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Metroparks Programs

2019 Spring | Summer

This spring/summer, we're partnering with Metroparks Toledo to offer hands-on programs about birds, forest therapy and more. Join us for programs on:

  • Forest Therapy
  • Birds in My Backyard
  • Orienteering
  • Toledo Trivia
  • Ghost Town of Providence
  • Fun with Fishing

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Learn more about Summer Read

Audiobook Trail Challenge

A Metroparks Toledo partnership

We challenge you to read in another format this year! Head to any Metropark and listen to an audiobook while on the trail! Then log on to the Library's Summer Read page to log your book title or your time listening on the trail. Audiobooks count as good reads in Summer Read! Also, look for the Audiobook Trail Challenge under activities badges for an extra ticket in the grand prize drawing! You could win a free night in the Metroparks Tree House!

Learn more about Summer Read

Metroparks Toledo Presents: Introducing Forest Therapy

Friday Jul. 19
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Point Place

Not sure what Forest Therapy is? Learn about this new internationally growing movement and become more aware of the healing potential of the natural world.

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Metroparks Toledo Trivia!  

Wednesday Jul. 24
at 3:00 p.m.

Location: Lagrange

A fun interactive game highlighting all that Metroparks Toledo has to offer in the diverse and beautiful eco-regions just outside your door.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Birds in My Backyards

Thursday Jul. 25
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Holland

Birds of many colors live in Toledo. Learn to identify a few by their feathers and songs. How can you attract goldfinches or cardinals to visit your outdoor space? Come and find out.

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Metroparks Toledo Trivia!  

Thursday Aug. 1
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Reynolds Corners

A fun interactive game highlighting all that Metroparks Toledo has to offer in the diverse and beautiful eco-regions just outside your door.

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Metroparks: Introducing Forest Therapy

Friday Aug. 2
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Holland

Not sure what Forest Therapy is? Learn about this new internationally growing movement and become more aware of the healing potential of the natural world.

Event Details for Metroparks: Introducing Forest Therapy

Metroparks Toledo Trivia!  

Friday Aug. 2
at 3:00 p.m.

Location: Toledo Heights

A fun interactive game highlighting all that Metroparks Toledo has to offer in the diverse and beautiful eco-regions just outside your door.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Orienteering

Tuesday Aug. 6
at 1:30 p.m.

Location: Birmingham

Revive the lost art of using a compass with these hands-on activities and games.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Orienteering

Tuesday Aug. 6
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Mott

Revive the lost art of using a compass with these hands-on activities and games.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Orienteering

Thursday Aug. 8
at 1:30 p.m.

Location: South

Revive the lost art of using a compass with these hands-on activities and games.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Fly Fishing 101

Saturday Aug. 10
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: King Road

Learn the basic principles of fly fishing. We’ll cover poles and reels, discuss dry versus wet flies and learn about simple fly patterns. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Teens and adults 15+.

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Toledo War

Tuesday Aug. 13
at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Locke

Learn the strange history of the Toledo War

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Fallen Timbers

Thursday Aug. 15
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Maumee

Did you know that an important battle in American history took place in Lucas County? Learn the causes and consequences of a little-known war that culminated at the Battle of Fallen Timbers.  

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Metroparks Toledo Trivia!  

Saturday Aug. 17
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: King Road

A fun interactive game highlighting all that Metroparks Toledo has to offer in the diverse and beautiful eco-regions just outside your door.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Ghost Town of Providence

Tuesday Aug. 20
at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Waterville

You might be surprised to learn that there is a ghost town right here in Lucas County. Come learn the interesting and tragic history of the ghost town of Providence.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Camping 101

Tuesday Sep. 3
at 6:30 p.m.

Location: King Road

Learn about the essentials for a successful camping experience by discovering what to look for when buying gear.

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Homeschool Hour

Thursday Sep. 5
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Oregon

Meet with the Metroparks and other home school students for some hands on scientific investigations about owls. Discover what makes the owl a fierce night time predator.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: What Owls Eat

Thursday Sep. 5
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Oregon

Become an owl scientist as you discover what an owl eats, construct an owl wing and compare your vision to an owl's.

Event Details for Metroparks Toledo Presents: What Owls Eat

Metroparks Toledo Presents: Outdoor Career Opportunities

Monday Sep. 9
at 3:00 p.m.

Location: Holland

Discover your future at the Metroparks as an outdoor professional. Hear about great opportunities in areas such as law enforcement, natural resources, maintenance, and outdoor programming.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: What Owls Eat

Monday Sep. 9
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: South

Become an owl scientist as you discover what an owl eats, construct an owl wing and compare your vision to an owl's.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Camping Fun

Monday Sep. 9
at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Heatherdowns

Learn camping skills with fun and interactive games.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Falling Leaves

Saturday Sep. 14
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Sylvania

Discover why leaves change color and create a fall craft to take home.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Camping Fun

Tuesday Sep. 17
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Washington

Learn camping skills with fun and interactive games.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Falling Leaves

Tuesday Sep. 17
at 4:30 p.m.

Location: West Toledo

Discover why leaves change color and create a fall craft to take home.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Career Mixer

Wednesday Sep. 18
at 3:30 p.m.

Location: Sylvania

A job doesn't have to be boring. In fact, for many scientists, they found their job by doing things they enjoyed doing as kids.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Coexisting with Coyotes

Wednesday Sep. 18
at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Oregon

Coyotes now make their homes in even the most urban of settings. Explore the secret, unique world of these mostly nocturnal creatures and discover what you need to know to coexist with them.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Camping Fun

Thursday Sep. 19
at 6:30 p.m.

Location: King Road

Learn camping skills with fun and interactive games.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Camping Fun

Tuesday Sep. 24
at 3:30 p.m.

Location: Locke

Learn camping skills with fun and interactive games.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Falling Leaves

Thursday Sep. 26
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Birmingham

Discover why leaves change color and create a fall craft to take home.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Falling Leaves

Monday Sep. 30
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: South

Discover why leaves change color and create a fall craft to take home.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Coexisting with Coyotes

Tuesday Oct. 1
at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Locke

Coyotes now make their homes in even the most urban of settings. Explore the secret, unique world of these mostly nocturnal creatures and discover what you need to know to coexist with them.

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Flashlight Frenzy

Thursday Oct. 3
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Birmingham

It’s time to read by flashlight with your kids at the Library! Metroparks and Toledo Lucas County Public Library have teamed up and are giving out free flashlights throughout the month of October.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Coexisting with Coyotes

Friday Oct. 4
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Holland

Coyotes now make their homes in even the most urban of settings. Explore the secret, unique world of these mostly nocturnal creatures and discover what you need to know to coexist with them.

Event Details for Metroparks Toledo Presents: Coexisting with Coyotes

Flashlight Frenzy Read in a Pop Up Tent

Tuesday Oct. 8
at 3:30 p.m.

Location: King Road

Enjoy your next favorite book in one of our pop-up tents. Read by lantern light or flashlight.

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Flashlight Frenzy

Tuesday Oct. 8
at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Lagrange

It’s time to read by flashlight with your kids at the Library! Metroparks and Toledo Lucas County Public Library have teamed up and are giving out free flashlights throughout the month of October.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Mott Outdoors!

Wednesday Oct. 9
at 3:00 p.m.

Location: Mott

The Metroparks will help you explore and investigate all the nature in the Smith Park and Mott areas. Learn about the animals and plants in the park and find out how they live in the area.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Career Mixer

Saturday Oct. 12
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: King Road

A job doesn't have to be boring. In fact, for many scientists, they found their job by doing things they enjoyed doing as kids.

Event Details for Metroparks Toledo Presents: Career Mixer

Flashlight Frenzy

Monday Oct. 14
at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Waterville

It’s time to read by flashlight with your kids at the Library! Metroparks and Toledo Lucas County Public Library have teamed up and are giving out free flashlights throughout the month of October.

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Flashlight Frenzy Campfire Storytime

Monday Oct. 21
at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Sylvania

It's time to read by flashlight with your kids at the Library! Come to the library for a terrific storytime experience. Cozy pajamas, blankets and your favorite bedtime companions are welcome!

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Coexisting with Coyotes

Monday Oct. 21
at 7:00 p.m.

Location: West Toledo

Coyotes now make their homes in even the most urban of settings. Explore the secret, unique world of these mostly nocturnal creatures and discover what you need to know to coexist with them.

Event Details for Metroparks Toledo Presents: Coexisting with Coyotes

Metroparks Toledo Presents: What Owls Eat

Tuesday Oct. 22
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Washington

Become an owl scientist as you discover what an owl eats, construct an owl wing and compare your vision to an owl's.

Event Details for Metroparks Toledo Presents: What Owls Eat

Metroparks Toledo Presents: Coexisting with Coyotes

Wednesday Oct. 23
at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Waterville

Coyotes now make their homes in even the most urban of settings. Explore the secret, unique world of these mostly nocturnal creatures and discover what you need to know to coexist with them.

Event Details for Metroparks Toledo Presents: Coexisting with Coyotes

Metroparks Toledo Presents: Fallen Timbers

Friday Oct. 25
at 2:30 p.m.

Location: Point Place

Did you know that an important battle in American history took place in Lucas County? Learn the causes and consequences of a little-known war that culminated at the Battle of Fallen Timbers.

Event Details for Metroparks Toledo Presents: Fallen Timbers

Metroparks Toledo Presents: What Owls Eat

Saturday Oct. 26
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: King Road

Become an owl scientist as you discover what an owl eats, construct an owl wing and compare your vision to an owl's.

Event Details for Metroparks Toledo Presents: What Owls Eat

Flashlight Frenzy

Monday Oct. 28
at 6:00 p.m.

Location: West Toledo

It’s time to read by flashlight with your kids at the Library! Metroparks and Toledo Lucas County Public Library have teamed up and are giving out free flashlights throughout the month of October.

Event Details for Flashlight Frenzy

Metroparks Toledo Presents: Turkey Talk

Friday Nov. 1
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Holland

Discover how Ohio's largest game bird survives in the wild, where it lives, what its predators are and what it eats.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: What Owls Eat

Monday Nov. 4
at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Waterville

Become an owl scientist as you discover what an owl eats, construct an owl wing and compare your vision to an owl's.

Event Details for Metroparks Toledo Presents: What Owls Eat

Metroparks Toledo Presents: What Owls Eat

Saturday Nov. 9
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Sylvania

Become an owl scientist as you discover what an owl eats, construct an owl wing and compare your vision to an owl's.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: What Owls Eat

Thursday Nov. 14
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Sanger

Become an owl scientist as you discover what an owl eats, construct an owl wing and compare your vision to an owl's.

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