Brukner Nature Center jumpin’ in July

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Photo by Wil Hershberger Brukner Nature Center in Troy currently is exhibiting the work of photographer and naturalist Wil Hershberger.

TROY — A variety of programs are on tap this month for adults and children of all ages at Brukner Nature Center, located at 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road in Troy.

Help push through the mid-summer blahs by joining Brukner Nature Center’s third year of “Wednesdays with Wildlife,” held every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Geared toward kids entering grades six through 12, the camp offers youngsters a variety of methods for interacting with nature including research techniques, citizen science projects, nature art, building and providing for nature, snorkeling in the Stillwater River and much more. Along the way, they will meet several wildlife ambassadors and play games to help better understand the amazing world around them! Payment and registration due the Monday prior to the program. The fee is $20 for BNC Members per Wednesday; $25 for non-members/per Wednesday, cash or check only.

Brukner invites you to take in the new art gallery exhibit of photographs by naturalist Wil Hershberger. In the late ‘90s, Hershberger became an avid natural sounds recordist, collecting the voices of frogs and birds, as well as amazing photography in the field and of the subjects. In late summer, a new orchestra caught his attention – the insects. Turning his microphone to these songsters led Hershberger along a path that culminated in the creation of a book and audio CD, “The Songs of Insects,” a celebration of the scrapes, shuffles, lisps, ticks and chirps that has been called “epic,” “seminal” and “simply outstanding.” Free with paid admission to the Nature Center. All proceeds support BNC’s native gardens.

Brukner Nature Center will have a free, open to the public night hike on Saturday, July 16, at 9 p.m. Every month, BNC Naturalists plan a nighttime adventure into the Brukner woodlands. Afterward, join the Stillwater Stargazers at 10 p.m. to explore the starry night sky. BNC Members will have their telescopes set up to answer questions.

Come discover Brukner Nature Center’s vista birdlife and join members of the BNC Bird Club as you learn to identify our feathered friends from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 17. All levels of birders are welcome and binoculars will be available for use.

Dine to Donate from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at Buffalo Wings & Rings, located by the Miami Valley Centre Mall in Piqua. No need to take a flyer, just mention you are dining for Brukner Nature Center and Buffalo Wings & Rings will donate a portion of the sales to BNC’s wildlife ambassadors. Good on dine-in or carry-out.

The Young Birders’ Club will meet from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, July 23, to explore some of the woodpeckers and chimney sweeps found at BNC and discover how they are able to survive. The club is targeted toward students in grades 6-12 who are interested in birding. Membership is $10 per year, plus high-quality binoculars and field guides are provided for meetings and field trips, so no additional equipment is needed.

Come on an armchair adventure and discover the unique flora and fauna on our planet on Monday, July 25 at 7 p.m. The “Wildlife Journey” program is free for BNC members. Non-member admission is $5 per person and includes refreshments!

Open registration for Brukner’s Fall PEEP class opens July 31. Designed for children ages 3-5 who are potty-trained, the classes will be offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. with an additional Friday afternoon class from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Classes run for six weeks, beginning the week of Sept. 5, with a different nature-related topic each week. The fee is $45 for BNC members and $60 for non-members, cash or check only. All fees are due upon registration.

For more information about these and other programs and events, call (937) 698-6493 or visit

Photo by Wil Hershberger Brukner Nature Center in Troy currently is exhibiting the work of photographer and naturalist Wil Hershberger. by Wil Hershberger Brukner Nature Center in Troy currently is exhibiting the work of photographer and naturalist Wil Hershberger.

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