Upcoming Events

Check out our upcoming Spring Programs!
Click on the image on the left for a listing
of current programs and events in our
Clark County Parks.

 

 

We are excited to announce our Newest Park! Mad River Gorge & Nature Preserve

Grand Opening: Sunday, May 21, 2017, 12:00 Noon
2710 Dayton-Springfield Road
Springfield, Ohio 45506
Google Maps Locator for Mad River Gorge & Nature Preserve

The Clark County Park District is excited to announce the opening of our newest preserve on Sunday, May 21. At 12:00 noon a ribbon cutting, followed by climbing demonstrations, guided nature walks, yoga, slacklining, and other fun activities can be enjoyed by all. We invite everyone to come and explore the newest addition to our Park District!

Adopt a Crag!

(click here for info in pdf format)

Join us for our  “Adopt a Crag” event on Saturday, May 20. Volunteers working in small groups will help remove trash from the natural area, build trails and steps, and help develop the climbing areas on the natural rock cliffs, extending up to 40-50 feet high in some places. The Access Fund and Ohio Climbers Coalition are partnering with the Park District to develop this exciting new natural area. For more information, please click here or go to the “Mad River Gorge & Nature Preserve” tab under “Our Parks”.

 

 


Other Upcoming Events

This list does not yet include all 2017 programs. A complete list of programs will be added as each season approaches. Past programs will be deleted to allow for easier browsing.


Clark Park Hikers, Every Thursday Morning, 9:00 am,  George Rogers Clark Park.

Join Park District Volunteers each Thursday morning to enjoy a walk through the woods at George Rogers Clark Park. This group has been exploring the park weekly for over 10 years, yet each week brings a new discovery! Meet at the parking lot below the dam and experience the beauty and camaraderie found in the outdoors.


STARGAZE SERIES, 8:30 – 10:30 PM, Friday, April 21, Davidson Interpretive Center.

Join us for an evening under the stars as we explore the mysteries of the night sky. Enjoy a view like never before with our 14 inch telescope that even allows you to see the rings of Saturn. Bring something to sit on and dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required and registration is limited to 40 participants. Please pre-register through Program Registration or by calling 937-882-6000.


Honeysuckle Hack, Saturday, April 22, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Estel Wenrick Wetlands.

Volunteer for a day of conservation work in the park by helping to remove invasive species from the natural area. The B-W Greenway helps the Park District to maintain the health of the Estel Wenrick Wetlands by removing the invasive honeysuckle plant and garlic mustard so that native plants can thrive.

Please dress for the weather and wear old clothes: long sleeves, long pants, hat and solid shoes (or rubber boots) and work gloves. Bring plenty of water to drink. Must be with parent or guardian if under 16 years of age. Please pre-register through Program Registration or by calling 937-882-6000.  Meet at Union Road Parking Lot.


The Gantlet, This event is being rescheduled for Fall, 2017

This challenging 5K run/walk takes you to the hidden corners of George Rogers Clark Park.  More information will be coming soon!


Homeschool History Program: A Wild Encounter, 1:30 – 3:00 PM, Wednesday, April 26, Davidson Interpretive Center.

Brukner Nature Center Staff

Meet some of Brukner’s animal ambassadors up close. Learn where they live, what they eat, and some other cool facts about Ohio wildlife. Please pre-register through Program Registration or by calling 937-882-6000.


AVIAN HIKE SERIES: Warbler Walk, 7:30-9:30 AM, Saturday, April 29, George Rogers Clark Park.

Meet at the Demint Shelter located at the end of the park road. Register for this program at www.clarkcountyparks.org or call (937) 882-6000.


Sense of Place: The Wildflowers of Spring, 6:30 PM, Monday, May 1, Fairborn Public Library, 1 E Main St, Fairborn, OH 45324.

With Pam Bennett, Associate Professor and Horticulture Director, Ohio State University Extension Clark County. Discover Ohio’s amazing wildflowers and what you can find in your local parks. View some pictures to better learn how to identify these beauties on the trails. This program is in partnership with BW Greenway. Call the Fairborn Library at (937) 878-9383 for details.


READING IN NATURE–Children Respecting Our Wildlife (CROW): Amazing Amphibians, 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Wednesday, May 3, New Carlisle Library, 111 E Lake Ave, New Carlisle.

The amphibians are on the move this month. Discover where these not-so-slimy creatures live, what they eat and how to find some of them by sound. Delve into the lives of the wildlife that live right in our own “backyard”. Each month, hear a story, learn some cool facts and do a craft or other interactive activity. This program will sometimes involve outside activities.


Nature at Night, 7:30 – 10:00 PM, Friday, May 5, Snyder Park Clubhouse Shelter House.

Celebrate nature at night with a storytelling campfire featuring a portrayal of Johnny Appleseed. A Stargaze through a large industrial telescope will begin at 8:30 pm. This program is in partnership with National Trail Parks and Recreation District. Pre-registration is available online at www.ntprd.org or in person at the NTPRD Administration Building.


Garlic Mustard Pull, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Saturday, May 6, Estel Wenrick Wetlands.

Volunteer for a day of conservation work in the park by helping to remove invasive species from the natural area. The B-W Greenway helps the Park District to maintain the health of the Estel Wenrick Wetlands by removing the invasive honeysuckle plant and garlic mustard so that native plants can thrive.

Please dress for the weather and wear old clothes: long sleeves, long pants, hat and solid shoes (or rubber boots) and work gloves. Bring plenty of water to drink. Must be with parent or guardian if under 16 years of age. Please pre-register through Program Registration or by calling 937-882-6000.  Meet at Union Road Parking Lot


Mother/Daughter Tea Party , 11:00 am– 12:30 pm, Saturday, May 6, George Rogers Clark Park; Hertzler House.

Have a spot of tea with us at the 1850’s era Hertzler House. Enjoy a tea party with refreshments and tea or juice, complete with fancy tableware. Learn what life was like for the Hertzlers in the mid-1800’s and take a guided tour of the house. Please dress up if desired. Hats, scarves and gloves are encouraged! (Children must be accompanied by an adult guardian.) Limited to 12 participants. This program is $5.00 per person. Please pre-register through Program Registration or by calling 937-882-6000. Please sign up early!


Spring at New Boston, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Saturday, May 6 – Sunday, May 7, Gathering House, George Rogers Clark Park.

Join the George Rogers Clark Heritage Association at the Gathering House for a plant sale and educational programs. Please call the Heritage Association at 937-882-9216 for more details.


Homeschool Program: Mother/Daughter Tea Party , 1:30 pm– 3:00 pm, Wednesday, May 10, George Rogers Clark Park; Hertzler House.

Have a spot of tea with us at the 1850’s era Hertzler House. Enjoy a tea party with refreshments and tea or juice, complete with fancy tableware. Learn what life was like for the Hertzlers in the mid-1800’s and take a guided tour of the house. Please dress up if desired. Hats, scarves and gloves are encouraged! (Children must be accompanied by an adult guardian.) Limited to 12 participants. This program is $5.00 per person. Please pre-register through Program Registration or by calling 937-882-6000. Please sign up early!


AVIAN HIKE SERIES: Spring Migration Hike, 7:30 AM, Saturday, May 13, Buck Creek State Park.

Meet at the parking lot at the corner of Croft Road and Robert Eastman R Register for this program at www.ntprd.org or in person at the NTPRD Administrative Building.


Trail Riders, 10:00 AM, Monday, May 15, Beatty Station Staging Area, Ages: 18 & Older. 

Trail Riders is a guided, self-paced biking program that is approximately 15 miles and explores local bike trails while promoting fitness and fun. * Pre-ride clinics will be held on the 1st Monday of each month at 9:30 am. Bike helmets are required. This ride is in partnership with National Trail Parks and Recreation District. Call (937) 328 – PARK for more information.


Wetland Warriors, Investigation: Bike Trail , 5:30 – 8:30 PM, Tuesday, May 16, Beatty Station, 3200 Springfield-Xenia Road, Drop off at Beatty Station at 5:30 and pickup at Yellow Springs at 8:30.

Explore what lives along the bike trail as we ride the trails and do some nature watching. After the ride, enjoy some snacks or ice cream at Young’s Jersey Dairy. We must have a parent volunteer for this ride. Please make sure your bike has had a tune-up before the ride. A helmet and bike lights are a must! Please pre-register through Program Registration or by calling 937-882-6000.


Mad River Gorge & Nature Preserve: Work Weekend, 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday, May 20 – Sunday, May 21.

The Access Fund Conservation Team, the Ohio Climbers Coalition and hundreds of volunteers will come together to perform a massive clean-up of the gorge along with the construction of trails and the establishment of climbing areas. The event will include food, games, raffles, and a lot of hard work. Help us get the new park area ready for public enjoyment! To volunteer, visit http://www.ohioclimberscoalition.org/new-events/.


Homeschool History Program: Family Day, 1:30 – 4:30 PM, Wednesday, May 24, George Rogers Clark Park.

Bring out the whole family for an afternoon of games, hiking and even some fishing at the lake. Bring your own lunch sides and we will provide the hotdogs. Please pre-register through Program Registration or by calling 937-882-6000.


Frog Night Hike, 8:00 – 9:30 PM, Friday, May 26, Estel Wenrick Wetlands.

Find out what you and your family can discover on an evening hike with Dr. Amber Burgett, Assistant Professor of Biology at Wittenberg University. Search for Ohio’s amazing amphibians (frogs and salamanders) as we stroll through the wetlands. This is breeding time for our frogs, so they are very vocal, trying to attract mates.  Come join us! Pre-registration is required.


Fishing Derby, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Saturday, May 27. George Rogers Clark Park, Hosterman Lake.

Get outside and fish with us!  Fishermen of all ages can enjoy this opportunity so bring the family.  Prizes will be available for the biggest catch of each species and the most fish caught.  Please bring your own fishing pole if you have one! Sponsored by the Friends of the Clark County Park District. No registration required.


Wetland Warriors, Investigation: The Mad River, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Tuesday, June 13, Spangler Road. Meet at Leadingham Prairie.

Explore the Mad River at one of our new parks to look for macroinvertebrates, birds, fish and other creatures that live in and around Ohio’s rivers. Conduct a water quality assessment to discover the health of the Mad River. You will get wet at this program! Please pre-register through Program Registration or by calling 937-882-6000.


Living History Day Camp, June 19, 21, OR 23, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Hertzler House, George Rogers Clark Park. $35.00/child.

Attention 4th and 5th graders! Discover what it was like to live in the mid-1800’s by attending our Living History Day Camp. Take a tour of the historic Hertzler House, make an old-fashioned meal and find out what toys they played with in that time period. You must register for this program by calling Barbara Arnold at 937-864-1046 or bsadragon@sbcglobal.net. This program is limited to 10 campers a day.


Homeschool Program: Wetland Wonders, 1:30 – 3:30 PM, Wednesday, June 28, Estel Wenrick Wetlands, 2855 Union Road, Medway.

Come explore the wetlands as we look for birds, mammals and the reptiles that reside in this important ecosystem. Please pre-register through Program Registration or by calling 937-882-6000.


Wetland Warriors, Investigation: The Gorge , 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Tuesday, July 18Mad River Gorge & Nature Preserve, Dayton-Springfield Road.

Come explore our new park to uncover what lives there. There are natural cliffs, the Mad River, a meadow and many other things to find at the Mad River Gorge. Please pre-register through Program Registration or by calling 937-882-6000.


Homeschool Program: Butterfly Hike, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Wednesday, July 26, Leadingham Prairie, 3656 Spangler Road, Medway.

Join us as we search for the 40 + species of butterflies that live in our prairie each year. We will also discover the vibrant plants they pollinate throughout the summer. Please pre-register through Program Registration or by calling 937-882-6000.


Homeschool Program: Water Exploration, 1:30 – 3:30 PM, Wednesday, August 16, George Rogers Clark Park, 930 S. Tecumseh Road, Springfield.

Discover what lies beneath the water by going “creeking” at the Park. We will search for tiny insects that live in the ripples of the creek, test the quality of the stream and see what else we can find. Wear shoes and clothes to get wet! Please pre-register through Program Registration or by calling 937-882-6000.


The Clark County Park District also offers scheduled history and nature programs for school groups, senior centers and other organizations. Please call us at 937-882-6000 for pricing and other details.