Winter Solstice

December 22, 2015
7:30 pm

Metea County Park Nature Center

December 22, Tuesday 7:30 PM

Celebrate the longest night of the year with us.  We’ll start off inside, reviewing what the solstice is, and may use telescopes to look at the nearly full moon.  Then we’ll hike through the woods to see how nature responds to this special event, and do some star gazing (weather permitting).

Cost: $2

Pre-register by: 12/17  Min. 5  Max.  30

To register or for more information: Email: bdispenza at allencountyparks.org  Call: 449-8619  Bob Dispenza

Owl Prowl

December 19, 2015
5:30 pm
January 9, 2016
5:30 pm

Fox Island County Park

December 19, Saturday 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

January 9, Saturday 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

We will gather indoors to discover whooo our resident owls are, and then head outdoors to try to call some in.  Dress for the weather and for trails. 

Cost: $2.00

Pre-register by :12/14  Min: 5   Max. 15

To register or for more information:  Email: rzartman at allencountyparks.org  Call: 449-3186 Ron Zartman

Lay of the Land / Way of the Wind

December 19, 2015
2:00 pm

Fox Island County Park

December 19 , Saturday  2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Leafless trees allow for long views on this two-mile look at Fox Island Nature Preserve.  Ron Zartman will point out geologic landforms within and beyond the park as well as historic features, effects of last summer’s wind storms and changes he has observed over the past three decades.

Cost: Free w/ annual pass, or  $2.00 park admission

Pre-register by: 12/14  Min: 5  Max: 20

To register or for more information:  Email: rzartman at allencountyparks.org   Call: 449-3186  Ron Zartman

Cross Country Ski Clinic

December 19, 2015
10:00 am
January 9, 2016
10:00 am

Fox Island County Park

December 19, Saturday  10:00 AM – Noon 

January 9, Saturday 10:00 AM – Noon

Learn: how equipment works, waxing vs. no-wax, purchasing, ski prep and maintenance, how to dress and receive basic instruction and practice on technique (weather permitting).  Leave phone number and shoe size when registering in order to reserve equipment.

Cost: $8.00 includes one hour rental (weather permitting) or voucher for future ski rental.  $3.00 if bringing your own equipment.

Pre-register by: 12/14  Min: 5   Max: 15

To register or for more information:  Email: rzartman at allencountyparks.org   Call: 449-3186  Ron Zartman

Preschool Discovery Hour – Birds for Beginners

December 15, 2015
1:00 pm

Fox Island County Park

December 15, Tuesday  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Young birders will visit our feeding area, help put seed out, and then watch to see who comes to eat it.  We’ll enjoy a little snack ourselves and take home a craft that is “for the birds”.

Cost: $3.00/Child        $2.00/adult

Pre-register by: 12/10  Min:5   Max: 20

To register or for more information:

Email: rzartman at allencountyparks.org  Call: 449-3186  Ron Zartman

Energy 4 – Organic Compounds – Good for Homeschoolers

December 14, 2015
2:00 pm

Metea County Park

December 14,  Monday 2:00 PM

A detailed study of the chemistry of  Carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids. Students must preregister and prepay for this program.

Cost: $5.00

Pre-register by: 12/10  Min. 5  Max.  20

To register or for more information: Email: rdivelbiss at allencountyparks.org  Call: 449-3778  Ron Divelbiss

Nature’s Christmas at Metea

December 12, 2015
2:00 pm

Metea County Park

December 12, Saturday  2:00PM – 5:00PM

The public is invited to Metea County Park for Nature’s Christmas!  Visit with Father Christmas while the sounds of the holiday season reverberate throughout the halls of Metea’s Nature Center.  Make Christmas decorations and children’s crafts from nature’s bounty.  Use them to decorate your home each year with the memories made at this annual event.  Fee includes a family picture with Father Christmas, crafts, cookies and cocoa.

Cost: $5.00 per person

Pre-register by : N/A  Min. N/A  Max.  N/A

To register or for more information: Email: nhaley at allencountyparks.org  Call: 449-3778  Natalie Haley or

bdispenza at allencountyparks.org  Call: 449-8619  Bob Dispenza

Preschool Metea Adventure – “Winter Hike”

December 9, 2015
10:00 am

Metea County Park

December 9, Wednesday  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

This program has been developed for pre-school children and their families or teachers.  Meet a naturalist at Metea’s Nature Center and learn how to properly hold various wildlife!  Fees include snack and drink for children and free gate entrance for the day.  Paid Pre-school teachers of attending students are free.

Cost: $3.00 per child, $2.00 per parent

Pre-register by :12/4  Min. 5   Max.  25

To register or for more information:  Email: nhaley@allencountyparks.org  Call: 449-3778  Natalie Haley

Feeding Winter Birds

December 6, 2015
1:30 pm

Fox Island County Park

December 6, Sunday  1:30 PM – 3:00PM

Learn about our winter resident birds, how to feed them and build a suet feeder to take home all while watching the birds at the Vera Dulin Observation Bldg.

Cost: free w/annual pass or $2.00 park admission.

Pre-register by:11/27  Min:5  Max 35

To register or for more information:

Email:jormiston@allencountyparks.org   Call: 449-3184  Jeff Ormiston

Energy 2 – Photosynthesis & Respiration – Good for Homeschoolers

November 30, -0001
12:00 am

Metea County Park

November 30, Monday  2:00 PM

A detailed study of the chemistry of  Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration. Students must preregister and prepay for this program.

Cost: $5.00

Pre-register by: 11/23  Min. 5  Max.  20

To register or for more information:  Email: rdivelbiss at allencountyparks.org  Call: 449-3778  Ron Divelbiss