Are you ready to try backpacking after an inspiring visit to a national park? Ready to introduce your kids to the great outdoors? Are you a longtime hiker who needs a refresher after too much time away from the trails? Whatever your goal, this indoor workshop will teach you the techniques to have a safe and enjoyable backpacking trip. We will cover topics such as backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, stoves, food, clothes, footwear, weather, terrain, comfort zone, trip planning, and Leave No Trace Principles. Learn the skills necessary to tackle your future backpacking trips confidently and competently. Learn from the experts!
Andy Niekamp is from Kettering and has a passion for long distance hiking. He has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail end to end three times. Andy is founder and leader of the DaytonHikers.Org group, the largest outdoor recreation group in Dayton.
In the US there are only 10 chemicals banned from skin and hair care products. That is 990 less than the European standard! Isn't that SCARY! What are we putting on our skin and hair? There are products that may cost $100's of dollars and still be bad for you. Come to a DIY class where we will talk about all natural essential oils, what they are, and how you can reduce your toxin-load. You will be making a skin care regimen to take home that is beneficial for your skin and costs a fraction of the price of store bought products!
Join us as we step back into the pastoral setting of early Van Buren Township for a trip through John H. Patterson’s sprawling country park. We’ll review the major events occurring in Hills and Dales Park, trace its important equestrian history, and explore the Old Barn Club, which served as the hub of the park’s early social activities. We’ll also visit the nine Adirondack-style camps that hosted countless picnics and parties during the park’s heyday. Presenter: Dr. David Schmidt
The presentation addresses the bedrock geology of this area and its use in Oakwood, local quarrying history and its link to the DL&C Railroad, Rubicon Creek, the 1913 Flood, the glacial geology of this area, the significance of local ground and surface water, and how these geologic topics relate to some of the people, places, and things that are part of Dayton's history. Presenter: Dr. David Schmidt
Your house has a history. Someone broke ground and built it. Others lived and loved there, altered it, and made it home. Betsy Wilson tells how to find details via deeds, tax records, newspapers, the census, city directories and other resources.
The red carnation and the cardinal, yes, these are the symbols of Ohio. But how did they come to represent Ohio? Take this opportunity to explore Ohio trivia – to learn about our flag, our motto, and much more. Presenter: Mary Kay Mabe
Woodland is the final resting place of many of the nation’s most well known inventors and innovators such as the inventors of flight Orville and Wilbur Wright, poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, writer Erma Bombeck, and entrepreneur George P. Huffman (Huffy Bicycles). We also have many other persons of interest such as Levi and Matilda Stanley, King and Queen of the Gypsies, George Newcom, one of Dayton’s founding fathers and Clement Vallandigham, the man without a country. Enjoy a presentation through time as you discover the timeless beauty and fascinating history of Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. Presenter: Angie Hoschouer
While half of all blindness is preventable, the growth in the aging population and the increased incidence of diabetes, the prevalence of eye disease and vision loss is becoming an increasingly significant public and personal health concern. The number of Ohio seniors affected by aging eye diseases is expected to double over the next 30 years as the Baby Boomer generation ages. At this workshop, participants will learn about common eye diseases which can be prevented or slowed with early detection, including macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. Certified Adult Vision Screeners will conduct free vision screenings following the presentation.
Step back into the neighborhoods of Dayton as we explore several of our community’s historic homes. These homes were the private residences of early settlers, business leaders and a few of our more notable citizens. Presenter: Mary Kay Mabe