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Tax deductible contributions to the Green Ribbon Initiative will be used to support education and stewardship work in the Oak Openings Region.

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

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

To make a general donation to the Green Ribbon Initiative, click on the donate button below. These funds will go to:


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Conservation at Work: Prescribed Burns

Metroparks Toledo is a conservation leader in the greater Toledo Area, preserving, conserving, and restoring over 12,000 acres of natural areas. Join us in a journey to explore the conservation initiatives in progress in your Metroparks. Registration Required.

Sit back and enjoy the trolley ride as we tour Oak Openings Preserve and learn about prescribed burns. Learn more about how Metroparks’ Natural Resource department uses conservation practice of prescribed burns to renew oak savannas and prairies, and to control invasive, non-native shrubs such as autumn olive and buckthorn. They are timed for early spring and late fall to minimize negative effects on the wildlife or habitat. By keeping weedy species in check, habitats no longer are “choked” by dense shade or covered by too much leaf litter. Wherever the natural landscape has been restored, the careful use of prescribed fire has significantly improved natural biodiversity, benefiting the native wildlife and rare plants.

Wheelchair accessible, open air trolley. Maximum 2 wheel chairs per trip. All other participants must be able to climb 3 steps. This program will utilize the ListenTALK 2-way communication devices for participants to hear and communicate with the interpreter while they driving them through the park. 3 bluetooth Hearing-aid compatible devices.

All participants and staff that have received the COVID-19 vaccine are not required to wear a mask indoors or outdoors. Those who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine must wear a mask for the duration of the program, unless outdoors and socially distanced. Mask breaks are allowed when appropriate. Social distancing will be encouraged when possible.

Oak Openings Preserve.