September 11 2020

MetroParks new take-home program kits now available

MetroParks wants to keep you and your family safely engaged with fun, educational programs that help you connect with nature. Developed by MetroParks’ education and recreation staff, new take-home program kits allow families to experience nature on their own time while learning new things and developing new skills.

Kits include self-guided activities with nature, outdoor recreation, gardening and historical farming themes. A variety of kits will be offered monthly to provide new and seasonal options.

For your safety, kits are assembled using the CDC’s best practices, such as being packaged and left to sit at least four days before you pick them up. Contactless pickup will be offered once a month, with the first date starting this Friday, Sept. 18, at Wegerzyn Garden MetroPark from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Cox Arboretum MetroPark from 4 to 7 p.m.

Scholarships Available: Program Kits fees are eligible for discounts through Access to Nature Scholarships, funded by the Five Rivers MetroParks Foundation. This scholarship program pays for up to 75% of program costs based on financial need. Learn more and apply.

Due to limited quantities, pre-registration is required. Reserve your kit by following the links below:

  • Pick up A: Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark on Friday, Sept. 18, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Pick Up B: Cox Arboretum MetroPark on Friday, Sept. 18, between 4 and 7 p.m.

This month’s kits include:

  • Passport to Fishing Kit ($25; ages 4+) 

This kit, designed for youth and their family to learn to fish, includes two fishing rods, a tackle box and basic tools to get you started. Supplemental videos will guide you through basic casting, knots, rigging, safe fish handling and local resources as a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Thanks to a Passport to Fishing grant from Ohio Division of Wildlife, Zebco 202 rods are provided in this kit at no additional cost.

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  • Perfectly Pressed Flower and Leaf Art Kit ($5; all ages)

Fall is full of color and the perfect time to make your own flower and leaf press! This press makes it easy to save beautiful leaves and colorful fall blooms so you can create pictures, projects and more. Kits include everything you need to make and decorate your own press from recycled materials and supplies to create a pressed flower bookmark.

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  • Guess Who, Butterfly or Moth? Kit ($18; all ages)

Do you know what is flying above your head? With this kit you can figure it out! Learn the difference between moths and butterflies and what you can do to help them. You will also learn how to make your own butterfly net so you can see them up close! A temporary enclosure to make viewing these wonderful creatures easier is included along with free field guides on moths and butterflies from The Ohio Department of Natural Resources to help you identify the friends you catch. Take time with your family to make a craft and learn about our fluttery friends in the sky. Use a free app called Flipgrid to share what you’ve made and who you’ve met. Included also will be more information and ideas for learning about moths and butterflies.

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  • Sew a 9-Patch Quilt ($5; all ages)

In the 19th century, one of the first sewing projects a youngster might have learned was how to sew is a 9-Patch quilt block. This kit includes all the materials needed to sew a simple quilt block: nine pre-cut fabric squares, one needle, a bobbin of thread and instructions.

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  • Worm Observation Activity ($5; all ages)

As our gardens grow, pollinators give us a helping hand above the ground, but what about below the ground? Yes, plants need help with root support — and that is up to worms! They make tunnels that allow water and oxygen to reach their roots. In this kit, you will receive everything you need to do worm research, except worms — search under rocks and in your yard for worm friends for some additional fun!

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  • Conservation Kids Discover Kit (free; ages 3 to 13)

Get your family outside and exploring the wonders of nature! The Conservation Kids Discover Kit includes access to videos by MetroParks naturalists, online resources and a variety of tools to aid you in making the most of your nature explorations. These resources can be used to take part in up to four different Conservation Kids Discover Level activities: Creek Exploration, Six-Legged Beasts, Journey to the Past: Fossil Exploration, and Nighttime Adventures. If your child is working toward becoming a Conservation Kids graduate or would like to begin the journey of becoming a Conservation Kids graduate, they can receive credit for taking part in these activities or you can simply take part in the activities for fun! Thanks to funding from the Virginia Kettering Grant, these kits are being offered free of charge.

Due to the limited number of kits available we ask that each family only take one kit, so that we can offer this opportunity to as many families as possible.

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  • Conservation Kids Act/Share Level Kit (free; ages 3 to 13)

We are all connected to nature and connected to one another through nature! The Conservation Kids Act/Share Level Activity Kit will help you discover ways that you can give back to nature and have a positive impact as well as discovering ways to share nature knowledge with others! This kit includes a variety of different tools, access to videos by MetroParks naturalists, and online resources to help you take part in citizen science and habitat improvement projects. If you are working toward becoming a Conservation Kids graduate, you can receive credit for taking part in these activities or you can simply take part in the activities for fun!

Due to the limited number of kits available we ask that each family only take one kit, so that we can offer this opportunity to as many families as possible.

Reserve this kit (pick up A)

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For additional information, to reserve a kit and for updates about future kits, visit metroparks.org/kits.

Five Rivers MetroParks visitors should always follow the CDC’s recommendations, particularly for social distancing and wearing face coverings, while spending time outdoors. For the most current information on MetroParks’ COVID-19 response and related closures, visit metroparks.org/covid-19 and follow Five Rivers MetroParks on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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