Family Outdoor Nature Discovery
Aug
19
1:00pm 1:00pm

Family Outdoor Nature Discovery

It’s no secret that we all have way too much screen time. According to Scott D. Sampson, author of How to Raise a Wild Child, “The average North American child now spends about seven hours a day staring at screens and mere minutes engaged in unstructured play outdoors, a dramatic transformation within the past generation. Regular exposure to nature can help relieve stress, depression, and attention deficits.” Darke County Parks are proud to offer this accessible, timely opportunity for families to engage in unstructured and purposeful outdoor play in our parks. Our Naturalists will provide the tools and locations for kids and their parents to explore.  Meet at the Nature Center.

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Aug
21
1:00pm 1:00pm

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Wear your favorite yellow or orange clothes, snack on SUN-daes and Moon Pies! Viewing glasses will be available for purchase. Watch the eclipse from the great location on the hill behind the Nature Center. Don't forget to bring a chair or blanket. Registration required at 548-0165 or info@darkecountyparks.org.

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An Evening on the Prairie
Aug
31
7:00pm 7:00pm

An Evening on the Prairie

The prairies come alive in late summer. Join us for a leisurely stroll through the prairies of Shawnee Prairie. We will discover a variety of blooms, butterflies, and other pollinating insects while enjoying a summer evening’s walk. Bring water and dress for the weather. After
this program, be sure to join us for a talk and demonstration of bat technology (see below).

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Aug
31
9:00pm 9:00pm

Bats of Ohio

Thank you to a generous anonymous donor, we are excited to offer a new Bats of Ohio program. We are now able to incorporate bat echolocation technology while monitoring the bats in our parks. Using state-of-the-art bat detecting software and an iPad, we will be able to translate the echolocations of bats as they hunt over the prairie! Don’t miss this opportunity to combine technology and nature while focusing on the most important of insect-eating mammals.

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Visit the Council House
Aug
12
1:00pm 1:00pm

Visit the Council House

Join us on these select dates, and visit the Anthony Wayne Peace Council House, located at Prairie Ridge Meadow. Visit with our historical “long hunter” volunteer as he explains the purpose of the building, how many Native American tribes signed the Treaty of Greene Ville, and what activities took place in the longhouse. Stop by and learn the answers to these questions and more.

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Aug
12
10:00am10:00am

Every Woman Has a Story

Join us August 12, 2017 from 10am to 1pm in the Darke County Park District’s Shawnee Prairie Nature Center for a special ladies’ luncheon to celebrate women and their stories. This second session will highlight Lady Karen W. Burkett of the Washington Family who will share her knowledge of historical underpinnings and dress. Karen has long supported the Park District and even national historical sites with her vast knowledge of Early American History and has served many times as hostess in our log house, teaching about our forefathers (and the strong women who accompanied them!) Door prizes will be given and prizes will be awarded for a unique piece of vintage clothing or accessory. So if you have great-great-grandma's christening dress or crazy Aunt Bess’s vintage jewelry collection-come share your story!
The menu will include: finger sandwiches, strawberry spinach salad, and homemade ice cream with waffle cone and a toppings bar, lemonade, and tea.
Cost $20.00 per person ($15 for Friends Members) at time of reservation.
Hosted by the Friends of the Darke County Parks

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Please return this registration form with payment by check or cash to: Friends of the Darke County Parks, PO Box 801, Greenville, OH 45331. Call Barbie Hansbarger (937)447-3355 for more in-formation.

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Down to Earth Book Club
Aug
7
6:30pm 6:30pm

Down to Earth Book Club

Do you like reading books by nature writers, books about the outdoors, or maybe even about pioneers first settling Ohio? The Down to Earth Book Club will feature a different book in every Nature Notes. At the end of the quarter, everyone is welcome to come discuss the work, enjoy some tasty treats, and suggest future books.

COMMON TO THIS COUNTRY: BOTANICAL DISCOVERIES OF LEWIS AND CLARK

This season we will read Common to This Country: Botanical Discoveries of Lewis and Clark by Susan H. Munger and Charlotte Staub Thomas (Illustrator). Lewis and Clark’s 1804 to 1806 expedition to find a water route to the Pacific discovered American Indian tribes, animals unknown to science, and 178 types of plants. In exquisitely detailed and botanically accurate watercolors and intriguing essays, Common to This Country explores the significance and place in history of more than two dozen of these plants and chronicles Lewis’ obsession with plant collecting. This beautiful guide appeals to natural history buffs and gardeners alike. Weather and mosquitoes permitting, we’ll discuss the book outside. Please bring a lawn chair, and give us a call to let us know you plan on participating.

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Islands of Lake Loramie
Aug
7
5:30pm 5:30pm

Islands of Lake Loramie

Open water! Join us as we launch our boats into the calming waters of Lake Loramie State Park. We’ll meet at the Nature Center and then carpool to our put-in location. As we float through the islands of the lake, we’ll enjoy wildlife and flowering plants. Please be sure to dress to get wet and bring sunscreen and plenty of drinking water. Ages 10 and up. Please call with questions. Reserve a canoe for two or solo a kayak.

Meet at Shawnee Prairie / Registration Required / Fee: $10

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Jul
29
8:00am 8:00am

Bike Parade at Annie Oakley Days

Nothing says summer like bike rides and parades, so we thought why not combine the two? In conjunction with the Annie Oakley Days parade, join Darke County Parks in celebrating our bike trail. The sky is the limit when it comes to decorating your bike! It can be colorful, themed, or simple. We just ask that you register to let us know you’ll be joining us in the parade!

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Jul
25
6:00pm 6:00pm

Archery 101

Whether you want to sharpen your skills or try it for the first time, we are pleased to offer an evening of archery fun. All equipment will be provided through the Ohio Division of Wildlife and our expert volunteer instructor. The instructor will lead you in the proper technique and form to have you hitting the target in no time!

Ages 8 and up only please; Registration required; FREE

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Nature Center Animal Tour
Jul
19
6:30pm 6:30pm

Nature Center Animal Tour

Have you met our resident animal ambassadors? Learn why these animals live at the Nature Center and what it takes to care for them on a daily basis. Find out why each and every animal is an important part of the ecosystem and how you can help to keep them safe. Bring a friend and prepare to have an up-close encounter as you see (and possibly touch!) some of the amazing animals that call Darke County home.

Registration Required / FREE

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Visit the Council House
Jul
15
1:00pm 1:00pm

Visit the Council House

Join us on these select dates, and visit the Anthony Wayne Peace Council House, located at Prairie Ridge Meadow. Visit with our historical “long hunter” volunteer as he explains the purpose of the building, how many Native American tribes signed the Treaty of Greene Ville, and what activities took place in the longhouse. Stop by and learn the answers to these questions and more.

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Strawberry Moon Float
Jul
8
8:00pm 8:00pm

Strawberry Moon Float

Ready for adventure?! We’re going to explore the Greenville creek by the light of the Full Strawberry Moon! This float will be for those with prior experience as it will be a bit more
challenging of paddle. Be sure to bring your water bottle, a headlamp, and sense of adventure! Reserve a canoe for two or solo a kayak.

Registration Required / Fee: $10

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Old Fashioned Campfire
Jul
7
8:30pm 8:30pm

Old Fashioned Campfire

Join us for a good old-fashioned campfire! Bring a camp chair and join a naturalist for an evening of sitting around the fire, eating s’mores, listening to stories, and singing campfire songs. Bring your instrument if you’d like to play, and bring the kids for this special night of fun in your park.

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Nature of the Tecumseh Trail
Jul
6
6:30pm 6:30pm

Nature of the Tecumseh Trail

The Tecumseh Trail traverses many habitats, so let’s take a walk and see what we can find! We’ll explore the newly completed section of the trail and enjoy a peaceful walk along Bridge Creek. We will hope for wildflowers, birds, and maybe a frog or two! Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring binoculars if you have them, and a water bottle.

Meet at Shawnee Prairie Preserve / FREE

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The Art of Nature Journaling
Jun
24
9:00am 9:00am

The Art of Nature Journaling

Do you want a deeper appreciation of the world around you? Do you want to record what you see on your hike? Do you want to practice your sketching or watercolor skills on an outdoor subject? Join us for a workshop on the art of nature journaling. Along with the Greenville Art Guild, we’ll discuss the different styles, purposes, and media used to keep a journal (with a special focus on pen and ink, watercolor, and colored pencils); we’ll explore journal examples and try it out for ourselves. If the weather permits, we’ll be outside, so bring a lawn chair and your preferred journaling materials (ex: pens, pencils, colored pencils, tablet, journal, diary, or loose paper). Join the Greenville Art Guild for their annual “Paint Out” following the program.

Registration Required /FREE

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Paddle the Greenville
Jun
23
10:00am10:00am

Paddle the Greenville

It’s paddling season! Grab the water bottles, and let’s get on the creek! We’ll launch our boats and paddle the Greenville Creek, exploring this scenic waterway. Pack your lunch as we will find a stop along the way to grab a bite to eat and then hop back on the water to finish our trip. Reserve a canoe for doubles or a kayak for solo paddling. Prior experience is not required but will prove useful.

Registration Required / Fee: $10

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Visit the Council House
Jun
17
1:00pm 1:00pm

Visit the Council House

Join us on these select dates, and visit the Anthony Wayne Peace Council House, located at Prairie Ridge Meadow. Visit with our historical “long hunter” volunteer as he explains the purpose of the building, how many Native American tribes signed the Treaty of Greene Ville, and what activities took place in the longhouse. Stop by and learn the answers to these questions and more.

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Family Outdoor Nature Discovery
Jun
17
1:00pm 1:00pm

Family Outdoor Nature Discovery

It’s no secret that we all have way too much screen time. According to Scott D. Sampson, author of How to Raise a Wild Child, “The average North American child now spends about seven hours a day staring at screens and mere minutes engaged in unstructured play outdoors, a dramatic transformation within the past generation. Regular exposure to nature can help relieve stress, depression, and attention deficits.” Darke County Parks are proud to offer this accessible, timely opportunity for families to engage in unstructured and purposeful outdoor play in our parks. Our Naturalists will provide the tools and locations for kids and their parents to explore.  Meet at Shawnee Prairie at the Nature Center.

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Breeding Bird Survey
Jun
2
7:00am 7:00am

Breeding Bird Survey

Join us as we record the breeding birds of Shawnee Prairie. We will hike the trails to record the birds that are nesting to add to the records of the district. We will start early and continue through the morning hours keeping track of the species observed and heard throughout. Bring your walking shoes, binoculars, and a trail-side snack as this could be a
lengthy walk.

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May
30
8:00am 8:00am

Early Morning Discovery Hike

The air is alive with birdsong, and the ground is blanketed in colorful blooms. Spring rejuvenates the winter-weary soul, and we return to our weekly walk schedule this March. As we hike the trails each week, we’ll explore the progression of spring and all the splendor that comes with it! Join us weekly for revitalizing walks as we marvel at the sights and sounds of springtime.

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May
27
9:00am 9:00am

Winged Jewels

Join us for a hiking series exploring the sensations of spring!  At the end of May, we’ll hope to pick up some last-minute migrating warblers and other songbirds on Shawnee Prairie’s trails. Each hike will be rain or shine (except full moon hikes).  

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May
25
6:00pm 6:00pm

Intro to Kayaking - Pt. 2

It’s finally paddling season! That means it’s finally time to learn (or remember) how to use that kayak correctly and safely. Join us to refresh old skills or learn a few new ones while you’re at it! This two-day course will introduce you to kayaking by way of classroom study on Monday and on-the-water workshop on Thursday at a local pond. Learn all the paddle strokes, how to re-enter a capsized kayak, where and when you should paddle local waterways, and more!  During this fun-filled program, we’ll play games, enjoy the warm spring weather, and prepare for a great paddling season. Ages 16 and up please. Both class dates are required.  Dress for wet on Thursday; bring water and sunscreen.  Registration required.  Intro to Kayaking - Pt 1 completion required.

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Intro to Kayaking - Part 1
May
22
6:00pm 6:00pm

Intro to Kayaking - Part 1

It’s finally paddling season! That means it’s finally time to learn (or remember) how to use that kayak correctly and safely. Join us to refresh old skills or learn a few new ones while you’re at it! This two-day course will introduce you to kayaking by way of classroom study on Monday and on-the-water workshop on Thursday at a local pond. Learn all the paddle strokes, how to re-enter a capsized kayak, where and when you should paddle local waterways, and more!  During this fun-filled program, we’ll play games, enjoy the warm spring weather, and prepare for a great paddling season. Ages 16 and up please. Both class dates are required.  Dress for wet on Thursday; bring water and sunscreen.  Registration required.  Fee: $15

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May
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

Spring Survival Shelters

Join local survival and bushcraft expert, Rob Simpson from “Lost Wilds Outdoors” (formerly The Canteen Shop) as we continue to build our knowledge of survival shelters.  This season, we’ll focus on using the versatile tarp for our shelter needs. Dress for the weather as we will be outside in all but the most extreme weather for the duration of this program.  Please call 937-548-0165 to register.

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May
18
5:30pm 5:30pm

5K Fit

Have you always wanted to try a 5k but never got around to it? Are you tired of those holiday pounds sticking around? Do you just need some motivation to get healthy? Join us throughout the spring as we help each other to do just that. We’ll have three different eight-week programs for you to choose from (walking, walking/jogging, and running) to suit your fitness needs and help you work towards a healthier lifestyle. With everyone setting their own goals and moving at their own pace, feel free to join us at any point during the program. For every time you attend, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a free registration for the “Raptor Run/Walk” on Saturday, August 5th at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Please dress for the weather, bring a timing device, and a water bottle.

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May
16
8:00am 8:00am

Early Morning Discovery Hike

The air is alive with birdsong, and the ground is blanketed in colorful blooms. Spring rejuvenates the winter-weary soul, and we return to our weekly walk schedule this March. As we hike the trails each week, we’ll explore the progression of spring and all the splendor that comes with it! Join us weekly for revitalizing walks as we marvel at the sights and sounds of springtime.

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May
11
5:30pm 5:30pm

5K Fit

Have you always wanted to try a 5k but never got around to it? Are you tired of those holiday pounds sticking around? Do you just need some motivation to get healthy? Join us throughout the spring as we help each other to do just that. We’ll have three different eight-week programs for you to choose from (walking, walking/jogging, and running) to suit your fitness needs and help you work towards a healthier lifestyle. With everyone setting their own goals and moving at their own pace, feel free to join us at any point during the program. For every time you attend, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a free registration for the “Raptor Run/Walk” on Saturday, August 5th at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Please dress for the weather, bring a timing device, and a water bottle.

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