For more information about Preservation Parks of Delaware County or to register for a program, call 740-524-8600, ext. 3, or email register@preservationparks.com. The offices of Preservation Parks are at 2656 Hogback Road in Sunbury. The parks are open every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit preservationparks.com for more information

For more information about Preservation Parks of Delaware County or to register for a program, call 740-524-8600, ext. 3, or email register@preservationparks.com. The offices of Preservation Parks are at 2656 Hogback Road in Sunbury. The parks are open every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit preservationparks.com for more information

Preservation Parks will offer eight days of live animal shows, crafts and games -- even a coyote-howling contest -- in the park district's new mini-park at the Delaware County Fair. After years of occupying indoor space, the park district will expand its fair programming in a large tent south of the fair offices and Arts & Crafts building. Programs and activities will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 19-26. Programs by Preservation Parks naturalists will be offered, along with programs by such special presenters as "The Turtle Lady," the "Bugman," Ohio Wildlife Center and Central Ohio Wild Ones. Complete information can be found at preservationparks.com by clicking on the home page news story, and on the online calendar.

The "nature hunt" in the Lodge at Deer Haven Preserve resumes this month, with a search for monarch butterflies. Small "monarchs" will be camouflaged and hidden among the nature display. Find them all and win a prize. The Lodge nature center is open noon to 5 p.m. every day at 4183 Liberty Road.

Preservation Parks' Gallant Farm Book Club meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at Gallant Farm, 2150 Buttermilk Hill Road. Anyone age 14 and older is welcome. Upcoming books are: Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver, Sept. 30; The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls, Oct. 28; and Persian Pickle Club, by Sandra Dallas, Nov. 18.

Register now for the following September programs:

* Hike for Health, 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 26. Registration is suggested for the first hike in this free series. A T-shirt is $5; hikers can collect iron-on patches at each hike thereafter. All ages. Blues Creek Preserve, 9627 Fontanelle Road. Register by Sept. 21. Include T-shirt size.

Drop in at the following free programs:

* Railroad Fun, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, and noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 20. Watch model trains travel through a miniature village and learn about the railroad industry in America. Free; all ages. Big Walnut Community Trail House, 168 S. Vernon St.

* Hound Hike, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21. Bring your socialized canine along for a walk with a naturalist. Getha Fine Arts and Photography is the featured guest. All ages. Shale Hollow Preserve, 6320 Artesian Run.