Johnny Appleseed packs January with hikes


By Tara Jones - tjones@limanews.com



Beth Theisen, far left, a naturalist with Johnny Appleseed Metro Parks talks about different types of tree barks with Lima City Schools elementary fourth-grade enrichment program students at Teddy Bear Park. Students had a opportunity to look for animal habitats, pests and plants to avoid, animal tracks, trail guidelines, and trees, nuts and plants in general.

Beth Theisen, far left, a naturalist with Johnny Appleseed Metro Parks talks about different types of tree barks with Lima City Schools elementary fourth-grade enrichment program students at Teddy Bear Park. Students had a opportunity to look for animal habitats, pests and plants to avoid, animal tracks, trail guidelines, and trees, nuts and plants in general.


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Dan Hodges, naturalist with the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District, leads more than 20 people on a hike through Kendrick Woods in the annual Signs of Spring Nature Hike.

Dan Hodges, naturalist with the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District, leads more than 20 people on a hike through Kendrick Woods in the annual Signs of Spring Nature Hike.


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Naturalist of the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District Beth Theisen leads a Winter Wonderland Hike at Teddy Bear Park.


The Lima News file

Naturalist of the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District Beth Theisen shows a deer hide during a Winter Wonderland Hike at Teddy Bear Park.


The Lima News file

Naturalist of the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District Beth Theisen leads a Winter Wonderland Hike at Teddy Bear Park.


The Lima News file

Naturalist of the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District Beth Theisen leads a Winter Wonderland Hike at Teddy Bear Park.


The Lima News file

Upcoming Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District hikes:

• New Year Hike: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 4 at Kendrick Woods Metro Park, 971 N. Defiance Trail, Spencerville.

• Full Moon Hike: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 10 at McLean Teddy Bear Park, 2004 N. Dixie Highway, Lima.

• New Moon Hike: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 24 at McLean Teddy Bear Park, 2004 N. Dixie Highway, Lima.

• Tree Hike: 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 25 at Hermon Woodlands, 485 N. Wapakoneta Road, Lima.

Register by calling the park district at 419-221-1232.

LIMA — Get a head start on your new year resolutions or just get outdoors to enjoy the unseasonably warm temperatures with Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District’s New Year Hike Saturday.

Dan Hodges, naturalist with the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District, said even though it may take a little more effort to get outdoors in the winter, there are still plenty of things to see in the parks.

“The Johnny Appleseed Park District exists to get people connected with the natural world, fostering that connection, and in the wintertime, the natural world doesn’t go away,” Hodges explained.

Though most things are dormant this time of year, Hodges said there are still plenty of aspects of nature that can be enjoyed.

“Everything is kind of subdued, but you still have all the leaves and new growth of next year programmed into the buds,” he explained. “It lets you appreciate trees in a different way — you’re not distracted by the leaves so much, so you can appreciate different trees by its bark, bud and growth pattern.”

Winter is also a great time to see animals on the forest floor as well as winter-resident birds and squirrels not disguised by leaves.

In addition to the New Year Hike and Tree Hike, set for Jan. 25, Johnny Appleseed is also hosting two nighttime hikes.

“Not a lot of people can experience or have experienced nature at night,” Hodges said. “In addition, our parks are usually closed at night, so this gives you the opportunity to experience the natural world in a different way.”

In terms of weather conditions, Hodges said the park district “tries to never cancel anything,” so hikers should use their own discretion and dress for weather conditions if they want to toughen anything out.

Beth Theisen, far left, a naturalist with Johnny Appleseed Metro Parks talks about different types of tree barks with Lima City Schools elementary fourth-grade enrichment program students at Teddy Bear Park. Students had a opportunity to look for animal habitats, pests and plants to avoid, animal tracks, trail guidelines, and trees, nuts and plants in general.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/01/web1_Enrichment-program_01co.jpgBeth Theisen, far left, a naturalist with Johnny Appleseed Metro Parks talks about different types of tree barks with Lima City Schools elementary fourth-grade enrichment program students at Teddy Bear Park. Students had a opportunity to look for animal habitats, pests and plants to avoid, animal tracks, trail guidelines, and trees, nuts and plants in general. The Lima News file
Dan Hodges, naturalist with the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District, leads more than 20 people on a hike through Kendrick Woods in the annual Signs of Spring Nature Hike.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/01/web1_SignsOfSpring-TONED.jpgDan Hodges, naturalist with the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District, leads more than 20 people on a hike through Kendrick Woods in the annual Signs of Spring Nature Hike. The Lima News file
Naturalist of the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District Beth Theisen leads a Winter Wonderland Hike at Teddy Bear Park.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/01/web1_WinterHike-January-09-201611smaller.jpgNaturalist of the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District Beth Theisen leads a Winter Wonderland Hike at Teddy Bear Park. The Lima News file
Naturalist of the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District Beth Theisen shows a deer hide during a Winter Wonderland Hike at Teddy Bear Park.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/01/web1_WinterHike-January-09-20167smaller.jpgNaturalist of the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District Beth Theisen shows a deer hide during a Winter Wonderland Hike at Teddy Bear Park. The Lima News file
Naturalist of the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District Beth Theisen leads a Winter Wonderland Hike at Teddy Bear Park.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/01/web1_WinterHike-January-09-201612smaller.jpgNaturalist of the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District Beth Theisen leads a Winter Wonderland Hike at Teddy Bear Park. The Lima News file
Naturalist of the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District Beth Theisen leads a Winter Wonderland Hike at Teddy Bear Park.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/01/web1_WinterHike-January-09-20164smaller.jpgNaturalist of the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District Beth Theisen leads a Winter Wonderland Hike at Teddy Bear Park. The Lima News file

By Tara Jones

tjones@limanews.com

Upcoming Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District hikes:

• New Year Hike: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 4 at Kendrick Woods Metro Park, 971 N. Defiance Trail, Spencerville.

• Full Moon Hike: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 10 at McLean Teddy Bear Park, 2004 N. Dixie Highway, Lima.

• New Moon Hike: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 24 at McLean Teddy Bear Park, 2004 N. Dixie Highway, Lima.

• Tree Hike: 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 25 at Hermon Woodlands, 485 N. Wapakoneta Road, Lima.

Register by calling the park district at 419-221-1232.

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

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