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Spring canoe trip 7:00 am
Spring canoe trip @ Blanchard Landing
May 2 @ 7:00 am
This trip is an enjoyable, yet challenging adventure at approximately 37 miles with a primitive tent camping experience at Riverbend Recreation Area’s campground. This two-day canoe trip includes up to seven potential portages around dams and rock fields with five potential portages on the second day alone. All food and camping gear will have to be transported in the canoes unless other arrangements are made. Trip planning and a wilderness expedition mindset may be necessary. Canoeists will paddle 20 miles on day one (approximately 7 hours without stops and with two strong paddlers) and 17 miles on day two (approximately 6 hours without stops and with two strong paddlers). If the trip is canceled due to extreme inclement weather, it will be rescheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10. Meet at 7 a.m. at Blanchard Landing, located on Ohio 235, south of U.S. 224 West. The shuttle will be at Blanchard Landing at 7 a.m. Canoeists will be transported to Blanchard River Nature Preserve via the HPD Shuttle Service. Adults with a signed assumption of risk/liability release/waiver of all claims form and parental consent form if applicable. Youth under the age of 18 are welcome to participate if accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.Participants must have the ability to swim. Enrollment maximum: 12 people total with a maximum of two participants per canoe. Register by Friday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m. Supplies: Wear tennis shoes that can get wet. Bring enough food, supplies, equipment and clothes to support a weekend canoe trip (alcohol is not permitted in HPD canoes, parks or campground). Dress and plan accordingly for the weather. Canoes, life vests, paddles, shuttle service, firewood, and camping permit are provided.
19th Annual Fish Festival 7:30 am
19th Annual Fish Festival @ Riverbend Recreation Area
May 2 @ 7:30 am – 11:00 am
Young anglers can try their luck as the Hancock Park District hosts its 19th annual youth fishing event. Trout stocking will take place prior to the event courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division. Fishing will be allowed by bank only. Children must do the fishing, but limited adult assistance is permitted. All state fishing rules and regulations must be followed and anglers are asked to take home the first five trout they catch. No catch and release is permitted. Live bait will be for sale on site. The Fish Festival will be held rain or shine, except in the event of extremely threatening weather conditions. Throughout the morning, registered participant names will be drawn for random prize drawings and must be present to win. Sponsors of this year’s fish festival are ODNR Division of Wildlife, WFIN/WKXA/The Fox and Centennial Screen Printing and Engraving. Food concession will also be available by the Findlay Area Civitan Club in Shelter 4. For ages 4 to 15, with an adult companion. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., festival begins at 8 a.m.
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Spring canoe trip 7:00 am
Spring canoe trip @ Blanchard Landing
May 3 @ 7:00 am
This trip is an enjoyable, yet challenging adventure at approximately 37 miles with a primitive tent camping experience at Riverbend Recreation Area’s campground. This two-day canoe trip includes up to seven potential portages around dams and rock fields with five potential portages on the second day alone. All food and camping gear will have to be transported in the canoes unless other arrangements are made. Trip planning and a wilderness expedition mindset may be necessary. Canoeists will paddle 20 miles on day one (approximately 7 hours without stops and with two strong paddlers) and 17 miles on day two (approximately 6 hours without stops and with two strong paddlers). If the trip is canceled due to extreme inclement weather, it will be rescheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10. Meet at 7 a.m. at Blanchard Landing, located on Ohio 235, south of U.S. 224 West. The shuttle will be at Blanchard Landing at 7 a.m. Canoeists will be transported to Blanchard River Nature Preserve via the HPD Shuttle Service. Adults with a signed assumption of risk/liability release/waiver of all claims form and parental consent form if applicable. Youth under the age of 18 are welcome to participate if accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.Participants must have the ability to swim. Enrollment maximum: 12 people total with a maximum of two participants per canoe. Register by Friday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m. Supplies: Wear tennis shoes that can get wet. Bring enough food, supplies, equipment and clothes to support a weekend canoe trip (alcohol is not permitted in HPD canoes, parks or campground). Dress and plan accordingly for the weather. Canoes, life vests, paddles, shuttle service, firewood, and camping permit are provided.
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Art in the Park: Plein Air Gatherings 6:00 pm
Art in the Park: Plein Air Gatherings @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
If you love to paint or draw outdoors, the Plein Air Artists group is just for you! This program is open to all artists, from professional to interested and enthusiastic amateurs, who use any medium conducive to working outdoors. Artists should plan to bring whatever supplies and equipment needed and dress for ground and weather conditions. The coordinator will be available each session to answer questions In case of rain, the session will be cancelled. This event is for teens and adults
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Pizza Party & Planetarium Show 6:00 pm
Pizza Party & Planetarium Show @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Families will enjoy pizza and drinks inside the Discovery Center, followed by a planetarium show. Saturn will be closest to Earth and the Moon will be soon be a new one. Visitors will look for those things and search for the constellations that make up the hunting dogs, hair and the crow. Participants must sit on floor and may bring along a pillow if they wish. Ask about handicap accessibility. Recommended for those ages 5 and up, Register with $5 per person by Thursday, May 7.
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Spring canoe trip 9:00 am
Spring canoe trip @ Blanchard Landing
May 16 @ 9:00 am
This is a popular half-day trip, and rightly so. At 9.3 miles, it is scenic, it has no foreseeable obstacles or portages, and there are narrow sections and riffles to make it interesting and fun. Wildlife sightings are commonplace. Without stops and with two strong paddlers, this trip should take approximately 3 hours. If the trip is canceled due to extreme inclement weather, it will be rescheduled for Sunday, May 17. Meet at 9 a.m. at Blanchard Landing, located on Ohio 235, south of U.S. 224 West. The shuttle will be at Blanchard Landing at 9 a.m. Canoeists will be transported to Liberty Landing via the HPD Shuttle Service. This canoe trip is for a parent and child age 12-14 with a signed assumption of risk/liability release/waiver of all claims form and parental consent form. Participants must have the ability to swim. Enrollment maximum: 12 people total. One parent and one child per canoe. Register by Friday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. Supplies: Wear tennis shoes that can get wet. Bring lunch, snacks, and water or Gatorade in a small cooler (alcohol is not permitted in HPD canoes). Dress and plan accordingly for the weather. Canoe, life vests, paddles, and shuttle service will be provided.
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Art in the Park: Nature Journaling 7:00 pm
Art in the Park: Nature Journaling @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join artist, naturalist and HPD volunteer Sharon Hammer Baker for workshops to explore nature journaling techniques, including observation skills, sketching, drawing, painting and writing. Work from live and mounted wildlife as well as fresh and collected materials from the parks to enhance the experience. Participants should bring a sketch book and drawing supplies. This event is for teens and adults.
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Telescopes 101 8:00 pm
Telescopes 101 @ Riverbend Park
May 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Don Trinko of the Millstream Astronomy Club will be presenting a program on telescopes. He will be discussing the basic characteristics of different types of telescopes. Items he will talk about are the advantages and disadvantages of each type and what they cost. After the talk, there will be a viewing session with the club’s telescopes as along as viewing conditions are favorable. All ages are welcome!
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Vernal Pools 1:00 pm
Vernal Pools @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Come out to the park and learn all about vernal pools. Who lives in the vernal pool and what do they feed on? Why are they important to our ecosystem? There will be a movie, activities and a hike to look at vernal pools. Come prepared to do some wadding if the water is high enough to find those little creatures in the pool. All ages are welcome
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Divine and Wine 6:00 pm
Divine and Wine @ The Jones Mansion
May 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join the historic Jones Mansion for a relaxing yoga class led by Melinda Williams, of Open Circle Yoga, followed by a wine tasting and elegant cheese pairing. A cash bar will also be available. Tickets are limited to the first 20 and can be purchased through the box office at www.artspartnership.com or directly at 419-422-3412.
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Hiking for Ice Cream 1:00 pm
Hiking for Ice Cream @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 31 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Let’s hike through the woods at Oakwoods to work up an appetite for a sweet treat! Without things from nature it would be hard to enjoy one of the most popular frozen treats. After a hike, meet back in the Discovery Center to make a tasty snack and top it with some of nature’s treats. All ages are welcome!