Hug the Earth Festival

2015 Hug the Earth Family Festival

Saturday, May 16 from 12 - 5 p.m.

at Stillwater Prairie Reserve

Outdoor fun for the whole family!

Bring the family out to Stillwater Prairie Reserve and enjoy this exciting festival celebrating nature! Whether you come to sing along with your favorite Banana Slug String Band song or try out one of the many activities, you are sure to have a good time.  

The fun begins at noon when the Banana Slug String Band performs their popular songs like “Dirt Made My Lunch” and “Water Cycle Boogie.” Beginning at 1 p.m. enjoy Archery, Geocaching, Canoeing on the Pond (registration begins at noon and is limited), Rocket Shoots, Nature Crafts, Rock Pile Dig, Face Painting, Gnome-Fairy House Building, Horse Drawn Wagon Animal Safari Ride, Petting Zoo, food & more! Don't miss out on the outdoor adventure activities with the Rock Climbing Wall,  Zip Line, Tree Climbing and High Ropes Course. General admission is free. 


  • Banana Slug String Band (one show only at noon)
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Zip Line
  • Tree Climbing
  • High Ropes Course
  • Archery
  • Geocaching
  • Canoeing on the Pond (registration begins at noon)
  • Paper Rocket Shoot
  • Bringing the Farm to You  
  • Rock Pile Dig
  • Animal Safari
  • Face Painting
  • Gnome Home/Fairy House Build
  • Food & More

Additional Information

Banana Slug String Band

The Banana Slug String Band is committed to educational entertainment for children and families through interactive music and performance. They are dedicated to fostering positive attitudes about the environment, providing accurate information about natural history and science, promoting music appreciation, building self esteem in children, honoring creativity, supporting the arts in education and sparking in people a joyful sense of wonder. 

Rock Climbing Wall, Zip Line, Tree Climbing & High Ropes Course

Join in on the outdoor adventure activities! Kids won't want to miss this opportunity to climb a rock wall or feel what it's like to fly when they try out the zip line. Make sure you save time to test your balance on the high ropes course. Donations for these activities are welcomed.

Canoeing on the Pond

Ever wanted to find a new outdoor activity? Try out canoeing at the festival. Guests are invited to put on life jackets and take a float around the pond. This is a very popular destination at the festival and will fill up fast! Registration is required and begins at noon. 

Bringing the Farm to You 

Learn all about a variety of farm animals at this activity! Get hands-on interaction with chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, sheep and turkeys. Don't miss out on this great family experience.  

Hug the Earth School Festival Performances

Follow this link to view your child’s performance with the Banana Slug String Band. Remember they will be listed under their grade as of last May, 2014. 

Thank You Program Sponsors!

Troy Foundation                               Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.

Miami County Foundation                 Miami County Agricultural Society

Tipp Foundation                               Ohio Aggregates and Industrial Minerals Association

Mohawk Freestyle Grill                     Miami County Park District Volunteers in Parks

Comfort Inn                                       National Environmental Education Foundation

El Sombrero                                     Toyota Corporation - Every Day Grant Sponsor

WACO Air Museum                           Jimmy John's 

Kerber Sheet Metal 

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