Metroparks Toledo Windows on Wildlife Roundup

Get an up close look at nature at our local parks

Observe wildlife as they interact in their natural environment at the Toledo Metroparks’ various Windows on Wildlife. Each cozy viewing area offers a safe space protected from the elements any time of year. These viewing areas are unique to the habitats in the park and attract a variety of different animals. 

Discover the behaviors of wildlife from behind glass at these designated spots at the Toledo Metroparks. Windows on Wildlife are open everyday during park hours. 

Wildwood Preserve
5100 Central Ave.

There is something for everyone at Wildwood Preserve, the most visited metropark in the area. Rich history, exciting play areas, natural trails and a vibrant community can all be found at Wildwood. 

Their Window on Wildlife is located at the Metz Visitors Center, formerly the stables on the Stranahan Estate. Visitors can take a seat and relax as they look out at birds, squirrels and chipmunks. 

761 S Lallendorf Rd, Oregon

History and recreation is prevalent in this Metropark, but it is especially known for being one of the last remaining strands of the Great Black Swamp. Its lush wooded area and proximity to Lake Erie makes this Metropark one of the best for birding.

The summer is a great time to check out their Window on Wildlife at the Packer-Hammersmith Center, where you can observe the forest birds that have migrated across the lake and nested. A feeding station is set up in front of the window to attract a variety of birds and other woodland animals. 

Swan Creek Preserve
4349 Airport Hwy.

This Metropark is a natural oasis within an urban area for wildlife to feed, nest and grow. Wildflowers and trees like Ohio buckeyes and tulip magnolias are scattered throughout this park, creating healthy habitats for animals. 

Located in the Yager Center, Swan Creek’s Window on Wildlife is very active and allows visitors to observe a variety of animals including birds, deer, foxes and wild turkeys. This spacious area has several windows for visitors to watch wildlife behind glass.  

Side Cut
1025 W River Rd, Maumee.

Known for its location next to the Maumee River, this Metropark is popular for those who like to fish, observe waterlife and stroll riverside. One of the main landmarks at Side Cut is the Canal Locks Trail, which connects three locks  preserved by WPA workers during the Great Depression. Side Cut includes three habitats including prairie, floodplain and meadow. 

Side Cut’s Window on Wildlife is located in a small building at the Wayne Street parking area. This wildlife viewing center is a feeding station for birds and a variety of other animals. Occasionally, visitors might be able to see larger animals such as deer and racoons in this space. 

Oak Openings Preserve
139 Girdham Rd. Swanton

Within this large sitting area are windows for visitors to observe local wildlife.

Oak Openings is the largest Metropark and even includes two campgrounds. This large area contains habitats such as oak savanna, wetlands and vegetated sand. The Metropark draws a variety of people for its many recreational opportunities.

It is also a nesting place for bluebirds, indigo buntings, whippoorwills, lark sparrows and more, making it a great location for birding. The Window on Wildlife at Oak Openings can be found at the Buehner Center at the Mallard Lake Area. This large space has tall and wide windows to observe the different wildlife which crosses its path. There is also an outdoor viewing area near the Window on Wildlife.

10001 W Central Ave. Berkey

A variety of different birds can be found flying into this feeding area.

A blend of various different habitats is contained within Secor Metropark. Outdoor recreation and play attract people to the park, but there are also cozy indoor spaces.

One of those cozy spots is Secor’s Window on Wildlife in the Secor Room. A variety of birds, insects and more can be viewed up close from this vantage point. Look out for blue jays, American robins, brown-headed cowbirds and other birds at this feeding area. 

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