Prairie Days is almost here!

It's almost time

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 (click here for directions).

Prairie Days Dates: 
September 28 & 29, 2019
Hours: Saturday: 10a-5p & Sunday: 12p-5p

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Candellight Dinners on the Prairie Volunteer Opportunity

A planning meeting will be held for anyone interested in helping with the Candlelight Dinners on the Prairie fundraising program. These dinners will be held on November 2 & 9 this year. On Wednesday, October 2, Administrative Assistant Deb Shiverdecker is planning a dinner and meeting for anyone who would like to help plan or help with the dinners for this year. Dinner and brainstorming will begin at 6pm. Meeting will start promptly at 7pm. Please let us know if you will be attending and how many people will be here for dinner. Contact Deb at info@darkecountyparks.org or 937-548-0165. A planning meeting will be held for anyone interested in helping with the Candlelight Dinners on the Prairie fundraising program. These dinners will be held on November 2 & 9 this year. On Wednesday, October 2, Administrative Assistant Deb Shiverdecker is planning a dinner and meeting for anyone who would like to help plan or help with the dinners for this year. Dinner and brainstorming will begin at 6pm. Meeting will start promptly at 7pm. Please let us know if you will be attending and how many people will be here for dinner. Contact Deb at info@darkecountyparks.org or 937-548-0165

Darke Co. Forestry Workshop

Join Darke Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) for a Forestry Workshop on Saturday, October 5th from 9:00 am to 1:00pm at Chenoweth Trails. There will be experts on site to discuss woodland management resources, timber stand improvement, timber harvesting, logging and wood utilization and woodland wildlife management.  Bring your woodland questions and dress for the weather.

Registration is only $10.00 and includes educational materials, refreshments and lunch. You can register online at www.darkeswcd.com, by calling 937.548.1715 ext. 3 or stop by the Darke SWCD office at 1117 Southtowne Court, Greenville.

Pie Contest is just around the corner!

Prairie Days will be here at the end of September (28-29) and once again the Friends are hosting their Pie Baking Contest! Be sure to brush up on your pie baking skills and be ready to submit your best pie(s) !

Do you bake the best pie in Darke County?

Bring us your homemade Apple, Berry, Peach, or Other Favorite Pie on Saturday, September 28 for our annual Prairie Days Pie Baking Contest!

$2.00 entry fee per pie

Use a disposable pan / No meringue or refrigerated pies

Entries will be accepted 9:30 – 10:00 Saturday morning at the classroom of the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Judging starts promptly at 10:00.

The winner of each category will receive a first place certificate. Overall Best in Show will be awarded a cash prize. Winners will be announced during Prairie Days Saturday at 1:50pm at the outdoor stage. After judging, slices of pie will be sold at Mad Anthony’s Tavern.

Shawnee Prairie Preserve

4267 State Route 502 W

Greenville, Ohio

Please call (937) 548-0165 for more information. Sponsored by Friends of the Darke County Parks. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Darke County Parks.

Closed for Independence Day

Please be aware that the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie and the Bish Discovery Center on Ohio St will be CLOSED on July 4th in observance of Independence Day. We will resume normal hours for each location on Friday the 5th. All trails within the Park District will remain open Dawn-Dusk on the 4th.