Nature Programs

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.

 

 

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

Ages: 16 & Older

Friday, December 16

7:30am

Buck Creek State Park

FREE

Search for birds as part of the National Audubon Society Bird Count. Meet at the parking lot at the corner of Croft Road and Robert Eastman Road. Groups will be divided to count birds in different parts of Springfield There will be an experienced birder in each group. You can spend the day or part of the day. For more information call Doug Overacker at 937-324-1871.

 

 

HOLIDAY FOR THE ANIMALS

All Ages

Saturday, December 17

11:00am - 12:00pm

Snyder Park Clubhouse

Registration Deadline: December 7

FREE
Enjoy a holiday story and then create natural decorations and edible crafts to decorate trees for birds and wildlife. This is not a drop-off program. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Click here to register.

 

WINTER TREE ID HIKE

Ages: 16 & Older

Saturday, January 14

11:00am - 12:00pm

Rebert Pike Nature Park

FREE

Learn how to identify trees by using their bark, buds and twigs. The walk will last about one hour and is appropriate for all ages. Pre-registration is recommended. Meet at the shelter house. Click here to register.

 

PRAIRIES OF CLARK COUNTY

Ages: 12 & Older

Saturday, January 21

2:00 - 3:00pm

NTPRD Administration Building

FREE

Learn the history of and why we have prairies in Clark County by prairie expert Dave Nolan. Discuss methods and techniques for creating and managing a prairie in your own backyard. Dave Nolan is the former Conservation Director for Five Rivers Metro Parks. Click here to register.

 

NATURE JOURNALING SERIES

All Ages

Saturday, January 28

Snyder Park Clubhouse

Saturday, February 25

Rebert Pike Nature Park

11:00am - 12:00pm

FREE

Practice creative writing, drawing and other artistic devices as you journal in the natural settings of Rebert and Snyder Parks. Bring your own journal or one will be provided for you. This program will switch locations each month. We will be outside so wear appropriate clothing. This is not a drop-off program. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Click here to register. 

 

GROUNDHOG DAY PARTY

All Ages

Thursday, February 2

4:30 - 5:30pm

NTPRD Administration Building

FREE

Learn interesting facts about the groundhog as you celebrate this fun day. Make a craft and take a short walk. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Click here to register.

 

 

COYOTE NIGHT HOWL

All Ages

Thursday, February 9

6:30 - 7:30pm

Snyder Park Clubhouse

FREE

Learn about coyotes as well as participate in a howling survey. The coyote is one of the few wild animals whose vocalizations are commonly heard but less often seen. Dress appropriately for weather. Click here to register.

 

 

NATURE’S NEIGHBORS WILDLIFE CONFERENCE

Saturday, February 25

8:30am Registration

9:00am - 3:00pm

Heritage Center, Downtown Springfield

Registration Deadline: February 17

Registration Fee: $35

Learn how to manage wildlife on the home front from nationally known experts on wildlife at this symposium. The cost is $35 per participant and includes refreshments and lunch. Featured speakers Suzie Prange from the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Marne Titchenell and Pam Bennett from the Ohio State University and ODNR Wildlife Officer Byron Rice. Click here to register.