Conservation Corridors Summer Supervisor School Toledo 2018

Toledo, Ohio
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Conservation Corridors Summer Supervisor School Toledo 2018
Sunday, July 15, 2018 7:00 PM -
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 4:00 PM (Eastern Standard )

Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel
(419) 244-2444
444 North Summit Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604
United States

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Agenda  - Sunday, July 15

2pm-7pm:  Registration -  

3pm-5pm:  OFSWCD Director's Meeting,  

7pm:     Auxiliary Celebration & Live Auction, featuring guest musicians Living Waters

·     Memorial Program, Scholarship Winners, Taste of Toledo Reception, Living Waters Performance, Live Auction, & Poster Contest Voting.


Agenda  - Monday, July 16: 

6:00am - 5:00pm:           Registration

6:30am-8:00am:  Breakfast  

8:00am - 4:00pm:           Children's Tour  (Bus LEAVES at 8:30am) 

      A Day in the Park:  The fun starts at the Middle Grounds Metropark, an urban, 28-acre greenspace offers along the river.  Then off to the Zoo!  One of America’s most complete zoos, this facility has been named the Top Zoo in the USA!  Besides the incredible animals, special features include Hippoquarium®, the first of its kind in the world. In addition, the Kingdom of the Apes exhibit, Primate Forest, Arctic Encounter®, multi-species Africa! and so much more!  Lunch at the zoo and after a full day of play, nap on the trip back to the hotel! 

8:00am - 4:00pm:           Auxiliary Tour  (Bus LEAVES at 8:30am)

      Exploring Glass City:  Starting at Oak Openings Preserve, the largest park in the metropark system, this is an oak savanna ecosystem, characterized by alternating wetlands and vegetated dunes and a birder’s paradise!  Then to the Wolcott House for a guided tour of the house built by James and Mary Wells Wolcott (granddaughter of Miami Chief Little Turtle) in 1836, along with visiting various historic sites on property Lunch at the famous “Spaghetti Warehouse,” then off to Woodlawn Cemetery and Arboretum.  This historic and scenic area consists of winding paths, gentle hills, serene lakes and towering trees -- a perfect place for quiet remembrance and reflection.

9:00am - 10:30am:           GENERAL SESSION, “The Business of Agriculture”

                                          Special Guest Speaker:  Damian Mason

*Our special guest speaker, Damian Mason, is well-known throughout the country as a motivational speaker who infuses humor to share insight, engagement and the things needed to make a difference in your field of business!

11:00-am 12:00pm:  Workshop Session I

12:30pm - 1:30pm:        Lunch,

                                       Guest Speaker:  Ryan Wichman, WTOL-11 Meteorologist           

1:45pm - 2:45pm:    Workshop Session II

3:00pm-4:00pm:      Workshop Session III

                                 Monday Evening Activities- On Your Own, Local Eateries,
                                              Mud Hens Baseball Home Game


Agenda - Tuesday July 17

6:30am-7:45am: Breakfast

Tuesday Tours All:  8am -2:30pm

The Maumee & Western Reserve Turnpike Tour

Today’s tour will include a tour of crops, research and Presidential history!  Rothert Farms, Inc. in Elmore is a family farm specializing in specialty crops such as cabbage, kale, edamame, and traditional row crops that dates back to 1854! This 3,500-acre farm is one of the biggest cabbage producers east of the Mississippi with much of their cabbage ending up at KFC, Panera, Meijer’s and Walmart.  Next, head to OSU’s North Central Agricultural Research Station of OARDC in Fremont, where OSU researchers test the latest advances in the vegetable crop industry. Established in 1978, to focus on the region’s processing tomato industry, the stations activities have expanded to include more crops for processing and for fresh-market uses.  Lunch will be held at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library in Fremont, where you will also have the ability to tour Spiegel Grove, the home of the 19th President and the first Presidential Library.

The Miami & Erie Canal Tour

Today’s tour starts with a healthy dose of flower power!  Graminex®, a leader in the international dietary supplement industry, specializes in the harvest and production of the finest non-solvent Flower Pollen Extract™. From these raw materials, our research and development team works closely with partners to create unique formulas that target some of the world’s major health problems.  After this energizing stop, we will head to the Northwest Agricultural Research Station.  This facility, established in 1951, is an integral site for row-crop production research in the Buckeye State. The Station's location - Wood County ranks No.1 in Ohio in soybean and wheat production and No.2 in corn production, with nearby counties also ranking highly - makes it a logical choice to study the challenges facing producers of these valuable commodities. The Northwest Station serves as a key site for the development of soybean and wheat varieties, with many breeding and screening nurseries located on-site.  After learning and touring the area, enjoy a fresh lunch provided by a local caterer before heading back to the hotel.

The Dixie Highway Tour 

Today’s first stop is Schooner Farms. This 20-acre farm began in 2009 as a chemical-free “pick your own raspberries and blackberries” farm.  The family already had a natural pond and lake management company, Inspired By Nature, established at the site. The focus of “Inspired By Nature” is to encourage pond owners to care for the water resources naturally. There is no use of any synthetic chemistry at all on the farm. This notion of land stewardship and conservation was really the incentive of trudging forward into the berries, honey and now a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) garden.  The Schooner Farm goal is to keep the "Community" in the program – to ensure that people know the farmer growing the food and to make you feel as though you are a part of the farm.  After a tour, enjoy a delicious and fresh lunch provided on the farm!   The next stop is at the Bowling Green Wind Farm, the first in the State!  The farm consists of 4 turbines swirling through the air to generate electricity for the city of BG and it’s electric co-op.  Learn how these were erected and the impact they are making to the city!  And the final stop is at Ohio’s largest solar field!  Located on a 300-acre plot of land, this 145-acre solar project is connected to the city’s electric distribution system. It generates 20 megawatts with a total of 85,680 solar panels. This field increases the percentage of electricity the city uses from renewable sources to almost 40 percent.

The Urban Transportation Tour

Today’s tour starts with a short stroll to the Huntington Center. This arena seats up to 8,300 for concerts and serves a variety of functions for the city. After a rigorous review process, the Huntington Center earned the prestigious LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council and boasts a number of “green innovations.”  Next stop is a mini-tour of the Balance Facility, an 8,600-square-foot aquaponics farm in the middle of downtown!  Aquaponics is an efficient system of farming that uses fish to cultivate plants, which, in turn, helps purify the water.  The founders of Toledo-Based Balance Pan-Asian Grille developed this facility with a desire to produce a simplified supply chain, lower food prices and increased quality control.  After a learning tour, enjoy a fantastic freshly-prepared meal at the Balance Grille!  Following lunch, we’ll walk to the Sandpiper, a 100-passenger cruise vessel located on the Maumee River.  We will take a tour of the city via water and learn more about the sustainable practices taken by the City, as well as the other conservation efforts bringing this city to life!  Next we will get on a bus and head to our final stop at Libbey Glass Outlet.  Historically the New England Glass Company from Cambridge, Massachusetts, The Libbey Glass Company was purchased by William L. Libbey in 1878 and moved to Toledo in 1888 and renamed in 1892.  The 16,000 square feet of warehouse retail space in downtown Toledo is home to a number of pieces offered up to 60% off of regular retail prices.  The store also has a section with a museum-style display featuring the company history and glassmaking artifacts.  


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