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.
Selfie Scavenger Hunt
Each month a different park will be featured in this challenge. GCP&T Facebook page will provide a sheet of places and things found throughout November’s featured park. Participants must take a selfie at each place or with each thing. Download the selfies and turn in the sheet showing how many have been found. Prizes will be given for completing the scavenger hunt. Prizes can be picked up at the park office between the 5th and 25th of each month.
Project Feeder Watch
Participants can act as citizen scientists and learn about birds at this event 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 25 at Narrows. Bring a cup of coffee and relax in the bird viewing area while helping count the numbers and bird species that come to the feeders. A mini-workshop will be held afterward. Events are free.
Autumn Wetlands Hike
Join the naturalist for an autumn hike in the Beavercreek Wetland Preserve 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. Learn all about what makes a wetland, the wildlife that lives in a wetland and why wetlands are important. Meet at Phillips Park. Event is free.
Guys Night Out
Participants will work with leather and learn the technique of the stamp design 7-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 at Narrows. Attendees will make a magnetic money clip and a holiday ornament. All supplies will be provided. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, Nov. 8. Cost is $25 for residents and $30 for non-residents.
Volunteer training will be held 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, Nov. 27 at Narrows. Volunteers will learn about extirpated, extinct and threatened species of plants and animals.
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 3:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at GCP&T agency headquarters, 575 Ledbetter Road. The Greene County Park District Commissioners are John A. Finlay, Chairman; Anthony Sculimbrene, Vice-Chairman; and Jonathan Dobney, Commissioner.
Activity guide available
The GCP&T 2017 Activity Guide is available at www.gcparkstrails.com or by calling the park headquarters for an email or mail copy. 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.
Greene County News report compiled by Anna Bolton.