Upcoming Programs at Darke County Parks


Darke County Parks is offering a variety of family fun this month!

Winter Bird Walks
January 14, 9 am at Shawnee Prairie Preserve
January 24, 9 am at Routzong Preserve

Walk the trails of Shawnee Prairie and other Preserves in search of winter bird flocks. All levels of birdwatchers are invited.
Registration required. FREE

Rock Talk & Swap
January 14, 2 pm
Shawnee Prairie Preserve

If you love rocks and have a large collection, then this is the program for you! Bring items
from your collection as there will be a table to claim and swap rocks. Share the stories and
memories of your special rocks during rock talk. No rock talk would be complete without rock themed snacks.
Registration required. FREE

Walking on Sunshine: 1,100 miles Florida Trail
January 17, 6:30 pm
Shawnee Prairie Preserve

DCP welcomes local hiker-extraordinaire, Andy Niekamp, back the Nature Center to discuss
his recent thru-hike of the Florida Trail. Where else can you see an alligator, bear, and
panther all in one day? Take an 1,100-mile journey from the Everglades to Pensacola
through the interior of Florida. Learn how Andy endured sun, heat, rain, wind, cold, floods,
hurricane damage, alligators and venomous snakes to complete this 2.5-month hike.
Registration required. FREE

Native Animal Encounter
January 21, 10 am
Shawnee Prairie Preserve

Raptors, reptiles, amphibians… oh my! Stop by the Nature Center to visit with our
educational animal ambassadors. Why is a box turtle called a box turtle? Do salamanders
really breathe through their skin? And will Pip the eastern screech-owl EVER get bigger??
Find out the answers to all of these questions and more during these Saturday morning encounters!

Pawsport to DCP: A Dog Hiking Adventure
January 21, 2 pm
Alice Bish Park

Do you love exploring the outdoors with your canine friend? Join us each month as we
discover one of Darke County Parks’ 13 preserves. From woodland to wetland to prairie we
will trek to fill in our passports with stamps and pawprints from each park. Once you’ve
collected at least 8 stamps in your booklet, receive a Darke County Parks bandana and toy!”
Registration required. FREE

Intro to Beekeeping
January 28, 10 am
Shawnee Prairie Preserve

Join beekeeper and park volunteer Carol along with Naturalist Mandy as they share the
basics of getting started with honeybee hives. This workshop is designed for beginners and
will cover the life history of honeybees, starter equipment, tools, management and maintenance
Registration required. FREE