It’s easy to become a Metro Parks Explorer and show your love for the parks. Hundreds of our program participants become explorers every year. All of our explorers receive a beautiful, hand-crafted patch as a memento of their commitment to the parks.
Sharon Woods Naturalist Allison Shaw says, “The patches are a big deal for our explorers, especially the younger kids. When someone presents their explorer card for the fifth program, the new explorer is announced at the program and get their patch then. There’s always lots of applause and cheers.”
Allison says the only disappointed visitors are adults, who are sorry they can’t get an explorer patch of their own! Some eager explorers have announced that they keep their explorer cards in scrapbooks, as reminders of the programs they’ve attended that year.
Join in the Explorer program and get a new patch with a different animal every year. You just have to come to five more programs. Tammy Robb, known to all her students as Miss Tammy, runs a small preschool and has been bringing different kids to Metro Parks programs for over 10 years. She says, “My kids always beam with pride and excitement when they get their explorer patches.”