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June 2021

Introduction to Watercolor

Friday, June 18, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Activity Center Park,
221 N. Main St.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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watercolor painting of a path through trees

Have you always wanted to try watercolor painting, but didn’t know where to start? Learn basic painting techniques, washes, wet-in-wet, blending, and layering. We will cover how to make the most of materials and brushes. Playing with materials to gain comfort, we will focus on creating a nature scene. Ages 18 and up.

Registration deadline: Monday, June 14

Hike with a Naturalist: Firefly Hike

Friday, June 18, 8:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
the moon peeking through tree branches

We will walk slowly along the limestone path, while learning about and watching the fireflies light up the forest. Ages 14 and up (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult).

Registration deadline: 48 hours in advance

Butterfly Survey

Saturday, June 19, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Grant Park,
501 Normandy Ridge Rd.
Centerville, OH United States
buckeye butterfly

Help contribute to citizen science! Identify and count butterflies while observing other seasonal wildlife as we stroll. No experience necessary. Trail is approximately one mile in length on uneven terrain. This is a Tools to Trek program. Best for ages 8 and up.

Registration deadline: 48 hours in advance

Garden Signs with Decoy Art Center

Saturday, June 19, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Create your own custom garden or yard sign using two pounds of clay. All tools and clay provided. Clay signs will be taken offsite to be fired and brought back to be painted with glaze the following week. Ages 18 and up.

Saturdays, June 19 & 26

Registration deadline: Wednesday, June 16

Pop-Up Ology: June 19

Saturday, June 19, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Activity Center Park,
221 N. Main St.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Pop into your parks and learn about different areas of study! Each day will offer a booth with a different theme. Drop-in any time during the designated hours and an instructor will have an activity or hike related to a field of study. This is a Tools to Trek program. All ages.

Registration deadline for the virtual option: Noon the day of the program

Pollinator Week Self-Guided Trail

Monday, June 21, 8:00 a.m.-Sunday, June 27, 8:00 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park purple trail

Is your family up for a challenge? Complete all three of our self-guided trails for a chance to win a nature exploration gift basket. Scan QR codes to take the trivia challenges and earn prize entries. Registration is not required, however, registrants will receive email reminders when the trails are placed. This is a Tools to Trek program. All ages.

Pollinator Week Trail: Monday – Sunday, June 21 – 27

History of Wildlife Trail: Monday – Sunday, July 19 – July 25

Night Singing Insects Trail: Monday – Sunday, August 23 – August 29

Hidden Meadows Day Camp: Week 3 (All Day)

Monday, June 21, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Grant Park,
501 Normandy Ridge Rd.
Centerville, OH United States
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two girls sitting on log at fire circle

Nature Sense

Five senses and five days of camp! Coincidence? We don’t think so. Campers will explore how animals use sight, sound, smell, taste and touch to survive! Ages 5 – 12.

Monday, June 21 – Friday, June 25, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration deadline: Monday, June 14

Adventure Camp B

Monday, June 21, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
Adventure Camp

Adventure Camp includes hiking, archery, games, challenges and a field trip! Learn to track animals in the woods and cook over a campfire. Make lifelong friends during this unique summer experience. Ages 10 – 12.

Monday, June 21 – Friday, June 25, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Registration deadline: Monday, June 14

Hidden Meadows Day Camp: Week 3 (Morning) 3-5y

Monday, June 21, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Grant Park,
501 Normandy Ridge Rd.
Centerville, OH United States
Two children playing in Holes Creek, Hidden Meadows Day Camp

Nature Sense

Five senses and five days of camp! Coincidence? We don’t think so! Campers will explore how animals use sight, sound, smell, taste and touch to survive! Ages 3 – 5.

Monday, June 21 – Friday, June 25, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration deadline: Monday, June 14

Recreation Day Camp: Week 3, Iron Horse

Monday, June 21, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Iron Horse Park,
6161 Millshire Dr.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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girl in mask sitting at picnic table holding up flower artwork

Recreation Day Camp (RDC) offers a variety of recreation activities, sports, games, arts and crafts, guest speakers and more! All RDC sites are led by trained recreation leaders. This fun program keeps children outdoors and active all week! Ages 5 – 11.

Monday, June 21 – Friday, June 25, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration deadline: Monday, June 14

Sugar Valley Day Camp: Week 3

Monday, June 21, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Sugar Valley Day Camp, Centerville, Ohio

Ancient Explorers

What was it like to explore the landscape of Ohio as a dinosaur? Campers will search for fossils and seek historical answers while exploring as 21st-century humans! Ages 6 – 12.

Monday, June 21– Friday, June 25, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration deadline: Monday, June 14

Recreation Day Camp: Week 3, Yankee

Monday, June 21, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Yankee Park,
7500 Yankee St.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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girl in mask sitting at picnic table holding up flower artwork

Recreation Day Camp (RDC) offers a variety of recreation activities, sports, games, arts and crafts, guest speakers and more! All RDC sites are led by trained recreation leaders. This fun program keeps children outdoors and active all week! Ages 5 – 11.

Monday, June 21– Friday, June 25, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration deadline: Monday, June 14

Preschool Play Yard: Week 3

Monday, June 21, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Oak Creek South Park,
790 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd.
Centerville, OH 45458 United States
young boy caching a yellow ball

A Little Dirt Never Hurt!

Children will enjoy songs, crafts, hikes and games. This station-based drop-off program is sponsored by the South Metro Optimist of Centerville Women’s Club. Ages 4 – 5.

Monday, June 21 – Wednesday, June 23, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Rain date: Thursday, June 24)

Registration deadline: Monday, June 14

Fairy & Gnome Garden Pottery Camp

Monday, June 21, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Activity Center Park,
221 N. Main St.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Clay Fairy Houses

Children will paint their own whimsical pottery pieces in this three-day camp with Decoy Art Studio! Each day there will be one piece of pottery to paint. We will try different glazing applications on a fairy figurine, a bowl and a fairy/gnome house! All materials are included. Ages 8 – 11.

Monday, June 21 – Wednesday, June 23, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Registration deadline: Wednesday, June 9

Nerf Battle Games A

Monday, June 21, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Schoolhouse Park,
1875 Nutt Rd.
Dayton, OH 45458 United States
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teenage boy running with flag

It’s an all-out battle on the field! Dodgeball and capture the flag style games will take place on the Schoolhouse game field. The field will be loaded with a variety of obstacles to dodge and duck! All Nerf foam darts will be provided, but participants must bring their own Nerf gun labeled with their name. Ages 9 – 12.

Registration deadline: Monday, June 14