Licking Park District in Licking County - Your Adventure Starts Here!

Trails at Taft Reserve will be closed to the public/all users on Weds Dec 6 & Sat Dec 9 until 3:00pm. Trails at Infirmary, Ohio Canal Greenway & Lobdell will remain open to all users.

The Mission of the Licking Park District is to acquire, manage, preserve, and conserve natural areas within Licking County, while protecting wildlife and local history in a manner that enriches our communities and provides access to diverse parks, educational opportunities and health and wellness activities.

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Happy Howl-O-Ween

Happy Howl-O-Ween

Happy Howl-o-ween! Calling all dogs! Calling all polite leashed dogs! Licking Park District is celebrating Howl-o-ween, Saturday, October 21st, at Infirmary Mound Park, with some fun activities for people and their dogs. There will be a sheep herding demonstration, a... read more

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Drop by this Saturday, Dec. 16th from 2- 4 pm for a pinterest inspired afternoon! At 2:30 and 3:30 we will read the story "Night Tree" by Eve Bunting. This story is about a family that decorates a tree with edible ornaments for their wild neighbors. We will have supplies for a large variety of creative projects that incorporate natural materials, both for your home and for your wild neighbors. Plus there will be hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies. All ages encouraged, as projects range from easy to complicated. ... See MoreSee Less

Holiday Make & Take: Pinterest with the Parks

December 16, 2017, 2:00pm - December 16, 2017, 3:00pm

Make It and Take It: Natural Ornaments program at Infirmary Mound Park from 2 pm to 4 pm. At 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm we will be reading the story "Night Tree" by Eve Bunting. Adults and families are invited to drop by to make creative pinterest inspired projects incorporating pine cones, tree cookies, dried fruit, and other natural objects. These easy-to-make seasonal crafts can be used to brighten your home, or placed outside in your yard as a gift for some of our wild neighbors! Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided! Photo:

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Science Friday! New research shows the "unicorn of the sea", otherwise known as the narwhal, has a unique stress response, one of the most physiologically extreme fright responses ever discovered.

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Speaker Series: the Burning Tree Mastodon and Ohio’s ice age

December 7, 2017, 7:00pm - December 7, 2017, 7:00pm

The Licking Park District is pleased to host Bradley Lepper on Dec. 7th. Brad Lepper is a Curator of Archaeology for the Ohio History Connection. In addition, he has occasionally been a Visiting Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Denison University. His primary areas of interest include North America’s Ice Age peoples, Ohio’s magnificent mounds and earthworks, and the history of Archaeology. Noteworthy research includes excavation of the Burning Tree mastodon and discovery of the Great Hopewell Road, featured in a documentary that was first broadcast on PBS in 1998. The 1989 discovery of this giant, ancient elephant-like creature opened an unprecedented window onto Ohio’s Ice Age. Archaeologists, biologists, and geologists studied the mastodon’s nearly complete remains (including its last meal) and other Ice Age animals and plants. This presentation will describe their findings and address the question of whether ancient human hunters or environmental changes drove mastodons into extinction Burton Morgan Hall is connected to the Denison parking garage on the east end of the garage by the Safety and Security Office on P1. The Auditorium is one floor down - Room 115. Photo credit:

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