Hug the Earth Festival

Hug the Earth Festival

Stillwater Prairie Reserve

Saturday, May 20th 2017 12 - 5  p.m.

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

This event would not be possible without the support of various community sponsors. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the Hug the Earth Festival, please contact us at 937.335.6273!