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.

National Trails Day Hike

June 6, Saturday, 10 AM, Metea County Park

Hit the trail for National Trails Day. Come out and hike at one of your County Parks. Get some exercise, learn some new things, and enjoy a fine late spring day. $2.00 per person.

Wilderness Women: Useful Plants

June 6, Saturday, 3-5pm, Metea County Park

2 points
Nature’s bounty is all around! Learn what plants are used for what purpose on a hike through Metea County Park.

Rachel Rossiter Smith will guide the pack through fact and fiction of plant use. Dress for the weather, we’ll be out for about an hour. Then we’ll do an activity and have a snack.

This program is designed for women and young ladies about 12 and up. Cost is $5. Call 260-449-3777 or email rsmith@allencountyparks.org to register or for more information. Must have 5 registered by June 1 for program to run.

Special Event: Summer Day Camp Series 2009, Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM

July 27-31: Flutterbies
Aug. 3-7: Creepy Creek Critters

30 points per week
Camp is one of the best investments you can make in your children’s development. By incorporating fun into learning about the outdoors, we create positive experiences for children in a natural environment.

Fees are $100.00 per week per child. Early-Bird Discounted Rate (Prior to May 29th): $95.00 per week.

Sack lunches are required from home. We will provide drinks and snacks. If your child has any special food allergies, they will need to bring their own snacks/drinks.

Download a registration form from www.allencountyparks.org. Click on Summer Day Camps 2009 link. Pre-registration required - call 449-3180. Minimum of 15 registrations required per week in order to continue have camp. So bring a friend to camp!

Fourth Friday Night Hike

May 22, Friday, 9 PM, Payton County Park

Spring is in full swing. Come out to Payton and watch new life bursting forth!

Cost is $2.00 per person, with a minimum of 5 needed by May 20. Call 449-3777 for reservations.

Take a Hike! Spring Flowers

May 23, Saturday, 10am, Metea County Park

2 points
Nature’s beauty is fleeting in spring, so come out to Metea County Park to catch the spring wildflowers while they are here! Bring the whole family and a camera to capture it all with.

Dress for the weather and don’t forget to register by May 18. Cost is $2 per person. Call 260-449-3777 or email rsmith@allencountyparks.org to register or for more information, 5 people minimum registered to run.

Cave Exploration Adventure

May 23, Saturday, 8 AM - Pre-Caving - May 14, Thursday, 7:30 PM, Metea County Park

4 points
Go underground with Allen County Parks.

Caving instructor and naturalist Bob Dispenza will be leading a trip to a new cave (for us) near Bedford on Saturday, May 23. We’ll be exploring a wild cave in the area and going off the beaten path, looking for cave wildlife and unusual formations.

Mandatory pre-caving class is Thursday, May 14, 7:30 PM at Metea County Park Visitor Center. Class fee of $20.00 per person covers maps and caving instruction. Learn about geology, cave life, needed equipment and cave formation.

This activity is somewhat strenuous, but suitable for beginners in good physical condition.

Call 449-3777 to make reservations, with a minimum of 5 registered by the pre-caving class for the trip to go.