Trail Tots is for children ages 3-5 (along with an adult) and will be held on Thursday, September 23 from 10:00 -11:00 am at the NTPRD administration Building. This nature-based outdoor program is designed to allow your tot to explore the outdoors with hands-on activities, sensory play, music and autumn nature walks. The registration fee is $8 and the deadline to register is September 21. Registration is available online by going to ntprd.org or by calling 937-328-7275.
Wuffstock is a celebration of all things canine and will be held on Saturday, September 25 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Snyder Park Clubhouse area. Check out local pet services along with music by local musician Tony Powell, local artist, vendors, food trucks and more at this historic dog friendly event. See the Southern Ohio Flying K-9’s perform at 11:00 am and 12:30 pm. A pet costume contest will be held at 1:00 pm and registration is available online before the event by going to ntprd.org or on the day of the event. For more information call 937-328-7275.
Scare away the crows by creating your very own Saturday Morning Cartoon Character Scarecrow and put it on display in downtown Springfield. The public will select its favorite scarecrow. Winners will receive honors and prizes. The Project Scare-A-Crow competition is open to all ages and to submissions from local businesses, not-profits and governmental agencies. For rules and guidelines contact the National Trail Parks and Recreation District. The deadline to register is September 24 The scarecrows will be on display October 1 – 28. Project Scare-A-Crow is presented in partnership with Project Jericho. For more information call 937-328-7275.
Chalkfest Chalk Art Competition
The Chalkfest Chalk Art Competition will be held on Saturday, October 2 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the National Road Commons Park. This community competition is for artists of all ages and levels of ability to create their own chalk art masterpiece to be put on display at Chalkfest in downtown Springfield. Additional event details, rules and application are available at ntprd.org. Participants will receive an assigned space, Chalkfest t-shirt and a set of standard chalk pastels. It is recommended participants bring additional materials if needed. Prizes and trophies will be awarded to winners. The registration fee is $25 and the deadline to register is September 24.
Chalkfest will be held on Saturday, October 2 from 11:30 am – 4:00 pm at the National Road Commons Park. Spend the afternoon listening to live music by Adelee & Gentry and watching professional and amateur chalk artists chalk the streets in downtown Springfield. Attendees will also enjoy offerings from local organizations, food trucks and kids activities at this free event.. Have a chance to create a chalk art masterpiece of your own and engage in other free and fun activities. Chalkfest is held in partnership with Project Jericho.
Trail Hikers is held on Wednesdays from 9:00 – 10:00 am. The 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesday of the month is held at Rebert Pike Nature Park and at the Kirby Preserve on the 2nd and 4th weeks. These guided, self-paced hikes allow you to explore and enjoy our local natural environment. These trails are all natural so be sure to wear your hiking boots. Registration is required and space is limited. Registration is available online by going to ntprd.org or by calling 937-328-7275.
Trail Walkers is open to adults ages 18 & older and held on Tuesdays from 9:00 -10:00 am. The walk on September 28 will be held on the Buck Creek Trail, meeting at the Springfield Museum of Art. Trail Walkers is a walking program which highlights the multi-purpose trail system while promoting fitness, fellowship and fun. Registration is required and available online by going to ntprd.org or by calling 937-328-7275.
Trail Riders if for adults ages 18 & older and held on Mondays from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. These guided rides are 10-12 mph and explore Clark County’s local bike trails while promoting fitness and fun. Registration and bike helmets are required. The ride on September 27 will be held on the Little Miami Scenic Trail and meeting at Beatty Station. Registration is available online or in person for this free program.