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2021 Virtual Travel Circle Series

Posted by ScottC on December 20, 2020 at 2:55 PM

Log on at 2 p.m. each Saturday in January, February and March.

This year’s Travel Circle series will be presented online via Zoom Webinar (videos will be available later)

To watch live: Use the links below, or call 1-312-626-6799, and enter the Webinar ID.




January 2
Japan: Timeless Beauty into the 21st Century, by Vince Walsh

January 9
CaptainK’s 2015 Appalachian Trail thru hike, by Kevin Wietrzykowski
Webinar ID: 858 7192 1074

January 16
Cambodia, by Elliot Tramer
Webinar ID: 860 5184 1058

January 23
European Adventure: Munich Tyrol Vienna, by Anthony DiVitto
Webinar ID: 858 2054 8961

January 30
Cruising Norway, by Judy Pfaffenberger
Webinar ID: 875 6176 2526


Recommended Walks

Typically, each Travel Circle presentation begins with an optional walk in a Metropark. This year, we are recommending walks you can take on your own, anytime.

January Walks:

Quarry Loop Trail
Blue Creek Metropark, Whitehouse
Length: 1 mile round trip
Parking/trailhead: Shadel Road, between Stiles and Neopolis Waterville Roads

Views of tallgrass prairie, meadows, wetlands and a former quarry pond. Exposed Devonian age limestone and glacial striations that can be seen near the pond, not too far from the trail. Towering oaks and hickories growing in open woodland areas.

Northwest Territory Trail
Fallen Timbers Battlefield Metropark, Maumee
4949 Jerome Road, Maumee
Length: 1.5 mile loop

Walk in the footprints of Native Americans and soldiers who clashed in a 1794 battle that lead to the westward expansion of the United States (and statehood for Ohio). The natural landscape highlights an old growth woods of shagbark hickory and red oak as well as early successional meadows. Thousands of trees have been planted in an effort to reforest.

Foxfire Trail
Oak Openings Preserve, Swanton
Parking/trailhead: Mallard Lake Area
Length: 1.5 miles round trip

Hike through an area of mixed hardwood forest and wetland, circling nearby Horseshoe Lake. Floodplain trees such as red oak, buckeye, sycamore and cottonwood tower overhead.

Manhattan Marsh Trai
Manhattan Marsh Preserve Metropark
Parking: Clifford Street in North Toledo
(From Summit Street, turn onto Pontiac Street then turn right on Mayo Street and Left onto Clifford and continue to the parking lot.
Length: 1.3 miles round trip

Explore the newest Metropark – an oasis in the city. A trail circles the marsh, with scenic overlooks and decks.

Swan Creek Trail
Swan Creek Preserve Metropark
Length: 0.76 miles one way

This is a connector trail you can access from either the Airport Highway or Glandale Ave. parking areas. Cross the creek on a swinging bridge strung between large cottonwood trees, and enjoy a striking 90-degree bend in the creek from a scenic overlook.

Benefit MVA Each Time You Shop Online

Posted by ScottC on November 29, 2018 at 3:45 PM

Help MVA while you shop online, and it won’t cost you anything.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Maumee Valley Adventurers when you shop using Amazon Smile. Here’s how:

Instead of logging into, go to this link and enter your username and password.

Shop as you normally do.

That’s it! There is no cost to you, but MVA will receive a donation.

If you use the Amazon smartphone app, simply shop as you normally do, adding items to your shopping cart. Then login to the link above in your web browser to check out and complete your purchase.

2019 Travel Circle Will Take You Around the World

Posted by ScottC on November 15, 2018 at 2:40 PM

Travel the world this winter with Maumee Valley Adventurers and Metroparks Toledo. Each Saturday in January, February and March, a different, local speaker presents photos and narrative from his or her world travel adventure.

Programs begin at 2:15 p.m. Come at 1 p.m. for a walk. Free.

Locations alternate every between Oak Openings Lodge at Oak Openings Preserve, 5440 Wilkins Road, Whitehouse, and the Ward Pavilion at Wildwood Preserve, 4830 W. Central Avenue, Toledo.

January 5
Ancient Civilization of Peru
by Beverly Wolcot & Lou McLove
Wildwood Preserve, Ward Pavilion

January 12
Toledo Spain and Beyond
by Judy Pfaffenberger
Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge

January 19
Weather Cancellation

January 26

Traveling Around New Zealand
by Larry Lindsay
Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge


February 2
The Middle of the Map: Missouri’s Parks, Rivers, Trails & Cities
by Scott Grenerth
Wildwood Preserve, Ward Pavilion


February 9
Exploring Hungary: Budapest and Beyond
by Bill Hilt
Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge

February 16
Hoodoos Galore: Hiking Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks
by Diane DeYonker & Jim Hawkins
Wildwood Preserve, Ward Pavilion


February 23
Australia: 28 Days Coast to Coast to Coast
by Nancy & Tom Verner
Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge


March 2
An Arabian Adventure
by Barbara Laird & Susan Goodman
Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge


March 9
Lisbon, Madeira, the Canary Islands and Morocco
by Christine & Richard Weisfelder
Wildwood Preserve, Ward Pavilion


March 16
Bicycling in Asia
by Keith Webb
Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge


March 23
Time Trains and Travel: 20 Sites in Switzerland
by Vince Walsh
Wildwood Preserve, Ward Pavilion


March 30
Egypt: 5,000 Years of History
by Ron Randall
Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge

Make MVA Your Community Rewards Designee at Kroger

Posted by ScottC on August 29, 2016 at 9:20 PM

Maumee Valley Adventurers has been accepted into the Kroger Community Rewards program. It is one of the easiest ways for you to support our organization. Based on our collective purchases each quarter, Kroger will make a contribution to Maumee Valley Adventurers. There is no extra charge to you; it comes directly from Kroger as part of their community involvement.


If you already have an online Kroger account and wish to select Maumee Valley Adventurers as your Community Rewards designee or if you have already made a Community Rewards selection and wish to change your designation to Maumee Valley Adventurers, you may do so by following the instructions below:

  • Sign on to your account.
  • Click the Community option and then select Kroger Community Rewards.
  • On the next page, select View Your Rewards Details and click EDIT in the Community Rewards section.
  • You can then enter our organization number 41609 or our name, Maumee Valley Adventurers, in the appropriate space.


Remember, you must renew your Community Rewards designee in May of each year by following the above instructions.


If you need help in obtaining a Kroger Plus Card or creating a Kroger online account or if you need help with any of these instructions, please call Tom Verner at 419-878-6440 or send an email to [email protected]

MVA Purchases Fixit Station For Metroparks

Posted by ScottC on May 15, 2015 at 3:55 PM

Five Groups Work Together To Improve Cycling For Everyone

Maumee Valley Adventurers recently helped bring the first self-service bicycle repair stations to northwest Ohio. MVA was one of five local clubs to purchase Dero Fixit stations, four of which have been installed. Board member Keith Webb, who proposed the idea to Metropark and contacted the bike clubs, and President Judith Wilkinson (left) visited the first bike station at the McCord Road access to the University/Parks Trail May 15, along with representatives of the other clubs and Nate Ramsey, supervisor of the trail and adjacent Wildwood Preserve Metropark.

[See Metroparks News Release]

Maumee Valley Adventurers Seeks Grant Proposals

Posted by ScottC on February 17, 2015 at 4:25 PM

Maumee Valley Adventurers, a local group known for hosting bike tours and travel-related programs, is seeking applications for grants to support initiatives that further the group’s healthy lifestyle mission.


One-time grants, typically under $1,000, will be made to non-profit organizations, schools and similar civic-minded organizations. In awarding grants, the MVA board will be guided by the following priorities established by its purpose and bylaws:


• To promote and encourage outdoor activities and healthy lifestyle.


• To train and educate MVA members and the local community by using outdoor activities, educational and recreational travel and related programs; to develop fit, self-reliant, well-informed citizens


• To advise, support, and assist community groups in furtherance of the uses of bicycles for recreation, travel, and transportation by cooperation with schools, colleges and other educational, recreational and civic organizations in the development of programs of mutual interest

• To assert, safeguard, and advocate the rights of all bicyclists and to seek better public understanding and respect for existing rights and greater cooperation with the public authorities in the observance of traffic regulations by all users


Complete grant guidelines and an application are available at

Maumee Valley Adventurers, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, was formed by the board of the former Hostelling International-Toledo Area Council, to promote healthy, social lifestyles for the betterment of the community. MVA is funded by four annual bike tours: The Portage River Tour, Metroparks Tour, Irish Hills Tour and the Tombstone Tour/Family Haunted Bike Ride. The group also hosts weekly hikes or bike rides, participates in community events and sponsors a winter Travel Circle travelogue series in various Metroparks attended by more than 1,000 people.


MVA Assists UT Student Traveling To Japan

Posted by ScottC on May 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM

MVA is pleased to award a grant for $100 to Jasmond Young, a University of Toledo student, to assist with expenses for a study abroad program. A junior studying marketing and entrepreneurship, Jasmond will travel to Japan for three weeks, where she will visit Tokyo, Toyohashi and Kyoto. Look for Jasmond to share stories from her adventure in an upcoming Travel Circle presentation and article on our website.

Maumee Valley Adventurers Awards Grant To Safe Kids For Bicycle Education

Posted by ScottC on March 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Maumee Valley Adventurers has awarded a $1,000 grant to Safe Kids Greater Toledo to help continue the program’s youth bicycle education efforts. The grant will pay for bike helmets, supplies and staff time to coordinate three bike rodeos.

MVA is a local organization formed by the board of the former Hostelling International-Toledo Area Council that provides education and affordable recreational opportunities for the community. Among other activities, MVA sponsors four annual bike tours in partnership with Toledo Bikes, the Elmore Historical Society and Metroparks.

“Bicycling is good for our health and environment, and it’s an important part of kids’ development,” said Judy Wright, president of MVA. “We support the work of Safe Kids because it’s important that children learn at an early age how to be safe and responsible riders. We hope that we are helping in some small way to develop in kids a lifelong love of bicycling – a passion that many people in our organization share.”

Safe Kids Greater Toledo is a community-based initiative of Safe Kids Worldwide. With ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital as the lead agency, Safe Kids is focused on the prevention of unintentional childhood injuries through public education, community programming, safety product distribution, legislation, and media outreach.

Thank You!

Posted by ScottC on January 8, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Dear MVA Member,

As we begin our second year as an organization I want to express my gratitude to all of you who have supported the organization throughout the year. Your participation and willingness to volunteer in an activity or program is very much appreciated. Giving of your valuable time and energy is nothing to be taken for granted.

I am honored to be a part of such a vibrant group.

In closing I want to invite you to our annual meeting that will be held this year on Sunday February 2nd at noon, Pearson Park. It will be a pot luck, beverages and chili provided. We have an excellent program planned. It is an important meeting to attend. It is the one time to meet your board. This board has worked diligently and spent countless hours on bylaws, 501c3 application etc. Words cannot thank them enough for their dedication.

Your membership is valued, your ideas and input are always welcome.

I look forward to seeing you February 2nd.



Judy Wright
President MVA

[Annual Meeting Invitation]


Logo Approved

Posted by ScottC on January 30, 2013 at 4:45 PM