Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Nature Day at Darke County Parks

What better time to celebrate nature than Earth Day weekend? On Saturday, April 23rd from 10am to 3pm spend the day exploring wildflowers, boxturtles, a Great Horned owl, and much more along the trails of Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Stations will be scattered in the prairie, woods, and outside the Nature Center encouraging everyone to discover all aspects of nature. Children will have the opportunity to have their “passport” stamped at each station for a prize. There will be naturalist-led hikes throughout the day for adults. Visitors will also get the chance to see many of the Nature Center “Animal Ambassadors” up-close.

Entertainer extraordinaire, Chris Rowlands, will present a FREE concert at 12pm. Chris is a naturalist for Aullwood Audubon Center, bringing music and life-size puppets to the stage for the enjoyment of children and adults alike! The Native Plant Sale will occur during the festivities. Pre-order now, or pick from what’s left! Order forms can be picked up at the Nature Center office west of Greenville on St. Rt. 502 or downloaded from the parks website in the same file as the Spring 2016 Nature Notes. The Friends of the Park will also be serving a low cost, hotdog lunch from 11am to 1pm.

Come out to Shawnee Prairie, and let’s celebrate nature! For questions or more information about this exciting event, check out the website at www.darkecountyparks.org, email info@darkecountyparks.org, or call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

Photo Caption-A volunteer teaches some young nature explorers about the Nature Center’s corn snake.

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