22 December, 2014
Prairie Days on Shawnee Prairie
Prairie Days
Apple butter cooking over the fire; pioneers in and around the Log House; vendors displaying their wares; tall-tales being spun; crafts to make... must be Prairie Days! This is THE event for Darke County Parks. Each year, this Free Family Event brings in 4,000 people to Shawnee Prairie Preserve.

Held annually the last full weekend of September, this event focuses on the prairie way of life in and around 1780-1810 and will feature many crafts, games and trades of the time period. Many crafts are free for children and with a select few requesting a small donation. The West-Central Ohio Gourd Patch will be present with vendors and displays. Bring your family to the Prairie and step back in time!

Prairie Days Dates:
September 26 & 27, 2015
Hours: Saturday: 10a-5p & Sunday: 12p-5p
Download this year's Schedule of Events & Map
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Directions to Shawnee Prairie Preserve

September 24 & 25, 2016
Hours: TBD

Past Prairie Days Pictures
Directions to Shawnee Prairie Preserve

18th Century Life
Skill Demonstrations
Bringing pioneer living to life, demonstrators use their skills and tools to educate the visiting public on their skill. Many have their items for sale as well.

Demonstrator Application
Vendors / Sutlers
Demonstrating skills or items from the late 18th century, Prairie Days sutlers offer a variety of goods with a wide range of pricing. Please be sure to get us your registrations by September 1st.

Vendor / Sutler Application
Children's Tent
Located at the center of it all, the Children's Tent provides an excellent setting for kids of all ages to learn some crafts of the 18th century! Ranging from tinsmithing decorations, cornhusk dolls, tussie-mussies and more, there is something for everyone to try!
Longhunters, civilians, sutlers and more join us for our weekend encampment. This allows the public a view of various styles of camp and lifestyles during 1780-1810. Please be sure to get your registration to us by September 1st.
Encampment Registration
Pioneer Living
Throughout the weekend, take part in various pioneer living re-enactments, games and more! Learn what school was like on the frontier. Take place in a spelling bee. Try your hand pioneer skills and crafts in the Log House. Games and contests will be held throughout the weekend as well.
Offering a wide variety of entertainments, there is something for everyone! Anything from tall-tales being told, to traveling musicians, to art shows or melodramas can be found throughout the weekend. Registration deadline: August 1st.
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Parks News Updates
Special Board Meeting
Updated 18 Dec, 2014
The Darke County Park Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Board Meeting on Tuesday, December 30 at 8am.
Nature Center CLOSED - Dec. 24-25
Updated 20 Dec, 2014
The Nature Center and Park Offices will be CLOSED on Dec. 24-25 in observance of Christmas. All trails will remain open Dawn-Dusk.
Winter Nature Notes!
Updated 12 Nov, 2014
Snow crunching underfoot; the flash of a red cardinal... it may be cold, but the senses are still invigorated in the winter. Check out our programs (indoor & outdoor) and we hope to see you!
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Darke County Parks on Facebook
Updated 20 Nov, 2013
We are on Facebook! Become a fan and get up to the minute reminders/updates for upcoming programs. With over 1,000 "likes" this is the place to be!
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Seeking Volunteers
Updated 7 Jan, 2014
Looking for a way to give back to your community? We've got your answer!
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Early Morning Discovery Hikes
Updated 18 April, 2014
Early Morning Discovery Hikes occur each and every Tuesday morning. We'll start at 8am in the parking lot at Shawnee Prairie. Let's see what is happening on the trails!
Battery Recycling
Updated 9 Feb, 2013
Lots of dead batteries laying around the house? Need some place to get rid of them? Find out more here!
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DCPark's Flickr Group
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