NTPRD Weekly Update and Community News

Monarch Festival
National Trail Parks and Recreation District presents the Monarch Festival on Saturday, August 26 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the NTPRD Nature Park. The festival will feature live entertainment, art and craft vendors and food trucks along with the education area where you can learn the importance of pollinators. New this year will be Tree Climbing by Natural Fit, to give you the experience of a lifetime. The Tree Climb will take place from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and is open to ages 8 and older, sponsored by Clark County Soil and Water. Registration is required and will be onsite. Other activities include a presentation on prairies, butterfly walk, children’s crafts, strolling entertainment and more. The festival sponsor is Veterinary Services of Springfield. For more information call 328-PARK.
Dog Day
Dog Day will be held at Splash Zone Waterpark on Sunday, August 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. All dogs must have a current shot record and must bring proof to register. Aggressive dogs will not be allowed. The fee is $5 per dog.
Play Pals
Play Pals will be held on Thursday, September 14 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the National Trail Parks and Recreation District Administration Building. Play Pals is open to children ages 2-4 along with an adult companion. Play Pals offers parents and caregivers the opportunity to participate with their little ones on fun activities including storytime, singing, along with activity stations and arts and crafts. The registration fee is $5 and the registration deadline is September 11. For more information call 328-PARK.
Summer Letterbox Adventure
Learn about our local parks, museums and more on this fun and educational adventure. Pick up a Summer Letterbox Booklet and fine clues to help you find the letterboxes hidden in local parks and facilities including the  Springfield Museum of Art, the Heritage Center, Warder Literacy and the Clark County Park District. Return the completed booklets to receive a completion certificate and be eligible for prizes. Booklets are available at National Trail Parks and Recreation District, the Clark County Park District, Heritage Center and Warder Literacy. The Summer Letterbox Adventure ends August 31. For more information call 328-PARK.
The Snyder Secret Treasure Hunt
Snyder Secrets Treasure Hunt is held at Snyder Park and is open to all ages. Solve the cluestones hidden throughout Snyder Park to find the hidden Snyder Brother’s gold treasure. Share photos from your adventure by tagging National Trail Parks and Recreation District on Facebook or by e-mailing it to nationaltrail@springfieldohio.gov. Each photo counts as an entry into a drawing for prizes to be held the week of October 1. Make sure you don’t reveal any clues in your photo. Individuals who successfully locate the Snyder brother’s treasure should bring one of the found gold tokens to the National Trail Administration Building to be entered into the grand prize drawing. Find the complete details in the Summer Activity Guide.
Trail Walkers
Trail Walkers will meet on Tuesday, August 29 at the Tecumseh Trail in New Carlisle. Meet at Smith Park.Trail Walkers highlights the multi-purpose trail system while promoting fitness, fellowship and fun. These guided walks are self-paced. The 2017 Trail Walkers program is sponsored by Richards, Raff and Dunbar Memorial Home and Trostel, Chapman, Dunbar & Fraley Funeral Home. For more information call 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 week of the month and at New Reid Park on the 2nd & 4th weeks of the month. 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
Trail Riders will meet on Monday, August 28 at 10:00 am at Eagle City Soccer Complex. Trail Riders is a guided, self-paced biking program and rides are approximately 15 miles, exploring local bike trails while promoting fitness and fun. Bike helmets are required. For more information call 328-PARK.
Old Reid Park Tennis Center
Old Reid Park Tennis Centers hours of operations are Monday – Thursday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Saturday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm through Labor Day. Additional weekday mornings available by special appointment. Punch cards and season passes available. For more information call 328-PARK.