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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 


Beginning Beekeeping  

Learn the basics of bee keeping in this two class series. Class fee includes a 1 year membership to the Ohio State Beekeepers and Miami Valley Beekeepers.  Class led by Vickie Bowman.

Class max 15. Class fee $60.00 - Credit Payments can be made online ($2 processing fee) or fee can be submitted to office at time of registration.   Must preregister & pay to attend.

This program is a 12-week series occurring once a week on Tuesdays starting January 9th and continuing through March 27th. The dates are January 9, 16, 23, and 30, February 6, 13, 20, and 27, March 6, 13, 20 and 27.  The program will be held at the Miami County YMCA, Troy.  The series fee is $10.  It's not too late to join, every participant gets the workbook & you can catch up!

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