NTPRD Weekly Update and Community News

Nature Stories
Nature Stories will be held on Thursday, September 20 from 10:00 am to 10:30 am at the National Trail Parks and Recreation District Administration Building. Nature Stories is open to children ages 18mths to 3 years old along with an adult companion. Spend time with your little one during this nature-inspired story time. Pre-registration is required. Program is free. For more information call 328-PARK.
Paw Paw Hike
A Paw Paw Hike will take place on Friday, September 21 at 10:00 am at the Rebert Pike Nature Park. Learn about the native Paw Paw tree as you celebrate autumn on this 1-hour hike. Meet at the shelter house at Rebert Pike Park. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 328-PARK.

Trail Walkers

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 September 18 meeting at Sherman Ave. Park. 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
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.
Trail Riders
The next Trail Riders is scheduled for September 17 and meeting at the Heritage Center in downtown Springfield. 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.
Project Scare-A-Crow
Scare away crows by creating your very own Crow Incognito Scarecrow and put in on display in downtown Springfield. The public will select it’s favorite scarecrow. Winners will receive honors and prizes. The Project Scare-A-Crow competition is open to submissions from local businesses, non-profits and government agencies. For rules and guidelines contact National Trail Parks and Recreation District at 328-7275. The registration deadline is September 22. Project Scare-A Crow is presented in partnership with Project Jericho.
Red Kettle Pedal Ride
The Red Kettle Pedal Ride will be held on Sunday, September 23 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and will begin at the Springfield High School parking area. Join hands with the Springfield Salvation Army in an effort to provide new bicycles to local youth at Christmas. This will be a leisurely 5 mile ride and appropriate for single riders or families. The destination is the Heritage Center in Downtown Springfield. Riders must be able to skillfully ride on the bike trail and have a bike helmet. Details at https://ntprd.org/red-kettle- pedal-ride/.
Wuffstock, the celebration of all things canine, will be held on Saturday, September 29 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Snyder Park Clubhouse area. Demonstrations, doggy costume contest, live music, vendors and food trucks will be featured. For vendor information call 328-PARK.