Metroparks Technology Explorer: Search for Spring

Let your smart devices be your guide into nature escapes at your Metroparks. Use your technology to navigate to marked locations to discover the cool things happening in our parks. 

Load the following GPS points into your smart device and navigate towards signs of spring. At each stop search for an information card to discover what’s happening at that spot. No smart device? No problem! Make it a scavenger hunt. All information cards will be visible from the trail. Please stay on the trail and do not collect any of the nature items you discover.

Location: Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, Mallard Lake Area

5402 Wilkins Rd, 
Whitehouse, OH
Map >

Oak Openings map (pdf) >

The course is set on the yellow Horseshoe Lake trail. Park at Mallard Lake, then hike to the yellow trail. At the loop go counterclockwise (to the right) around the loop. Please note that restrooms are closed.

Course Distance: 1.5 miles; approximate time to complete: 1.5–2 hours


Stop 1: Invasive Species; N41.54383, W83.84767 Go >

Stop 2: Skunk Cabbage; N41.54368, W83.84789 Go >

Stop 3: Pine Management; N41.54449, W83.85031 Go >

Stop 4: Frogs Singing; N41.54504, W83.85061 Go >

Stop 5: Buds; N41.54467, W83.85372 Go >

Stop 6: Woodpecker Holes; N41.54427, W83.85282 Go >

Stop 7: Hazelnut; N41.54451, W83.85238 Go >

To start the course click "Go >" on Stop 1 to automatically load the first stop into your maps app, or to load your GPS points into your smart device manually open Google Maps, type your coordinates into the search bar at the top. Enter the coordinates exactly as they appear, including letters, spaces, decimals, and commas. Enter one coordinate at a time, then click navigate. Follow your device’s instructions to the marked location. At that location press "Go >" for the next stop or enter the coordinates for the next stop and repeat.