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. October 23, 2012.
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Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center
817 Harmon St.
419-423-4954
www.blackheritagelibrarymulticulturalcenter.org

A wonderful community resource for teaching cultural awareness and an appreciation of art from around the world. The facility houses historic memorabilia, a gift shop, prints, sculpture, fabric and crafts. The Library boasts an impressive collection of more than 3,500 source books and references. 

University of Findlay Equestrian Farms
English Farm:  Olive St.
Western Farm:  St. Rt. 68
419-434-4656
www.findlay.edu

The University of Findlay has two of the most impressive collegiate equine facilities in the U.S. The barns house from 200-300 horses and tours feature not only the facilities, but teachers and students at work. Both locations host several horse shows and riding clinics annually. Call 419-424-4656 for tour information.

Little Red Schoolhouse
Corner of C.R. 236 and St. Rt. 568
419-423-4433
www.hancockhistoricalmuseum.org

This restored, one-room schoolhouse is a favorite location for classroom visits throughout the year. (Located right next to the Riverside Train; an opportunity for two field trips with one stop!)

Franciscan Earth Literacy Center
194 St. Francis Ave.
Tiffin
419-448-7485
www.felc.sfctiffin.org

An environmental education center and demonstration facility, The Literacy Center features indoor and outdoor learning experiences with many “hands-on” activities.  The property features prairies, marshes, culinary and medicinal herb gardens, wetlands and a variety of birds.

Riverbend Hayrides
Riverbend Recreation Area
16618 T.R. 208
419-425-7275
www.hancockparks.com

What better way to celebrate the fall season in Ohio than a hayride through woods and meadows! A Hancock Park District wagon master conducts hayrides for groups of approximately 25. The hour-long ride rambles through one of the County’s most scenic natural areas that skirts one of the largest reservoirs in the State of Ohio.  From September 23-November 5, by reservation; cost, $60 per wagonload.

Imagination Station
1 Discovery Way, Toledo
419-244-2674
www.imaginationstationtoledo.org

A field trip to Imagination Station is an ideal way for students to turn abstract concepts into hands-on action. With over 250 interactive exhibits, all aligned to state academic standards, field trips are a useful tool tohelp teach much needed science concepts and 21st century skills. For traditional classrooms, home schools or parents just looking for extracurricular educational opportunities, Imagination Station is a community partner dedicated to inspiring in children the wonder of science.

Nature’s Nursery
11611 Reed Rd., Whitehouse
419-877-0060
www.natures-nursery.org

Explore with the animals at Nature’s Nursery. The Nursery hosts field trips at area Metroparks including Blue Creek and the Nursery’s partner the Lucas County Soil and Water Conservation District. Nature’s Nursery will also bring animals directly to the classroom with its conservation education programs. Students will meet Northwest Ohio’s indigenous animals  and learn about conservation farming, native wildlife and plant habitats.

Wintergarden/St. John’s Nature Preserve Rotary Nature Center
615 South Wintergarden Road
419-353-0301
www.bgohio.org

Local birds, native ecosystems, human impact and survival skills are all on the menu of programs at Wintergarden/St. John’s Nature Preserve in Bowling Green. The Preserve has programs designed for all ages, from pre-K to adults. Exploration hikes are designed to develop an appreciation for nature while utilizing a variety of senses. The naturalist staff is on hand to teach students about a variety of topics such as natural history, social studies and science.

Fossil Park
5675 Centennial Rd., Sylvania
419-882-8313
www.olanderpark.com

Travel back 375 million years ago when Northwest Ohio was underwater. This area treasure is one of only a few parks of its kind, right in Sylvania. The Devonian Era site is five acres of rock quarry where fossils are encased in shale, soft enough to break with your hand. Visitors are asked to leave tools at home, however, small brushes to dust the fossils off and something to bring fossils home in are permitted. Fossil Park’s admission and fossils are free.