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, 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
Be part of this national, family-friendly science project. No volcanoes to build, no posters to make — just sit back and watch the birds that feed at the Narrows Nature Center’s bird feeders. Bird populations can tell a lot about climate and habitat changes. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, help the naturalist track the number of birds and species that come to the feeders at Narrows.
Participants will learn about rare or unusual birds in the area during the winter season, along with woodpeckers, finches, cardinals and other feeder birds. Binoculars are recommended for this free event. Project Feeder Watch will also be held 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 4.
Big Backyard invites individuals aged 2-5 years old to explore nature in the winter and create a craft. The next Big Backyard event, focusing on A Long Winter’s Nap: Hibernation, will take place 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Narrows. Registration is required by Sunday, Jan. 15. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 18 years or older. Parents are asked to assist their children with the craft and hike.
Seasoned beekeepers are invited to a class highlighting improving hive health, harvesting honey and addressing specific concerns. This class is for those 15 years and older who already have hives or have taken the beginning beekeeping workshop. It takes place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at Narrows. Cost for the series is $40 for Greene County residents and $50 for nonresidents. Attendees must be registered by Saturday, Jan. 14.
Participants will learn everything about raising bees, setting up hives, equipment, products of the hive and much more. There will also be hands-on experience. The instructor for this workshop is Bill Starrett, one of 18 Ohio State Beekeeper Association’s certified master instructors. Class is held 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday evenings Jan. 26 through March 2. Snow Date: March 9. Cost for residents is $40 and non-residents, $50. Pre-registration is required by Jan. 21. The workshop will take place at the Greene County Media Room, 541 Ledbetter Road.
Bluebird Box Building
Learn more about the Eastern Bluebird — how to attract them, the best place to put a bluebird box and how to maintain it. Fee is charged per box: $12 for residents and $15 for non-residents. Please bring a hammer to use in class. Class is 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at Narrows. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, Jan. 26.
All GCP&T volunteers are invited to learn once a month about the natural world. Each month has an outdoor segment so be sure to dress for the weather. The session from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Jan. 30 at Narrows will focus on winter tree identification.
Bird Feeding for Dummies
Join GCP&T for this fun experiment. With an oversized coat, a wide brim hat and bird seed, birds like chickadees and tufted titmice may come close and might even feed right out of your hand. Maximum of 10 minutes per person. The fee is $5 for the event 1:30-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4 at Narrows.
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.
2017 activity guide available
The GCP&T Winter/Early Spring 2017 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 online edition is available at gcparkstrails.com.
Greene County News report compiled by Anna Bolton.