• Message from the Director

      As fall reaches its biggest splendor, the cooler days will lend themselves to some really enjoyable days in the parks. Many people feel this is the best time to enjoy the outdoors as wildlife are scurrying about preparing for winter, the leaves are changing, and the crisp air brings bright blue skies on clear days.  

      We had an outstanding Fall Farm Fest as over 12,000 people once again enjoyed Lost Creek Reserve in its full splendor of kids’ activities, farm demonstrations, the corn maze, good food and GREAT weather. If you were not able to make it, place it on your calendar next year for October 14-15.

      I hope you will be able to enjoy the great fall colors at your parks the next few weeks. Get out real soon, because the leaves will be gone. There should be some outstanding pictures taken, and I hope you share them with us so people can enjoy them on our Facebook or Instagram page. We will see you in the parks!

  • Upcoming Programs
    • Preschool in the Park "Bats, Owls & Spiders"
    • Health Trekkers
    • Girls Scout Program "Junior - Geocacher Badge"
  • Park of the Month
    • Lost Creek Reserve & Knoop Agricultural Center
    • Changing Leaves
    • One of the first signs of fall is the changing colors of the leaves. As the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer, trees detect the change in sunlight they receive. As they detect this change they start to produce less and less chlorophyll, which enables the sunlight to produce food for the tree and give off a green color to the leaves. Eventually, a tree stops producing chlorophyll and in turn stops producing the green color. When that happens, the leaves become a bright rainbow of glowi... (Read More)

    • Witch Hazel
    • Cooler weather and a lack of bugs make autumn a favorite time for a walk in the woods. During your next woodland walk, keep an eye out for one of our more unusual native trees…Witch Hazel. Witch Hazel is a shrub/small tree that grows in the under story of many of Ohio’s woodlands. For much of the year, Witch Hazel looks like any of the other small trees growing beneath the forest’s maples, poplars and oaks. But come October and early November, when other trees and shrubs are losing their leaves ... (Read More)
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