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McElroy Environmental Education Center

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2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States

October 2018

TABLE TOPPER QUILT WORKSHOP

October 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Learn to make a table topper quilt for your holiday season in this 3 part workshop (Thursdays, Oct. 11, 25 & Nov. 8).  This can be made with seasonal fabric or colors of your choice. Seating is limited. Class fee is $30 plus supplies. Register by Oct. 5.  Please call 419-221-1232.

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November 2018

NATURE PALS: TURKEY TIME

November 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Gobble, Gobble, Gobble! It’s that time of the year! Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are invited to learn about the wild turkeys that live in Ohio. Stories, songs and crafts will all be part of the fun. Dress appropriately for a hike in the woods. Register by Oct 30.  Please call 419-221-1232 to register.

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NATURE PALS: TURKEY TIME

November 1, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Gobble, Gobble, Gobble! It’s that time of the year! Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are invited to learn about the wild turkeys that live in Ohio. Stories, songs and crafts will all be part of the fun. Dress appropriately for a hike in the woods. Register by Oct 30.  Please call 419-221-1232 to register.

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PHOTOGRAPHY OPEN HOUSE

November 4, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Come celebrate the beauty of Allen County and marvel at our local talent as you peruse all entries of the photo contest including the winners! No registration required.

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WINTER BIRDS & PROJECT FEEDER WATCH

November 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Winter is a great time to do some bird watching – they come to you! Join us as we learn about winter birds and how to attract them to your yard! This program will also kick off the 2018-19 season of Project FeederWatch, a citizen science effort to collect data on birds in our parks and homes (all while sitting back and relaxing ). Register by Nov 9 at 419-221-1232.

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NATURE 101 – TURTLES

November 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Why do turtles move so slow? Do they have a backbone? How do they survive the winter? What’s the difference between a turtle and tortoise? Have all your burning questions answered and more as we learn about this fascinating group of animals. While not designed to be a children’s program, all ages are welcome and this presentation will include live animals! Register by Nov 13 at 419-221-1232.

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December 2018

NATURE PALS: WINTER EVERGREENS

December 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are welcome to join us as we explore evergreen trees through crafts, stories, activities and a hike. Please dress appropriately to be outside. Register by Dec. 4 at 419-221-1232.

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NATURE PALS: WINTER EVERGREENS

December 6, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are welcome to join us as we explore evergreen trees through crafts, stories, activities and a hike. Please dress appropriately to be outside. Register by Dec. 4 at 419-221-1232.

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TWIG CRAFTING WITH INVASIVES

December 13, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Looking for the perfect, personalized gift for your friend or loved one and want to save the environment at the same time? Look no further. Come out and try your hand at twig crafts (ornament, frame, wreath, and more!) using branches from invasive species, like Japanese Honeysuckle, cut out of the Johnny Appleseed woods. Register by Dec. 11 at 419-221-1232.

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January 2019

LIMA AREA WOODCARVERS

January 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Norm Rex and Ron Weihrauch will teach how to carve parts of the body. Beginner and experienced woodcarvers are welcome. For information contact Dave Betts at 419-204-1571.

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E PALS: IT’S “SNOW” COLD OUTSIDE!

January 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are welcome to explore the wonderful world of snow. We will spend the beginning of our class indoors and then will hopefully, head outside for a hike through the snow. Dress appropriately for the weather.  Register by Jan. 8 at 419-221-1232.

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NATURE PALS: IT’S “SNOW” COLD OUTSIDE!

January 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are welcome to explore the wonderful world of snow. We will spend the beginning of our class indoors and then will hopefully, head outside for a hike through the snow. Dress appropriately for the weather.   Register by Jan. 8 at 419-221-1232.

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T’S FOR THE BIRDS! OPEN HOUSE

January 13, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Birds? What are those? What different kinds live are in our area? How can they fly? Come get an answer these questions and more while you explore the Park District’s avian artifacts - feathers, skulls and mounts! Come anytime between 3-5pm for a guided tour and some hands on experience with local birds. No registration required.

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NATURE 101: OWLS

January 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Owls are truly masters of the night and are perfectly designed to thrive in the darkness. Come learn abut Ohio’s owls, their adaptations, haunts, and habits as we explore these fascinating creatures. An indoor presentation will be followed by a short owl prowl to find owls in the park. Be prepared for weather and ground conditions. See Nature 101 article on Page 7. Register by Jan. 15 at 419-221-1232.

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February 2019

LIMA AREA WOODCARVERS

February 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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The woodcarvers will be meeting this month to catch up on various projects, as well as offer one-on-one help. Beginner and experienced woodcarvers are welcome. For information contact Dave Betts at 419-204-1571.

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NATURE PALS: KNOCK, KNOCK – WHOOO’S THERE?

February 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Whooo doesn’t love owls?! Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are invited to learn about owls through hands-on activities and stories. Be prepared for a short hike in the woods. Register by Feb. 5 at 419-221-1232.

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NATURE PALS: KNOCK, KNOCK – WHOOO’S THERE?

February 7, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Whooo doesn’t love owls?! Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are invited to learn about owls through hands-on activities and stories. Be prepared for a short hike in the woods. Register by Feb. 5 at 419-221-1232.

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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

February 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Animals have interesting and elaborate methods of attracting mates. Bright colors, fancy dances, beautiful songs are just a few. Come learn about some of the more bizarre techniques in an indoor presentation. Maybe you’ll get some ideas to swoon your own mate. All ages are welcome, although this program is designed for a more mature audience.

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GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT

February 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun & easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Start with a brief presentation on bird ID and then relax as we observe birds at the feeders from the comfort of indoors. If you-re up for it, we’ll take a hike and observe birds in the woods as well. Coffee, tea and a limited number of binoculars will…

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NATURE 101: LICHEN

February 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Lichens are ubiquitous yet very few people know much about them. With more that 200 species in Ohio and a wide variety of colors, shapes, patterns and habitats, they are remarkably overlooked! This program will look to turn the tide of lichen-deficit-disorder by exploring these unique and interesting organisms. See Nature 101 article on Page 7. Register by Feb. 19 at 419-221-1232.

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BASKET WORKSHOP

February 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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PART 1 OF 2 Join Chris Baker and Anne Bowman as they show you how to make the “Yasmine” Market Basket. This is a two part workshop and the basket has a unique woven and filled base. Visit our Facebook page for a picture. Class size is limited, call 419-221-1232 to register by Feb. 12. Class fee is $40.

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GROWING UP WILD WORKSHOP

February 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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This free, professional development workshop is geared for adults interested in providing nature-based learning experiences for children, ages 3-7. The workshop focuses on wildlife and provides ideas for activities, crafts, songs and experiences appropriate for young children. Day care providers, teachers, parents and/or grandparents will all benefit. A 128-page resource guide will be provided. A minimum of 10 participants is required. Registration is required by Feb. 1.  Please call 419-221-1232.

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March 2019

BASKET WORKSHOP

March 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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PART 2 OF 2 Join Chris Baker and Anne Bowman as they show you how to make the “Yasmine” Market Basket. This is a two part workshop and the basket has a unique woven and filled base. Visit our Facebook page for a picture. Class size is limited, call 419-221-1232 to register by Feb. 12. Class fee is $40.

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LIMA AREA WOODCARVERS

March 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Join Mick McCune of the Lima Area Woodcarvers this month to work on memorial Christmas tree ornaments. Beginners are always welcome. Contact Dave Betts at 419-204-1571 for more information.

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NATURE PALS: WONDERFUL WACKY WEATHER

March 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Children, ages 3-5, and their adult companion are invited to join us as we learn about clouds, wind and rain. Stories, a craft and a short hike, weather permitting, are all part of the fun. Dress to be outdoors. Registration required by March 5.  Please call 419-221-1232.

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NATURE PALS: WONDERFUL WACKY WEATHER

March 7, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Children, ages 3-5, and their adult companion are invited to join us as we learn about clouds, wind and rain. Stories, a craft and a short hike, weather permitting, are all part of the fun. Dress to be outdoors. Registration required by March 5.  Please call 419-221-1232.

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NATURE 101: SALAMANDERS

March 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Salamanders are incredibly underappreciated members of our local ecosystems. These important amphibians play major roles in the environment, including telling us how it is doing. An indoor presentation will be followed by a short hike. Be prepared for weather and ground conditions. *This program is paired with an outdoor exploration on Mar. 20* Register by March 12.  Please call 419-221-1232.

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KIDS NATURE JEOPARDY

March 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Kids, come test your Nature Knowledge in a fun, interactive trivia game inspired by Jeopardy. Questions will be based on fun and interesting facts about our world and all that live in it. This program is geared toward elementary and middle school ages but older and younger kids are welcome as well. Participants may work in pairs if they choose. Prizes will be awarded to the top scorers. Please register by March 14.  Please call 419-221-1232.

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NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

March 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Combine your love of nature and the art of photography – with a little help from your friends! The Nature Photography Club is for ages 12 and up and is open for any skill/equipment level. It is free to join, with nominal fees for some activities. The club will offer workshops, classroom sessions, field trips, photo contests and more. Meetings will be held the third Monday of every month. Join us for an informative meeting March 18th at 7:00 at…

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GLORY BOUND QUILT WORKSHOP

March 19, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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PART 1 OF 3 Get your scrap material out and learn how to make this beautiful scrap quilt that is 64”x64”. You will make two different sizes of squares and half square triangles. Class size is limited. Class fee is $35 per person plus materials. Call 419-221-1232 for more information.

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April 2019

LIMA AREA WOODCARERS

April 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Join Cindy Croy to learn about and practice chip carving. Beginners are always welcome. Contact Dave Betts at 419-204-1571 for more information.

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GLORY BOUND QUILT WORKSHOP

April 2, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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PART 2 OF 3 Get your scrap material out and learn how to make this beautiful scrap quilt that is 64”x64”. You will make two different sizes of squares and half square triangles. Class size is limited. Class fee is $35 per person plus materials. Call 419-221-1232 for more information.

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NATURE PALS: TERRIFIC TURTLES

April 4, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Children, ages 3-5, and their adult companion are invited to meet the park district’s resident live turtles. Weather permitting, we will also hike through the woods. Please dress appropriately. Register by April 2.  Please call 419-221-1232.

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NATURE PALS: TERRIFIC TURTLES

April 4, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Children, ages 3-5, and their adult companion are invited to meet the park district’s resident live turtles. Weather permitting, we will also hike through the woods. Please dress appropriately. Register by April 2.  Please call 419-221-1232.

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ADULT NATURE JEOPARDY

April 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Adults, come test your Nature Knowledge in a fun, interactive trivia game inspired by Jeopardy. Questions will be based on fun and interesting facts about our world and all that live in it. Prizes will be awarded to the top scorers. Register by April 5.  Please call 419-221-1232.

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NATURE 101: WILDFLOWERS

April 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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As I wandered the forest, The green leaves among, I heard a Wild Flower Singing a song. - William Blake Join a naturalist to explore the song of spring wildflowers, their natural history, biology, identification, and lore. An indoor presentation will be followed by a short hike. See Nature 101 article on page 4. *This program is paired with an outdoor exploration on April 29* Register by April 9.  Please call 419-221-1232.

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NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

April 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Combine your love of nature and the art of photography – with a little help from your friends! The Nature Photography Club is for ages 12 and up and is open for any skill/equipment level. It is free to join, with nominal fees for some activities. The club will offer workshops, classroom sessions, field trips, photo contests and more. Meetings will be held the third Monday of every month. Join us for an informative meeting March 18th at 7:00 at…

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GLORY BOUND QUILT WORKSHOP

April 16, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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PART 3 OF 3 Get your scrap material out and learn how to make this beautiful scrap quilt that is 64"64".  You will make two different sizes of squares and half square triangles.  Class size is limited.  Class fee is $35 per person plus materials.  Call 419-221-1232 for more information.

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May 2019

NATURE PALS: SPRING SCAVENGER HUNT

May 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Join us as we celebrate the season of spring. Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are invited to participate in a spring scavenger hunt. Dress appropriately to be outdoors. Register by April 30.  Please call 419-221-1232.

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NATURE PALS: SPRING SCAVENGER HUNT

May 2, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Join us as we celebrate the season of spring. Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are invited to participate in a spring scavenger hunt. Dress appropriately to be outdoors. Register by April 30.  Please call 419-221-1232.

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LIMA AREA WOODCARVERS

May 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Join the Lima Area Woodcarvers this month to help with the club chip carving project. Beginners are always welcome. Contact Dave Betts at 419-204-1571 for more information.

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NATURE 101: ODONATA

May 9, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Dragonflies and Damselflies make up the insect order Odonata and they are the invertebrate rulers, above and below the water. Join a naturalist to learn about these incredible insects, their natural history, biology, identification, lore, and how you can participate in a state wide survey! An indoor presentation will be followed by a short hike. See Nature 101 article on page 4. *This program is paired with an outdoor exploration on May 25* Register by May 7.  Please call 419-221-1232.

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NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

May 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Combine your love of nature and the art of photography – with a little help from your friends! The Nature Photography Club is for ages 12 and up and is open for any skill/equipment level. It is free to join, with nominal fees for some activities. The club will offer workshops, classroom sessions, field trips, photo contests and more. Meetings will be held the third Monday of every month. Join us for an informative meeting March 18th at 7:00 at…

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June 2019

“GOT MAIL” BASKET WORKSHOP

June 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Join Chris Baker as she shows you how to make a basket for your incoming mail. The class is a great beginner weaver project. Seating is limited. Class fee is $35. Registration required by June 4 at 419-221-1232.

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July 2019

NATURE 101: FIREFLIES

July 8, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Fireflies have captivated the imaginations of nearly everyone from the earliest ages. Come and learn in-depth about these incredible animals. While all are welcome, we will cover topics that may require some maturity. Join us for a hike at Teddy Bear Park following this indoor program. Please register by July 8.  Please call 419-221-1232.

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HEALTH THROUGH NATURE

July 30, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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New scientific research is showing that a connection to the natural world is crucial for our health and well-being. Join us for a presentation about the health benefits of being in nature. Learn how to decrease your stress hormones, your blood pressure, and your feelings of anxiety by simply be spending time outdoors. A gentle slow walk will be offered after the presentation to allow you to experience the calm and peace that nature can provide. This program is designed…

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September 2019

NATURE PALS: INSECTS ALL AROUND

September 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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If you look close enough, you will be surprised at the number of insects that can be found. Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are invited to learn all about insects through stories, songs and crafts. Come dressed to be outdoors as we will be going on an Insect Hunt. (All insects caught will be released.) Register by Sept. 3 by calling 419-221-1232.

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NATURE PALS: INSECTS ALL AROUND

September 5, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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If you look close enough, you will be surprised at the number of insects that can be found. Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are invited to learn all about insects through stories, songs and crafts. Come dressed to be outdoors as we will be going on an Insect Hunt. (All insects caught will be released.) Register by Sept. 3 by calling 419-221-1232.

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NATURE 101: SINGING INSECTS

September 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Spring is for the birds, autumn is for the bugs! Come meet some of the players and learn how they contribute to the symphony. Be prepared to take a short hike to listen to the sound of the woods. All are welcome, but we do discuss some mature topics. Register by Sept. 10 at 419-221-1232.

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NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

September 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Combine your love of nature and the art of photography—with a little help from your friends! The Nature photography Club is for ages 12 and up and open for any skill/equipment level. It is free to join, with nominal fees for some activities. The club will offer workshops, classroom sessions, field trips, photo contests and more. Meetings will be held the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the McElroy Environmental Education Center (MEEC). Please register before attending…

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HOME SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASS

September 27, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Homeschool Enrichment classes will be offered again for the upcoming school year, September 2019 – May 2020. Students, K-6th grade, are invited to join us each month as we explore the animal kingdom. Class will typically include a hike, lesson and animal visitor. Classes will be held in the McElroy Environmental Education Center at the Park District office (2355 Ada Road), on the last Friday of each month, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Enrollment for the entire school year is being accepted until…

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October 2019

NATURE PALS: SPIDERS

October 3, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Children 3-5 years old and their adult companion are invited to join us as we investigate the lives of spiders through stories, songs and crafts. Come dressed for a hike in the woods. Register by Oct. 1 at 419-221-1232.

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NATURE PALS: SPIDERS

October 3, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Children 3-5 years old and their adult companion are invited to join us as we investigate the lives of spiders through stories, songs and crafts. Come dressed for a hike in the woods. Register by Oct. 1 at 419-221-1232.

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NATURE 101: CRAYFISH

October 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Crayfish, crawdads, crawfish, mudbugs—whatever your preference, these are interesting little creatures. Come learn a little about these familiar yet often perplexing critters! All are welcome, but we discuss some mature topics. Register by Oct. 8 at 419-221-1232.

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STINK-O’-LANTERN

October 16, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Join a Naturalist in carving a pumpkin then take it home and watch it rot! Record your observations and see the life that dead things give. Register at 419-221-1232 by Oct. 14 along with a $5 material fee. Tools and pumpkins will be provided.

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NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

October 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Combine your love of nature and the art of photography—with a little help from your friends! The Nature photography Club is for ages 12 and up and open for any skill/equipment level. It is free to join, with nominal fees for some activities. The club will offer workshops, classroom sessions, field trips, photo contests and more. Meetings will be held the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the McElroy Environmental Education Center (MEEC). Please register before attending…

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HOME SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASS

October 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Homeschool Enrichment classes will be offered again for the upcoming school year, September 2019 – May 2020. Students, K-6th grade, are invited to join us each month as we explore the animal kingdom. Class will typically include a hike, lesson and animal visitor. Classes will be held in the McElroy Environmental Education Center at the Park District office (2355 Ada Road), on the last Friday of each month, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Enrollment for the entire school year is being accepted until…

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November 2019

PHOTOGRAPHY OPEN HOUSE

November 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Come celebrate the beauty of Allen County and marvel at our local talent as you peruse all entries of the photo contest including the winners.

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NATURE PALS: NUTS ABOUT SQUIRRELS

November 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are invited to learn about squirrels, who are quite busy this time of year preparing for winter. Stories, songs and craft will all be part of the fun. Come dressed for a hike in the woods. Registration is required by Nov. 5.  Please call 419-221-1232.

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NATURE PALS: NUTS ABOUT SQUIRRELS

November 7, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are invited to learn about squirrels, who are quite busy this time of year preparing for winter. Stories, songs and craft will all be part of the fun. Come dressed for a hike in the woods. Registration is required by Nov. 5. Please call 419-221-1232.

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WINTER BIRDS AND BIRD FEEDING

November 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Winter is a great time to do some bird watching—they come to you! Join us as we learn about winter birds and how to attract them to your yard! Stick around and learn about a citizen science monitoring program that you can do! Register by Nov. 8  at 419-221-1232.

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PROJECT FEEDERWATCH

November 9, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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This program will kick off the 2019-20 season of Project FeederWatch. This project, is a citizen science effort to collect data on birds in our parks and homes (all while you sit back and relax!) Register by Nov. 8 at 419-221-1232.

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NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

November 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Combine your love of nature and the art of photography—with a little help from your friends! The Nature photography Club is for ages 12 and up and open for any skill/equipment level. It is free to join, with nominal fees for some activities. The club will offer workshops, classroom sessions, field trips, photo contests and more. Meetings will be held the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the McElroy Environmental Education Center (MEEC). Please register before attending…

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HOME SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASS

November 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Homeschool Enrichment classes will be offered again for the upcoming school year, September 2019 – May 2020. Students, K-6th grade, are invited to join us each month as we explore the animal kingdom. Class will typically include a hike, lesson and animal visitor. Classes will be held in the McElroy Environmental Education Center at the Park District office (2355 Ada Road), on the last Friday of each month, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Enrollment for the entire school year is being accepted until…

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December 2019

NATURE PALS: LOST IN SPACE

December 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are welcome to join us as we learnabout the night sky.  Please dress appropriately to be outside.  Call 419-221-1232 to register.

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NATURE PALS: LOST IN SPACE

December 5, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are welcome to join us as we learnabout the night sky. Please dress appropriately to be outside. Call 419-221-1232 to register.

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TWIG CRAFTING WITH INVASIVES

December 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Looking for the perfect, personalized gift for your friend or loved one and want to save the environment at the same time? Look no further. Come out and try your hand at twig crafts (ornament, frame, wreath, and more!) using branches from invasive species, like Japanese Honeysuckle, cut out of the Johnny Appleseed woods. Register by Dec. 6 at 419-221-1232.

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NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

December 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Combine your love of nature and the art of photography—with a little help from your friends! The Nature Photography Club is for ages 12 and up and open for any skill/equipment level. It is free to join, with nominal fees for some activities. The club will offer workshops, classroom sessions, field trips, photo contests and more. Meetings will be held the third Monday of each month (except January) at 7:00 p.m. in the McElroy Environmental Education Center (MEEC). Register by…

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WINTER PARTY

December 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Get ready for the longest night of the year as we celebrate the start of winter, and the lengthening of days—which means more sunshine is on its way! Be prepared for fun with crafts, native plants, bird seed wreaths, even an up close look at snow bugs (or leaf litter critters, depending on the weather!). This is a free family event with stations to participate at your own pace. Doors open at 6 p.m. and we finish up at 8…

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January 2020

NATURE PALS: WINTER IS “SNOW” MUCH FUN!

January 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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There is nothing more fun than playing out in the snow during the winter! Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion will enjoy activities focusing on snow and snowflakes. Dress appropriately for a hike in the woods that will, hopefully, include a walk through the snow. Register by Jan. 7 at 419-221-1232.

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NATURE PALS: WINTER IS “SNOW” MUCH FUN!

January 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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There is nothing more fun than playing out in the snow during the winter! Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion will enjoy activities focusing on snow and snowflakes. Dress appropriately for a hike in the woods that will, hopefully, include a walk through the snow. Register by Jan. 7 at 419-221-1232.

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NATURE 101: TREES

January 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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With 99 documented tree species, Ohio forests are quite diverse. They come in a fantastic variety and they all play a tremendous role in our ecosystem. Come learn how these amazing organisms work. We’ll discuss a little identification, but join us on the 25th for a TREE HUGGING HIKE. This program is open to all ages, but material will be discussed at a mature level. Register by Jan. 15 by calling 419-221-1232.

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BUGS GALORE!

January 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Come explore all the arthropod artifacts the Park District has to offer! We’ve got live bugs, bug specimens, bugs under microscopes, bug facts, bug games and more! Everything from millipedes to moths, cockroaches to chrysalises, spiders and much more!! This is a family event with stations to participate at your own pace. Doors open at 3 pm and we finish up at 5 pm. Register by Jan 17 by calling 419-221-1232.

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NATURE JEOPARDY

January 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Come test your Nature Knowledge in a fun, interactive trivia game inspired by Jeopardy. Questions will be based on fun and interesting facts about our world and all that live in it. Participants may work in pairs if they choose. Prizes will be awarded to the top scorers. Please register by Jan. 29 by calling 419-221-1232.

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HOME SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASS

January 31 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Homeschool Enrichment classes will be offered again for the upcoming school year, September 2019 – May 2020. Students, K-6th grade, are invited to join us each month as we explore the animal kingdom. Class will typically include a hike, lesson and animal visitor. Classes will be held in the McElroy Environmental Education Center at the Park District office (2355 Ada Road), on the last Friday of each month, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Enrollment for the entire school year is being accepted until…

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February 2020

NATURE PALS: OH DEER!

February 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are invited to join us as we learn about white-tailed deer. Stories, songs and crafts will all be part of the fun. Dress for a hike in the woods. Register by Feb. 4 by calling 419-221-1232.

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NATURE PALS: OH DEER!

February 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are invited to join us as we learn about white-tailed deer. Stories, songs and crafts will all be part of the fun. Dress for a hike in the woods. Register by Feb. 4 by calling 419-221-1232.

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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER pt. 2

February 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Animals have interesting and elaborate methods of attracting mates. Bright colors, fancy dances, beautiful songs are just a few. Come learn about some of the more bizarre techniques in an indoor presentation. Maybe you’ll get some ideas to swoon your own mate. All ages are welcome, although this program is designed for a more mature audience.  Please call 419-221-1232 to register by Feb. 13.

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GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT

February 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun & easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Start with a brief presentation on bird ID and then relax as we observe birds at the feeders from the comfort of indoors. If you-re up for it, we’ll take a hike and observe birds in the woods as well. Coffee, tea and a limited number of binoculars will…

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NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Combine your love of nature and the art of photography—with a little help from your friends! The Nature Photography Club is for ages 12 and up and open for any skill/equipment level. It is free to join, with nominal fees for some activities. The club will offer workshops, classroom sessions, field trips, photo contests and more. Meetings will be held the third Monday of each month (except January) at 7:00 p.m. in the McElroy Environmental Education Center (MEEC). Register by…

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NATURE 101: BLOOD SUCKERS

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Ticks, mosquitos, chiggers and more! With the warm season not too far off, now is a good time to learn about our favorite parasitic friends in this indoor presentation. Unfortunately, we will not be going on a hike to experience these creatures. This program is open to all ages but material will be discussed a mature level. Register by Feb. 19 by calling 419-221-1232.

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BASKET WORKSHOP

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Join Chris Baker as she shows us how to assemble a gathering basket. The cost for this workshop is $35 . Class size is limited. Call 419-221-1232 to register.

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HOME SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASS

February 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Homeschool Enrichment classes will be offered again for the upcoming school year, September 2019 – May 2020. Students, K-6th grade, are invited to join us each month as we explore the animal kingdom. Class will typically include a hike, lesson and animal visitor. Classes will be held in the McElroy Environmental Education Center at the Park District office (2355 Ada Road), on the last Friday of each month, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Enrollment for the entire school year is being accepted until…

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March 2020

NATURE PALS: GOODNESS SNAKES!

March 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Meet our live resident snakes! Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are invited to learn about snakes through stories, songs, and crafts. We will plan to hike in the woods weather permitting. Dress appropriately. Register by Mar. 3 at 419-221-1232.

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NATURE PALS: GOODNESS SNAKES!

March 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Meet our live resident snakes! Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are invited to learn about snakes through stories, songs, and crafts. We will plan to hike in the woods weather permitting. Dress appropriately. Register by Mar. 3 at 419-221-1232.

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MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL

March 8 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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The festival features a guided tour along a ½ mile trail.  Several interpretive stops explain maple syrup production from early Native American times to modern day.  The walk concludes with a visit to our “sugar shack” and a taste of real maple syrup.  Ohio maple syrup in various sizes will be sold, along with maple products such as candy, sugar, etc. For more information call the Park District Office at 419-221-1232.  

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NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Combine your love of nature and the art of photography – with a little help from your friends!  The Nature Photography Club is for ages 12 and up and open for any skill/equipment level. Follow the “JAMPD’s Nature Photography Club” Facebook page for more activities this spring! Register by Mar. 13 at 419-221-1232.

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T-SHIRT QUILT WORKSHOP

March 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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PART 1 OF 2 Have you been wanting to put together a T-shirt quilt but don’t know were to begin? Join Mary Lou from the Love of Quilts as she shows the basics of making a t-shirt quilt. Class fee is $20. Call 419-221-1232 to register and for supply list.

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FROGS AND TOADS 101

March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Join us the 3rd Thursday of the month as we explore the sounds of spring! The frogs and toads of Allen County call for their mates around wet areas and pools throughout the spring and we will get to know them and some of their natural history. This indoor presentation may be followed by a hike, weather permitting. Register by March 18 at 419-221-1232.

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POSTPONED – THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY – POSTPONED TO MAY 17

March 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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POSTPONED TO MAY 17 Kaylee Baumle is an avid gardener, author and speaker who is passionate about monarch butterflies, as well as photographing nature. She will present her program on Monarch butterflies and other native pollinators providing simple ways we can help sustain native pollinators by creating favorable habitats. Kylee’s book, “The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly”, will be available for purchase. Her book is packed full of wonderful photographs, helpful tips, fun projects and easy-to-understand butterfly information. Visit: ourlittleacre.blogspot.com.…

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CANCELLED – HOME SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASS

March 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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CANCELLED Homeschool  Enrichment classes will be offered again for the upcoming school year, September 2019 – May 2020. Students, K-6th grade, are invited to join us each month as we explore the animal kingdom. Class will typically include a hike, lesson and animal visitor. Classes will be held in the McElroy Environmental Education Center at the Park District office (2355 Ada Road), on the last Friday of each month, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Enrollment for the entire school year is being accepted…

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April 2020

NATURE PALS: EVERYBODY NEEDS A ROCK

April 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are invited to use their senses to learn about rocks. Hands-on activities, crafts and a story will be included. Weather permitting, we will hike through the woods to find a special rock. Register by March 31 at 419-221-1232.

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NATURE PALS: EVERYBODY NEEDS A ROCK

April 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are invited to use their senses to learn about rocks. Hands-on activities, crafts and a story will be included. Weather permitting, we will hike through the woods to find a special rock. Register by March 31 at 419-221-1232.

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T-SHIRT QUILT WORKSHOP

April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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PART 2 OF 2 Have you been wanting to put together a T-shirt quilt but don’t know were to begin? Join Mary Lou from the Love of Quilts as she shows the basics of making a t-shirt quilt. Class fee is $20. Call 419-221-1232 to register and for supply list.

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NATIVE PLANTS 101

April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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We all love a beautiful, relaxing and fun backyard, so why not make it count!? As natural habitat continues to shrink and urban sprawl is on the rise, home-made habitat is more critical. Join us as we celebrate Ohio Native Plant Month and discuss the benefits of native plants in your backyard. Register by April 15 at 419-221-1232.

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BASKET WORKSHOP

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Join Chris Baker as she shows us how to make a pie carrier basket. Class fee is $30. Class size is limited. Register by April 14 at 419-221-1232.

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HOME SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASS

April 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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Homeschool Enrichment classes will be offered again for the upcoming school year, September 2019 – May 2020. Students, K-6th grade, are invited to join us each month as we explore the animal kingdom. Class will typically include a hike, lesson and animal visitor. Classes will be held in the McElroy Environmental Education Center at the Park District office (2355 Ada Road), on the last Friday of each month, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Enrollment for the entire school year is being accepted until…

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May 2020

NATURE PALS: FEATHERED FRIENDS

May 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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CANCELLED Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are invited to join us to learn all about birds in the classroom and then hike through the woods looking for different bird species. Register by May 5 at 419-221-1232.

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NATURE PALS: FEATHERED FRIENDS

May 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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CANCELLED Children ages 3-5 and their adult companion are invited to join us to learn all about birds in the classroom and then hike through the woods looking for different bird species. Register by May 5 at 419-221-1232.

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HOME SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASS

May 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
McElroy Environmental Education Center, 2355 Ada Road
Lima, OH 45801 United States
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CANCELLED Homeschool Enrichment classes will be offered again for the upcoming school year, September 2019 – May 2020. Students, K-6th grade, are invited to join us each month as we explore the animal kingdom. Class will typically include a hike, lesson and animal visitor. Classes will be held in the McElroy Environmental Education Center at the Park District office (2355 Ada Road), on the last Friday of each month, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Enrollment for the entire school year is being accepted…

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