Park District offers worlds to explore in August


Explore the world of mini beasts, hunt for dragons, look up at the stars …

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SPRINGFIELD – The Clark County Park District has a number of activities planned for August. To register for any of these programs, call the park district office at 937-882-6000 or register at www.clarkcountyparks.org under Program Registration.

Reading in Nature: Those Masked Bandits, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

New Carlisle Library, 111 E Lake Ave., New Carlisle The infamous raccoon is known for many reasons, getting into trash, nesting in our chimneys and even breaking into houses. But…. They are also one of the smartest mammals in Ohio. Learn about these clever, furry creatures.

Mason Bee Homes, Friday, Aug. 4, 4:00 – 5:15 PM

Leadingham Prairie, Corner of Union & Spangler Rds., Medway. Hey kids! Are you interested in creating something cool for the bees in your yard? Join us to create mini bee house with recyclable materials. The mini beasts, mason bees, will love their new home and will pollinate the flowers in your yard. This is a FREE program!

Fantastic Mini Beasts & Where You Can Find Them! , Friday, Aug. 4, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Leadingham Prairie, Corner of Union & Spangler Rds., Medway. Tiny beasts abound in the prairie: butterflies, dragonflies, katydids, spiders and more! Embark on a search of mini beasts. 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. Use plenty of sunscreen and bug spray. This is a FREE program!

Battle of Peckuwe Ceremony, Sunday, Aug. 6, 1:00 PM

George Rogers Clark Park, Monument by Hertzler House

Join us as we commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Peckuwe. This battle, which took place at this site in August 8, 1780 was fought between the troops of George Rogers Clark and the British-allied Shawnee Indians. During this ceremony, we will remember the lives lost in that battle. Volunteers from the First Mad River Artillery and the George Rogers Clark Heritage Association will lead this program. The Davidson Interpretive Center, which covers the history of this event, will be open from 1pm to 5pm. Stop in and learn more about our local history!

Hunting Dragons, Saturday, Aug. 12, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

George Rogers Clark Park, Hosterman Lake

Amber Burgett, Assistant Professor of Biology with Wittenberg University, will lead us on a quest to find Ohio’s dragons – the dragonflies. Search for “dragons” at the lake and see how many YOU can find. Learn all about the life cycle of the dragonfly by observing the adult “dragons” and scooping up the larvae in the water. Wear a hat, sunscreen and bring water. Waders are recommended. (Be prepared to get a bit wet!)

Homeschool Program: Water Exploration, 1:30 – 3:30 PM, Wednesday, Aug. 16

Spangler Nature Preserve, Mad River Entrance

Discover what lies beneath the water by going “creeking” at the Park. We will search for tiny insects that live in the ripples of the creek, test the quality of the stream and see what else we can find. Participants need to dress for the weather (old clothes that can get wet), bring a water bottle, wear sunscreen and bug repellant. Pre-registration is required and registration is limited to 40 participants. Closed-toe shoes only!

STARGAZE, Friday, Aug. 18, 9:00 – 11:00 PM

George Rogers Clark Park, Behind Barn

Enjoy an evening under the stars with us! This summer, join us behind the Hertzler House Barn for a spectacular view. Explore the mysteries of the night sky with a 14 inch telescope. Please bring something to sit on and dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required and registration is limited to 40 participants.

Hertzler House Tour, Every Sunday 1:00 – 3:00 PM

George Rogers Clark Park, Hertzler House

Donation: $8 for adults, Students (K- grade 8) $1; Grade 9- College $3

Tour the historic Hertzler House to learn about the family that lived there, the things they used to make clothing and the foods they ate.

Clark Park Hikers, Every Thursday, 9:00 AM

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.

Explore the world of mini beasts, hunt for dragons, look up at the stars …

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Submitted by the Clark County Park District

Submitted by the Clark County Park District