Aug
23
6:30 PM18:30

Leave No Trace

During this awareness program, we'll learn the 7 Leave No Trace principles and how they can apply to you and your family where ever your trails may lead you.

Bish Discovery Center

Registration Required  FREE  Call the Nature Center at 937-548-0165

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Summer Strolls - Every Saturday June-August
Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Summer Strolls - Every Saturday June-August

Join us every Saturday this summer for our new "Summer Strolls" recurring walks.  We'll meet at the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie at 10am and then hit the trail for an exploitative walk discovering this month's theme!

Throughout Saturdays in August, we'll discover "Prairies in their Prime"!  We’ll enjoy the prime season of the prairies with flowers, birds, butterflies, dragonflies and more.  August in the prairie is the place to be!  Be sure to bring a hat and water as prairies can be hot during this time of year.

Join us for a walk in the park every Saturday this summer!

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Aug
25
8:00 PM20:00

Bats of Ohio

Learn about the Bats of Ohio and what you can do to help protect these vital componets to our ecosystem.  We will even get a chance to venture outside to use our bat locating equipment and see some bats in person!

Registration is Required  FREE

Call the Nature Center at 937-548-0165

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Trees of Ohio
Sep
4
6:30 PM18:30

Trees of Ohio

During this walk-and-learn program, we'll discuss the ways to identify trees, the most common species in Darke County and how to tell a tree by its bark.  This program will be held in the field, so come ready to walk short distances with standing in between.  

Registration Required.  FREE

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Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

Inquiry Based Learning for Educators

Attention Educators!  Join us to discover more about inquiry-based learning.  This fundamental tool is used to trigger a student’s curiosity along with building confidence, encouraging independent behavior, and strengthening their ability to handle complex problems.  This technique can create excitement in your classroom as students take a hands-on approach to learning.

Registration Required   FREE

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Sep
11
6:30 PM18:30

Backyard Gardens: Seed Saving

Did you love your garden this year?  Bring it back to life the next season by learning the methods for saving your seeds.  You will also discover how to utilize the Growing Harvest Seed Library with Rachel Brock from the Greenville Public Library. 

Registration Required.  FREE

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Sep
19
10:00 AM10:00

Parent & Preschooler Adventures: Insect Investigations (Ages 2-3)

With nets in hand, we’ll venture into the meadows and prairies in search of insects.    Using hand lenses and bug boxes, we’ll learn what makes an insect an insect and how to separate them into different family groups.

Parent and Preschooler Adventures is a series of monthly, hour-long programs designed to give parents and their preschoolers an opportunity to investigate nature through hands-on activities, hikes, stories, songs, and take-home projects. The “Little Explorers” Wednesday classes are for 2-3 year olds, and the “Seedlings” Thursday classes are for 4-5 year olds. 

Registration is required, and each class has a fee of $2.00.

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Sep
20
10:00 AM10:00

Parent and Preschooler Adventures: Insect Investigations (Ages 4-5)

With nets in hand, we’ll venture into the meadows and prairies in search of insects.    Using hand lenses and bug boxes, we’ll learn what makes an insect an insect and how to separate them into different family groups.

Parent and Preschooler Adventures is a series of monthly, hour-long programs designed to give parents and their preschoolers an opportunity to investigate nature through hands-on activities, hikes, stories, songs, and take-home projects. The “Little Explorers” Wednesday classes are for 2-3 year olds, and the “Seedlings” Thursday classes are for 4-5 year olds. 

Registration is required, and each class has a fee of $2.00.

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Prairie Days
Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Prairie Days

You're Invited to Our Biggest Event of the Year!

Enjoy a weekend celebrating prairies and the pioneer way of life!  See apple butter cooked over the fire, chat with Johnny Appleseed, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, compete in childrens’ games, view local artists’ creations, listen to live music and entertainment.  Enjoy folk music from local artists, a unique production by the Darke Co. Civic Theater, or just sit a spell with our pioneer volunteers in the log house.  Take a stroll through the encampment and watch a tomahawk throwing competition. What would a festival be without food?!  Visit with the non-profit food vendors for a wide range of tasty treats, or enjoy fresh produce from Downing’s Fruit Farm. Don’t forget to participate in the pie-baking contest, offering up stiff competition each year.  Try your luck at the Friends of the Darke County Parks’ annual basket raffle and so much more!  For more information, be sure to stop by the Nature Center or check out our website throughout the month of September. 

Admission and parking are FREE.

More Details HERE

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Prairie Days
Sep
30
12:00 PM12:00

Prairie Days

You're Invited to Our Biggest Event of the Year!

Enjoy a weekend celebrating prairies and the pioneer way of life!  See apple butter cooked over the fire, chat with Johnny Appleseed, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, compete in childrens’ games, view local artists’ creations, listen to live music and entertainment.  Enjoy folk music from local artists, a unique production by the Darke Co. Civic Theater, or just sit a spell with our pioneer volunteers in the log house.  Take a stroll through the encampment and watch a tomahawk throwing competition. What would a festival be without food?!  Visit with the non-profit food vendors for a wide range of tasty treats, or enjoy fresh produce from Downing’s Fruit Farm. Don’t forget to participate in the pie-baking contest, offering up stiff competition each year.  Try your luck at the Friends of the Darke County Parks’ annual basket raffle and so much more!  For more information, be sure to stop by the Nature Center or check out our website throughout the month of September. 

Admission and parking are FREE.

More Details HERE

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Oct
17
10:00 AM10:00

Parent & Preschooler Adventures: Tecumseh Trail Travels (Ages 2-3)

October is one of the most beautiful months to be outside.  We’ll take a walk down the bike path and enjoy the wonder of a fall morning.  Witness the last of the wildflowers, listen to the crunch of leaves beneath your feet and smell the scents of autumn.

Parent and Preschooler Adventures is a series of monthly, hour-long programs designed to give parents and their preschoolers an opportunity to investigate nature through hands-on activities, hikes, stories, songs, and take-home projects. The “Little Explorers” Wednesday classes are for 2-3 year olds, and the “Seedlings” Thursday classes are for 4-5 year olds. 

Registration is required, and each class has a fee of $2.00.

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Oct
18
10:00 AM10:00

Parent & Preschooler Adventures: Tecumseh Trail Travels (Ages 4-5)

October is one of the most beautiful months to be outside.  We’ll take a walk down the bike path and enjoy the wonder of a fall morning.  Witness the last of the wildflowers, listen to the crunch of leaves beneath your feet and smell the scents of autumn.

Parent and Preschooler Adventures is a series of monthly, hour-long programs designed to give parents and their preschoolers an opportunity to investigate nature through hands-on activities, hikes, stories, songs, and take-home projects. The “Little Explorers” Wednesday classes are for 2-3 year olds, and the “Seedlings” Thursday classes are for 4-5 year olds. 

Registration is required, and each class has a fee of $2.00.

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Great Pumpkin Hunt
Oct
20
1:00 PM13:00

Great Pumpkin Hunt

A new twist on this old favorite, the pumpkin hunt is still an opportunity to explore the woods on a crisp fall day, but this year will be a little different.  Instead of clues on the map, this year’s pumpkin hunt will be focused on wandering the woods in search of orange colored tricks OR treats! 

Registration Required        Fee: $6

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Owl Prowl Hike Under the Full Moon
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Owl Prowl Hike Under the Full Moon

Walk the trails under the light of the full Moon all while we explore the wild owls that live in Darke County! We will call in owls and hopefully bring them close enough for a glimpse.  Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather.  Meet at Eidson Woods parking lot

Registration Required.  FREE

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On the Trail: Water Filtration
Oct
27
1:00 PM13:00

On the Trail: Water Filtration

Try your hand at a variety of water filters and learn the benefits of different types.  Learn what style of water filter will work best for the hikes you find yourself on.  This will be hands-on, so some walking and kneeling may be encouraged. 

Registration Required     FREE

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Candlelight Dinner on the Prairie
Nov
3
5:00 PM17:00

Candlelight Dinner on the Prairie

Step back in time to the 18th Century
The table is set, the servants are in position, and we are poised to provide you a remarkable historical evening in our log house. You’ll enjoy a hearty, hearth-cooked meal served family style and fabulous period entertainment during this unique Candlelit Dinner on the Prairie. The evening is a fund raising event with all proceeds going towards maintenance, repairs, and cultural programming within the log house. 

Space is limited, so please call to reserve your place today. Look no further for a unique-historic event!   

Registration Required    Fee: $50/person or $90/couple

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Nov
5
6:30 PM18:30

Down to Earth Book Club

The Darke County Parks Down to Earth Book Club’s fall book selection is Gene Everlasting – A Contrary Farmer’s Thoughts on Living Forever. This Ohio author, known as the “Contrary Farmer”, uses his knowledge of farming and gardening in interconnected essays to recount his childhood, adult years and his later years battling cancer.

Reviewers say the essays are “littered with nuggets of truth” and they are like a “musical…gracefully moving toward an acceptance and understanding of what living and dying truly means.”

Please pick up this book and join us on November 5th in discussing things like the longevity and resiliency of chickweed and pigweed in comparison to humans, composting and butchering and other earthy matters but also how to savor life (and even death).

Registration Required.    Call the Nature Center at 937-548-0165

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Blacksmith Workshop
Nov
10
9:30 AM09:30

Blacksmith Workshop

Learn the blacksmith trade from our Master Blacksmith!  This two-day workshop (Nov 10 & 17) will teach you the basics of the 18th-century blacksmith and how to make simple items.  After this workshop, you will be trained and able to interpret the Shawnee Prairie Blacksmith shop and will be asked to donate 40 hours of volunteer time within one year.  

Registration Required      Ages 15+ (parent must be present for those under 18)

Fee: $50 ($25 refunded after 40hours of donated time) ((fee covers both classes))

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Nov
14
10:00 AM10:00

Parent & Preschooler Adventures: Owls of Ohio (Ages 2-3)

Owls are nocturnal birds of prey known for their keen sense of vision and silent flight.  Explore the different species of Owls found in Ohio and enjoy a special visitor during this month’s preschool adventure.

Parent and Preschooler Adventures is a series of monthly, hour-long programs designed to give parents and their preschoolers an opportunity to investigate nature through hands-on activities, hikes, stories, songs, and take-home projects. The “Little Explorers” Wednesday classes are for 2-3 year olds, and the “Seedlings” Thursday classes are for 4-5 year olds. 

Registration is required, and each class has a fee of $2.00.

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Nov
15
10:00 AM10:00

Parent & Preschooler Adventures: Owls of Ohio (Ages 4-5)

Owls are nocturnal birds of prey known for their keen sense of vision and silent flight.  Explore the different species of Owls found in Ohio and enjoy a special visitor during this month’s preschool adventure.

Parent and Preschooler Adventures is a series of monthly, hour-long programs designed to give parents and their preschoolers an opportunity to investigate nature through hands-on activities, hikes, stories, songs, and take-home projects. The “Little Explorers” Wednesday classes are for 2-3 year olds, and the “Seedlings” Thursday classes are for 4-5 year olds. 

Registration is required, and each class has a fee of $2.00.

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Nov
15
6:30 PM18:30

Fossils of Ohio

We welcome Tony Rotondo and Glenn Hux of the Mercer County Library to learn about the fossils of Ohio!  We will focus on types of fossils, identification, how they form and an opportunity to make your own fossil to take home.

Registration Required     FREE

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Nov
17
1:00 PM13:00

On the Trail: Fire-starting

Fire can be huge benefit while on the trail, but the technique of fire-starting, especially in a less-than-ideal situation, can be elusive!  Join us today for a discussion on fire-starting, tools and techniques.  We'll have plenty of hands-on opportunity, so come prepared to get a bit dirty and leave smelling like a campfire!

Registration Required    FREE

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Thru-hiking the Buckeye Trail:  Things That Will Change the Way You See Ohio
Dec
6
6:30 PM18:30

Thru-hiking the Buckeye Trail: Things That Will Change the Way You See Ohio

On an 88-day thru-hike of Ohio's Buckeye Trail, Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp made the most amazing long-distance journey of his life. As he walked his home state through wilderness, farmland, small towns, big cities, rural and urban areas, he discovered Ohio in a way that can be only experienced on foot. Captain Blue's stories about the people and places, past and present will change the way you see Ohio. His beautiful photos and experiences will surely inspire you to hike the Buckeye Trail. 

Registration Required   FREE

Author Bio:  Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp has been a wilderness adventurer for more than 25 years. This IT professional, turned long-distance hiker has logged over 14,000 miles in more than 30 different states coast-to-coast including 9,500 miles on the Appalachian Trail.

Hiking is Andy's passion and his acclaimed "fountain of youth." He has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail end-to-end four times. While more than 10,000 have completed the Appalachian Trail at least one time, fewer than 12 people worldwide have reported completing the Appalachian Trail four times.

His other long-distance trails include: the Colorado Trail, Vermont's Long Trail, Minnesota's Superior Hiking Trail, Kentucky's Sheltowee Trace, Arkansas' Ozark Highlands Trail, the Ohio To Erie Trail, and Bartram Trail.

Andy is the founder and Chief Adventure Officer of Outdoor Adventure Connection, a backcountry guide service based in Dayton, Ohio. Andy has guided hundreds of people on backpacking trips that focus on backcountry skills, education, confidence, and Leave No Trace techniques. His company's motto is Live, Learn and Love Adventure.

Andy is the founder and organizer of Dayton Hikers, a hiking Meetup group. Under Andy's direction, the Dayton Hikers group has grown to be the largest and most active outdoor recreation club in Dayton, Ohio. He, with the help of forty event planners, leads hikes, organizes events, and plans gatherings and presentations for its 4,000+ members.

When he's not hiking, Andy volunteers for Five Rivers MetroParks, the Buckeye Trail Association and Kentucky State Parks. He holds an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems and a Master of Business Administration. He is a life member of the Buckeye Trail Association.

Andy is a popular presenter and motivational speaker. He is a sought-after resource for his experience, knowledge and expertise as a backcountry, long-distance hiker and skills as an educator/trainer.

His goal is to inspire others to get exercise, make friends, explore nature, live a healthier lifestyle and make their community a better place to live!

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Aug
18
1:00 PM13:00

Anthony Wayne Peace Council House Open

Want to learn more about the Treaty of Greeneville, about the customs of the Native Americans here 200 years ago, or about the history of a council house? Join a local historian on August 18th from 1-4pm at the Anthony Wayne Peace Council House located at Prairie Ridge Meadow Park across from the Garst Museum to find out about these interests and more. Visitors can expect to see gifts from the twelve tribes who signed the treaty as well as many ceremonial items like a turtle shell representing the earth, a talking stick, and the ceremonial fire pits. Please remember, out of respect for the tribes who signed the treaty, enter the council house through the east door, with the rising sun, and exit through the west door, with the setting sun. 

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Summer Strolls - Every Saturday June-August
Aug
18
10:00 AM10:00

Summer Strolls - Every Saturday June-August

Join us every Saturday this summer for our new "Summer Strolls" recurring walks.  We'll meet at the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie at 10am and then hit the trail for an exploitative walk discovering this month's theme!

Throughout Saturdays in August, we'll discover "Prairies in their Prime"!  We’ll enjoy the prime season of the prairies with flowers, birds, butterflies, dragonflies and more.  August in the prairie is the place to be!  Be sure to bring a hat and water as prairies can be hot during this time of year.

Join us for a walk in the park every Saturday this summer!

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Blacksmith Workshop
Aug
18
9:30 AM09:30

Blacksmith Workshop

Learn the blacksmith trade from our Master Blacksmith!  This two-day workshop (Aug 18 & 25) will teach you the basics of the 18th-century blacksmith and how to make simple items.  After this workshop, you will be trained and able to interpret the Shawnee Prairie Blacksmith shop and will be asked to donate 40 hours of volunteer time within one year.  

Registration Required      Ages 15+ (parent must be present for those under 18)

Fee: $50 ($25 refunded after 40hours of donated time) ((fee covers both classes))

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Aug
16
10:00 AM10:00

Parent and Preschooler Adventures: Creeking @ Bear's Mill (Ages 4-5)

Parent and Preschooler Adventures is a series of monthly, hour-long programs designed to give parents and their preschoolers an opportunity to investigate nature through hands-on activities, hikes, stories, songs, and take-home projects. The “Little Explorers” Wednesday classes are for 2-3 year olds, and the “Seedlings” Thursday classes are for 4-5 year olds. Registration is required, and each class has a fee of $2.00.

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Aug
15
10:00 AM10:00

Parent and Preschooler Adventures: Creeking @ Bear's Mill (Ages 2-3)

Parent and Preschooler Adventures is a series of monthly, hour-long programs designed to give parents and their preschoolers an opportunity to investigate nature through hands-on activities, hikes, stories, songs, and take-home projects. The “Little Explorers” Wednesday classes are for 2-3 year olds, and the “Seedlings” Thursday classes are for 4-5 year olds. Registration is required, and each class has a fee of $2.00.

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Aug
14
12:00 PM12:00

Olde Thyme Gardeners Meeting

The Club has a strong interest in heritage gardening techniques of the 19th century.  They maintain the heirloom garden at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.  No special training is necessary to become a member.  Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 12pm at the Nature Center. 

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Summer Strolls - Every Saturday June-August
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Summer Strolls - Every Saturday June-August

Join us every Saturday this summer for our new "Summer Strolls" recurring walks.  We'll meet at the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie at 10am and then hit the trail for an exploitative walk discovering this month's theme!

Throughout Saturdays in August, we'll discover "Prairies in their Prime"!  We’ll enjoy the prime season of the prairies with flowers, birds, butterflies, dragonflies and more.  August in the prairie is the place to be!  Be sure to bring a hat and water as prairies can be hot during this time of year.

Join us for a walk in the park every Saturday this summer!

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Aug
9
6:30 PM18:30

10 Essentials of Dayhiking

Discover what to pack whether you are hiking Darke County Parks or Glacier National Park!  We will discuss options to carry to ensure you and your family are safe while enjoying whatever wild space you find yourself in.  

Registration Required  FREE

Call the Nature Center at 937-548-0165

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Aug
7
6:30 PM18:30

Friends of the Parks Meeting

Organized in 1995, the Friends of the Darke County Park District is a 501(c)3 corporation whose mission is to “Promote and support the mission of the Darke County Parks through volunteerism and fund-raising”.  The Friends strive to increase public awareness and appreciation of the beauty found within Darke County Parks.  Their volunteerism shows throughout the county through Adopt-a-Waterway & Highway programs, helping staff run events such as Prairie Days, hosting the Waffle Breakfast, managing the Endowment Fund, and staffing the gift shop in the Nature Center.  Business meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month beginning at 6:30pm, with a gathering or program being held at 7pm immediately following the business meeting.  Please join us!

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Summer Strolls - Every Saturday June-August
Aug
4
10:00 AM10:00

Summer Strolls - Every Saturday June-August

Join us every Saturday this summer for our new "Summer Strolls" recurring walks.  We'll meet at the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie at 10am and then hit the trail for an exploitative walk discovering this month's theme!

Throughout Saturdays in August, we'll discover "Prairies in their Prime"!  We’ll enjoy the prime season of the prairies with flowers, birds, butterflies, dragonflies and more.  August in the prairie is the place to be!  Be sure to bring a hat and water as prairies can be hot during this time of year.

Join us for a walk in the park every Saturday this summer!

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Wild Eats
Aug
2
6:30 PM18:30

Wild Eats

Shawnee Prairie Preserve will be the setting for a free program to the public on the wonderful world of wild edible plants. Join us, August 2nd at 6:30pm, as we discover the diversity of our forests and fields, looking closer to find hidden treats. We will discuss what is safe to eat, what to avoid, and how to tell the difference. Foraging for wild edibles is fun, yet unpredictable, always changing with the weather and seasons. Conditions permitting our discussion will be followed by discovery walk and a taste of something wild. Who knows, perhaps you will discover a feast waiting in your own backyard! Please call the Nature Center at 937-548-0165 to register for this FREE program.

Interested in learning more about the Darke County Parks and their special programs? Visit the parks' website at darkecountyparks.org or sign up to receive your quarterly copy of the Nature Notes Newsletter. Included in each newsletter is a listing of the upcoming programs, informative articles from the naturalist educators and/or director and special programming information. You can also visit the parks' headquarters at Shawnee Prairie Preserve located at 4267 State Route 502 in Greenville, OH. The Nature Center and office hours are Monday through Saturday 9-5, closed on Sundays.

We strive to maintain and protect the unique natural and cultural areas of Darke County for future generations. We hope you will join us this summer and for many seasons to come!

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Summer Strolls - Every Saturday June-August
Jul
28
10:00 AM10:00

Summer Strolls - Every Saturday June-August

Join us every Saturday this summer for our new "Summer Strolls" recurring walks.  We'll meet at the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie at 10am and then hit the trail for an exploitative walk discovering this month's theme!

Throughout Saturdays in July, we'll discover "Butterflies of Darke County"!  We’ll search for Monarchs, Red Admirals, Giant Swallowtails, and Buckeye butterflies!  Bring binoculars, water and a butterfly net if you want!

Join us for a walk in the park every Saturday this summer!

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Encampment at The Gathering @ Garst
Jul
27
to Jul 29

Encampment at The Gathering @ Garst

The Darke County Park District will be hosting a Living History Encampment at Prairie Ridge Meadow in Greenville Ohio on July 27-29, 2018.  Friday, July 27, the Encampment will be open from 4pm-10pm.   Saturday’s hours are 10am-10pm.  Sunday begins with a church service at 10am and the Gathering opens 11am-5pm.   

The Living History Encampment is held in partnership with the Darke County Historical Society/Garst Museum as part of their annual Gathering at Garst.  The Gathering at Garst was created to remember the defining events and people who shaped our county’s history.  The mission is to promote awareness and appreciation of those who made unique contributions to the culture of Darke County and to celebrate our local heritage in a family oriented and educational atmosphere.  It is also a major fundraiser for the Museum and includes many unique modern arts, craft and food vendors on the museum grounds and entertainment including a Beach Boys Tribute Band on Saturday evening.

The Living History Encampment provides a step back in time to the Colonial and Revolutionary Wars through the Civil War period.  Walk through history as cannons fire, blacksmiths strike their anvils, tomahawks and spears fly and men and women in the dress of that period portray everyday life, skills and events of the era.   Vendors selling handmade and reproduction historical goods and foods of the period will be on hand.  Entertainment in the encampment will include:  the Clockwork Clown, an 18th century mime and contortion act, the Liberty Dancers who will perform and teach 18th century dance, Maggie Delaney and her Resurrection gang who will be recruiting members for their slightly creepy work, Parson John will be holding lessons in his meeting house and providing a Sunday morning “Divine Service”  at 10am for anyone who would like to join the encampment participants, Native American Storytellers and Drummers including a living history portrayal of Chief Black Hoof, the Ramblin’ Rovers, a Celtic and folk music band, Professional Historians speaking on Wayne’s Legion and the Battle of Fallen Timbers and how Greenville fits into that role in history and a “dame School” where you can learn social dance, fiddling and sewing.  

New this year:  the Living History Encampment will be open on Friday, July 27 from 4-10pm so that visitors can visit vendors, talk to encampment participants and enjoy various entertainments ahead of the opening of the modern side of the event.  At around 8pm the camp will be illuminated with lanterns and campfire so that visitors can enjoy strolling through the area and listen to Native American storytelling, song and drumming by candlelight.          

Darke County Parks provides support and sponsorship for the Living History Encampment.  Visitors will find the information tent for the encampment located at the main entrance on Wilson Drive behind the Anthony Wayne Peace Council House. Maps and event schedules will be available in the information tent then you may wind your way into the Council House, which will be open all weekend as well.   While you are there support the Park District by buying some raffle tickets from the Friends of the Darke County Parks for some lovely gift baskets that will be given away at the end of September at Prairie Days.  Encampment Chair Galen Delk welcomes everyone to bring their family and friends for a unique and educational event and thanks all the volunteers and sponsors who make the encampment possible.  Watch local news outlets and Facebook in advance of the weekend for schedules and event news or visit www.gatheringatgarst.com.  We will see you at the Gathering! 

Map of the Encampment Area

Schedule of Events

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Jul
26
10:00 AM10:00

Parent and Preschooler Adventures - Fairy Gardens (Ages 4-5)

Parent and Preschooler Adventures is a series of monthly, hour-long programs designed to give parents and their preschoolers an opportunity to investigate nature through hands-on activities, hikes, stories, songs, and take-home projects. The “Little Explorers” Wednesday classes are for 2-3 year olds, and the “Seedlings” Thursday classes are for 4-5 year olds. Registration is required, and each class has a fee of $2.00.

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Jul
25
10:00 AM10:00

Parent and Preschooler Adventures - Fairy Gardens (Ages 2-3)

Parent and Preschooler Adventures is a series of monthly, hour-long programs designed to give parents and their preschoolers an opportunity to investigate nature through hands-on activities, hikes, stories, songs, and take-home projects. The “Little Explorers” Wednesday classes are for 2-3 year olds, and the “Seedlings” Thursday classes are for 4-5 year olds. Registration is required, and each class has a fee of $2.00.

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Owl Prowl Hike
Jul
24
8:00 PM20:00

Owl Prowl Hike

Join us at Eidson Woods Preserve for an "Owl Prowl"!  We'll learn about the local owls and then take a hike to see whooo we can see!  Dress for the weather.

Registration is Required.  Call the Nature Center at 937-548-0165.

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Summer Strolls - Every Saturday June-August
Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

Summer Strolls - Every Saturday June-August

Join us every Saturday this summer for our new "Summer Strolls" recurring walks.  We'll meet at the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie at 10am and then hit the trail for an exploitative walk discovering this month's theme!

Throughout Saturdays in July, we'll discover "Butterflies of Darke County"!  We’ll search for Monarchs, Red Admirals, Giant Swallowtails, and Buckeye butterflies!  Bring binoculars, water and a butterfly net if you want!

Join us for a walk in the park every Saturday this summer!

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Paddle the Greenville
Jul
17
6:30 PM18:30

Paddle the Greenville

Paddle a canoe with a partner or a kayak solo down the Greenville Creek.  We will explore the creek and see what wildlife and other discoveries might await us!

Registration is Required.  Paddlers must be age 13+ (children may ride in a canoe with adults).  Fee: $10/paddler  Call the Nature Center at 937-548-0165 to register.

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Jul
14
1:00 PM13:00

Anthony Wayne Peace Council House Open

Want to learn more about the Treaty of Greeneville, about the customs of the Native Americans here 200 years ago, or about the history of a council house? Join a local historian on July 14th from 1-4pm at the Anthony Wayne Peace Council House located at Prairie Ridge Meadow Park across from the Garst Museum to find out about these interests and more. Visitors can expect to see gifts from the twelve tribes who signed the treaty as well as many ceremonial items like a turtle shell representing the earth, a talking stick, and the ceremonial fire pits. Please remember, out of respect for the tribes who signed the treaty, enter the council house through the east door, with the rising sun, and exit though the west door, with the setting sun. 

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Summer Strolls - Every Saturday June-August
Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Summer Strolls - Every Saturday June-August

Join us every Saturday this summer for our new "Summer Strolls" recurring walks.  We'll meet at the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie at 10am and then hit the trail for an exploitative walk discovering this month's theme!

Throughout Saturdays in July, we'll discover "Butterflies of Darke County"!  We’ll search for Monarchs, Red Admirals, Giant Swallowtails, and Buckeye butterflies!  Bring binoculars, water and a butterfly net if you want!

Join us for a walk in the park every Saturday this summer!

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