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April 2021

Earth Month Scavenger Hunt

Friday, April 2, 8:00 a.m.-Friday, May 7, 8:30 p.m.

With the power of the 3 Rs — Reduce, Reuse and Recycle — you can solve riddles to help save the planet! Learn ways to save the Earth a little each day throughout the year. Each Friday a new clue will be released to a park location and activity to help you achieve Planeteer superhero status! All ages.

Friday, April 2 – Friday, May 7

Beautiful Blooms Wildflower Tour

Saturday, April 10, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Grant Park,
501 Normandy Ridge Rd.
Centerville, OH United States
bloodroot

These tiny treasures can only be seen for a short time! After an introduction with an instructor, families will follow the path to search for all the spring wildflowers the forests have to offer. This is a Tools to Trek program. All ages. Staggered start times.

Registration deadline: Thursday, April 1

Beginner Tai Chi: Session A

Saturday, April 10, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
Tai Chi at the Kennard Nature Nook

Great for stress relief, post-illness or with managing a chronic health condition. Improves coordination, balance and attention. Facilitates cardiac rehab, lowers blood pressure and helps maintain strong bones. Tai Chi is held outdoors and limited to nine participants. Ages 18 and up.

Saturdays, April 10 – May 22 (no class April 24)

Registration deadline: Thursday, April 8

Beginner Tai Chi: Session B

Saturday, April 10, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Tai Chi at the Kennard Nature Nook

Great for stress relief, post-illness or with managing a chronic health condition. Improves coordination, balance and attention. Facilitates cardiac rehab, lowers blood pressure and helps maintain strong bones. Tai Chi is held outdoors and limited to nine participants. Ages 18 and up.

Saturdays, April 10 – May 22 (no class April 24)

Registration deadline: Thursday, April 8

RecKits 14+: Alternatives to Single-Use Plastics

Monday, April 12, 8:00 a.m.

Let’s celebrate Earth Day by making these easy alternatives to single-use plastic! This RecKit will walk you through making your own beeswax wraps and mesh produce bags! Both reusable, they are a great way to start eliminating plastic wraps and single-use plastics. Best for ages 14 and up.

Registration deadline: Friday, April 2

Intermediate Tai Chi

Monday, April 12, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
Tai Chi at the Kennard Nature Nook

Continuing to develop Tai Chi and Qigong principles moving from Tai Chi Easy™ into Dr. Roger Jahnke’s Integral Tai Chi form. Tai Chi is held outdoors and limited to nine participants. Ages 18 and up.

Mondays, April 12 – May 24

Registration deadline: Saturday, April 10

Green Cleaning

Monday, April 12, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Activity Center Park,
221 N. Main St.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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hand sanitizer

One way to “Go Green” this Earth month is to learn how to clean and sanitize your home safely without bringing in harmful chemicals. Patti McCormick, RN, Ph.D., will teach you how to make cleaning supplies from natural products. We will incorporate essential oils and other natural ingredients. Ages 16 and up. Location change to Activity Center Park, Community Room.

Registration deadline: Monday, April 5

Young Birders Club: Cavity Nesting Birds

Tuesday, April 13, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, McGuffey Meadow,
7893 Wilmington-Dayton Rd.
Dayton, OH 45458 United States
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tree hollow

A monthly program that focuses on bird identification and ecology. Other nature topics and skills will be taught as they are encountered upon the trail! Snacks provided. Ages 12 – 17.

Registration deadline: Sunday, April 11

How to Series: Working with Polymer Clay

Tuesday, April 13, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Learn the basic uses of this material, see some real-life creations made by a clay artist and make your own polymer clay masterpiece! Walk away with a nature-inspired pair of earrings or a clay pendant made by you! All materials provided. Ages 16 and up.

Registration deadline: Sunday, April 11

Preschool Nature Series: Roly-poly Pals

Thursday, April 15, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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pillbug

We will be visiting and investigating how these adorable crustaceans live their daily lives. Participants will have an introduction with the instructor before heading out on the marked path for a self-guided adventure. Hike is on a natural trail. Ages 3 – 6 with adult companion. Staggered start times.

Registration deadline: Tuesday, April 13

Preschool Nature Series: Roly-poly Pals

Thursday, April 15, 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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pillbug

We will be visiting and investigating how these adorable crustaceans live their daily lives. Participants will have an introduction with the instructor before heading out on the marked path for a self-guided adventure. Hike is on a natural trail. Ages 3 – 6 with adult companion. Staggered start times.

Registration deadline: Tuesday, April 13

Adventures of Owlexander & Friends

Friday, April 16, 8:00 a.m.
Owlexander mascot dressed as forest ranger

Everyone knows about Owlexander, but what about all of his Hoot Route friends who live at Grant Park? Each character has a unique friendship with Owlexander, but none of them have a story! What do Owlexander and his friends like to do? What adventures have they gone on, and what have they learned? Partnering with the Washington-Centerville Public Library, this take-home program invites children from the community to come up with their very own stories featuring these characters while using Grant Park’s natural features as the setting. Ages 6 – 14.

Registration deadline: Wednesday, April 14

Equestrian Field Trip Therapeutic Riding Institute

Friday, April 16, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Therapeutic Riding Institute,
3960 Middle Run Rd.
Spring Valley, OH 45370 United States
horse with 4 people

We are partnering to offer field trip opportunities to those with special needs. Individuals will meet horses, learn to brush horses, lead horses, play games and more. Ages 5 – 17.

Registration deadline: Monday, April 12

Earth Month Celebration: CWPD Bio Blitz!

Saturday, April 17, 7:00 a.m.-Sunday, April 25, 8:00 p.m.

Help us count living things in the Centerville and Washington Township area! Download the iNaturalist app then use photos to document all the wildlife you find! Registration is not required; however, registering for the program will allow you to receive email reminders and updates. This is a Tools to Trek program. All ages.

Yoga in the Park: Session A

Saturday, April 17, 7:45 a.m.-8:45 a.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
women sitting on yoga mats

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. Class will be held outdoors with a Zoom link provided for inclement weather days. Ages 18 and up.

Saturdays, April 17 – May 22

Registration deadline: Thursday, April 15