The 577 is open seven days a week, 9am to 5pm. Open to all.

As October begins, 577 welcomes autumn with changing leaves, prepping gardens for winter, and planning for new virtual classes.

Come on in! What’s Open?
  • Grounds and Gardens
  • Nature Play Areas
  • Did's Dig
  • Flutter House
  • StoryWalk®
  • Log Cabin
  • Bee House
  • Geodesic Biodome

Paused until further notice:
  • Guided Tours & Field Trips
  • Meeting Reservations
  • Professional Photography

What’s Happening at the 577 this month?

Take a class! Hybrid, Zoom, and Outdoor Programs are happening now. Find your next adventure at

Book Fair (+Pottery) & Donation Day. Join us on Saturday, October 9, 9am to 1pm to browse a wide variety of books fresh from the most recent donations. Click here for details on what’s for sale and how to donate books.
  • Please note: The Book Center is currently open during the monthly Book Fair (+Pottery) ONLY.

Celebrate National Reuse Day with 577! Feel good about helping to reduce the waste stream by donating your gently used or new art supplies to us on Wednesday, October 20 between 3pm and 7pm. Click here to view details on what we are looking for and what will be accepted.
  • Supplies will be used for future 577 classes to help off-set student costs, as donations to local teachers in need, and in fundraising efforts to benefit the 577 and its programs.

A Look Ahead to November
  •   Book Center News!

  • We're opening the book center by reservation! Join us this November for a unique semi-private shopping experience. Find your favorite pre-loved books in gift-worthy condition just in time for the holiday season. Reserve your spot beginning Monday, October 11 at 9am.

    How It Works: Enjoy up to 60 minutes of semi-private browsing and shopping our collection of thousands of gently-used books for all ages and interests. Plus! Don't forget to explore our Adopt-A-Pots and more. Limit 10 shoppers per hour.

    When? Slots are available to reserve every Monday this November between 2pm and 7pm.

    Is there a fee? A $10 deposit is due at reservation. This deposit will be used towards your final purchase total. BONUS! Receive a FREE tote bag with a $35 purchase!

    Click here to learn more and to register. Questions? Give us a call at (419) 874-4174.

    All proceeds from this fundraiser benefits The 577 Foundation.

    Joyful Emergence: Join Our Community Art Installation

    In commemoration of the past year, the metamorphosis it inspired within each of us, and our opportunity to emerge back into the world, The 577 Foundation invites you to participate in a community art installation featuring origami butterflies folded by and for each other.

    Click here to learn why we chose the butterfly.

    Folding stations are available inside the Log House and Bee Room. If you'd like to fold at home, pick up an origami-to-go kit for yourself or your family at the pop-up folding station during any of our Book Fairs (+Pottery).

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    577’s Phase Reopening Updates - 10/01/2021

    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.

    We kindly ask that all visitors maintain social distancing outside and everyone (regardless of vaccination status) MASK UP INSIDE all open buildings. It’s a continued sign of respect and care for others who may not be able to receive the vaccine.

    Given the resurgence of COVID transmission and positivity rates, we know that COVID is still in our community. We are monitoring these developments and holding steady at our current state of reopening until further notice.

    Please stay vigilant and safe until we've declared Victory Over COVID.

    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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    Coronavirus Guidelines

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

    Winter Weather Policy

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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
    Kelli Daniels
    Jennifer Hildebrand
    Erica Parish
    Jay Secor

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

    Groups larger than a family,
    please call for reservations


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