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Rock Climbing Event, Earth Day, Scioto Grove Opening!
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April 2016

Ribbon-Cutting Event at the New Scioto Grove!
Celebrate this beautiful new destination with Metro Park staff and Friends!

  Climbing the Walls To Get Outside? 

Please join us on April 21, 2016 from 6pm- 8pm for a members-only, "Learning the Ropes" climbing program at Scioto Audubon Metro Park.

Instructors will provide everything needed and teach you the basic techniques and skills to rock climb on North America's largest free outdoor climbing wall. Scioto Audubon has many climbing routes for all ages and experience levels and vertical heights of 40 feet. 

The number of participant's is limited so please register by clicking here

Want to Help? Volunteer!

The Metro Parks have invited The Friends to be part of their booth at the Earth Day Celebration on the Columbus Commons on April 23rd. From 1-7pm, they are in need of 2-3 volunteers to help man the booth for a three-hour shift and encourage a love of all things parks. For more information or to sign up, email your Friends and share your love of the Metro Parks!



  Saturday, April 23, 2016!



Celebrate Earth day with your Friends and help Metro Parks plant 1,500 trees at Three Creeks Metro Park on Sat April 23rd at 9am.

Bring gloves, shovels and a smile. We’ll provide snacks and encouragement as you help toward the Branch Out Columbus goal of planting 300,000 trees around the city by 2020. 

Three Creeks Metro Park, Heron Pond, 3400 Williams Rd, Groveport REGISTER HERE

It's Not Too Late to Share the Love!

"For the Love of Metro Parks" Facebook photo contest, which will run through May 1st, is in full swing with some amazing entries racking up votes!

It's not too late to enter and remember, there's no limit to the number of submissions per person, so send your best shot(s)!

Check out the current rankings or enter your own photo now on our Facebook page!

  Featured Friend: Julia Bauer


  FRIENDS: Tell us about yourself!

: I am originally from Mogadore, Ohio, a

  small town in Northeast Ohio. I graduated from

  Kent State and
then moved to Columbus to

  attend law school at Ohio State. I've lived in

  Columbus, in the 5th by Northwest neighborhood

  near Grandview since 2005.


  I'm a partner in the law firm Scott Scriven LLP.  

  I practice education law, representing school  

  boards throughout the state. 

  Other than practicing law and Metro Parks, my

  two passions are travel and yoga. I'm working on visiting every National Park, so that leads to a

  couple of great outdoor trips every year.  


 FRIENDS: What led you Friends of Metro Parks?

: I joined the friends last year. I've been a volunteer at Batelle Darby Creek Metro Park since

 2013, and learned about the Friends through my volunteering activities. We have an excellent

 park system here in Central Ohio, and when I learned there was another way for me to support

 and promote Metro Parks, I was eager to get involved.

FRIENDS: Do you serve on a Friends of Metro Parks Committee?

: I am on the Programs Committee. The Programs Committee develops, plans and executes

Friends programs for members and the public.  It's a great group of people with diverse

backgrounds who come up with creative and interesting ways to showcase our parks and have

fun outside.

FRIENDS: What do you love best about the Metro Parks?

Julia: I work in an office all week, so I love to get outside and hike on the weekends.  I love that

there are so many great parks within a short drive from my house, each offering something a little

different and unique. If I want solitude and hills, I head to Clear Creek.  Darby has beautiful,

well-maintained trails and the sights and sounds of the creek. At High Banks, there are old growth

forests, concretions, and maybe an eagle sighting if you're lucky.  

FRIENDS: What can you share about your Metro Parks volunteer experience?

I started volunteering with the Metro Parks as a way to get outside and give back on the

weekends. Through volunteering, I've learned a lot and met great people who share my passion

for the outdoors. The volunteers are a huge asset to the Metro Parks, and without them, activities

like the Winter Hikes would not be possible and the Nature Centers wouldn't be able to function as

well as they do. My hope is that the Friends becomes just as indispensable.


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