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Programs Offered

Most programs are approximately one hour in length and may be scheduled at a park, the McElroy Environmental Education Center or your facility. Out of county groups are charged a nominal fee. If you would like to schedule a program or have questions please contact our Park District Office at 419-221-1232, Naturalist Office at 419-223-1025 or by email naturalists@jampd.com

(Youth) Interpretive Program Topics

  • Frontier Visitors from the Past
    • John Chapman or Capt' Chris Wood
    • Aunt Jane McGuire or Maggie McClure
  • Ground Hogs, Wood Chucks and Whistlepigs
  • Introduction to Insect Study
  • Native Americans and their Culture
  • Nocturnal Wildlife (indoor lesson or night hike)
  • Ohio's Amphibians and Reptiles
  • Ohio's Bats
  • Ohio's Birds
    • backyard bird feeding
    • cavity nesting birds
    • hummingbirds
    • birds of prey
    • wild turkeys and their relatives
    • bird ID, calls
  • Ohio's Butterflies
  • Ohio's Mammals - study skins, skulls & track ID
  • Ohio's Trees and the forest ecosystem
  • Outdoor Survival Skills
    • primitive fire starting skills, shelter building, orienteering and edible plants
  • Pioneer Skill Classes (grades 3-5, Allen County Farm Park only, nominal charge)
    • candle making, soap making
    • tools, barnyard chores and farm history
    • kitchen, butter making
    • toys and games
  • Pond Study

(Adult) Interpretive Program Topics

Plants

  • Butterfly/hummingbird Gardening
  • Edible & Medicinal Plants
  • Prairie Wildflowers
  • Spring Wildflowers
  • Tree Identification
  • Fall Colors

Wildlife

  • Songbirds of Ohio

Cultural History

Visitors from the Past

  • Capt. Chris Wood
  • Maggie McCluer
  • John Chapman
  • Aunt Jane McGuire