May 10, 2012

Plenty of Opportunities to Discover the Darke County Parks

with the Birds

GREENVILLE – As a special way to start off the festivities during their Nature Day event, Darke County Parks is hosting an event to celebrate birds!  Join Naturalist Robb Clifford on May 26, 7:30 a.m., for a morning carry-in breakfast and bird talk. After they eat, they will grab the binoculars and field guides and head for the trails! With the help of the Darke County Birders, they will determine where the “best” birds of the season are currently being located and focus their attention there. 
Binoculars and field guides are available for loan. If you’re not interested in the breakfast, join them at 8 a.m. for the bird walk! Meet at the Nature Center to join in this celebration of birds! 
For more information on this and other programs offered by the Darke County Park District, please call the Nature Center, 548-0165 or visit their website at

Several camps are available for children ages 6-15 years old. Space is limited. Register early.

Register for a Darke Co. Parks Summer Camp

GREENVILLE – Schools out for summer! What are your kids going to do with all of their free time?  Send them to the Darke County Parks for one of their Summer Camps.  Each camp is five days full of fun and creative ways to discover nature!  Hikes, crafts and activities will enhance your child’s appreciation and understanding of the natural world and historic past all around them! 
For those children who are 6-7 years old and have completed kindergarten, DCP is offering Nature; From the Group Up!  They will begin the week digging in the dirt and work their way up to the sky.  During this camp, be prepared to get dirty, hop in the creek and maybe learn to fly…a Kite!  This camp will be held July 16-20.  Registration is due by June 18.  Camp will be held from 9:30 a.m.-noon and the cost is $65. 
Eight to nine-year olds need to be prepared to get wet! During this Wet, Wild and Wonderful camp, they will discover the different types of insects, birds, and amphibians in Darke County.  They will determine where they call home, and how they survive in the woods, prairie and water!  Wet, Wild and Wonderful camp will be held July 9-13.  Registration is due June 11.  Camp will be held from 9:30 a.m.-noon and the cost is $70. 
For 10-12 year olds, they are once again hosting their annual favorite, Paddling, Hiking and Camping on June 25-29, 1-4 p.m. The adventure begins with paddling lessons in kayaks and canoes, followed by a float down Greenville Creek.   Finally, they will pitch tents, paddle the shoreline and cook their own dinner during an overnight outing to a lakeside campout.   Registration is due May 29.  The cost of 10-12 year old camp is $75.
Extreme Adventures camp is for those teenagers (13-15 years old) who say they are bored this summer.  During this camp, be prepared for anything!   From zip-lining to kayaking down the river to a camp-out, they will see what kind of adventures they can get into. Your teen will not be bored at this extreme camp, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 18-June 22.  The fee for this camp is $95 and registration is due by May 29. 
Darke County Parks Summer Camps are filling up fast!  Stop by the Nature Center to pick up your registration form and sign your child/children up today!  Remember, you are not registered for camp until they have received your registration forms and payment.  Space is limited; call the Nature Center at 548-0165 for more information.
Discover or re-discover what the Darke County Parks have to offer on May 26. 

Nature Day is free event at Darke Co. Parks

GREENVILLE – Let’s Celebrate Nature! Grab your boots and get outside! Throughout this exciting day, Shawnee Prairie Preserve, 4267 State Route 502 West), will be aflutter of activity for all ages!   Nature Day is a FREE event for the whole family that will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on May 26. There will be scads of educational stations scattered throughout the park, from the wetlands to the woods, filled with information and activities for all to enjoy. Children will have the opportunity to have their “passport” stamped at each station.  There will also be scheduled, naturalist-led, hikes and programs throughout the day for nature-enthusiasts to enjoy.  Spending the whole day at the Park? 
The Friends of the Darke County Park District will have Chicken Dinners available, PRE-SALE ONLY.  The deadline to buy your ticket is May 14.  Tickets may be purchased at the Nature Center. 
For more information, call the Nature Center, 548-0165 or visit their website, Come out to Shawnee Prairie Preserve to Discover (or re-discover) what your Darke County Parks has to offer! 


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