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Wood Kilns Dairy Machinery Room Honey Bees Hives Log Cabin Cow Barn Did's Dig Solar Thermal Panels Compost Corner Community Gardens Bird Blind Solar Photovoltaic Panels Geodesic Biodome Virginia's Garden Carriage Room Maze The 577 Foundation House River Walk River Walk Cottage Hosta Gardens Hosta Gardens
Waterville Honey Bee American Hosta Society The Toledo Community Foundation Black Swamp Conservancy

Cottage
Cottage
This quaint building once housed the owner of a local farm group and his family. It now serves as a perfect setting for small workshops, conferences, and meetings for non-profit groups. It's also a cozy place for classes that vary from cooking to yoga. This unique space requires reservations. Map

Machinery Room
Machinery Room
The tools to assist in the operation of the farm were once stored in here. Remodeled in 1994, this space is offered for non-profit small group meetings and activities. Give us a call to see if it is available. Map

Carriage Room
Carriage Room
Once full of saddles, bridles, and horse carriages, this room is now filled with once-read books. The Once-Read Book Center is open daily and operated by non-profit organizations. Through their volunteer efforts, the groups receive a portion of the monies donated & the rest is contributed to Read For Literacy which helps hundreds of people learn to read. The proceeds from the purchase of books benefit the group in charge as well as Read For Literacy. So come be a browser and new owner of a used book! Book donations are appreciated; please call to find out what is accepted. Map

Cow Barn
Cow Barn
The old cow barn, where they once milked cows, has been converted into a Pottery Barn. This is a place where all ages can learn the art of making pots. Adult and youth pottery classes are available. Experienced or not, give it a try! Map

Dairy
Dairy
A dairy farmer once lived here! Remodeled in 2001, this room provides fun information on bees, birds, rocks, and trees. Also displayed are picture collages of Virginia Secor Stranahan and The 577 Foundation. Especially interesting is an indoor honey bee hive! Watch as the honey bees collect pollen and feed the brood. Also, we have several outdoor honey bee hives which certainly provide a good partnership for the gardens! Map

Log Cabin
Log Cabin
This Log home was donated and moved to our grounds in 1995. Built in 1804 and replicated to be an example of the 19th century, it's a perfect setting for the community to use for historical programs and events. Map

Geodesic Biodome
Geodesic Biodome
An inspiration of Buckminster Fuller, this geodesic structure is used as a year-round greenhouse. The partially solar energized facility provides an example of organically grown flowers, herbs, and vegetables. A unique environment for experimental growing!

Real-time data is available, showing the inside Dome weather-related conditions & the outside weather-related conditions.
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Community Gardens
Community Gardens
Beyond the stable is the former horse riding arena. This area is now enjoyed by many people trying out their green thumbs. These spaces are offered to the Community for organic gardening. We provide the tools, the water, and organic advice, but it is your garden! It's fun to see the variety and learn from each other. Map

Community Gardens
Hosta Gardens
The 577 Foundation Hosta Shade Gardens were planted by volunteers of the Black Swamp Hosta & Daylily Society. In 2005, these gardens were designated officially as an organic American Hosta Society National Display Garden. There are over 250 correctly identified hosta cultivars & additional 350 other plants. Map

Did's Dig
Did's Dig Discover a 350 million year old past in the silica shale fossil rock pile. In your search you might find fossils of clams, sea lilies, corals, trilobites and bony fishes including sharks! Take your treasured find home! Map

Compost Corner
Compost Corner
The community organic gardeners are asked to take their garden scraps to this area to be composted. Several compost bins are available for the ingredients; leaves, grass, weeds, vegetable matter, and soil. Mixed together, temperatures can rise over 100 degrees, creating a rich fertilizer to be put back into the gardens. This is a good education for the public to learn the value of composting. Map

River Walk
River Walk
A grassy trail winds through an apple and pear orchard to a hill top view of the Maumee River. It then descends through the flood plain (careful, muddy after rain!), brings you to the edge of the river with a view of a wilderness island. Map

Bird Blind
Bird Blind
November through May, birds (and squirrels) are fed here daily. Sit in an outdoor lean-to structure as you quietly observe and identify the birds and their eating habits. Map

Honey Bee Hives
Honey Bee Hives
Local beekeeper, Dan Bollett, takes care of 6-10 hives on The 577 Foundation property. These hives provide education on the life of the honey bee. The thousands of bees gather nectar from The 577 Foundation Gardens to produce honey. The bees also perform the vital function of pollination, helping the gardens to produce flowers & vegetables. What a nice combination! If interested in beekeeping, call Dan (419) 878-8959 Map

Solar Thermal Panels
Solar Thermal Panels
Two solar thermal panels are located on the south roof of the pottery barn. When the sun shines, the panels filled with antifreeze, heat up and hot water is produced. The hot water is used in the pottery barn, courtyard bathroom and machinery room sinks.

Real-time data is available, showing the effects of the sun’s energy to produce hot water.
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Solar Photovoltaic Panels
Solar Photovoltaic Panels
A grid-tied photovoltaic tracker system by the dome tracks the sun. The panels collect energy from the sun and convert it to 1020 watts of electricity. This would be enough power to operate the fans and pumps in the dome.

Real-time data is available, showing the effects of the sun’s energy to produce electricity.
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Virginia's Garden
Virginia's Garden
The interactive garden, developed for children, was designed in 2002 by two staff members from Northern California. "A space that fosters a natural occurring educational process within the ever-curious child" - no better words described the child-like Virginia Stranahan, of whom this garden is in memory. Smile and watch as children wind their way through the tunnel, play in the sand, float a stick down the stream bed, dance on the stage, climb up into the tree house, harvest vegetables grown by children in the raised beds, and experience other discoveries. Map

577 Foundation House
The 577 Foundation House
In 1935, Duane and Virginia Stranahan built this magnificent home and raised their family here. The gift of the home in 1997 enabled The 577 Foundation to open doors for non-profit organizations to have day-long and multiple day conferences in this wonderful residential setting. If you would like more detailed information on the use of this home, give us a call.   Map

Maze
Maze
The summer maze was designed for children, by children! The paths in the tall grassy area twist and turn with surprises and dead ends. Can you find your way out? Map

Wood Kiln
Manabigama Wood Kiln
Constructed in 2010 by pottery students. Manabigama means beautiful learning kiln in Japanese. Wood fired pottery is an ancient style of firing. The kiln is available to The 577 Foundation pottery students, professional artists & students from other educational facilities. Call to make reservations. Map