 26 Friday; 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wildwood Preserve, Manor House Lower Level
A CUP OF CHRISTMAS TEA
Our 6th annual A Cup of Christmas Tea. Join us for a special Tea served in the Living Room surrounded by the fabulous Holidays decorations. After Tea, guests can tour the decorated home for a sneak preview of the Holidays in the Manor House event. Teas are served by reservation only at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. Fee: $25, Reservations, Code 402204601 NOVEMBER 28 Wednesday; 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wildwood Preserve, Manor House
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Help Preserve Metroparks JOIN TODAY! With over 12,000 acres of preserved land and 172 miles of trails to explore, your Metroparks offer some of the most stunning outdoor experiences in North America. Working together, we are making powerful progress toward providing clean, safe and natural parks with 5 miles of every resident in Lucas County. Thanks to the generosity of members and other loyal friends we can continue to help expand the Metropaks preservation and educational activities. Each membership helps support important Metropaks initiatives that might not otherwise be possible, like Metroparks Connections Camp that bring over 500 children from disadvantaged communities to nature camp – completely free of charge.
Membership Benefits 50% Discount on admission for up to 2 guests to the Crosby Festival of the Arts. Discounted admission to Jazz in the Garden at Toledo Botanical Garden American Horticultural Society reciprocity at nearly 300 gardens in North America Discounts on Metroparks rental facilities and programs Invitation to private preview at Holidays at the Manor House Special Members only programs The Metroparks Program Guide mailed to your home Member’s gift and decal Invitation for lunch with the Director (Oak Tree and Director’s Circle Members) Ways to Give MetroparksToledoFoundation.org By Phone – Call 419-407-9712 with your Credit or Debit card information.
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Friends & Partners FRIENDS OF SIDE CUT: MAKE IT TAKE IT PUMPKIN PLANTER
Decorate a pumpkin with live succulents at this fun, fall Halloween event. A $5 materials fee, due at arrival, covers all necessary supplies. To register, call 419-897-8663. Fee: $5, Reservations, Code 400000601 OCTOBER 18 Thursday; 7 to 8 p.m. Side Cut, Lamb Center
TOLEDO AREA ABORIGINAL RESEARCH SOCIETY (TAARS)
The answers to histories great mysteries lay buried under our feet. Join TAARS for monthly meetings to discuss topics related to the field of archeology. The TAARS business meeting will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a brief break for refreshments. Free, Reservations, Code 400000602 OCTOBER 25 AND NOVEMBER 15 Thursday; 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wildwood Preserve, Manor House
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FALLEN TIMBERS BATTLEFIELD PRESERVATION COMMISSION
The Battle of Fallen Timbers helped to shape American history. Help shape the future of this fascinating site by participating in Commission meetings. For further questions emails can be sent to jwiley@ rcolaw.com, Julie Wiley President. Free, Code 500000602-08 NOVEMBER 6 AND DECEMBER 4 Tuesday; 7 to 9 p.m. Fallen Timbers Battlefield, Visitor Center
Camping in the Metroparks Come to play? Why not stay? Camping is now available in three Metroparks: At Oak Openings, the White Oak Campground has individual and group primitive camp sites Wiregrass Lake has primitive campsites near the lake Farnsworthâ€™s riverside campsites include rental of Adirondack-style shelters Other Options At Oak Openings Preserve, the Caretakerâ€™s Cottage and the new Pine Ridge Chalet are quaint cabins in the woods. For information on these and other rental facilities in the Metroparks, visit MetroparksToledo.com and click on Reservations. Or call 419-407-9700.
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Directory Metroparks of the toledo area headquarters 5100 W. Central Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43615 419-407-9700 Administrative Office Hours Mondayâ€“Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Program Reservations 419-407-9701 Facility and Wedding Reservations 419-407-9710 Manor House & Wildwood Wedding Reservations 419-407-9784
Oak Openings Preserve 5402 Wilkins Road, Whitehouse, Ohio 43571 Pearson Metropark 761 Lallendorf Road at SR2, Oregon, Ohio 43616 Providence Metropark 13200 S. River Road (Historic Area) 13827 S. River Road (Dam Area) Grand Rapids, Ohio 43522 Secor Metropark 10001 W. Central Avenue, Berkey, Ohio 43504 Side Cut Metropark 1025 W. River Road, Maumee, Ohio 43537
Athletic, large group and special event permits 419-407-9723
Swan Creek Preserve Metropark 4301 Airport Highway, Toledo, Ohio 43614 2nd Entrance 4000 Glendale Avenue
Special group & educational programs Program Reservations 419-407-9701
Fallen Timbers Battlefield The intersection of US23/I-475 and US24 (Anthony Wayne Trail). A parking lot and visitors center are located at 4949 Jerome Road.
National Center for Nature Photography 419-407-9700 Canal Experience 419-407-9741 Your Metroparks Wildwood Preserve and Administrative Offices 5100 W. Central Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43615 Blue Creek Conservation Area 7825 Shadel Road, Whitehouse, Ohio 43571 Farnsworth Metropark 8505 S. River Road (Roche de Bout Area) Waterville, Ohio 43566 Bend View Metropark 10040 S. River Road, Waterville, Ohio 43566
Westwinds 9918 Geiser Road, Holland, Ohio 43528 Wiregrass Lake 201 N Eber Road, Holland, Ohio 43528 Howard Marsh 611 S. Howard Road, Curtice, Ohio 43412 Middlegrounds 111 Ottawa Street, Toledo, Ohio Under the Anthony Wayne Bridge Toledo Botanical Garden 5403 Elmer Drive, Toledo, Ohio 43615
Greenways Trails University/Parks Trail Wabash-Cannonball Trail Towpath Trail Oregon Parks Trail Window on Wildlife Oak Openings Preserve, Pearson, Secor, Side Cut, Wildwood Preserve, Swan Creek Preserve Attractions The Canal Experience at Providence Johlin Cabin, Pearson National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Oak Grove School at Wildwood Preserve Wildwood Manor House Oak Openings Beach Ridge Singletrack Trail Rental Facilities Picnic Shelters and indoor facilities available by reservation, 419-407-9710 Volunteer Services 419-407-9703 planned giving 419-407-9708 Board of Park Commissioners Scott J. Savage, President Lera Doneghy, Vice-President Fritz Byers, Vice-President Metroparks Staff Dave Zenk, Executive Director Matt Cleland, Deputy Director/Treasurer Board meetings are typically held the third Wednesday of the month and are open to the public. See MetroparksToledo.com for location and agenda. Everyone is Welcome Metroparks does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability or age in the delivery of services.
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Metroparks of the Toledo Area 5100 West Central Avenue Toledo, Ohio 43615
December 1 - 16, Wildwood Preserve See page 23 for details.
Holidays in the Manor House
Program for October/November/December 2018