Bring the family out to Stillwater Prairie Reserve and enjoy the Hug the Earth Festival that celebrates nature!

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Hug the Earth Festival

Stillwater Prairie Reserve
Saturday, May 20th 2017 12 - 5  p.m.

Whether you come to sing along with your favorite Banana Slug String Band song or try out one of the many activities, you are sure to have a good time.  

The fun begins at noon when the Banana Slug String Band performs their popular songs like “Dirt Made My Lunch” and “Water Cycle Boogie.” Beginning at 1 p.m. enjoy Archery, Geocaching, Canoeing on the Pond (registration begins at noon and is limited), Rocket Shoots, Rock Pile Dig, Face Painting, Gnome-Fairy House Building, Animal Safari, Bring the Farm to You, food & more! Don't miss out on the outdoor adventure activities with the Rock Climbing Wall,  Zip Line, Tree Climbing and High Ropes Course. General admission is free. 

Hug the Earth Festival Map of Activities - coming in April 


*Banana Slug String Band performs once from 12 - 1 p.m.* 
All of the following activities start at 1 p.m.

Geology Zone

OAIMA Rock & Fossil Dig
Rock Painting
Gemstone Screening
Rocket Shoot

Outdoor Adventure

Canoeing (registration beings at noon)
Animal Safari

Young Explorers

Face Painting
Straw Jump
Survival Bracelets
VIP Popcorn & Water Station

Awesome Animals

Farm Animals (Bring the Farm to You)
Horses & Craft (Miami County Equine Initiatives Task Force)
Rescue Animals (Rescue Me)
Animal Safari 

Rocks, Ropes & Tree Tops

Zip Line
High Ropes Course
Tree Climbing
Rock Wall

Whimsical Woodland  

Natural Play Area
Seed Bombs & Mud Fun
Pollinator Scavenger Hunt (US Fish & Wildlife)
Gnome Home/Fairy House Building
Storybook Trail


Susie's Big Dipper

Homemade Ice Cream

Cumberland Kettle Corn

 Varieties of freshly popped Kettle Corn

Mohawk Freestyle Grill

 Fresh, local food including burgers and tacos

Additional Information

Banana Slug String Band

The Banana Slug String Band is committed to educational entertainment for children and families through interactive music and performance. They are dedicated to fostering positive attitudes about the environment, providing accurate information about natural history and science, promoting music appreciation, building self-esteem in children, honoring creativity, supporting the arts in education and sparking in people a joyful sense of wonder. 

Rock Climbing Wall, Zip Line, Tree Climbing & High Ropes Course

Join in on the outdoor adventure activities! Kids won't want to miss this opportunity to climb a rock wall or feel what it's like to fly when they try out the zip line. Make sure you save time to test your balance on the high ropes course. Donations for these activities are welcomed.

Canoeing on the Pond

Ever wanted to find a new outdoor activity? Try out canoeing at the festival. Guests are invited to put on life jackets and take a float around the pond. This is a very popular destination at the festival and will fill up fast! Registration is required and begins at noon. 

Bring the Farm to You 

Learn all about a variety of farm animals at this activity! Get hands-on interaction with chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, sheep and turkeys. Don't miss out on this great family experience.  

Hug the Earth School Festival Performances

Follow this link to view your child’s performance with the Banana Slug String Band. Remember they will be listed under their grade as of last May, 2015. 

Thank You 2017 Sponsors!

General Sponsors

The Troy Foundation

Kerber Sheet Metal

Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.

Ohio Aggregates & Industrial

Minerals Association

Park District Volunteers in Parks

Rocks, Ropes & Treetops

Covington VFW Post #4235

Covington FOE #3998

Troy FOE #971 

Piqua Community Foundation

Piqua Kiwanis Club #K02086

Piqua Optimists Club

Piqua VFW #4874

Sidney FOE

Tipp City VFW

Troy Fish & Game Club

Troy Moose Lodge #2695

Troy Noon Optimists

In-Kind Sponsors

Comfort Suites 

Mohawk Freestyle Grill 

The Caroline

El Sombrero

La Piazza


Troy Foundation Logo

Kerber Sheet Metal Logo

Emerson Climate Technologies