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December 2018

Preschool Nature Series: What Lives in a Forest?

Saturday, December 15, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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preschool boy looking at acorn

This month we will learn about all the living things we can find in a forest! After exploring the forest, participants will make a forest shoebox habitat to take home. Please be prepared for some time outdoors. (ages 3 – 5 with adult companion)

Solstice Sunrise Hike

Friday, December 21, 7:45 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Take advantage of every ray of sunlight as the northern hemisphere prepares for the fewest hours of daylight and the first day of winter! Meet staff before daybreak (sunrise is at 7:54 a.m.) to experience the beauty of the first day of winter as the sun welcomes the new season over the prairies of Bill Yeck Park. We’ll take a hike on the paths around the park and talk about facts and folklore surrounding the winter solstice.

Geology Rocks!

Saturday, December 22, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Geology is all around us! We will learn how different types of rocks are formed, break geodes and search for rocks.

January 2019

Arctic Explorations Camp

Wednesday, January 2 2019, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Grant Park,
501 Normandy Ridge Rd.
Centerville, OH United States
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Winter Woods Day Camp

A three-day camp experience to keep your children active while school is out! Campers will explore Grant Park for all things winter! Children will warm up in the nature buildings with games, crafts and nature programs. All campers will receive a t-shirt. Bring a sled on snowy days! Before and after care available. (ages 6 – 12)

MusicMania

Saturday, January 5 2019, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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MusicMania

We’re teaming up with McCutcheon Music for an energetic musical experience! Children will play and engage with a wide variety of musical instruments! At the end of the series, each child will take home a musical instrument. (ages 6 – 9)

Saturdays, January 5 – 26

Tai Chi for Wellness

Saturday, January 5 2019, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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An introduction to Tai Chi and Qigong (Chi Kung) principles and form through Tai Chi Easy™ — a form created by Roger Jahnke, O.M.D. — to make Tai Chi accessible and fun for everyone. Tai Chi is great for stress relief, improving coordination and balance, facilitates cardiac rehab, lowers blood pressure and helps maintain strong bones. (ages 18 and up)

Saturdays, January 5 – February 23

Children’s Yoga Series

Saturday, January 5 2019, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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children's yoga

Your child will stretch, balance and strengthen the body while learning yoga poses from certified Color Me Yoga Instructor, Megan Pooler. A blend of nature and exercise, children will learn about winter nature topics with hands-on activities in the first part of each class and finish with a quieter yoga session in the second part of the class. All equipment provided. (ages 5 – 8)

Saturdays, January 5 – 26

Women’s Self Defense Part I

Saturday, January 5 2019, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Whether running trails by yourself or walking to the car from the mall, knowing how to properly defend yourself is vital to your safety. Valor Martial Arts will teach skills and confidence to avoid or respond to violent encounters. This workshop is for women and taught by women. Learn effective techniques through presentation and hands-on drills based on real-world scenarios. (ages 16 and up)

Geocache Adventure: Snowman Build-it

Monday, January 7 2019, 8:00 a.m.-Friday, January 18 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Do you want to build a snowman? Use a GPS to locate all of Olaf’s snowman parts! Find them all as part of this five-stage multi-cache. Once you have found them all, Princess Elsa will reward you with a special gift.
The first set of coordinates will be sent to registrants the morning of January 7.

Yoga in the Park

Monday, January 7 2019, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Method Yoga Studio’s Megan Lees leads these yoga classes for all levels. Classes include warm up, breath work, standing poses, flowing poses and end with relaxation. Bring a yoga mat and water. (ages 18 and up)

Mondays, January 7 – February 18

Creature ComMOTION

Monday, January 7 2019, 1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Mini Movers

Little ones will learn animal sounds and movements that assist in motor development and rhythmic skills. They’ll enjoy activities with an animal theme, age-appropriate equipment and fun music. Group and individual activities will be included to expand their social skills and be creative. (ages 4 – 5)

Mondays, January 7 – February 18

Outdoor Explorers

Monday, January 7 2019, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Grant Park,
501 Normandy Ridge Rd.
Centerville, OH United States
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Outdoor Explorers at Grant Park

Outdoor play is vital to child development and well-being. Children will learn about nature and the outdoors. Activities include discovery, challenges and games. Send them prepared for outdoor play! (ages 9 – 12)

Mondays, January 7 – February 11

Tai Chi for Wellness

Monday, January 7 2019, 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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An introduction to Tai Chi and Qigong (Chi Kung) principles and form through Tai Chi Easy™ — a form created by Roger Jahnke, O.M.D. — to make Tai Chi accessible and fun for everyone. Tai Chi is great for stress relief, improving coordination and balance, facilitates cardiac rehab, lowers blood pressure and helps maintain strong bones. (ages 18 and up)

Mondays, January 7 – March 4

Zumba Wake-up Workout

Tuesday, January 8 2019, 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Morning exercise has amazing benefits for the body. It jump starts your metabolism, allowing you to blast fat throughout the day. Taught by a certified Zumba fitness instructor, this morning exercise program is a blend of Zumba and a full-body resistance band workout. Bring water and a towel, all other equipment provided. (ages 16 and up)

Tuesdays, January 8 – February 12

Early Adventures

Tuesday, January 8 2019, 10:00 a.m.-10:45 p.m.
Holes Creek Park,
8575 Yankee Street
Dayton, OH 45458 United States
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Early Adventures

Taking your little ones outdoors provides them with an experience that will benefit them forever. There are unique sounds, colors, lights, sensations and textures to process each time they go outdoors. These leisurely hikes provide quality family time in nature! Backpacks and front carriers are appropriate if your child is not walking. Hike is on paved trail. Siblings welcome to attend. (ages 0 – 4 years with adult companion)