The Clark County Park District encourages you to get outside and enjoy YOUR parks! Smell the crisp, autumn air, enjoy the changing leaves and watch the animals get ready for winter. We have many great programs planned, but if you are unable to attend, enjoy the parks on your own.
Most of our programs are FREE, unless otherwise noted and require advance registration to ensure we meet the required minimum. Register early to avoid program cancellation!
3 EASY WAYS TO REGISTER FOR OUR PROGRAMS:
- On-Line: Visit clarkcountyparks.org and select "Program Registration".
- By Phone: Call 937-882-6000, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
- In Person: Visit our Park Headquarters, located at the Davidson Interpretive Center, 5638 Lower Valley Pike, Springfield, OH 45502.
The Clark County Park District also offers scheduled programs for school groups, senior centers and other organizations. Call the Park District for information, 937-882-6000.
Homeschool History Programs - Ages 6-12
Experience living history and natural history in a unique, hands-on way. This series of hands-on programs is designed for homeschoolers. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and appropriate clothing. Pre-registration is required and is limited to 40 participants.
Leave No Trace Program: Tuesday, September 26,
2:00-5:00 p.m., 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 about the Leave No Trace movement to take better care of the environment and help with a service project. This program is in conjunction with our Wetland Warriors program!
Archaelogy: Discovering Our Buried Past 2: Wednesday, October 25, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Davidson Interpretive Center
Participate in an excavation, identify artifacts, and find out how
archaeologists learn about people from the past.
The History of Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 29,
1:30-3:00 p.m., Davidson Interpretive Center
Discover the roots and the turmoil surrounding this American tradition. Why did the turkey become the symbol of this holiday? Enjoy Thanksgiving snacks as we talk about how it all came to be.
Wetland Warriors - Ages 7-12
This year-round program encourages children to get outside, make new discoveries and foster friendships while learning about nature firsthand. This year, become warriors for wildlife and discover ways to protect the wildlife right in your own "backyard." Most of these programs take place outdoors. Please dress in weather-appropriate gear and closed-toe shoes. Pre-registration is required and is limited to 40 participants.
Leave No Trace Program: Tuesday, September 26,
2:00-5:00 p.m., 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 about the Leave No Trace movement to take better care of the environment and help with a service project. This program is in conjunction with our Homeschool History program!
All About Bats! Tuesday, October 24, 4:00-6:00 p.m.,
Davidson Interpretive Center
Swoop into the world of our only flying mammal. Find out how this creature hunts, sleeps, what it eats and what challenges it faces each day. With just some simple facts, YOU can help the bat survive in the wild. Meet a live bat from the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery!
Ohio's Wildlife History Timeline: Tuesday, November 21, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m, Spangler Nature Preserve, Leadingham Prairie
Discover how humans have impacted Ohio's wildlife with a fun, interactive game. What wildlife no longer live in Ohio and what are the factors that caused that to happen? Meet at Farmhouse.
READING IN NATURE
The CROW Series
Welcome to the
Wildlife; the new program series in collaboration with the New Carlisle Public Library. Delve into the lives of the wildlife that live right in our own "backyard." Each month, hear a story, learn some cool facts and do a craft or other interactive activity. This program will sometimes involve outside activities.
Each program will be at the New Carlisle Library,
111 E Lake Ave, New Carlisle, OH 45344.
The Buzz On Bees: Wednesday, September 6, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Bees are a huge part of our environment, giving us many things such as flowers, fruits and vegetables. Find out how a bee does its job and just how it helps us so much. Have a snack provided by bees!
Batty for Bats! Wednesday, October 4, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
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!
Wild For Turkeys: Wednesday, November 1, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Learn all about the beautiful, wild turkey and why it became one of the symbols of the Thanksgiving holiday. Make a turkey of your own to take home.
Clark Park Hikers, Every Thursday Morning, 9:00 a.m.
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. We are always looking for more hikers! Meet at the parking lot below the dam. A naturalist will accompany the group to point out birds, insects and other wildlife on the following dates:
* Thursday, September 7
* Thursday, October 5
* Thursday, November 16
Leave No Trace Hot Spot: Tuesday, September 26 -
With help from the Ohio Climbers Coalition, the Mad River Gorge & Nature Preserve was chosen as a Leave No Trace Hot Spot location. Only 16 sites were 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. This event will take place at various locations throughout the week:
- September 26: Homeschool Day, Mad River Gorge, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
- September 28: Meet and Greet Event, Mother Stewart's Brewery,109 W North St, Springfield, 45504, 6:00 p.m.
- September 29: Night Fishing Leave No Trace Session, George Rogers Clark Park, 8:00 p.m.
- September 30: Trail Work Day, Mad River Gorge, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- October 1: Scout Work Day, Mad River Gorge, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Check Facebook for details as we get closer to the week. More information about the Leave No Trace initiative can be found at www.lnt.org.
BioBlitz: Friday, September 29-Saturday, September 30, George Rogers Clark Park, Hertzler House Barn.
This is a 24-hour event, starting at 12:00 p.m. on Friday and ending at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, 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.
Migratory Birds Walk, Saturday, October 28, 8:00 a.m.,
Estel Wenrick Wetlands
Join Doug Overacker for a bird hike at the wetlands. This is a good time to find some of the later migrants like Golden-crowned Kinglets and Winter Wrens. Stay for a walk in the prairie to possibly spot some migrant sparrows. Meet at the Union Road parking lot.
Songs of the Night Campfire, November 3, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
George Rogers Clark Park, Campbell A-Frame Shelter
Join us for an evening of sitting by the fire, listening to the night sounds and singing by the fire. Steve Madewell, singer and songwriter, will sing songs accompanied by guitar. Then, enjoy s'mores by the fire. This is a joint program of the Clark County Park District and National Trail Parks and Recreation District.
Friday, September 29, 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.,
George Rogers Clark Park
- This is a free event!
To Pre-Register: Call the CCPD office at 937-882-6000 or visit our website at www.clarkcountyparks.org
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. 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.
(See Nature At the Parks)
Stay tuned on our Facebook page and website
for these last minute programs that highlight what's been seen in the parks. These will always be last minute (within a few days), so keep in touch to see when they are happening!
The Fair at New Boston: Education Day
Friday, September 1, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Bring your students to the town of New Boston to see theater, hear music, visit an Eastern Woodland Indian Village and meet characters such as the Ratcatcher, all from the 1700's. This is a fun, interactive and informative day for students, both from public school and homeschool. Reservations required at 937-882-9216.
The Fair at New Boston -
Saturday & Sunday, September 2 & 3, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Presale tickets: $8 /adults, $3 for children ages 6 - 11
Tickets at the gate are $10 for adults, $7 for active-duty military personnel
$3 for children ages 6-11, 5 and under are free
Mark your calendars for the annual Fair at New Boston where you can step back in time to enjoy historic food, shop at local merchants, and meet historic characters. Roam the streets of New Boston in the country's most authentic 18th-century market fair. See the works of world renowned historic artisans. This program is provided by the George Rogers Clark Heritage Association. Presale tickets are available online at FairatNewBoston.org, in person at the Gathering House until Friday, September 1or by mailing an order for tickets to P.O. Box 1251, Springfield, OH 45501 until August 28. For more information, call the Heritage Association at 937-882-9216 or visit online at www.grcha.org.
Hertzler House Tours at the Fair -
Saturday & Sunday, September 2 & 3, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Special Fair Price: Adults $5; Students $1
Fair participants with medallions get in FREE.
Tour the historic Hertzler House to see how people lived in that time period.
Redwork Embroidery Class, Tuesday, September 12,
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Davidson Interpretive Center
Redwork is a form of embroidery popular in the 19th century. Crafters are making this popular again today. Join the Hertzler House Museum Advisory Committee to learn the basics of this art. All materials will be provided. Enjoy light refreshments that day. The cost for this workshop is $20.00, payable to the Hertzler House. Class size is limited to 20 individuals. Contact Barbara Arnold at (937) 864-1046 or email email@example.com.
Button! Button! Who's Got the Button?
Sunday, September 24, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.,
George Rogers Clark Park, Hertzler House
Join us for a special open house to view a fabulous, antique button collection. Mr. 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.
Sense of Place: Halloween Creatures,
Monday, October 2, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Fairborn Library, 1 E Main St, Fairborn
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!
Saturday, October 21 * 7:00 - 10:30 p.m.
George Rogers Clark Park, $10/person, 6 & Under are free
Prepare yourselves for a night of haunted, historical surprises as you tour the Hertzler House, the site of the first unsolved murder in Clark County. Then, take a haunted hayride where you'll meet spooky characters along the way. Experience the park like never before. We have an "All Hallow's Eve" adventure in store for you. Don't miss it or BEWARE! We suggest that families arrive to the event early in the evening to avoid a long wait.
Fireside History Chats, 7:00 p.m.,
Davidson Interpretive Center, 5638 Lower Valley Pike
Join us each month for an entertaining program to learn about the history of this area. Pre-registration is required and registration is limited to 40.
Tuesday, September 12: "Digging Peckuwe: Archaeology of a Revolutionary-War Era Shawnee Battlefield", Lance Greene, Professor of Archaeology, Wright State University
During the summers of 2016-17, Anthropology faculty and students from Wright State University excavated the Revolutionary War era site of Peckuwe. Peckuwe was a Shawnee village during the 1770s. It was attacked by Americans in the summer of 1780 and, after a day-long battle, destroyed. The Shawnee fled further northwest, and never reoccupied the site. Archaeological investigations focused on identifying remnants of the battle and of the Shawnee village. Most of the artifacts recovered are associated with the battle.
Tuesday, October 10: A Visit with Black Hoof: Betrayal
Rusty Cottrel, Historical Reenactor
Black Hoof is back to continue his story! This presentation will overlap with the first, from the Battle of Peckuwe to the border war period. He will discuss the Battle of Fallen Timbers, Black Hoof''s reason for signing the Treaty of Greenville and his interpretation of that treaty. He will explain his plan to integrate his people into the American/U.S. culture as citizens, thereby explaining why he and the majority of the Shawnee either actively supported the U.S. side in the War of 1812, or sought to remain neutral and clear of the hostilities. There will be discussion of the "reservation" plan in the Wapakaneta area and the eventual "betrayal" by the U.S. government under the Jackson administration.
Tuesday, November 28: Origins of the Declaration of Independence,
Ski Schanher, Local Historian
Discover aspects of the history of the American Revolution and the origins of one of the most important documents in American history. Learn when and how the country moved toward independence, the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the controversies surrounding it.
Our Clark County Parks
Estel Wenrick Wetlands:
Main Entrance 2855 Union Road, Medwday
George Rogers Clark Park:
Main Entrance 930 S. Tecumseh Road, Springfield
Davidson Interpretive Center & Battle of Peckuwe, 5638 Lower Valley Pike, Springfield
The Hertzler House, 930 S. Tecumseh Road, Springfield
Little Miami Scenic Trail:
Beatty Station Trailhead: 3200 Springfield-Xenia Road, Springfield
Mad River Gorge & Nature Preserve:
Main Entrance 2710 Dayton-Springfield Road, Springfield
Prairie Grass Trail:
Trailhead 147 Mound Street, South Charleston
Spangler Nature Preserve:
Leadingham Farm Entrance: 3656 Spangler Road, Medway
Leadingham Prairie Entrance: Intersection of Union & Spangler Roads, Medway
Mad River Entrance (Future): Spangler Road, Medway
The Clark County Park District | clarkcountyparks.org | 937.882.6000
5638 Lower Valley Pike, Springfield, Ohio 45502