Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Nature Day a Success

Kids enjoyed singing along to the song about the dog and the skunk.
Darke County Parks annual Nature Day event took place on Saturday April 23rd to the delight of all ages. During the cool morning, adults enjoyed a Warbler hike and a wildflower hike took place in the early afternoon, children experienced many different earth related activities throughout the day from planting trees to visiting with the animal ambassadors and from dissecting owl pellets to pretending with sticks. If they completed all eleven stations, earning a stamp in their “nature passport” each time, they received a special outdoor related prize. Young and young at heart sang along with Chris Rowlands, the naturalist musician who entertained during lunch time. The Friends of the Darke County Parks had a great lunch of hotdogs, chips, fruit, and drinks available for a small donation.

Throughout the day over 160 people enjoyed the trails, treats, and tranquility at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. The cool spring air and the warm April sun proved the perfect combination for a fun day out celebrating the earth. Naturalist Mandy Martin commented that, “The children and adults were really engaged in trying to identify the fossils at the dig station.” Both Martin and Kathi McQueen, naturalist and volunteer coordinator, mentioned the immense amount of creativity exhibited at the fairy garden station. Many parents thought their children could have spent hours constructing homes for gnomes and fairies under the shelter of the may apple flowers.

Next year’s Nature Day celebration will take place on April 22nd, 2017, Earth Day. For more information about Darke County Parks or any of the programs they offer, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email

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