Outdoor briefs, July 22

Water Fest is Aug. 4 at Miller Farm

Seneca Conservation District is to host its second annual Water Fest Aug. 4 at Miller Conservation Farm, 5670 E. TR 138.

The free event takes place rain or shine and offers families a chance to get outdoors, enjoy themselves and learn why clean water is important. Activities are planned 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Participants are invited to stay for an hour or for the whole day.

Featured water activities include a 15-foot-tall inflatable slide, giant slingshots and exploring in the creek. Balloon Blast is to be set up for the entire day. Hit the target with a bean bag and a balloon full of water pops over a friend’s head. Be prepared to get wet.

Hayrides, crafts, a water wall and other activities are to go on as well.

Local partners are to offer fun, hands-on educational activities throughout the farm where kids can stop to learn more about clean water. Food is to be available for purchase from the Thompson Ruritan Club.

For more information, visit www.conservesenecacounty.com or call (419) 447-7073.

Volunteers are needed for the event. To help, contact Kayla Moore, (419) 447-7073 or kmoore@senecaswcd.com.

Free frog gigging workshop Aug. 7 in Green Springs

FINDLAY — The public is invited to attend a free workshop on the basics of frog gigging Aug. 7 in Green Springs, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The workshop is to begin at 7 p.m. at the Barney Quilter CCC Camp, 1518 E. CR 113, Green Springs. Participants should plan to stay well after dark to participate in the field portion of the workshop.

Topics to be covered by Division of Wildlife officials include equipment, techniques, regulations and a cleaning demonstration. At dusk, groups are to search the ponds on camp property ODNR staff in pursuit of frogs.

Participants are encouraged to wear old clothes and shoes, and take along waders, hips boots or a canoe or kayak to better access frogs. A headlamp or flashlight also is recommended.

Anyone age 16 or older is required to have a valid fishing license to participate.

Advanced registration is required by Aug. 6. Call Andrea Altman at (419) 429-8321 for more information and to register.

Jesse Owens State Park now open

COLUMBUS — Jesse Owens State Park and Wildlife Area, a new 5,735-acre addition to Ohio’s public lands, is open.

Planned to eventually span more than 13,000 acres, the park offers outdoor recreational activities including hunting, fishing, hiking and camping.

The park is named for Owens (1913-1980), a Cleveland native who was a world record-setting sprinter at The Ohio State University and became an international sports legend after winning four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.

Joining Gov. John Kasich for the recent grand opening were two of Owens’ daughters, Beverly Owens Prather and Marlene Owens Rankin.

The park was created through an agreement between the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and American Electric Power. Located in eastern Ohio, the property obtained by the state is 5,720 acres that previously were part of the AEP ReCreation Land. ODNR has agreed to purchase additional acreage over the next two years, which would increase the size of the park and wildlife area.

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