• Education Grants Due 3/31/17 1/17/2017 5:44:25 PM
  • The 2017-2018 Grant Application is now available. All schools in Miami County that wish to further their knowledge of the environment through a curriculum based program may apply. This grant affords the opportunity for schools to get transportation to and from the different Miami County Parks that will be visited during this program.If you have applied for this grant in the past, make sure to print off the updated application form. Absolutely no past applications will be accepted. Completed applications are due in-hand on March 31, 2017. If you have questions about applying for the grant, please contact Finance Assistant, Lisa Myers at 937.335.6273. If you are interested in learning more about the curriculum- based education program, please contact Cinda Hanbuch-Pinkerton at 937.667.1286.
  • Groundhogs – The Most Famous Weather Mammal? 2/1/2017 6:22:59 PM
  • Most people don’t think about groundhogs until they are knee deep in snow and wishing for an early spring. While a coin flip may be more accurate in predicting spring’s arrival, one can’t deny that a groundhog’s behavior can be quite telling. Groundhogs hibernate for about five months during the winter and don’t emerge until the early spring. While hibernating, their heart rate, body temperature and other body processes slow down and put them into a kind of “deep sleep,” according to ODNR. When they emerge, they actually do respond to changes in light and temperature, two factors that play a part in determining the forecast.  Does this make them capable of predicting an early spring? Probably not. But don’t fret, thanks to the popularity of Groundhog Day, they are one of the most celebrated members of the rodent family and one of the most famous predictors of the weather. Follow this link ( to learn 9 things you may not know about groundhogs.
  • Leave No Trace Frontcountry 2/27/2017 7:54:48 PM
  • The Leave No Trace Frontcounty program addresses the majority of outdoor use which occurs along open space trails,in urban and state parks and in established campgrounds. Because of the increase in the use of America's "frontcountry" or day-use areas, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics expanded its educational focus to include these sites. We will feature a new Frontcountry Leave No Trace Principle for the next eight weeks. To get more detail on each of these principles, visit
  • When the Ice and Snow Fly 12/12/2016 12:44:19 PM
  • During the winter months, the Operations Staff works diligently to get the parks open and safe for visitors. Park opening priorities start with Charleston Falls Preserve and Stillwater Prairie Reserve. Staff clear these parking lots and then proceed to open other parks and clear their parking lots. Depending on the severity of weather, some parks may not be opened within the day. The main trails of Charleston Falls Preserve and Stillwater Prairie Reserve will be cleared of snow. However, grass and some gravel trails in these Parks will be left untouched. The bike trails of the Great Miami River Recreational Trail and Twin Arch Reserve will eventually be at least partially cleared but may not occur on the day of inclement weather. The trails at Hobart Urban Nature Preserve, Honey Creek Reserve, Rangeline Access, Goode Prairie Preserve, John A. Wannemacher Reserve, Lost Creek Reserve and Garbry Big Woods Reserve & Sanctuary will not be cleared of snow and ice. Please be patient with Park openings and clearings on days when we have winter weather. For updates on park openings, check our website,, and Facebook, Miami County Park District.