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To donate to the Oak Openings Habitat Protection and Restoration Fund, click here.

To donate to the Oak Openings Carbon Offset Fund, click here.

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GRI Celebrates Native Plant Month!

April is Ohio Native Plant Month – Please join the Green Ribbon Initiative (GRI) in celebrating Ohio Native Plant Month!

As a result of the diligent work of Ohio Native Plant Month, a non-profit organization, April is now known as Ohio Native Plant Month.  You can learn more about their efforts and vision by visiting their website at: https://www.ohionativeplantmonth.org/

There are many ways to honor and celebrate our native plants throughout the Oak Openings Region in Northwest Ohio. See the list below for local programs and resources from GRI partners!

Why are native plants so important?
Native plants are a critical food source for native wildlife. They are more beneficial than non-native plants because the native wildlife and plants have had thousands of years to adapt to one another, whereas most native wildlife could not hope to evolve quickly enough to eat exotic non-native plants. Read more about the importance of Ohio Native Plants, HERE.

Did you know that nearly one-third of all Ohio’s endangered plant species are found within the Oak Openings Region?
These rare plant species serve as food sources and provide support for many rare animals, including birds and butterflies.

Did you know that the crop grown in the highest abundance in the U.S. is not corn, wheat, or soybeans?
It’s actually turf grass! While not a particularly harmful invasive species, turf grass requires massive amounts of water to maintain and provides no food or shelter for native wildlife. Replacing just small portions of Ohio lawn areas with native Oak Openings lakeplain prairie and forest species would go a long way in re-establishing the foundation for a healthy ecosystem.

Do you want to help make a difference?
We encourage you to learn more about Ohio Native Plants by attending one of our partner programs this April! See the full list of opportunities below.

We also encourage you to learn through existing resources available to you through GRI partners, please see the full list of resources at the bottom of this page.


Local Native Plant Events & Programs:

There are many opportunities available during April to enjoy the wonders of Ohio Native Plants!
Programs are free unless noted.

April 2 – 10:00am-1:00pm
Invasive Species Removal Volunteer Event – Brush Removal / Cut stump
Kitty Todd Nature Preserve
Lucas County, OH
The Nature Conservancy in Ohio
Click Here for More Information & Registration
To RSVP or receive additional event details, email ohvolunteer@tnc.org and include the event date and location in the subject line to reserve your spot in this fun event!

April 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, & 21 – 10:00am-12:00pm
Greenhouse Help
Reuthinger Preserve
Wood County, OH
Wood County Park District
Click Here for More Information & Registration

April 10 – 1:00pm-3:30pm
Eco-Explorers: Off-Trail Discovery Series
Baldwin Woods Preserve
Wood County, OH
Wood County Park District
Click Here for More Information & Registration

April 7 – 6:00pm-8:00pm
Uncork & Unwind: Spring Landscape Painting
Wildwood Metropark
Lucas County, OH
Metroparks Toledo
Participants must be 21+ to attend.
Cost: $25, Click Here for More Information & Registration

April 10 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
Meet Your Parks: Blue Creek Bus Tour
Blue Creek Nona France Quarry
Lucas County, OH
Metroparks Toledo
Cost: $3, Click Here for More Information & Registration

April 12 – 6:00pm-7:30pm
Conservation Volunteer Day
Otsego Park
Wood County, OH
Wood County Park District
Click Here for More Information & Registration

April 12 – 7:00pm-8:00pm
Understanding (and Even Appreciating!) Tree Galls
Virtual on Zoom
Wild Ones Oak Openings Region
Click Here for More Information & Registration

April 13 – 6:00pm-7:30pm
Invasive Identification and Management
Bradner Preserve
Wood County, OH
Wood County Park District
Click Here for More Information & Registration

April 16 – 10:00am-1:00pm
Invasive Species Removal Volunteer Event – Brush Removal / Cut stump
Kitty Todd Nature Preserve
Lucas County, OH
The Nature Conservancy in Ohio
Click Here for More Information & Registration
To RSVP or receive additional event details, email ohvolunteer@tnc.org and include the event date and location in the subject line to reserve your spot in this fun event!

April 16 – 8:30pm-9:30pm
Nature at Night: Pink Moon
Swan Creek Metropark
Lucas County, OH
Metroparks Toledo
Cost: $3, Click Here for More Information & Registration

April 20 – 6:30pm-7:45pm
Spring Wildflower Walk
Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve
Wood County, OH
Wood County Park District
Click Here for More Information & Registration

April 20 – 7:30pm-8:30pm
Frogs and Woodcocks
Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve
Lucas County, OH
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Click Here for More Information & Registration
April 22 – 10:00am-11:30am
Earth Day Wildflowers
Goll Woods State Nature Preserve
Fulton County, OH
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Click Here for More Information & Registration

April 23 – 10:00am-1:00pm
Release the Trees! Stewardship Day
Forrest Woods Nature Preserve
Paulding County, OH
Black Swamp Conservancy & Wild Ones Oak Openings Region Chapter
Click Here for More Information & Registration

April 23 – 10:00am-1:30pm
Metroparks 101: A story of Ecoregions and Conservation
Main Library – Toledo Lucas County Public Library
Lucas County, OH
Metroparks Toledo
Click Here for More Information & Registration
Registration includes all materials, refreshments and a sustainable brown bag lunch.

April 24 – 4:00pm-5:30pm
In Search of Birds and Blooms
Pearson Metropark
Lucas County, OH
Metroparks Toledo
Cost: $3, Click Here for More Information & Registration

April 24 – 1:00pm-3:30pm
Eco-Explorers: Off-Trail Discovery Series
Slippery Elm Trail
Wood County, OH
Wood County Park District
Click Here for More Information & Registration

April 26 – 6:00pm-7:30pm
Conservation Volunteer Day
Otsego Park
Wood County, OH
Wood County Park District

Click Here for More Information & Registration

May 1 – 12:00pm-2:00pm
Spring Wildflower Hike at Bell Woods
Bell Woods
Wood County, OH
Black Swamp Conservancy
Click Here for More Information & Registration

May 6 – 2:30pm-4:00pm
Spring Wildflowers Walk
Goll Woods State Nature Preserve
Fulton County, OH
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Click Here for More Information & Registration


Other Native Plant Resources:

There are many resources for learning about Ohio Native Plants available to you at little to no cost, please see our list below:

Wild Ones Oak Openings Region –

  • Wild Ones Oak Openings Region Newsletter April – Native Plant Month Feature

Ohio Department of Natural Resources –

Lucas Soil & Water Conservation District–

Green Ribbon Initiative –

  • 2022 Blue Week Photo Contest

Questions? Contact: Brittani Furlong at brittani.furlong@tnc.org

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