Volunteer Public Program Trial

Five Rivers MetroParks is interested in knowing if volunteers would like to attend public program offerings for either no charge or at a discounted rate. To measure your interest, a trial period from June through September will allow volunteers to participate in a select list of adult programs at no cost. The list of available programs is below. During the trial, simply email your coordinator to reserve your spot.

Event Start Date
Time
Event Name
Location
Event Description
June 17 10AM-Noon The No-Waste Garden Cox Arboretum MetroPark Reduce, reuse, recycle takes on a whole new meaning in a small-space garden.  Join MetroParks’ Tim Pritchard as he talks about composting and garden recycling and repurposing to add fun, creativity and your own environmental statement to the garden!
June 22 6-8PM Mountain Biking 1 Huffman MetroPark This hands-on program designed for beginners will introduce skills for riding singletrack mountain bike trails. Topics covered include trail etiquette, body positioning, braking, shifting, and safety.
July 1 9:30AM-Noon Dill Pickles Carriage Hill MetroPark Students learn to prepare and safely preserve dill pickles, using the boiling water bath canning method on a wood-fired cook stove. Each person receives modern and 19th century recipes, as well as one jar of pickles to take home!
July 8 10AM-Noon Not in MY Garden:  getting rid of weeds, pests, and disease Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark The garden is up and growing and so are certain things you don’t want!  Learn how to keep weeds and pests away and how to head-off disease before it destroys your plantings. Learn chemical-free answers for pesky garden problems!
July 13 6-8PM Mountain Biking 2 Huffman MetroPark This hands-on program will practice and build on skills learned in Mountain Biking 1. After these skills are reviewed we will go on a trail ride practicing what was learned.

Please call (937)275-7275 to register.

July 22 10-11:30AM Catching the Colors of Summer Cox Arboretum MetroPark Nature offers so much for photographers to enjoy at this time of year.  The class will spend the morning with photographer Adam Alonzo taking pictures of colorful flowers, insects and birds.  Learn techniques for taking closeup photos of small treasures in the garden and have the instructor there to answer your questions.  Meet in the Zorniger Education Center.
July 26 6PM Rabbits 101 Possum Creek MetroPark Did you know that rabbit meat is the most sustainable meat source there is? They can be raised for meat, fur, wool and fertilizer. One great thing about raising rabbits is the lack of zoning issues. We will cover cages, feed, breeds and care for your rabbits.
August 5 9:30AM-Noon Tomato Ketchup Carriage Hill MetroPark Students learn to prepare and safely preserve tomato ketchup, using the boiling water bath canning method on a wood-fired cook stove. Each person receives modern and 19th century recipes, as well as one jar of homemade ketchup to take home!
August 5 10-11:30AM Down by the Riverside RiverScape MetroPark Bring your camera downtown for an outdoor activity class with photographer Adam Alonzo, taking photos of plants and structures, spraying fountains and the new river run. You’ll learn great techniques and tips and have the instructor to answer questions.  Be prepared to walk a lot and possibly get wet.  Meet under the large white pavilion near the concession stand.
August 10 6-9PM Kayak Exploring: Huffman Lake Huffman MetroPark Explore Huffman Lake with a Five Rivers MetroParks naturalist and learn about the wildlife that exists along this hidden gem in the Dayton area. We will be in and out of our kayaks around the lake as we use our senses, binoculars, and more to explore this unique environment.
August 12 10-11:30AM Native Plants for the Home Garden Cox Arboretum MetroPark Plants can look great in a prairie setting but then seem awkward in a home landscape.  Join us as we tour the native plants at Cox Arboretum and learn which ones will adapt best to your own yard and how to install and maintain them.  A fun, informative class for all.
August 26 1-3PM Butterfly ID Workshop Cox Arboretum MetroPark Get started with butterfly identification through this hands-on experience exploring live specimens, and exploring the Butterfly House. Later, put your new skills to work while exploring on-site pollinator habitats, and learn how to create your own pollinator garden at home.
August 30 6-8:30PM Kayak Exploring: Eastwood Lagoon Eastwood MetroPark Explore Eastwood Lagoon with a Five Rivers MetroParks naturalist and learn about the wildlife that exists along this hidden gem in the Montgomery County area. We will be in and out of our kayaks around the lake as we use our senses, binoculars, and more to explore this unique environment.
September 2 9:30AM-Noon Applesauce Carriage Hill MetroPark Students learn to prepare and safely preserve unsweetened applesauce, using the boiling water bath canning method, on a wood-fired cook stove. Each person receives modern and 19th century recipes as well as one jar of applesauce to take home!
September 7 5-8:30PM Fly Fishing 1 Possum Creek MetroPark An introduction to fly fishing; this classroom program covers gear (both essentials and accessories), flies, several different casts, and more. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
September 7 6-8:30PM Backpacking 1 Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark Learn about gear, food, trip planning and other tips and tricks during this classroom session, setting you up to have a safe and enjoyable backpacking adventure.
September 9 10-11:30AM Photography on the Farm Carriage Hill MetroPark Bring your camera for a morning on the farm.  Learn techniques for taking outdoor pictures of animals and plants, as well as indoor photos in the barn and Daniel Arnold House.  Meet at the Historical Farm.
September 9 10AM-Noon Fearless Pruning Cox Arboretum MetroPark Take the mystery and fear out of pruning! Join retired Wegerzyn Horticulturist Chris Jensen to learn the basics and the timing of pruning.  Trees, shrubs, and perennials will all be addressed and you’ll be able to ask specific questions about plants in your own landscape.  A great way to learn from an expert!
September 23 9AM-Noon Seed Saving and Perennial Splitting Workshop Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark Keep your garden growing year after year by learning how to divide perennials, save and process seeds and why it is important. You will receive hands-on opportunities and take home some seeds and perennials.
September 23 9-11:30AM Tree ID Workshop Cox Arboretum MetroPark Learn how to identify more than 20 native trees by their leaf, twig, bark, and other characteristics. Discover pioneer, wildlife and commercial uses for each tree while sharing stories of folklore. Each participant will receive a winter tree identification notebook, with everything needed to get started identifying trees.

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