The week ahead
Saturday, Dec. 3 through Feb. 26, 1-3 p.m. at Germantown MetroPark: OnSaturdays and Sundays in December, January and February visit for an interactive scavenger hunt! Complete the required number of tasks on the scavenger hunt list and win a prize. No reservations required. Call (937) 277-4178 for details.
Saturday, Dec 3, 7- 9:30 p.m. at Germantown MetroPark Nature Center. Nocturnal wildlife. Grab some hot chocolate and participate in various activities including stargazing with the Miami Valley Astronomical Society, natural history presentations, campfire stories, and night hikes! Bring flashlights if you desire. Reservations requested, walk-ins welcome. Call (937) 277-4178 for details.
Saturday, Dec 3, 11 a.m.-noon at Englewood MetroPark (Patty Shelter Parking Lot): Who built that nest? Who’s in that hole? Find out different ways animals build their homes and discover the variety of nature’s architecture. No reservation required. Call (937) 277-4178 for details.
Saturday, Dec 3, 2-3:30 p.m. at Sugarcreek M etroPark parking lot, 4178 Conference Road. Besides the absence of insects, discover why prairies are one of the best places to play in winter. No reservation required. Call (937) 277-4178 for details.
Saturday, Dec 3, 7-10 p.m. at Riverscape MetroPark ice rink. Star Late Skate: Enjoy your evening drinking hot chocolate, warming up by our outdoor fireplaces and taking in the sights and sounds of downtown. Admission is $5 and includes the use of ice skates. Call (937) 278-2607 for more information.
Sunday, Dec 4, 6-8 p.m. Winter Walk at Aulwood Gardens MetroPark. Meet in the parking lot, tour the grounds and house and enjoy some hot drinks and cookies as well. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. Reservations are requested and walk-ins are welcome. Call (937) 277-6545 for information or register online.
Sunday, Dec 4, noon-5 p.m. Christmas on the Farm at Carriage Hill MetroPark Farm. String cranberries and popcorn for the farm-grown cedar tree just like families did a century ago. Enjoy fresh-baked gingerbread and sample chestnuts hot from the fireplace. At the Visitor Center you can make a Victorian Christmas decoration to take home. If the weather is right, the bobsled, sleigh bells and draft team will make the holiday complete. Call (937) 278-2609 for more information.
Sunday, Dec 4, 2-3 p.m. Fundamentals of Skating at Riverscape. Take a single lesson or attend each week. $5 for lesson and includes the use of ice skates. Call (937) 278-2607 for more information.
Thursday, Dec. 8, 9-11 a.m. at Sugarcreek MetroPark parking lot. Explore nature while meeting new friends on this slow-paced journey. Bring binoculars if you have them; a limited supply will be available. Call (937) 277-4178 for details.
Friday, Feb. 9, 6:30-8 p.m. at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, Children’s Discovery Garden. A rare opportunity to see the gardens after dark. Enjoy twinkling lights while chasing away the winter chill with hot chocolate. Listen to stories and roast chestnuts around a crackling fire. This program is weather dependant. Reservations are requested and walk-ins are welcome. Call (937) 277-6545 or register online.
Friday, Dec 9, 7-10 p.m. at Riverscape. Star Late Skate. (See above). Fees: $5
Saturday, Dec. 10,5:30-9 p.m. at Carriage Hill MetroPark. Lantern Tour. The feeling of a Victorian Christmas will be brought to life for this evening lantern tour. Tour various candle-lit stops around the farm while merrily singing carols. Then, join a period Christmas party and enjoy a hot cup of wassail while visiting the farmhouse. For more information, call (937) 278-2609.
Saturday, Dec. 10,7-10 p.m. at Riverscape, Star Late Skate (see above). Fee: $5