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, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.gcparkstrails.com. The Narrows Reserve Nature Center is located at 2575 Indian Ripple Road.
May selfie scavenger hunt
All are invited to join this GCP&T selfie scavenger hunt while learning more about the 2,600 acres of parkland managed by the agency. In May, a list of things and places located at Indian Mound Reserve, 2750 US 42 E., Cedarville, will be posted on the agency’s Facebook site or can be obtained by calling the park headquarters. Participants must take a selfie at each location or with each item. Participants should post the photographs to their own Facebook site and tag GCP&T. Photos may also be sent to email@example.com. Prizes will be awarded each month and picked up 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the GCP&T park headquarters, 575 Ledbetter Rd. The program is free.
Cyclists can enjoy a free evening bicycle ride escorted by Trail Sentinels beginning 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19 from Xenia Station to McDonald’s, Jamestown. Participants must be over the age of 18, wear a helmet and have lights. Rides will be cancelled in case of a thunderstorm. The monthly night rides feature different sections of the 62 miles of paved multi-use trails managed by the park agency. Easily recognized by their GCP&T uniform shirt and jacket, trail sentinels are trained by completing a CPR certification class and a skilled performance procedure.
Trail Sentinels will host a series of new Morning Miler rides 9 a.m. on Saturdays. The rides are designated for intermediate cyclists and will feature routes on both paved trails and off-trail riding. All cyclist must be 18 or older and wear a helmet. Rides will be cancelled in the event of a thunderstorm. Saturday rides: 36 miles; June 2, Beavercreek Station to Spring Valley, 30 miles; June 16, Xenia Station to Shawnee Lake, Jamestown, 25 miles; July 14, Xenia Station to New Burlington Road, 27 miles; August 4, Beavercreek Station to southeast Xenia, 28 miles; August 18, Beavercreek Station-Xenia Station-south Xenia, 26 miles; Sept. 1 Xenia Station towards Jamestown, 20 miles; Sept. 15, Beavercreek Station-Xenia Station-south Xenia, 30 miles; Oct. 13, Beavercreek Station to southeast Xenia, 24 miles.
GCP&T’s Farmers’ Market will be held 2-6 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month, May to October, at Hobson Freedom Park, 2910 Trebein Road, Beavercreek. GCP&T is currently accepting vendors to be accepted to the farmers’ market with all participants provided an approximate 10-by-10-foot space at no cost. Applications for the GCP&T Farmers’ Market can be found at www.gcparkstrails.com under Things to Do/Farmers’ Market or by contacting the park agency at 937-562-6440 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications can also be picked up at the park agency headquarters.
GCP&T and the City of Beavercreek will host a wellness walk 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17 at Russ Nature Reserve, 2380 Kemp Road, Beavercreek. Walks are guided and self-paced to increase heart rates while learning about Greene County parks and natural resources. The program is free. For more information, contact the City of Beavercreek at 937-427-5514; advance registration is required.
Wood Warbler Weekend
GCP&T will host a two-night trip to Magee Marsh on Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20 with participants leaving from the Narrows Reserve Nature Center, 2575 Indian Ripple Road, Beavercreek. Participants over the age of 18 will travel to Magee Marsh with GCP&T Naturalists and birders Cris Barnett and Jared Merriman as well as to the Ottawa Wildlife Refuge. The weekend will be filled with warblers, vireos and other spring migrants. Cost for the program is $150, resident; $170, non-resident. Advance registration is required. Two overnight stays and breakfast are included.
Morning Bird Walk
A Morning Bird Walk will held 8-10 a.m. Saturday, May 19 at the Narrows Reserve (main parking lot), 2575 Indian Ripple Road, Beavercreek. Migration will be in full swing during walk with a naturalist helping to identify unusual species along with others that migrate here for the summer. Participants should bring binoculars and be prepared for wet trails.