Metroparks Recruiting for Volunteer Trail Patrol

Daily Dose  |  12/27/2017

Metroparks Toledo is recruiting adults to join the Volunteer Trail Patrol to help provide customer service throughout the park system.

Information meetings where anyone interested can learn more about the VTP program without obligation will be held at 3 p.m. Sundays January 7, 14 and 21 in the Ward Pavilion at the east entrance to Wildwood Preserve. To sign up for one of the meetings, visit

The Trail Patrol currently has about 260 members who walk the parks in pairs, help at special events and act as ambassadors for the park system by providing information and assistance to visitors. Some members also pedal the parks on bicycles, while others patrol the bridle trails at Oak Openings on horseback.

VTP members commit to 50 hours of service per year, including 16 hours of initial training in first aid/CPR, customer service and the natural and historical features of the Metroparks.

Lori Miller, a volunteer coordinator who oversees the Trail Patrol, said members work closely with park rangers and other staff to protect the parks and their visitors.

New parks and facilities offer new opportunities for Trail Patrol volunteers. Middlegrounds, Fallen Timbers Battlefield, Westwinds and Wiregrass Lake all opened in the last three years, and Howard Marsh will open this spring in Jerusalem Township.