GroveFest to feature nature demonstrations, activities & more

Press Staff Writer

        Enjoy free nature activities during GroveFest at Spiegel Grove, an arboretum and the 25-acre grounds of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, on Saturday, June 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
        The event will feature hands-on activities and crafts at booths with regional nature organizations, including Toledo Zoo, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, Campfire Sandusky County, Schedel Arboretum and Gardens and more. Nature’s Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation will have live animals at its booth.
        South Creek Clydesdales will offer horse-drawn trolley rides for $3 per rider ages 13 and older, $1 for riders 6-12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Trolley rides are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and no reservations are taken.
        Ice cream will be available for a donation. 
        Those who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 are asked to wear face-coverings when physical distancing is not possible.
        Visitor parking is off-site only with the exception of those who have handicapped tags for their car. Parking will be available on the street and in ProMedica Memorial Hospital’s parking lots at Buildings A and B, located at 605 Third Ave. Spiegel Grove is a short walk to the east of the hospital parking lots.
        GroveFest celebrates nature, Spiegel Grove and President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes’ love of the outdoors. The couple raised cows and chickens and planted trees on their beloved estate.
        Lucy Hayes’ favorite pastime was fishing, and she loved nature so much that her official White House china had images of the flora and fauna of the United States, from deer and raccoons to fish and lobsters.
        Hayes Presidential is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont.
        For information, call 419-332-2081, visit, like HPLM on Facebook at and follow on Twitter at @rbhayespres and Instagram at rbhayespres.


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