By Melody Vallieu - Editor, Miami Valley Today -  TROY — Nathaniel Metz’s job is a walk in the park — literally.

Metz was sworn in as the newest ranger for the Miami County Park District on Nov. 27, during the Board of Park Commissioners meeting at Lost Creek Reserve, Troy.

Metz began his service to the park district as a college intern in 2014 and has been with the district since that time. He became a full-time employee in August of this year in the operations department, where his responsibilities included upkeep and the daily closing of the county’s parks.

Full story at Troy Daily News...MIAMI COUNTY — Approximately 23.41 acres of vacant woodland was donated by Terry and Sandra Netzley to the Miami County Park District. The transfer of the property was made official at a closing held on Nov. 7. The land has an appraised value of $100,000. The generous gift came from the former park district board member and his wife with the intention that the land be protected and maintained in its natural state in perpetuity.

Full Article at WHIO  — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has approved nearly $7 million in grants for trails.

The Clean Ohio Trails Fund grants are to improve outdoor recreational opportunities, and 19 of those grants are for community projects that will acquire land for new trails and to build and improve trail infrastructure, according to a release.

Dayton Daily News - by Nancy Bowman - BETHEL TWP., Miami County — When Paul and Tanya Kroger decided to give back to the community, they saw the Miami County Park District as the perfect vehicle for their gift.

The fruits of their generosity were unveiled in mid-September at the district’s Charleston Fall Preserve with the dedication of the Dr. Paul and Tanya Kroger Legacy Grove.

Piqua Daily Call Full Article By Cody Willoughby

TROY — Lost Creek Reserve served as host to over 400 participating FFA students on Wednesday during this year’s District 5 FFA Soils Career Development Event.

The event attracted participants from 34 school districts in Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby counties.

Full article with photos

First grade students from Concord Elementary School in Troy visited the Miami County Park District Stillwater Prairie on Friday to hike and learn about pollinators.

Piqua Daily Call Article by Cody Willoughby. Photos by Mike Ullery.

TROY — Lost Creek Reserve served as host to over 400 participating FFA students on Wednesday during this year’s District 5 FFA Soils Career Development Event.

The event attracted participants from 34 school districts in Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby counties.

by Mike Ullery - The annual corn maze is ready for visitors at the Miami County Park District Lost Creek Reserve. The maze, sponsored by the Miami County Farm Bureau, will be open to the public during the park’s Fall Farm Festival on October 15. The maze is available for use by private groups by calling the Park District Office at 937-335-6273.

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.