Family Hike – Water Observation Day

Saturday, July 15 at 10:00 am until 12:00 pm, Kokosing Gap Canoe Access located at 17812 Lower Gambier Rd. Mount Vernon, 43050.

Join OSU Extension Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists and prepare to get wet as we look at what lurks in the water and lives under rocks in the Kokosing State Scenic River!  Please dress appropriately – clothes to get wet or a bathing suit and shorts and closed-toe shoes.  No flip flops or opened-toe sandals/shoes please.

Nature Discovery Hike

Saturday, July 15 at 2:00 pm-4:00 pm, Honey Run Highlands Park located at 10816 Millersburg Rd. Howard, 43028.

Tag along with the Knox County Park District for a general nature hike where we plan to meet at the first parking lot, just off US 62.  We’ll hike the trails and point out and discuss anything of interest:  plants, birds, insects and more!  Make sure to wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes.  The Park District has some binoculars to lend or you’re welcome to bring your own.  Drinking water will be provided.  We hope to see you there!

Birding by Kayak

Saturday, August 5 at 8:00 am-12:00 pm, Kokosing Gap Canoe Access located at 17812 Lower Gambier Rd. Mount Vernon, 43050.

Join Knox County Park District for a morning of birding with a twist.  Meet at the Kokosing Gap Canoe Access for a relaxing float down the beautiful Kokosing State Scenic River.  We will point out birds by sight and sound along the way.  The float will end at the Big Run Rd. Kokosing River Access (8921 Big Run Rd. Gambier, 43022).  Wear clothes suitable for the river and sunscreen.  Binoculars are available for guest use.  Please bring bottled water, to make sure to stay hydrated during the trip.  Kayaks will not be provided and Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) are mandatory, a limited supply of PDFs will be provided by the Park District.  The Park District will shuttle a few guests at a time back to the starting point (Kokosing Gap Canoe Access) to retrieve vehicles.

Family Hike – Where Do Animals Live?

Saturday, August 19 at 10:00 am -12:00 pm, Thayer Ridge Park located at 7077 Thayer Rd. Mount Vernon, 43050.

Join OSU Extension Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists to discover how many habitats are found in in our parks and what animals live in those habitats.  Join us as we discover how each part of nature depends on the other in the web of life.

Solar Eclipse Party!

Monday, August 21 from  1:00-4:00 pm, Wolf Run Regional Park located at 17621 Yauger Rd. Mount Vernon 43050.

Join the Knox County Park District for this perhaps, once-in-a-lifetime spectacular event at Wolf Run Regional Park.  The August 21st Total Eclipse seen throughout much the United States stretching from western to eastern US will be seen as a partial eclipse to those of us in central Ohio.  This partial eclipse will certainly not disappoint as we are nearby to the path of totality, which is in Kentucky.  A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely blocks the sun revealing the sun’s beautiful outer atmosphere known as the corona.  The last total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States occurred in  1979 and next one will not take place until 2024.  The “party” starts just as the moon shadow on the sun begins.  Party-goers will need protective eyewear in order to watch the solar eclipse party.  Park District will have some eyewear to lend.  For those who do not have protective eyewear we’ll do the old “pinhole in the cardboard box trick”.  It works and is also totally awesome!  Bring a bag chair and snacks to share with other participants.  Knox County Park District will provide lemonade and iced tea. 

Join the Knox County Park District for these other wonderful upcoming activities and events July-September:

  • Knox County Fair Saturday, July 22 through Saturday, July 29. Park District will have a tent and display just outside the Merchants Building in the late afternoon/early evening.  Come by and say “Hello”!
  • August 4 – First Friday Downtown Mount Vernon as part of Get Healthy Knox County.
  • September 1 – First Friday Downtown Mount Vernon as part of Agriculture Awareness.
  • Kokosing River Rally – Saturday, September 16 9:00 am-12:00 pm on the Kokosing State Scenic River.
  • Forestry Field Day – Saturday September 23 Muskingum County, for more information go to
  • Heart of Ohio Trail Bridge Party on Sunday, September 24.
  • Seniors/Veterans Fishing Derby at Ariel-Foundation Park – Saturday, September 30

Save these October dates:

  • Heart of Ohio Tours – Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8 1:00-6:00 pm both days. Park District will welcome visitors to Bat Nest Park!
  • Brown Family Environmental Center Harvest Festival – Saturday, October 14 2:00 pm-5:00 pm.
  • Devils Backbone Hike – Sunday, October 22 2:00 pm-4:00 pm.


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