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Speakers and naturalists are available for your club or group in an Erie MetroParks facility or offsite. Whether you are a school teacher,scout leader, or youth leader, our naturalist staff can work with you to develop a program or provide a program from the list below. To schedule a speaker or naturalist, call 419-625-7783 ext. 223 or ext. 231 or email our naturalist directly.

Erie MetroParks offers a wide variety of free programs to local organizations and schools.
We are happy to come to your location or meet you at one of your eleven MetroParks!
Last month these groups requested the programs listed below. Would one of these or
another program interest your group? Call 419-625-7783 ext. 221 or email
discoverit@eriemetroparks.org to schedule a program.

Click here to view our latest Requested Programs document.


Community Programs

  • Importance of Pollinators
  • Shade Gardening
  • Alien/Invasive Species
  • Winter Birds at Your Feeder
  • Nature in Erie MetroParks
  • Asian Long-horned Beetle
  • Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly
  • What’s That Tree?
  • Spring Wildflowers of the MetroParks
  • Let’s Go Batty for the Flying Mammal
  • Pruning Trees and Shrubs the Right Way
  • The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (insects)
  • The Wonderful World of Weeds

Call us about customized programs about many more topics than you see here! We also customize for all age groups!


School Programs - Pre-school - 6th grade

Autumn Adventure Hike or Step into Spring Hike

Discover the effect of seasonal changes on weather, wildlife, and habitats.

Bunnies Galore

Using pet bunnies, find out about the history, adaptations and body parts of domestic versus wild rabbits.

Croaking Chorus

Explore Erie County’s frog species by listening to their calls. Every frog and toad has a different voice and can be distinguished by its call. Look at some live frogs and toads and match the voice to the frog. Learn the why, when, where, who, and how on frog calls in Erie County. Traveling to a nearby pond to listen to nature’s chorus is offered in the spring and summer months.

Investigating Insects

Learn about insect characteristics, life cycles, and adaptations that allow insects to survive the winter.

Mammals of Erie County

Examine natural artifacts while discovering how these animals adapt to local habitats.

Scaly, Slimy & Cold

Toads, frogs, snakes-how are they different? Sort out the facts by observing the real thing.

Silent Wings

Owls possess many unique adaptations that make them skilled hunters of the night. Get a hands-on look at these adaptations and see some of Ohio’s owls up close. Learn all about how owls hunt, digest their food, and listen for their prey. Also, listen to owl calls and learn how to talk like an owl!

School Programs - 4th - 6th grade


Adapted to their Habitat-From hummingbirds to pelicans-learn how birds use their specialized beaks to get specific foods from their habitats during this challenging "hands-on" demonstration.

Explore the Geology of the Castalia Quarry MetroPark

Explore the geology of the natural history of the area by hiking the 1.8 mile CQR Rim Trail. Learn about bedrock, fossil formation and glacial grooves.

Orienteering Scavenger Hunt

Compass and map reading are essential skills when hiking in unfamiliar territory. Learn how to use a compass, measure your paces, and find your way to fun forest destinations. Never get lost as long as you have your compass!

Tracking the White-tailed Deer

Students will become "deer" and "habitat components" while playing this fun, active and educational game. Basic needs, habitat components, limiting factors, carrying capacity and deer adaptations will be introduced with a "hands-on" presentation.

Wild about Water

Water is one of the most important basic needs. Students will learn all about the water cycle by becoming water molecules and simulating the cycle during this fun and enlightening activity.

Bike Safety Program

Erie MetroParks Bicycle Safety Officer teaches the basics of bicycle safety and the proper way to wear a bike helmet. Informative pamphlets and other information will be distributed. Geared toward 1stand 2nd grade skill levels.