The 577 is open seven days a week, 9am to 5pm. Open to all.

As November begins, 577 welcomes autumn with changing leaves, prepping gardens for winter, and planning for new virtual classes.

Come on in! What’s Open?
  • Grounds and Gardens
  • Nature Play Areas
  • Did's Dig (closing soon for winter)
  • StoryWalk®
  • Log Cabin
  • Bee House
  • Geodesic Biodome

Paused until further notice:
  • Guided Tours & Field Trips
  • Meeting Reservations
  • Professional Photography

What’s Happening at the 577 this month?

Take a class! Hybrid, Zoom, Outdoor, and Limited In-Person Programs are happening now. Find your next adventure at

Shop the Book Center by reservation this November! Join us for a unique semi-private shopping experience. Find your favorite pre-loved books in gift-worthy condition just in time for the holiday season.

  • How It Works: Enjoy up to 60 minutes of semi-private browsing and shopping our collection of thousands of gently-used books for all ages and interests. Plus! Don't forget to explore our Adopt-A-Pots and more. Limit 10 shoppers per hour.

  • When? Slots are available to reserve every Monday this November between 2pm and 7pm.

  • Is there a fee? A $10 deposit is due at reservation. This deposit will be used towards your final purchase total. BONUS! Receive a FREE tote bag with a $35 purchase!

  • Can I shop without a reservation? ? If you forgot to make a reservation, don’t worry! We will accept walk-ups, but we will only be admitting 10 people at a time. So, make that reservation to guarantee your spot!

  • Are you accepting Book Donations?:Due to overwhelming support at the recent book drives, we have had to paused book donations due to the current backlog. We hope to begin accepting book donations by appointment in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
Click here to learn more and to register. Questions? Give us a call at (419) 874-4174.

All proceeds from this fundraiser benefits The 577 Foundation.

Give the gift of creativity with a 577 Gift Certificate!

Gift Certificates are available for purchase online. and by phone at (419) 874-4174

Four Gift Amounts Options are available online: $25, $50, $75, $100. Want to purchase a different amount? Give us a call!

Joyful Emergence: Join Our Community Art Installation

In commemoration of the past year, the metamorphosis it inspired within each of us, and our opportunity to emerge back into the world, The 577 Foundation invites you to participate in a community art installation featuring origami butterflies folded by and for each other.

Click here to learn why we chose the butterfly.

Folding stations are available inside the Log House and Bee Room. If you'd like to fold at home, pick up an origami-to-go kit for yourself or your family at the pop-up folding station during any of our Book Fairs (+Pottery).

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Join our team! Now Hiring - Full Time Maintenance/Custodial Crew Member

If you (or someone you know) are well-rounded, open-minded, and responsible, this may be the perfect position for you! This position is responsible for maintaining and protecting the historic buildings and beautiful grounds for our visitors, community instructors, and staff.

For a full job description and to download an application, click the dropdown option “Staff” – “Staff/Volunteer Opportunities”

Application review will commence on 11/15/2021 and continue until the position is filled. EOE

577’s Phase Reopening Updates - 11/01/2021

577 is a place of joy, wonder, and coming together for each other. We emphasize the importance of watching out for those around us. The health of 577’s employees, instructors, volunteers, and visitors guides the decision-making process for our phased re-opening.

We kindly ask that all visitors maintain social distancing outside and everyone (regardless of vaccination status) MASK UP INSIDE all open buildings. It’s a continued sign of respect and care for others who may not be able to receive the vaccine.

Given the resurgence of COVID transmission and positivity rates, we know that COVID is still in our community. We are monitoring these developments and holding steady at our current state of reopening until further notice.

Please stay vigilant and safe until we've declared Victory Over COVID.

In the meantime, click here to read what is staying the same at 577 (for now).

Thank you for your patience and care! Let’s work together to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Take care,

Heather Gallant
Executive Director
The 577 Foundation

"Where people learn to like the land"
                          - Virginia Secor Stranahan

Mission Statement: Founded by Virginia Secor Stranahan, The 577 Foundation is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the historic property at 577 East Front Street in Perrysburg, Ohio.

The Foundation, open to all, is an ecologically sensitive place that encourages diversity and seeks to foster exploration, experimentation, personal enjoyment and creativity in education.

The Foundation nurtures innovative ideas and will change to reflect the interests of the community.

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Coronavirus Guidelines

Open Monday-Sunday
9:00am to 5:00pm

Winter Weather Policy

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Parking is limited.
If your group is larger
than one family car-full,
please call us prior
to your visit to confirm
we’ll have space for you.

Board of Trustees

Paul Croy
Paul Fenton
Peter Gwyn
Walter Krueger
Michael Miller
Kitty Beth Millhon
Martin Nagy
Frances Parry
Dick Sipp
Chuck Stocking
Mary Stranahan
Kelli Daniels
Jennifer Hildebrand
Erica Parish
Jay Secor

Open Monday - Sunday, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Groups larger than a family,
please call for reservations


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