Park District offers butterflies, hikes, stars …


SPRINGFIELD – The Clark County Park District offers the following programs. To register for any of these programs, call the District office at 937-882-6000 or register at under Program Registration.

*Butterfly Count in the Prairie, Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Leadingham Prairie, corner of Spangler and Union Road, Medway

Join us on our butterfly count each week from June – August in the prairie. We will see everything from the tiny Eastern Tailed Blue, to the Silver-Spotted Skipper and the infamous Monarch. Please dress for the hot weather, but wear long sleeves, long pants, a hat and sturdy shoes. Waders are recommended. A water bottle is a must! Children (ages 7+) are invited and encouraged to attend. This is weather permitting. Check out our Facebook page for updates.

*Thursday Morning Hike, Every Thursday Morning, 9 a.m.

George Rogers Clark Park

Join Park District Volunteers each Thursday morning to enjoy a walk through the woods at George Rogers Clark Park. This group has been exploring the park weekly for over 10 years, yet each week brings a new discovery! Meet at the parking lot below the dam and experience the beauty and camaraderie found in the outdoors.

*Hertzler House Tours, Sundays, through Aug. 28, 1-3 p.m.

Hertzler House, George Rogers Clark Park

Price: $5.00 Adults; $1.00 Students

Each Sunday, there is the opportunity to tour the historic Daniel Hertzler House Museum. Get a hint of what it was like to live in the 1850’s; how they cooked, made clothes and entertained themselves. Please join us on a Sunday this summer. Consider making a donation to help the Park District take care of this historic gem.

*Stargaze, *July 8-15 (Clearest night), 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Davidson Interpretive Center

Join us for an evening under the stars as we explore the mysteries of the night sky. Enjoy a view like never before with our 14 inch telescope that even allows you to see the rings of Saturn. Bring something to sit on and dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required and registration is limited to 40 participants.

*This stargaze will be listed as a span of dates. Once we know the best day for viewing, we will contact those registered and also post on Facebook page about 48 hours in advance.

*Wetland Warriors, Butterfly Hunt, Tuesday, July 19, 9 a.m.-noon

Leadingham Prairie

Over 40 species of butterflies have been identified at the Leadingham Prairie. Butterflies are beneficial to our ecosystems as they pollinate many of our native plant species. Many people travel the world to see butterflies but you can see them right in your own “backyard”. Be sure to wear a long sleeved shirt, long pants, a hat, and old shoes. It will be hot, so please bring plenty of water.

*Wetland Warriors, Habitat Trek, Thursday, July 21, 9 a.m.-noon

Leadingham Prairie

Search for the habitats of different species such as the Great Blue Heron, the Big Brown Bat, the Red-winged Blackbird and the Gray Treefrog. See how many YOU can find on this habitat scavenger hunt. Be sure to wear a long sleeved shirt, long pants, a hat, and old shoes. It will be hot, so please bring plenty of water.

*Night Fishing, Friday, July 22 and Friday, Aug. 26, 9 p.m.-midnight

Hosterman Lake, George Rogers Clark Park

Join the Ranger Patrol Division for a fun, family night of fishing. Listen to the sounds of the night, visit with family and friends and catch some fish. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to fish Hosterman Lake at night! Bring your own fishing pole, bait, tackle, insect repellent and lantern or flashlight. Pack some snacks and have a night picnic. (Remember: No alcoholic beverages are allowed.) Please place all trash in the trash cans before you leave that night. Please call the Clark County Park District at 937-882-6000 to register by Wednesday, July 20 or Wednesday, August 24, respectively. Or register online at under Program Registration.

*Winged Wonders Hike, Friday, July 29, 10-11:30 a.m.

Leadingham Prairie, corner of Union and Spangler Roads, Medway

Search for Ohio’s winged wonders, the butterflies, from the Pearl Crescent to the Monarch, with the Clark County Audubon Society. Bring binoculars if you have them! Please wear long pants, old shoes and a hat. Bring a long-sleeved shirt and water. It does get wet in the prairie, so waders are recommended.

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