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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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Beer loves Dayton … and parks


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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Beetle-mania rages on


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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‘Leaf’-ing a legacy


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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Plan a Saturday ‘eScape’ to fitness


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!


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


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!


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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At last! The perfect gift!


PNC 2nd Street Market offers unique holiday shopping options  By Val Beerbower Gift giving is a staple component of the holiday season, and nothing sends one into a state of panic faster than trying to come up with a thoughtful gift for the “list stumpers.” List stumpers are those friends, family members or co-workers for […]

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Get out and skate!


MetroParks Ice Rink Opens at Riverscape By Valerie Beerbower The holidays are a special time when family and friends gather to celebrate and create memories together. Often, that includes food and beverage indulgences that can really pack on the pounds. But Five Rivers MetroParks offers a solution that will still give families the quality time […]

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Fresh beyond the season


Food preservation techniques stretch out flavors of summer By Val Beerbower Crisp breezes, dazzling treetop displays, migrating birds and the re-emergence of sweaters and hoodies from the closets all indicate autumn has arrived. For our local farmers, that means the fall harvest is upon us, and if you love local farm markets like the PNC […]

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Get out and live!


The Midwest Outdoor Experience at Eastwood MetroPark By Valerie Beerbower Six years ago, outdoor recreation enthusiasts gathered in the parking lot at what is now the PNC 2nd Street Market and hosted a gear swap. Equipment was sold, new friends were made and good times were had by all. Then the event gained traction and […]

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Taking root


Reforestation Efforts Help Create Healthy Habitats By Val Beerbower Within the past 100 years, Ohio’s vast forests have been reduced to small woodlots and narrow woodlands along streams. These fragmented forests are especially vulnerable to invasive bugs like emerald ash borer and invasive shrubs like Amur honeysuckle. The good news is that Five Rivers MetroParks […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]