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Island Green Week
August 6 - August 13
A celebration of natural beauty, ecology, and history. The Lake Erie Islands are a breathtaking destination, with opportunities to see utterly amazing parts of nature, history, and culture. The Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, OSU’s Stone Laboratory and Put-in-Bay Township Park District will produce an array of events to support and highlight our islands Natural, Historical and Cultural Resources. Through these events we hope to educate and interpret our resources so that they may be used and loved for many years to come. You will never regret a “A Natural Island Experience.” All events are family friendly, inclusive, and accessible.
Saturday, August 6
LAKE ERIE ISLANDS NATURE & WILDLIFE CENTER, PUT-IN-BAY
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Cost: $4 Adults, $3 Children 6-13yrs old, $3 Seniors, $10 for a family group, under 6 is FREE. See the newly enlarged and renovated Nature & Wildlife Center. Check out the exciting new displays including an indoor turtle pond, a wildlife viewing window, and geology exhibit in addition to the old favorites – a collection of over 100 species of North American animals. This is a must do during Island Green Week. Open Monday-Saturday!
POKER KAYAK DAY, MIDDLE BASS ISLAND
12:00 pm, Cost – $20 pre-registration $25 on site. Kayakers start and finish at the Middle Bass Island State Park west beach (no starts later than 1:00 pm). The paddle around the island includes three more stops (the State Park Marina, the MBI East Point Preserve, and the Kuehnle State Wildlife Area/Petersen Woods Preserve). A welcome packet at the start has a description of the course and information about the stops. Stops staffed with volunteers for safety and to distribute poker cards and snacks. The finish has a cook out with hot dogs, chips, and bottle of water while 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners are decided. (Rain Date: August 7) Proceeds benefit the Put-in-Bay Township Park District. www.putinbayparks.com Registration is available at: https://bit.ly/3tcE7A5 Deadline to register is July 30.
Sunday, August 7
MORRISON WOODS PRESERVE DEDICATION, PUT-IN-BAY
2:00 pm, Cost – FREE Put-in-Bay Township Park District and their partner the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy will dedicate a new preserve: Edward and Mary Morrison Woods Preserve. A celebration will be held at the Morrison Woods Preserve entrance at the corner of Put-in-Bay and Meechen Rd. Limited parking is available on site and along the roadside as well as at the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center. A reception will follow at the Nature Center’s back porch after the dedication. For more information on islands preserves visit www.lakeerieislandsconservancy.org or www.putinbayparks.com.
HOTEL VICTORY GROUNDS LANTERN TOUR, PUT-IN-BAY
7:30 pm, Cost – FREE. South Bass Island State Park will host a Lantern Tour of the historic Hotel Victory Grounds. This family event will start with a beautiful sunset at South Bass Island State Park and end at the Hotel Victory Swimming Pool Pavilion. The tour will highlight various still existing features of the Hotel Victory, a history of the grounds, and exciting facts about life at the Hotel. Tour provided by Naturalist and Island Resident, Renee Market.
Monday, August 8
MILLER BOAT LINE STARGAZING CRUISE, PUT-IN-BAY
8:00 pm, Cost – Adults $25, Kids $15. The ferry cruise will leave from the downtown Miller Boat Line dock on Put-in-Bay just before sunset. The stars will light up the sky as an astronomer will engage with the guests, sharing information about the night sky, planets, and stars. Passengers will have an amazing opportunity to enjoy the show from outer space as the ferry boat travels around the Lake Erie Islands. Wine and appetizers are provided. BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR AND BEVERAGES. Tickets are available starting in July at the Wildlife Center on Meechan Rd., or by credit card over the phone at 419-285-3037.
Tuesday, August 9
WILD TUESDAY, PUT-IN-BAY
1:00 – 3:00 pm, at the Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center; Cost –FREE. The purpose of our Wild Tuesday programs is to educate visitors and residents about Ohio’s native wildlife by supplying up-close and firsthand interactive experiences. OSU’s Stone Lab will be bringing their snakes for a fantastic program on the islands’ native snakes. This is a really “wild” family event. Wild Tuesday features live animals, colorful crafts for children, and educational opportunities for all ages. If your curiosity is peaked, we invite you to visit all our Wild Tuesday events throughout the summer, we look forward to being WILD with you.
Wednesday, August 10 – Saturday, August 13
AQUATIC VISITOR CENTER TOURS, PUT-IN-BAY
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Cost – FREE. In a one hour tour, people of all ages can explore Lake Erie’s complex ecosystem through experiential activities and tanks of live fish. Children under 16 can borrow fishing gear and fish for free off the pier. The facility is run by Ohio Sea Grant and Ohio State University’s Stone Lab. For more information call 419-285-1800 or visit https://ohioseagrant.osu.edu/visit/avc.
Wednesday, August 10
PIG ROAST & RAFFLE, PUT-IN-BAY
6:00 – 9:00 pm, at the Goat Restaurant; Cost – $20 Pre-Purchased, $25.00 day of. Participants are treated to a slow spit-roasted hog with corn and potatoes along with tasty sides donated by The Goat Soup and Whiskey and other local restaurants. Live entertainment by Lucas Guy will set the mood with your favorite songs. The proceeds from this event will help the Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center. Tickets available at 255 Meechan Rd. or by credit card over the phone at 419-285-3037.
Thursday, August 11
HISTORIC GIBRALTAR ISLAND TOUR, PUT-IN-BAY
10:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Cost – $10 per adult $5 per child. Transportation to and from Gibraltar Island is paid separately via the Boardwalk water taxi. This is a wonderful experience for every member of the family. A two hour tour explores Gibraltar Island, home to Jay Cooke’s Castle, Commodore Perry’s 1812 Lookout, Stone Laboratory’s classrooms and facilities. For more information visit https://ohioseagrant.osu.edu/visit.
LAKE ERIE AWARENESS DAY, PUT-IN-BAY
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Cost – FREE. Lake Erie Awareness Day brings you the magic of Lake Erie’s history, culture, and natural resources. Spend the day touring the island while learning about Ohio’s greatest water treasure. You will have the opportunity to visit education stations and learn about island history, native plants and animals, the dangers of plastic pollution, and boating safety. Fun giveaways and a great day in nature awaits you. Go to all the stations and be entered to win a fabulous island themed prize. Visit go.osu.edu/PlasticFreePIBDay for station locations and more information.
Friday, August 12
LONZ WINERY CELLAR TOUR, MIDDLE BASS ISLAND
4:30 pm, Cost – FREE. Tour of the famous Lonz Winery Cellar and Grounds. This family event will start with a guided tour through Lonz Winery Cellar and end at the Island Grind Press House. The tour will highlight various still-existing features of the Lonz Compound, a history of the grounds, and exciting facts about life on Middle Bass Island and the winery. Tour provided by Naturalist and Island Resident Renee Market.
Saturday, August 13
SOUTH BASS ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE TOUR, PUT-IN-BAY
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Cost – FREE. Discover information about the area’s history and the most pressing issues facing Lake Erie before accessing the top of the lighthouse tower to see an expansive view of Put-in-Bay. Visitors can climb the stairs to take in a magnificent view of Put-in-Bay from the top of the tower, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information visit https://ohioseagrant.osu.edu/visit
The following businesses have generously donated discounts, please support them during your visit to Put-in-Bay, Middle Bass Island, and Kelleys Island.
Miller Boat Line- https://www.millerferry.com
E’s Golf Cart- https://www.esputinbaygolfcarts.com
Ohio State Parks- http://parks.ohiodnr.gov
Heinemans Winery www.heinemanswinery.com=
Park Hotel- https://www.parkhotelpib.com
Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce- http://www.visitputinbay.com
The Boardwalk- http://the-boardwalk.com
Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory- https://stonelab.osu.edu
Island Bike Rental- http://www.ibrcarts.com/public/bike_cart_rental
Jet Express- https://jet-express.com
Frosty Bar- http://frostys.com
Cameo Pizza- http://putinbaycameopizza.com
Kelleys Life- https://kelleysisland.com/kelleys-life
E’s Golf Cart Rental– $10 off day rental, August 6-13th. For discount ask Island Green Week.
Miller Boat Line – Discount for passengers only for Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Islands.
Island Bike Rental- $20 off day golf cart rental at the Jet Express and Lime Kiln Dock, Put-in-Bay on Monday to Friday ONLY. Mention Island Green Week.
Island Lodging Partner Discount
Park Hotel, parkhotelpib.com – August 7-11 Sunday through Thursday ONLY. Buy 2 weekday nights and get 1 night FREE. THIS DISCOUNT CAN ONLY BE RESERVED BY PHONE 419.285.3581. Mention Island Green Week.
Commodore Resort Hotel, commodoreresort.com/ – August 10, 11, and 12th, 10% Off all lodging. This Discount can only be reserved by PHONE: 419-285-3103, must mention Island Green Week to receive a discount.
Contact: Renee Market
Address: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center PO Box 871 Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Website Address: lakeerieislandswildlife.com/island-green-week