METROPARKS PROGRAMS

Metroparks Toledo are coming to the Library! We’re hosting programs for all ages and interests. 

ADULTS AND FAMILIES

Build a snowscape, cook by campfire, learn what the buzz is about bees and more. 

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Kids

From frogs to mammals to baby animals, our Metroparks kids programs are all about animals.

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Teens

Gain survival skills, cook with corn and learn about “Stranleigh,” gardening and urban wildlife. 

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METROPARKS SNOW SCIENCE CAMP

Learn about the science of snow. Dress in layers in case we spend a little time outside looking at real snow! Snack provided. Registration is required - call 419.259.5200 to register. 

Jan. 8 and 12  | 9:30 a.m. – Noon (Children)

Jan. 8 and 12 | 1:30 - 4 p.m. (Teen) 

METROPARKS TRACKS CAMP

Learn about tracks and try snowshoeing! Weather permitting. Dress in layers. Signed waiver required.

Feb. 16 and 19 | 9:30 a.m. – Noon (Children)

Feb. 16 and 19 | 1:30 - 4 p.m. (Teen) 

Birding

FOR ADULTS

Birding 101

New to birding? Learn the basics like how to use and choose binoculars and bird guides, where to bird and what kinds of birds you might see.

(Sa) March 21 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Waterville
(T) April 3 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Sanger
(W) April 11 | 1 -2 p.m., King Road 

Birding 201
Birding 201 will introduce you to what birds live in Northwest Ohio and where you can find them in our 15 Metroparks.

(W) April 18 | 1 - 2 p.m., King Road
(W) April 18 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Waterville
(T) April 24 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Sanger (No Field Trip)

Birding Field Trip 
Spend the morning with a Metroparks guide for a minibus tour of a Metropark for some exciting bird watching.

(Th) April 19 | 9:30 - noon, Waterville
(F) April 20 | 9:30 - noon, King Rd

ADULTS AND FAMILIES


Snowflake Fun
Learn how snowflakes are made and why no two are alike, and then make some paper snowflakes for your window.

Jan. 9 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | West Toledo

Jan. 20 | 2 - 3 p.m. | Holland

Jan. 23 | 6 - 7 p.m. | Toledo Heights

Jan. 23 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Waterville

Jan. 27 | 11 a.m. – Noon | King Road

Jan. 27 | 2 - 3 p.m. | Point Place

Snowscapes
Capture winter in your own work of art. Adults only.

Jan. 9 | 1 - 3 p.m. | West Toledo

Feb. 17 | 10 a.m. – Noon | King Road

Canal Days
Learn about life on the Miami and Erie Canal which was filled with hard work and unique challenges in the middle of the 19th century.

Feb. 21 | 6:30 - 8 p.m. | Waterville

Scary or Not So Scary?
Misunderstood Animals: Join Metroparks to learn why scary animals like spiders, snakes, skunks, bats, and mosquitoes are actually just misunderstood and not really scary at all.

March 17 | 11 a.m. – Noon | King Road

Buzz About Bees
Learn about local pollinators as we distinguish between species, spot look-a-like imposters and appreciate their roles in nature and human food production. Adults only.

April 3 | 6 - 7 p.m. | West Toledo

Campfire Cooking
Spice up your world with campfire cooking. Discover different recipes, tools and techniques for delicious trail cooking. You will actually get to sample some food at this program! Adults only.

April 4 (http://events.toledolibrary.org/event/455337)| 4 - 5 p.m. | Holland

Maumee River Stories
Discover the wonders of water with experiments and activities and learn stories about who makes the Maumee River their home.

April 21 | 11 a.m. – Noon | King Road

Nature Connections
Enjoy a nature story for young children followed by a nature craft.

April 18 | 10 - 11 a.m. | King Road

Kids


Animal Tracking
Join us as we learn about tracking wildlife.

Jan. 24 | 4 - 5 p.m. | Washington

 Baby Animals
Discover the different baby animals that live in your neighborhood and the adaptations they use to survive and grow. Preschool program.

Jan. 31 | 10 - 10:30 a.m. | King Road

March 12 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Waterville

Ohio Mammals
Examine close up the skins and skulls of Ohio’s most common warm-blooded animals as you try to solve a mystery.

Feb. 8 | 3 - 4 p.m. | Maumee

Fossil Fun
Explore the geology of Northwest Ohio and learn how powerful natural forces shaped this area.

Feb. 8 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | West Toledo

Frog Fanatics
Make the hop from water to land and join our froggy friends on an educational adventure. Learn about some of the frogs that used to call “Frogtown” Toledo home.

Feb. 20 | 4 - 5 p.m. | Birmingham

March 29 | 4 - 5 p.m. | Washington

Monsters of Ohio’s Ancient Shallow Seas
Millions of years ago, strange, wonderful, and terrifying aquatic creatures roamed the shallow waters of a sea older than the dinosaurs. We’ll have a trilobite craft for you to take home.

March 6 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | West Toledo

April 10 | 4 - 5 p.m. | Birmingham

Fantastic Fish
Something’s Fishy: Discover the incredible capabilities of fish! Join the Metroparks to create your own fish slime, learn about fish anatomy, and how to dress like a fish.

March 10  | 2 - 3 p.m. | Holland

Creepy Crawly Bugs
Learn details about insects and the anatomy of these creepy crawlers.

March 14 | 4 - 5 p.m. | Mott

April 4 | 4:30 - 5 p.m. | Kent

April 17 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | West Toledo

Teens


Urban Wildlife
Learn about the wild animals that live in your backyard through skins, skulls, tracks and calls. So many of them come out at night and are seldom seen.

Jan. 30 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Kent

Building “Stanleigh”
Before becoming Wildwood Preserve Metropark, the Manor House and surrounding land was known as Stranleigh Estate.

March 13 | 1 - 2 p.m. | West Toledo

Survival Skills
Do you have what it takes to survive? Learn some tips and tricks if you do find yourself in a worst-case scenario.

March 13 | 4 - 5 p.m. | Birmingham

March 28 | 2 - 3 p.m. | King Road

Gardening for Wildlife
Every living thing needs food, water and shelter. Learn how to attract wildlife to your backyard through plantings and even a few tips to keep some from eating you out of house and home.

April 4 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Washington

Grist for the Meal
Join our friends from the Toledo Metroparks as they bring tools to teach us how to prepare meals from wheat and corn.

April 9 | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | Locke