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February 2019

Groundhog Day!

Saturday, February 2, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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groundhog at Grant Park

It’s Groundhog Day! Groundhogs are really unusual creatures and we are going to celebrate them! Learn all about groundhogs and their unique adaptations that help them survive in Ohio. Plan for both indoor and outdoor activities.

Winter Woods Day Camp (Preschool PM)

Saturday, February 2, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Grant Park,
501 Normandy Ridge Rd.
Centerville, OH United States
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After School Recess

Give your children fond winter memories! Campers will hike, participate in games and activities, make crafts, and, of course, go sledding! No snow? No problem! There are many other adventures to be found at Grant Park. Activities will be conducted indoors and out. Saturdays, February 2 – 23. Registration deadline is January 25. (ages 3 – 4)

STEM: Light Art

Monday, February 4, 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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Learn about different types of digital photography and how we can affect our light drawings. We’ll program a robot to help us draw. Using a special app and equipment, all of our elements will come together to reveal a masterpiece! Students will create many pieces to take home and will show off their work in a public gallery walk in the forest. (ages 7 – 10)

Mondays, February 4 – 18

Early Adventures

Tuesday, February 5, 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Forest Field Park,
2100 E. Centerville Station Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 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 on paved trail. Siblings welcome to attend. (ages 0 – 4 years with adult companion)

Booked for Lunch

Wednesday, February 6, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Upstairs at the White House book cover

February’s Discussion: Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies, by J.B. West

A collaborative program with Centerville-Washington History and the Washington-Centerville Public Library, Booked for Lunch is a monthly lunchtime discussion on a historical fiction or nonfiction book. Bring your lunch and we’ll provide dessert! The library will advance order copies for participants to borrow while supplies last. (ages 14 and up)

Early Adventures

Thursday, February 7, 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Forest Field Park,
2100 E. Centerville Station Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 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. Hikes on paved trail. Siblings welcome to attend. (ages 0 – 4 years with adult companion)

Nocturnal Nature Series: Evening S’mores Hike

Friday, February 8, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Grant Park,
501 Normandy Ridge Rd.
Centerville, OH United States
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We will take a peaceful hike to enjoy the night air. We will finish with some time at the campfire with s’mores! No peanut or tree nut products will be used.

Winter Birding Workshop

Saturday, February 9, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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cardinal at Bill Yeck Park

If you are new to bird identification, this is the training for you! For the first hour, we’ll have an indoor presentation on bird identification and focus on common birds that call Ohio home in winter. Then we’ll spend an hour on the trails in search of some of these birds in the field! Bring binoculars and bird guides if you have them. A limited supply will be available to borrow. (ages 14 and up)

Nocturnal Nature Series: Owl Search

Saturday, February 9, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Grant Park,
501 Normandy Ridge Rd.
Centerville, OH United States
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Great Horned Owl

Join naturalists on this very quiet hike through the forest to listen for owls. Please dress for the weather and bring a flashlight if you have one.

Playdate Pals: Happy Hats

Wednesday, February 13, 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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Playdate Pals

This program is designed to build sensory awareness, to build motor skills and to encourage social interaction among little ones. Each Playdate Pals begins with learning stations. We come together for a short
program about our winter nature theme, which may include a story, song, activity and a short hike. (ages 18 – 42 months with adult companion)

Playdate Pals: Happy Hats

Wednesday, February 13, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Playdate Pals

This program is designed to build sensory awareness, to build motor skills and to encourage social interaction among little ones. Each Playdate Pals begins with learning stations. We come together for a short program about our winter nature theme, which may include a story, song, activity and a short hike. Join us for lots of fun and new learning experiences! (ages 18 – 42 months with adult companion)

Preschool Nature Series: Water in Winter

Thursday, February 14, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Water has many different properties. We will investigate water as a liquid and a solid while learning how important snow is for wildlife. Please be prepared for some time spent outdoors. (ages 3 – 5 with adult companion)

Ice Age Discovery

Friday, February 15, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Children will have the opportunity to learn the story of the Ice Age firsthand. We will travel back 19,000 years to when glaciers began to retreat in the Ohio Valley. We will learn about the unique animals that once inhabited our region. The evening will culminate with a movie that brings the ice age to life. (ages 7 – 10)

Winter Birding Walk

Saturday, February 16, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Grant Park,
501 Normandy Ridge Rd.
Centerville, OH United States
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cardinal at Bill Yeck Park

Search Grant Park for some of our winter residents! Bring binoculars if you have them. A limited supply will be available. (ages 14 and up)

Preschool Nature Series: Water in Winter

Saturday, February 16, 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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Water has many different properties. We will investigate water as a liquid and a solid while learning how important snow is for wildlife. Please be prepared for some time spent outdoors. (ages 3 – 5 with adult companion)