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Trade your treadmill for the trails By Kristen Wicker Photo: The couple at Carriage Hill MetroPark in March 2014 after losing a combined 250 pounds The first time Michelle and Brian Coleman visited the Grand Canyon, they could do little more than walk the rim and peer into the majestic chasm. This summer, more than six […]

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Free to muck about in the dirt and play

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Conservation leadership for a new generation By Kristen Wicker Photo: “Students recognize the greater good of the earth and how much life can be related to the natural world” – Nate Arnett, director of Adventure Central Brody was just 5 years old when he rescued a frog from a crew of schoolyard bullies, snatching the unsuspecting […]

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Free adventure!

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Inspiration, information and recreation at Adventure Summit By: Kristen Wicker Photo: The Adventure Summit offers rock climbing, slacklining, scuba and other sports at Wright State University Feb. 14-15 Dayton resident Andy Niekamp has taken such adventures as hiking hundreds of miles on the Colorado Trail and the Appalachian Trail, along with hiking from Cincinnati to Cleveland […]

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Learning and serving with nature

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Super-powered volunteer opportunities By Kristen Wicker Photo: Volunteers working during a native plant primer class offered by Five Rivers MetroParks   Carrying five-gallon buckets of water to nourish tree seedlings isn’t too much to ask of volunteer Marketa Anderson – even if it means displacing a rib in the process. “That was one of the times […]

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Beer loves Dayton … and parks

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New Belgium beers at Five Rivers MetroParks By Amy Forsthoefel Photo: Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing arrives in Dayton this December and $1 of each purchase made in 2014 goes to benefit Five Rivers MetroParks Dayton loves beer. The boom of local breweries over the past few years and spike in residents taking up the practice of […]

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Do you have the stones to try curling?

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Olympic winter sport at MetroParks Ice Rink By Amy Forsthoefel Photo: Fiver Rivers MetroParks will offer curling leagues at the Riverscape Ice Rink starting Jan. 7 Once the bearer of the brunt of jokes during the winter Olympics, there is one team sport that is quickly gaining in popularity, particularly at MetroParks Ice Rink at RiverScape […]

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Beetle-mania rages on

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New insect invaders pose threat to Ohio forests By Amy Forsthoefel Photo: The Asian longhorned beetle is threatening tree populations throughout the Miami Valley Remember the invasive species firestorm that swept through the region just a couple years ago with the emerald ash borer invasion? For many Dayton-area residents, it was the first time they ever […]

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GTFO!

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Dayton: The Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest  By Amy Forsthoefel   Photo: MetroParks’ Mountain Biking Area (MoMBA) at Huffman MetroPark, John Bryan State Park and Caesar Creek State Park feature miles of sweet single track mountain biking trails When people think of Dayton, Ohio, there are certain iconic attributes many can easily call to mind. […]

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‘Leaf’-ing a legacy

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Dayton’s reforestation efforts By Amy Forsthoefel   Photo:Volunteers Mike Stanton, Mike Shade, Patrick Kennedy and Marga Huban proudly pose after planting 200 native shrubs at Germantown MetroPark in December 2012 Five Rivers MetroParks’ groundbreaking reforestation efforts demonstrate the constructive powers of people when they take an active role in conservation. The reforestation program started in […]

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Greening the market

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2nd Street Market takes DRG3 challenge By Amy Forsthoefel Photo: Hungry Toad Farm, one of the produce vendors at the 2nd Street Market, is certified organic now and is seeking DRG3 Green Business certification yet this year In 2012, Dayton Regional Green 3 (DRG3) created a voluntary Green Business Certification Program designed to help businesses take basic […]

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Plan a Saturday ‘eScape’ to fitness

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Jumpstart your summer downtown at RiverScape By Amy Forsthoefel Photo: eScape with Yoga at RiverScape MetroPark on Saturdays this summer; photo credit: Joseph Craven Photography Looking for a new way to get fit this summer? Five Rivers MetroParks has launched “Saturday eScapes” – a whole new Saturday morning scene at RiverScape MetroPark to help you get […]

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Get out and bike!

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Bike to Work Week/Cycling Summit highlights By Val Beerbower Photo: Participate in National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 17, during the annual Bike to Work Pancake Breakfast, 7-9 a.m. at Riverscape MetroPark; photo credit: Elzora.comPhotography There’s a machine that can improve a person’s health, reduce expenses and is better for the environment than most others. […]

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Five Rivers MetroParks hits a milestone

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Celebrate half a century of protecting nature By Val Beerbower Photo: Celebrating 50 years: A fishing derby at Cox Arboretum MetroParks in 1985; photo courtesy Five Rivers MetroParks Five Rivers MetroParks is turning 50, and everyone is invited to a community celebration! “This park district began as a community initiative and we wanted to remind area […]

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Connect naturally

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MetroParks volunteer opportunities By Val Beerbower Photo: Volunteers are needed to help with conservation efforts, such as prairie seed collection and propagation For the past 50 years, Five Rivers MetroParks has protected the natural areas in and around Dayton. Today, the park district conserves more than 15,400 acres of land – 90 percent of which is […]

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Get growing!

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The Miami Valley Gardening Conference at Sinclair Community College  By Val Beerbower  Photo: Attendees at the 2012 Miami Valley Gardening Conference explore the expo area; Photo courtesy Five Rivers MetroParks The temperatures are still low and branches are still bare, but it is the final few weeks of winter that kick off the gardening season. Seed […]

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Experience the great outdoors … indoors!

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Adventure Speaker Series inspires attendees to “Get Out and Live”  By Val Beerbower When winter has the Miami Valley in its grip, it gets easier to hunker down on the sofa and channel surf. But if the idea of “adventure” has amounted to no more than Iron Chef marathons, perhaps it’s time to shake things […]

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The kids are alright…and the nannies and billies, too

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In this fast-paced world of immediate answers and non-stop connectivity, there is a real need for us to unplug and […]

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Pups on the run

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]