In Their Footsteps... February Jr. Naturalist

Darke County Parks invites students in grades 3-6 to join them for the Jr. Naturalists program on Saturday, February 25th from 9:30am to 12pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville.  This month will focus on animals and their tracks. Animal tracking is as old as the human race. Students will follow our ancestor’s footsteps by following the animals’ footsteps. They’ll learn to identify basic tracks and signs, then head outside to check out the snow (or more likely mud) and see where the footsteps lead them.

The Jr. Naturalists is a series of monthly programs designed to give 3rd-6th grade students hands-on interaction with the natural world and a look at our current and historical place within it. Hikes, games, crafts, and service projects are all a part of this exciting integrated study group. A fee of $3 is charged for the program, and registration is required. For questions about the Jr. Naturalists program or any other park district programs or to register for the February class, please call the park office at (937) 548-0165 or email

Did you know? A domestic dog’s track (left) is usually much more round in shape while a coyote’s track (right) is a much more oval shape.