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January 2021

Letters to Owlexander

Friday, January 1, 8:00 a.m.-Sunday, January 31, 4:30 a.m.

Owlexander, our Park District mascot, loves keeping in touch with his park friends but winter makes it a little bit harder to see everyone. He would love to receive a letter, drawing or card telling him all about your winter park adventures. Letters can be dropped off at a special mailbox throughout January. Please address your letters to Owlexander Parks (no stamp necessary). All ages. 

Registration deadline: Friday, January 15

CommUNITY Wellness Challenge

Monday, January 4, 8:00 a.m.-Sunday, January 31, 8:00 p.m.

The Centerville-Washington Park District, the Washington-Centerville Public Library and the Washington Township Recreation Center challenge YOU to complete 21 wellness activities to kick off 2021! Track your activity on the challenge worksheet. Turn in the worksheet to be entered into a prize drawing!

Registration is not required.

Feeding Backyard Birds

Thursday, January 28, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Activity Center Park,
221 N. Main St.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
Evening grosbeak photo by Cephas

Learn about the birds that live in our backyards and how to keep them happy and healthy all winter long! Each family will make three suet cake feeders to take home. All ages.

Registration deadline: Monday, January 21

Winter Hiking Club

Saturday, January 30, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Schoolhouse Park,
1875 Nutt Rd.
Dayton, OH 45458 United States
mom and daughters walking along trail in winter coats

Getting outdoors makes us happy and healthy, especially in the wintertime! Participants will arrive and meet the instructor for a brief talk about the topic of the day before setting off on the self-guided hike. Individuals attending three or more hikes will receive a Winter Hiking Club patch. This is a “Tools to Trek” program. All ages. Staggered start times.

Registration deadline: Thursday, January 28

History Rocks!

Saturday, January 30, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
The Asahel Wright Schoolhouse,
26 North Main Street
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Limestone is an integral part of Centerville and Washington Township history. Participants will investigate Ohio’s geological timeline, learn about Centerville’s collection of early stone houses and explore the impact of the quarry industry on our community. Each participant will take home a limestone sample and a geode. Ages 12 – 14.

Registration deadline: Thursday, January 28

History Rocks!

Saturday, January 30, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
The Asahel Wright Schoolhouse,
26 North Main Street
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Limestone is an integral part of Centerville and Washington Township history. Participants will investigate Ohio’s geological timeline, learn about Centerville’s collection of early stone houses and explore the impact of the quarry industry on our community. Each participant will take home a limestone sample and a geode. Ages 12 – 14.

Registration deadline: Thursday, January 28

February 2021

RecKits: It’s Valentine’s Day! Jr.

Monday, February 1, 8:00 a.m.

It’s Valentine’s Day soon! This RecKit has everything you need to make some awesome valentine’s for your friends. Plus it also includes neat Valentine’s themed science activities! Best for ages 3 – 6.

Registration deadline: Monday, January 25

RecKits: It’s Valentine’s Day!

Monday, February 1, 8:00 a.m.

It’s Valentine’s Day soon! This RecKit has everything you need to make some awesome valentine’s for your friends. Plus it also includes neat Valentine’s themed science activities! Best for ages 7 – 13.

Registration deadline: Monday, January 25

Winter Hike & Seek

Monday, February 1, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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young girl running outside in her winter coat and hat

There is so much to see in Grant Park on winter days! Receive a scavenger hunt, free hot chocolate and a bag to pick up any trash you might see. Families that find at least half of the scavenger hunt items will be entered in a prize drawing! All ages. 

Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 27

Early Adventures

Tuesday, February 2, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Pleasant Hill Park,
358 Zengel Dr.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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mom and daughters walking along trail in winter coats

Parents and their little ones will experience nature in the dark during these winter months. Follow the lighted path during this self-guided experience. Participants will be greeted by a staff member and given a specific route to follow on their independent hike. Lanterns will be available to borrow. Ages 0 – 4 years with adult companion. Staggered start times.

Registration deadline: Sunday, January 31

Creature ComMOTION Video Series C

Wednesday, February 3, 8:00 a.m.
Virtual
child's feet jumping in hula hoops

Little ones will grow in their large and fine motor development by moving like the animals during this virtual program. Participants will receive a kit that contains animal-themed activities to use with each week’s engaging video full of songs and movement. Ages 4 6.

Wednesdays, February 3 – 24

Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 27

Booked for Lunch

Wednesday, February 3, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Virtual

A collaborative program with the Centerville-Washington Township Historical Society and the Washington-Centerville Public Library, Booked for Lunch is a monthly lunchtime discussion on a historical fiction or non-fiction book. Ages 18 and up.

Due to COVID-19 Booked for Lunch will meet virtually this winter. https://www.wclibrary.info/bookdiscussion/ 

February Discussion: Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, by John Meacham

Hike With a Naturalist: All About Owls

Wednesday, February 3, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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great horned owl opening his beak

Owls are really cool! We will discuss their adaptations while dissecting owl pellets. After that, we will venture into Grant Park to listen for their songs. Flashlights optional. Ages 14 and up (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult).

Registration Deadline: Monday, February 1

S’more Snow Please!

Friday, February 5, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Learn all about the life cycle of a snowflake from cloud to water table. How far does this tiny drop of frozen water rotate around our world? Learn about how water builds around us while we build s’mores around a campfire! This program is limited to one adult companion per registrant. All ages.

Registration deadline: Wednesday, February 3

Winter Hiking Club

Saturday, February 6, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Forest Walk Park,
7570 Forest Brook Blvd.
Dayton , OH 45459 United States
mom and daughters walking along trail in winter coats

Getting outdoors makes us happy and healthy, especially in the wintertime! Participants will arrive and meet the instructor for a brief talk about the topic of the day before setting off on the self-guided hike. Individuals attending three or more hikes will receive a Winter Hiking Club patch. This is a “Tools to Trek” program. All ages. Staggered start times.

Registration deadline: Thursday, February 4