• Message from the Director

      School is out and summer is here!  This is a great time to get the kids and yourself outside and active!  Take up a new hobby... Check out the different apps available for plant, tree or bird identification.  Go on a “treasure hunt” looking for the geocaches in the parks or take a hike looking for the Ramble Quest signs.  Maybe you have always wanted to try fishing, check out our ponds at Stillwater Prairie Reserve, Twin Arch Reserve, Garbry Big Woods Reserve and Maple Ridge Reserve – no fishing license required.  Summer is also a great time to take up canoeing or kayaking on the Great Miami or Stillwater Rivers.  We have several parks along the rivers with boating access.  Finally, don’t forget to check out our extensive, exciting summer program calendar to see all of the great things we have going on.

      I hope to see you in your parks!!

  • Upcoming Programs
    • Naturalist Adventure Series "Adventure Puppet Show"
    • Music in the Park "Sunset Songs"
    • Bookmobile in the Parks "Out of the Ordinary"
  • Park of the Month
    • Stillwater Prairie Reserve
    • Monarchs Rising
    • Populations for the iconic monarch butterfly have been steadily dwindling, however recently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released new information showing marked improvements in monarch populations! Since the mid-1990s the monarch butterfly populations have decreased by 90% but within the last year the populations have increased 255%. In addition, they are now occupying 10 acres of overwintering habitat compared to only 2.8 acres last year. This is all wonderful news, but there still is a l... (Read More)

    • Poison Ivy
    • Toxicodendron radicans, commonly known as poison ivy, is a poisonous North American plant that is well known for causing an itching, irritation and sometimes a painful rash for those who touch it. A clear liquid found within the plant called urushiol causes itching. Poison ivy is normally found in wooded areas, especially along edge where the tree line breaks allowing sunshine to filter through. Look at the picture on the left to see what poison ivy actually looks like. Remember, “leaves of thre... (Read More)
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