Park District offers hiking, history, haunting


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

*Clark Park Hikers, Every Thursday Morning, 9 a.m.

George Rogers Clark Park

Same program with a new name! 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.

*Fireside History Chat: Through Shawnee Eyes, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7-8 p.m.

Samantha Holland, Author

Gain a better understanding of the life of a Shawnee Indian in Ohio. Language is said to shape our thoughts. Understanding the Shawnee language gives us a better understanding of how the Shawnee Indians interpreted their world. Learn how they planted, prepared and stored their foods, a brief understanding of their religion and a brief synopsis of their history.

*A Night of Historical Haunting, Saturday, Oct. 15, 7- 10:30 p.m.

George Rogers Clark Park

$10.00/person; Children 6 and under FREE

Prepare yourselves for a night of haunted, historical surprises as you tour the Hertzler House, the site of the first unsolved murder in Clark County. Then, take a haunted hayride where you’ll meet spooky characters along the way. Experience the park like never before. We have an “All Hallow’s Eve” adventure in store for you. Don’t miss it or BEWARE! Children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes to add to the festivities.

*Homeschool Program: Say It in Shawnee, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 1:30-3 p.m.

Indian Village, George Rogers Clark Park

Samantha Holland, Author

Learn some of the Shawnee language while participating in hands-on activities.

*Wetland Warriors, Investigation: What’s on the Forest Floor?, Thursday, Oct. 20, 4-6 p.m.

George Rogers Clark Park

Search through the leaf litter, look under logs and search for what lives there. Go on a scavenger hunt for the tiny creatures of the forest.

*Fall Discovery Hike, Saturday, Oct. 29, 10-11 a.m.

George Rogers Clark Park, Meet at Hosterman Lake

Search for the many creatures that live under the leaves on the forest floor, under logs, and in the trees. Look for spiders, slugs, birds and squirrels. Take a “scavenger hunt” as we hike along the trail. Please dress appropriately for walking outdoors.

*Campfire Night, Friday, Nov. 4, 6:30-8 p.m.

George Rogers Clark Park, A-frame Shelter at Lake

Join us for an evening of sitting by the fire, listening to the night sounds and learning about nocturnal animals. Then, enjoy some s’mores by the fire. This is a joint program of the Clark County Park District and National Trail Parks and Recreation District.

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