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Fishing Permit

Make memories for yourself, your friends or your family with a Spring Lakes Park fishing permit. Choose to fish for one day...or all you create your own fishing tales!
Sun, Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 12:00 AM
Spring Lakes Park: Spring Lakes Fishing Permit

Animal Encounters

How can a hummingbird fly 500 miles non-stop? Why would a beautiful bright red-and-black bird migrate to Ohio? Should they not be somewhere tropical? Join the naturalist for a close-up look at feathers from migratory species. Learn how to attract them to your landscape, their history and more. This is a drop-in program. Participants are welcome anytime between 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, April 30, 1:00-3:00 PM
Narrows Reserve: Narrows Reserve Nature Center

Bird Migration Field Trip

Ohio is filled with many butterflies of the bird world during spring migration. Vireos, thrushes and warblers are some of the most colorful wildlife. Ohio is part of a major migration route. The edges of Lake Erie are a resting spot before that final journey north. This field trip will explore a variety of habitats with the possibility of 100 different bird species.
Tuesday, May 2, 7:00 AM-7:00 PM
Narrows Reserve

Milkweed for Monarchs

Our pollinators are in trouble. Between the loss of habitat and extreme weather, the population of insects is plummeting. Although we don't always like every insect, we do need them to help pollinate our food crop and wildflowers. Join us to learn more about what pollinators need and how you can help in your backyard garden.
Saturday, May 6, 10:00-11:30 AM
Narrows Reserve: Narrows Reserve Nature Center

Better Gnomes and Gardens

Are there tiny gnomes living in your garden? Build a gnome home with a patio garden to keep your friendly garden fairy comfortable. Decorate your fairy home whimsical or woodsy. Participants need to bring along 9x9 and 5x5 clay pots. All other supplies will be provided.
Sunday, May 7, 1:00-2:30 PM
James Ranch Park

Spring Bird Count

Catch a glimpse of some familiar species and try your luck at some of the more unusual birds such as Cerulean Warblers and American Bittern. So grab your binoculars and some snacks to join the naturalists on this spring bird challenge. Participants are welcome to join us any time throughout the day. Please call the park office for our exact location.

If you can't get out into the parks or are not a birder, challenge our staff by sponsoring the number of birds they can find. You can donate per bird or a flat dollar amount. How many species do you think we can find?

Monday, May 8, 7:00 AM-6:30 PM
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Full Moon Night Hike - Flower Moon

Spring is the time for wildflowers in the Massie Creek Gorge. By the light of the full moon, let's see what wildlife also enjoys the sweet plants growing in this habitat.
Wednesday, May 10, 8:30-10:00 PM
Indian Mound Reserve: Indian Mound Reserve Williamson Mound lot

Night Ride: Xenia Station to Fifth-Third Gateway Park

Join the GCP&T Trail Sentinels for a moonlight ride along the region's bike trails. GCP&T Trail Sentinels are an elite volunteer group who patrol the trails and coordinate several cycling events. All night riders must be 18 and older, wear a helmet and have lights on their bikes. Rides will be cancelled in the event of a thunderstorm.
Saturday, May 13, 7:00-9:00 PM
Bike Trails: Creekside Trail

Spring Nature Hike

Get out and enjoy the warm spring weather, wildflowers, returning song birds and our natural world coming to life. We will be hiking along Massie Creek gorge --- home to some of the prettiest wildflowers in the county. If you are a bird watcher, be sure to bring along your binoculars. Warblers, tanagers and vireos have been seen along this trail.
Sunday, May 14, 1:00-2:30 PM
Indian Mound Reserve: Indian Mound Reserve Williamson Mound lot

Big Backyard - Caterpillars

Can you match the caterpillar to the butterfly or moth it becomes? Caterpillars are fascinating critters that through camouflage can look like a leaf, a stick and even bird poo. Join us for a craft and a hike all about caterpillars.
Wednesday, May 17, 9:30-10:30 AM
Narrows Reserve: Narrows Reserve Nature Center