Archive for December, 2016

Leopold Education Project Mini-Workshop

[ January 22, 2017; 2:00 pm; ] Metea County Park

January 22, Sunday 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Join Naturalist Natalie Haley in a mini-workshop dedicated to loving our lands and developing a land ethic in our communities.  The workshop fees include a Leopold Education Project curriculum as well as classroom materials, snacks and refreshments.  This curriculum may be used by school teachers, naturalists, [...]

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Scrapbooking/Craft Nights

[ January 20, 2017; 6:00 pm; February 17, 2017; 6:00 pm; March 3, 2017; 6:00 pm; ] Fox Island County Park

January 20, February 17, March 3, Fridays  6:00 PM – Midnight

Holiday pictures are beckoning!  Join Naturalist, Natalie Haley, in scrapbooking memories to last a lifetime.   We provide hot tea and cocoa to ward off the chill.  Pizza can be ordered for an additional $5.00.  Everyone usually brings an optional snack to share [...]

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Night Hike – Metea

[ January 18, 2017; 7:00 pm; ] Metea County Park

January 18, Wednesday  7:00 PM

Let’s try this on a Wednesday night and see what turns up.  Dress for cold and snow as we track animal activity and see how owl nesting season is going.

Cost: $2.00

Pre-register by: 1/15  Min: 5   Max. 35

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

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Feeding Winter Birds

[ January 15, 2017; 1:30 pm; ] Fox Island County Park – Dulin Observation Bldg.

January 15, Sunday  1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Learn what, how and why to feed your feathered feeder friends. Take home a suet feeder of your own.

Cost$2.00 regular park admission

Pre-register by: 1/8   Min. 5  Max. 20

To register or for more information: Emai l:jormiston at  Call: 449-3180   Jeff  Ormiston

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Family Mystery Mornings at Metea – NEW!!

[ January 11, 2017; 10:00 am; February 8, 2017; 10:00 am; March 8, 2017; 10:00 am; ] Metea County Park  

January 11, February 8, March 8, Wednesdays


These once-per-month family nature programs are designed for families of all ages, sizes and abilities.  Children two and under (who are free) must be able to maintain a certain degree of quiet during the programs.  Note that families are welcome to stay in the park as [...]

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Preschool Discovery Hour – Animal Tracks

[ January 10, 2017; 1:00 pm; ] Fox Island County Park

January 10, Tuesday  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Gather indoors to cast a plaster animal footprint to take home.  Wear mud shoes and dress for the weather to take a hike looking for tracks and other animal signs.

Cost: $3.00/Child        $2.00/adult

Pre-register by: 1/5   Min:5    Max: 20

To register or for more information: Email  rzartman at [...]

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Fox Kit Club Adventures – “Tracks!”

[ January 10, 2017; 10:00 am; ] Fox Island County Park

January 10, Tuesday  10:00AM – 11:00AM

This program has been developed for pre-school children and their parents or teachers.  Meet a naturalist at the Fox Island Nature Center to learn about the animal tracks found at Fox Island.  Fees include a snack and drink.  Paid pre-school teachers of attending students are free.

Cost: $3.00 [...]

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Southwest Allen County Christmas Bird Count

[ January 2, 2017; 8:00 am; ] Fox Island County Park

January 2,  Monday  8:00am-???

This count will include Fox Island County Park, Eagle Marsh, three small ACRES preserves, and Arrowhead Wetlands Project.  Meet at Fox Island’s nature center for a light breakfast (sponsored by the Fox Island Alliance) at 8:00am to receive your birding assignments.  A chili lunch (sponsored by Stockbridge Audubon and [...]

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Cross Country Ski Clinic – Metea

[ January 14, 2017; 10:00 am; ] Metea County Park

January 14, Saturday  10:00 AM –  12:00 PM

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 [...]

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Owl Prowl

[ January 7, 2017; 5:30 pm; ] Fox Island County Park

January 7, 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 1/2   Min: 5 Max. 15

To register or for more information: Email: rzartman at [...]

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