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Summer Exhibit

Step into the “Far Out” realm of space at this immersive exhibit. Explore the mysteries of distant planets as you journey through stunning displays and interactive exhibits. Learn about the unique characteristics of each planet, from the scorching heat of Mercury to the icy depths of Neptune. Marvel at constellation patterns and discover their navigational significance. Embark on a journey of discovery and gain a deeper understanding of your place in the universe.

Far Out Exhibit

Shale Hollow Park Lodge
MAY 25 – AUG. 18: Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
AUG. 24 – SEPT. 1: Saturday and Sunday only, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
LAST DAY: SEPT. 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free all summer!
 

Opening Weekend

MOVIE UNDER THE STARS – STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE

Friday, May 24, 8 – 11 p.m.
Gallant Woods Park, All Ages
Movie is rated PG

Launch your family to a “Far Out” free outdoor movie. Enjoy the original Star Wars from 1977 written and directed by George Lucas. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy free popcorn and snow cones before the movie starts at 9 p.m.

THE LUNARVETTE VISITS

Saturday, May 25, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Shale Hollow Park, All Ages

Footprints on the moon? Yes! Discover LunarVette, a tribute to the Apollo astronauts. This specially wrapped Corvette shows who went to the moon, how they got there, and where they landed.

Closing Weekend

MOVIE UNDER THE STARS – HOME

Friday, Aug. 30, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Gallant Farm, All Ages
Movies is rated G

Come with your family to a “Far Out” free outdoor movie at Gallant Farm. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the animated DreamWorks comedy, Home.

SUN GAZING WITH PERKINS OBSERVATORY

Saturday, Aug. 31, 1 – 3 p.m.
Deer Haven Park, All Ages

Observe our incredible day star, the Sun, through a special telescope! Experience the solar spectacle safely with expert guidance from Don Stevens, director of Perkins Observatory.

STAR STATIONS

Sunday, Sept. 1, 1 – 3 p.m.
Shale Hollow Park, All Ages

Our partners from Ohio Nature Education will have different astronomy themed activities set up for you to enjoy!

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Programs

50th Anniversary Adventure

Adventure activities await when you celebrate Preservation Parks’ 50th anniversary! Hike the brand new primitive trail, add to the time capsule, explore wetland and forest wonders, visit with live raptors from Ohio Nature Education, learn about park history, and enjoy cake and ice cream.

50th Anniversary Gala

Celebrate Preservation Parks’ 50th Anniversary and help support your parks at a gala fundraiser hosted by The Preservation Parks Foundation.

Adventure Run

Get “in” to nature…literally. Run the primitive adventure trail while maneuvering through mud pits and conquering both natural and man-made obstacles (including a slip and slide down the sledding hill). The run is family friendly and just under 2 miles. No strollers or pets please. Be prepared to get wet and muddy.

FLEX Trails (Free Local EXercise)

FLEX Trails are established along the trails at Char-Mar Ridge Preserve. Stations set up along the trails include signs that explain how to do various exercises, right there, with no equipment

Geocaching in Preservation Parks

Geocaching and letterboxing are fun hobbies that provide a great reason to enjoy the outdoors. Preservation Parks does allow geocaches and letterboxes to be placed in the parks, as long as Park District guidelines are followed.

Group Hikes

Embark on a journey with fellow enthusiasts or enrich your knowledge on the go! We’ve got your hiking experience sorted. Explore our curated group hike programs, each with unique themes that cater to diverse interests.

Letterbox Adventure

Letterbox prizes will be available Monday, June 14 at Delaware area libraries and Deer Haven Park. 

Are you ready to win a fun prize pack and explore your local parks? There are letterboxes hidden in 8 Preservation Parks’ and 4 more parks within the city of Delaware. Find at least 4 letterboxes at any park to win a prize, while supplies last.

Mindfulness Trail

This 1 mile walk invites you to several stations that will provide different ways to practice mindfulness along the trail.

Photography Contest

The photo contest is open to all amateur photographers, youth to adult.  Amateur is defined as someone who derives less than 50% of their annual income from the sale of photographs or photographic works. 

School, Scouts, and Youth Outreach

Looking for a fun and engaging learning experience for your classroom, Scout group or other community group? From night hikes to live animal programs and farm tours to agricultural heritage programs, the Preservation Parks Education Department offers outreach programs covering a variety of natural and cultural history topics.

Summer Exhibit

Step into the “Far Out” realm of space at this immersive exhibit. Explore the

Thursday Evening Concert Series

Sponsored by Consolidated Cooperative

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a food truck and free concert. Thursdays this summer at Gallant Woods Park. 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Programs

50th Anniversary Gala

Celebrate Preservation Parks’ 50th Anniversary and help support your parks at a gala fundraiser hosted

Adventure Run

Get “in” to nature…literally. Run the primitive adventure trail while maneuvering through mud pits and

Group Hikes

Embark on a journey with fellow enthusiasts or enrich your knowledge on the go! We’ve

Letterbox Adventure

Letterbox prizes will be available Monday, June 14 at Delaware area libraries and Deer Haven

Mindfulness Trail

This 1 mile walk invites you to several stations that will provide different ways to

Photography Contest

The photo contest is open to all amateur photographers, youth to adult. Amateur is defined

Summer Exhibit

Step into the “Far Out” realm of space at this immersive exhibit. Explore the mysteries