2019 EVENTS, EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS & OPPORTUNITIES

Geocache 101, Learning the Basics

Thursday, February 21, 6:00-7:30 p.m. -Knox County Memorial Building, 112 E High Street, Mount Vernon (lower level of the building, use west side entrance, look for signs) 

Geocaching has become a new recreational activity throughout central Ohio. It’s an entertaining adventure game for GPS users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a GPS unit, as you explore the outdoors. With Geocaching, individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share their locations on the internet, at www.geocaching.com. GPS users inform participants by telling the location coordinates in order to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a variety of rewards. In return, the visitor is asked to leave something in cache in exchange for whatever he/she takes.  This class will provide you with the basics and allow you to become familiar with the geocaching.com website to set up a profile.  Participants may bring a laptop, smartphone or tablet for internet access. To register for the event click on 2019 Geocache 101 Registration and complete the online fillable form and email to the address provided.

Nature Silk Scarf Painting

Thursday, March 7, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Knox County Memorial Building, 112 E High Street, Mount Vernon (lower level of the building, use west side entrance, look for signs) 

Just in time for Spring, join the Park District and Scarlet Crane of Thistle and Twill as she leads us in hand painting a silk scarf with a beautiful watercolor, lavender flower print.  Scarlet designs handcrafted gifts and keepsakes, inspired by nature.  Wear your scarf with your favorite blouse, tie around your hair, use as a stylish belt or give it as a gift!  All supplies will be provided which includes:  an 11” x 60” scarf, the necessary silk paints, brushes and instructions.  The cost is $35.00 per person.  Registration is required, download this form 2019SilkScarfRegistration  and mail form and payment to:  Thistle and Twill, P.O. Box 1092, Mount Vernon, OH, 43050.  Deadline to register Friday, March 1.

Woodcock Watch

Friday, March 15, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Wolf Run Regional Park, 17621 Yauger Rd., Mount Vernon

The Park District is pleased to offer once again a Woodcock Watch.  This is an opportunity to observe the annual courtship ritual and aerial flight of the American Woodcock.  Local expert, Scott Albaugh returns to lead this popular event and this time around it will be held at Wolf Run Park.  The chunky-bodied, big-eyed American Woodcock is a favorite amongst birders and non-birders alike because of their dramatic aerial courtship display and the sounds they make.  On the ground, they make a buzzing, nasally “peent” and during their aerial courtship flight that can take them spiraling 300 feet into the air, they make twittering sounds as they dive back to the ground.  Participants should dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for muddy trails.

Opening Day for Trails

Saturday, April 13, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the C. A. & C. Depot, 501 S. Main St., Mount Vernon

The Friends of the Heart of Ohio Trail, the Kokosing Gap Trail Board and Knox County Park District are hosting a day of family-filled fun at the C. A. & C. Depot.  The Rails to Trails Conservancy Opening Day for Trails is a nationwide celebration of local rail trails and how they bring life to communities and their residents.

Pheasants Forever Knox County Youth Field Day

Saturday, April 13, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Campbells Range, 22430 Coshocton Rd., Howard, 43028

Gather the kids and join the Park District on Saturday, April 13 at Campbell’s Range as we fish for rainbow trout in the pond.  Other local Knox County and state agencies will be there too hosting events such as 4-H Shooting Sports, Building a Birdhouse or Hummingbird Feeder, GPS, Leather Crafting, Living History, Face Painting, Panning for Gold, Duck Hunting, Tomahawk Throwing and much more.  This program is for youth ages 3-17.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  All equipment is supplied.

Brown Family Environmental Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 20, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Brown Family Environmental Center

Join the Park District at the Earth Day event at the BFEC. This event will have live raptors, mammals, reptiles, and insects for attendees to “meet” up-close.  Make-and-take bluebird boxes, bat boxes, and more!  Live music and a food truck will round out the afternoon.

Edible Soil, Dig Deep to Eat!

Tuesday, April 30, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Knox County Memorial Building, 112 E High Street, Mount Vernon (lower level of the building, use west side entrance, look for signs) 

Join the Park District as we dig deep for some edible, soil-loving fun! Children and their families will eat-up this delicious activity. Did you know there are over 85 different soil types in Knox County? We will demonstrate the different layers of soil and encourage discussion on soil’s vital role in sustaining plant and animal life on our planet. Soil is so much more than what’s under the grass. Each layer of earth is defined by its own “horizon”. These horizons run parallel to the ground and serve up distinctive characteristics that aid the layers above and below. When a vertical section of these many horizons is taken, it’s known as a soil profile.  Profiling soil isn’t the most exciting activity, but creating an edible representation of all the layers sure can be!  Join us for some delicious, edible fun! In order to have adequate supplies, please complete this registration form 2019EdibleSoilRegistration  it is a fillable form from your computer to download and save and email to katiehux@co.knox.oh.us by April 26.

Knox County Fish & Game

Association Youth Fishing Derby

Saturday, May 4, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Mount Vernon’s Ariel-Foundation Park

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) announces Ohio’s Free Fishing Weekend is set for May 4 and 5. The Knox County Fish and Game Association will kick off the weekend by holding its annual Youth Fishing Derby at Ariel-Foundation Park for children ages 1 to 16 on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be prizes and free food for attendees. Fishing poles will be provided for use, as well as, live bait. This event is sponsored by the Knox County Fish and Game Association and the Knox County Park District.

Blooms for Mom, Mother’s Day Floral Workshop

Thursday, May 9, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Knox County Memorial Building, 112 E High Street, Mount Vernon (lower level of the building, use west side entrance, look for signs) 

Don’t just buy mom flowers for Mother’s Day, learn the art of flower arranging together!  In this workshop Amanda Jedlinsky of Everberry Farm and Flora will provide fresh flowers, greenery and the instructions to arrange a beautiful Mother’s Day bouquet.  The cost of the workshop is $45.00 per arrangement. Seating is limited to 20 people so sign up early!  For registration and payment please go to:  www.everberryfarm.com/registration

A Walk Through the Solar System

Saturday, May 18, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the Kokosing Gap Trail, 500 Mount Vernon Ave., Mount Vernon, 43050.  Meet at the Kokosing Gap Trail Shelter

Join us for an ‘out of this world’ walking tour of our amazing Solar System, with Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist & Richland Astronomical Society member, Chad Ruhl.  The walking tour is designed to reflect the actual scale of our solar system and includes scaled models of the Sun and planets.  We will cover a 2-mile (4 miles total), out and back easy walk on the Kokosing Gap Trail with various stops to discuss many interesting aspects of our Solar System.  Meet at the Kokosing Gap Trail shelter.

Moonlit Miles – Flower Moon

Saturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m. on the Kokosing Gap Trail, 297 Duff St., Gambier, 43022

Join the Park District for the first of a three-part series of relaxing full moon or near full moon bike rides on Knox County’s multi-use trails. Experience the trails you have come to know and love in a unique way. Participants must provide their own helmets and helmets must be worn during the ride, NO EXCEPTIONS. New this season, headlamps with red lights will be provided for use during the ride to the first 30 participants.  There is a restroom on-site at the shelter.

Disc Golf Event

Sunday, May 19, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at Thayer Ridge Park, 7077 Thayer Road, Mount Vernon, 43050

Join us for the Park District’s first-ever disc golf event. The disc golf course is a 9-hole course which will be played twice for the event. Prizes will be awarded for 1st – 3rd placings. Donations are requested with all the proceeds used to upgrade and maintain the disc golf course. For more information about the course go to www.pdga.com and search for Thayer Ridge. Youth, ages 8 and up are welcome to attend and must be accompanied by an adult. Plan to stay after the event as food and drinks will be provided. Registration is limited to the first 50 registrants. Click on the registration form 2019DiscGolfOuting  it is a fillable form online then save it and email to katiehux@co.knox.oh.us

Passport to Fishing

Saturday, June 1, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Wolf Run Regional Park, 17621 Yauger Rd., Mount Vernon, 43050

The Passport to Fishing Youth Clinic is a great event for beginner to advanced anglers ages 8-18. Youth will engage in a hands-on rotation of six stations featuring Fish Habitat, Fish Handling, Fishing Knots and Rigging, Casting, Smart Boating /Water Safety and Understanding a Watershed. The stations are taught by local instructors of partnering agencies and organizations. Each youth attendee will receive a Subway ™ box lunch and a bottled water and a Zebco Fishing Rod and Reel. Event sponsors include:  the Knox County Park District, Kokosing Valley Jr Anglers Youth Fishing Club, the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and Amanda Hills Spring Water. The event is free but pre-registration is required and must be made by May 22. The registrations received after fulfilling the first 100 will go on a waiting list in the event we have cancellations. The event is limited to 100 attendees. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. To register complete this fillable form PASSPORT-TO-FISHING-EVENT-REGISTRATION-2019 and email to katiehux@

Moonlit Miles – Strawberry Moon

Saturday, June 15, 8:00 p.m. on the Mohican Valley Trail, 16606 Hunter Rd., Brinkhaven, 43006

Join the Park District for the second of a three-part series of relaxing full moon or near full moon bike rides on Knox County’s multi-use trails. Experience the trails you have come to know and love in a unique way. Participants must provide their own helmets and helmets must be worn during the ride, NO EXCEPTIONS. New this season, headlamps with red lights will be provided for use during the ride to the first 30 participants.  There is a porta-john on-site at the Bridge of Dreams parking lot.

Stream Quality Monitoring

Thursday, June 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon’s Riverside Park.

This SQM Workshop is led by ODNR’s Division of Watercraft/Ohio Scenic Rivers.  Prepare to get wet as attendees learn what stream life tells us about stream health. Collect live samples of macroinvertebrates to identify and to help assess the water quality of the river. Please wear old clothes and closed toe shoes as participants will be wading in the river. For more information contact:  centralsqm@dnr.state.oh.us   Volunteers are needed to help sample water quality of the Scenic Rivers in Ohio.

Birding by Kayak

Saturday, June 22, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.,  Zuck Riparian Preserve, 28300 Zuck Rd., Howard, 43028.

If a float down the river on a Saturday morning sounds enjoyable than consider joining us for a Birding by Kayak program on the Kokosing State Scenic River and meet at one Knox County Park District’s newest river access areas.  While enjoying a nice leisurely float, the birds encountered along the journey will be spotted for the participants and discussed. bv  Participants should meet at Zuck Riparian Preserve.  Wear clothes suitable for the river and sunscreen. Binoculars are available for loan. Please bring bottled water, to stay hydrated during the trip. Kayaks will not be provided and Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) are mandatory and must be worn on the float, NO EXCEPTIONS.  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 to retrieve vehicles.

Follow our Geo Trail

Tuesday, June 25, 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Wolf Run Regional Park, 17621 Yauger Rd., Mount Vernon, 43050

Join the Park District in a Geocache journey to discover new caches placed in our Knox County Parks and learn about the new “Geo Trail” being planned and hopefully introduced. Bring your GPS unit to lead you in locating the first cache. Please bring a small treasure to leave with the cache as we discover the fun that awaits with this adventure we are planning to develop. Watch for details and registration information on our website as the event draws near.

Moonlit Miles – Buck Moon

Saturday, July 13, 8:00 p.m. on the Heart of Ohio Trail, 59 Johnsville Rd., Centerburg, 43011

Join the Park District for the third of a three-part series of relaxing full moon or near full moon bike rides on Knox County’s multi-use trails. Experience the trails you have come to know and love in a unique way. Participants must provide their own helmets and helmets must be worn during the ride, NO EXCEPTIONS. New this season, headlamps with red lights will be provided for use during the ride to the first 30 participants.  There is a porta-john on-site at the Centerburg Memorial Park.

Nature Camp -Explore the Outdoors

Wednesday, July 17, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Thayer Ridge Park, 7077 Thayer Rd., Mount Vernon, 43050

Come to a Park District park and explore animal tracks, look for and listen to birds, study plants and soil, learn to compost and recycle and try your hand with the Enviroscape™ watershed model at Nature Camp to be held at Thayer Ridge Park. The Park District invites children ages 8-12 to attend camp on Thursday, July 17 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Parents may drop their child off and return for pickup at 12:30 p.m. Pack a lunch and upon pickup we invite you to eat at the park with your child/granchild. The camp is designed to engage children in outdoor fun to create pathways for lessons in nature, conservation and ecology. The camp will include six hands-on stations allowing the children a 30-minute activity on various nature-related topics. Research shows that children who play outside are more physically active, more creative in their play, less aggressive and exhibit better concentration.  To register for the event, click Nature Camp, download and email to:  katiehux@co.knox.oh.us  Deadline for registration is July 14 and is limited to the first 50 registrants.

Birding by Kayak

Saturday, August 3, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on the Mohican State Scenic River, Greer Landing Access, 20389 Brinkhaven Rd., Glenmont, 44628

If a float down the river on a Saturday morning sounds enjoyable than consider joining us for a Birding by Kayak program on the Mohican River. Birds will be pointed out to participants and discussed along the journey. The float will end at the Bridge of Dreams 16606 Hunter Road, Brinkhaven 43006.  Wear clothes suitable for the river and sunscreen. Binoculars are available. Please bring bottled water to stay hydrated during the trip. Kayaks will not be provided and Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) are mandatory during the float, NO EXCEPTIONS.  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 to retrieve vehicles.

Perseid Meteor Shower Watch

Tuesday, August 13, 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at Thayer Ridge Park, 7077 Thayer Rd., Mount Vernon, 43050

Join Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Chad Ruhl and Park District staff for a late evening “shooting star” party during the annual Perseids.  After a short walk to the disc golf course field, we will settle in to enjoy the show.  Bring a bag chair, blanket and snacks to share.  This event is weather and conditions dependent and is cancelled in case of inclement weather.  Check the Park District Facebook Page for the most up-to-date details.  

Stream Quality Monitoring

Thursday, August 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon’s Riverside Park

This SQM Workshop is led by ODNR’s Division of Watercraft/Ohio Scenic Rivers.  Prepare to get wet as attendees learn what stream life tells us about stream health. Collect live samples of macroinvertebrates to identify and to help assess the water quality of the river. Please wear old clothes and closed toe shoes as participants will be wading in the river. For more information contact:  centralsqm@dnr.state.oh.us   Volunteers are needed to help sample water quality of the Scenic Rivers in Ohio.

Fall Wagon Ride Through the Bridge of Dreams

Saturday, September 14, 3:00-5:00 p.m. on the Mohican Valley Trail at the Bridge of Dreams, 16606 Hunter Road, Brinkhaven

Join the Knox County Park District as we host a fall wagon ride on the Mohican Valley Trail at the Bridge of Dreams. This event is sure to be well attended as who doesn’t enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride through one of the most picturesque areas in the county? The Bridge of Dreams is a 370-foot covered bridge located near Brinkhaven, Ohio. Originally built in the 1920s as a railroad bridge, and covered in 1998. It is the third longest covered bridge in Ohio. Light refreshments and fun filled highlights will follow the wagon ride. Registration will be required so watch for further details as we draw near the event.

Kokosing River Rally

Saturday, September 21, 9:30 a.m., C. A. & C. Depot, 501 S. Main St., Mount Vernon, 43050

Join the Knox County Park District and the Knox County Recycling and Litter Prevention as  sponsors of  the annual cleanup day of the Kokosing River.  The Park District, as well as, other Knox County agencies will volunteer resources and labor to ensure the success of litter pickup of the Kokosing State Scenic River and the Kokosing watershed. The event is open to anyone who wishes to participate. Participants are invited to walk or canoe the river. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with a short safety talk prior to entering the river. For more information or to volunteer, call Knox County Recycling and Litter Prevention’s Randy Canterbury at             740-393-6704.

Observe the Moon

Saturday, October 5, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Honey Run Highlands, 10816 Millersburg Rd., Howard, 43028

The Park District invites you to celebrate 2019’s International Observe the Moon Night!

International Observe the Moon Night is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation and understanding of our Moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration. The annual event connects scientists, educators and lunar enthusiasts from around the world.

The early evening event will include:  a moon presentation, crafts and activities.  Then after the sun sets OCVN and Richland Astronomical Society member Chad Ruhl will be on hand with telescopes and binoculars, providing guided tours of the Moon, and maybe even a few glimpses of some of our planets or other celestial objects.

Knox County Park District is proud to take part in this year’s International Observe the Moon Night which is sponsored by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission and partners. LRO is managed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

For more information about International Observe the Moon Night, visit: www.moon.nasa.gov/observe

Barktoberfest

October 12, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Wolf Run Bark Park, 17621 Yauger Road, Mount Vernon, 43050

Calling all K-9 owners, grab your dogs and head to the Bark Park for the 2nd Annual BarktoberFest. This event will feature a Dog Costume Contest, Tails to Trails Dog Walk in the Park, Tricks and Treats Session, Bark in the Park Pet Photos and various demonstrations. All families attending the event are asked to bring a donation of Milk Bone Dog Treats or Pedigree Dentastix to be given to the non-profit group Dogs of Knox. Your donation is greatly appreciated as all dogs enjoy “Treats” especially in October!

To enter your dog in the costume contest, please check back to our website at www.knoxcountyparks.org as the event draws near for a registration form.

Pumpkins in the Park

Saturday, October 19, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Wolf Run Regional Park, 17621 Yauger Rd., Mount Vernon, 43050.  Pumpkin drop-off is on Friday, October 18 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at Wolf Run

We invite you to take part in this exciting new event by carving your own pumpkin that will then be displayed along a Wolf Run Park trail on Saturday, October 19 in the evening. Pre-registration for pumpkin drop-off is required. Pumpkins can be dropped off at Wolf Run Regional Park on Friday, October 18 between 5:00-6:30 p.m. Then on Saturday, October 19 we invite all our pumpkin carving artists and the public to take a hike along a trail where the pre-carved and lighted pumpkins, will illuminate your journey. Prizes, food and fun to follow. More details will post as we draw near to the event.

The Great Pumpkin Floral Design Class

November 26, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Knox County Memorial Building, 112 E High Street, Mount Vernon (lower level of the building, use west side entrance, look for signs)   

Join the Knox County Park District for the Great Pumpkin/Floral Design Class. This class is offered just in time for your Thanksgiving holiday as this fall-themed centerpiece will stun the guests seated around your Thanksgiving table. Farmer-florist Amanda Jedlinsky of Everberry Farm and Flora will show you how to use a pumpkin and fresh flowers to create a gorgeous display for your table (or your host’s table!). Pumpkins, flowers and all other materials will be provided.  The cost of the workshop is $45.00 per arrangement.  For registration and payment please go to:  www.everberryfarm.com/registration

Fire and Ice

December 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Honey Run Waterfall, 10855 Hazel Dell Rd., Howard, 43028

Make plans to join Knox County Park District for the 6th annual, spectacular and magical event! Over 600 luminaria will light your paths to Honey Run Waterfall and the Kokosing State Scenic River. Honey Run Waterfall is one of Knox County’s most spectacular natural gems and is absolutely mesmerizing with the hundreds of candle-lit, snowflake bags. Please stay for holiday treats and enjoy a roaring bonfire! Be sure to bring a canned food item(s) for the Food For The Hungry drive. Deposit your food gift in one of the boxes provided. Last year patrons donated a truck load and a half of food and we hope to surpass that number this year. The Knox County Park District thanks you for your generosity to our neighbors and friends in need!