Family Programs

MONARCH BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL

All Ages

Saturday, August 27

10:00am-5:00pm

Muleskinners 10:00am-12:30pm

Penicle Ridge 12:30-2:30pm

Mad River Railroad 2:30-5:00pm

NTPRD Administration Building

FREE

Activities will include nature education, live bluegrass bands, butterfly walk, prairie walk, arts and crafts, food trucks, children’s crafts including a collaborative art project sponsored by the Springfield Museum of Art. Sponsored by Veterinary Services of Springfield.

 


RECYCLE RIDES

Ages: 13 & Older

Tuesday, September 20

Tuesday, October 11

3:30-4:30pm

FREE

Join our ReCycle participants as we hit the trail. These one hour rides are self-paced and will be between 5-10 miles round trip. Bike helmets are required. Meet in the Heritage Center parking lot. Click here to register. 

 


OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT

Friday, September 2

Star Wars-The Force Awakens

Springfield-Veterans Park

Saturday, September 10

Disney’s Zootopia Springfield-Veterans Park

Saturday, September 24

Angry Birds Train Depot-South Charleston

Movies Begin at Dark

FREE

Grab a blanket, lawn chair, family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to enjoy these FREE outdoor movies. Movies begin at dark (around 8:00pm) and are shown under the stars on a huge, inflatable screen with a state-of-the-art projection and sound system. Please thank Hometown Urgent Care for sponsoring Zootopia and Star Wars and Madison Health for sponsoring Angry Birds.

 


FULL HARVEST MOON WALK

Ages: 6 & Older

Friday, September 16 7:00-8:00pm

Eagle City Soccer Complex

FREE

Take a brisk walk on the Simon Kenton Trail as you learn about coyotes and local folklore. We will also be listening to see if we can hear any of the resident coyotes yips and howls. Click here to register.

 


PROJECT SCARE-A-CROW

All Ages

Commons Park, Downtown Springfield

Scarecrow Registration Deadline- September 23

Scarecrows On Display- October 7-31

FREE

Celebrate America by creating your Scarecrow version of your favorite American President and put it on display in downtown Springfield. The Project Scare-A-Crow competition is now open to submissions from local businesses, non-profits and government agencies. For rules and guidelines contact National Trail at 328-7275. Project Scare-A-Crow is done in partnership with Project Jericho. Download rule and registration form.

 

WȔFFSTOCK

All Ages

Saturday, October 1

10:00am-2:00pm

Snyder Park Clubhouse

FREE

Pull on your lederhosen and oom-pa-pa your way over to our haus. Wuffstock is a celebration of all things canine. Bring your BFF (Best Furry Friend) and enjoy demonstrations, costume contest, competitions, music, vendors and food trucks for this historic dog friendly event.

 


HISTORIC GHOST & CEMETARY WALKING TOUR

Ages: 10 & Older

Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20 & 27

7:30-8:45pm

Downtown Springfield

Registration Deadline: Monday Before

Tickets: $10

Journey into the realms of the unknown on this one mile walking tour through historic downtown Springfield. Hear local legends and folklore, tales of mystery and ghosts blended with historic facts. Tours are led by 19th century costumed guide with lanterns to light your way. After the tour, attendees are welcome to visit Mela for a complimentary cookie. These walking tours are offered in partnership with the Clark County Heritage Center and sponsored by Courtyard by Marriott. Click here to purchase tickets. 

 

 

LIVE AT LUNCH

All Ages

Fridays, October 7, 14, 21 & 28

12:00-1:30pm

Commons Park, Downtown Springfield

FREE

Start the weekend early by relaxing at beautiful Commons Park on your lunch break and listening to some live entertainment. Food trucks will be on site to stop your hunger cravings. Also, check out the American President Scarecrows and cast your votes. Live at Lunch is brought you by National Trail, the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and Project Jericho.

 


LIIVING LEGENDS- MR. PRESIDENT

All Ages Saturday, October 15

10:00-11:00am

Settlers Park, Enon

FREE

Cheer President Theodore Roosevelt on to victory during this recreated campaign rally in downtown Enon. Hear President Roosevelt, portrayed by Larry Marple, bring history to life by looking back to the beginning of the 20th century. This event is done in partnership with the Clark County Historical Society and the Village of Enon.

 

 

THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT HIKE

Ages: 5 & Older (Ages 5-14 With Adult Companion)

Friday, October 28

7:00-8:30pm

Rebert Pike Nature Park

Registration Deadline: October 6

FREE

Discover the woods at night while learning about our creepiest animals and weird nature facts. Meet at the shelter house. Hiking shoes or boots recommended. Click here to register.

 


FOOL TOM THE TURKEY

All Ages

November 1-6

Snyder Park

November 8-13

Rebert Pike Nature Park

November 15-21

New Reid Park

FREE

Starting November 1, Tom the Turkey, will be hiding in three National Trail parks. Tom will be in five different locations at each park. At each location Tom the Turkey will ask you a nature question and try to fool you. Submit your answers by tagging National Trail on Facebook or by emailing it to nationaltrail@springfieldohio.gov. Each correct answer counts as entry into our drawing which will take place the week of November 22.

 


TALKIN’ BASEBALL

Ages: 13 & Older

Wednesday, November 2

7:00-8:30pm

NTPRD Administration Building

FREE

“Talkin Baseball”, the Hot Stove Baseball discussion program, will begin its 7th year on Wednesday, November 2. The monthly trivia contest will be held, snacks will be served and attendees are encouraged to bring a baseball book or video for free exchange. A different topic will be discussed each month. This program is free of charge and presented by the Springfield / Clark County Baseball Hall of Fame.

 


SOUNDS OF THE NIGHT CAMPFIRE

All Ages

Friday, November 4

6:30-8:00 pm

George Rogers Clark Park- A-Frame Shelter House

Registration Deadline: November 2

FREE
Sit around the fire and

learn about nocturnal animals. Share campfire stories and songs. This is a joint program of the Clark County Park District and National Trail Parks and Recreation District. Click here to register.

 

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