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Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland Luminary Event

Update - Nov. 30th

Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland - Rain Plan


Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland is annually one of the staff's favorite events.  This week the weather looked to be quite favorable.  Unfortunately, the Ohio weather had other plans!

Due to the rain and possible storms forecasted, we have gone to a rain-plan.

  • The Nature Center, Log House and Blacksmith will be OPEN. All activities planned for these locations will be a go, including children's craft, decorating cookies, Santa, etc.

  • The luminary trail will lead from the Nature Center to the Log House area at a minimum. We hope to place a longer luminary trail if the weather allows.

  • Parking will occur at the Nature Center instead of the originally planned parking location of 130 Winchester.  Gates will not open until 6pm.

We hope to see some of you tomorrow from 6-9pm at the Nature Center!

If you have any questions, please contact the Nature Center by replying to this email or by calling 548-0165.

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**UPDATE - Nov 28th**

We are working on a rain plan to enact in the event that the rain and storms forecasted occur as expected. The Nature Center and the Log House will still have the scheduled activities (cookie decorating, craft, music, Santa), but the trail will be reduced. Please check Facebook for further updates as we see what the weather brings our way.

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As you hike along the illuminated trail toward the Log House historical area, you will enjoy the crisp air, the bright stars, and perhaps the light crunch of snow on this early December evening. Around the Log House, listen to music of Christmas past as you relax in the comforts of the 18th century. Enjoy a warm drink and snack while you warm up by the campfire and visit with the Parks’ Director. The Nature Center will host a craft by the Greenville DAR as well as gingerbread cookie decorating. The gift shop will be open, offering a selection of unique gifts or that perfect stocking stuffer! Don’t forget to visit with Santa as he will once again be paying us a visit from the North Pole!

NEW FOR 2018:

After last year’s record number of attendees a few changes were required to ensure this popular event continues to run smoothly.  A new parking destination will be located at the 130 Winchester entrance (look for the signs), just east of the main entrance to Shawnee Prairie on OH-502.  From the new parking area, illuminated wagons pulled by tractors will be available to provide transportation to and from the main trail or if you choose, you can extend your walk in the woods by just a short distance all while enjoying even more luminaries!  The main park entrance will be blocked and only those with handicap parking placards or plates will be able to enter. 

On top of the hill, between the Log House and the Nature Center, the Stillwater Stargazers will have telescopes set up and allowing for stunning views into the heavens above. The winter night sky always is spectacular!

Also new for 2018, the Park District is also asking that you call to register for this FREE event.  Registrations only require a moment of time and will allow for more accurate planning regarding the amount of supplies needed for activities and how many vehicles can be expected.  To register, simply call the Nature Center at 937-548-0165 or email at info@darkecountyparks.org.

With the addition of tractor wagon rides, new and easier parking location and all of your other favorites, the Park District is looking forward to a fun-filled evening welcoming in a peaceful holiday season!

Registration Required FREE

Earlier Event: November 27
Darke County Birders Club