blue flag iris seed very large in the seed world
The ice on Lake Olander is open for your use! It’s time to ice fish! The ice was measured, and it is a consistent 8″ thick on the lake … except at the spot that the geese and ducks have been keeping open. That area has been fenced off for your safety. Keep your eyes … Continue reading The Ice is OPEN
We have finally gotten our trails and roads cleared thanks to the dedicated staff at TOPS! The Parks are open and ready for you to enjoy, but dress well and stay warm! It’s still cold out there. We have had a lot of questions about whether the ice is open yet for fishing. As you … Continue reading Winter Wonderland and Ice Update
The parks will remain closed Tuesday, January 7, so that staff can get trails and roads cleaned up. Thanks for your patience and we will be all ready for you Wednesday at 7am! Stay warm!
We are having some extreme weather this week! For the safety of our employees and our visitors, our parks will remain closed Sunday, January 5 and Monday, January 6, 2014. Please check back for updates! Stay warm and safe!
Olander Park will be CLOSED on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, and will only be open 7am to noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. On all of those days, the Quarry Ridge Bike Trail, Sylvan Prairie Park and Fossil Park will be open from sunrise to sunset. However, the south (back) … Continue reading Holiday Hours
In 2013, we planted almost 500 trees and shrubs at Sylvan Prairie Park. Most of them were planted along Smith Ditch, which we have been restoring to a more natural stream system. One thing needed for a waterway to function as a healthy stream is trees and shrubs growing along its banks. The wooded zone … Continue reading Protecting Young Trees
We had a lot of fun at Olander Park’s Christmas Bird Count for Kids last weekend. It was snowing and blowing! But we got GREAT views of a Bald Eagle. It perched for a long time for us,and we even used a spotting scope to get close-up views of its talons and beak. We also … Continue reading Christmas Bird Count 4 Kids
Over 1000 people visited Olander last night, dressed as witches, doctors, zombies, skeletons, you name it! 20 treat stations provided plenty of halloween loot, and everyone went home satisfied and tired, and likely a little chilly. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this event a success! We couldn’t do it without you! See … Continue reading Halloween Hike 2013
Did you know that TOPS owns a 7-acre parcel where Herr Road crosses Ten Mile Creek? Currently, the Herr Road property contains floodplain forest, a vernal pool and some old turf areas. But the old turf area has stopped looking like a yard … over the past several years, some cool native plants started just … Continue reading Restoration Experiment