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Green earth, lean you

The MetroParks guide to a healthier 2016 Kristen Wicker Photo: Explore the region’s paved trail network by cross-country skiing, which burns 700-900 calories an hour. An estimated 40 to 50 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions, most of them focused on improving our health. Regardless of whether you made a vow to get it […]

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Winter wonderland

Make the most of the season outdoors Kristen Wicker Photo: Birding at Eastwood MetroPark is one of many outdoor activities to be enjoyed in the winter season Kelly Kingery’s favorite wintertime memory encapsulates the magic of the season. “I was cross country skiing with a friend at Possum Creek MetroPark and watching the snow fall […]

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Farm to prairie

Project to create a pollinator prairie takes flight By Kristen Wicker Photo: Land near Germantown MetroPark will be transformed into a native Ohio prairie, similar to the one found at Huffman Prairie State Natural Landmark, with a focus on monarch habitat The creation of a special natural area just for birds, bees and butterflies—particularly monarchs—is […]

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Trail mix

Take a hike in “Trail Town” Dayton By Kristen Wicker Photo: Local hiking enthusiast Andy Niekamp begins his through-hike of the Buckeye Trail at Deed’s Point From downtown Dayton, you can walk to North Dakota. Or Vermont. That’s because the Dayton region is home to a portion of the North Country Trail—a 4,600-mile National Scenic […]

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Prairie of the past

Huffman Prairie State Natural Landmark gets a new coat of paint Kristen Wicker Photo: A group tours through Huffman Prairie, a 112-acre natural landmark with significant historical and ecological relevance A hidden Dayton gem has a new shine: The addition of interpretive signage, brochures and programs at the historical Huffman Prairie State Natural Landmark has […]

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Rollin’ on the river

Paddle Miami Valley Kristen Wicker Photo: Young adventurers try canoeing at a recent Try Paddlesports program at Eastwood MetroPark Southeast Ohio is home to a bountiful network of rivers and streams, including nearly 300 miles along three state-designated water trails: the Mad, Stillwater and Great Miami rivers. Mid-summer can be a great time to get […]

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Get the dirt

An insider’s guide to exploring your MetroParks By Kristen Wicker Photo: The tucked-away Sunderland Falls is located at the edge of a Vandalia neighborhood With nearly 16,000 acres of land, 160 miles of managed trails for the likes of hiking and mountain biking and 270 miles of river corridor, there’s plenty to discover in your […]

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For the birds

Five Rivers MetroParks’ Bird Brigade By Kristen Wicker Photo: Members of the Five Rivers MetroParks Bird Brigade monitor migrating bird species at the Great Miami River Wetland Mitigation Bank Bullying is for the birds. Take, for example, a recent early-morning scene at the Great Miami River Wetland Mitigation Bank: A juvenile red-tailed hawk swoops out […]

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Plant it forward

Prep now for your summer garden By Kristen Wicker Photo: DIY newspaper planting pots: 1. Cut out a sheet of newspaper. 2. Fold into thirds. 3. Wrap around small glass and tape the sides. 4. Fold the paper around the bottom of glass and tape. 5. Fill 2/3 with potting soil, place one to three […]

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No child left inside

Independent play. Outside. Every day by Kristen Wicker Photo: Children play outside at Possum Creek MetroPark Seven hours. Every day. This is the average number of daily hours children ages 8 to 18 spend in front of a screen or an audio player, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The Children and Nature Network found only […]

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Gettin’ funky with it

Amy Kollar Anderson makes vivid art full-time By Bill Franz Exactly a year after she left her job as gallery […]

Climate UPHEAVAL

ArtStreet introduces next installation in IAN series By Joyell Nevins Art is not just meant to be looked at; it’s […]

Be Well, Marsha 2/2/16

Forget me not by Marsha Bonhart In my much younger, other life, I was a model. I never graced the […]

Flying high on the ground

Troy’s WACO Museum offers classes, camps, robotics and more By Tim Walker WACO—pronounced like “taco”—was the name of the WACO […]

What we ask

By Marsha Bonhart Trying to stay healthy is a job. Do this. Don’t do that. Eat this. Don’t eat that. […]

Why sourdough is a better bread to consume

By Rocco Castellano It might seem weirdly sacrilegious, in honoring the eclectic and alternative genius of David Bowie to focus […]