The Shawnee State Park Nature Programs and July 2019 Special Events Calendar is now available. A variety of programs and activities will be available for park visitors to enjoy.

Every Wednesday at 4 p.m., visitors to the park are welcome to “investigate the tiny creatures living under the rocks” by participating in Creek Crawl, which is held every Wednesday at 4 p.m. Participants should wear old shoes and clothing and be prepared to get dirty and wet.

Wild Edible Walk will be held every Friday at 9 a.m. Visitors are asked to meet at the campground amphitheater to “munch your way through the campground with a naturalist.”

Every Thursday and Sunday (except the 28th) at 10 a.m., the Explore the Shore program allows visitors to “paddle around the shore in search of wildlife.” All equipment for the program is supplied.

Visitors can try their hand at archery or show off their precision shooting skills at the Nature Center archery range every Saturday at 5 p.m. All archery equipment is provided.

“Discover the magic of the evening where fireflies light up the trees and meadows” and “look for nocturnal critters who thrive in the dark” by taking a Night Hike. Night hikes are held every Saturday at 8 p.m. Participants are asked to meet at the Nature Center.

Storytelling by Dr. Joel Ying will be held on Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m. at the Shawnee Lodge Lobby. A physician-storyteller, Ying teaches “Storytelling as Healing” at Florida Gulf Coast University. “From world folk tales to touching personal stories,” Ying’s storytelling performances bridge the traditional and the modern. “In a world of cyber-connection,” Ying encourages students to “return to face to face connections.”

Visitors to the park are asked to meet at the Shawnee Marina Room on the Ohio River on July 20 at 3 p.m. to celebrate the 50th anniversary of man on the moon. The event gives visitors an opportunity to “learn how Apollo 11 worked, see footage from the flight and the landing, learn about the scientific discoveries made and try your hand at being an astronaut using Shawnee State University’s Apollo space flight simulator.”

The Adams County Prairie Tour will be held at 9 a.m., July 27. Participants are asked to dress in layers, pack a lunch and meet at the Shawnee Lodge lobby to “caravan to the area’s interesting prairie habitats.”

Park visitors may stop by the Nature Center and historic CCC cabin located near the Turkey Creek boat ramp for information about the park, other local attractions and more. The Nature Center hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 12 to 3 p.m. (except on Sunday, July 28).

Every Friday and Saturday night, park visitors can watch a family-friendly film at the campground amphitheater. Free popcorn is provided by Friends of Shawnee State Park.

On Thursday nights, visitors may dine and enjoy music by award-winning artist Steve Free in the Dining Room. All-you-can-eat catfish is available every Friday night and Prime Rib Special is available every Saturday night.

For more information, call the Shawnee State Park office at 740-858-6652 or visit www.facebook.com/ShawneeStatePark , or contact Shawnee State Park naturalists, Jenny.Richards@dnr.state.oh.us and Emily.Harper@dnr.state.oh.us , or the Portsmouth Scioto County Visitor’s Bureau at 740-353-1116, ohiorivertourism.org .

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