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Autumn Adventure 2013

September 1 – November 18

There’s no better place than the Metroparks to enjoy the outdoors, especially during the brilliant fall colors. Get out and explore the opportunities available to hike, bike or paddle your way to a great fall season. Whether you’re new to Metroparks or a daily visitor, the Autumn Adventure program is for you.

The first 50 people to finish eight trails and turn in their Trail Record at the Wildwood Metz Visitors Center will receive their Autumn Adventure t-shirt FREE. Additional shirts will be available to eligible participants that complete the program for $14. T-shirt quantities and sizes are limited.

Step 1: Pick your Autumn Adventure Trail Record at any Metropark, library, The Andersons or other locations throughout Lucas County.

Step 2: Start walking, roller blading or biking on your own or during a guided nature walk, and record your progress in the Trail Record.

Step 3: Bring your completed Trail Record to the Metz Visitor Center at Wildwood Preserve or mail to
Autumn Adventure, Metroparks, 5100 West Central Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43615.

T Shirts

Regular participants in the Autumn Adventure program look forward to the long-sleeve T-shirts with a unique new design each year. This year’s design features a coyote howling at the moon. Coyotes live in all of the Metroparks (and every county in Ohio). People are fascinated by the animals – and for good reason. Coyotes are highly adapted to survive in almost any situation, from the deep woods to urban settings, yet they are seldom seen.

Guided Walks With Metroparks Naturalists

Walk the trails on your own, come along on one of the following scheduled walks with a Metroparks naturalist, or a combination of the two.

All walk are free (there is a charge for the canoe float). Reservations are needed for all programs. Reserve your place at MetroparksToledo.com, or by calling 419-407-9701.

Autumn Adventure Kick Off
Sunday, September 1, 2 to 3 p.m.
Side Cut Metropark, Lamb Center
Kick off this year’s Autumn Adventure with a short, family-friendly presentation about the Wiley star of our program, the coyote, followed by a walk into coyote habitat. [Reservations]

Oak Openings Sand Dunes Track Trek
Thursday, September 12, 10 to 11 a.m.
Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, Sand Dunes
At the region’s biggest sandbox, the Girdham Road Sand Dunes, scour the landscape in search of footprints left by animals. Some of the tracks that have been found there include: deer, squirrel, fox, coyote, mice and many more. [Reservations]

Canal Days Bridge Walk
Saturday, September 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Providence, Dam area parking lot
Hike from the Dam area with a naturalist over all the bridges into Grand Rapids. We’ll stop at a local shop for an ice cream treat (participants should bring money to purchase ice cream). [Reservations]

Full Moon Walk
Thursday, September 19, 8 to 9:30 p.m.
Wildwood Preserve, Metz Visitor Center
What better way to celebrate Autumn Adventure’s Coyote Moon theme than a walk to uncover the mysteries of nature at night on September’s harvest moon. [Reservations]

Audubon Island Canoe Paddle
Saturday, September 21, 2 to 4 p.m.
Start location in Perrysburg (details when you make reservations)
Fee: $10 (Metroparks Members $8)
Make the most of this rare opportunity to view an island nature preserve during this canoe paddle. The river provides some great wildlife viewing so bring binoculars. Participants must be 11 and older. All minors must be in the same canoe as their legal guardian. Program cancelled if water is high. Two people per canoe. [Reservations]

Dew At Dawn: In Wildwood’s Prairies
Friday, October 4, 7 to 8:30 a.m.
Wildwood Preserve, Metz Visitor Center
Experience the peak of fall color on this sunrise walk along the purple and orange trails. The hour is right to perhaps glimpse a coyote! [Reservations available soon]

4-Mile Bend View Hike
Saturday, October 19, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Farnsworth, Boat launch area
Enjoy a longer, moderately-paced TowPath Trail hike to the scenic bend in the river and back. Afterwards, stop by to see the new nature-themed play area at Farnsworth’s boat launch area. [Reservations]

Coexisting With Coyotes
Sunday, October 20, 2 to 4 p.m.
Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks Hall
Learn more about coyotes and their habits, where to find them and how to observe them safely. [Reservations]

Especially For Families: Coyote Tales On Twilight Trails
Thursday, November 7, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Pearson, Packer-Hammersmith Center
Families take advantage of the shorter daylight hours to experience Pearson’s Black Swamp Trail during the hours just before dark. Expect some tall tales and some truths about coyotes. [Reservations]

Red Lanterns
Saturday, November 16, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Secor, NCNP parking lot
Wildlife conservationist, Aldo Leopold, wrote of the beauty of the red lanterns of the meadows in late autumn. Learn what they are and search for them as we ponder other thought provoking wildlife quotes from this author while walking along the Green Trail. [Reservations

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