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August 2019

Early Adventures

Thursday, August 8, 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Bill Yeck Park, McGuffey Meadow,
7893 Wilmington-Dayton Rd.
Dayton, OH 45458 United States
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2 men with small children on shoulders

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. (ages 0 – 4 years with adult companion)

Play S’more

Thursday, August 8, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Grant Park,
501 Normandy Ridge Rd.
Centerville, OH United States
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We’re collaborating with Town Hall Children’s Theatre to bring you The Velveteen Rabbit. Stay after the play to meet the cast and make s’mores around the campfire! Bring lawn chairs. (recommended for families with children 5 – 13)

Early Adventures

Thursday, August 8, 6:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, McGuffey Meadow,
7893 Wilmington-Dayton Rd.
Dayton, OH 45458 United States
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2 men with small children on shoulders

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. (ages 0 – 4 years with adult companion)

Neighborhood Yoga: Breathwork + Meditation

Thursday, August 8, 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Willowbrook Park,
10225 Park Edge Drive OH 45458 United States
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Now exploring various yoga styles is as easy as walking down to your neighborhood park! Class is suitable for all levels. Please bring a yoga mat and water bottle. Class is weather dependent.

EarthJOY Tree Climb

Saturday, August 10, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 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)

Shooting Stars Campout

Saturday, August 10, 6:30 p.m.-Sunday, August 11, 9:00 a.m.
Forest Field Park,
2100 E. Centerville Station Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Preschool Nature Series Try Camping

Join us for another year of our Shooting Stars Campout. A near-full moon will be shining on us as we roast marshmallows, learn about the moon, and explore the park after dark! Flush restrooms are available on site. We will provide s’mores supplies, but no other food or gear. No pets, please.

Bike Centerville Community Ride

Sunday, August 11, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Oak Creek South Park,
790 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd.
Centerville, OH 45458 United States
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man on bicycle on Holes Creek Trail

Take advantage of this opportunity to explore Centerville and Washington Township by bicycle. The ride will be led by trained and experienced bike leaders and will help you learn routes to shopping, parks and more! Rides will be an easy-paced 10 to 15 miles that start and end at a park. (ages 18 and up)

Bike Centerville Community Ride

Monday, August 12, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Oak Creek South Park,
790 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd.
Centerville, OH 45458 United States
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man on bicycle on Holes Creek Trail

Take advantage of this opportunity to explore Centerville and Washington Township by bicycle. The ride will be led by trained and experienced bike leaders and will help you learn routes to shopping, parks and more! Rides will be an easy-paced 10 to 15 miles that start and end at a park. (ages 18 and up)

Picnic & Play

Wednesday, August 14, 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Cherry Hill Park,
10244 Cherry Tree Terr.
Dayton, OH 45458 United States
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Hang out on the playground, play some BIG games and meet others from your neighborhood! Bring a picnic lunch. We will provide a healthy snack to add to your picnic!

Lookin’ Under Logs

Saturday, August 17, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Grant Park,
501 Normandy Ridge Rd.
Centerville, OH United States
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naturalist and boy looking under a log at Bill Yeck Park

Entire communities exist under fallen logs! We will search for and identify creatures that use rotting logs for shelter and temperature regulation.

Pollinators, Bees and Beyond

Wednesday, August 21, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Honey bee on flower

The blight of the honeybee has been widely documented, but there are many other pollinators out there. Learn more about these different pollinators and how to make your backyard pollinator friendly. We will walk to the park’s apiary. Lecture will be led by OSU Extension Montgomery County Master Gardener Sue Howorth. (ages 16 and up)

Getting Out & Enjoying Nature! (GOEN)

Thursday, August 22, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Forest Field Park,
2100 E. Centerville Station Rd.
Centerville, 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.

Nocturnal Nature Series: Not Quite Camping

Friday, August 23, 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Come out to the Smith House fire pit to roast marshmallows, sing campfire songs, tell stories and take a short night hike! S’mores provided.

Butterfly Survey

Saturday, August 24, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Grant Park,
501 Normandy Ridge Rd.
Centerville, OH United States
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buckeye butterfly

Help contribute to citizen science by joining the naturalist on butterfly surveys. Identify and count butterflies and observe other seasonal wildlife as we stroll. No experience necessary. Trail is approximately one mile in length on uneven terrain. All children must be accompanied by an adult. (Recommended for ages 8 and up)

Movie Party in the Park: Smallfoot

Saturday, August 24, 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Forest Field Park,
2100 E. Centerville Station Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Smallfoot movie poster

Enjoy an evening of entertainment! We will start out with bounce houses, games, crafts and fun on the playground. Claim a spot in the grass with a picnic blanket dinner, or have the professionals from a local food truck cook for you. Then as the sun sets over the park, settle in for a movie under the stars. Activities, popcorn and snow cones during the Smallfoot party are sponsored by The Jeff Probst Group at Keller Williams Community Partners.