All field trips should be prearranged with the contact people listed below. Arrangements should be made as far in advance as possible.
Blue Creek Conservation Area
Address: 7790 Schadel Rd., Whitehouse, OH 43571
Contact: Jamie Kochensparger
Dates: Seasonal: September – October; April – May; June – August
Time: Monday – Friday, by appointment only
Description: Staff and volunteers customize a whole day or half—day field trip for grades K-12. Short interactive sessions are based around various themes such as: H2O day – discover the wonders of water; Nature Know How – varied natural resource conservation learning; or It’s Not Just Cows & Plows – learn about Ohio’s number one industry, agriculture. ($4.00/student, $3.00/student for Title I schools).
City of Sylvania Yard Waste Composting Operations
Address: 8425 Sylvania Metamora, Sylvania, OH 43560
Contact: Mr. Pat O’Brien
Dates: Seasonal: April – October
Time: Must call or e-mail to schedule an appointment
Description: Visit the composting site on Summit Road. Meet at the office on Metamora. Attendees are required to provide their own transportation from Metamora to Summit Road.
Envirosafe Services of Ohio
Address: 4350 Navarre Ave., Oregon, OH 43616
Contact: Ms. Lisa Humphrey
Phone: 419-698-3500 x 226 or 1-800-537-0426 x 226
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday
Description: A short presentation followed by a video, visit to the lab cell, and a tour of the landfill.
Lourdes College Life Lab
Address: 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, OH 43560
Contact: Sr. Rosine Sobczak, OSF
Dates: Seasonal: Fall, Winter & Spring field classes
Four week Summer Science Camp
Time: 2hours in the morning or 2 hours in the afternoon (call to schedule)
12:45pm – 3:45pm Science Camp in July & August (Call for dates).
Description: The Lourdes College Life Lab features both a native and exotic plant and animal learning laboratory. Interactive displays of land and water life provide up to 30 students (pre K – 8) with a Whole Earth Experience ($90.00/class). A Summer Science Camp is available to individual students in grades 5 – 10 ($95.00/student).
Maumee Bay State Park
Address: 1400 Park Road #1, Oregon, OH 43618
Contact: Ms. Dana Bollin
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm, Wednesday – Sunday
Description: Specializing in marshes, wetlands, and migratory birds. Programs can include indoor and outdoor experiences. Guided tours are sometimes available. Resources are provided so that teachers may easily lead the tours themselves.
Metroparks of the Toledo Area
Address: 5100 W. Central Ave., Toledo, OH 43615
Contact: Ms. Bridgette King or Ms. Heather Norris
Phone: 419-407-9701 or 419-407-9707
Time: Anytime, by reservation (4 – 6 weeks notice required)
Description: Nature walks and other educational activities are offered in all 9 Metroparks. Explore close to 7,000 acres of significant natural areas including: forests, meadows, endangered oak savannas, prairies, ponds, and riverine ecosystems. Bus rental funding available for Chapter I schools through the Metropark Nature Express Program.
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
Address: 14000 W. State Rte. 2, Oak Harbor, OH 43449-9485
Contact: Ms. Rebecca E. Hinkle, *813
Dates: Year-round (Please schedule a minimum of 1 month in advance.)
Description: A variety of environmental topics from soils to birds. Programs last from 1 hour to all day. Hikes include a variety of habitats. Certain times of year provide excellent wildlife viewing. Ages: Pre K – 12.
The Scrap Box – Where Discards Become Discoveries!
Address: 581 State Circle, Ann Arbor, MI
Contact: Jan Radak
Times: Tuesday - Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Description: Hundreds of businesses have donated a wide assortment of recyclables, useful materials for art classes, craft projects, learning games and many other expressions of creativity. These items are available for a small fee. Field trips, workshops, and birthday parties can also be arranged.
Toledo Botanical Garden
Address: Nature Education Program, 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo, OH 43615
Dates: Seasonal: Fall, Winter & Spring
Time: Call for an appointment, Monday – Friday
Day Summer Classes in June, July & August (registration required)
Description: Classes at Toledo Botanical Garden are designed for up to 30 students pre K – 8. Year-round, the Botanical Garden setting provides an exciting natural laboratory both inside and out. ($75 up to 15 students, 16 students and over are $5/student)
Toledo Zoo Educational Program
Address: 2700 Broadway, PO Box 4010, Toledo, OH 43069
Contact: Ms. Peggy Coutcher
Phone: 419-385-5721 x 2042
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm, Tuesday – Saturday (Please call or e-mail to schedule an appointment.
University of Toledo Stranahan Arboretum and Eco Discovery
Address: 4131 Tantara, Toledo, OH 43623
Contact: Lisa Taylor, Program Coordinator
Dates: February – October
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm, Monday – Friday
Description: Just a few of the topics available: Pond study, bats, endangered species, worms, tree ID and snake adaptations. Seasonal Programs include: leaf classification, biome studies, salamander research, maple sugaring, and more. All programs can be geared toward proficiency.