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July 2019

EarthJOY Tree Climb

Tuesday, July 23, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Green Park,
6661 Green Park Dr.
Dayton, OH 45459 United States
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Connect to nature in a unique way by climbing the beautiful white oak at Green Park! Certified instructors from EarthJOY Tree Climbing will assist you in swinging from branches or climbing as high as possible! (ages 5 and up)

Getting Out & Enjoying Nature! (GOEN)

Thursday, July 25, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Countryside Park,
965 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd. OH 45459 United States
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We are GOEN! Tour our local nature spots with the Park District and the Washington Township Recreation Center. The naturalist will address seasonal happenings on this slow-paced walk.

Leave No Trace Three-hour Workshop and Meal

Saturday, July 27, 8:00 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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Leave No Trace is an organization advocating outdoor ethics and conservation. Knowing the principles of Leave No Trace is essential when backpacking, hiking, kayaking, fishing, biking, etc! During this course, we will learn the seven principles of Leave No Trace with hands-on activities. This workshop also includes a crash course in backcountry cooking, a backcountry meal and proper backcountry meal clean up procedures. (ages 12 and up)

Native Plants for Home Landscapes

Saturday, July 27, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Activity Center Park,
221 N. Main St.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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gray-headed coneflowers

There are many ecological benefits to using native plants in your landscape. While sometimes getting a bad rap for being messy, there are many ways to use native plants in your yard that will please both wildlife and your neighbors. We will learn best practices for success from OSU Extension Montgomery County Master Gardener Sue Howorth.

Nocturnal Nature Series: Bill Yeck Park at Night

Saturday, July 27, 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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An opportunity to tour Bill Yeck Park at night! Observe changes in the park as the sun disappears.

Hidden Meadows Day Camp: Heroes and Beyond

Monday, July 29, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Grant Park,
501 Normandy Ridge Rd.
Centerville, OH United States
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Two children playing in Holes Creek, Hidden Meadows Day Camp

Heroes wanted every day for adventures in the park! Super villains beware, we are bringing out local heroes, super heroes and environmental heroes as we play and create our summer days away. (ages 5 – 12) (a.m. and all day option available)

July 29 – August 1

Sugar Valley Camp: Hands on the Land

Monday, July 29, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Creeking at Bill Yeck Park

We will explore the park’s dirt, rocks, trails and water using interactive games and hands-on experiments along the way. This week will rock! (ages 5 – 12)

July 29 – August 2

Creek Week: Crawdad Crossing

Monday, July 29, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Grant Park,
501 Normandy Ridge Rd.
Centerville, OH United States
woman holding crawdad at Grant Park

There are many types of crawdads! We’ll search for crawdads in the creek, learn about their life cycles and learn how they help keep creeks healthy!

Creek Week: Current Events!

Tuesday, July 30, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Rooks Mill Entrance,
8798 Rooks Mill Ln
Dayton, OH 45458 United States
Creeking at Bill Yeck Park

Did you know there used to be a mill at the Rooks Mill entrance of Bill Yeck Park? Before exploring this creek we will learn how you can use water currents to power machines! Trail is not stroller-friendly.

Creek Week: Caring for Our Creeks

Wednesday, July 31, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
baby creeking at Grant Park

How can you help take care of our creeks in your daily life? Learn to prevent runoff and teach others how delicate creek habitats are!

August 2019

Creek Week: The Hidden Gem

Thursday, August 1, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
child building a boat at the Nature Playce

This spot is worth the hike! We will hike to a special place along the creek for creek exploration and play. Build a boat, splash, search for creatures or just relax! Please come prepared for a hike. Approximate hiking distance will be ¾ mile on a natural trail. Trail is not stroller-friendly.

Slackline 101

Thursday, August 1, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Watkins Glen Park,
825 Watkins Glen Drive
Centerville, OH 45458 United States
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families on two slacklines

Participants will learn fundamental slackline skills including kneeling, sitting, standing, and perhaps even walking on the line. The combination of yoga and slackline creates another level of body awareness that teaches balance and connection. Great Miami Outfitters will provide a “Hammock Lounge” for participants to try out in between slackline turns. (ages 8 and up, 8 – 15 must be accompanied by an adult)

Hike with a Naturalist

Thursday, August 1, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Take a stroll through Bill Yeck Park observing seasonal flora and fauna with a Park District Naturalist. Hike takes place on a natural path. (ages 14 and up)

Slackline & S’mores

Thursday, August 1, 8:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Watkins Glen Park,
825 Watkins Glen Drive
Centerville, OH 45458 United States
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woman balancing on slackline

Learn fundamental slackline skills including kneeling, sitting, standing, and perhaps even walking on the line. Challenge your balance and build technique with controlled exits. Take a break to hang out in the “Hammock Lounge” provided by Great Miami Outfitters. And, toast marshmallows around the bonfire! (ages 12 – 17)

BIG Backyard Party

Saturday, August 3, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Oak Grove Park,
1790 E. Social Row Rd.
Centerville, OH 45458 United States
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mom and daughters eating ice cream at Oak Grove Park

Join the fun at the 4th annual BIG Backyard Party! The day will be filled with hands-on activities all ages and abilities can enjoy, as we celebrate clean waterways and wildlife in the Miami Valley. Activities will include fishing, archery, field games, inflatables, food trucks and raffles! This program is made possible by several on-going community partnerships.