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Mark your calendar for summer events at RiverScape MetroPark By Lauren Lemons Photo: Early morning risers center themselves with a yoga class under the RiverScape Pavilion Summer kicks off an entire season of outdoor entertainment at downtown Dayton’s RiverScape MetroPark, an area-wide venue for community gatherings and events. “RiverScape MetroPark provides a venue for outdoor programs, […]

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Local transformers

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Regional programs turn vacant lots into community gardens By Nick Hrkman Photo: EchoingU students tend to the raised flower beds in their community garden Put down roots in your community—literally. Five Rivers MetroParks works with community gardens in the Dayton region as part of the Grow With Your Neighbors program, which began in 1986. In […]

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Green cleaning machine

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Avoid environmental consequences by keeping a living space this spring By Lauren Lemons Photo: After spring cleaning, boost your air quality by adding some plants to well-ventilated areas of your living space Spring is just around the corner and many people are on a mission to purge their homes of unnecessary items that piled up […]

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It’s… alive?

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Community Solutions’ Healthy Soils Symposium at Antioch By Terri Gordon Photo: Soil from the Greenacres cattle pasture reflects the health of the soil, a complex system linked to the health of the Earth; photo: David Rafie It is everywhere, from forest floors to ocean beaches. It is the stuff under our feet, our sidewalks, our roads. […]

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Old-school cooking

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1880s DIY food and farming at Carriage Hill MetroPark By Kristen Wicker Photo: Charlie Wiltrout (left) and Tom Trost recreate an 1880s maple sugaring campphoto: Laura Combs This is your great-grandma’s cooking class. Using authentic recipes from the 1880s—with instructions like “stir until ready,” measurements such as “a walnut-sized piece of butter,” ingredients such as […]

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The great Great rivers expedition

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3 local kayakers share their story By Tim Smith Photo: Jeremy Cox finds adventure paddling down all five rivers in the Dayton area Daytonians have always had the spirit of adventure, from flight to hiking the Appalachian Trail. Three local kayak enthusiasts decided to prove that you don’t have to leave home to find adventure by […]

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2,007 miles to freedom

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Adventure Speaker Series continues with Troy native Jordan Hart By Kristen Wicker Photo: Troy’s Jordan Hart tries to stay ahead of the fog on his last day of travel on the Underground Railroad Route In fall 2016, Jordan Hart embarked on a journey that put his body, spirit, and perspective to the test. Hart, an […]

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Post-solstice safety

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Ranger tips to navigate the winterscapes By Kristen Wicker Photo: Hikers at Englewood MetroPark take in the view while taking a buddy out on the trail Winter doesn’t officially begin until the winter solstice at 5:44 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21—the day with the shortest period of daylight, when the noon sun is the lowest […]

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Cut down, chow down

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Save time, money, and the environment this holiday season By Kristen Wicker Photo: Shopping for produce at local vendors like the 2nd Street Market reduces our toll on the environment   From turkey dinners to stringing hundreds of lights, pulling off the perfect holiday can be overwhelming and expensive. With so much to do, sustainable household […]

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Urban legends

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Hiking with ghosts through Five Rivers MetroParks by Kristen Wicker Photo: Known by many names, the stone tower at Hills & Dales MetroPark was once rumored to be haunted. With its stunning colors and crisp temps, fall is an awesome time to get outdoorsy—and to explore the season’s spooky vibe by visiting some ghostly remnants […]

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Not bogged down

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Activity abounds at Cedar Bog by CC Hutten Photo: Walk back a mile through time on the Cedar Bog Nature Preserve boardwalk and spot some of Ohio’s most diverse plant species “Diversity” is a buzzword most of us probably hear or read every day, but Cedar Bog Nature Preserve has the rank to prove it is […]

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Boots made for walking 110 miles

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A long journey to Midwest Outdoor Experience Kristen Wicker Photo: The Inspired Stunt Shows team takes BMX to new heights at Urban Outdoor Experience, Oct. 1-2 This fall, Mike Fanelli plans on attending his favorite local event in a style all his own. He’ll arrive on foot, fresh off the Buckeye Trail — and in […]

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Get buzzed

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Discover the secret life of bees at HoneyFest By Lisa Bennett Photo: Beekeeper and retired Kettering police officer Mike Pittman tends his hives It used to be that the acronym CCD meant “catechism,” or, more precisely, a dreaded Sunday afternoon in a church classroom learning about the Bible. Not that the classes weren’t interesting and sometimes […]

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Ain’t no mountain…

Monika Kaleps rides through MetroParks Mountain Biking Area (MoMBA), the area’s first fully sustainable mountain biking trail system; photo courtesy of Five Rivers MetroParks

One woman bikes over injury and fear By Kristen Wicker “MoMBA is always the same trail, but never the same ride.” Monika Kaleps knows what she’s talking about—she drives an hour from her home in the Columbus area to bike MoMBA, the MetroParks Mountain Biking Area, at least a few times each week, even in […]

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Secret in Springfield

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The fairytale Hartman Rock Garden By Kevin Tucker Photo: Ben Hartman erected the ‘Tree of Life’ at the center of the Hartman Rock Garden in Springfield; photo: Rod Hatfield The Hartman Rock Garden (HRG) can be easily overlooked as it stands stoically behind one of the many nondescript dwellings comprising the southwest Springfield neighborhood it calls […]

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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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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]