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Salamander Migration Adventure - 002

In the very early spring when the weather begins to warm up and the evenings become rainy, spotted salamanders at Indian Creek MetroPark begin their journey. It usually happens sometime between the first week of February and the end of March. Sign up for this unique opportunity to watch these migrating spotted salamanders as they move to their breeding vernal pools, and learn more about this species and other local amphibian creatures.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited.
Save your spot today! A waiting list is available.

Registered participants will be contacted by email regarding the exact date and time when the migration begins. We will typically know the evening-before or morning-of. The email will state instructions on how to RSVP, pay the $10/person participation fee a and other important information, which includes responding by noon of the program/migration date. If registered participants are unable to attend the program or do not RSVP in time, those on the waiting list will be given the opportunity to attend.

Sun, Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. Feb. 1-Mar. 31, 7:30-9:30 PM
Indian Creek MetroPark - Springfield Rd Area - Mayer Picnic Shelter - 6500 Springfield Rd, Oxford, OH 45056

CANCELLED - Project WILD: Climate & Wildlife Educator's Workshop - 002

This workshop has been cancelled. Watch for other Project Wild Workshops to be scheduled in the future.

Calling all educators! Join MetroParks and co-hosts Butler County and Warren County's Soil and Water Conservation Districts for Project WILD's brand new Climate and Wildlife workshop. Educators will learn best-practices for teaching about climate change in grades 6-12. CEU's are available, and registration is required.

Space is limited and registration is REQUIRED. Link to register coming soon! The cost of this workshop is $10.00 per participant. Registration ends 2/3/23.

Connecting students to nature, scientific inquiry, bringing nature in the classroom, and giving students exploratory outdoor learning opportunities are focal points of all Project WILD programs. There will be a 30-minute lunch break during the program. Please plan to pack a lunch, as lunch is not provided.

Curriculum and activity guides for Project WILD's Climate and Wildlife Guide are supplied free of charge by ODNR Division of Wildlife.

Saturday. February 4, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Offsite: Offsite Program 1

Run The Parks 5k Series: February - 029

Walk, hike, or run with us this year in our Run The Parks 5k Series while we explore a different MetroPark in Butler County. This family-friendly, non-competitive 5k series will take place on the first Saturday of every month. Route details will be provided upon registration. Tiered prizes will be awarded based on how many of the twelve 5k’s you participate in!

February: Mill Race Area - Grab your running partner, significant other, friend, or family member and share the love of running just before Valentine’s Day this year. The Mill Race Preserve Area of Four Mile Creek MetroPark flows through meadows and wooded stream corridors along Four Mile Creek. The trail will bring you back to the finish, where drinks and light snacks will be available.
Participants will need to make two laps of this 1.6-mile marked course which is entirely natural surface trails. There will be a water and first aid station at the 1.6-mile point.

Specific details about the route will be provided via email the week of. Check-in begins at 10:00 AM, and the run starts at 10:30 AM.

Participants only need to register once for the year and then may participate in as many runs as they would like.

Saturday. February 4, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
5200 Bonham Rd, Oxford, OH 45056

Ears are for Reading - 027

Welcome to the new Ears Are For Reading program at Chrisholm Historic Farmstead. Children ages 4-9 along with an accompanying adult can take advantage of this great opportunity to read to a farm animal in a stress-free, non-judgmental environment. Bring your book of choice or choose one from our farm library. While you share your story with the animals, spend time getting to know your new feathered or furry animal friend.

Registration is required by 2/2/2023 by calling 513-867-5835. Half-hour reading time slots are available at 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Additional time slots may be added as these fill up!

Saturday. February 4, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead 2070 Woodsdale Road Trenton OH 45067

Little Learners Nature Series - 002

Little learners and their caregivers will discover nature and science topics together through hands-on experiences, games, songs, outdoor time, and more! You and your little learner are sure to have a wonderful time, while exploring and growing along the way! Open to learners ages 2-6 years.

This seasonal, 4-week long series will take place in the winter, spring, and fall for 4 consecutive Tuesdays each season.
The winter season topics each week include:
- Feb. 7th - Wild, Wild Winter
- Feb. 14th - Animal Love
- Feb. 21st - I Can STEM
- Feb. 28th - Creature Craze

Registration is required by 2/3/2023.

Tue. Feb. 7-28, 10:00-11:30 AM
Voice of America MetroPark - Ronald Reagan Lodge - 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester, OH 45069

Amphibians of Butler County with Jeff Davis - 002

As part of the MetroParks educational series for adults, Jeff Davis, co-author of Amphibians of Ohio, will discuss the natural histories of those 18 amphibian species and in which MetroParks they’ve been found.

This lecture is open to those ages 16 and up. Registration is requested, walk-ins are welcome.

Wednesday. February 8, 7:00-8:00 PM
Voice of America MetroPark - Ronald Reagan Lodge - 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester, OH 45069

Discovery on the Farm - Hearts and Cupids - 027

What affairs of the heart are happening at the farm? Conduct a cardiovascular STEM experiment to help us compare our hearts to animal hearts. Finish the day with a Valentine's Day cardmaking craft!

Registration is requested, walk-ins are welcome.

Thursday. February 9, 10:00-11:00 AM
Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead 2070 Woodsdale Road Trenton OH 45067

Owl Prowl - 002

Explore Governor Bebb at night while we learn about the owls that live in the parks. Enjoy a fire and hot chocolate while discovering what makes owls such special hunters. Then we'll venture into the cold and look for native owls out in the park.

Registration is required by 2/10/23.

Saturday. February 11, 6:00-7:30 PM
Governor Bebb MetroPark - Schoolhouse in the Pioneer Village - 1979 Bebb Park Ln, Okeana, OH 45053

Discovery on the Farm - Hats Off to Farmers and USA Presidents - 027

Did you know that several of our US Presidents tended the land and animals before they tended to our country? Who said farming was a fight with "trees and logs and grubs"? Put on different "hats" as a farmer to help celebrate President's Day.

Registration is requested, walk-ins are welcome.

Thursday. February 16, 10:00-11:00 AM
Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead 2070 Woodsdale Road Trenton OH 45067

Let's Go Hiking! Tracks, Scats, & Signs - 002

Animals always leave trails of where they’ve been, but humans can only sometimes see them. Let’s go on a hike to explore Harbin Park and see what animals have been trekking about in the snow and/or mud, leaving tracks and other signs of their adventures.

Pre-registration is requested by calling 513-867-5348. Walk-ins are welcome. We’ll meet at the Overlook Shelter.

Saturday. February 18, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Harbin Park - 1300 Hunter Rd, Fairfield, OH 45014
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