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1/13/18 Try-It! Orienteering: (Ages 8-12) 1:00 PM Oak Openings Preserve Register
  Learn the basics about using a magnetic compass and topographical map. Then set out on our beginner orienteering course. Program is extensively off trail. Dress for the weather.  
1/17/18 Evening Hike Group 6:00 PM Wildwood Preserve No Registration Required
  Do early winter sunset times have you lamenting the loss of your after work walk in the park? Enjoy an invigorating evening hike through your parks with a naturalist at a time when the parks are usually closed. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended, dress for the weather.  
1/18/18 Calling All Scouts: Boy Scouts Weather Merit Badge 6:00 PM Swan Creek Preserve Register
  Ever wondered where the wind comes from, how hail forms or if all clouds are the same? Scouts will find the answers to these questions and more, including rules to keep them safe in dangerous weather. Registration includes two session on 1/18/18 and 2/1/18. Sign up for the first session only.  
1/23/18 Escape the Manor House   Wildwood Preserve Register
  For those of you who missed the 2017 Escape the Manor House, here's your chance to solve the same challenges and get out alive. Work with team members, putting your skills and wits to the test to overcome different nature and outdoor skills challenges. The majority of the adventure will take place inside with brief outdoor challenges. Dress to be both indoors and outdoors.  
1/24/18 Escape the Manor House   Wildwood Preserve Register
  For those of you who missed the 2017 Escape the Manor House, here's your chance to solve the same challenges and get out alive. Work with team members, putting your skills and wits to the test to overcome different nature and outdoor skills challenges. The majority of the adventure will take place inside with brief outdoor challenges. Dress to be both indoors and outdoors.  
1/24/18 Evening Hike Group 6:00 PM Wildwood Preserve No Registration Required
  Do early winter sunset times have you lamenting the loss of your after work walk in the park? Enjoy an invigorating evening hike through your parks with a naturalist at a time when the parks are usually closed. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended, dress for the weather.  
1/31/18 Evening Hike Group 6:00 PM Wildwood Preserve No Registration Required
  Do early winter sunset times have you lamenting the loss of your after work walk in the park? Enjoy an invigorating evening hike through your parks with a naturalist at a time when the parks are usually closed. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended, dress for the weather.  
2/1/18 Calling All Scouts: Boy Scouts Weather Merit Badge 6:00 PM Swan Creek Preserve Register
  Ever wondered where the wind comes from, how hail forms or if all clouds are the same? Scouts will find the answers to these questions and more, including rules to keep them safe in dangerous weather. Registration includes two session on 1/18/18 and 2/1/18. Sign up for the first session only.  
2/2/18 Campfire Cooking: Chili? Warm Up!: (Ages 12+) 6:00 PM Oak Openings Preserve Register
  No football? No problem! Help mix up a batch of campfire chili, take a brisk winter hike, then warm up with a yummy, tummy warming bowlful. Equipment, food and instructions will be provided; just bring your appetite and a reusable bowl, silverware and mug to minimize the amount of waste generated. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.  
2/4/18 Orienteering 101: (Ages 12+) 1:00 PM Oak Openings Preserve Registration Closed
  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.  
2/6/18 Calling All Scouts:Senses, Brownie Girl Scouts 6:00 PM Oak Openings Preserve Register
  Using our 5 senses is the best way to learn about our world. Brownies will have a chance to put all their senses to the test indoors. We will follow up with a full sensory night hike. Dress for the weather with comfortable walking shoes or boots.  
2/7/18 Backpacking 101: from Your Metroparks to the Appalachian Trail: (All Ages) 7:00 PM Wildwood Preserve No Registration Required
  "The journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step." Local hiker Paul Fuzinski will share stories of his incredible 2015 Appalachian Trail "thru-hike" of 2200 miles. Whether you are a seasoned backpacker, a beginner or figuring out your next Metroparks Trail Challenge, you won't want to miss this kickoff to our 2018 backpacking program series.  
2/8/18 Evening Hike Group: (Ages 12+) 6:00 PM Wildwood Preserve No Registration Required
  Do early winter sunset times have you lamenting the loss of your after work walk in the park? Enjoy an invigorating evening hike through your parks with a naturalist at a time when the parks are normally closed. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended; dress for the weather.  
2/13/18 Ladies Night Out- "GAL"entine's Day 6:30 PM Wildwood Preserve Registration Closed
  Ladies! Call your gal pals and celebrate a day just for you! This fun evening will start off with a brisk snowshoe or hike thru the winter woods, to a quiet overlook. Friends will then warm up in the historical farmhouse while sipping warm and cold beverages and tasty snacks. Dress for the weather with comfortable footwear or boots. Ages 21 and over only.  
2/18/18 Survival 101: (Ages 12+) 1:00 PM Oak Openings Preserve Register
  Come brave the weather and add some survival skills to your tool belt! You will have the opportunity to master the art of fire building and try a variety of ignition methods, learn about water purification techniques and build a sturdy, warm shelter. Please dress for the outdoors.  
2/24/18 Archery and Fireside S'mores!: (Families Ages 8+) 1:00 PM Westwinds Register
  Shake off those winter blues and join Metroparks archery instructors for some early season target shooting ..and S'mores! A toasty fire awaits participants upon arrival. Refine your archery skills, stop for a quick warm up and some gooey deliciousness at your leisure. Then shoot some more! Families with kids 8 and up.  
3/3/18 Winter Warm-up Campout: (Adults and Children 11+) 6:00 PM Oak Openings Preserve Registration Closed
  Learn to extend your camping season with techniques to keep you warm at a late winter campout. Dinner, snacks and light breakfast provided. You must call for family pricing reservations (419-407-9701). $50 per family of 3 (additional $10 for each extra child). Members pricing: $20 per person/$40 per family.  
3/6/18 Evening Hiking Group 6:30 PM Wildwood Preserve No Registration Required
  Do early winter sunset times have you lamenting the loss of your after work walk in the park? Enjoy an invigorating evening hike through your parks with a naturalist when the parks are usually closed. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended, dress for the weather  
3/9/18 Calling All Scouts: Cadettes Night Owl 7:00 PM Side Cut Register
  Experience the excitement of real night life! Turn off the electronics and tune in the senses to get in touch with your nocturnal side. All Scouts will receive a Metroparks patch for participating.  
3/10/18 Orienteering 201: (Adults and Teens) 10:00 AM Oak Openings Preserve Register
  Put your orienteering skills to the test on our advanced orienteering course. A brief introduction to the course and navigation is included. Dress for the weather and wear footwear appropriate for off-trail and uneven ground.  
3/11/18 Shelter, Signal, Survive: (Ages 12+) 3:30 PM Oak Openings Preserve Register
  Come brave the weather and add some survival skills to your tool belt! You will have the opportunity to build a sturdy and warm shelter, learn about different signaling methods and master the art of fire building with a variety of ignition methods. Please dress for the outdoors.  
3/14/18 Safety! Don't Leave Shore Without It: Paddlers Safety Class 5:30 PM Wildwood Preserve Register
  Prepare for the paddling season by learning about the safety considerations that all paddlers face and how to plan for a successful and safe trip. Topics covered will include equipment, navigation and the effects of wind, water and waves on paddlers. Learn local paddling locations for different skill levels and DIY ideas for safety gear for kayaks and canoes.  
3/15/18 Calling All Scouts: Wolf Cubs, Finding Your Way 6:00 PM Side Cut Register
  Scouts will be introduced to map reading and using a compass. All Scouts will receive a Metroparks patch at this program.  
3/17/18 Ten Mile Hike: (Adults) 10:00 AM Oak Openings Preserve Register
  Attention Trail Challenge hikers and all other hikers! Cross 10 miles off your challenge while you explore the winter beauty of the sand dunes, prairies, forests and oak savannas of the Oak Openings region. Search for the first early signs of the coming spring.

We'll stop for lunch, a fire and warm beverages halfway through the hike. Pack water and a trail lunch. Sturdy hiking shoes/boots are recommended. Dress for the weather.

 
3/21/18 Calling All Scouts: Webloes, Earth Rocks 6:00 PM Farnsworth Register
  Discover how important the very thing you walk and drive on every day is, as we complete 8 of 8 requirements of this Webloes adventure. Almost everything you touch/see/taste and feel on a daily basis are tied to the resources contained in the Earth. All Scouts will receive a Metroparks patch for participating.  
3/24/18 Cycle Cirlce Kickoff Celebration 2:00 PM Oak Openings Preserve Registration Closed
  Celebrate the start of the biking season with a short ride through Oak Openings. We will then return to the Lodge for a presentation by Larry Lindsay about one of his long distance treks from Seattle to Toledo. Dress for the weather, bike ride optional. Presentation to begin promptly at 3:00 p.m. Hot beverages provided.  
3/25/18 Archery and Fireside S'mores!: (Families Ages 8+) 1:00 PM Side Cut Register
  Join Metroparks archery instructors for some early season target shooting...and S'mores! A toasty fire awaits participants. Refine your archery skills, stop for a quick warm up and some gooey deliciousness at your leisure...then shoot some more! Families with kids 8 and up.  
3/31/18 Geocaching Egg Hunt: (Families)   Swan Creek Preserve Register
  You've never hunted eggs like this before! Hop into spring spirit as you search through the park for hidden eggs with the help of a GPS unit.

No geocaching experience necessary. GPS units will be provided. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. Short loop (0.6 miles) recommended for young children; long loop (1 mile) recommended for older children.

Registration fee is per family (up to 6 people), one GPS unit provided per family. The first of each time slot will be the short loop; the second of each time lot will be the long loop.

 

 

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