• Beaver Creek Wetlands Winter Series: Oakes Quarry Park
    Hike the Beaver Creek Wetlands Series - Oakes Quarry Park (Can't make this date? This hike is duplicated with Dayton Hikers on Sun, 18 Nov) The wetlands are beautiful places in fall and winter. So let's get outside and visit the reserves of the Beaver Creek Wetlands. These places are very important to me and I love to visit them. This will be a discovery hike. Pace will be slow as we will stop frequently to look, take pictures and talk about features of this reserve. In this series, we will visit all 11 reserves of the Beaver Creek Wetlands. ABOUT: Oakes Quarry This site was originally surface mined in 1929 for limestone to make cement by Southwestern Portland Cement Company and Southdown Inc., before being sold to the Oakes family in the 1990's. The family donated the land to the City of Fairborn in 2003. Oakes Quarry Park is the second largest park in Fairborn. The park includes foot trails and horseback trails that cross ancient limestone fossils exposed by the mining activity that formed the quarry. Conservation work here is developing prairies and wetlands once common in the area and the northern edge is nice woodland. WHAT TO SEE: The hiking trail takes you back in time 440 million years, when all of this was a coral reef in a shallow sea. Researchers from the Ohio State University say these Silurian Age crinoid fossils are the best in the U.S. and represent an exceptional site worldwide. More recently, glaciers left grooves, slides and polishings in the rock before the last ice age ended 14,000 years ago. Look for woodland and grassland birds along with white-tailed deer, cottontail, red fox, coyote, raccoon and red-tailed hawk. TRAIL LENGTH: About 3.0 miles DIFFICULTY: Easy to moderate, mostly hard surface and mulch AMENITIES: 190 acres with parking, hiking & horseback trails, fishing, portable restrooms. EXTRAS: Bring camera and binoculars. About the Beaver Creek Wetlands: The Beaver Creek Wetlands encompass over 2000 acres along the Beaver Creek and Little Beaver Creek watershed. The Beaver Creek Wetlands were preserved through a community partnership that encourages the restoration of wetland and traditional upland habitats, such as forests and prairies. The wetlands are managed by the Beaver Creek Wetlands Association, a non-profit land trust that promotes the use of these protected areas for education, research and recreation. www.beavercreekwetlands.org LINKS: Oakes Quarry Park http://beavercreekwetlands.org/maplocations-oakes.html Pet Policy: Please leave pets at home. Thanks!

    Oakes Quarry Park

    1267 East Xenia Drive · Fairborn, OH

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  • Hike Clifty Falls State Park - "National Take A Hike Day"
    Description Let’s spend a day at Clifty Falls State Park (http://www.stateparks.com/clifty_falls_state_park_in_indiana.html), located near Madison, Indiana. The name Clifty Falls paints a beautiful picture in your mind. You'll see breathtaking waterfalls, sheer cliffs and a deep boulder canyon as you hike along the trails through this scenic area. We will hike 6 to 8 miles and the trails to be determined based on conditions. This will be my first time here in a long time, so we may have some routing "fun". Pace This will be a moderate paced adventure. Bring your camera! Difficulty Moderate/strenuous as the trail are described as rugged to very rugged with some hills to climb. Bring/Wear Hiking shoes If snowing or icy, consider a traction aid (http://www.amazon.com/ICETrekkers-Shoe-Diamond-Grip-Medium/dp/B002C4HM2G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358692188&sr=8-1&keywords=ice+diamonds+trekker) (example) Water, lunch and snacks Money for car pool, park entry fees, dinner, etc… Change of shoes and clothes Trash bag for muddy items for the trip home For additional ideas, check the day hikers checklist (http://www.daytonhikers.org/pages/Day_Hiking_Checklist/) on this site Pets Please leave your pets home on this outing due to nature of this adventure.. After Hike Grub Clifty Inn or at a restaurant in Madison, Indiana following the hike. Fees Per-car entrance fees are $7 Car pool fees TBD Links - State Park Web Site - Weather - Brochure - Hike Participant and Hike Leader Guidelines Sunrise/Sunset Sunrise: 7:42am | Sunset: 6:06pm Source: http://www.sunrisesunset.com/ Meeting Locations Option 1 | Car Pool from Dayton Meet in the parking lot on the west side of the Toys-R-Us parking lot (http://goo.gl/maps/8NftV)at 7:30 AM Caravan leaves promptly at 8:00 AM 2859 Miamisburg Centerville Rd Dayton, OH 45459 Option 2 | Meet at Clifty Falls Meet inside the Clifty Inn lobb (http://binged.it/VSQZYQ)y at 10:00 AM 1501 Green Rd Madison, IN 47250 (812)[masked] LIABILITY You must read and agree to the waiver listed on this site. You attendance to this and any event listed on this site is your aknowledgemewnt of acceptance of this waiver: https://www.meetup.com/movingwater/pages/14230452/ACCIDENT_WAIVER_AND_RELEASE_OF_LIABILITY/ More about Clifty Falls State Park Clifty Falls was created during the Ice Age when the southward flowing waters of Clifty Creek met the newly formed Ohio River in a spectacular plunge, a waterfall that may have been two hundred feet high. The falls has since cut its way into bedrock to a point more than two miles north of its original position. Today, at a height of sixty feet, it continues the retreat upstream at a rate of one-quarter inch per year. Because of its small watershed, the park’s four major falls are at their best from December through June. July through November offer meager falls and the easiest hiking in Clifty Creek’s spectacular stone bed. In 1852 the Madison and Indianapolis Railroad began work on a route through the wilds of Clifty Canyon. Abandoned in bankruptcy, the project left extensive grade and stone work, scenic passage for present day foot trails. The most prominent remnant is a muddy, rock strewn, six-hundred foot tunnel, piercing the hillside beneath Oak Grove. It is passable on foot with flashlight. The nature enthusiast will find a wealth of opportunity here. The park’s 425 million year old shale and limestone rocks contain numerous marine fossils and are among the oldest bedrock exposures in Indiana. Beneath rugged cliffs spring wildflowers bloom in a quiet woodland air. Songbirds, hawks, and vultures stir in all seasons while deer and wild turkey inhabit the uplands with the occasional fox and weasel. Brought to you by

    Clifty Inn

    1650 Clifty Hollow Rd · Madison, IN

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  • Countryside YMCA Roll Lessons / Practice
    Demo video link https://youtu.be/Xo7jiBI8JaQ Bill is back!!!! He and his crew are teaching rolling to up to 6 new students each week. New students pay $75 for the first session only. You learn using his equipment. After that, each session is $10, to cover the YMCA fee. For those of you that have been trained to roll with Bill Cacciolfi, the Lebanon pool will be available for kayak roll practice. Please pay Kathy Peterson the fee of $10 before putting your clean boat in the pool no earlier than 2:00 pm. Please bring exact change. The pool deck must be cleared by 5:15.  PS. This meet up is just an FYI. Signing up here does NOT give you access. Fees collected when you arrive. Bring a clean boat. I suggest letting Bill know via email if you plan to attend practice, just so he knows what to expect. Show up with a clean boat (smaller boats are easier to accommodate per Ms. Peterson), and exactly $10.00. I am posting this to get the word out to your group. Here is Bill's notice re-posted at his request. New Paddlers must contact Bill to secure a new student slot. From Bill...... Hi. I’ll be opening up pool practice for roll lessons again on Sundays at 2:00 to 5:15. if your a river veteran come use the pool for $10 bring your equipment , new students are $75 I provide 2 boats to learn skirt paddle and the all important dive mask, if you have your own bring it , also bring your boat, I just use mine a a teacher boat. Please pass this notice to all Paddle Rec sites and clubs please to help spread the word, Thanks see you in the pool Bill Cacciolfi New World Expeditions 830 Xenia Ave Yellow Springs Ohio[masked] [masked] George Davis[masked] [masked]

    Countryside YMCA

    1699 Deerfield Rd · Lebanon, OH

  • Let's volunteer at Bicycles For All!
    Let's volunteer at "Bicycles For All" Fixing Bikes For Others! Hey gang, I have found something fun and rewarding to do in the winter that I am certain many of you may enjoy as well. Hopeful that this will be something that we can do at least monthly through the winter months as a group. Stay tuned. We will likely go somewhere afterwards for an adult beverage ;0) About: Call or text -[masked] email - [masked] Company Overview: We've Moved to Downtown Dayton. Founded in 2012 in Kettering, Ohio, Bicycles For All is a nonprofit volunteer organization whose mission is to promote bicycling by offering affordable used bicycles and accessories. affordable bicycle repair and bicycle related education. Bicycles For All is a place to donate your old bike, pick up a used bike, learn how to maneuver in traffic, clean and fix your bike, learn how to fix a flat tire, and more. Proceeds from the sale of used adult bikes support our Free Kids Bike program where any child can pick out a bike to ride at home. Bicycles For All aims to be a resource for all types of bikers and wannabe bikers. You don't have to wear spandex and funky shoes to benefit from this organization. We'll cater to commuters and BMXers, experienced and learners, soccer moms and retirees, kids and grandparents, roadies and mountain bikers, and even democrats and republicans! General Information: Shop hours: We're open Monday and Wednesday nights 6-9pm. We also have wrench days on Saturday. Come and check out how you can help and learn about bike repair in the process. You can become a member, sponsor or volunteer at Bicycles For All. Donations from memberships, corporate sponsorships and bike sales help pay the rent and utilities, while volunteers keep the overhead to a minimum. Products: Used bicycles and parts, used clothing and accessories, skills and self-help instruction.

    Bicycles for All

    201 East 6th Street · Dayton

  • Beaver Creek Wetlands Winter Series: Cemex Reserve
    Hike the Beaver Creek Wetlands Winter Series: Cemex Reserve (Can't make this date? This hike is duplicated with Dayton Hikers on Sat, 24 Nov) The wetlands are beautiful places in fall and winter. So let's get outside and visit the reserves of the Beaver Creek Wetlands. These places are very important to me and I love to visit them. This will be a discovery hike. Pace will not be fast as we will stop frequently to look, take pictures and talk about features of this reserve. We will hike the loop at Cemex Reserve and may go off trail for a little exploring. In this series, we will visit all 11 reserves of the Beaver Creek Wetlands. ABOUT: Cemex Reserve In 1800 this site was likely a prairie wetland with shallow standing water. Farmers drained it and later the land was mined as a source of soils needed for the production of Portland cement. Through a federal grant to Wright State University and the Beaver Creek Wetlands Association, this wetland and prairie were restored in the mid 1990s. Water was diverted back onto the land and original drainage patterns were restored. Plantings have restored native wildflowers, grasses and sedges. WHAT TO SEE: Marsh, wet forest, wet prairie and small fens. The rare wet prairie naturally floods in late winter and spring then dries in summer to support Indian Grass, Big Bluestem and Little Bluestem grasses. Look also for coneflowers, Monkey Flowers, Ohio Goldenrod, Prairie Dock, Butterfly Weed and other colorful flowers in late summer. In late winter, waterfowl like wood duck and bufflehead may be seen in open water. At other times look for reptiles, amphibians, painted and map turtles, bluebirds, deer and fox. LENGTH: About 1.2 miles DIFFICULTY: Flat but prepare for mud AMENITIES: Cemex Reserve: 165 acres with parking, hiking, wetlands area, portable restrooms (varies) EXTRAS: Bring water, camera and binoculars. About the Beaver Creek Wetlands: The Beaver Creek Wetlands encompass over 2000 acres along the Beaver Creek and Little Beaver Creek watershed. The Beaver Creek Wetlands were preserved through a community partnership that encourages the restoration of wetland and traditional upland habitats, such as forests and prairies. The wetlands are managed by the Beaver Creek Wetlands Association, a non-profit land trust that promotes the use of these protected areas for education, research and recreation. http://www.beavercreekwetlands.org Links Cemex Reserve http://beavercreekwetlands.org/maplocations-cemex.html Pet Policy: Please leave pets at home. Thanks!

    Cemex Reserve

    Sanctuary Dr · Fairborn, OH

  • Countryside YMCA Roll Lessons / Practice
    Demo video link https://youtu.be/Xo7jiBI8JaQ Bill is back!!!! He and his crew are teaching rolling to up to 6 new students each week. New students pay $75 for the first session only. You learn using his equipment. After that, each session is $10, to cover the YMCA fee. For those of you that have been trained to roll with Bill Cacciolfi, the Lebanon pool will be available for kayak roll practice. Please pay Kathy Peterson the fee of $10 before putting your clean boat in the pool no earlier than 2:00 pm. Please bring exact change. The pool deck must be cleared by 5:15.  PS. This meet up is just an FYI. Signing up here does NOT give you access. Fees collected when you arrive. Bring a clean boat. I suggest letting Bill know via email if you plan to attend practice, just so he knows what to expect. Show up with a clean boat (smaller boats are easier to accommodate per Ms. Peterson), and exactly $10.00. I am posting this to get the word out to your group. Here is Bill's notice re-posted at his request. New Paddlers must contact Bill to secure a new student slot. From Bill...... Hi. I’ll be opening up pool practice for roll lessons again on Sundays at 2:00 to 5:15. if your a river veteran come use the pool for $10 bring your equipment , new students are $75 I provide 2 boats to learn skirt paddle and the all important dive mask, if you have your own bring it , also bring your boat, I just use mine a a teacher boat. Please pass this notice to all Paddle Rec sites and clubs please to help spread the word, Thanks see you in the pool Bill Cacciolfi New World Expeditions 830 Xenia Ave Yellow Springs Ohio[masked] [masked] George Davis[masked] [masked]

    Countryside YMCA

    1699 Deerfield Rd · Lebanon, OH

  • Kayak Camping Classroom - Five Rivers Metro Parks - Fee $15.00
    Kayak Camping 6:30pm - 8:30pm AGE: 14 and up | $15.00 This classroom based program will explore equipment needed, techniques like Leave No Trace, and places to try this exciting form of paddlesports. Register Here: https://www.metroparks.org/programs-events-finder/?program_number=Z116&api=programs&type=program

    Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark

    1301 E Siebenthaler Ave · Dayton, OH

  • Moderate Hike and Candlelight Walk at Caesars Creek Pioneer Village - 4-6 miles
    Lets join the Candlelight Walk at Caesars Creek Pioneer Village after a fun leisurely hike to horseshoe falls and maybe more. THE HIKE - Meet at the Caesars Creek Pioneer Village parking lot at 3 PM - We will start hiking at 3:15 towards horseshoe falls. We will explore the side trails along the way providing views of the lake and possibly watch the setting sun. We will return to the Pioneer Village at or near dark so be certain to bring a headlamp or other source of light. We will then join the Candlelight Walk that should be in process. Don't forget to bring $5 donation, in cash, to make towards the village. Note: If enough people have interest, we may also make the trek to Crawdad Falls to round out the hike. Sunrise: 7:37 am Sunset: 5:13 pm Map: https://parks.ohiodnr.gov/Portals/parks/PDFs/parks/Maps/caesar_creek/caesarcreektrailmap.pdf THE CANDLELIGHT WALK Take a step back into time as the village spends the night being illuminated by candle light. We will take you back to a time when Christmas time was celebrated in the most basic of ways. All of our buildings will be open for the public to go through and once it gets dark the whole village will be lit up by candle light along our paths between the buildings and within the buildings themselves. Come out and celebrate Winter time with us at one of our few night time events and see how this time of year used to be celebrated before all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Candlelight Walk Hours: 4 PM to 8 PM Cost: $5 per person *all proceeds from the Pioneer Village events go to sustaining and maintaining the Pioneer Village and its buildings Taken from: http://caesarscreekpioneervillage.org/candlelight2018.html AFTER HIKE - Meet at Stonehouse Tavern in Waynesville, OH http://shtavern.com/

    caesars creek pioneer village

    3999 pioneer village rd · waynesville, OH

  • Beaver Creek Wetlands Winter Series: Creekside Reserve
    Hike the Beaver Creek Wetlands Series: Creekside Reserve (Can't make this date? This hike is duplicated with Dayton Hikers on Sat, 1 Dec) The wetlands are beautiful places in fall and winter. So let's get outside and visit the reserves of the Beaver Creek Wetlands. These places are very important to me and I love to visit them. This will be a discovery hike. Pace will be slow as we will stop frequently to look, take pictures and talk about features of this reserve. In this series, we will visit all 11 reserves of the Beaver Creek Wetlands. ABOUT: Creekside Reserve Creekside Reserve follows the bike path that parallels US Route 35 between Factory and North Fairfield Roads. Off the bike path, trails provide nice views of the Little Beaver Creek and occasional meadows. The land was donated by Moraine Associates in 1999, and Creekside Reserve was dedicated as a reserve by the Greene County Park District in September 2000. The southwest corner of the reserve features a constructed wetland that was created after road improvements on US 35. That wetland is dedicated to Bill and Grace Hagenbuch for their many years of wetland preservation. WHAT TO SEE: Look for deer, woodpecker, woodchuck, coyote and rabbit along the Little Beaver Creek. Creekside Reserve features a small fen, constructed wetlands, an upland prairie of tall grasses and coneflowers, and a typical flood plain forest containing sycamore, box elder, walnut, ash and honey locust. LENGTH: About 3.5-4 miles total DIFFICULTY: Flat but prepare for possible mud, standing water. AMENITIES: 137 acres with parking lots at North Fairfield Road and Factory Road, hiking trails, overlooks along creek trails, bike trail, and restrooms at parking lots About the Beaver Creek Wetlands: The Beaver Creek Wetlands encompass over 2000 acres along the Beaver Creek and Little Beaver Creek watershed. The Beaver Creek Wetlands were preserved through a community partnership that encourages the restoration of wetland and traditional upland habitats, such as forests and prairies. The wetlands are managed by the Beaver Creek Wetlands Association, a non-profit land trust that promotes the use of these protected areas for education, research and recreation. www.beavercreekwetlands.org Links Creekside Reserve http://beavercreekwetlands.org/maplocations-creekside.html Pet Policy: Please leave pets at home. Thanks!

    Beavercreek Station on Creekside Trail

    1179 N. Fairfield Rd. · Beavercreek, OH

  • Countryside YMCA Roll Lessons / Practice
    Demo video link https://youtu.be/Xo7jiBI8JaQ Bill is back!!!! He and his crew are teaching rolling to up to 6 new students each week. New students pay $75 for the first session only. You learn using his equipment. After that, each session is $10, to cover the YMCA fee. For those of you that have been trained to roll with Bill Cacciolfi, the Lebanon pool will be available for kayak roll practice. Please pay Kathy Peterson the fee of $10 before putting your clean boat in the pool no earlier than 2:00 pm. Please bring exact change. The pool deck must be cleared by 5:15.  PS. This meet up is just an FYI. Signing up here does NOT give you access. Fees collected when you arrive. Bring a clean boat. I suggest letting Bill know via email if you plan to attend practice, just so he knows what to expect. Show up with a clean boat (smaller boats are easier to accommodate per Ms. Peterson), and exactly $10.00. I am posting this to get the word out to your group. Here is Bill's notice re-posted at his request. New Paddlers must contact Bill to secure a new student slot. From Bill...... Hi. I’ll be opening up pool practice for roll lessons again on Sundays at 2:00 to 5:15. if your a river veteran come use the pool for $10 bring your equipment , new students are $75 I provide 2 boats to learn skirt paddle and the all important dive mask, if you have your own bring it , also bring your boat, I just use mine a a teacher boat. Please pass this notice to all Paddle Rec sites and clubs please to help spread the word, Thanks see you in the pool Bill Cacciolfi New World Expeditions 830 Xenia Ave Yellow Springs Ohio[masked] [masked] George Davis[masked] [masked]

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    Claim your spot at 6:00 PM on 11/19

    Countryside YMCA

    1699 Deerfield Rd · Lebanon, OH