Bring the family to Lost Creek Reserve and celebrate nature at the Hug the Earth Festival April 20, 2024! 

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Hug the Earth Festival

Lost Creek Reserve

Saturday, April 20, 2024

12 - 5 p.m.

We hope you will joins us for our annual Hug the Earth Festival at Lost Creek Reserve! The fun begins at noon when you can sing and dance with the Banana Slug String Band as they perform their popular songs like “Dirt Made My Lunch” and “Water Cycle Boogie.” Also beginning at noon continue the fun with outdoor adventures for the whole family! Take the challenge of our High Adventure Rock Climbing Wall, Zip Lines, and Tree Climbing! Enjoy Caterpillar Train Rides, an Animal Safari, Rock and Fossil Digs, Farm Animal Encounters, Butterfly House Visits, and Animal Games. Fairy and Gnome House Building, Archery and Rocket Shoots. Embark on the Superhero Trail and meet some of your favorite movie superheroes and the animals that inspired their superpowers such as bats, spiders, turtles, fish! Can you guess who our superhero special guests might be? Come and find out! Map of event


*Banana Slug String Band performs at 12:15 and 3 p.m.

Space Zone

Rocket Shoot
Whirling Worlds

Awesome Animals

Butterfly House
Candle Dipping
Farm Animals
It's a Bug's World

Outdoor Adventure

Zip Line
Tree Climbing
Climbing Wall

Geology Zone

Pet Rock Painting
Stones & Bones Dig

Whimsical Woodland  

Natural Play Area
Superhero Trail
Gnome Home/Fairy House Building
Storybook Trail

Plant Play Area  

Corn Pit
Straw Jump
Toys from Trees


U Wanna Pizza Me
Cumberland Kettle Corn
Kona Ice
Susie’s Big Dipper


Caterpillar Train Ride - Wildlife Safari
Lullaby Lounge - Baby Changing Station

Universal Changing Area
Nature Art
Face Painting
Conservation Booths

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. 

Thank You 2023 Sponsors!

General Sponsors

The Troy Foundation

Kerber Sheet Metal

Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.

The Caroline

Troy Fish & Game Club

Covington Fraternal Order of Eagles #3998

El Sombrero

Smith's Boathouse


Andy's Garden

Old Scratch Pizza

Fairfield Inn & Suites - Troy

OAIMA - Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Materials Association

Emerson Climate Tech
The Troy Foundation 2022

Kerber Sheet Metal 2022