Tag Archives: green

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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MOX rocks

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Midwest Outdoor Experience gets meaner, greener By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Midwest Outdoor Experience features a number of available activities including kayaking. MOX takes place Oct. 2 and 3 at Eastwood MetroPark This weekend, one of Dayton’s most anticipated annual events will take place, ushering all of us outdoor enthusiasts into the fall season. I’m talking about […]

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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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Prairie of the past

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Adopt a locavore

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Keep your culinary adventures close to home by Kristen Wicker Photo: Rahn’s Artisan Breads is one of two dozen 2nd Street Market vendors who locally grow or produce items People may travel long distances for a mega pretzel or loaf of ciabatta from Rahn’s Artisan Breads, but the products travel less than two miles from […]

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When Dayton freezes over

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Having fun outside – even during Snowpocalypse by Kristen Wicker Photo: Outdoor ice skating is available at Riverscape MetroPark from Nov. 28-Feb. 28 Skating instructor Cheri Snyder and Jim Jasinski of Curl Troy want people to get over their fear of what happens when things ice over – and get outside at the MetroParks Ice […]

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Our rambunctious Earth

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Environmental writer Emma Marris on saving the planet By Kristen Wicker Photo: Emma Marris, author of “Rambunctious Garden,” will be a keynote speaker at the Natural Areas Conference Emma Marris has traveled the world researching and writing about environmental issues and natural spaces, but she wants you to pay more attention to the nature right […]

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Leaf a legacy

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Building forests for the future By Kristen Wicker Photo: Five Rivers MetroParks staff and volunteers manage and maintain large tracts of land located along Dayton’s river corridors Green isn’t always good – at least not when it comes to honeysuckle. This invasive bush may look pretty in certain places, yet honeysuckle’s impact on our forests […]

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Eat your backyard

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MetroParks instructs homegrown (literally)  by Kristen Wicker Photo: Quervo the donkey resides at Possum Creek MetroPark, 4790 Frytown Rd.   What’s one thing Connie Duncan, Five Rivers MetroParks education assistant, sees when she considers the farm at Possum Creek MetroPark?  Quiche.  That’s because the farm is being transformed into a demonstration space where visitors can see […]

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Building a backyard habitat

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Nature in your outdoor space By Kristen Wicker Photo: Five Rivers MetroParks Director of Conservation Dave Nolin in the suburban wildlife sanctuary he has created in his yard Dave Nolin’s yard may look a bit rowdy to some people, but to wildlife, it’s a sanctuary. During the past 11 years since he purchased his home, Nolin […]

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The sunny side of the lake

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Reigning champ Cedarville University hosts solar boat competition By Mark Luedtke Photo: Cedarville’s entry in the DONG Solar Challenge in the Netherlands is lifted from the water after qualifying; photo: Kim Dewhurst Fun in the sun can be had every summer at Eastwood Lake, but this June, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]