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Slate Run Metro Park

1375 State Route 674 N.
Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
Phone: 614-508-8111
Overview
Open 6:30 a.m. to dark.

Slate Run Metro Park isn't resting on slate rock -- settlers mistook the dark soil for 350-million year old slate. It's actually shale, a soft rock made from clay deposited by water about 350 million years ago.

Slate Run features a variety of habitats ranging from the open areas of grasslands, wetlands and meadows to the forested areas of beech, oak, hickory and sugar maple.

Wildlife viewing opportunities abound at the 1,705-acre park. Sandhill cranes have nested in the 156-acre wetland and the northern bobwhite quail have been reintroduced in the park.

Location Map

Calendar of Events
Homeschoolers at the Farm: What is it
Thu Mar 22

1:00 - 2:00 pm. Ages 6-17.

Take a look at some of the machines and tools and try to figure out how they work and what their purpose is.

Meeting Place - Farmhouse, 1375 State Route 674 North, Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Not wheelchair accessible.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Slate Run Metro Park, Phone: 614-833-1880

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Easter Egg Hunt
Sat Mar 31

11:00 am - 12:00 pm. All ages.

Listen for the siren blast to start the hunt and then search for candy-filled plastic Easter eggs. We have three separate areas for your kids to search, for age groups 0-3, 4-7 and 8-10.

Meeting Place - Buzzards Roost Picnic Area, 1375 State Route 674 North, Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Not wheelchair accessible.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Slate Run Metro Park, Phone: 614-833-1880

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Easter Traditions
Sun Apr 1

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. All ages.

Learn about using natural dyes for eggs and make a card or decoration to take home. Try the traditional game of egg rolling, pushing an egg across the lawn without breaking it.

Meeting Place - Slate Run Farm, 1375 State Route 674 North, Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Not wheelchair accessible.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Slate Run Metro Park, Phone: 614-833-1880

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Morning Chores
Sat Apr 7

9:00 am

Join the farmer in feeding animals and help with other barnyard chores.

Ages 5 and older.

Be prepared to participate. Wear closed toed shoes for safety and clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. This is a rain or shine event so be prepared for the weather.

Cost: Free Event - waiting list

Contact: Slate Run Farm, Phone: 614-508-8111

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
We Do Windows
Sat Apr 7

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Roll up your sleeves and find out how the farm women do their spring cleaning chores without the help of electricity or other modern aids.

Ages 5 and older.

Be prepared to participate. Wear closed toed shoes for safety and clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. This is a rain or shine event so be prepared for the weather.

Cost: Free Event - waiting list

Contact: Slate Run Farm, Phone: 614-508-8111

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Potato Planting
Sun Apr 8

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Help cut, sort and plant potatoes (garden conditions permitting) and learn about their place in history.

Ages 5 and older.

Be prepared to participate. Wear closed toed shoes for safety and clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. This is a rain or shine event so be prepared for the weather.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Slate Run Farm, Phone: 614-508-8111

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Homeschoolers at the Farm - Give and Take
Thu Apr 12

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Learn what care the farmer gives to the livestock and how the animals help the farm family.

Ages 5 and older.

Be prepared to participate. Wear closed toed shoes for safety and clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. This is a rain or shine event so be prepared for the weather.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Slate Run Farm, Phone: 614-508-8111

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Morning Chores
Sat Apr 14

9:00 - 10:15 am

Join the farmer in feeding animals and help with other barnyard chores.

Ages 5 and older.

Be prepared to participate. Wear closed toed shoes for safety and clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. This is a rain or shine event so be prepared for the weather.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Slate Run Farm, Phone: 614-508-8111

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Sheep on the Farm
Sat Apr 14

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Watch sheep shearing, meet the lambs and learn about the uses of wool.

Ages 5 and older.

Be prepared to participate. Wear closed toed shoes for safety and clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. This is a rain or shine event so be prepared for the weather.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Slate Run Farm, Phone: 614-508-8111

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Metro Five-0: Level 3 Spring Wildflower Stroll
Thu Apr 19

11:00 am - 12:30 pm. Ages 50+.

Take a leisurely stroll to look for spring wildflowers.

Meeting Place - Buzzards Roost Picnic Area, 1375 State Route 674 North, Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Not wheelchair accessible.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Slate Run Metro Park, Phone: 614-833-1880

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Morning Chores
Sat Apr 21

9:00 - 10:15 am

Join the farmer in feeding animals and help with other barnyard chores.

Ages 5 and older.

Be prepared to participate. Wear closed toed shoes for safety and clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. This is a rain or shine event so be prepared for the weather.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Slate Run Farm, Phone: 614-508-8111

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Sheep on the Farm
Sun Apr 22

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Watch sheep shearing, meet the lambs and learn about the uses of wool.

Ages 5 and older.

Be prepared to participate. Wear closed toed shoes for safety and clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. This is a rain or shine event so be prepared for the weather.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Slate Run Farm, Phone: 614-508-8111

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
May Baskets
Sat Apr 28Sun Apr 29

1:00 - 3:00 pm Both days.

Prepare to celebrate May Day in a traditional fashion as you make a simple cardboard basket to give to someone special.

Ages 5 and older.

Be prepared to participate. Wear closed toed shoes for safety and clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. This is a rain or shine event so be prepared for the weather.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Slate Run Farm, Phone: 614-508-8111

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Morning Chores
Sat May 5

9:00 - 10:15 am

Join the farmer in feeding animals and help with other barnyard chores.

Ages 5 and older.

Be prepared to participate. Wear closed toed shoes for safety and clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. This is a rain or shine event so be prepared for the weather.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Slate Run Farm, Phone: 614-508-8111

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Eggs, Feathers and Fowl
Sat May 5

1:00 - 3:00 pm

We will butcher chickens, show how eggs were preserved before refrigeration and answer questions about keeping small flocks at home. We may have newly hatched chicks to see.

Ages 5 and older.

Be prepared to participate. Wear closed toed shoes for safety and clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. This is a rain or shine event so be prepared for the weather.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Slate Run Farm, Phone: 614-508-8111

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Washday Blues
Sun May 6

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Help the farm wife with the laundry as your try the scrub board and wringer. Watch as we make soap from lard and lye.

Ages 5 and older.

Be prepared to participate. Wear closed toed shoes for safety and clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. This is a rain or shine event so be prepared for the weather.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Slate Run Farm, Phone: 614-508-8111

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
A Walk Through Time
Sat May 12

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Find out about the research and preservation behind the living history program on a guided tour of the farm.

Ages 5 and older.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Slate Run Farm, Phone: 614-508-8111

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Morning Chores
Sat May 19

9:00 - 10:15 am

Join the farmer in feeding animals and help with other barnyard chores.

Ages 5 and older.

Be prepared to participate. Wear closed toed shoes for safety and clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. This is a rain or shine event so be prepared for the weather.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Slate Run Farm, Phone: 614-508-8111

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Family Overnight at the Farm
Sat May 19Sun May 20

4:30-5:00 pm on May 19th arrival

10:00 am on May 20th campout ends

Join Metro Parks for a fun Family Overnight at Slate Run Living Historical Farm. Bring your own tent and camping supplies and spend the night at the park. Enjoy old-time farm chores, 1880s games and activities: including exploring the farm, campfire cooking 1880 picnic style, night hike, parlor games, and more. Limited to 25 people and families with children 6 and older.

Please read the following important information.

You must bring your own tent and camping gear (sleeping bags, blankets, etc). Your tent should accommodate your whole family (ages 6 and older only).

Metro Parks staff will be present for the entire camp out. We will be based out of the farm grounds area. Remember, it is the 1880s for the night - no shower facility, water is hand pumped, and there is an outhouse restroom. In case of rain, there are some covered areas.

Cookout - 1880s Picnic style. The cookout will be done over an open fire, and each family will participate in cooking. We are providing hotdogs as the main food item, with farm-made biscuits and apple butter. If you have special food requirements please feel free to bring your own hot dogs. Also feel free to bring 1880s picnic foods for your family to add to the cookout. No plastic. Plastic was not invented until 1907, so challenge yourself with a no plastic picnic that includes sandwiches, whole fruits and jarred items.

Slate Run Farm is located at: 8978 Marcy Road Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Cost: Free Event - Reg Req

Contact: Slate Run Farm, Phone: 614-736-7951

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife, Historical,
Heirloom Gardening
Sat May 19Sun May 20

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Learn about the preservation of antique plant varieties and help plant the garden if the weather permits.

Ages 5 and older.

Be prepared to participate. Wear closed toed shoes for safety and clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. This is a rain or shine event so be prepared for the weather.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Slate Run Farm, Phone: 614-508-8111

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Family Storytime - Sheep
Sat May 26

10:30 - 11:30 am

Listen to a story and learn some facts about sheep, and then get a chance to see and touch them.

Ages 5 and older.

Be prepared to participate. Wear closed toed shoes for safety and clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. This is a rain or shine event so be prepared for the weather.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Slate Run Farm, Phone: 614-508-8111

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Toy Boat Building
Sun May 27Mon May 28

1:00 - 3:00 pm both days.

Build a simple wooden boat to sail on the pond.

Ages 5 and older.

Be prepared to participate. Wear closed toed shoes for safety and clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. This is a rain or shine event so be prepared for the weather.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Slate Run Farm, Phone: 614-508-8111

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Website: www.metroparks.net/parks-and-trails/slate-run/
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