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February 2021

Young Birders Club

Tuesday, February 9, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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bird on snowy tree trunk

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! During the winter months, we will use the daylight to search for birds in the field before returning to the Smith House for indoor activities. Ages 12 – 17.

Registration deadline: Sunday, February 7

Cold Hands Warm Heart Hike

Thursday, February 11, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
kids and program leader examining an object found on their hike

We might have to wear gloves, but we can definitely keep our hearts warm by enjoying a short hike on the paved trail and creating a very special valentine for a sweet loved one! Ages 4 – 8.

Registration deadline: Monday, February 8

Sugar Valley Discovery Camp

Friday, February 12, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
three kids and young adult making a tree fort with long branches

This President’s Day weekend camp experience is the perfect way to keep your children active. Campers will experience all of the traditional camp games and activities with a twist to incorporate all the winter season has to offer. Campers will receive a camp-themed winter hat. Ages 6 – 12.

Friday, February 12; Saturday, February 13 and Monday, February 15

Registration deadline: Friday, February 5

Conservation Crew: The Great Backyard Bird Count

Friday, February 12, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Grant Park,
501 Normandy Ridge Rd.
Centerville, OH United States
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red male cardinal sitting in a snowy bush

Birdwatchers needed! We will divide into teams and create a list of birds to contribute data from your parks to the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Please dress for the weather. Bring binoculars and an identification guide if you have one, or borrow from the Park District. Ages 12 – 17. 

Registration deadline: Wednesday, February 10

Valentine’s Day Luminary Walk

Friday, February 12, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park,
7893 Wilmington-Dayton Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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heart overlaid on photo of couple holding hands on trail with luminaries

Celebrate your valentines of any age! Enjoy a candlelit stroll through Bill Yeck Park. There will be a half-mile paved route or a longer, one-mile route along the purple trail. Several Valentine’s Day and winter-themed lighted features will add to your experience! Parking at 2100 E. Centerville Station Rd. (Forest Field Park).

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Saturday, February 13, 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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chickadee sitting on a thin tree branch

Birdwatchers needed! We’ll show families how to contribute data to the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. On this self-guided path, families will learn backyard bird identification and tips for entering data. This is a “Tools to Trek” program. Staggered start times.

RecKits: Mystery Design Challenges

Monday, February 15, 8:00 a.m.
boy looking through homemade pool noodle periscope

A fun STEM challenge! When you pick up your kit, there will be surprise supplies available and a mystery design challenge from Owlexander! Best for ages 8 – 13.

Registration deadline: Monday, February 8

RecKits: Mystery Design Challenges Jr.

Monday, February 15, 8:00 a.m.
boy looking through homemade pool noodle periscope

A fun STEM challenge! When you pick up your kit, there will be surprise supplies available and a mystery design challenge from Owlexander! Best for 5 – 7.

Registration deadline: Monday, February 8

Preschool Nature Series: Chickadee-dee-dee Kit

Thursday, February 18, 8:00 a.m.
Virtual
chickadee sitting on a thin tree branch

Chickadees are fun birds to search for on a winter day. We will learn all about their life history, and create a craft. Activities will be provided in a kit. An online video will be provided to assist with activities. Ages 3 – 6 with adult companion.

Registration deadline: Tuesday, February 16

All Around the Winter Garden: DIY Mini Greenhouse

Thursday, February 18, 8:00 a.m.
Virtual
homemade mini greenhouse with plant inside

With this take-home kit, children will learn all about how people keep gardens going throughout the winter! They will get materials to build their own mini greenhouse to test. Best for ages 5 – 9.

Registration deadline: Wednesday, February 10

Preschool Nature Series: Chickadee-dee-dee AM

Thursday, February 18, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Forest Walk Park,
7570 Forest Brook Blvd.
Dayton , OH 45459 United States
chickadee sitting on a thin tree branch

Chickadees are fun birds to search for on a winter day. We will learn all about their life history, create a craft and take a self-guided hike to search for them. Ages 3 – 6 with adult companion. Staggered start times.

Registration deadline: Tuesday, February 16

Preschool Nature Series: Chickadee-dee-dee PM

Thursday, February 18, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Forest Walk Park,
7570 Forest Brook Blvd.
Dayton , OH 45459 United States
chickadee sitting on a thin tree branch

Chickadees are fun birds to search for on a winter day. We will learn all about their life history, create a craft and take a self-guided hike to search for them. Ages 3 – 6 with adult companion. Staggered start times.

Registration deadline: Tuesday, February 16

Reading in the Wild

Friday, February 19, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Green Line Park,
6774 Crossbrook Drive
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Mother and daughter sitting on grass

Let’s get together to read a story! We will act out the plot with active games, sing songs with sensory themes and take short hikes in the park — sparking a love of nature in our youngest community members! This program is limited to one adult companion per registrant. Ages 18 months – 4 years with adult companion.

Registration deadline: Monday, February 15

Nature Quest: Winter Edition

Saturday, February 20, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Are you ready to brave the cold and compete in the Ultimate Nature Challenge? We will test your team’s knowledge and skills on survival, wildlife, forestry and more! You will move around the park, visiting stations and picking up points as you complete challenges. Who will get the top score? Best for ages 6 and up. Staggered start times.

Registration deadline: Saturday, February 13

Glass Fusing: Let’s Go to the Beach!

Thursday, February 25, 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Activity Center Park,
221 N. Main St.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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beach scene made on a square of glass

Start dreaming of warmer weather and get creative with glass art! During this class, you will create a relaxing beach scene on a 10.75” square of glass which includes a metal hanger. All materials, except a stand for your project, are included. Instructor Kathy Woodruff will provide glass fusing instruction and creative ideas. Ages 16 and up.

Registration deadline: Friday, February 19