Metroparks Monthly Program Listing for January 2018

Daily Dose  |  12/23/2017 11:00 am

Calendar Listings for Metroparks of the Toledo Area January 2018

List of Programs

Tuesday, January 2

Volunteer Orientation, Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall Wildwood Preserve Metroparks Hall, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. 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 Metropark volunteer opportunities. Orientations are held the first Tuesday of most months. Free, Reservations

Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Commission, Fallen Timbers Battlefield, Fallen Timbers Visitor Center, 7 to 9 p.m. 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 [email protected] , Julie Wiley President. Free

Wednesday, January 3

Toddler Trails, Wildwood Preserve, Metz Visitor Center, 10 to 11 a.m., Introduce your toddlers to the natural world through this outdoor, multi-sensory nature play and exploration program. Adult companions will accompany toddlers and help them learn about the outdoors and its preservation. Register toddlers in advance. Fee: $2, Reservations

Friends of Pearson, Pearson, Packer-Hammersmith Center, 7 to 8:30 p.m. The Friends of Pearson always welcome fellow fans of the park to help plan events and volunteer activities. These meetings are the best way to learn how to support the popular Oregon Metropark. Free

Good Health Walks, Wildwood Preserve, Metz Visitor Center, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Take a brisk walk on park trails to increase your heart rate and get the blood flowing. This is a 50 min walk and covers over 2 miles at a quick walking pace. There will be no walk on federal holidays. Free

Thursday, January 4

Wake Up With the Birds, Wildwood Preserve, Window on Wildlife Metz Visitor Center, 8 to 9 a.m., Thursday is for bird watching! Join us at Wildwood's Window on Wildlife at 8:00 a.m. for informal bird watching and discussion, with an optional walk at 8:30 a.m. No birding experience is necessary; you're welcome to bring your favorite coffee or tea. Free, Reservations

Friday, January 5

Gallery Exhibition, Secor, National Center for Nature Photography, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Metropark is the only center of its kind in the country. Its exhibits feature works from the nation's premier nature photographers, along with stunning images from local photographers. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free

Good Health Walks, Wildwood Preserve, Metz Visitor Center, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Take a brisk walk on park trails to increase your heart rate and get the blood flowing. This is a 50 min walk and covers over 2 miles at a quick walking pace. There will be no walk on federal holidays. Free

Campfire Cooking: Chili? Warm Up!: (Ages 12+), Oak Openings Preserve, White Oak Area, 6 to 8 p.m. If you're convinced there is nothing so good as chili around a campfire, then this program is for you. Help prepare a batch of campfire chili, take a brisk winter hike, and then warm up with a yummy bowlful. Bring your appetite and a reusable bowl, silverware and mug (for less waste) - everything else will be provided. Dress for the weather, including comfortable shoes. Fee: $8, Reservations

Saturday, January 6

Forest Bathing: Experience the Healing Powers of the Forest, Oak Openings Preserve, Buehner Center parking lot, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Leave the technology behind and experience the healing of the forest! This Forest Bathing journey includes a short, nonstrenuous walk that will introduce you to all the healing qualities of the forest. A certified guide will help you connect with nature through all of your senses. It's best to dress in layers for this event (held rain or shine). Learn more about Forest Bathing at www.natureandforesttherapy.org  . Fee: $3, Reservations

Gallery Exhibition, Secor, National Center for Nature Photography, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Metropark is the only center of its kind in the country. Its exhibits feature works from the nation's premier nature photographers, along with stunning images from local photographers. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free

Maumee Valley Adventurers Travel Circle 2018: Scenic Byways and Villages of France: Presented by Judy Paffenberger, Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Join Maumee Valley Adventurers on Saturdays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. to hike or ski, followed by an interesting travel program at 2:15 p.m. Light refreshments provided. No reservations needed. Enjoy your Metroparks. Free

Sunday, January 7

Adult Learning Series: Native Orchids, Toledo Botanical Garden, Terrace Room, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Enrich your knowledge of the natural and cultural history of our region through this weekly lecture series. We begin with an indoor presentation followed by an optional, short naturalist led hike. Free, Reservations

Historical Tours of the Manor House, Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 12 to 5 p.m. Enjoy a guided tour of this 32,000 square foot, Depression-era home and learn about the region's rich history (or enjoy the first floor on your own time). After touring the Manor House, you'll have extra time to explore the Ellen Biddle Shipman Gardens or walk the trails around the spectacular grounds of Wildwood Preserve. Free

Gallery Exhibition, Secor, National Center for Nature Photography, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Metropark is the only center of its kind in the country. Its exhibits feature works from the nation's premier nature photographers, along with stunning images from local photographers. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free

Volunteer Trail Patrol Information Meeting, Wildwood Preserve, Ward Pavilion, 3 to 4 p.m. This is an informal meeting to learn all about Metroparks Volunteer Trail Patrol (VTP) program. Members of VTP help Metroparks staff provide a safe and enjoyable experience for trail users by acting as a communications link between park visitors and staff, promoting safe use of the trail system, alerting staff to potential problems and hazards and serve as a highly visible representative while providing information and assistance to visitors. The new patrol season begins on May 1. Free, Reservations

Monday, January 8

Good Health Walks, Wildwood Preserve, Metz Visitor Center, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Take a brisk walk on park trails to increase your heart rate and get the blood flowing. This is a 50 min walk and covers over 2 miles at a quick walking pace. There will be no walk on federal holidays. Free

Wednesday, January 10

Good Health Walks, Wildwood Preserve, Metz Visitor Center, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Take a brisk walk on park trails to increase your heart rate and get the blood flowing. This is a 50 min walk and covers over 2 miles at a quick walking pace. There will be no walk on federal holidays. Free Evening Hike Group, Secor, NCNP parking lot, 6 to 7 p.m. Evening hikes are good for the mind, body, and soul in the wintertime. We'll provide a naturalist-led hike when the parks are usually closed. Dress for the weather, including sturdy hiking shoes. Free

Thursday, January 11

Tales and Trails, Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall, 10 to 11 a.m. Everyone can enjoy the outdoors, even in winter! Tales and Trails is specially designed for preschoolers, toddlers and their adult companion. Dress for the weather, and take part in story time and a craft program indoors, and then a nature walk outside. We'll have a different theme for each session. Fee: $3, Reservations

Friday, January 12

Winter Wanderings Nature Walk, Side Cut, Riverview parking lot, 1:30 to 3 p.m. What's happening in our Metroparks during the winter? We'll explore a park with a naturalist and look for wildlife, explore how birds and animals survive the winter and learn how to identify a tree with no leaves. Dress for the weather, including comfortable walking shoes. Free, Reservations

Gallery Exhibition, Secor, National Center for Nature Photography, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Metropark is the only center of its kind in the country. Its exhibits feature works from the nation's premier nature photographers, along with stunning images from local photographers. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free

Good Health Walks, Wildwood Preserve, Metz Visitor Center, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Take a brisk walk on park trails to increase your heart rate and get the blood flowing. This is a 50 min walk and covers over 2 miles at a quick walking pace. There will be no walk on federal holidays. Free

Saturday, January 13

Winter Wanderings Nature Walk, Side Cut, Riverview parking lot, 1:30 to 3 p.m. What's happening in our Metroparks during the winter? We'll explore a park with a naturalist and look for wildlife, explore how birds and animals survive the winter and learn how to identify a tree with no leaves. Dress for the weather, including comfortable walking shoes. Free, Reservations

Gallery Exhibition, Secor, National Center for Nature Photography, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Metropark is the only center of its kind in the country. Its exhibits feature works from the nation's premier nature photographers, along with stunning images from local photographers. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free

Maumee Valley Adventurers Travel Circle 2018: 3 Weeks in India; a Desert, Taj Mahal and My Wedding: Presented by Jennifer Christensen, Wildwood Preserve, Ward Pavilion, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Join Maumee Valley Adventurers on Saturdays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. to hike or ski, followed by an interesting travel program at 2:15 p.m. Light refreshments provided. No reservations needed. Enjoy your Metroparks. Free

Try-It! Orienteering (Ages 8-12), Oak Openings Preserve, Buehner Center, 1 to 2:30 p.m. If you've ever wanted to try orienteering, then this program is for you! Learn how to use a magnetic compass and topographical map, and then set out on our beginner orienteering course. Program is extensively off trail. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and dress for the weather. Fee: $2, Reservations

Sunday, January 14

Adult Learning Series, Toledo Botanical Garden, Terrace Room, 2 to 3 p.m. Enrich your knowledge of the natural and cultural history of our region through this weekly lecture series. We begin with an indoor presentation followed by an optional, short naturalist led hike. Free, Reservations

Historical Tours of the Manor House, Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 12 to 5 p.m. Enjoy a guided tour of this 32,000 square foot, Depression-era home and learn about the region's rich history (or enjoy the first floor on your own time). After touring the Manor House, you'll have extra time to explore the Ellen Biddle Shipman Gardens or walk the trails around the spectacular grounds of Wildwood Preserve. Free

Gallery Exhibition, Secor, National Center for Nature Photography, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Metropark is the only center of its kind in the country. Its exhibits feature works from the nation's premier nature photographers, along with stunning images from local photographers. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free

Volunteer Trail Patrol Information Meeting, Wildwood Preserve, Ward Pavilion, 3 to 4 p.m. This is an informal meeting to learn all about Metroparks Volunteer Trail Patrol (VTP) program. Members of VTP help Metroparks staff provide a safe and enjoyable experience for trail users by acting as a communications link between park visitors and staff, promoting safe use of the trail system, alerting staff to potential problems and hazards and serve as a highly visible representative while providing information and assistance to visitors. The new patrol season begins on May 1. Free, Reservations

NEW! Tree Climbing, NIGHT CLIMB: (Ages 8+), Secor, Walnut Grove Picnic Area, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join Metroparks naturalists at this new "tree-mendous" tree climbing opportunity! Participants will be using harnesses and climbing ropes to get to the tree-tops. This climb will be a unique night-time glow climb! Participants will receive headlamps and glow sticks to navigate to the top. It will be cold! Warm beverages and fire pit included. All equipment provided. Please dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes. Fee: $ 25, Reservations

Monday, January 15

Good Health Walks, Wildwood Preserve, Metz Visitor Center, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Take a brisk walk on park trails to increase your heart rate and get the blood flowing. This is a 50 min walk and covers over 2 miles at a quick walking pace. There will be no walk on federal holidays. Free

Wednesday, January 17

Story Time in the Manor House: Mice are Nice (Ages 3 to 5), Wildwood Preserve, Library, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Manor House is the perfect setting for preschoolers to hear a story, play a game and have some craft time, before heading outside for a short hike. Each session features a different theme. Register participating children only, and dress for the weather. Fee: $3, Reservations

Good Health Walks, Wildwood Preserve, Metz Visitor Center, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Take a brisk walk on park trails to increase your heart rate and get the blood flowing. This is a 50 min walk and covers over 2 miles at a quick walking pace. There will be no walk on federal holidays. Free

Evening Hike Group, Secor, NCNP parking lot, 6 to 7 p.m. Evening hikes are good for the mind, body, and soul in the wintertime. We'll provide a naturalist-led hike when the parks are usually closed. Dress for the weather, including sturdy hiking shoes. Free

Thursday, January 18

Hurray for Homeschoolers: Mystery Skulls and Skins, Secor, Secor Room, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Let Metroparks supplement your homeschool curriculum this winter. We can design a program specifically for your learning group, or you can participate in our monthly themed programs for homeschool families. Call 419.407.9789 to discuss programming, or sign up individually for our themed programs. Register participating children only. Fee: $4,

Behind The Scenes Of Stranleigh, Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 6 to 9 p.m. Ever wonder what is behind all those closed doors? Or, where did the maids work and sleep? Take this unique opportunity to see all four floors of the Wildwood Manor House and discover more about what life was like when this beautiful, historic home was called Stranleigh. Small groups will tour the typically closed spaces, from the boiler room to the attic. Space is limited. Fee: $10, Reservations

Art after Dark: Snowscapes, Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Get creative in the park after dark with art classes. No art experience needed, just a willingness to have fun! All supplies included. Please register all participants. Fee: $9, Reservations

Calling All Scouts: Boy Scouts Weather Merit Badge, Swan Creek Preserve, Yager Center, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Ever wondered where the wind comes from, how hail forms or if all clouds are the same? Scouts will find the answers to these questions and more, including rules to keep them safe in dangerous weather. Registration includes both sessions. Sign-up for January 18th only. Fee: $16, Reservations

Friday, January 19

Volunteer Training: Wildwood Preserve Highlights, Wildwood Preserve, Metz Visitor Center, 1 to 3:30 p.m. 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 Metropark Volunteers. Free, Reservations

Gallery Exhibition, Secor, National Center for Nature Photography, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Metropark is the only center of its kind in the country. Its exhibits feature works from the nation's premier nature photographers, along with stunning images from local photographers. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free

Good Health Walks, Wildwood Preserve, Metz Visitor Center, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Take a brisk walk on park trails to increase your heart rate and get the blood flowing. This is a 50 min walk and covers over 2 miles at a quick walking pace. There will be no walk on federal holidays. Free

Saturday, January 20

Winter Waterfowl Along the Maumee, Side Cut, Riverview parking lot, 10 to 11 a.m. Beginning at Side Cut Metropark, take a tour along the Maumee River in search of waterfowl wintering over in the area. We will search for waterfowl, migrating and resident birds (and other wildlife), and discuss their winter behaviors. Free, Reservations

Get to Know Your Trails, Secor, NCNP parking lot, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Explore a new Metroparks trail every month, and look at what flora and fauna make this region so beautiful. Dress for the weather, especially with sturdy footwear. Free, Reservations

Calling All Junior Girl Scouts: Playing the Past in the Mansion, Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 2 to 4:30 p.m. Learn about the past and about Toledo's history at the former home of the Stranahan family (now known as Wildwood's Manor House). Games, activities and living history will be part of earning this badge. Fee: $8, Reservations

Behind The Scenes Of Stranleigh, Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ever wonder what is behind all those closed doors? Or, where did the maids work and sleep? Take this unique opportunity to see all four floors of the Wildwood Manor House and discover more about what life was like when this beautiful, historic home was called Stranleigh. Small groups will tour the typically closed spaces, from the boiler room to the attic. Space is limited. Fee: $10, Reservations

Gallery Exhibition, Secor, National Center for Nature Photography, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Metropark is the only center of its kind in the country. Its exhibits feature works from the nation's premier nature photographers, along with stunning images from local photographers. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free

Maumee Valley Adventurers Travel Circle 2018: Rambling Around Manhattan, Staten Island and Brooklyn: Presented by Tom Garvaph, Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Join Maumee Valley Adventurers on Saturdays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. to hike or ski, followed by an interesting travel program at 2:15 p.m. Light refreshments provided. No reservations needed. Enjoy your Metroparks. Free

Try it! Kayaking in a Pool: (Ages 8+), Off-Site, Off--Site University of Toledo Rec Center, 6 to 8 p.m. Check out this unique opportunity to try kayaking in the winter months. Metroparks paddling instructors will be on hand to teach basic kayaking skills and play games. For beginners or experienced paddlers. Take advantage of the warm pool to get more time on the water! All equipment provided. First come, first served (no limit on registration, will have participants just wait in line.) Call 419-530-3700 to register or go online http://bit.ly/2knFnll  Free

Sunday, January 21

Adult Learning Series, Toledo Botanical Garden, Terrace Room, 2 to 3 p.m. Enrich your knowledge of the natural and cultural history of our region through this weekly lecture series. We begin with an indoor presentation followed by an optional, short naturalist led hike. Free, Reservations

I Spy, Mansion Style, Wildwood Preserve, Lawn, 1 to 3 p.m. I Spy with my Little Eye ...so many things hidden in plain sight inside the 32,000 square foot Manor House. Spend an hour or the afternoon, seeing the house through a new lens. Fun for all ages. Free

Fallen Timbers Movie Presentation, Fallen Timbers Battlefield, Fallen Timbers Visitor Center, 2 to 4 p.m. The History Channel Presents: "Decisive Battles, The Battle of Fallen Timbers"The Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Commission will screen the 1999 film "The Battle of Fallen Timbers" at the Visitors Center. The film will be hosted by Craig Fisher who played the role of General Anthony Wayne. Mr. Craig will be on hand to answer questions and offer insight into the making of this remarkable film. The Program is free and open to the public. Free, Reservations

Historical Tours of the Manor House, Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 12 to 5 p.m. Enjoy a guided tour of this 32,000 square foot, Depression-era home and learn about the region's rich history (or enjoy the first floor on your own time). After touring the Manor House, you'll have extra time to explore the Ellen Biddle Shipman Gardens or walk the trails around the spectacular grounds of Wildwood Preserve. Free

Behind The Scenes Of Stranleigh, Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 6 to 9 p.m. Ever wonder what is behind all those closed doors? Or, where did the maids work and sleep? Take this unique opportunity to see all four floors of the Wildwood Manor House and discover more about what life was like when this beautiful, historic home was called Stranleigh. Small groups will tour the typically closed spaces, from the boiler room to the attic. Space is limited. Fee: $10, Reservations

Gallery Exhibition, Secor, National Center for Nature Photography, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Metropark is the only center of its kind in the country. Its exhibits feature works from the nation's premier nature photographers, along with stunning images from local photographers. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free

Click with Winter Walk, Secor, National Center for Nature Photography, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Winter is one of the most beautiful times of the year to photograph the stark beauty of nature. Bring your camera and an SD card, and hone your photographic skills in our beautiful parks (there will be a limited number of cameras available to use). Free, Reservations

Volunteer Trail Patrol Information Meeting, Wildwood Preserve, Ward Pavilion, 3 to 4 p.m. This is an informal meeting to learn all about Metroparks Volunteer Trail Patrol (VTP) program. Members of VTP help Metroparks staff provide a safe and enjoyable experience for trail users by acting as a communications link between park visitors and staff, promoting safe use of the trail system, alerting staff to potential problems and hazards and serve as a highly visible representative while providing information and assistance to visitors. The new patrol season begins on May 1. Free, Reservations

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