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Human nature

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Discover Five Rivers MetroParks conservation areas By Kristen Wicker Photo: MetroParks staff members built the 1,800-foot boardwalk winding through Woodman Fen with recycled plastic; photo courtesy of MetroParks Human activity nearly destroyed Woodman Fen, but human intervention saved it. At one time common in southwest Ohio, fens have rich peat soils fed by underground water. […]

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Home away from home

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Camping closer to your backyard By Kristen Wicker Unplugging from electronics and plugging into nature was Baxter Foskuhl’s idea of getting wild during spring break. Foskuhl, a junior at Wright State University, hiked the Twin Valley Trail with a friend he’s known since elementary school during a respite from textbooks and lectures in late February. […]

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Easy rider

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Hand-picked cycling day trips during National Bike Month Kristen Wicker The Dayton region is home to more than 300 miles of bikeways—the nation’s largest paved trail network. But where to start? Five Rivers MetroParks staff share their favorite rides to get you rolling. Visit metroparks.org for maps, cycling programs and more info, including details about […]

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Dig it

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Turn your thumb green with MetroParks’ gardening programs Kristen Wicker For Carla and Scott Lachecki, who live in an urban Dayton neighborhood without much of a yard, renting a year-round community garden plot at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark allows them to grow their own produce and share the natural world with their 3-year-old granddaughter, June. “It’s […]

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And your bird can sing

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Celebrate the coming of spring with birding tips from the experts Kristen Wicker Birds in your local Five Rivers MetroParks are just like the proverbial canary in the coalmine. “We monitor bird populations year round, and it’s important we get good counts,” says Yvonne Dunphe, conservation volunteer coordinator for MetroParks. “Birds are a good indicator […]

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2016 Adventure Summit at Wright State

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Paralympic medalist Amy Purdy speaks on adversity Kristen Wicker If you love the outdoors, there’s an indoor event this week you can’t miss. Seriously. The Adventure Summit, held Feb. 12-13 at the Wright State University Student Union, provides inspiration and information for planning your next epic outdoor journey, whether that be a thru-hike on the […]

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Green earth, lean you

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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

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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

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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

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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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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]