Team Bios


Shannon Hughes

Director of Education and Programming

Dr. Shannon Hughes has worked with Metroparks Toledo for over 15 years. She currently serves as the Director of Education and Programming as well as Metroparks’ Historian. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration as well as a Doctorate in Leadership and Policy Studies in Human Development. She also is a Certified Interpretive Planner and a Certified Interpretive Trainer through the National Association of Interpretation.

Latest From Shannon Hughes

Middlegrounds Was Center of Transportation

Before it was a beautiful riverside park, the area now known at Middlegrounds Metropark was a landfill. Before that, it had a long history as transportation hub for the region, where the canal boats met the railroads.

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Pennies for Pearson

In the 1930s, a newspaper reporter named George Pearson collected “Pennies for Pearson” to raise funds to acquire one of the last pieces of the Great Black Swamp.

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