TOPS provides programs and events year round for Sylvania Residents of all ages!
Programs are FREE for residents and members of The Olander Park System unless a special material/instructor fee is noted, and $5 for non-residents.
- Advance registration required online here, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 419-882-8313 ext. 1004. Registration will open one month prior to a program’s scheduled date.
- Cancellation Policy: To reach as many people as possible, we ask that you cancel your registration no later than 24 hours before a scheduled free TOPS program (PreK, Adult, etc.). If you or a family member is registered for a free program and do not attend without prior notification for two consecutive classes, TOPS reserves the right to remove you or your family member from the roster of future programs. Programs with an additional material/instructor fee (SUPYOGA, Pilates in the Park, make-n-take activity), require 3-day advanced cancellation to receive a full refund.
- To make each program as successful as possible for all participants, please notify the park system prior to registration regarding special needs or accommodations.
- TOPS strives to provide the most up-to-date information. TOPS reserves the right to change or cancel programs due to weather, low enrollment, etc.
What’s Up at TOPS?
View the current event & program schedule organized by age group in The Pathfinder!
For the event calendar visit HERE
You can also sign up for our Monthly E-Newsletter to get the latest updates on TOPS events.
Find the program for you and register ONLINE today!
We want to hear feedback from you so we can provide the highest quality programming experience for Sylvania School District residents and the surrounding communities.
Current & Upcoming Programs
- This Month's Programs
- Next Month's Programs
- I Love Olander Day
- Halloween Hike
- Sunset Serenades Concert Series
- Olander 250 Walking Challenge
Check out all of the amazing programs we have to offer this month!
- Dave’s 24 Hour Endurance Challenge: Sunday, September 2, 10am through Monday, September 3, 10am. Olander Park, Nederhouser Community Hall. Olander Park is the former home of the 24 Hour National Championships and the event is back Labor Day weekend for 2018. Participants of the Olander 24 Hour Endurance Challenge will start at 10am on Sunday morning and finish at 10am Monday. Scheduled meals, safety lighting and entertainment will help you get through the challenge. Tent camping and RV parking will be available inside Olander Park for your overnight stay, at no additional charge. Spots are available on a first come basis. Register online at www.runtoledo.com and enjoy the Labor Day weekend outside with all Olander Park has to offer.
- Clean Your Streams: Saturday, September 22, 8:30am to Noon. Help clean up miles of stream banks all over the lower Maumee Valley watershed. Volunteers begin at various locations throughout Lucas County for an orientation, then go Clean Your Streams! Conclude with an Appreciation Lunch for all volunteers. There are seven kickoff locations so go to www.partnersforcleanstreams.org/events/cys to register and find the location closest to you!
- I LOVE OLANDER DAY: Sunday, September 30, Noon to 4pm. Olander Park. Join us as we celebrate the 60th birthday of The Olander Park System at this fun event perfect for the entire family. This year will feature a photo booth, farmer’s market, art walk, food trucks, carriage rides, and a special performance by the Bubble Sharks. Children will love creating crafts to take home, playing fun games, and visiting with our local police officers and firefighters. An adult volleyball tournament hosted by the Lourdes University volleyball team will take place on our brand new courts. There is definitely something for everyone! Do you share a birthday with TOPS? Any visitor turning 60 this year is invited to join a special birthday cake walk! Admission and parking are FREE! Parking will be available at Tam-O’-Shanter, Boulevard Church, and Planet Fitness. Want to be involved in this great event? We are still seeking volunteers and sponsors. Check out all the event details at www.olanderpark.com/iloveolanderday.
- Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga (SUPYOGA): Thursday, September 6, 5:15 to 6:30pm, 6:45 to 8pm. Olander Park, Boat Ramp. Did you hear about our all new SUPYOGA classes this summer? Did you get a chance to watch a class and wished you had joined? Register TODAY for the last SUPYOGA class of the season. Our 75-minute Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga classes are taught by certified instructor Sally Lyons. Let the board become your mat, and Olander Lake become your studio. All equipment included! All levels welcome. No experience necessary. Ages 10 & up. Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $30 per class.
- Learn to Paddle: Saturday, September 8, 10 to 11:30am. Olander Park, Boat Ramp. Don’t let summer slip away without hopping on a paddleboard and experiencing the joy of Stand Up Paddleboarding! Join certified paddle instructor and Toledo native, Sally Lyons, for an informative yet easy going 90-minute class to get you out on the water properly and safely! Paddles up! All equipment included! All levels welcome. No experience necessary. Ages 10 & up. Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $30.
- Wonders of Yoga: Thursdays, September 6, 20, 11:15am. Olander Park, Gorman Nature Education Center. This beginner yoga class is based on physical postures, deep breathing, mindfulness and listening to the body. It builds strength, flexibility and confidence. Suitable for all ages. Participants under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Rachna Maheshwari, instructor.
- Come Dance with Me: Wednesdays, September 5 to 26, 6:30 to 8pm. Olander Park, Nederhouser Community Hall. Come dance with Mary Leugers. This class is designed for people with some dance experience. Join us! It is fun and great exercise. Pre-registration not required. Cost: $5 each class paid to instructor.
- Come Dance with Me for Beginners: Tuesdays, September 11 to 25, 1:30 to 3pm. Olander Park, Nederhouser Community Hall. Haven’t danced before? Don’t worry. This is beginners class is for you. Move your feet to the beat and learn to line dance with Mary Leugers. It’s fun and great exercise! Pre-registration not required. Cost: $3 each class paid to instructor.
- Mystical Beasts!: Tuesday, September 11, 10am, Olander Park, Gorman Nature Education Center. Lion and Griffins and Unicorns, oh my! Join ECO Discovery! and hear stories of magical beasts we’d all like to believe in. Bring a stuffed beast along if you like. We’ll share a snack and meet a real Dragon!
- Harvest Fun and Food!: Tuesday, September 18, 10am. Olander Park, Gorman Nature Education Center. Fruits, veggies and fun, fun food! Join ECO Discovery! for harvest fun and eat some fresh treats. Hear a harvest story from long ago, and play harvest-time games. Take home a recipe to share.
- Caterpillars vs. Moths: Friday, September 21, 10am. Olander Park, Gorman Nature Education Center. Together we discover “caterpillars” in corn, apples and in the park. Will they be butterflies or moths? Puppets, songs and stories help us discover answers. Joyce Davis, instructor.
- Ahoy! Pirates at Olander!: Friday, September 28, 10am & Friday, October 5, 10am. Olander Park, Gorman Nature Education Center. Have you heard of pirate bugs? Together we will spend these two weeks following maps, finding bugs, treasures, and the jewels of Olander. Yo! Ho! Fun with puppets, treasure boxes, stories, songs and adventures await us! Register for one or both programs. Joyce Davis, instructor.
Wild Ones is a not-for-profit, environmental education and advocacy organization whose members promote using native plants and natural landscaping. Established in 1979, Wild Ones has over 50 chapters around the country. The Oak Openings Chapter meets every Second Tuesday at Olander Park this fall in the Nederhouser Community Hall. Each program is free and open to the public; registration is not required. See www.oakopenings.wildones.org for more program information.
Natural Area Restoration Success in the Metroparks: Tuesday, September 11, 7pm. Olander Park, Nederhouser Community Hall. Karen Menard will discuss natural area restoration featuring a few Metropark sites. She’ll tell the story about the special native plants that came back from the seed bank, and which wildlife/pollinator species showed up in relation to the plants.
- Weeding Wednesdays: Wednesday mornings, September 12, 26, 9 to 11am. Olander Park, Maintenance Building. Want to learn more about our native plants? Join Cindy for a morning of weeding Olander Park’s gardens, prepping the beds for winter, and learning more about Oaks Openings Region natives.
- Olander Park Fall Cleaning: Sunday, September 16, 9am to Noon. Olander Park, Maintenance Building. Join our Maintenance staff to help with a variety of projects including prepping the park for the winter season, picking up leaves and litter, and more.
The 2nd Annual I Love Olander Day has been scheduled for Sunday, September 30 from 12 – 4 p.m. You won’t want to miss it! It will be extra special this year because we will be celebrating Olander Park’s 60th Birthday!
Click here for more information on how to be a part of this great day!
21st Annual Halloween Hike
Friday, October 26; Event entry: 6 to 7pm
Superheroes, princesses and dinos will bound all around Lake Olander at TOPS’ most popular family event! Kids collect treats at stations as storytellers recite friendly tales of the Enchanted Evening! The Hike is family-friendly and not intended to scare children. For kids 12 & under; children MUST be accompanied by an adult guardian. Admission: $2 donation for ages 3 to 12; 2 & under FREE. A portion of the proceeds are donated to Sylvania Area Family Services. Park at Tam-O-Shanter and enter on Vicksburg Avenue or use the Olander walk-in gates. Remember to dress for the weather. The Hike is rain or shine. Program presented with Meijer.
If you, your family, school, scout pack, cheerleading squad, sports team, civic organization, community group or company would like to run a Treat Station during the Halloween Hike, contact Jenny by phone at 419-882-8313, extension #1000, or by email at email@example.com. Volunteers arrive at 5:15pm and stay until roughly 7:45pm. Dress in a “friendly” costume or wear your group’s uniform. TOPS needs roughly 100 volunteers for the Hike.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR PERFORMERS, VENDORS & SPONSORS FOR A GREAT SUMMER!!!
- Dylan & Shawn
- Toledo Symphony musicians Damon Coleman & Cheryl Trace
- Mikes with Mics
- Jeff McDonald’s Swingmania!
- Extra Stout
- Toledo Polish American Concert Band
SPECIAL THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT ATTENDED A CONCERT THIS SUMMER!!! SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!
* Interested in being booked for a date next year for our 2019 Sunset Serenade Concert Series? Contact Danielle Marino, Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Olander 250 Walking Program is from May 1 to October 31. Participants who successfully walk or run 250 or more miles in the six-month time frame will receive an award to recognize your accomplishment.
Click here to print a copy of the walking log.
All logs due by November 7th. Pick up your form today at the Callahan Administrative Office or Nederhouser Community Hall info box.