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October 2021

RecKits 14+: Acorn and Pine Cone Wreath

Friday, October 1, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Activity Center Park,
221 N. Main St.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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A different type of décor for your front door — completely covered in acorns and pine cones! This project is simple to make with a beautiful result. We will also include a few ideas for what you can make with any leftover acorns and pine cones! Attend in person or pick up a kit! If you are unable to attend during the program time, kits will be available for pick-up following the program! Best for ages 14 and up.

Registration deadline: Friday, September 24

The Return of Grassman

Saturday, October 2, 8:00 a.m.
Ohio Grassman hidden in woods

Grassman has returned, and he is on a mission! He has been unfairly blamed for strange activity in the parks and wants to prove his innocence. Can you track down Grassman and help solve the mystery?

Every Friday in October we will send you a clue to find Grassman in one of our 51 parks! Complete a scavenger hunt sheet with information for each week’s location and we will reward your monster detective skills with a fun prize. Best for families with children ages 8 – 12.

Saturday, October 2 – Thursday, November 4

Registration deadline: Wednesday, September 29

Early Adventures

Tuesday, October 5, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Greene Line Park,
6774 Crossbrook Drive
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
young boy on a trail

Hit the trail with us! These exploratory hikes foster curiosity and confidence in young children. Your leader will point out seasonal changes and other natural points of interest in the parks. Ages 0 – 4 years with adult companion.

Registration deadline: Sunday, October 3

Creature ComMOTION B

Wednesday, October 6, 1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
young girl crawling out of a play tunnel

Little ones will learn animal sounds and movements that assist in motor development and rhythmic skills. They will enjoy activities with an animal theme, age-appropriate equipment and fun music. Participants will learn fascinating facts about animals from A to Z, found in our parks and around the world! Ages 4 – 6.

Wednesdays, October 6 – 27

Registration deadline: Wednesday, September 29

Discovering STEAM in Nature B

Thursday, October 7, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
young girl looking through frame of sticks

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math! Each session will focus on these topics individually and how they are connected to nature. We will conduct experiments, go on hikes and learn about potential careers in these fields. Come ready to create, explore and discover! Ages 8 – 12.

Thursdays, October 7 – 28

Registration deadline: Thursday, September 30

Hike with a Naturalist

Thursday, October 7, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Hithergreen Park,
5900 Hithergreen Drive
Dayton, OH 45429
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group hike

Join us on this monthly stroll through your parks. A naturalist will point out seasonal changes and discuss the wildlife we observe. Ages 14 and up (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult).

Registration deadline: Tuesday, October 5

Campfire Yoga

Thursday, October 7, 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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five women practicing yoga near campfire

Celebrate fall with Method Yoga Studio’s Megan Lees! Enjoy some downtime next to the warm and cozy fire. This outdoor yoga class will include warm-up, breath work, standing poses, flowing poses and end with relaxation around the campfire. Class will be held near the Bill Yeck Park fire circle. Ages 18 and up.

Registration deadline: Tuesday, October 5

Forest Therapy Hike B

Saturday, October 9, 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Grant Park,
501 Normandy Ridge Rd.
Centerville, OH United States
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forest trail

A forest therapy walk enhances well-being through gentle immersion in forests and other natural environments. This guided nature walk will help recharge and boost your immunity by slowing down, detaching from technology and experiencing nature in a novel way. Ages 18 and up.

Registration deadline: Thursday, October 7

Introduction to Watercolor

Saturday, October 9, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 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

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, October 4

Bike Centerville Community Ride

Sunday, October 10, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Iron Horse Park,
6161 Millshire Dr.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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man on bicycle on Holes Creek Trail

Take advantage of this opportunity to explore Centerville and Washington Township by bicycle. The ride will be led by trained and experienced bike leaders and will help you learn routes to shopping, parks and more! Rides will be an easy-paced 10 to 15 miles that start and end at a park. Ages 18 and up.

Registration deadline: Thursday, October 7

Strollers in Motion B

Monday, October 11, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Schoolhouse Park,
1875 Nutt Rd.
Dayton, OH 45458 United States
women on exercise mats outdoors

A stroller-based workout for moms, dads or other caregivers. Each total body workout incorporates power walking and strolling, strength training, balance work and toning. An awesome way to get fit, meet new people, and have fun with your little ones! After some classes, special activities will be planned for the children. Adult caregivers with child 6 weeks – Pre K.

Mondays, October 11 – November 1

Registration deadline: Saturday, October 9

Pop-Up Storytime in the Park

Monday, October 11, 10:30 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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children being read a story

Families are invited to join us outside to listen to a story brought to you by the Washington-Centerville Public Library and to participate in nature-themed activities following the story. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket to sit on. We will meet by the fire circle. All ages.

Young Birders Club

Tuesday, October 12, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Hithergreen Park,
5900 Hithergreen Drive
Dayton, OH 45429
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House Wren

Bird watching and identification is a fascinating subject. You will walk away with a greater knowledge of birds and their role in the ecosystem. Club activities are based on participant feedback, so you direct the focus of study. A light snack is included. Ages 12 – 17.

Registration deadline: Sunday, October 10

Pilates in the Park

Tuesday, October 12, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Pilates in the park

Mat Pilates is a strengthening and lengthening form of exercise that focuses on your core muscles while also training your arms and legs. Movements can be modified for any age, body or fitness level. This class is perfect for both the beginner and experienced participant. Join the My Pilates Studio instructor for a full-body workout overlooking Grant Park. Ages 18 and up.

Registration deadline: Sunday, October 10

Fitness Yoga C

Wednesday, October 13, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
Yoga in the Park

You will get it all in one fitness class — a challenging workout, yoga practice, as well as, mindfulness and functional movement for vitality and longevity. All levels welcome. Taught by certified yoga instructor Dan Loofboro. Please bring a yoga mat and water. Ages 18 and up.

Wednesdays, October 13 – November 17

Registration deadline: Monday, October 11