Greene County parks events

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 [email protected] or visit The Narrows Reserve Nature Center is located at 2575 Indian Ripple Road.

Volunteer training

Through a hike and hands-on activities 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, May 22 at Narrows, volunteers will learn about birds nests, how they are made and how to identify the bird that made it. This class is for volunteers of GCP&T. All volunteers are invited once a month to learn more about the natural world.

Fishing derby

Kids can try their luck and fishing skills at the School’s Out Fishing Derby 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 27 at Spring Lakes Park, 2191 Ferry Road, Bellbrook. Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish caught and the most fish caught in the 6-8 year old and 12-16 year old age brackets. Parents can help children bait their hooks but children must do their own casting and reel in the fish. Registration opens one hour before derby begins.

Wetlands hike

Discover mid-spring in the wetlands 10-11:30 a.m., Sunday, May 28 at Hebble Creek Reserve on Spangler Road in Fairborn. Join the GCP&T naturalist for an exploration of birds, amphibians and plants typical to a wetland. Learn why wetlands are such an important habitat.

Full moon night hike

Enjoy the nocturnal sights and sounds of the marsh under the light of the full moon 9-10:30 p.m., Friday, June 9 at Cemex Reserve, 1100 Sanctuary Drive, Fairborn.

Junction Earthworks field trip

This trip will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 11. Participants should meet at Narrows. Junction Earthworks is one of the newest preserved archeological sites in Ohio. It is made of up to nine ceremonial earthworks constructed by the Hopewell roughly 2,000 years ago, the most unique site being shaped like a four leaf clover, called the Quatrefoil. The group will enjoy a special guided tour through the earthworks. After a sack lunch, participants will hike around part of the restored prairie.

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.

Parks meetings

The Greene County Park District holds its monthly meetings 3:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at GCP&T agency headquarters, 575 Ledbetter Road. The Greene County Park District Commissioners are John A. Finlay, Chairman; Anthony Sculimbrene, Vice-Chairman; and Jonathan Dobney, Commissioner.

2017 activity guide available

The GCP&T Winter/Early Spring 2017 Activity Guide is available at 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.

Greene County News report compiled by Anna Bolton.

Greene County News report compiled by Anna Bolton.