Park District offers hiking, night fishing and more

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SPRINGFIELD – The Clark County Park District has several upcoming events. To register for any of these programs, call the district office at 937-882-6000 or register at under Program Registration. Programs include:

Clark Park Hikers, every Thursday, 9 a.m.

George Rogers Clark Park. Meet at lower parking lot

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 and we are always looking for more hikers! Meet at the parking lot below the dam and experience the beauty and camaraderie found in the outdoors.

A naturalist will be on hand Oct. 5 and Nov. 16 during the hikes to point out birds, insects and other wildlife.

Button! Button! Who’s Got the Button? Sunday, September 24, 1-3 p.m.

Hertzler House, George Rogers Clark Park

Join us for a special open house to view a fabulous, antique button collection.

Jeffrey Lee, and wife Sandra, will be at the Hertzler House to display their button collection. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free but donations are welcome.

Leave No Trace: The week of September 25 to October 1

Mad River Gorge

With the help from the Ohio Climbers Coalition, the Mad River Gorge & Nature Preserve was chosen as a Leave No Trace HOT SPOT location. One of only 16 sites chosen across the U.S.!

Hot spots are public lands that have sustained damage from overuse. The Leave No Trace principles help regain the health, beauty, and long-term sustainability of a site. Through the week, September 26 to October 1, the event will take place at various locations. Check our Facebook Page for details, For more information about the Leave No Trace initiative can be found at

LNT schedule:

9/26 – Leave No Trace Workshop, Davidson Interpretive Center, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Leave No Trace Workshop

Homeschool Day, Mad River Gorge, 2- 5 p.m.

9/28 – Meet and Greet Event, Mother Stewart’s Brewery, 109 W North St, Springfield, 45504, 6 p.m.

9/29 – Night Fishing Leave No Trace Session, George Rogers Clark Park, 8 p.m.

9/30 – Trail Work Day, Mad River Gorge, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

10/1 – Scout Work Day, Mad River Gorge, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Leave No Trace Homeschool Program, 2-5 p.m., Tuesday, September 26

Mad River Gorge & Nature Preserve

The Clark County Park District’s Mad River Gorge has been chosen as a Leave No Trace Hot Spot. Learn all about the Leave No Trace movement to take better care of the environment and help with a service project that day. This program will be in conjunction with our Wetland Warriors program this month!

BioBlitz, Friday, September 29 – Saturday, September 30, 1 p.m.

George Rogers Clark Park, Hertzler House Barn

Starts at noon Friday and goes until noon Saturday

For the 2nd year in a row, the Park District will be teaming up with Wittenberg’s Biology students to conduct a 24- hour count of as many species as possible throughout our parks! The public will be invited to participate in some of the counts. The Night Fishing that evening will be part of the count! Details will be posted on our Facebook page as we get closer to the event.

Night Fishing, 8 p.m.-midnight, Friday, September 29

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 repellant 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, September 27. Or register online at under Program Registration.

Sense of Place: Halloween Creatures, Monday, October 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Fairborn Library, 1 E Main St, Fairborn, OH 45324

Join the Clark County Park District and the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery to learn about some amazing “creepy” creatures. Meet some live animals that are often associated with the Halloween holiday. This program is a collaboration with BW Greenway, for their “Sense of Place” program series. Join us to have a WILD time!

Nature in Reading: Batty for Bats!, 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, October 4

New Carlisle Library, 111 E Lake Ave, New Carlisle, OH 45344.

From the size of a bumblebee to a 7 foot wingspan, bats come in many sizes and live all over the world. These mysterious, winged wonders have some of us scared and others fascinated. Learn all about the misunderstood mammals. Make your own bat craft to take home! Call the library to sign up for this monthly program at (937) 845-3601.

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Submitted by the Clark County Park District.

Submitted by the Clark County Park District.