Toledo Zoo & Library Recognized

December 13, 2019

TOLEDO, Ohio – Teamwork truly does makes the dream work. Toledo Zoo and Toledo Lucas County Public Library were recently honored by the local chapter of a national conservation organization for their collective landscaping efforts.

Toledo Zoo’s urban prairie at the King Road Branch was recognized by the local Oak Openings Region chapter of Wild Ones with the Native Landscaping Award. This award is presented to one homeowner and one organization who have created and maintained native landscapes exemplifying the mission of the national Wild Ones organization– promoting environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.

Zoo staff members, Ryan Walsh, Ph.D., conversation coordinator and Jacob Schoen, conservation technician, along with Library representative, Mike Graybeal, superintendent, facilities and operations, accepted the award at a ceremony at Olander Park Nederhouser Community Hall on December 10, 2019.

“The Zoo’s local conservation initiative, Wild Toledo, is proud to be leading the betterment of our local area for all animals, plants and humans. We are grateful to Wild Ones Oak Openings Chapter for the recognition and to Toledo Lucas County Public Library for their on-going support of our mission and urban prairie initiative. Together, we are making a making our area greener and greater,” said Ryan Walsh, Ph.D., Toledo Zoo’s conservation coordinator.

Together everyone achieves more!


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