Area briefs

Wild Walking Women to meet

PIQUA — Get motivated to walk and get healthier with the YW Wild Walking Women beginning Tuesday, July 7. The ladies will meet at French Park from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for a four-week period. Facilitators Joan Beck and Nancy Hirby will guide the group each week.

“We promise a fun time, an opportunity to meet new friends and a time to develop your health and well-being,” said Beck and Hirby. “Motivation and laughter will keep you going as you get healthier together.”

For more information on class fees or to register, stop at the YWCA Piqua at 418 N. Wayne St., or call (937) 773-6626. Pre-registration is requested. YWCA membership is not required.

YWCA to offer yoga classes

PIQUA — Katie Nardechia will be teaching two five-week yoga classes at the YWCA Piqua. The first class will be from 6:15-7:30 p.m. Mondays beginning July 6.

“Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline originating in ancient India. The goal of yoga is the attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility and the ultimate improvement of one’s health,” said Nardechia.

The second class, “cardio” yoga, will be held from 6:15-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning July 8.

“Cardio yoga is vigorous exercise with cardio, strength building, core work, asanas (postures) and meditation all wrapped into one. It’s a great mental workout with more calories burnt,” said Nardecchia.

For more information about either class, including membership requirements, class fees and registration, stop at the YWCA Piqua at 418 N. Wayne St. or call (937) 773-6626.

Park district has upcoming camps

TROY — The Miami County Park District will hold its Eco-Splorers “Welcome to Eco-Art” summer camp July 27-31 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lost Creek Reserve, 2385 E. State Route 41, east of Troy.

Children ages 6-12 years old are invited to come out and discover the connection between art and nature. Daily projects and crafts will be created by using recycled and natural materials.

Registration fee is $25 for children from Miami County and $50 for children from out of county and must be registered to participate. Registration is limited.

Register for the program by going to the program calendar at, e-mailing or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 104. Credit card payments are now accepted online at time of registration.

BNC offers P.E.E.P.

TROY — P.E.E.P. registration is currently open for the second session that runs from July 21 to Aug. 28 at Brukner Nature Center.

Imagine a place where you can flutter from milkweed to milkweed like a butterfly. Buzz like a bee and help pollinate flowers. Dip in the pond and look for those squirmy tadpoles or find a spot to sit back, relax and become part of a story book. It’s not necessary to only imagine, but to actually become a part of such place. Sign your 3-5 year old preschooler up for the second summer session of PEEP (must be potty trained).

Each week is filled with discoveries as we share stories, encounter wildlife and explore a new outdoor experience. This six-week session is offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday morning from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The fee for this hands-on program is $45 for BNC members and $60 for non-members.

Class size is limited to only 12 children. Payment is due with registration, cash or check only.

‘Wild Wings’ camp set at BNC

TROY — Children entering kindergarten through fifth grade can join Brukner Nature Center staff on July 13-17 for a “Wild Wings” summer camp.

Bats, birds and bugs — come explore the world of these amazing flying creatures. Participants will grab some binoculars and learn to be birders as they look for identifying features and listen for songs. Follow the journey that butterflies and moths take as they complete their metamorphosis from crawlers to flyers. Participants will search for some of these amazing creatures in the woods, meadow, and pond, and meet some of the animal ambassadors along the way.

The center offers half day (9 a.m. to noon ) and full day (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) options for camp. The cost for a half day is $75 for BNC members or $100 for non-members. The cost for a full day of camp is $125 for BNC members and $150 for non-members. Prices are on a per week basis and include a wildlife field guide. Registration and payment are due by 5 p.m. July 6.