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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

Native Plant Sale

The plant sale will be Saturday, April 29, from 10am-2pm at James Ranch Park. Plants are available for pre-sale AND/OR purchase on the day of the Plant Sale. Pre-sale is the only way to guarantee that you will receive the quantity and variety of plants that you want. Pre-sale orders must be completed by April 3. If you canít decide what to order, then visit us during the plant sale to see what is available! Pre-Sale Plants must be picked up during the Plant Sale on Saturday, April 29, between 10am and 2pm.
Saturday, April 29, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
James Ranch Park

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

Miami Valley Cycling Summit Century Ride

Enjoy 62 or 100 miles along the Little Miami Scenic Trail as you accept the challenge of completing one of two Century Rides. This Bike Miami Valley fundraiser will wrap up the festivities of the MVCS held at Wright State University. Awards will be given to those that complete the challenge. Registration includes Century awards, SAG support and rest stop snacks and drinks. Ride begins at 7 a.m. with registration opening at 6 a.m. Those completing the full Century MUST arrive at the 50 mile marker by no later than 2 p.m. On-site registration is $35.
Saturday, May 6, 6:00 AM-7:00 PM
Fairgrounds Recreation Center: Fairgrounds Recreation Center Large Shelter

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