Metroparks Monthly Program Listing for March 2019

Daily Dose  |  02/11/2019 9:00 am

Wildwood Preserve, Metz Visitor Center, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The days are getting longer and spring is here! Come celebrate the vernal equinox on a naturalist led hike to uncover what springtime secrets are awaiting us. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Bring a reusable water bottle. ree, No Reservations Required, Code 104404609

Thursday, March 21

EVENING HIKING GROUP
Secor, NCNP Parking Lot, 7 to 8 p.m.
Missing your post-work walk in the park due to early winter sunsets? Problem solved! The Metroparks offers a weekly evening night hike! Enjoy an invigorating walk with a naturalist guide after the parks are typically closed to the public. Pro-tip: dress for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. As an added bonus, friendly dogs are also welcome to join! Free, Reservations, Code 105510601

BEHIND THE SCENES OF STRANLEIGH
Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 6 to 9 p.m.
The Manor House at Wildwood Preserve had a previous life as the Stranleigh mansion, a part of the Stranahan Estate. When you visit, you may notice a lot of closed doors. What is behind all of them? Where did the maids work and sleep? How did the kitchens work? Join us for this unique opportunity to see all four floors of the Manor House and discover what life was like there long ago. Small groups will be taken for tours in typically closed areas of the entire house, from the boiler room to the attic! Bring your family and enjoy light refreshments at the end of your journey. Fee: $10, Reservations, Code 102202601

WAKE UP WITH THE BIRDS
Wildwood Preserve, Window and Wildlife, 8 to 8:45 a.m.

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. Free, Reservations, Code 504404101

Friday, March 22

CALLING ALL SCOUTS! JUNIOR GIRL SCOUTS, PLAYING THE PAST
Pearson, Johlin Cabin, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
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. Fee: $8, Reservations, Code 105509610

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 minute walk and covers over 2 miles at a quick walking pace. Free, No Reservations Required, Code 505510601

WOODCOCK WATCH
Secor, NCNP Parking Lot, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Have you ever seen a bird strut? The male American Woodcock goes to great lengths to attract a mate by performing a signature dance. At sunset, join us for an optional, short stroll in Secor that culminates in the ultimate dramatic bird-watching experience! This cryptic and mesmerizing bird puts on quite a show! Feel free to bring binoculars, field guides, and light-weight chairs to sit on. Please note that this program will require some quiet downtime as we wait for the birds to appear, heralded by their unique peenting call and the swoosh of their wings! Pro-tip: bug spray is recommended! Free, Reservations, Code 104404616

Saturday, March 23

PINE MANAGEMENT WALK
Oak Openings Preserve, Mallard Lake parking lot, 10 to 11 a.m.
Pine trees planted decades ago as a way to prevent soil erosion are now reaching the end of their life span. Areas of pine trees are being removed in Oak Openings to restore significant rare habitats and native species. Learn about the project through a walk with Metroparks Natural Resources and Education staff to see some of the areas impacted.  Free, Reservations, Code 504402101

KAYAK RESCUES
University of Toledo, University of Toledo Rec Center, 6 to 8 p.m.
Become a better, safer paddler with Metroparks Paddle Sports Classes. Explore valuable paddling safety topics, hone your skills and learn new strokes, or practice rescue situations in a safe environment. Different classes have different topics and areas of focus; please read individual class descriptions. Fee: $15, Reservations, Code 105501103

MAUMEE VALLEY ADVENTURERS TRAVEL CIRCLE: TIME, TRAINS, AND TRAVEL: 20 SITES IN SWITZERLAND
Wildwood Preserve, Ward Pavilion, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Join Maumee Valley Adventurers on Saturdays for a hike from 1 to 2 p.m., and stay for an interesting travel program at 2:15 p.m. Enjoy your Metroparks! Free, No Reservations Required, Code 100001602

BEHIND THE SCENES OF STRANLEIGH
Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Manor House at Wildwood Preserve had a previous life as the Stranleigh mansion, a part of the Stranahan Estate. When you visit, you may notice a lot of closed doors. What is behind all of them? Where did the maids work and sleep? How did the kitchens work? Join us for this unique opportunity to see all four floors of the Manor House and discover what life was like there long ago. Small groups will be taken for tours in typically closed areas of the entire house, from the boiler room to the attic! Bring your family and enjoy light refreshments at the end of your journey. Fee: $10, Reservations, Code 102202601

Sunday, March 24

FLY TYING 101
Side Cut Metropark, Side Cut Lamb Center, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Fee: $8, Reservations, Code 105506101

HISTORICAL TOURS OF THE MANOR HOUSE
Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 12 to 5 p.m.
How did the Stranahan Estate transform into a Metropark? Hear the story behind the fabled Manor House and grounds on a free 45 minute guided tour of Wildwood's 30,000+ sq. ft., depression-era home. Or simply stop in and walk through the first floor at your own pace. After visiting the Manor House, be sure to save some time to walk through the Ellen Biddle Shipman Garden or hike the trails of Wildwood! Free, Reservations, Code 502201601

BEHIND THE SCENES OF STRANLEIGH
Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 6 to 9 p.m.
The Manor House at Wildwood Preserve had a previous life as the Stranleigh mansion, a part of the Stranahan Estate. When you visit, you may notice a lot of closed doors. What is behind all of them? Where did the maids work and sleep? How did the kitchens work? Join us for this unique opportunity to see all four floors of the Manor House and discover what life was like there long ago. Small groups will be taken for tours in typically closed areas of the entire house, from the boiler room to the attic! Bring your family and enjoy light refreshments at the end of your journey. Fee: $10, Reservations, Code 102202601

ADULT WINTER LEARNING SERIES
Fallen Timbers Battlefield, Fallen Timbers Visitor Center, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Enrich your knowledge of the natural and cultural history of our region through this weekly lecture series featuring an indoor presentation followed by an optional, short, naturalist led hike. This series runs every Sunday in January, February, and March. Free, Reservations, Code 104404603

MARCH LECTURE SERIES: MANHATTAN MARSH METROPARK
Pearson, Macomber Lodge, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Lucas County's Metroparks are a local treasure. If you've ever wondered about how the Metroparks were formed, what conditions are like today, and what initiatives are planned for the future, join us for this informative lecture series to get you through the cold month of March! Free, Reservations, Code 104404617

Monday, March 25

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 minute walk and covers over 2 miles at a quick walking pace. Free, No Reservations Required, Code 505510601

Tuesday, March 26

SAFETY! DON'T LEAVE SHORE WITHOUT IT
Wildwood Preserve, Ward Pavilion, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Become a better, safer paddler with Metroparks Paddle Sports Classes. Explore valuable paddling safety topics, hone your skills and learn new strokes, or practice rescue situations in a safe environment. Different classes have different topics and areas of focus; please read individual class descriptions. Free, Reservations, Code 105501103

BGSU CONCERT SERIES: PIANO STUDENTS OF ROBERT SATTERLEE
Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 7 to 8 p.m.
Enjoy beautiful harmonies in a stately setting. Free, No Reservations Required, Code 102203601

Wednesday, March 27

SENIOR STROLL
Wildwood Preserve, Metz Visitor Center, 2 to 3 p.m.
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. Free, Reservations, Code 104402104

PIPING PEEPERS
Oak Openings Mallard Lake Area, Mallard Lake Parking, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Spring has arrived and so have the many sounds! Did you know that Toledo is also known as Frogtown? Join a Metroparks naturalist as we scout for Spring Peepers, Western Chorus Frogs and other local amphibians. Learn about their life cycle and how to identify them by their calls. Reservations required. Free, Reservations, Code 104404612

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 minute walk and covers over 2 miles at a quick walking pace. Free, No Reservations Required, Code 505510601

Thursday, March 28

PINE MANAGEMENT WALK
Oak Openings Preserve, Mallard Lake parking lot, 10 to 11 a.m.
Pine trees planted decades ago as a way to prevent soil erosion are now reaching the end of their life span. Areas of pine trees are being removed in Oak Openings to restore significant rare habitats and native species. Learn about the project through a walk with Metroparks Natural Resources and Education staff to see some of the areas impacted.  Free, Reservations, Code 504402101

EVENING HIKING GROUP
Secor, NCNP Parking Lot, 7 to 8 p.m.
Missing your post-work walk in the park due to early winter sunsets? Problem solved! The Metroparks offers a weekly evening night hike! Enjoy an invigorating walk with a naturalist guide after the parks are typically closed to the public. Pro-tip: dress for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. As an added bonus, friendly dogs are also welcome to join! Free, Reservations, Code 105510601
 

TALES AND TRAILS (AGES 3-5)
Wildwood Preserve, Wildwood Metroparks Hall, 10 to 11 a.m.
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. Fee: $2, Reservations, Code 104404102
 

WAKE UP WITH THE BIRDS
Wildwood Preserve, Window and Wildlife, 8 to 8:45 a.m.
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. Free, Reservations, Code 504404101

Friday, March 29

NATURE AT NIGHT HIKE: STORIES OF THE STARS
Fallen Timbers Battlefield, Fallen Timbers Parking Lot, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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! Free, Reservations, Code 104402602

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 minute walk and covers over 2 miles at a quick walking pace. No Registration Required. Free, Reservations, Code 505510601

Saturday, March 30
 

MAUMEE VALLEY ADVENTURERS TRAVEL CIRCLE: EGYPT: 5000 YEARS OF HISTORY
Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Join Maumee Valley Adventurers on Saturdays for a hike from 1 to 2 p.m., and stay for an interesting travel program at 2:15 p.m. Enjoy your Metroparks! Free, No Reservations Required, Code 100001602

10 MILE HIKE
Oak Openings Mallard Lake Area, Mallard Lake Parking, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Explore your trails with Metroparks naturalists. We offer evening hikes, fitness hikes, 5 and 10 mile hikes, and more. Free, Reservations, Code 10551560
 

Sunday, March 31
 

CAMPFIRE COOKING: PIE IRONS
Pearson, Johlin Cabin, 2 to 3 p.m.
Learn to make pie iron pizzas and desserts so you can wow your friends and family on your next camping trip! Experience what it's like to cook over an open fire at the Toledo Botanical Garden's historic Navarre Cabin. Use the essential outdoor skills learned from this program to create your own recipes! Fee: $8, Reservations, Code 105505601

HISTORICAL TOURS OF THE MANOR HOUSE
Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 12 to 5 p.m.
How did the Stranahan Estate transform into a Metropark? Hear the story behind the fabled Manor House and grounds on a free 45 minute guided tour of Wildwood's 30,000+ sq. ft., depression-era home. Or simply stop in and walk through the first floor at your own pace. After visiting the Manor House, be sure to save some time to walk through the Ellen Biddle Shipman Garden or hike the trails of Wildwood! Free, Reservations, Code 502201601

ADULT WINTER LEARNING SERIES
Fallen Timbers Battlefield, Fallen Timbers Visitor Center, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Enrich your knowledge of the natural and cultural history of our region through this weekly lecture series featuring an indoor presentation followed by an optional, short, naturalist led hike. This series runs every Sunday in January, February, and March. Free, Reservations, Code 10440460
 

MARCH LECTURE SERIES: TOLEDO WATERFRONT PROJECT
Pearson, Macomber Lodge, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Lucas County's Metroparks are a local treasure. If you've ever wondered about how the Metroparks were formed, what conditions are like today, and what initiatives are planned for the future, join us for this informative lecture series to get you through the cold month of March! Free, Reservations, Code 104404617



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