Greene County News
XENIA — Greene County Parks & Trails (GCP&T) will host a variety of upcoming events. For more information or to register for programs contact the parks at 937-562-6440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.gcparkstrails.com. The Narrows Reserve Nature Center is located at 2575 Indian Ripple Rd., Beavercreek.
Project Feeder Watch
Citizens are invited to assist the Greene County Parks and Trails and Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in monitoring the types and volume of birds calling Greene County their home throughout the winter months. Project Feeder Watch, taking place 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Narrows Reserve Nature Center, focuses on learning about rare or unusual birds found in the area during the current season; participants will also learn about woodpeckers, finches, cardinals and other feeder birds. Binoculars are recommended. The event is free.
Big backyard invites individuals aged 2-5 years old to explore nature and create a craft. The next Big Backyard event, in which the craft will focus on hibernation, will take place 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Narrows Reserve Nature Center. Registration is required by Sunday, Jan. 15. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 18 years old and elder. Parents are asked to assist their children with the craft and hike.
Second-Year Beekeeping Class series
Seasoned beekeepers are invited to a class highlighting improving hive health, harvesting honey and addressing specific concerns. It takes place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Narrows Reserve Nature Center. Cost for the series is $40 for Greene County residents; $50 for nonresidents. Attendees must be registered by Friday, Jan. 13.
Trails welcome all
Whether a cyclist, walker or even horseback rider, the Little Miami Scenic Trail between Xenia and Yellow Springs offers scenic vistas overlooking several creeks as well as the restored and historic Hyde Road Bridge. This trail is one of five trails in Greene County managed by GCP&T and is part of the nation’s largest network of paved trails. For more information on the trail network or to receive a free regional trail map, contact GCP&T.
The Greene County Park District holds its monthly meetings 3:20 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at GCP&T agency headquarters.
New activity guide available
The GCP&T Autumn 2016 Activity Guide is now available on the park agency’s website or by calling the park headquarters for an email or mail copy. The guide features all programs, festivals and special events offered by the park agency, as well as information on renting park facilities and an overview of all park sites. An on-line edition is available at gcparkstrails.com.
Greene County News report compiled by Anna DeWine-Bolton.