Greene County parks events

Greene County News

XENIA — Greene County Parks & Trails will host a variety of upcoming events. For more information or to register for programs contact the parks at 937-562-6440 or email or visit

Night rides set

Enjoy a free evening bicycle ride escorted by GCP&T Trail Sentinels beginning 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 from Xenia Station to McDonald’s in Jamestown. Participants must be over the age of 18, wear a helmet and have lights. Rides will be cancelled in case of a thunderstorm. Additional night rides will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 from Xenia Station to Young’s Jersey Dairy and at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, from Xenia Station to Spring Valley.

Animal encounters series

This monthly series celebrates animal encounters at the Narrows Reserve Nature Center, 2575 Indian Ripple Road in Beavercreek. Programs will be held 1-3 p.m. Participants may arrive at any time. Information will be shared about the natural history of the animals and other fascinating facts. The series ends its summer schedule with Hawks and Owls, Sunday, Aug. 28.

Naturalist volunteer training

Anyone interested in volunteering with Greene County Parks & Trails is invited to attend as a guest at one of the volunteer training sessions sponsored by the park agency. The sessions will be held 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29 at the Narrows Reserve Nature Center, 2595 Indian Ripple Road. Includes a field trip to Gallagher Fen.

Homeschool Hands-On Science featuring Ohio Prairies

Second to 5th grade homeschool students are invited to register for this hands-on science experience. Programs include an outdoor learning environment and inquiry learning. Reserve a spot for the second session featuring Ohio prairies, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 at Russ Nature Reserve. Each participant must be individually preregistered.

Parks meetings

The Greene County Park District will hold its monthly meetings 3:20 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Greene County Parks & Trails agency headquarters, 575 Ledbetter Road, Xenia.

New activity guide available

The GCP&T Autumn 2016 Activity Guide is now available on the park agency’s website or by calling the park headquarters for one to be emailed or mailed to you. The guide features all programs, festivals and special events offered by the park agency, as well as information on renting park facilities and an overview of all park sites. An on-line edition is available at

Greene County News report complied by Natalie Jones.

Greene County News report complied by Natalie Jones.