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Friends of Warren County Park District

TURTLE WEEK AND TECH-FREE TUESDAY 6/29/21! 
This week's theme is TURTLES! Follow us on Facebook for fun activities related to the weekly theme, and if you are tracking your children's time spent outdoors for the 100-Hours-Outside Challenge, make sure to mark off that you have done a lizard-themed activity to get a bonus entry for the grand prize drawing at the end of summer, a family canoe trip from Loveland Canoe and Kayak! Start this week's challenge by checking out the Ohio Division of Wildlife's Reptiles of Ohio field guide

Also plan on joining us this week at Armco Park when we kick off our Tech-Free Tuesday programs. One of our ODNR registered program animals, Leonard the box turtle will be joining us! Click here for more info. ~Naturalist Shannon 
FAIRY AND GNOME HOUSES AT LANDEN-DEERIFELD PARK
Deerfield Township is calling all creative minds, artists, and those with a big imagination to create miniature homes for these mythical creatures. No experience is required. All skill levels are welcome. 

The theme for Landen-Deerfield Park is Holiday Homes. Homes should be placed around the paved path on July 8 and will remain on display until July 15th, when you can remove them. Materials used to create the miniature homes should be appropriate for outdoor use, should fit within a 12" x 12" floor space, and be family friendly. For more information or to see the different themes at each of the featured Deerfield Township parks please visit https://conta.cc/3cIWYfE.
CAROL SOEHNER MEMORIAL
Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Carol Soehner was an important part of our Friends group for many years, and she is greatly missed. Her generous spirit, enthusiasm for the natural world, and positive outlook on life were contagious. 

To donate to a memorial fund in Carol's honor, please click here. Funds will be used to purchase a bench that will be installed at one of our Park District properties. If you prefer not to donate by PayPal we will be accepting checks made out to FWCPD with "Carol Soehner memorial" on the memo line. Checks can be mailed to "Friends of WCPD, 1223 State Route 741, Lebanon, OH 45036." 

MYSTERIOUS BIRD EYE DISEASE IN SOUTHWEST OHIO
Birds in several states, including Ohio and Kentucky, have been reported showing signs of a new and yet undetermined disease that appears to affect their eyes and neurological systems. Wildlife biologists across several states and organizations are collecting samples to determine what is happening. Until we have more information, they recommend that the public do the following:
  • Cease feeding birds until this wildlife mortality event has concluded;
  • Clean feeders and bird baths with a 10% bleach solution;
  • Avoid handling birds, but wear disposable gloves if handling is necessary; and
  • Keep pets away from sick or dead birds as a standard precaution.

If you encounter sick or dead birds, please file a report at https://apps.ohiodnr.gov/wildlife/speciessighting/. If you must remove dead birds, place them in a sealable plastic bag to dispose with household trash.

SPONSORS WANTED!
As our community outreach programs grow, we are looking for prizes for kids who participate in our summer programs. We would love to help promote your organization through our Tech-Free Tuesdays and 100-Hours Outside Summer Challenge! For the past several years, Blooms and Berries Farm Market has graciously donated "Fall on the Farm" passes to their awesome autumn festival, and Loveland Canoe and Kayak has provided a family canoe trip on the river for our grand prize. We aim for prizes that contribute to our goal of getting kids unplugged and outdoors! If you have a connection with a local business and would like to donate something, please reach out
  • Frisbees, water bottles, balls, bags, stickers, etc. with your company's logo  
  • Free child's ice cream cone or treat at a local restaurant
  • Coupon for X% off a purchase at a local store
  • Passes to a fun event that your organization sponsors
  • Something else fun and creative!
HELP WATER NATIVE PLANTS AT WC ARMCO PARK
We were awarded dozens of native plant plugs through Project Wingspan. They were planted on 5/25/21, and we need help watering them daily through mid-July so they become well established! The Solar Pollinator Habitat is located at Warren Co. Armco Park, 1223 St. Rt. 741, Lebanon, OH 45036. Follow signs to the boat dock. 

More info OR sign up to help water

JOIN OR RENEW TODAY
Your financial support will enable us to meet our goals and continue our mission to support the Warren County Park District. Friends of WCPD is a tax exempt 501c3 non-profit organization. Individual memberships are $15.00. Additional donations are greatly appreciated! 

Our programs' success is because of our wonderful supporters, including Friends of the WCPD, Park Staff and Commissioners, local nature professionals, and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists. If you know a teen looking for community service hours, please contact us!  

There are many ways you can become involved!
  • Assist with Nature Programs
  • Help with Hisey Fall Festival
  • Help with Fundraising and Grant Writing
  • Help Facilitate the Concert Series at Landen-Deerfield Park
  • Provide Technical Support & Website Management
  • Help with the Youth Fishing Derby
  • Promote our Events on Social Media
  • Serve on the FWCPD Board
  • Solicit Event Sponsorship

For more information, drop us a line.

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Friends of Warren County Park District is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization working as a volunteer effort to support and promote the parks in the Warren County Park District. Our mailing address is 1267 N. State Rt. 741, Lebanon, OH 45036.

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