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  Date Title Time Park Register
1/19/18 Volunteer Training: Wildwood Preserve Highlights 1:00 PM Wildwood Preserve Register
  Park Specific natural and cultural history, interpretation and volunteerism are the focus of this outdoor training that feature a different Metropark each month. Open to all interested adults and recommended for Metropark Volunteers (VMT).  
1/20/18 Winter Waterfowl Along the Maumee 10:00 AM Side Cut Registration Closed
  Take a tour along the Maumee River in search of waterfowl wintering over in the area. We will search for waterfowl, migrating and native birds (and other wildlife), interpreting their winter behaviors.  
1/20/18 CANCELLED: Get to Know Your Trails 1:00 PM Secor Register
  Get outside yourself and get on the trails with a park naturalist. We will look at the flora and fauna of northwest Ohio as we explore a new trail each month. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress according to weather.  
1/21/18 Adult Learning Series: "In the Watershed: A Journey Down the Maumee River" 2:00 PM Toledo Botanical Garden Register
  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 week author Ryan Schnurr, an Indiana native, will discuss his book . The main theme will focus on the problems facing the Maumee River and Lake Erie--pollution, algae blooms, etc. These problems are as much historical as ecological. The Terrace Room is located at the Conference Center.  
1/25/18 Wake Up With the Birds 8:00 AM Wildwood Preserve Register
  Make Thursday morning 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.  
1/25/18 Tales and Trails 10:00 AM Wildwood Preserve Register
  Park adventures for our youngest visitors. Preschoolers, toddler 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.  
1/26/18 Nature at Night Hike 6:00 PM Side Cut Register
  Walk in the park after dark on a hike that focuses on nature at night and seasonal wildlife. We will discover the night wonders at a time when visitors are not normally allowed in the park. Dress for the weather and let's get outside!  
1/27/18 Family Hike: Winter Wildlife 1:00 PM Wildwood Preserve Register
  Enjoy an afternoon stroll with the whole family while on a guided nature tour with a park interpreter and experience your favorite Metroparks from a new perspective.  
1/28/18 Adult Learning Series: Wildflowers 2:00 PM Toledo Botanical Garden Register
  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 week's presenters are Chris and Randy Haar, Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists, who will offer a preview of the wonderful wildflowers of the upcoming season. The Terrace Room is located in the Conference Center.  
1/29/18 Invasive Plants in the Landscape - Identification and Management 7:00 PM Toledo Botanical Garden Register
  All plants are not created equally. Some pests can become so abundant they cause issues in the landscape. Come learn about some of these bad characters and what you can do to help rid your landscape of invasive plants. Free!  
1/31/18 Super Blue Moon Night Walk 7:30 PM Secor Register
  Have you ever heard the phrase “once in a blue moon”? Well 2018 is giving us two blue moons, a celestial treat. January 31st blue moon will not disappoint because it is actually a Super Blue Moon! What does this all mean? January 31st will be our second full moon for the calendar month making it a blue moon. It is also a super moon, meaning that the full moon is at its closest orbit to the Earth making it appear bigger and brighter. These two phenomenons happing at the same time make it a super blue moon. Not only is all this happening but if you are awake in the early hours of January 31st you will also experience the super blue moon eclipse. The partial lunar eclipse will happen before sunrise around 6:48 am, and only last a short time before the moon sets. In the Americas, this is the first blue moon eclipse in 150 years. For our evening hike we will only experience the full blue moon. The next blue moon will be March 31st, 2018. Please remember to dress for the weather.  
2/1/18 Wake Up With the Birds 8:00 AM Wildwood Preserve Register
  Make Thursday morning 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.  
2/2/18 Groundhog Day 10:00 AM Wildwood Preserve Register
  Is spring around the corner? Or will we have six more weeks of winter? Come join us at Wildwood Preserve and explore this magnificent mammal and the legend surrounding it. There will be a groundhog walk, crafts, stories, games and FUN! Hot cocoa and light refreshments will be served.  
2/3/18 Forum on Local Natural History and Research 9:30 AM Off-Site Register
  Metroparks is proud to partner with the Library to present this update at the McMaster Center on natural history and recent research of northwest Ohio's rich natural communities, such as the Oak Openings, Maumee River, and Lake Erie marshlands. Enjoy presentations, posters and dialogue about plants, mammals, birds, amphibians, insects, ecology, water quality, geology and more! This year, Metroparks welcomes keynote, Stanley D. Gehrt, Professor of Wildlife Ecology at The Ohio State University, who will present “Ghost dogs: Living with urban coyotes.” Parking garage opens at 9:00 a.m., presentations begin at 9:45 a.m. and the keynote is just before lunch. Program fee includes materials, lunch, courtesy parking at the Library's garage on Adams St. and refreshments. For more information, call 419-407-9701. For vegetarian lunch option, please make note at time of reservation. Reservations required.  
2/4/18 Adult Learning Series: Metroparks' New Howard Marsh 2:00 PM Oak Openings Preserve Register
  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. Denis Franklin, Metroparks Natural Resources Supervisor, will highlight our newest Metropark. Howard Marsh, located in Jerusalem Township is scheduled to open in the spring of 2018, just in time for the spring bird migration. Denis will discuss the property acquisition, the wetlands restoration and the park's amenities.  
2/7/18 Toddler Trails 10:00 AM Wildwood Preserve Register
  This outdoor, multi-sensory nature play and exploration introduces your toddlers up to three years old to the natural world and promotes its preservation. Parents accompany and assist in their child's experience at the program. Register toddlers only.  
2/8/18 Wake Up With the Birds 8:00 AM Wildwood Preserve Register
  Make Thursday morning 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.  
2/8/18 Tales and Trails 10:00 AM Wildwood Preserve Register
  Park adventures for our youngest visitors. Preschoolers, toddler 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.  
2/9/18 Get to Know Your Trails 1:00 PM Fallen Timbers Battlefield Register
  Get outside yourself and get on the trails with a park naturalist. We will look at flora and fauna of Nortwest Ohio as we explore a new trail each month. This is a great way to experience our beautiful Metroparks and all they have to offer us. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress according to the weather.  
2/10/18 Winter Gardening Series: Planting When the Roots Are Not Right: Presented by Professional Gardeners and Author-Photographers Janet Macunovich and Steven Nikkila 9:00 AM Toledo Botanical Garden Register
  We all have an unprecedented wide choice in plant species and variety. However; we're also in the midst of a perfect storm of production practices and economic realities that have made it all too likely that the plant we buy will not have a good root system. Despite careful selection based on 30 years' professional experience, we find compromised roots systems when we unwrap or depot new plants. Sometimes we reject a plant even after purchase but more often we implement fixes. In this presentation, we share how this situation came about, the research attention it is getting, what you can expect to see, the fixes we've learned and results we've seen. Professional gardeners and authors-photographers Janet Macunovich and Steven Nikkila will lead you through this informative presentation.  
2/11/18 Adult Learning Series: Native and Honey Bees 2:00 PM Oak Openings Preserve Register
  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. Mike Horst, apiary (bee) inspector, will discuss native and honey bees, their habitat, interesting facts about bees and offer ideas on how to invite bees into your yard.  
2/15/18 Wake Up With the Birds 8:00 AM Wildwood Preserve Register
  Make Thursday morning 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.  
2/15/18 Hurray for Homeschoolers: Skunk Cabbage 10:00 AM Oak Openings Preserve Register
  Parents, do you need some help with subject matter? Metroparks can design a special program just for your learning group. Call 419-407-9789. Or sign up individually for the themed programs below. Register participating children only.  
2/18/18 Adult Learning Series: Butterfly Gardens: "Plant It and They Will Come" 2:00 PM Oak Openings Preserve Register
  Enrich your knowledge of the natural and cultural history of our region through this weekly lecture series featuring an indoor presentation fan optional, short naturalist led hike. Jan Dixon from the Toledo Naturalist' Assoc. and Wild Ones will share what she has learned about butterflies from her gardens. Discussion will center on native species and a few non-native species that will draw these beautiful insects to your garden and why. Come and learn how you can help butterflies survive under increasingly difficult circumstances.  
2/21/18 Story Time in the Manor House: Let's Go Camping (Ages 3 to 5) 10:30 AM Wildwood Preserve Register
  We'll meet in the Manor House Library for some stories, games and a craft before taking a short hike outside, please dress for the weather. Join us monthly for a different topic. Register participating children only.

This months' topic: Let's Go Camping

 
2/21/18 Short Hort 4:00 PM Toledo Botanical Garden Register
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2/22/18 Wake Up With the Birds 8:00 AM Wildwood Preserve Register
  Make Thursday morning 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.  
2/22/18 Tales and Trails 10:00 AM Wildwood Preserve Register
  Park adventures for our youngest visitors. Preschoolers, toddler 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.  
2/23/18 Winter Wanderings Nature Walk 1:30 PM Farnsworth Register
  Join a park naturalist as we explore Farnsworth Metropark. Look for signs of wildlife, explore how birds and animals survive the winter and learn how to identify a tree with no leaves! Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress according to weather.  
2/23/18 Nature at Night Hike 7:30 PM Oak Openings Preserve Register
  Walk in the park after dark on a hike that focuses on nature at night and seasonal wildlife. We will discover the night wonders at a time when visitors are not normally allowed in the park. Dress for the weather and let's get outside!  

 

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