Brukner offers many summer events

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TROY — The following events and programs are coming up at Brukner Nature Center, located at 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road in Troy:

Come to La Piazza in Troy, located at 2 N. Market St., Troy, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, June 27, and Dine to Donate to help support the wildlife at Brukner Nature Center. La Piazza will donate a percentage of your bill when you present a flyer or show the flyer from your smart phone. Flyers are located at the Interpretive Building, at (click “Dine to Donate”) or email for one to be emailed to you. Good for dine-in or carry-out.

Are you curious what species of butterflies are hanging out in your backyard? Join BNC on Saturday, July 2, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. for a Butterfly Workshop. Ruth Bowell will introduce some common Ohio butterfly species and teach you how to easily identify them. Bring the family for some Ohio Butterfly I.D. 101, a butterfly I.D. hike, and a chance to make your own butterfly feeders for your home! This workshop is free for BNC members, and $5 for non-members. Butterfly feeder kits will be $5 each. Cash or check only. Please register by 5 p.m. Friday, July 1.

BNC’s Summer Solstice Event will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 7, with homemade sparkling lemonade, summery treats and sweets to enjoy as you take in the new art gallery exhibit of photographs by naturalist Wil Hershberger.

Hershberger has been a naturalist most of his life. In the late ‘90s, he 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 – and turning his microphone to these songsters, led him along a path that culminated in the creation of a book and audio CD, “The Songs of Insects,” a celebration of the wonderful scrapes, shuffles, lisps, ticks and chirps that has been called epic, seminal and simply outstanding!!

Come discover how and why insects sing, how they hear, and how humans perceive their songs. Admission for this seasonal celebration is $5 for BNC members and $10 for non-members (cash or check only). All proceeds support BNC’s native gardens!

The Summer Night of Discovery is geared just for kids entering grades K-5. Have your child join the BNC staff on Friday, July 15 from 7-10 p.m. to discover the noisy nights of summer! The fee is $10 for members and $15 for non-members (cash or check only). Registration and payment are due by 5 p.m. Monday, July 11.

What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than searching for bugs in the Stillwater River with the family? Join Rod King of ODNR from 1-4 p.m. July 16, as he shows us the importance of our local waterways, their cleanliness, and how to identify the macroinvertebrates that call them home! We will then head down to the river and test the water quality by capturing the macros ourselves! Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet! This workshop is free for members, and the cost of admission ($2.50) for non-members (cash or check). Please register by 5 p.m. Thursday, July 14.

Brukner Nature Center will have a Night Hike on Saturday, July 16th at 9 p.m. Every month, BNC Naturalists plan a nighttime adventure into the Brukner woodlands! Exploring the BNC woods during the day can be fun, but being able to explore at night is an adventure! This event is free and open to the public.

Following the hike, join the Stillwater Stargazers at 10 p.m. to explore the starry night. Members will have their telescopes set up to answer questions. This program is free and open to the public.

Come discover Brukner’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.

BNC’s Young Birders’ Club will meet from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, July 23. The club is for students in grades 6-12 with an interest in birding, and membership is just $10 per year, plus high quality binoculars and field guides are provided for meetings and field trips.

Come on an armchair adventure and discover the unique flora and fauna on this amazing planet at 7 p.m. Monday, July 25. This Wild Journeys program is free for BNC members, $5 for non-members and includes refreshments. Join Becky Crow as she shares her photos, videos and stories from her week-long visit to Alaska that included the ceremonial and official start of the world famous Iditarod, an awe-inspired glimpse at Denali, and many adventures in and around Anchorage, Wasilla and Seward, Alaska.

Brukner Nature Center’s Fall PEEP Registration opens July 31. All children are born naturalists. They have a natural curiosity that pulls them to roll over those logs and rocks to see what lies beneath. Children get excited over the little creatures, whether they have eight legs or six. They marvel at watching ants as they march in and out of the ant hill in search of food Nurture your child’s sense of wonder and enroll them in PEEP class this fall.

Classes for this unique program 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 with a different nature-related topic each week. PEEP is for 3, 4 and 5-year-olds who are potty-trained, and will begin the week of Sept. 5 and run through Oct. 14. 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 any of these events and programs, call (937) 698-6493 or visit

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