By Cody Willoughby — The Miami County Park District held its annual Hug the Earth School Festival for the 22nd year this week, beginning Tuesday, May 8. This marks the fifth year that Stillwater Prairie Reserve has hosted the event.

article by Sam Wildlow  PIQUA — The Miami County Parks District visited fourth-grade students at Piqua Central Intermediate School on Wednesday and Thursday, teaching the students about weathering and prepping them for their participation in the Hug the Earth Festival later this spring.

The lessons from the parks district aligned with the school’s fourth grade science curriculum in regard to different types of weathering.

It's always a great time to go birding in Ohio. Follow this link to useful information provided by Ohio Department of Natural Resources and then visit one of your 15 Miami County Parks and see what birds you can spot.


The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Bird Watching 

(NBC Health News) by SHAMARD CHARLES, MD - For many patients, like Lauren Huddle, 31, a big dose of Mother Nature is exactly what she needs after a stressful day. 

“I have pretty bad anxiety and depression,” said Huddle of Bellingham, Washington. “And I don't do well with pharmaceuticals, so my husband Nate would actually tell me all the time, ‘just go outside, you'll feel so much better.’"

And that’s exactly the plan that Lauren and her doctor laid out. 

There is an extremely important item up for vote in November. You will be asked to support the Miami County Park District by approving their request for a tax levy, and I urge you to vote “For” it.

TROY — As the Miami County Park District continues to welcome more visitors each year, it has seen expanded programming and more budget demands.

After operating off a 1.1-mill levy since 2001, the board in November is asking voters countywide to approve a 1.5 mill, 10-year replacement levy with the increase.

“We have been at the same millage for 15 years and have done a great job of managing those funds to get to this point,” said Scott Myers, park district executive director.

Alexa Bade, 5, of Troy, takes a leap into the hay at the Miami County Park District’s Fall Farm Fest at Lost Creek Reserve, 2645 E. State Route 41, east of Troy. Continuing through today, there is a corn maze and corn shooter, music, hayrides, games, farm animals, kiddie tractor pulls, food, a scarecrow contest, demonstrations and much more. Festival admission is free. Charges apply to corn maze, corn shooter, food, pumpkins, pony rides, food and merchandise. For more information and a complete event schedule, visit the park district website at

By Sam Wildow

PIQUA — Kids are already receiving hands-on learning in their second week back to school, as parks personnel and teachers teamed up to teach students how people impact an environment’s water supply.

The Miami County Parks District visited Piqua Central Intermediate School on Monday and Tuesday as part of their watershed program.

“It’s a program by the Miami County Parks,” PCIS teacher Joyce Bostick said. “Kids are learning about (how) what we do to the environment affects our water.”