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Curious Kids: Park Adventures

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Curious Kids Park Adventures

Did You Know?

Grant Park, in Centerville-Washington Park District, has a meadow, forest, prairie, creeks and wetlands too - lots of wild areas to explore, with plenty of wildlife and ways to have fun!

Some books below may be eBooks or audiobooks. ask a librarian or parent for help.

Fiction Books

Non-fiction Books

Fun Activities

Take a Hike!
Take a hike on a Nature Literature Trail in one of our fabulous local parks! Click on a trail name for information about that trail and lots of books and fun activities to help you get ready for your hike.

Conservation Kids at Five Rivers Metroparks
Click on a level and see the activities this park district offers. On the day we checked, all upcoming kids’ activities were free!


Ranger Rick by the National Wildlife Federation
Enjoy great articles, puzzles and activities in this award-winning nature magazine for kids.

National Geographic Kids
All about the world around us, this covers the animal world too! Recent issues have included features about raccoons, foxes and coyotes!


America's National Parks: Centennial Collection [DVD]
This collection features eight of America's national parks, with some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world: Olympic, Yosemite, Everglades, Gates of the Arctic, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Bambi [DVD or Blu-ray] from Walt Disney Studios
The classic story of the little lost deer and his forest companions.

Butterfly & Moth [DVD] by Dorling Kindersley Ltd.
See the amazing growth and lives of butterflies and moths in this movie from the Eyewitness series.

Stranger in the Woods: The Movie [DVD]
Forest animals, awakened by the birds' warning that there is a stranger in the woods, set out to discover if there is danger and find, instead, a wonderful surprise.

The World of Baby Animals [DVD]
A close-up look at many baby animals, including the horned owl, red fox, woodpecker and others.


Junior Rangers from the National Park Service
The National Park Service offers a Junior Ranger program to help park fans learn about our national parks and earn junior ranger patches! Scroll down and click on "Become a Junior Ranger," then select a park to get started. Dayton’s own Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park is included! (If you’re in fourth grade, they also have a special program called Every Kid Outdoors for you and your family, that will give you a free pass to many federal lands and waters.

Audubon Adventures from The National Audubon Society
Play a game, scroll down to see links to videos, or read about birds, including some you’ll see in our local parks.

Ranger Rick from The National Wildlife Federation
Activities, trivia and more from the people who create Ranger Rick magazine.

Find a Park at Centerville-Washington Park District from
Find a park by name or choose a park feature (like hiking trails) and see all the local parks that have it!

What’s That Snake? from Ohio Public Library Information Network
Identify an Ohio snake with this easy-to-use website, and read snake facts and myths.

What Tree Is It? from Ohio Public Library Information Network
It’s easy to identify an Ohio tree using pictures of leaves or fruit, or look one up by name.