September 16, 2008

Narrows Offers Wide Variety of Fall Events


Whatever the season or weather, there are people on the trails and in the nature center at the Narrows Nature Reserve at 2575 Indian Ripple Road.

Greene County Parks' 162-acre reserve, which includes more than four miles of trails, is the venue for a variety of special programs and hikes, most of which are free.

One such free hike is the upcoming Monarch Butterfly Intro & Tagging at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14.

Monarchs, one of the few butterflies that migrate, spent part of the summer locally, living off milkweed in preparation for their flight to Mexico.

To help monitor the population of Monarchs, naturalists will be attaching small tags to their wings.

Bees to honey

Honeybees and honey will be featured during a Honey Extraction Demonstration from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Narrows.

Participants will watch as honey is harvested, strained and bottled.

Members of the Greene County Bee Keepers Association will answer questions, talk about raising honeybees and explain beekeeping equipment.

Honey will be available for purchase.

Parking for the event, which will be canceled in the event of inclement weather, will be at the Russ Business Systems parking lot, just west of the Narrows.


Nature photography programs will include a Pixels & Pictures Family Scavenger Hunt from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 21, and Fall Shutterbugs, classes designed to improve digital camera photography skills.

Fall Colors will be the topic of the 9 a.m. Oct. 4 class and Computerized Photo Enhancements will be featured at 9 a.m. Nov. 22.

The scavenger hunt is free but each class costs $5 per person for Greene County residents and $7 for nonresidents.

Advance registration, with payment, is required one week prior to each class.

Backyards, books

Several activities are offered at the Narrows for preschoolers through the Big Backyard and Book 'Em programs.

Children, between the ages of 3 and 6, along with an adult companion, can sign up. The Big Backyard program is held at 9:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Wednesdays, and the Book 'Em program is at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Tuesdays.

The Big Backyard schedule includes Bug Bungalow on Sept. 17, Treeific on Oct. 15, Life as a Pioneer on Nov. 12 and Winter Solstice on Dec. 17.

The Book 'Em schedule includes Raccoon on His Own on Sept. 30, Hello Harvest Moon on Oct. 28, In a Nutshell on Nov. 25 and First Snow in the Woods on Dec. 30.

Registration for each daily session, which costs $3 per child for residents and $5 for nonresidents, must be received, with payment, seven days prior to the meeting date.

Take a hike

Greene County Parks offers many organized hikes throughout the year. In December, it will be hosting its weekly Hikes for Senior Adults at the Narrows.

The hikes, designed for active senior adults age 60 and older, are held at 9 a.m. every Thursday at one of the county parks.

September hikes are at the Sara Lee Arnovitz Nature Preserve in Xenia, October hikes will be at the Indian Mound Reserve in Cedarville, November hikes will be at the Crooked Creek Nature Sanctuary in Sugarcreek Twp. and at the Narrows in December.

The Greene County Parks fitness program, Get Walking, Greene County, includes a Healthy Hike for all ages at the Narrows at 9 a.m. Sept. 20.

For more information on any program or activity, call Greene County Parks at (937) 562-7440 or visit the Web site at parks.

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