Nature Programs

MONARCH FESTIVAL
All Ages
Saturday, August 27
10:00am-5:00pm
Muleskinners 10:00am-12:30pm
Penicle Ridge 1 2 : 3 0 - 2 : 3 0 p m
Mad River Railroad 2:30-5:00pm
Buck Creek Nature Park
FREE
Activities will include Monarch Education,
Live Bluegrass Bands, featuring the
Muleskinner Band and Mad River Railroad,
Butterfly Walk, Prairie Walk, arts and crafts,
food trucks, children’s crafts including a
collaborative art project sponsored by the
Springfield Museum of Art. Youth can enter
the Monarch Butterfly Poetry Contest by
writing an original poem about Monarchs
and submitting to National Trail by July 29.
Poetry contest is open to youth ages 8-15.
Winners will be selected in three age
groups. Sponsored by Veterinary Services of
Springfield.

 

 

TOTALLY TURTLES

Ages: 5 & Older (With Adult Companion)

Saturday, September 10 10:00-11:00am

Rebert Pike Nature Park

FREE

Many species of turtles are on the decline and considered endangered. In order to protect them, we must first understand where and how they live. This program, in partnership with Wittenberg University, will explain methods used to study these turtles, with hands on activities. Click here to reigster. 

 


READ WITH THE TREES

Ages: 4-7 (With Adult Companion)

Wednesday, September 21

Wednesday, October 19

Wednesday, November 9

4:30-5:15pm

NTPRD Administration Building

Registration Deadline: Monday Prior

FREE

Listen to natures- inspired stories, sing songs and make a craft while exploring the outdoors. This is done in partnership with the Clark County Public Library. Click here to register. 

 


FAMILY CAMPING

101 Ages: 8 & Older

Thursday, September 22

Thursday, September 29

6:30-8:00pm

NTPRD Administration Building

FREE

Get ready for fall camping in Ohio. Learn basic camping skills to have a fun and relaxing time in the great outdoors with your family. Two introduction classes are offered with an optional overnight group camping experience. This is a family friendly program. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Click here to register.

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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.