Happy to Be Here: Our Response to
Coronavirus as of 6/25/2020.

As restrictions are lifting, 577 is doing more than the minimum requirements set by state government for your safety and well-being. Our decisions during this ongoing pandemic are based on science and medicine, keeping in mind what's needed most in the community right now and what we can provide.

Looking at the highest needs of the community, we have carefully chosen these priorities:

1. Beautifying the grounds so you have a safe, gorgeous outdoor place to walk and get out of the house. This includes caring for new floral features as well as repairs to physical structures on site. We're happy we've been able to keep the grounds open throughout the pandemic as an essential service!

2. Food production in our gardens for us to donate to local food banks. There are a lot of hungry people in Northwest Ohio due to lost income from the shutdown. Some Ohio food banks are already seeing a 25% increase in demand. As of the fourth week of June, with the help of our sixty-three community gardeners, we’ve already donated nearly 70 pounds of fresh produce in an early harvest. We're happy to be well-positioned to grow healthy, organic food for people who need it.

3. Experimenting with ways to adjust our programming to make it safest during a pandemic such as remote instruction, videos, and outdoor programs (like our two story trails). Some of these program delivery methods are completely new to us and will take time to figure out. Thank you for your patience as we navigate these uncharted waters and experiment with new ways of doing things.

4. Keeping the 577 Foundation strong, financially and operationally. The pandemic has created a whole new load of work just to stay informed, safe, and running. Thank you for your understanding during this time of uncertainty and change, and thank you to our donors who have made additional gifts to keep the grounds green, the gardens growing, and the programs experimental.

These are the four things that we will focus on for the foreseeable future.

When you come to 577, you'll probably notice the back of our staff shirts this year that say "Happy to Be Here." We can’t stress enough how much we are happy to be here for you!

Of course, we miss you: the class instructors, eager class learners, potters, meeting participants, volunteers, bibliophiles, field trip kids, and everyone else. We wish we could put everything back to how it was before the pandemic. We want to give you the programs and services you crave. It takes deep reserves of patience and resilience to persevere through this time.

We know we can do it.

We know you can too.

Until then, the following guidelines continue to be true:

1. The 577 grounds are open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., seven days a week, for you to wander and explore.
2. All buildings and high-contact areas remain closed for safety and so that staff can focus on the four focus areas listed above.
3. Stay 6 feet apart from members of other households.
4. Wear a mask if you can. Wearing is caring.
5. Stay home if you are sick or have been around illness.
6. Spread kindness and laughter, not illness and anger.
7. Carry out any trash you bring in. Bring a blanket if you want to picnic.
8. Garden food is for food banks and gardeners. Please do not take it.
 a. All indoor activities
 b. Group gatherings and meetings
 c. Book Center donations and sales
 d. Reservations for meeting space
 e. Professional portrait photography
 f. Plant sales

Again: we all wish we could have things the way they were before this happened. But this is what life has handed us, and we’re here now. Let’s all slow down, pay attention to what is needed of each of us in this particular moment, and do good for others.

This is tough! But so are we. And we can do this.

Be well and take care,

Heather Gallant
Executive Director
The 577 Foundation

"Where people learn to like the land"
                          - Virginia Secor Stranahan

Founded by Virginia Secor Stranahan, The 577 Foundation is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the historic property at 577 East Front Street in Perrysburg, Ohio.

The Foundation, open to all, is an ecologically sensitive place that encourages diversity and seeks to foster exploration, experimentation, personal enjoyment and creativity in education.

The Foundation nurtures innovative ideas and will change to reflect the interests of the community.

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Coronavirus Guidelines

Open Monday-Sunday
9:00am to 5:00pm
Holiday Hours:
Closed 11/26 and 11/27/2020
Closed 12/25/2020
Closed 1/1/2021

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Parking is limited.
If your group is larger
than one family car-full,
please call us prior
to your visit to confirm
we’ll have space for you.

Board of Trustees

Paul Croy
Paul Fenton
Peter Gwyn
Walter Krueger
Michael Miller
Kitty Beth Millhon
Martin Nagy
Frances Parry
Dick Sipp
Chuck Stocking
Mary Stranahan

Open Monday - Sunday, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Groups larger than a family,
please call for reservations


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