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 12:30 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.

Chicken Dinner - July 14

Get your presale tickets for a delicious chicken dinner to benefit your Darke County Parks

Tickets are $8.00 each

Dinners will be picked up

at the Bish Discovery Center

404 N. Ohio St., Greenville, OH 45331

on July 14, 2019 from 11:30am-1pm

Drive thru or a picnic area will be available.


While you are there stop in and visit the rummage sale that will be going on to benefit the Park District’s Raptor Education Program

from 9am-3pm.


Tickets can be purchased before the sale at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center at 4267 St. Rt. 502 W., Greenville, Bish Discovery Center, 404 N. Ohio St., Greenville or from your favorite member of the Friends of the Darke County Parks. 

If you have donations for the rummage sale please drop off at the Bish Discovery Center, 404 N. Ohio St. from July 9-12 from 9am-4pm (Thurs and Fri til 7pm.)

Call 937-548-0165 for more information.  Some dinners may be available at the door.


Raptor Rummage Sale - July 14

Darke County Parks’ Raptor Rummage Sale

DATE: Sunday July 14

TIME: 9am— 3pm

PLACE: Bish Discovery Center

404 N Ohio Street

Greenville, OH

Come out to purchase gently used items with all proceeds to benefit the raptors of Darke County Parks


Clean household items and clothing on hangers may be dropped off at the Bish Discovery Center July 9-12 between 9am and 4pm.

Darke County Parks receives funding from ODNR

Earlier this year, the Darke County Park District was fortunate to receive boating safety education grant funds from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Watercraft. These funds, a portion of the total amount of nearly $250,000 awarded to 13 communities, will be used purchase updated kayaks, a new storage boat trailer and safety equipment. This equipment will allow the park district to continue to offer ACA-certified workshops on kayaking skills and safety to ensure local residents are safe while exploring Ohio’s waterways.

Thank you ODNR and we’ll see you on the water!

It's spring! Does that baby animal need rescued?

During the spring season, young animals are abundant! Sometimes when we encounter a “baby” animal, it may appear to be lost or injured… but is it really in need of our assistance? We all want to do the best thing to help… Check out THESE 5 Tips to determine if you need to help young mammals this spring!

Still not sure, call the Nature Center at 937-548-0165 and a naturalist will give you some suggestions.