Upcoming Events


After Work Kayak Paddle

Thursday, August 4

Swan Creek - Downtown

What could be better after a long day at the office than getting out on the water? Join Black Swamp Conservancy on Thursday, August 4th at 5:30 p.m. as we kayak down Swan Creek from downtown Toledo. 

We will meet at the Swan Creek Landing on Erie Street, and paddle down the creek and back (approximately 3 miles each way). Your kayak, paddle and life jacket will be provided. Conservancy staff will be on-hand to guide the paddle.

This program is offered free to any Black Swamp Conservancy member (16 and older). Contact Sarah today to reserve your kayak by email or at 419-833-1025.

This paddle is offered with support from the Metroparks of the Toledo Area.

Meet the Moths

Thursday, August 11

Black Swamp Conservancy Homestead

Did you know moths far outnumber butterflies and are much more varied? They are - we just don’t notice because they are most active at night.

Here’s your chance to stay out past bedtime and get a close up look at the elusive moth. On Thursday, August 11th beginning at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Swamp Conservancy Homestead woods and prairie, we will have a special set-up and light to attract as many moths as we can.

Bring your flashlight, camera, lawn chair, and curiosity, and join us as we meet the moths.


This program is free and open to the public. Contact Sarah here or at 419-833-1025 with any questions or to let us know you’ll be joining us.


Maumee River Canoe Paddle

Saturday, August 20

Missionary Island

Join Black Swamp Conservancy on Saturday, August 20th at 9:00 a.m. as we canoe the Maumee River around Missionary Island. Just south of Waterville, Missionary Island is the largest island in the Maumee River.    

Canoes, paddles, and life jackets provided. Paddle is free to Black Swamp Conservancy members and registration is required. Paddlers must be at least 16 years old.

This paddle is offered in partnership with the Ohio Scenic Rivers program.

Call Sarah at the Conservancy to reserve your spot today (419-833-1025), or email her at [email protected].

Not a Conservancy member? Please join us today!


Nature Photography Field Trip

Thursday, September 1

Black Swamp Conservancy Homestead Prairie

Calling all nature photographers - come photograph our native wildflower prairie in full bloom.

This Nature Photography Field Trip takes place on Thursday, September 1st beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Black Swamp Conservancy Homestead Prairie in rural Pemberville.

The restoration of this 25-acre prairie began in 2005 with the planting of native grass and wildflower mixes and the creation of ephemeral ponds. Today, the prairie has sprung to life with Big Bluestem, Indian Grass, Tall Boneset, Prairie Dock, Butterfly Weed, Monkeyflower, White Indigo and more. A one-mile mowed trail winds through the property allowing for easy navigation and photographing.

The Conservancy’s Nature Photography Field Trips are free and open to all current Black Swamp Conservancy members. For more details about this field trip and directions to the property, please RSVP to Sarah at 419-833-1025 or by email here.




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