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Ohio's Vanishing Birds

Twenty percent of the bird species listed as endangered or threatened in Ohio live in fields, meadows or prairies. These bird species populations, across North America, are in the sharpest decline. On this field trip we will search for rare birds like Lark and Henslow Sparrow, Blue Grosbeak, and Bobolink around Greene County and the Columbus area. Please bring binoculars, water bottle and a sack lunch.
Saturday, June 23, 7:00 AM-3:00 PM
Nature Center

Night Ride: Xenia Station to Spring Valley

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, June 23, 7:00-9:00 PM
Xenia Station

Volunteer Training - Meet the Beetles

Learn more about the most dominant species-rich group of organisms on this planet-the Beetles! A presentation will touch on some of the many types found in Ohio, which ones are beneficial and which are harmful. See some live beetles and then take a hike to look for more. Volunteer training is open to anyone interested in volunteering in the parks.
Monday, June 25, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Narrows Reserve Nature Center

Minecraft Unplugged

Get outside and live Minecraft for real! Actually dig for minerals, craft your own diamond sword,
go on survival mode and use a bow and arrow against creepers, zombies and other mobs! Find treasure on adventure mode and more!
Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. Jun. 25-29, 9:00 AM-2:30 PM
Main Parking Lot

Full Moon Night Hike - Strawberry Moon

What is a waning, waxing or crescent moon? Enjoy an evening hike under a full moon while the naturalist explains the different stages of the moon and how they effect our environment.
Thursday, June 28, 9:00-10:30 PM
Karohl Park

Lightening Bug Party

Light up the night. Make your own lightening bug that really glows! A park naturalist will be on hand to discuss how and why lightening bugs make light, what species live in Ohio, whey they are in decline and what you can do to help. Follow a self-guided glow trail through the meadows and woods as these insects add sparkle to the evening. A limited number of nets will be on hand for children of all ages.
Saturday, June 30, 8:30-10:00 PM
Russ Nature Reserve

Selfie Scavenger Hunt - Creekside Trail

Do you like a challenge? Like to solve mysteries or puzzles? Each month we will send you on a different scavenger hunt at a different location. A group of photos will be available on the Greene County Parks & Trails Facebook site or by calling the park office at 937-562-6474. Locate each place or item depicted in the photos and take a selfie at each spot. Once you have located everything, post the photos to your own Facebook site and tag Greene County Parks & Trails or you can send them to us at kperez@co.greene.oh.us. Prizes are awarded for finding all of the locations. Prizes can be picked up at the Greene County Parks & Trails office at 575 Ledbetter Rd., Monday thru Friday, 7:30 am 4 pm. July park - Creekside Trail between Alpha and Grange Hall Rd.
Sun, Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. Jul. 1-31, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM
Bike Trails: Creekside Trail

Night Ride - Xenia Station to Cedarville

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. Incentives will be offered to those participants who complete 132 or 265 available miles.
Saturday, July 7, 7:00-9:00 PM
Xenia Station

Advanced Outdoor Skills

Campers will build on their basic outdoor skills to build a lean-to to sleep in, cook their supper over a fire, as well as use a map and compass to find buried treasure. Overnight camp out included. Dinner, snack and breakfast will be provided. * must have completed Basic Outdoor Skills
Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. Jul. 9-13, 9:00 AM-2:30 PM
Sperling Lane Entrance

Survivor

Could you survive the challenges our wildlife faces? Imagine you are a freshly hatched box turtle or a hawk that just learned to fly. Spend two days facing natures obstacles and complete the challenges.
Mon., Tue. Jul. 9-10, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Russ Nature Reserve