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1/26/17 Behind The Scenes Of Stranleigh 6:00 PM Wildwood Preserve Register
  Ever wonder what is behind all those closed doors? Or, where did the maids work and sleep? Take this unique opportunity to see all four floors of the Wildwood Manor House and discover more about what life was like when the historic home was called Stranleigh. Small groups will tour typically closed spaces from the boiler room to the attic. Space is limited.  
1/26/17 Campfire Cooking: Night Out! 6:00 PM Side Cut Register
  Forget the boring, old pasta and soup trail meals and spice up your night with sweet potato tacos and berry grunt. In this campfire cooking series experiment with different methods of preparing meals and go home with a few tricks up your sleeve for your next camping trip or cook out. Cooking equipment, food, recipes, and instructions will be provided; just bring your appetite! Participants are also encouraged to bring their own reusable plate, bowl, silverware, and mug to minimize the amount of waste generated. Dress for the weather.  
1/26/17 Toledo Area Aboriginal Research Society (TAARS) 7:00 PM Wildwood Preserve No Registration Required
  The answers to histories great mysteries lay buried under our feet. Join TAARS for monthly meetings to discuss topics related to the field of archeology.

This month's presentation is by Thomas Zych. M.S., RPA
Assistant Lecturer, University of Toledo,
Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Topic of his presentation is: The Chunkey Game and the Historic Experience of Sport in Prehistoric North America
Abstract:
Games have the ability to change the course of relationships between people, whether through direct engagement as participants or as spectators. Across North America, museum displays, curation shelves, and countless private collections retain a number of small stone disks that embody a once popular game that was played for more than eight centuries prior to European contact. The archaeological record of the Midwest and Eastern United States harbors the deeper history of this once popular game known frequently as chunkey. With the start of the Mississippian period, circa A.D. 1050, the archaeological record indicates the game of chunkey became more than a game of recreation, increasingly associated with elite social activities in the greater Cahokian region and quickly spread across the midcontinent in the centuries to follow, in-step with other elements of the Mississippian world.

 
1/27/17 Star Struck 7:00 PM Oak Openings Preserve Registration Closed
  Enjoy the breathtaking view of the wide open night sky away from the lights of the big city. Explore the stars with a naturalist and learn about the science and stories surrounding the celestial bodies. Each month learn to find and track new constellations that mark the changing seasons. It may be chilly, but winter is a great time for stargazing, so bring a camp chair, a thermos of hot chocolate or coffee, your warmest clothes, and wish for a cloudless night. Program will be replaced with a night hike if cloudy.  
1/28/17 Five Mile Hike 9:00 AM Side Cut Registration Closed
  Join a naturalist on this five mile hike of the beautiful Maumee River floodplain at Side Cut Metropark. Build up to the five mile challenge by attending the Good Health Walks!  
1/28/17 Behind The Scenes Of Stranleigh 9:00 AM Wildwood Preserve Waiting List
  Ever wonder what is behind all those closed doors? Or, where did the maids work and sleep? Take this unique opportunity to see all four floors of the Wildwood Manor House and discover more about what life was like when the historic home was called Stranleigh. Small groups will tour typically closed spaces from the boiler room to the attic. Space is limited.  
1/28/17 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 rare plants, insects, birds, amphibians, ecology, water quality, geology and other topics. This year, Metroparks welcomes keynote, Mitchell Magdich, Curator of Education at The Toledo Zoo, who will present “The Buzz about Local Bumble Bees.” 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.  
1/28/17 Travel Circle: Biking In Utah by Larry Lindsay 1:00 PM Oak Openings Preserve No Registration Required
  Spend an afternoon with Maumee Valley Adventurers. Hike or ski at 1 p.m., weather permitting. At 2:15 p.m., enjoy a slide show presented by a guest speaker. Each week features an exciting, new world travel destination.  
1/28/17 Open Kayaking: Ages 4+ 6:30 PM Off-Site Registration Closed
  Check out this unique opportunity to try kayaking in the winter months. Metroparks paddling instructors will be on hand to teach kayaking skills and play games. For beginners or experienced paddlers. Take advantage of the warm pool to get more time on the water!

Register online at http://www.utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/rec/aquatics/Aquatics.html or call 419-530-3700.

Participation fee $5 for rec center member and $10 for non-member.

All equipment provided.

 
1/29/17 Historical Tours of the Manor House 12:00 PM Wildwood Preserve No Registration Required
  Enjoy a free guided tour at this Depression era home and learn about the region's rich history. after warming up inside the house, be sure to leave time to explore the beautiful garden and all it has to offer even in the crisp winter months. Open Sundays, January through March, Noon to 5 p.m.  
1/29/17 Fishing 101: Walleye Run 2:00 PM Side Cut Register
  Soon, upwards of 500,000 walleye will be entering the Maumee River for their annual spawning migration. Would you like to learn how to reel-in a successful fishing season this year? Join Metroparks naturalist and fishing expert, Brad Dunkle, for this hour-long walleye-run prep course. Topics such as gear, tackle, rigs, fishing tactics, and locations will be covered.  
1/29/17 Adult Winter Learning Series: Monarch Butterflies 2:00 PM Secor Register
  Candy Sarikonda is a Conservation Specialist with Monarch Watch and a member of the Oak Openings chapter of Wild Ones. Discover an overview of the monarch lifecycle and local conservation initiatives to help monarchs. Learn how to help monarch butterflies in your own backyard by creating habitat and participating in citizen science programs. An indoor presentation will be followed by optional, naturalist-led walk.  
1/29/17 Volunteer Trail Patrol Information Meeting 3:00 PM Farnsworth Register
  This is an informal meeting to learn all about Metroparks Volunteer Trail Patrol program. VTP can been seen in their bright yellow shirts regularly patrolling park trails. The new patrol season begins on May 1.[VMT]  
1/29/17 Behind The Scenes Of Stranleigh 6:00 PM Wildwood Preserve Register
  Ever wonder what is behind all those closed doors? Or, where did the maids work and sleep? Take this unique opportunity to see all four floors of the Wildwood Manor House and discover more about what life was like when the historic home was called Stranleigh. Small groups will tour typically closed spaces from the boiler room to the attic. Space is limited.  
1/31/17 Fishing 101: Basic Fly Tying, (Adults) 6:00 PM Side Cut Register
  These one-hour fly tying programs give you the very basics to create life-like flies. Tie with Colorado veteran fly fishing guide and fly tier, Bradley Dunkle. All fly tying materials, vices, hooks, and instruction will be provided. Soon you can craft realistic flies of your own to fool the wisest of fish! All flies tied are yours to keep.  
2/1/17 Toddler Trails 10:00 AM Wildwood Preserve Register
  This outdoor, multi-sensory nature play and exploration introduces your toddlers up to three years of age to the natural world and promotes preservation. Parent accompany and assist in their child's experience at the program. Register toddlers only.  
2/1/17 Stay Active Naturally: Walking Group for 55 and Over 2:00 PM Wildwood Preserve Register
  It's important to say active as we age and equally important to spend time in nature. Come move, learn and socialize as we take a gently paced nature walk around Wildwood Metropark. Dress accordingly for the weather.  
2/1/17 Friends of Pearson 7:00 PM Pearson No Registration Required
  The Friends of Pearson always welcome fellow fans of the park to help plan events and volunteer activities. These meetings are the best way to learn how to support the popular Oregon Metropark.  
2/2/17 Wake Up with the Birds! 8:00 AM Wildwood Preserve Register
  Make Thursday mornings your bird watching time! Bring your favorite warm 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).  
2/2/17 Volunteer Trail Patrol Interviews 9:00 AM Secor Registration Closed
  After completing a volunteer application you may have checked Volunteer Trail Patrol as one of your interests. A volunteer coordinator will have talked with you about the VTP job description, and you might have attended one of the orientations in January to answer all of your questions. Volunteer Trail Patrol is just the right fit. You are ready to schedule your interview![VMT]  
2/2/17 Volunteer Trail Patrol Interviews   Secor Register
  After completing a volunteer application, you may sign up for a Volunteer Trail Patrol interview.[VMT]  
2/2/17 Tales and Trails (Ages 3-5): Groundhog's Day 10:00 AM Oak Openings Preserve Register
  Weekly fun for our youngest park visitors. Preschoolers, toddlers, and their guardians enjoy story time, a walk and create a nature craft to take home.  
2/2/17 Groundhog's Day 10:00 AM Wildwood Preserve Register
  Is spring just around the corner? Or will we have 6 more weeks of winter? Come join us at Wildwood Metropark 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.
 
2/2/17 A Pioneering Arts Class: Tinpunching 101 4:30 PM Providence Register
  Join this pioneering arts class to learn the basics of tinpunching in a fun filled evening in the park after dark! Tinpunching was the element that elevated the practical to art. Work together to learn to use various tinsmithing tools and create a unique tin punched masterpiece based on your own nature inspired design. All participants must register.  
2/2/17 Volunteer Orientation 5:30 PM Wildwood Preserve Register
  Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Metroparks of the Toledo Area!
Prior to volunteering, all new volunteers are are encouraged to attend this orientation which enables the Volunteer SErvices staff to meet prospective volunteers, learn more about their interests,review park policies and procedures, and provide an overview of Metropark volunteer opportunities.

Orientations are held the first Tuesday and Thrusday of most months.[VMT]

 
2/3/17 Volunteer Trail Patrol Interviews 9:00 AM Secor Registration Closed
  After completing a Volunteer Application, and reviewing the position with the volunteer coordinator, you may sign up for a Volunteer Trail Patrol Interview[VMT]  
2/3/17 Volunteer Trail Patrol Interviews   Secor Register
  After completing a Volunteer Application, and reviewing the position with the volunteer coordinator, you may sign up for a Volunteer Trail Patrol Interview[VMT]  
2/3/17 Gallery Exhibition 10:00 AM Secor No Registration Required
  Exhibits from the nation’s premier nature photographers hang alongside images by local talent in this gallery. The National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Metropark is the only center of its kind in the country. Gallery open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
2/3/17 Hurray for Homeschoolers: Physics of Snow 10:00 AM Oak Openings Preserve Register
  Learn how to have fun with physics in this winter themed adventure. Dress to be outdoors and complete science challenges.  
2/3/17 Get Out Alive: Escape the Manor House   Wildwood Preserve Register
  Disaster has struck the Manor House; do you have what it takes to get out alive? Work with team members and put your collective skills and wits to the test to overcome different challenges and escape the Manor House. The majority of the program will take place inside with brief outdoor challenges; please dress accordingly.  

 

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