Metroparks Monthly Program Listing for February 2020

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Calendar Listings for Metroparks Toledo

December 2019

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SNOWSHOE POP-UPS
Various Metroparks, Special Events Various Metroparks, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
You never know what can "pop up" in winter! Sometimes, conditions are just right for a fun snowshoe adventure in our beautiful Metroparks. These fun winter wonderland escapes will be posted on short notice, so keep your eyes peeled! Snowshoeing programs will occur at different Metroparks in our area, so you'll be able to enjoy a variety of local natural spaces! Please register here to be added to our email list so you can be informed when they happen! However, please note that receiving email updates do not register you for any pop-up programs. You'll need to register for each adventure individually when you receive an email alert. Free, Reservations, Code 105514501

 

Saturday, February 1

METROPARKS SUMMER CAMP
Summer is prime time for adventure, building new skills, making memories and learning about the natural world around you. Whether it's kayaking at Oak Openings or chasing insects through the meadow at Wildwood, Metroparks offers opportunities for kids to connect with nature and get outside this summer. Camp registration opens on February 1, 2020. Fee includes a t-shirt for all children. Visit https://metroparkstoledo.com/discover/special-events-and-programs/summer-camps/ for more information on the available summer camps, fees, etc.

SEARCH FOR SKUNK CABBAGE
Oak Openings Preserve, Mallard Lake parking lot, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Skunk cabbage is one of our first wildflowers to emerge in the spring, often even when there is still snow on the ground. Come learn about this interesting plant, where it can be found in the Metroparks and the animals that depend on it. Free, Reservations, Code 104404608

KAYAK BASICS
University of Toledo Rec Center, 6 to 8 p.m.
It may be winter, but we're in the mood for some kayaking! Impossible, you say? Don't worry, we'll escape the frigid temperatures by facilitating this beginner course in the comfort of an indoor pool at the University of Toledo Student Recreation Center. This program is designed to help you learn basic strokes and safety tactics on the water. Staff is certified by the American Canoe Association and all equipment is provided. All participants must be 12 or older. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are required to register at https://bit.ly/2nUPr76 or by calling the UT Rec Center at 419-530-3700. $15, Reservations, Code 105501103

ESCAPE THE MANOR HOUSE: OTIS HAS OAK WILT! (Ages 8 and Up)
Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 6 to 7 p.m.
Escape the Manor House is back again in 2020 and better than ever. Otis the Oak Leaf is sick with oak wilt and in need of your help. Search through the Manor House and solve puzzles and challenges with your group to help Otis get the "tree-tment" that he needs. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended ages are 8-12, but all are welcome. $15, Reservations, Code 105512101

ESCAPE THE MANOR HOUSE: SQUATCH WEDDING
Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Escape the Manor House is back again in 2020 and better than ever. Adults will have an opportunity to "toast" the new couple at the Squatch Wedding. We request the honor of your presence at the wedding of the future Mr. and Mrs. S. Quatch. There's only one problem..... where's the bride?! Help Sasquatch track down his missing misses. Formal attire encouraged. $20, Reservations, Code 105512101

MAUMEE VALLEY ADVENTURERS TRAVEL CIRCLE: TRAVELING IN ISRAEL: SITES AND CONTROVERSIES
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! No Reservations Needed, Free, Code 100001602

Sunday, February 2

WINTER LEARNING SERIES- RAPTORS AND RAPTOR MONITORING AT METROPARKS
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. Raptors and Raptor Monitoring at Metroparks presented by Steve Lauer. Free, Reservations, Code 104404603

GROUNDHOGS DAY
Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Is spring just around the corner or will we have six more weeks of winter? Celebrate Groundhogs Day with us at Wildwood Preserve Metropark as we explore and learn about this magnificent mammal and the legend that surrounds it. There will be a groundhog walk, crafts, stories, games and lots of fun! Please register participating children only. Free, Reservations, Code 104404607

Wednesday, February 5

FLY FISHING 101, Oak Openings Preserve , Oak Openings Lodge, 5 to 6 p.m.,
Join to learn more about and develop skills for fly fishing. You will work on casting techniques and practice accuracy, as well as how to approach casting in different scenarios. There will be information about fly patterns and the ability for hands on learning with different flies. Come cast and tie your way into becoming a fly fisherman or woman! Free, Reservations, Code 105506101

TODDLER TRAILS
Wildwood Main Entrance, Wildwood Metz Visitor Center, 10 to 11 a.m.
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. $2, Reservations, Code 104402102

Friday, February 7

NATURE AT NIGHT HIKE: COYOTE VALENTINE
Pearson Metropark, Pearson Packer-Hammersmith Center Parking Lot, 6:30 to 7:30 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! Wander through the park at night and listen for the lonely calls of coyotes searching for their valentine. Free, Reservations, Code 104402602

ESCAPE THE MANOR HOUSE: SQUATCH WEDDING
Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 8 to 9 p.m.
Escape the Manor House is back again in 2020 and better than ever. Adults will have an opportunity to "toast" the new couple at the Squatch Wedding. Adults only. We request the honor of your presence at the wedding of the future Mr. and Mrs. S. Quatch. There's only one problem..... where's the bride?! Help Sasquatch track down his missing misses. Formal attire encouraged. $20, Reservations, Code 105512101

ESCAPE THE MANOR HOUSE: OTIS HAS OAK WILT!
Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Escape the Manor House is back again in 2020 and better than ever. Otis the Oak Leaf is sick with oak wilt and in need of your help. Search through the Manor House and solve puzzles and challenges with your group to help Otis get the "tree-tment" that he needs. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended ages are 8-12, but all are welcome. $15, Reservations, Code 105512101

Saturday, February 8

A VALENTINE FROM THE PRAIRIE
Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, Oak Openings Buehner Center, 2 to 3 p.m.
Share your love for Ohio prairies with your closest someone by making them a prairie valentine. Recycle left-over plant material from Metroparks restoration efforts and learn how to transform it into paper. Everyone will go home with a handmade card for their valentine. $3, Reservations, Code 104404620

ESCAPE THE MANOR HOUSE: SQUATCH WEDDING
Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Escape the Manor House is back again in 2020 and better than ever. Adults will have an opportunity to "toast" the new couple at the Squatch Wedding. Adults only. We request the honor of your presence at the wedding of the future Mr. and Mrs. S. Quatch. There's only one problem..... where's the bride?! Help Sasquatch track down his missing misses. Formal attire encouraged. $20, Reservations, Code 10551210
 

ESCAPE THE MANOR HOUSE: OTIS HAS OAK WILT!
Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 6 to 7 p.m.
Escape the Manor House is back again in 2020 and better than ever. Otis the Oak Leaf is sick with oak wilt and in need of your help. Search through the Manor House and solve puzzles and challenges with your group to help Otis get the "tree-tment" that he needs. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended ages are 8-12, but all are welcome. $15, Reservations, Code 105512101

MAUMEE VALLEY ADVENTURERS TRAVEL CIRCLE: EXPLORING INDONESIA: BALI TO SINGAPORE
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! No Reservations Needed, Free, Code 100001602

Sunday, February 9

WINTER LEARNING SERIES- COYOTES
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. Coyotes presented by Jaron Beck, ODNR. Free, Reservations, Code 104404603

ORIENTEERING 201
Oak Openings Preserve , Oak Openings Lodge, 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Put your orienteering skills to the test on our orienteering course. Brief introduction to the course and navigation included. Dress for the weather and wear footwear appropriate for off-trail and uneven ground. This program runs rain or shine. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. No flip-flops. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. $9, Reservations, Code 105508201

Monday, February 10

FISHING 101: FLY TYING
Oak Openings Preserve , Oak Openings Lodge, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
This introductory fly-tying program teaches you the basic skills you need to tie your own flies. Learn how to match the hatch and tie flies that will fool hungry fish into taking a nibble. All materials provided, and you get to take the flies you tie home. $5, Reservations, Code 105506101

Wednesday, February 12

HURRAY FOR HOMESCHOOLERS: IN THE BELLY OF AN OWL
Providence Metropark, Heritage Center, 10 to 11 a.m.
Learn the secrets of an owl's sight and flight that make them great nocturnal hunters. Then, investigate an owl pellet to discover what they catch in the darkness of night. Free, Reservations, Code 104404614

Thursday, February 13

LADIES NIGHT OUT GALENTINE'S DAY
Beach Ridge Area, Beach Ridge Wheelhouse, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Ladies, these programs are especially for you! Grab some gal pals and explore your Metroparks with your girls. Ladies! Call your gal pals and celebrate a day just for you! This fun evening will start off with a brisk snowshoe or hike for some night sky gazing. Friends will then warm up in one of our newest venues while sipping warm and cold beverages and tasty snacks. Find out what other adventures we will offer for Ladies Only in 2020. Dress for the weather with comfortable footwear or boots. Ages 21 and over only. $8, Reservations, Code 105516101

TALES AND TRAILS (AGES 3-5)
Wildwood Preserve, 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. $2, Reservations, Code 104404102

Friday, February 14

ESCAPE THE MANOR HOUSE: SQUATCH WEDDING
Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 8 to 9 p.m.
Escape the Manor House is back again in 2020 and better than ever. Adults will have an opportunity to "toast" the new couple at the Squatch Wedding. Adults only. We request the honor of your presence at the wedding of the future Mr. and Mrs. S. Quatch. There's only one problem..... where's the bride?! Help Sasquatch track down his missing misses. Formal attire encouraged. $20, Reservations, Code 105512101

ESCAPE THE MANOR HOUSE: OTIS HAS OAK WILT!
Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Escape the Manor House is back again in 2020 and better than ever. Otis the Oak Leaf is sick with oak wilt and in need of your help. Search through the Manor House and solve puzzles and challenges with your group to help Otis get the "tree-tment" that he needs. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended ages are 8-12, but all are welcome. $15, Reservations, Code 10551210
 

LOVE OF NATURE FOREST THERAPY
Pearson, Macomber Lodge, 1 to 4 p.m.
Give yourself the gift of love from nature this Valentine's Day by immersing yourself in the healing elements of pond and woodlands at Pearson Metropark. Fee includes the complete sequence of the Forest Therapy experience as recognized by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, and the program is led by an ANFT certified guide. Healthy snacks and tea follow. Dress for outdoor experiences and plan for walking of under 1-mile. Reservations Required. $25, Reservations, Code 105510604

Saturday, February 15

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. $10, Reservations, Code 102202601

ESCAPE THE MANOR HOUSE: SQUATCH WEDDING
Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Escape the Manor House is back again in 2020 and better than ever. Adults will have an opportunity to "toast" the new couple at the Squatch Wedding. Adults only. We request the honor of your presence at the wedding of the future Mr. and Mrs. S. Quatch. There's only one problem..... where's the bride?! Help Sasquatch track down his missing misses. Formal attire encouraged. $20, Reservations, Code 105512101

ESCAPE THE MANOR HOUSE: OTIS HAS OAK WILT!
Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 6 to 7 p.m.
Escape the Manor House is back again in 2020 and better than ever. Otis the Oak Leaf is sick with oak wilt and in need of your help. Search through the Manor House and solve puzzles and challenges with your group to help Otis get the "tree-tment" that he needs. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended ages are 8-12, but all are welcome. $15, Reservations, Code 105512101

MAUMEE VALLEY ADVENTURERS TRAVEL CIRCLE: PATTI & CHUCK'S PARISIAN ADVENTURE
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! No Reservations Needed, Free, Code 100001602

Sunday, February 16

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. $10, Reservations, Code 102202601

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. Presentation by Christina Kuchle, Scenic Rivers. Free, Reservations, Code 104404603

Monday, February 17

ANIMAL TRACKS
Swan Creek, Yager Center, 10 to 11 a.m.
Become an animal detective and help uncode the secrets of wildlife! Learn to locate animals based on their tracks, feathers, and scat. If weather permits, we'll take a hike to look for signs of winter wildlife. Free, Reservations, Code 104402606

Tuesday, February 18

STAR STRUCK: DEEP SKY OBJECTS
Bend View, Bend View Parking Lot, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Escape from the light pollution of the big city and explore the night sky with amateur astronomer John Starr and Metroparks naturalists. Discover the stories in the stars as we constellation hop around the night sky, and explore the science of the stars as we view galaxies or other deep-sky objects through a telescope. Bring a camp chair and warm beverages (optional), and dress warmly in layers. Free, Reservations, Code 105305101

Friday, February 21

ESCAPE THE MANOR HOUSE: OTIS HAS OAK WILT!
Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Escape the Manor House is back again in 2020 and better than ever. Otis the Oak Leaf is sick with oak wilt and in need of your help. Search through the Manor House and solve puzzles and challenges with your group to help Otis get the "tree-tment" that he needs. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended ages are 8-12, but all are welcome. $15, Reservations, Code 105512101

ESCAPE THE MANOR HOUSE: SQUATCH WEDDING
Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 8 to 9 p.m.
Escape the Manor House is back again in 2020 and better than ever. Adults will have an opportunity to "toast" the new couple at the Squatch Wedding. Adults only. We request the honor of your presence at the wedding of the future Mr. and Mrs. S. Quatch. There's only one problem..... where's the bride?! Help Sasquatch track down his missing misses. Formal attire encouraged. $20, Reservations, Code 105512101

Saturday, February 22

SECOR METROPARK HIGHLIGHTS WALK
Secor, NCNP parking lot, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Bundle up for this fun winter walk for any age that will feature the unique combination of cultural and natural history at Secor Metropark. Free, Reservations, Code 104402605

WINTERING THE TOWPATH TRAIL - 5 MILE
Providence, Providence Canal/Mill parking lot, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Shake off those winter blahs at the best winter



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