Announcing Phase Three of 577’s Reopening 6/1/2021

577 is a place of joy, wonder, and coming together for each other. We emphasize the importance of watching out for those around us.

The health of 577’s employees, instructors, volunteers, and visitors guides the decision-making process for our phased re-opening.

Since there are still vulnerable folks in our community, and because we don’t want to be in the business of verifying vaccine cards, we ask that visitors continue to mask up indoors at 577 or when we can’t be six feet apart. It’s a continued sign of respect and care for others who may not be able to receive the vaccine.

Phase One of our reopening plan launched in April:
  • Courtyard bathroom is open Follow posted safety protocol. Mask wearing is required in the bathroom, regardless of your vaccination status.

  • Outdoor nature play areas are open. Follow posted safety protocol. Includes Children's Garden, Solar Display, Kaleidoscope, RiverWalk, and Dig.

  • Picnic tables, chairs, and benches are available. We disinfect them once a day. You are welcome to clean them before and after use. Carry out any garbage you generate during your visit.

Phase Two launched May 3:
  • Limited Outdoor In-Person Classes. Classes are listed on our registration page. Most classes will still be offered via Zoom, so read closely to see if the class is outdoor or online.

  • Year-Round StoryWalk®. This new year-round StoryWalk® features sturdy signposts in which we’ll rotate out at least one picture book monthly so that you can enjoy something new on every visit.

  • Book Fair (+Plants +Pottery) was held outside in the Courtyard on May 29. It was so successful that we’ll repeat it again on June 26 from 9:00-1:00 p.m.

Phase Three and Four launched in June:
  • Geodesic Biodome opened to the public June 15, 2021. Masks and social distancing will be expected inside, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Log House opened to the public June 29, 2021. Masks and social distancing will be expected inside, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Book donations will be accepted at our drive thru Book Drives. Due to quarantine requirements for donated items, book donations will not be accepted outside of these Book Drives.
  • MetroBeet Urban Farm and Community Garden Tour kicked off on June 11-12.
  • Flutter Hut is installed so people can observe monarch butterflies on their Ohio migratory stop from Mexico to Canada and back again.

Phase Five launched in July:
  • Bee Room will open to the public July 4, 2021. Masks and social distancing will be expected inside, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Piloting several additional Pottery offerings

  • Continue MetroBeet Urban Farm and Community Garden Tour across the region on July 9 and August 13 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. and July 10 and August 14 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Folks wanting to learn more about how urban farms and community gardens operate can visit a variety of these places to see how it’s done. At 577’s tour stop, we’ll have live music from the Toledo School for the Arts. Click here for a map and more details.

  • Continue Book Fair inside the Book Center on July 31, 2021, offering Pottery and like-new books from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Continue Book Drives on July 14th and 20th from 4:30-6:00 p.m. and July 31 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Launch Joyful Emergence community art installation, inviting community members to fold at least one origami butterfly in commemoration of the past year, the metamorphosis it inspired within each of us, and our opportunity to emerge back into the world. Just like butterflies experiencing their mystical transformation from caterpillar to soupy enzyme goo to butterfly, we too find ourselves as a community transitioning—from a time of uncertainty, fear, and confusion to hopeful days ahead of deeper understanding, connection, and joy. As you fold your butterfly, please do so with healing thoughts of joy, celebration, peace, and good wishes to shower down upon the visitors who see them. These butterflies – your butterflies − will be installed inside each of the buildings at The 577 Foundation. As each building reopens to the public, they will be welcomed by a joyful flutter of origami butterflies from people across the community.

We're not out of the woods yet; COVID-19 continues to be in our community. Please stay vigilant and safe until we've declared Victory Over COVID.

We will monitor these developments and cautiously reopen additional phases of our plan when the time is right. In the meantime, click here to read what is staying the same at 577 (for now).

Thank you for your patience and care! Let’s work together to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Take care,

Heather Gallant
Executive Director
The 577 Foundation

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

Mission Statement: 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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Paul Croy
Paul Fenton
Peter Gwyn
Walter Krueger
Michael Miller
Kitty Beth Millhon
Martin Nagy
Frances Parry
Dick Sipp
Chuck Stocking
Mary Stranahan
Kelli Daniels
Jennifer Hildebrand
Erica Parish
Jay Secor

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