SPEND THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND WITH OHIO STATE PARKS|
Holiday kicks of state park naturalist programs; no registrar or parking fee
COLUMBUS, OH - Enjoy an affordable holiday away from home at an Ohio State Park this Memorial Day weekend. Join state park naturalists as they start the season with educational programs, such as a night owl hike at Quail Hollow State Park in Stark County or exploring the wonders of our night sky at Kiser Lake State Park in Champaign County.
�The Memorial Day holiday is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the state park system with family and friends,� said Dan West, chief of Ohio State Parks. �We�re proud that our parks offer families an affordable way to spend the day away from home.�
Ohio remains one of the few state park systems in the nation that doesn�t charge a fee to visit.
Campers without Internet access can call toll free 1-866-OHIOPARKS (1-866-644-6727) for the same information. Ten to 15 percent of all campground sites are kept available to walk-in customers.
Consider these Ohio State Parks events this weekend:
Kiser Lake State Park (Champaign County) - Go �Stargazing at the Beach� on Saturday, May 28. Meet amateur astronomer Dick Pierce and learn about the wonders of our night skies. For information call 937-362-3822.
Malabar Farm State Park (Richland County) - Bring your dancing shoes for the �Spring Barn Dance� from 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, May 28. Beginners and experienced dancers can enjoy old-fashioned square dancing. For information call 419-892-2784.
Van Buren State Park (Hancock County) - Come for the �Water Flies?� workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, May 29 at the campground. Fly a water rocket and water powered airplanes. See live raptors and learn how birds fly. For information call 419-832-7662.
Quail Hollow State Park (Stark County) - Join the �Owl Prowl� night hike to learn about these nocturnal creatures and how to mimic their calls, from 8 to 10 p.m. Sunday, May 29. Meet at the Spruce Grove parking area and bring a flashlight. For information call 330-877-6652.
Salt Fork State Park (Guernsey County) - Meet at the Kennedy Stone House for an afternoon of reflections on America�s past at the �Veterans Memorial Courtyard - Reflections.� The event is from 3 to 5 p.m. For information call 740-439-3521.
Maumee Bay State Park (Lucas County) - Enjoy a �Memorial Day Campout� all weekend with movies in the campground on Friday night, crafts on Saturday morning, and an ice cream social on Saturday night for a small fee.