- Education Grant Now Live!
1/17/2017 5:44:25 PM
- The 2017-2018 Grant Application is now available. All schools in Miami County that wish to further their knowledge of the environment through a curriculum based program may apply. This grant affords the opportunity for schools to get transportation to and from the different Miami County Parks that will be visited during this program.If you have applied for this grant in the past, make sure to print off the updated application form. Absolutely no past applications will be accepted. Completed applications are due in-hand on March 31, 2017. If you have questions about applying for the grant, please contact Finance Assistant, Lisa Myers at 937.335.6273. If you are interested in learning more about the curriculum- based education program, please contact Cinda Hanbuch-Pinkerton at 937.667.1286.
- Groundhogs – The Most Famous Weather Mammal?
2/1/2017 6:22:59 PM
- Most people don’t think about groundhogs until they are knee deep in snow and wishing for an early spring. While a coin flip may be more accurate in predicting spring’s arrival, one can’t deny that a groundhog’s behavior can be quite telling. Groundhogs hibernate for about five months during the winter and don’t emerge until the early spring. While hibernating, their heart rate, body temperature and other body processes slow down and put them into a kind of “deep sleep,” according to ODNR. When they emerge, they actually do respond to changes in light and temperature, two factors that play a part in determining the forecast. Does this make them capable of predicting an early spring? Probably not. But don’t fret, thanks to the popularity of Groundhog Day, they are one of the most celebrated members of the rodent family and one of the most famous predictors of the weather. Follow this link (http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2014/01/31/9-things-you-didnt-know-about-groundhogs/) to learn 9 things you may not know about groundhogs.
- Message from the Director
2/1/2017 7:14:28 PM
The weather so far has been warmer than normal and many of you have been taking advantage of it. Even though you may not want to be outside when it’s cold, winter is a great time of year to visit your parks and see the things you wouldn’t normally see. With bare trees, it is a good time to catch a glimpse of some of the unique birds residing in our County, like the bald eagle or snowy owl. It also opens the view through the woods to Great Miami River on many sections of the bikeway. One of the most beautiful sights are the ice formations at Charleston Falls, Greenville Falls, the falls along the bikeway at Peterson Road, and several of the parks along the Stillwater River.
Don’t forget that the maple sap will soon be flowing at Maple Ridge Reserve which means maple syrup isn’t far behind. Be sure to keep an eye out on Facebook for our new “Syruping Sundays” program and see how maple sap is turned into maple syrup – you can even taste a sample. I can’t wait for that!
Make sure to get outside this winter. Find something that inspires you like better health, unique wildlife or amazing views. Whatever your reason, just do it. With 15 different parks conveniently located throughout Miami County, you’re never far away.
See you in your parks!
- Leave No Trace Frontcountry
2/27/2017 7:54:48 PM
- The Leave No Trace Frontcounty program addresses the majority of outdoor use which occurs along open space trails,in urban and state parks and in established campgrounds. Because of the increase in the use of America's "frontcountry" or day-use areas, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics expanded its educational focus to include these sites. We will feature a new Frontcountry Leave No Trace Principle for the next eight weeks. To get more detail on each of these principles, visit https://lnt.org/teach/outdoor-ethics-frontcountry
- When the Ice and Snow Fly
12/12/2016 12:44:19 PM
- During the winter months, the Operations Staff works diligently to get the parks open and safe for visitors. Park opening priorities start with Charleston Falls Preserve and Stillwater Prairie Reserve. Staff clear these parking lots and then proceed to open other parks and clear their parking lots. Depending on the severity of weather, some parks may not be opened within the day. The main trails of Charleston Falls Preserve and Stillwater Prairie Reserve will be cleared of snow. However, grass and some gravel trails in these Parks will be left untouched. The bike trails of the Great Miami River Recreational Trail and Twin Arch Reserve will eventually be at least partially cleared but may not occur on the day of inclement weather. The trails at Hobart Urban Nature Preserve, Honey Creek Reserve, Rangeline Access, Goode Prairie Preserve, John A. Wannemacher Reserve, Lost Creek Reserve and Garbry Big Woods Reserve & Sanctuary will not be cleared of snow and ice. Please be patient with Park openings and clearings on days when we have winter weather. For updates on park openings, check our website, MiamiCountyParks.com, and Facebook, Miami County Park District.
- Leave No Trace Training
2/16/2017 1:48:01 PM
- You still have time to sign up for the Leave no Trace training program offered at Lost Creek Reserve through Outdoor Adventure Connection. This overnight, two day course held March 11 - 12 will teach the seven principles of back country Leave No Trace. Participants will be qualified to teach Leave No Trace upon successful completion of the course. For more information or to register, visit Outdoor Adventure Connection's website.