Feb
27
9:00 am09:00

Here Comes Spring @ Eidson Woods Preserve

Winter's brisk weather brings with it a unique beauty.  Join us to seek out these seasonal sights and hiking opportunities.  We'll travel to a variety of parks to check out what the winter landscapes have in store for us.  Please meet at the designated park dressed for the weather.  

Feb
28
5:30 pm17:30

Cast Iron Cuisine 101

Join us for an introduction to cast iron use, maintenance, and even restoration along with a few basic recipes your family will love.  Dress for the weather because this program will take place in the log house. Look for Cast Iron Cuisine 102 in the spring. 

Please call the Nature Center to register: 937-548-0165

Fee: $5

Mar
4
8:00 am08:00

Friends of the Parks' Waffle Breakfast

The Friends of the Parks will once again be serving up a hearty breakfast of waffles, sausage, juice, coffee, and local pure maple syrup for just a $6 donation towards the Friends’ mission! After breakfast, take a maple syrup tour, grab some fantastic home-made maple-themed baked goods, enter the 50/50 raffle, and visit the Log House historical area. 

Stop by the Nature Center to purchase your pre-sale tickets, or tickets can be bought at the door. 
Tickets prices: 
Adults - $6
Children (age 3-12)- $3
Children under 2 are free

Mar
4
8:00 am08:00

Maple Sugarin' at the Prairie

Held the first Saturday of March, this late winter festival day at Shawnee Prairie offers guided tours through history and science as we learn the process of turning sap into syrup. After our tour through the woods, we'll visit the sugar shack, where you can warm up in the steam-filled evaporator room as the sap spends countless hours boiling to reduce it down to syrup. Then head out to the log house where you can discuss 18th-century syrup uses and pioneer skills with our 200-year-old volunteers. Finally, complete the day at the Nature Center where the gift shop will be full of maple goodies for your sweet tooth!

Mar
9
4:00 pm16:00

Park Board Meeting

The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a regular board meeting  at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center at 4pm.  

Apr
13
4:00 pm16:00

Park Board Meeting

The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a regular board meeting  at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center at 4pm.  

May
11
4:00 pm16:00

Park Board Meeting

The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a regular board meeting  at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center at 4pm.  

Jun
8
4:00 pm16:00

Park Board Meeting

The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a regular board meeting  at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center at 4pm.  

Jul
13
4:00 pm16:00

Park Board Meeting

The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a regular board meeting  at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center at 4pm.  

Aug
10
4:00 pm16:00

Park Board Meeting

The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a regular board meeting  at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center at 4pm.  

Sep
14
4:00 pm16:00

Park Board Meeting

The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a regular board meeting  at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center at 4pm.  

Oct
12
4:00 pm16:00

Park Board Meeting

The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a regular board meeting  at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center at 4pm.  

Nov
9
4:00 pm16:00

Park Board Meeting

The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a regular board meeting  at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center at 4pm.  

Dec
14
4:00 pm16:00

Park Board Meeting

The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a regular board meeting  at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center at 4pm.  


Feb
25
2:00 pm14:00

Antler Amble @ Worth Family Nature Preserve

We'll meet at Worth Family Nature Preserve and leave the trails in search of shed white-tail antlers.  We'll see if we can find any sheds or at least signs of these large mammals in the area.  Dress for the weather and being off trail.

Feb
23
6:00 pm18:00

Worm Composting

Learn how indoor vermicomposting helps you and the environment!  Discover how choosing the correct worms, maintaining good ratios, and monitoring moisture can give you what gardeners refer to as "black gold".  Participants will receive a small starter bin, worms, and materials to take home.  

You must register prior to February 3rd for this program.  Call 937-548-0165

Feb
21
9:30 am09:30

Jr. Naturalists: In their Footsteps

Animal tracking is as old as the human race.  We'll learn to identify basic tracks and signs, then head outside to check out the snow (or mud) and see where the footsteps lead us.

Please call the Nature Center to register: 937-548-0165

Fee: $3

Feb
21
8:00 am08:00

Early Morning Discovery Hike

There is something invigorating about winter's crisp morning air!  We will focus on birds, tree ID, winter animal tracks, and anything else that catches our eyes.  Meet in the Nature Center parking lot dressed for the weather.  

*Note:  This winter, we will only meet on the first and the third Tuesday of each month.*

Feb
18
10:00 am10:00

Backyard Sugaring

Just in time for the upcoming maple sugarin season, join us to master a new woodland skill.  You will learn how to tap your own maples, how and when to collect the sap and finally, how to go about turning that sap into maple goodness!  

Please call the Nature Center to register for this course: 937-548-0165

Feb
11
2:00 pm14:00

Meet the Animals

Learn why over 18 species of animals live at the Nature Center and what it takes to care for them on a daily basis.  Bring a friend and prepare to have an up-close encounter as you see some of the most amazing native animals that call Darke County home.

Please call the Nature Center to register: 937-548-0165

Feb
11
10:00 am10:00

Park PALS: Love to Recycle

Fall head over heels with saving the environment!  Explore how recycling works and ways you can reduce the amount you throw away.  We will also learn how to reuse discarded items to make a cool craft!

Please call the Nature Center to register: 937-548-0165

Fee: $3

Feb
9
6:30 pm18:30

Full Snow Moon @ Eidson Woods Preserve

Winter's brisk weather brings with it a unique beauty.  Join us to seek out these seasonal sights and hiking opportunities.  We'll travel to a variety of parks to check out what the winter landscapes have in store for us.  Please meet at the designated park dressed for the weather.  

Please note: Full moon hikes start at sunset, so flashlights may be useful.  In the event of cloudy skies, please call the Nature Center to confirm the hike.

Feb
9
4:00 pm16:00

Park Board Meeting

The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a regular board meeting  at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center at 4pm.  

Feb
9
10:00 am10:00

Preschool Seedlings: "Tricky Tracks and Mammal Facts"

Coyotes, beavers and bears; oh my!  An exploration of everything mammal will lead us into the woods in search of signs.  We'll take a closer look at furs, skulls and tracks of our most common mammals found at Shawnee Prairie.

Please call the Nature Center to register: 937-548-0165

Fee: $2

Feb
8
10:00 am10:00

Preschool Little Explorers: "Tricky Tracks and Mammal Facts"

Coyotes, beavers and bears; oh my!  An exploration of everything mammal will lead us into the woods in search of signs.  We'll take a closer look at furs, skulls and tracks of our most common mammals found at Shawnee Prairie.

Please call the Nature Center to register: 937-548-0165

Fee: $2

Feb
7
8:00 am08:00

Early Morning Discovery Hike

There is something invigorating about winter's crisp morning air!  We will focus on birds, tree ID, winter animal tracks, and anything else that catches our eyes.  Meet in the Nature Center parking lot dressed for the weather.  

*Note:  This winter, we will only meet on the first and the third Tuesday of each month.*

Feb
4
1:00 pm13:00

Pollinator Clinic

If you have visited the Nature Center last summer or fall, you surely noticed the beautiful flowers lining the park entrance and adjacent field.  These flowers were planted for the many pollinators found within the parks, including bees, wasps, butterflies and moths.  Join us as we bring in guest speakers to discuss the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative and how you too can boost pollinator populations in your own backyard!

Please call the Nature Center to register: 937-548-0165

Jan
28
1:00 pm13:00

Hand-feed a Chickadee

Back by popular demand is our hand feeding winter bird event! This was absolutely wonderful last year and we can’t wait to give you the chance to join us again. With a little patience and time, you’ll have our feathered friends taking seeds right out of your hands.
Register by choosing a time slot at 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm, or 3:30pm. Please be prompt to allow as much time for your session.

Please call the Nature Center to register: 937-548-0165

Jan
28
9:30 am09:30

Jr. Naturalists: Seed Swap Day

Seeds were one of the first commodities valued and traded.  We'll look at the difference between heirloom and hybrid seeds, learn how to properly collect and store seeds, and do some trading of our own.

Please call the Nature Center to register: 937-548-0165

Fee: $3

Jan
26
6:30 pm18:30

Nest Box Building & Monitoring

Bluebirds, chickadees and titmice all frequently use man-made nest boxes and can be vital to their species' survival.  Come learn how to safely monitor and see the miracle of life from egg to fledgling!  We'll complete the program by building your own nestbox to take home.  Please bring a hammer.

Call the Nature Center to register: 937-548-0165

Fee: $10

Jan
21
3:00 pm15:00

Broom Making IV

We welcome back broom maker Frank Rouse to pass on his over 40 years of experience.  Learn to make a traditional turkey wing whisk broom.  This is a great course for first-time broom makers.

Please call the Nature Center to register: 937-548-0165

Fee: $12

Jan
21
12:00 pm12:00

Broom Making III

We welcome back broom maker Frank Rouse to pass on his over 40 years of experience.  Learn to make a floor broom during this more advanced course.  

(If you have not yet tried a broom making course, the whisk broom programs held on Saturday the 21st would be a better fit for you.)

Please call the Nature Center to register: 937-548-0165

Fee: $15

Jan
21
9:00 am09:00

Broom Making II

We welcome back broom maker Frank Rouse to pass on his over 40 years of experience.  Learn to make a traditional turkey wing whisk broom.  This is a great course for first-time broom makers

Please call the Nature Center to register: 937-548-0165

Fee: $12

Jan
20
6:00 pm18:00

Broom Making

We welcome back broom maker Frank Rouse to pass on his over 40 years of experience.  Learn to make a floor broom during this Friday night course.  

(If you have not yet tried a broom making course, the whisk broom program held on Saturday the 21st would be a better fit for you.)

Please call the Nature Center to register: 937-548-0165

Fee: $15

Jan
19
6:30 pm18:30

Nature Did It First!

Flight; Velcro; Umbrella.  Nature did it first.  Biomimicry is when we look to nature for inspiration for our own tools, buildings, even art.  Spend an evening discovering the items you use every day and how nature did it first.

Please call the Nature Center to register: 937-548-0165

Jan
17
8:00 am08:00

Early Morning Discovery Hike

There is something invigorating about winter's crisp morning air!  We will focus on birds, tree ID, winter animal tracks, and anything else that catches our eyes.  Meet in the Nature Center parking lot dressed for the weather.  

*Note:  This winter, we will only meet on the first and the third Tuesday of each month.*

Jan
14
10:00 am10:00

Park PALS: Birds of a Feather

Who is gathered at our warm and cozy bird window this winter?  Are they here year round, or do they migrate?  Learn the answers to this and more as we play games and do a craft while watching our feathered friends feast from the feeders.

Please call the Nature Center to register: 937-548-0165

Fee: $3

Jan
12
6:00 pm18:00

Full Wolf Moon @ Shawnee Prairie Preserve

Winter's brisk weather brings with it a unique beauty.  Join us to seek out these seasonal sights and hiking opportunities.  We'll travel to a variety of parks to check out what the winter landscapes have in store for us.  Please meet at the designated park dressed for the weather.  

Please note: Full moon hikes start at sunset, so flashlights may be useful.  In the event of cloudy skies, please call the Nature Center to confirm the hike.

Jan
12
4:00 pm16:00

Park Board Meeting

The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a regular board meeting  at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center at 4pm.  

Jan
12
10:00 am10:00

Preschool Seedlings: "Give a Hoot"

Whooo is it that calls in the night? Explore the owls of Ohio through song, stories and games.  The secretive, silent hunters will delight the senses of your preschooler.

Please call the Nature Center to register: 937-548-0165

Fee: $2

Jan
11
10:00 am10:00

Preschool Little Explorers: "Give a Hoot"

Whooo is it that calls in the night? Explore the owls of Ohio through song, stories and games.  The secretive, silent hunters will delight the senses of your preschooler.

Please call the Nature Center to register: 937-548-0165

Fee: $2

Jan
7
12:00 pm12:00

Winter Survival Shelters

Join us as we welcome Rob Simpson from the Canteen Shop back for a winter shelter building course.  Dress for the weather as we will be outside for the duration of this survival course.  

Call the Nature Center to register:  937-548-0165

Jan
7
9:00 am09:00

Winter Encampment

The Wilcox family has graciously extended their hospitality and the use of their opulent log home to a group of long hunters traveling through the Ohio territory during these bitter months. They will have a roof over their heads and a warm fi re to rest by here at Shawnee Prairie. Come visit with the Greenville Muzzleloaders and friends to learn about the long hunter and frontier way of life of 200 years ago.

Public visiting hours will run from 9-11am and 1-3pm.  

Jan
5
10:00 am10:00

New Year; New Hike @ Alice Bish Park

Winter's brisk weather brings with it a unique beauty.  Join us to seek out these seasonal sights and hiking opportunities.  We'll travel to a variety of parks to check out what the winter landscapes have in store for us.  Please meet at the designated park dressed for the weather.