Hikes, chats, history among Park District offerings


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SPRINGFIELD – The Clark County Park District offers the following events and activities. The district office is located at 5638 Lower Valley Pike, Springfield. For information, call 937-882-6000.

Thursday Morning Hike – Every Thursday, 9 a.m.

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. Hikes will be cancelled if the wind chill is below 20 degrees.

Fireside History Chat – Ohio Hopewell Earthworks – Tuesday, Jan. 12

Davidson Interpretive Center

Ohio is home to the most spectacular concentration of ancient earthworks in the world. They are so complex and extensive that Fort Ancient, the Newark Earthworks, Mound City, and four other sites in Ross County have been nominated for World Heritage status with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Aaron Rourke; board member of Heartland Earthwork Conservancy; dedicated to saving remaining Hopewell and Adena earthworks and president of Rivers Unlimited, the nation’s oldest statewide river conservation organization, will be the presenter.

Homeschool History Program – Customs of the Past – Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1:30- p.m.

Davidson Interpretive Center

Come to the interpretive center and experience early American history in a unique, hands-on way. Children are welcome to wear period – appropriate clothing for these programs. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Registration is required for these FREE programs. For ages 6-12.

This month, hear a first-person story from the Civil War era. Learn the etiquette and dancing from the 18th century. Practice some of the customs to see if you would be a proper gentleman or lady.

Wetland Warriors – Under the Microscope – Thursday, Jan. 21, 4-6 p.m.

Davidson Interpretive Center

Discover insects up close and personal and get some hands on microscope experience.

This year-round program encourages children to get outside, make new discoveries and foster new friendships while learning about nature firsthand. Children explore the natural environment and history of our area through hands on activities outdoors. Please dress in weather-appropriate gear and footwear. Pre-registration is required and registration is limited to 15 participants. For ages 7-12.

Caterpillar Club – Hiding in Plain Sight – Tuesday, Jan. 26, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Davidson Interpretive Center

Children play a game of hide and seek to learn about important adaptations.

Preschoolers are naturally curious about the outdoors and oftentimes notice things adults overlook. This program will be adapted from the Growing Up WILD guide, an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Please dress appropriately for walking in nature. Pre-registration is required and registration is limited to 15 preschoolers. For ages 3-5 and adult companion.

Getting to the Hearth of It – Saturday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m. -noon

George Rogers Clark Park, Hertzler House Museum

$5.00/person

Get a cooking demonstration, 1850’s style! Discover how the family would have cooked in the Hertzler House, how to do a cooking fire, what clothes to wear while cooking and what types of food people ate in that time period. After the demonstration, enjoy a sample of the food cooked that day. Pre-registration is required and registration is limited to 10 participants.

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Submitted by the Clark County Park District.

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