Last updated: June 10. 2014 5:09PM - 23 Views
By Terri McFarland, Naturalist, Mount Gilead State Park



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The Summer Schedule began in June with Nature Detectives on June 7, at 2:00. Children and parents studied Ohio Mammals using skulls, furs and tracks. The Saturday evening (5:30-6:30) class was archery for children and youth ages 10 to 18. Eighteen students came and shot Bows and Arrows, down at the lower dam. (Please note “closed toe shoes” are required for this activity.) Saturday evening classes will rotate between 3 activities: Archery, Fishing and Survival Skills.


Next Saturday Nature Detectives will meet at the Nature Center at 2:00 pm to study “What’s Bugging You?” and the Saturday evening program will be fishing at 5:30, which will meet at the lower dam. Naturalists will have fishing poles (rods and reels) as well as bait for children and youth to use. Youth 16 and older must have a fishing license.


The Nature Center is participating in the Northern Olentangy Watershed Festival: Mingo Park, Delaware Ohio. Saturday June 21, 2014. http://www.olentangywatershed.org/. Children at the Nature Center helped paint a Rain Barrel which will be auctioned at the Festival. While several children helped paint the rain barrel it was Grace Pendleton’s vision that brought the rain barrel to life, with a blue lake theme and various fish and plants. Grace is the daughter of Angel and Craig Pendleton of Mt. Gilead, OH.


The first Wild Days at the Park and Wee Discover will be held on June 18th and 19th. Children and youth ages 3-12 are invited to participate in the Wild Days. Students will participate in a variety of Nature topics and activities.


We still have openings for the Passport to Fishing event Wednesday June 25 is the Passport to Fishing event, from 9:30-11:30 am for students ages 6-18. This is a 2 hour course sponsored by the Division of Wildlife. Students will learn 4 different lessons including: habitat, tying a rig, casting & fishing, and safety & laws. If students complete the course, they receive a free rod and reel from the Division of Wildlife. Pre-registration is required for the Passport to Fishing event.


The VIP’s Weekend Country Breakfast was held this past weekend with good attendance. Rain fell on Sunday, which may have dampened some spirits, but not those of the Park’s VIP’s. Look for their next Weekend Breakfast in July, beginning Friday, July 4th – Sunday July 6th.


A Survival Skills Day Camp for ages 10-15 begins June 23-27. Students will learn and practice a variety of skills including: Fire-building, outdoor cooking, Shelter Building, Orienteering and tracking. Pre-registration is required, the cost is $25.00 for the week (with some scholarships available). Classes begin at 9 am and end at 12:00 noon.


The Nature Center is open daily during the summer. The schedule is located at the Nature Center, or Contact Naturalist Terri McFarland, for questions and/or to register for programs: (cell) 570-637-0259.

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