The Monarch ButterflyFest will be held on Saturday, August 25 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the National Trail Parks and Recreation District Buck Creek Nature Park. The ButterflyFest will feature live bluegrass music, pollinator education, food trucks and more. Recreational Tree Climbing will be offered from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm for ages 8 and older and sponsored by the Clark County Soil and Water Conservancy District. Children’s crafts and strolling entertainment will also be part. Plants for Pollinators & the Planet will be presented by Sarah Fortner at 10:30 am. A Butterfly Walk will start at 12:00 pm and Monarch Migration and Tagging Demo lead by Ruth Bowell will begin at 1:30 pm at the education tent. The Monarch ButterflyFest is sponsored by Veterinary Services of Springfield. For more information call 328-PARK.
A Paranormal Investigating program is scheduled for Friday, August 31 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Veterans Park Amphitheatre. Join the professionals from Kindred Souls Paranormal Service as they review the various facets of “ghost hunting” and become familiar with commonly used tools during the investigation. This program is open for adults ages 18 & Older. The registration fee is $25 per individual or $40 for a couple. The registration deadline is August 29. Registration is available online by going to www.ntprd.org or in person at the National Trail Parks and Recreation District Administration Building from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday. For more information call 328-PARK.
Dog Day will be held at Splash Zone on Sunday, August 26 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The registration fee is $5 and will be taken at the door. Proof of vaccines is required. For more information call 328-PARK.
Play Pals will be held on Thursday, September 6 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the National Trail Parks and Recreation District Administration Building. Play Pals is for children ages 2-4 along with an adult. Parents and caregivers enjoy fun activities with their little ones. Play, sing and enjoy activities that encourage new learning experiences. The registration fee is $5 and the registration deadline is September 4. For more information call 328-PARK.
Let your imagination run wild as you search the parks for Personalitrees. Look for them at Rebert Pike Nature Park, Snyder Park, New Reid and Old Reid Park for enchanted forest friends. Go to www.ntprd.org for the starting location at each park and search for the five trees that reveal their face to you. Then select one tree you name and share its backstory. Each photo and backstory counts as an entry in a drawing for prizes. For more information call NTPRD at 328-PARK.
Summer Letterbox Adventure
The last day for the Summer Letterbox Adventure is August 31. Use clues to search for the next letterbox as you learn more about local parks and cultural assets. Complete the challenge and fill out a registration form to be entered into a drawing for prizes. The Summer Letterbox Adventure is free and for all ages. Pick up your Summer Letterbox booklet at the National Trail Parks and Recreation District Administration Building, the Clark County Park District or CJ Brown Damn & Reservoir. For more information call 328-PARK.
Trail Walkers is held on Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on our local multi-purpose trails. Trail Walkers is a guided, self-paced walk that highlights the multi-purpose trail system while promoting fitness, fellowship and fun. The next Trail Walkers is scheduled for August 28 and meeting at Old Reid Park at the Pumphouse Rd. bridge. Trail Walkers is sponsored by Richards, Raff and Dunbar Memorial Home and Trostel, Chapman, Dunbar & Fraley Funeral Home. For more information call NTPRD at 328-PARK.
Trail Hikers is organized by National Trail Parks and Recreation District and held on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at Rebert Pike Nature Park on the 1st, 3rd & 5th weeks of the month and at New Reid Park on the 2nd & 4th week. These guided, self-paced hikes will allow you to explore and enjoy our local natural environment. Hiking boots are recommended. The program is free. For more information call 328-PARK.
The next Trail Riders is scheduled for August 27 and meeting at Eagle City Soccer Complex. Trail Riders is a guided, self-paced biking program that is approximately 10-15 miles and explores local bike trails while promoting fitness and fun. Bike helmets are required. For more information call 328-PARK.
Start Smart Soccer
Register now for Start Smart Soccer for children ages 3-5 ( as of September 1). This 6-week, fun, instructional, co-ed league is designed to teach basic beginner skills of soccer through drills and stations. The first four weeks will be instructional focusing on development followed by two weeks of games. Equipment will be provided in teaching kicking, dribbling, trapping, throw ins and agility. Registration includes shin guards, one size 3 ball and more. The registration fee is $50 and the deadline to register is August 24. Registration is available online by going to www.ntprd.org or in person at the NTPRD Administration Building.
Old Reid Park Tennis Center
The Old Reid Park Tennis Center is open through Labor Day Weekend. Hours are Monday – Friday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturdays 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm. All court times are pay. For more information call 328-PARK.