Metroparks at the Library

Metroparks Programs

2020 Winter | Spring

Learn more about the outdoors and nature by joining us at more than 40 Metroparks programs at 14 Library locations this season!

  • Camping Fun
  • Connecting Pieces of the Past
  • Forest Therapy
  • Landscape Scene Investigators
  • Rock It Out
  • Surviving the Great Black Swamp
  • Water Wonders
  • Winter Trees
  • Where Does Water Run

Metroparks Toledo Presents: Surviving the Great Black Swamp

Monday Feb. 24
at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Locke

Discover the ways settlers adapted the Great Black Swamp to create the communities we live in today. You will be amazed to find out what our ancestors went through to tame Northwest Ohio.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Surviving the Great Black Swamp

Monday Feb. 24
at 7:00 p.m.

Location: West Toledo

Discover the ways settlers adapted the Great Black Swamp to create the communities we live in today. You will be amazed to find out what our ancestors went through to tame Northwest Ohio.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Landscape Scene Investigators

Tuesday Feb. 25
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Birmingham

Become a “Landscape Scene Investigator” and learn more about the stories that animals leave behind in the snow and Aldo Leopold's book A Sand County Almanac.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Rock it Out

Monday Mar. 2
at 4:30 p.m.

Location: West Toledo

From our homes, to the food we eat and the roads we travel, geology affects everything we do. Learn about fossils, Ohio’s rocks and minerals and make glacial slime to take home.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Surviving the Great Black Swamp

Tuesday Mar. 3
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Birmingham

Discover the ways settlers adapted the Great Black Swamp to create the communities we live in today. You will be amazed to find out what our ancestors went through to tame Northwest Ohio.

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Wolcott House Historical Lecture Series

Thursday Mar. 5
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Maumee

Join us at the Maumee Library for the Wolcott House Museum Guild's annual lecture series. Featuring local authors and topics relevant to local history.

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Silver Cafe for the 55+ Crowd

Friday Mar. 6
at 9:30 a.m.

Location: Holland

This free program open to adults aged 55+ features a new topic, speaker, discussion or activity each week.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Rock it Out

Saturday Mar. 7
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Waterville

From our homes, to the food we eat and the roads we travel, geology affects everything we do. Learn about fossils, Ohio’s rocks and minerals and make glacial slime to take home.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Water Wonders

Tuesday Mar. 10
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: South

Preschoolers will enjoy playing with water to discover some of water's unique properties!

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Rock it Out

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

Location: Holland

From our homes, to the food we eat and the roads we travel, geology affects everything we do. Learn about fossils, Ohio’s rocks and minerals and make glacial slime to take home.

Event Details for Metroparks Toledo Presents: Rock it Out

Metroparks Toledo Presents: Landscape Scene Investigators

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

Location: West Toledo

Become a “Landscape Scene Investigator” and learn more about the stories that animals leave behind in the snow and Aldo Leopold's book A Sand County Almanac.

Event Details for Metroparks Toledo Presents: Landscape Scene Investigators

Metroparks Toledo Presents: Surviving the Great Black Swamp

Monday Mar. 16
at 3:00 p.m.

Location: Toledo Heights

Discover the ways settlers adapted the Great Black Swamp to create the communities we live in today. You will be amazed to find out what our ancestors went through to tame Northwest Ohio.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Where does water run?

Saturday Mar. 21
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: King Road

Using the fun interactive EnviroScape watershed model, learn how pollution moves through a watershed and affects water quality.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Rock it Out

Monday Mar. 23
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: South

From our homes, to the food we eat and the roads we travel, geology affects everything we do. Learn about fossils, Ohio’s rocks and minerals and make glacial slime to take home.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Rock it Out

Tuesday Mar. 24
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Oregon

From our homes, to the food we eat and the roads we travel, geology affects everything we do. Learn about fossils, Ohio’s rocks and minerals and make glacial slime to take home.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Metroparks Trivia

Wednesday Apr. 1
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Sylvania

Think you know everything Metroparks? Join us for a round of Metroparks Trivia to test your knowledge!

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Forest Therapy

Thursday Apr. 2
at 11:00 a.m.

Location: Maumee

Become more aware of Forest Therapy and the healing potential of the natural world. Led by Metropark's Master Interpreter and Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Kim High.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Forest Therapy

Saturday Apr. 4
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: King Road

Become more aware of Forest Therapy and the healing potential of the natural world. Led by Metropark's Master Interpreter and Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Kim High.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Rock it Out

Thursday Apr. 9
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Sylvania

From our homes, to the food we eat and the roads we travel, geology affects everything we do. Learn about fossils, Ohio’s rocks and minerals and make glacial slime to take home.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Rock it Out

Monday Apr. 13
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Mott

From our homes, to the food we eat and the roads we travel, geology affects everything we do. Learn about fossils, Ohio’s rocks and minerals and make glacial slime to take home.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Water Wonders

Thursday Apr. 16
at 11:00 a.m.

Location: Heatherdowns

Preschoolers will enjoy playing with water to discover some of water's unique properties!

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Camping Fun

Thursday Apr. 16
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Toledo Heights

Learn camping skills with fun and interactive games.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Connecting Pieces of the Past

Thursday Apr. 16
at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Locke

Learn more about how eight decades of growth has brought Metroparks to where we are now and has contributed to Lucas County’s health and prosperity for generations.

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Silver Cafe for the 55+ Crowd

Friday Apr. 17
at 9:30 a.m.

Location: Holland

This free program open to adults aged 55+ features a new topic, speaker, discussion or activity each week.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Camping Fun!

Tuesday Apr. 21
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Birmingham

Little ones can learn about camping too! Learn camping skills through fun and interactive games.  Pitch a tent, learn about being safe with fire, and prepare for a good time in the great outdoors.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Rock it Out

Thursday Apr. 23
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Point Place

From our homes, to the food we eat and the roads we travel, geology affects everything we do. Learn about fossils, Ohio’s rocks and minerals and make glacial slime to take home.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Fly Fishing 101

Wednesday Apr. 29
at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Oregon

Learn the basic principles of fly fishing. We'll cover poles & reels and discuss dry versus wet flies.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Into the Garden

Monday May. 4
at 3:00 p.m.

Location: Toledo Heights

The Stranleigh garden adjacent to the Manor House at Wildwood Preserve is one of four Shipman gardens in the country. Learn more about the garden and Ellen Biddle Shimpan's accomplishments.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Birding 101

Tuesday May. 5
at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Point Place

Learn the basics of birding including migration and common local bird identification.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Birding 101

Wednesday May. 6
at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Waterville

Learn the basics of birding including migration and common local bird identification.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Water Wonders

Tuesday May. 12
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Birmingham

Enjoy playing with water to discover some of water's unique properties!

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Birding 101

Saturday May. 16
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: West Toledo

Learn the basics of birding including migration and common local bird identification.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Fun with Fishing

Wednesday May. 20
at 3:00 p.m.

Location: Locke

Young beginner anglers will be introduced to the fun sport of fishing with games and casting practice. This program uses imitation fish and hook-less poles to teach casting in a fun and safe way.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Birding 101

Wednesday May. 20
at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Oregon

Learn the basics of birding including migration and common local bird identification.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Butterflies and Moths

Saturday May. 23
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: King Road

What's the difference between a moth and a butterfly? Learn more about these wonderful winged creatures with a trivia game, and make a butterfly bookmark to take home.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Birding 201

Saturday May. 23
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: West Toledo

Discover the unique songs of a selection of local bird species and then venture outside to practice birding by ear, which is listening for bird calls to help us identify bird species.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Birding 201

Wednesday May. 27
at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Oregon

Discover the unique songs of a selection of local bird species and then venture outside to practice birding by ear, which is listening for bird calls to help us identify bird species.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Birding 101

Thursday May. 28
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Maumee

Learn the basics of birding including migration and common local bird identification.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Bee or Wanabee?

Thursday May. 28
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Toledo Heights

Learn about local pollinators as we distinguish among species, spot look-a-like impostors, and appreciate bees' roles in nature and contributing to our food supply.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Butterflies and Moths

Tuesday Jun. 2
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Birmingham

What's the difference between a moth and a butterfly? Learn more about these wonderful winged creatures with a trivia game, and make a butterfly bookmark to take home.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Birding 101

Tuesday Jun. 2
at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Birmingham

Learn the basics of birding including migration and common local bird identification.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Grow As We Go

Wednesday Jun. 3
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Kent

Explore the life cycles of wildlife–discover how living things grow and change then make and take home a paper cup chrysalis.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Orienteering

Wednesday Jun. 3
at 3:30 p.m.

Location: Heatherdowns

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

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Birding 201

Wednesday Jun. 3
at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Waterville

Discover the unique songs of a selection of local bird species and then venture outside to practice birding by ear, which is listening for bird calls to help us identify bird species.

Event Details for Metroparks Toledo Presents: Birding 201

Metroparks Toledo Presents: Into the Garden

Saturday Jun. 6
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: King Road

The Stranleigh garden adjacent to the Manor House at Wildwood Preserve is one of four Shipman gardens in the country. Learn more about the garden and Ellen Biddle Shimpan's accomplishments.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Downtown Destinations

Monday Jun. 8
at 3:00 p.m.

Location: Toledo Heights

Learn about the one-of-a-kind natural attributes of current and future downtown destinations within Metroparks Toledo.

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Metroparks Toledo Presents: Bee or Wanabee?

Wednesday Jun. 10
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Reynolds Corners

Learn about local pollinators as we distinguish among species, spot look-a-like impostors, and appreciate bees' roles in nature and contributing to our food supply.

Event Details for Metroparks Toledo Presents: Bee or Wanabee?

Metroparks Toledo Presents: Fun with Fishing

Wednesday Jun. 10
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Waterville

Young beginner anglers will be introduced to the fun sport of fishing with games and casting practice. This program uses imitation fish and hook-less poles to teach casting in a fun and safe way.

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