Programs & Services

577 is Virginia’s gift to the city she loved. She wanted it to be a place of life-long learning, a place to work hand-in-hand with other nonprofits, and a place to engage in meaningful connections.

Discover what 577 has to offer to you.

Explore Our Programs

Cultivate Your Curiosity

“Whatever we do here, let’s be educational, environmental, experimental, and let’s have fun.”
— Virginia Secor Stranahan

Curiosity Shop
StoryWalk®
Did's Dig
Children's Garden

Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop

The space lovingly known as the Book Center (sometimes called the Book Barn, the Library, the Book Place, the Book Shop, the Once-Read Book Shop) has reopened as the 577 Welcome Center & Curiosity Shop.

Explore the new space by browsing the collection of thousands of gently-used books with selections for all ages and interests. View the new display of handmade pottery for sale created by students at 577. Plus, crafters, teachers, artists, and students will love browsing the large selection of art supplies now available. 577 staff is available to answer any questions on items available, upcoming classes, and more. Donations of like-new and gently used books and art supplies are accepted on open shop days and limited to two boxes/bags. For details, please click HERE

Summer Hours

  • Wednesdays, 10am to 4pm  – Beginning June 15
  • Thursdays, 10am to 7pm – Open Now
  • Fridays, 10am to 4pm – Open Now
  • Saturdays, 9am to 2pm – Open Now

Select Sundays for Music in the Gardens: June 26, July 31, August 28, 10am to 2pm

StoryWalk®

StoryWalk® is a year-round trail around the circumference of the 577 grounds. There are 20 signposts along the trail, each featuring pages of a picture book. Stories rotate monthly and are carefully selected to feature award-winning authors and illustrators that celebrate the best of 577: nature, science, kindness, generosity, inclusivity, and belonging. 

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson. We are grateful to the Black Swamp Conservancy, the estate of Mary Anne Tigges, Perrysburg Rotary Foundation and Rotarian volunteers for making this popular self-directed program a reality.

Check out the July Storybook: Recycle Every Day! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Minna, a creative bunny, wants to win the Community Recycling Calendar Contest. She knows a lot about recycling but just can’t come up with the perfect idea for her poster. Minna’s family helps her find inspiration as they share their own recycling efforts. The book’s bright, bold cut-paper illustrations are enhanced by Wallace’s use of recycled materials such as bubble wrap, envelopes, and wallpaper. With games, activities, and recycling suggestions, this book is destined to be read again and again.

View Nancy Elizabeth Wallace’s other fun stories and activities by CLICKING HERE.

Did’s Dig

During the Devonian period, a shallow sea covered Northwest Ohio. Discover fossilized remains of creatures from the 375-million-year-old past in the silica shale rock pile. In your search, you might find fossils of clams, sea lilies, corals, trilobites, and bony fishes, including sharks, to take home.

Children’s Garden

“A space that fosters a natural occurring educational process within the ever-curious child” – no better words described the child-like Virginia Stranahan. The interactive children’s garden was designed in 2002 to honor Virginia and has been added to over the years in the spirit of the international “play naturally” and “nature play” movements.

Children’s unstructured play in nature is beneficial for their physical, emotional, and intellectual development and installs a love of the environment.

 Field Trips and School Connections

Guided group tours and school field trips have been paused. If you’d like to be notified when they resume or to schedule an unguided trip, please complete the form below.

Guest Speaker

Educational community garden tours, consultations to other organizations on organic community garden programs, and other 577 initiatives are available.

Special Events

Special events such as book fairs, garden tours and music outdoors are offered frequently throughout the year for youth, adults and families. Check here often for the latest fun activity.

Reserve A Space

577 offers two rental venues to community organizations, schools, and governmental agencies for strategic planning, trainings, and retreats. These buildings are not approved to be used for personal social gatherings like retirement parties, birthday parties, anniversaries, wedding showers, baby showers, holiday parties, etc.

We are not currently accepting reservations for these spaces. If you’d like to be notified when they resume, please complete the form below.

Cottage

The Cottage is a cozy private meeting space for up to ten people. It offers a meeting space around a large table, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and one breakout room with comfortable furniture. This historic building is not currently wheelchair accessible due to a step up into the building and narrow doorways, as was common for houses built circa 1914.

The Grey Room

The Gray Room (or Library) of Virginia’s House is a semi-private meeting space that can accommodate up to twenty people. This room offers a relaxed meeting space with comfortable furniture for ten people, plus a large table that seats an additional ten people. A pull down AV screen is available, as well as a cart on which you may place your laptop and projector. Nearby restrooms are available for use. This building is wheelchair accessible with ramps.