Family fun day to help raise funds for Stranahan Arboretum

October 13, 2015 | Events, UToday
By Cassandra DeYoung

On Saturday, Oct. 17, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will host a Family Fun Day at The University of Toledo’s Stranahan Arboretum from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Located at 4131 Tantara Drive in Toledo, the public event will feature free educational programs like “Out of this World Astronomy,” “Beyond Belief Physics,” “Wild and Crazy Chemistry” and tours of the arboretum.

fall arboretum“There will be sun gazing through a special telescope, fun activities involving physics and chemistry experiments similar to what is done at Imagination Station,” said Pamela Stuffolino, event coordinator and research operations manager in the UT Department of Environmental Sciences. “Pond samples also will be on display to learn about environmental science and water habitats.”

Some activities will cost a small fee, including games, a hay maze, fall crafts for children 12 years and younger, and food, including hotdogs, cotton candy, cider and more.

Additionally, raffle tickets can be purchased at the event and will feature prizes, including Tam-O-Shanter family of four package, gift cards and more.

“This is the first fundraiser that the park has had in a long time,” Struffolino said. “We’ve lost some of our rare trees over the last several years due to the harsh weather, so proceeds will go to replacing the trees that were lost, expanding our educational programs, and to creating a scholarship fund for students who help with research projects at the arboretum.”

Donations will be accepted at the event.

For more information, contact Struffolino by calling 419.530.8366 or emailing

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