Description: Skunk cabbage is a flowering perennial plant that is one of the first plants to emerge in the spring. The flowers appear before the leaves and are characterized by a mottled maroon hood-like bract called a spathe, which surrounds a knob-like structure called a spadix. The spadix is actually a fleshy spike of many, petal-less … Continue reading skunk cabbage
The American beaver is North Americas largest rodent. Their fur is typically reddish brown in color and very dense. They have a large flat scaly tail that they use like a rudder in the water. Their back feet are webbed to help propel them thru the water. Beavers are mainly active at night and are excellent … Continue reading American Beaver
Lake Olander is now safe to use for ice fishing, ice skating, hockey and just having fun on ice! We do not open the Lake for ice activities until the ice on the entire lake is at least 8 inches thick. With a 30-acre lake, it takes several weeks of below freezing temperatures before all … Continue reading Ice Fishing on Lake Olander
The Ohio Young Birders Club (OYBC) is a program developed by the Black Swamp Bird Observatory to encourage, educate, and empower our youth conservation leaders. There are regional chapters of the OYBC, including one here in Northwest Ohio, started and led by TOPS own Robin Parker and Patty Toneff from Woodlawn Cemetery and Arboretum. Each … Continue reading Ohio Young Birders Club Field Trip
We are removing dead oak trees infected with Oak Wilt in order to stop the lethal fungus from spreading. Click here to find out more about Oak Wilt.
Observed this unusual paring at the oak savanna behind Sylvania Southview H.S. We thought it was a large bird dropping but a closer look revealed two moths, we think, mating. When we would lightly touch them they would flutter their wings. Looking thru photos on the web I came across a blog that had a similar looking … Continue reading MOTHS??
Our largest park, Sylvan Prairie Park, is full of native wildflowers in bloom! Get an up-close view of these beauties by biking, walking or rollerblading on the 3-mile section of the Quarry Ridge Bike Trail that loops through the park. Sylvan Prairie Park’s parking lots are located at 8601 Brint Road. More info about Sylvan … Continue reading Sylvan Prairie In Bloom
The fourth and final week of the Olander Youth Conservation Corps is complete! This last week has been packed with great activities that will be sure to leave lasting memories in the minds of all involved. Here’s a peek at what we did this week: On Tuesday we learned how to sample fish in Tenmile Creek … Continue reading Youth Conservation Corps – Week 4 Summary
The Toledo Zoo’s ZOOTeens volunteer program has been a huge contributor to The Olander Park System’s conservation mission for years. ZOOTeens have volunteered 3 to 6 hours a month, almost every month for about 10 years. With 6 to 12 ZOOTeens at each of those events, that’s a lot of volunteer hours at our parks! And the … Continue reading ZOOTeens
It’s hard to believe that there is only one week left in this year’s program. One of our main goals has been to get the youth engaged and dedicated to conservation activities. This goal has required us to try to strike a balance between education, hard work, and fun. Through the help of several special visitors … Continue reading Youth Conservation Corps – Week 3 Done, 1 More to Go!