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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
Family Storytime - Pumpkins
Sat Oct 21

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Listen to a story and do some activities relating to pumpkins.

All ages.

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Family Harvest
Sat Oct 21

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Enjoy a hayride and apple cider, and pick Indian corn and pumpkins to take home (One pumpkin per person while supplies last.)

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

All Ages.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Slate Run Metro Park, Phone: 614-508-8111

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Pumpkins and Corn
Sat Oct 21

1:00 - 3:00 pm

See a display of the many varieties of pumpkins, gourds and squash as well as corn, and find out the many ways these products were used on an 1880s farm.

All ages.

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Pumpkins and Corn
Sat Oct 21Sun Oct 22

1:00 - 3:00 pm

See a display of the many varieties of pumpkins, gourds and squash as well as corn, and find out the many ways these products were used on an 1880s farm.

All ages.

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Metro Five-0: Level 2 What Does the Barn Say
Wed Oct 25

1:00 pm

Take a guided tour of our barn to learn its history, find out about the many tools and machines within and meet the animals that live there.

Ages 50 and older.

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Homeschoolers at the Farm- Taking Care of Business
Thu Oct 26

1:00 pm

A 1880s farm was a family business. Stop at a variety of stations to learn about he history of agriculture and think about some of the skills a family needed to be successful.

Ages 8-17 years of age.

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Draft Horse Workshop
Thu Oct 26

10:00 am

Learn to groom, harness and ground drive these fine work animals. Wear close-toed shoes and be prepared to be in an unheated barn and outside for the entirety of the program.

Ages 17 and up.

Cost: Free Event - Waiting List

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife, Historical,
Morning Chores
Sat Nov 11

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,
Firewood Warms You Twice
Sat Nov 11Sun Nov 12

1:00 - 3:00 pm Saturday and Sunday

Try a two-man saw or a shingle splitter while learning about varieties of wood.

All ages.

Meeting Place: Farmhouse

1375 State Route 674 North

Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Preschoolers at the Farm: Where Thanksgiving Meal
Sun Nov 12

10:00 am

Preschoolers at the Farm: where the Thanksgiving Meal comes From. Learn about typical Thanksgiving foods and meet one of the barnyard turkeys.

Ages 4-6 years.

Meeting Place: Farmhouse

1375 State Route 674 North

Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Homeschooler on the Farm: Thanksgiving Traditions
Thu Nov 16

1:00 pm

Homeschoolers on the Farm - Thanksgiving Traditions

Stop at numerous stations around the Farm to learn about typical foods and their origin, as well as the history of many American Thanksgiving traditions.

Ages 8-17 years.

Meeting Place: Farmhouse

1375 State Route 674 North

Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Morning Chores
Sat Nov 18

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,
Turkeys, Traditions and Thanksgiving
Sun Nov 19

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Learn about some of the customs of Thanksgiving including uses of corn, pumpkins and other foods, and the butchering of the turkey.

All ages.

Meeting Place: Farmhouse

1375 State Route 674 North

Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Indoor Amusements
Fri Nov 24Sat Nov 25Sun Nov 26

1:00 - 3:00 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Try some indoor games and toys, and challenge your mind with 19th century puzzles.

All ages.

Meeting Place: Farmhouse

1375 State Route 674 North

Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Christmas is Coming
Sat Dec 2

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Help decorate the farmhouse in Victorian style. String popcorn, and make an ornament to decorate our tree here at the farm, or you can take it home with you.

All ages.

Meeting Place: Farmhouse

1375 State Route 674 North

Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Tis the Season
Sun Dec 3

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Take a break from the holiday bustle with a quiet stroll around the farm. String popcorn and make an ornament to take home.

All ages.

Meeting Place: Farmhouse

1375 State Route 674 North

Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Filling the Farm Larder - 1
Sat Dec 9

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Hog butchering is a seasonal activity that provided much of the meat for the coming year on an 18802 farm. Watch the farmers as they clean and prepare the hog carcass at 9am and 1pm.

All ages.

Meeting Place: Farmhouse

1375 State Route 674 North

Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Filling the Farm Larder - 2
Sun Dec 10

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Watch farmers cut meat, make sausage and render lard as they complete the hog butchering tasks.

All ages.

Meeting Place: Farmhouse

1375 State Route 674 North

Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Homeschooler at the Farm: Warm Treats on a Cold Da
Thu Dec 14

1:00 pm

Homeschoolers at the Farm - Warm Treats on a Cold Day.

Learn the history of some favorite warm beverages and treats while you find out how Victorian farm families dealt with the winter weather.

Ages 5-17 years.

Meeting Place: Farmhouse

1375 State Route 674 North

Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Historical,
Preschoolers Storytime - Keeping Warm
Thu Dec 14

10:30 am

Preschoolers Story time - Keeping Warm

Listen to a story and do some activities that helped a farm family keep warm in the winter.

Ages 3-6 years.

Meeting Place: Farmhouse

1375 State Route 674 North

Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Tis the Season
Sat Dec 16Sun Dec 17

1:00 - 3:00 pm Saturday and Sunday

Take a break from the holiday bustle with a quiet stroll around the farm. String popcorn and make an ornament to take home.

All ages.

Meeting Place: Farmhouse

1375 State Route 674 North

Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
A Christmas Evening
Sat Dec 16

4:00 - 5:30 pm

Make decorations, string popcorn and enjoy other seasonal 1880s activities on a special lamp-lit evening.

All ages.

Meeting Place: Farmhouse

1375 State Route 674 North

Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Holiday Break Workday
Thu Dec 28

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Get everyone out of the house and come help with farm chores, visit the animals and stop by the farmhouse for activities and to warm up next to the woodstove.

All ages.

Meeting Place: Farmhouse

1375 State Route 674 North

Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Smoked, Salted, Pickled and Preserved
Sat Dec 30

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Learn how fruits, vegetables, and meats were preserved before the days of artificial refrigeration. The smokehouse will be operating today.

All ages.

Meeting Place: Farmhouse

1375 State Route 674 North

Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Cost: Free Event

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

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