Greene County News
XENIA — Greene County Parks & Trails (GCP&T) will host a variety of upcoming events. For more information or to register for programs contact the parks at 937-562-6440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.gcparkstrails.com. The Narrows Reserve Nature Center is located at 2575 Indian Ripple Road, Beavercreek.
Santa’s Holiday in the Park
Bring the whole family to this festive annual event that captures and celebrates the magic of the season. This event features a self-guided walking tour, hands-on children’s activities, holiday temporary tattoos and more. Donations accepted. Photographs may be purchased from betterImages. The event will take place 6-9 p.m., nightly through Saturday, Dec. 10 at James Ranch Park.
All are invited to bring their favorite four-footed friend for a photo with Santa in the 1800s brick home at James Ranch Park 2-4 p.m. Dec. 11. Donations appreciated.
Project Feeder Watch
Help with this nationwide research project 10-11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 17 at Narrows. Learn how to attract birds to feeders and what kinds of birds are in the area during the winter. This data helps scientists track winter bird populations and long-term trends.
Explore nature 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 at Narrows. Each month will highlight a different activity, such as creating a craft or going for a hike. In December, participants will create treats for wildlife and share these as decorations along the trail. Preregistration is required before Friday, Dec. 16.
Winter Solstice hike
Enjoy the silence of the winter woods on this quiet hike in the park. De-stress from the holiday madness while relaxing on this winter stroll 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at Narrows. This luminary light hike is self-guided.
Winter Break Nature Camp
Get out and explore this winter break. Track wildlife in the snow, learn animal winter survival techniques, do science experiments with winter snow. Hands-on fun will be part of camp. Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28 and Thursday, Dec. 29 at Narrows. Preregistration is required before Wednesday, Dec. 21.
Trails welcome all
Whether a cyclist, walker or even horseback rider, the Little Miami Scenic Trail between Xenia and Yellow Springs offers scenic vistas overlooking several creeks as well as the restored and historic Hyde Road Bridge. This trail is one of five trails in Greene County managed by GCP&T and is part of the nation’s largest network of paved trails. For more information on the trail network or to receive a free regional trail map, contact GCP&T.
The Greene County Park District holds its monthly meetings 3:20 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at GCP&T agency headquarters.
Greene County News report compiled by Anna DeWine-Bolton.