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Saturday, Sep 02, 2017
Reality Dreams/Toys to Share Open Horse Show
Location: Fairfield County Fairgrounds, 157 E Fair Ave, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Time: 9 am - ?
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Contact: Karen Sarver
Phone: 740-385-3431
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Sunday, Sep 03, 2017 - 10/31/17
Rock Mill Weekend
Location: Rock Mill Park 1429 Rockmill Pl NW, Lancaster, OH 43130
Time: 1-3:00 pm
Website/Facebook: https://www.historicalparks.org/event/reock-mill-weekends_20170903/
Organization: Fairfield County Forever
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TOUR Saturdays & Sundays from 1-3PM, May through October. GRINDING DEMONSTRATIONS are only Sunday 9/10 and Sunday 10/15 from 1-2PM. Tour this stunning 1824 grist mill that stands 90 feet above the gorge of Hocking River Falls, and Rock Mill Covered Bridge. Specialty mill-themed items are available in the gift shop. FREE, family-friendly event run by Fairfield County Forever, our volunteer group.



Saturday, Sep 09, 2017
Free Fall Event - ODNR
Location: Fairfield Fish and Game, 2270 Bickel Church Rd., Baltimore, OH 43105
Time: 8:30-9:30 am Registration, event 10 am - 3 pm
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Organization: ODNR
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Day will include instruction on fishing, archery, rifle shooting, skeet shooting, and canoeing. Lunch is free for all and the children leave with a book bag and goodie bag at the end of the day.

Families may register the day of the event between 8:30-9:30 am at the Fairfield Fish and Game. All equipment is provided!



Saturday, Sep 16, 2017
Slate Run Farm Family Storytime - Apples
Location: Slate Run Metro Park, Slate Run Farm, 1375 SR 674 N, Canal Winchester, OH 43103
Time: 10:00 AM
Website/Facebook: https://reservations.metroparks.net/programs
Organization: Central Ohio Park System
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Sample varieties of apples and enjoy a story and a craft.



Saturday, Sep 16, 2017
Blacklick Woods Nature Tram
Location: Blacklick Woods Metro Park, 6975 E. Livingston Ave.,Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43149
Time: 11:00 AM
Website/Facebook: https://reservations.metroparks.net/programs
Organization: Central Ohio Park System
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Take a tram ride through the park.



Sunday, Sep 17, 2017
Blacklick Woods Fall Migration Bird Hike
Location: Blacklick Woods Metro Park, 6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Time: 8:00 AM
Website/Facebook: https://reservations.metroparks.net/programs
Organization: Central Ohio Park System
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Take a 2-mile walk to search the trails for migrating songbirds.



Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017
Blacklick Woods Five-O: Level 1 Nature Tram
Location: Blacklick Woods Metro Park, 6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Time: 2:00 PM
Website/Facebook: https://reservations.metroparks.net/programs
Organization: Central Ohio Park System
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Take a tram ride through the park, Age 50 and older.



Thursday, Sep 21, 2017
Hike Blacklick Woods
Location: Blacklick Woods Metro Park, 6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Time: 10:00 AM
Website/Facebook: https://reservations.metroparks.net/programs
Organization: Central Ohio Park System
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Join a park naturalist and hike all 6-miles of trail at Blacklick Woods.



Saturday, Sep 23, 2017
Confusing Fall Warblers
Location: Wahkeena nature Preserve, 2200 Pump Station Rd., Sugar Grove, OH 43155
Time: 8:15-9:45 am
Website/Facebook: http://www.historicalparks.org/event/confusingfallwarblers_20170909/
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Colorful warblers attract plenty of attention in the spring when they are noisy and vibrant but not as much in the fall when they are quiet and drab. With the help of an expert birder, we will seek out these fall migrants to help lessen warbler confusion! Guided walk begins at 8:15 AM and lasts approximately 90 minutes; there are frequent stops. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your camera or binoculars. FREE, family-friendly event. This program is recommended to persons age 12 and older. Plan to stay after the program to explore the preserve and enjoy nature’s annual display of color as autumn approaches.



Saturday, Sep 23, 2017
4-H Advisors Open Horse Show
Location: Fairfield County Fairgrounds, 157 E Fair Ave, Lancaster, OH 43130
Time: 9 am - dusk
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Contact: Linda Anderson
Phone: 740-503-5923
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Saturday, Sep 23, 2017
Blacklick Woods: You Can Eat That
Location: Blacklick Woods Metro Park, 6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Time: 2:00 PM
Website/Facebook: https://reservations.metroparks.net/programs
Organization: Central Ohio Park System
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Take a 1-mile walk to discover what wild edible plants are abundant in autumn and try some samples.



Sunday, Sep 24, 2017
Harvest Bicycle Ride
Location: Rockmill Brewery 5705 Lithopolis Rd NW, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Time: 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Organization: Keller Market House, Berry Family Farm, Rockmill Brewery, The Kale Yard, Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Assoc.
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Phone: (740) 205-8076
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Join OEFFA and Columbus Outdoor Pursuits for a family-friendly bicycle tour of Fairfield County’s local food economy. Enjoy a scenic 40 mile ride through the central Ohio countryside, with stops at Keller Market House, The Kale Yard, and Berry Family Farm, before wrapping up the day at Rockmill Brewery. Cost and Registration: $35 members, $50 non-members, $25 children. Price includes snacks from Stutzman Farms. Email milo@oeffa.org for a special code you can use at check out for your OEFFA member discount. Proceeds benefit OEFFA and COP. Register at http://www.outdoor-pursuits.org/event-2571122. This event is presented by OEFFA and is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. For a full schedule of events, go to www.oeffa.org/q/farmtours2017.



Sunday, Sep 24, 2017
Slate Run Farm - Ropes, Knots and Splices
Location: Slate Run Farm at Slate Run Metro Park, 1375 SR 674 N, Canal Winchester, OH 43103
Time: 1:00 PM
Website/Facebook: https://reservations.metroparks.net/programs
Organization: Central Ohio Park System
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Use the rope-making machine, try your hand at some knots and splices and jump rope to your favorite rhymes.



Sunday, Sep 24, 2017
Fall Walk at Wahkeena
Location: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, 2200 Pump Station Rd, Sugar Grove, OH 43155
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Website/Facebook: http://www.historicalparks.org/event/fallwalkatwahkeena_20170924/
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Nature’s annual color will be on display as we walk through the autumn woodlands and explore the changing landscape. We will get a final look at some of the last wildflowers of the season and discuss how some plants and animals prepare for winter. Guided walk begins at 1:00 PM and lasts approximately 90 minutes; there are frequent stops. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. FREE, family-friendly event. This program is recommended to persons age 12 and older. Please come early to visit the Nature Center.



Saturday, Sep 30, 2017
Blacklick Woods Fall Foliage Display
Location: Blacklick Woods Metro Park, 6975 E. Livingston Ave.,Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Time: 8:00 AM
Website/Facebook: https://reservations.metroparks.net/programs
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View our display to discover the science behind the striking reds, oranges, and yellows of fall foliage. Learn to identify leafs by shape too.



Saturday, Sep 30, 2017
Slate Run Farm - Fall Harvest
Location: Slate Run Farm at Slate Run Metro Park, 1375 SR 674 N, Canal Winchester, OH 43103
Time: 1:00 PM
Website/Facebook: https://reservations.metroparks.net/programs
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Help with seasonal harvest activities as the farm prepares for winter



Sunday, Oct 01, 2017
Tree Identification Walking Trails of Bremen - First 3 weeks of October
Location: Bremen, Ohio
Website/Facebook: www.bremenvillage.com/activities.shtml
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Phone: 740-569-4807
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The Bremen Tree Board has established a selfguided walking tour focusing on tree identification and history. Go to website for walking map. For more than a century, Bremen has quietly enjoyed an enviable reputation of having picturesque tree-lined, brick streets. The town’s setting situated in a valley surrounded by rolling hills near the confluence of two creeks (Big and Little Rush Creeks) is enhanced by the canopy of beautiful trees that shade its historic streets. This guide includes a map of some of Bremen’s specimen trees located within the Village. One of which is the 3rd largest Silver Maple in Ohio. The various trees are numbered to correspond to their location. The common name is given first, followed by a brief overview of some of the more interesting facts about the particular tree or the species in general. The Bremen Tree Board hopes that you will find this guide educational as well as helpful in getting better acquainted with our tree-friendly town. With guide in hand, you are ready to discover our beautiful tree-lined, brick streets!



Sunday, Oct 01, 2017
Blacklick Woods Fall Foliage Display
Location: Blacklick Woods Metro Park, 6975 E. Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Time: 8:00 AM
Website/Facebook: https://reservations.metroparks.net/programs
Organization: Central Ohio Park System
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View our display to discover the science behind the striking reds, oranges, and yellows of fall foliage. Learn to identify leafs by shape too.



Sunday, Oct 01, 2017
Blacklick Woods Bugs and Blooms
Location: Blacklick Woods Metro Park, 6975 E. Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Time: 2:00 PM
Website/Facebook: https://reservations.metroparks.net/programs
Organization: Central Ohio Park System
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Take a 2-mile walk to see fall flowers and the insects that visit them.



Wednesday, Oct 04, 2017
Clear Creek Metro Park Tour Level 3
Location: Clear Creek Metro Park, 23833 Clear Creek Rd, Rockbridge, Ohio
Time: Call for times
Website/Facebook: https://reservations.metroparks.net/programs
Organization: Central Ohio Park System
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Bring your lunch and join us for a 4-hour natural and cultural history tour of Clear Creek Metro Park. Participants have the option of departing from Sharon Woods Metro Park. Transportation throughout the park provided. Age 50 and older.



Friday, Oct 06, 2017 - October 27, 2017
Geneva Hills Firelight Fridays
Location: Geneva Hills 1380 Blue Valley Rd. SE Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Website/Facebook: www.genevahills.com
Organization: Geneva Hills
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Phone: 740-746-8439
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Every Friday in October we host a gathering of family and friends at Geneva Hills from 6pm - 9pm. At $3 per person, is a great low cost option for families and other groups from Fairfield and surrounding counties. We offer hayrides, night hikes, campfires, and a s’mores station. Don’t miss our field games, scavenger hunt, ga-ga ball, pumpkin painting, crafts, and other field games.

As a low cost option for Friday night family fun, don’t be surprised to see a familiar face or two. Your church youth group or civic organization just might be here!

For group of over 15 people please notify the GH office at least 24 hours in advance.



Saturday, Oct 07, 2017
Slate Run Farm - Drying Food
Location: Slate Run Farm at Slate Run Metro Park, 1375 SR 674 N, Canal Winchester, OH 43103
Time: 1:00 PM
Website/Facebook: https://reservations.metroparks.net/programs
Organization: Central Ohio Park System
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Learn about drying as a way to preserve food in the 1880’s and see how a 19th century food evaporator works.



Sunday, Oct 08, 2017
Slate Run Farm Fall Harvest
Location: Slate Run Farm at Slate Run Metro Park, 1375 SR 674 N, Canal Winchester, OH 43103
Time: 1:00 PM
Website/Facebook: https://reservations.metroparks.net/programs
Organization: Central Ohio Park System
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Help with seasonal harvest activities as the farm prepares for winter.



Sunday, Oct 08, 2017
Blacklick Woods GPS Scavenger Hunt
Location: Blacklick Woods Metro Park, 6975 E. Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Time: 2:00 PM
Website/Facebook: https://reservations.metroparks.net/programs
Organization: Central Ohio Park System
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Learn about GPS units and test your skills to find treasure hidden in the park.



Sunday, Oct 15, 2017
Slate Run Farm - Apples: Their History and Uses
Location: Slate Run Farm at Slate Run Metro Park, 1375 SR 674 N, Canal Winchester, OH 43103
Time: 1:00 PM
Website/Facebook: https://reservations.metroparks.net/programs
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Help press cider, stir apple butter over an open fire and taste heirloom apple varieties from the 1880’s.



Sunday, Oct 15, 2017
Fall Walk at Wahkeena
Location: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, 2200 Pump Station Rd, Sugar Grove, OH 43155
Time: 1:00-2:30 pm
Website/Facebook: http://www.historicalparks.org/event/fallwalkatwahkeena_20170924/
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Nature’s annual color will be on display as we walk through the autumn woodlands and explore the changing landscape. We will get a final look at some of the last wildflowers of the season and discuss how some plants and animals prepare for winter. Guided walk begins at 1:00 PM and lasts approximately 90 minutes; there are frequent stops. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. FREE, family-friendly event. This program is recommended to persons age 12 and older. Please come early to visit the Nature Center.



Friday, Oct 20, 2017
Blacklick Woods Hike and Heat
Location: Blacklick Woods Metro Park, 6975 E. Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Time: 6:00 PM
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Organization: Central Ohio Park System
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Enjoy a 1.5 mile walk and cook treats over a campfire.



Saturday, Oct 21, 2017
Family Harvest at Slate Run Metro Park
Location: Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area, Slate Run Metro Park, 1375 State Route 674 N. Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Enjoy a hayride and apple cider, and pick Indian corn and pumpkins to take home. (One pumpkin per person, while they last.) Buzzard’s Roost Picnic Area ParkSlate Run Meeting PlaceBuzzard’s Roost Picnic Area



Saturday, Oct 21, 2017
Pumpkin Hike at Alley Park
Location: Alley Park, Lancaster OH
Time: 5:00-8:30 pm
Website/Facebook: www.lancasterparks.com
Organization: Lancaster Parks and Recreation
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Phone: 740-687-6651
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Hundreds of carved pumpkins throughout the park. Bonfire and concession from 5 pm - 7:30 pm. Hike from 6:30 - 8:30 pm 740-687-6651 or www.lancasterparks.com



Sunday, Oct 29, 2017
Fall Walk at Wahkeena
Location: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, 2200 Pump Station Rd, Sugar Grove, OH 43155
Time: 1:00-2:30 pm
Website/Facebook: http://www.historicalparks.org/event/fallwalkatwahkeena_20170924/
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Nature’s annual color will be on display as we walk through the autumn woodlands and explore the changing landscape. We will get a final look at some of the last wildflowers of the season and discuss how some plants and animals prepare for winter. Guided walk begins at 1:00 PM and lasts approximately 90 minutes; there are frequent stops. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. FREE, family-friendly event. This program is recommended to persons age 12 and older. Please come early to visit the Nature Center.



Saturday, Nov 04, 2017
Blacklick Woods Beaver Moon Lantern Hike
Location: Blacklick Woods Metro Park, 6975 E. Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Time: 6:30 PM
Website/Facebook: https://reservations.metroparks.net/programs
Organization: Central Ohio Park System
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Take a 2 mile lantern-led hike through the forest.



Saturday, Nov 11, 2017
Fall Off-Trail Hike at Wahkeena
Location: Wahkeena Nature Preserve, 2200 Pump Station Rd, Sugar Grove, OH 43155
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Website/Facebook: http://www.historicalparks.org/event/fallofftrailhikeatwahkeena_20171111/
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Phone: (740) 746-8695 or (800) 297-1883.
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RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Participants must be in good physical condition. Celebrate the end of the season and join us on the final hike of the year! We will be heading off-trail to parts of the preserve that few visitors get to see. Guided walk begins at 10 AM and lasts approximately 3 hours. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring with you binoculars or camera and water or snacks in something such as a backpack so that you are not hindered during the hike. This program is recommended to persons age 10 and older. FREE, family-friendly event. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Contact Wahkeena Nature Preserve at (740) 746-8695 or (800) 297-1883.



Saturday, Nov 11, 2017
Blacklick Woods Fall Science Experiments
Location: Blacklick Woods Metro Park, 6975 E. Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Time: 2:00 PM
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Try some simple, fall-themed science experiments.



Thursday, Nov 16, 2017
Blacklick Woods Metro Five-O: Level 1 Nature Painting
Location: Blacklick Woods Metro Park, 6975 E. Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Time: 6:00 PM
Website/Facebook: https://reservations.metroparks.net/programs
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Paint a fall landscape scene. Materials provided. Age 50 and older.



Sunday, Nov 19, 2017
Slate Run Farm - Turkeys, Traditions and Thanksgiving
Location: Slate Run Farm at Slate Run Metro Park, 1375 SR 674 N, Canal Winchester, OH 43103
Time: 1:00 PM
Website/Facebook: https://reservations.metroparks.net/programs
Organization: Central Ohio Park System
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Learn about some of the customs of Thanksgiving including uses of corn, pumpkins and other foods, and the butchering of the turkey.



Friday, Nov 24, 2017
Clear Creek Metro Park Backcountry Hike to Winnowing Rock
Location: Clear Creek Metro Park, 23833 Clear Creek Rd, Rockbridge, Ohio
Time: 10:00 AM
Website/Facebook: https://reservations.metroparks.net/programs
Organization: Central Ohio Park System
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Join us for a rugged 4-mile backcountry hike.



Sunday, Dec 03, 2017
Christmas at Rock Mill
Location: Rock Mill Park, 1429 Rockmill Rd NW, Lancaster, OH 43130
Time: Noon - 4 pm
Website/Facebook: http://www.historicalparks.org/event/christmasatrockmill2017/
Organization: Historical Parks
Contact: Parks Office
Phone: 740-681-7249
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Find unique gifts for everyone on your list (and maybe something for yourself)! Cookies and mulled cider. Free admission. Tour this stunning 1824 grist mill that stands 90 feet above the gorge of Hocking River Falls. In the early 1800s, Rock Mill was one of a dozen mills in the area whose power source was the Hocking River. Also on site is the scenic Rock Mill Covered Bridge, constructed in 1901. Be sure to bring your camera! Serving cookies and mulled cider in the mill from noon – 4:00 p.m. Find unique gifts for those special to you and, maybe, something for yourself. Mill-themed items are available in the gift shop, note cards with five scenes of the mill and area, mugs, aprons, prints for framing, more. FREE, family-friendly event run by Fairfield County Forever, the volunteer group supporting Fairfield County Parks. VENDORS interested in setting up at this event should call Fairfield County Forever, 740-654-8363