Want to volunteer at Allen County Parks?

We would love to have you!!!!

We need volunteers for all kinds of activities, be it
program help, maintenance help, removal of invasive
species, filling bird feeders, small construction projects, hosts/hostess, anything you’d like to do!!

All potential volunteers for the Allen County Parks
Department must complete a volunteer application
before volunteering. A link to this application can be
found at our website on the Volunteer in the Allen
County Parks page.

What's Happening at Metea County Park?

To view a complete and up-to-date list of activities occurring at Metea Park, please see the Wild Grapevine, available at the Allen County Parks website.

Preschool Morning Adventure - Christmas Decorating for the Birds

Thursday, December 6, 2007, at 10:00 AM

Attention all preschoolers! Come to Metea Park Nature Center and help us decorate the small trees outside the bird room for the birds.

We will be stringing popcorn, cranberries, making birdfeeders and hanging other "bird-friendly" ornaments on the trees. You will also have some to take home and decorate your outside trees for the birds. Story and snack included, too!

$3.00 per child, $2.00 per adult partner (partner required). Call 449-3777 for more information and pre-registration.

Tiny Treads - Brrrr

Saturday, December 1, 10:00 AM

Just because it's getting cold outside doesn't mean that nature isn't interesting. Join naturalist Karie Harding as she leads a hike through Metea Park. Make sure to dress for the weather!

$2.00 per child and adult partner (partner required).

Tiny Treads is a monthly hiking program geared for students in Pre-K through 3rd grade.

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire: Campfire Cooking

Friday, November 30, 2007, at 6:00 PM

Come clelbrate the spirit of Thanksgiving at Metea County Park by cooking out over the campfire. We will provide the supplies, but bring your own place setting. Be sure to stay for the night hike afterward!

Cost is $5.00. Pre-registry is required; call 449-3777.

Election of Officers for 2008

At the November 28, 2007, meeting of the Friends of Metea, officers for 2008 will be elected. Nominations can be made from the floor by 2007 members whose dues are paid.

The slate to be presented is as follows:

  • President: Ron Divelbiss
  • Vice-President: Gordon Cole
  • Secretary: Judy Ruoff
  • Treasurer: Joanne Beerbower
  • Trail Guide Coordinators: Helen Cole and Cindy Kimm

Officers will begin their duties on January 1, 2008.

See you at the meeting.

Take a Hike! Oh, Poop!

Saturday, November 10, 2007, at 1:00 PM

It is sometimes very difficult to spot animals in the woods, but if you know what to look for, you can tell who has been there. Naturalist Rachel Rossiter-Smith will be leading the search for animal "calling cards".

Cost is $2.00. To register, call 449-3777.

A Poppin' Good Time

Friday, November 9, 2007, at 6:00 PM

Let's learn about popcorn! Come to the Metea Park Nature Center and join naturalist Karie Harding for an interesting, hands-on popcorn experience. We will be learning the history of popcorn, doing a taste test, growing our own popcorn, and other a-maize-ing tidbits.

$3.00 per person. Call 449-3777 for more information and registration.

Preschool Morning Adventure - Pumpkins, Indian Corn, and More

Thursday, November 8, 2007, at 10:00 AM

Hey, preschoolers! Come to the Metea Park Nature Center and learn about pumpkins, Indian corn, and more. We will learn about these things, learn about how they are grown, and how they became popular Thanksgiving decorations. We will read a book, have a snack, make a Thanksgiving craft, and learn a lot about pumpkins, Indian corn, and more.

$3.00 per child, $2.00 per adult partner (partner required).

Call 449-3777 for pre-registration.

Tiny Treads - Fall Scavenger Hunt

On November 3, 2007, at 10:00 AM, come to Metea Park for a fall scavenger hunt with naturalist Karen Harding. We will be walking a trail and looking for items that usually are seen only in fall.

Tiny Treads is a monthly children's hiking program and is geared for lower elementary students.

$2.00 per child, $2.00 per adult partner (partner required). Call 449-3777 for information.