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March 2018

First Days of Spring Night Sky

March 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The spring season will only be two days old—a great time to see what’s happening in the night sky. Find out if the constellations Leo and Cancer will be in perfect placement for viewing and if we can still see… Find out more »

Brugeman Lodge Open House

March 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:00pm on day Last of the month, repeating until September 24, 2018

A Park Ranger will be available at each Open House to allow any interested person(s) to view, inspect and ask questions regarding the facility. Bring your tape measure, notepad, camera or video recorder to record your findings. Reservations or available… Find out more »

Signs of Spring – Spring Break Camp

March 27 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Discover what animals are waking up and which birds are coming back to Northwest Ohio after the cold winter months. Soil testing and plant monitoring will indicate the first signs of spring. Register with $15 per child by 8 AM… Find out more »

Activity Barn Open House

March 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:00pm on day Last of the month, repeating until September 25, 2018

A Park Ranger will be available at each Open House to allow any interested person(s) to view, inspect and ask questions regarding the facility. Bring your tape measure, notepad, camera or video recorder to record your findings. Reservations or available… Find out more »

Wings of Wonder – Spring Break Camp

March 28 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Swallowtail butterflies, flying squirrels, little brown bats, barred owls…spend the day exploring all different kinds of wings in both the animal and plant kingdoms. Through crafts, activities, and games, we’ll learn how wings are constructed, how they’re used, and what… Find out more »

Egg-ceptional Egg Camp – Spring Break Camp

March 29 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Did you know that birds aren’t the only animals that lay eggs? Learn what makes eggs so exceptional. We will be doing crafts and experiments using eggs. Register with $15 per child by 8 AM on Wednesday, March 28. Participants are… Find out more »

April 2018

Discovery Stories: Turkey Vultures

April 2 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
What are those giant dark birds soaring in circles through the sky? They are “buzzards,” or turkey vultures. They may not be the prettiest birds around, but they are very important, graceful, and clean. We will read a story about… Find out more »

Nature Did It First: Open House

April 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
What do Velcro, sonar, and straws have in common? You would think not much, until you learn that nature did it first. Discover how animals have inspired many of our current inventions and how we can learn from animals to… Find out more »

Flights and Floats

April 13 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:30pm on Friday, repeating until April 27, 2018

Peent! This is the call of the American Woodcock, a plump little shorebird that is rare in Hancock County. That noise is one of the telltale signs that the bird is about to shoot up 300 feet into the sky… Find out more »

The Spring Night Sky

April 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
J.T. Senghas, of the Millstream Astronomy Club, will present a program about the spring night sky. Following the talk will be views of the first quarter Moon, Venus setting with the winter objects, and Leo and the spring objects rising.… Find out more »

Spring Garden: Open House

April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spring is a time for growth and gardening at the McKinnis homestead. After a long cold winter, the days get warmer, the ground begins to thaw, and the growing season begins. Visitors are invited to learn how the McKinnis family… Find out more »

Wee Ones: Clouds

April 23 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
It’s time to float away, high in the sky. Clouds are so much fun to watch. They may look like a dinosaur, dog, cat, or even a princess. Which cloud will give us rain and which one will make us… Find out more »

Canvas Painting: Spring in the Park

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Spring in the Park will be the focus of our second painting in a seasonal painting series. Awakening Minds Art will provide step-by- step instructions on how to paint a beautiful nature scene on canvas. All necessary supplies needed to… Find out more »

Self-Guided Float Trips

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Saturday, repeating until May 19, 2018

The Hancock Park District is facilitating a series of Self-guided Float Trips with Shuttle Service this spring. Canoeists and kayakers will have the opportunity to see wildlife, enjoy scenic beauty, and spend quality time together in the great outdoors. Liberty… Find out more »

Spring Awakening Hike

April 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Spring is here and with it comes all of the beautiful living things that you may have never noticed before, especially at a park that isn’t as frequently visited: Blue Rock Nature Preserve. It may be small, but it hosts… Find out more »

Many o’ Moons

April 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Did you know there are 181 moons in our solar system? Learn which planet has the most, which one doesn’t have any, and which moon looks like a moldy omelet! We will also take a peek at our moon to… Find out more »

May 2018

Art in the Park: Plein Air Gathering

May 2 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Wednesday, repeating until May 30, 2018

The Plein Air Gatherings are an opportunity for artists to get together and paint or draw outdoors “en plein air” in the parks. This program is open to all adult and teen artists who use any medium conducive to working… Find out more »

Recycled Runway Fashion Show

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Enjoy a Recylced Runway, Posh Repurpose for Parks, a fundraising fashion show for the Hancock Parks Foundation. Participants in the show are required to make wearable fashion pieces out of recycled materials.  First place will win $500 with other prizes available.… Find out more »

22nd Annual Fish Festival

May 5 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Young anglers can try their luck as the Hancock Park District hosts its 22nd annual youth fishing event at the Riverbend Recreation Area Lakefront Activity Center. Trout stocking will take place prior to the event courtesy of the Ohio Department… Find out more »

Wee Ones: Great Blue Herons

May 7 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Did you know that the Great Blue Heron has a beak like a spear? Find out what herons eat and why their beak shape helps them survive. We’ll read a story about a Great Blue Heron and do some crafts… Find out more »

Aiming for Archery

May 12 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Have you ever wanted to aim your arrow and hit a bullseye? Well, here’s your chance. Participants will learn how to properly stand, hold and shoot a bow. After some practicing, games will be played. This program will be led… Find out more »

Meteor Showers

May 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Meteor showers are a sight to behold for astronomers and backyard stargazers alike. Explore the meteor showers that are visible in our part of the world, and learn about the showers that will grace our skies throughout the summer. Participants… Find out more »

Spring Disc Golf Tournament

May 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us at Riverbend Disc Golf Course for a back to the basics 2 disc challenge. Pick your two most versatile discs. You will be using those two discs for both rounds. There will be an optional Ace fund of… Find out more »

Astronomy Around the Globe

May 19 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dave Ferguson of the Millstream Astronomy Club will present a program on a brief comparison of astronomy motivations, beliefs and origins across cultures around the globe (and some perks of being able to predict what is over the nighttime horizon),… Find out more »

Hawks: Open House

May 20 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Highlighted will be those with hawk in their name and ones that used to (for instance, does anyone know the fish hawk?) See who lives in Ohio and who just passes through. Mounts, skulls, and feathers will be on display… Find out more »

Discovery Stories: Red-tailed Hawks

May 21 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Children will learn more about our largest hawk, take a closer look at our mounts, and see if they really have a red tail. There will be a story, craft, and activities all about the Red-tailed Hawk. Recommended for ages… Find out more »

What’s at Riverside?

May 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Everyone loves to walk their dog, listen to concerts, swim in the pool, or play in the park at Riverside, but what else is there to do? Riverside Park is home to many different kinds of birds, plants, and animals.… Find out more »

Linsey-Woolsey: Open House

May 27 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
In the 1840s, many rural families constructed their own fabrics to sew their clothing. The McKinnis family may have grown flax to make linen, and they sheared their sheep to get wool. The family will explain how wool and flax… Find out more »

June 2018

Horseback Riding Program

June 5 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
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One event on June 6, 2018 at 2:00pm

A hands-on Horseback Riding Program for beginners will be held indoors at the University of Findlay’s James L. Child, Jr. Equestrian Complex. Instructional content will cover basic horse care, education, and safety (activities, cleaning the stall, feeding, catching a horse… Find out more »

24-Hour Outdoor Experience

June 9 @ 9:00 am - June 10 @ 9:00 am
Enjoy being in the outside? Want to try it for 24 hours straight? Then here’s your chance. Kids ages 10-13 will have the opportunity to do a park-wide scavenger hunt, hike to the Findlay Reservoirs and learn more about Ohio’s… Find out more »

Pioneer Life Camp

June 12 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
What was it like to live as a pioneer? Kids will bake cookies in the wood stove oven, pull weeds in the historical garden, collect eggs from the chickens and play games of olden days, such as marbles. Snacks will… Find out more »

Adventure Day Camp: Animal Sounds

June 18 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Animals can’t talk, or can they? Come learn how animals use sounds in their everyday lives. We’ll explore the different sounds that animals make and how they use them to survive and thrive in their environments. Snacks will be provided,… Find out more »

Adventure Day Camp: Low Key in Nature

June 19 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
We’ll take the relaxed approach to learning more about nature as kids take it easy to become one with the outdoors. Children will make their own journals and sketch scenes of Aeraland’s trees and early summer wildflowers. A leisurely hike… Find out more »

Adventure Day Camp: Drawing from Nature

June 20 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join us for a day camp that will allow the kids to enjoy the art in nature while hiking the woods and sketching the trees, flowers and things around them. In the afternoon they will have the opportunity to join… Find out more »

Adventure Day Camp: Pond Life in the Pond

June 21 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
The ponds at our parks are teeming with life! Campers will spend the day observing damselflies, dragonflies, turtles, frogs, and numerous other organisms that occupy our local ponds. We will conduct pond studies throughout the day, which include assessing water… Find out more »

Adventure Day Camp: Hide and Seek

June 22 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
You might think you’re good at hide and seek, but you’re no match for the ultimate champion: nature! We’ll spend the day learning tactics from the best of the best, like camouflage and mimicry. We’ll do a scavenger hunt hike,… Find out more »

Nature’s Five Senses Camp

June 25 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Can bats see? Why do foxes hear so well? How far away can a vulture smell its meal? We will learn the answers to all of these questions and more about nature’s five senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste.… Find out more »

July 2018

Nature from the Ground Up Camp

July 10 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Here is a chance for kids to enjoy learning all about what is under their feet in nature and what floats or flies over their heads. Kids will be doing some water experiments to find out how a cloud is… Find out more »

Toddler Adventure Day Camp: My Grown-up and Me Painting Session

July 13 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Toddlers will explore their senses with texture rubbings of different objects found in nature with wax crayons and water color. Awakening Minds Art will guide toddlers and their grown up through a step-by-step guided painting of summer flowers. Snacks will… Find out more »

Peter Rabbit Camp

July 17 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Explore the works of Beatrix Potter as we dive into three of Miss Potter’s books and get hands-on with all sorts of activities. Campers will read and explore The Tale of Mr. Tod, The Tale of Pigling Bland, and The Tale of Tom… Find out more »

Adventure Day Camp: Ecosystems of Ohio

July 30 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Ohio’s landscape is rich with many diverse ecosystems; some of which can be found right here in Northwest Ohio. Campers will spend the day exploring fragments of grassland, woodland, wetland, and stream ecosystems, and learning why these environments are so… Find out more »

Adventure Day Camp: World of Invertebrates

July 31 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Did you know that animals with backbones only make up 3% of the animal kingdom? Come learn about the other 97%. Invertebrates can be found in environments all over the world. Join us for a day filled with hands-on invertebrate… Find out more »

August 2018

Adventure Day Camp: School Days

August 1 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
We’ll step back in time and spend the day as school children of the 1840s. To complete lessons, kids will work with slates and chalk and try their hand at quill writing. No worries, everything won’t be reading, writing and… Find out more »

Adventure Day Camp: Geology

August 2 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
It’s time to dig into the world of rocks and learn who finds and identifies all those fossils. There will be a display of rocks for kids to feel and learn from. Kids can start their own rock collection while… Find out more »

Adventure Day Camp: Adapt or Die!

August 3 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
How do animals survive in their habitats? They each have their own special adaptations, or traits, that help them stay alive, even in danger. The day will be spent learning about different animals’ own unique adaptions. We’ll play games, go… Find out more »

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