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.

Jr. Indiana Master Naturalist Open House - 25 NISTEM points/series

March 6, Saturday 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Your child, ages 9-13, can become a Jr. Indiana Master Naturalist. This is an Open House to answer questions and register for this great new program. See the Allen County Parks website for more program information.

Cost: Open House is FREE
Pre-register by: N/A
Min: N/A
Max: N/A

To register or more information:
Email:nhaley@allencountyparks.org
Call: 449-3246
Natalie Haley

Story Night at Metea

March 5, Friday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Come and sit by the fire, sipping cocoa, and listen to stories that will warm your heart and inspire your soul. Open to all with the inclination to listen. Meet inside the nature center.

Cost: $3.00
Pre-register by: March 1
Min: 5
Max : 50

To register or more information:
Email:mgobert@allencountyparks.org
Call: 449-3777
Michael Gobert

Monday Mornings with Michael @ North Metea

March 1, 22

Greet the day from the beginning and watch the world come alive. A sunrise experiential walk at the North Metea Nature Preserve. Dress weather appropriate, the hiking is easy to moderate and often wet.

March 7:00 AM

Cost: $2.00
Pre-register by: Prior Friday
Min: 5
Max: 15

To register or more information:
Email:mgobert@allencountyparks.org
Call: 449-3777
Michael Gobert

Fourth Friday Night Hike @ Payton County Park

February 26, Friday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The nearly-full moon will be high in the night sky as we stroll through the old fields and wetlands of Payton County Park. Flashlights are welcome, but not needed. Be prepared for Indiana weather.

Cost: $2.00
Pre-register by: 2/22
Min: 5
Max: 45

To register or more information:
Email:bdispenza@allencountyparks.org
Call: 449-3777
Bob Dispenza

The Metea Challenge

February 25, Thursday, 9 :00 AM – 11:00 AM

Come and learn about our new Metea Challenge Program. This 2 hour workshop will introduce new games, initiatives and challenge courses. Open to all age 10 or older. Dress to be comfortable and active.

Cost: $3.00
Pre-register by: 2/20
Min: 8
Max: 16

To register or more information:
Email:mgobert@allencountyparks.org
Call: 449-3777
Michael Gobert

Monday Mornings with Michael @ Metea

Feb. 22, & March 15

Greet the day from the beginning and watch the
world come alive. A sunrise experiential at Metea
County Park. Dress weather appropriate, and the
hiking is easy to moderate and often wet.

Feb./Mar. 7:00 AM
Cost: $2.00
Pre-register by: Prior Friday
Min: 5
Max.: 15

To register or more information:
Email:mgobert@allencountyparks.org
Call: 449-3777
Michael Gobert

Scrapbook Night at Metea

Feb 19, March 19, April 16, Fridays, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Beginning Scrapaholics. Need a night to catch up on your scrapbooking? Need some time for your self? Want a Girl’s Night Out? New to scrapbooking? Leave the kiddies at home, come and relax & work on your scrapbook projects, family albums, mini albums, cards, and home d├ęcor.

Cost: $10/session (advance), $15 at the door.
Register 6 people and save $10.

To register or more information:
Email: paulcorrine2005@aol.com
Call:260-460-0851
Corrine Paul

Add your name to my MONTHLY UPDATES (by email) to get hints and instructions for special projects and challenges at the next crop.

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Frog Dissection - 2 NISTEM points

February 25, Thursday, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We will study the external structures of a frog and then open it and study the internal structures. This program fills up fast so register as soon as you can. Must be 14 years old or older

$2.00/adult and $6.00/student
Pre-register by: 2/18
Min: 5
Max: 15

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

Home School Series - 2 NISTEM points/class

February 18 & March 18, Thursdays, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Home school science enrichment program for all school age students in three age groups. Cost includes BOTH month’s sessions, all handouts and equipment. One parent/guardian per family is required to attend. Classes fill up quickly, so reserve you space. Classes begin at promptly 2:00 PM! SPACE WILL NOT BE RESERVED UNTIL YOU HAVE PAID

Cost: $10.00/student, $4.00/adult
Pre-register & PREPAY by: 2/15/10
Min: 5/age group
Max: 20

To register or more information:
Email: rdivelbiss@allencountyparks.org
Call: 449-3778
Ron Divelbiss
Both sessions will be held both indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather.

Monday Mornings with Michael @ Payton

Feb. 15, & March 8, 29

Greet the day from the beginning and watch world come alive. A sunrise experiential walk Payton Park. Dress weather appropriate, and hiking is easy to moderate and often wet.

Feb./Mar. 7:00AM
Cost: $2.00
Pre-register by: Prior Friday
Min: 5
Max: 15

To register or more information:
Email:mgobert@allencountyparks.org
Call: 449-3777
Michael Gobert

Caving Adventure - 5 NISTEM points

Trip Feb. 20, Saturday, all day
Mandatory Pre-class, Feb. 12 Friday, 7:30 PM


Caving instructor Bob Dispenza will be leading a trip to a new cave (for us) near Springville on February 20. 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 February 12th at 7:30 PM at Metea County Park. Learn about geology, cave life, needed equipment and cave formation.

Cost: $20.00/person
Pre-register by: 2/9
Min: 5
Max: 25
Cost covers maps & caving instruction.

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

Monday Mornings with Michael @ North Metea

Feb. 8, & March 1, 22

Greet the day from the beginning and watch the world come alive. A sunrise experiential walk at the North Metea Nature Preserve. Dress weather appropriate, the hiking is easy to moderate and often wet.

Feb./March 7:00 AM

Cost: $2.00
Pre-register by: Prior Friday
Min: 5
Max: 15

To register or more information:
Email:mgobert@allencountyparks.org
Call: 449-3777
Michael Gobert