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Darby Bend Lakes at Prairie Oaks Metro Park

2755 Amity Road

Hilliard, OH 43026

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Welcome to our 2nd annual 'Outdoor Inclusive Adventures!' #OIA17

Join us to get outdoors, get active, and PLAY! Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, ECRN+ (YMCA of Central Ohio), and HERO USA are hosting a day of fun and inclusive activities for the whole family! Children and youth with special needs along with their family and friends are invited to Prairie Oaks Metro Park to participate in outdoor fun, physical activity, and networking.

As always, our events are FREE (yes, free! No strings attached - we just love you & strengthening our community!) and open to children and youth of all abilites.

Highlights and Activites Planned:
* indicates limited hours

  • Canoeing - HERO USA Instructors are ACA certified and trained in Adaptive Paddling. Boating supplies are provided.

  • Fishing - Instruction will be provided by Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks. Borrowed fishing supplies will be available.

  • Kayaking - HERO USA instructors are ACA certified and trained in Adaptive Paddling. Boating supplies are provided.

  • Meet Therapy horses from Stockhands Horses for Healing. Feed, lead, and interact!

  • Family Hike and Creeking* - Creeking supplies are provided.

  • Live reptiles and amphibians from Metro Parks

  • Nature arts and crafts and interactive nature display from Metro Parks

  • Lunch at noon and water throughout the day

  • Race car on display from Team Rahal, Letterman, Lannigan Racing

  • Lawn games and sensory play

  • Character meet and greets from The Royals Project!

  • Climbing Wall* - All climbing supplies and safety instruction are provided by Columbus Rec and Parks Dept.

  • Norwich Township fire truck and crew on display* (dependent on emergency calls)

  • Door Prizes

  • We'll even have an accessible changing station thanks to The Mother Ship, Inc


Darby Bend Lakes at Prairie Oaks Metro Park
2755 Amity Road, Hilliard, OH 43026

Please note, our meetup point is NOT in the main park. Google Maps or your GPS may take you just down the road from the entrance to our meetup. Look for balloons at Darby Bend Lakes entrance on Amity road.


• No experience is required! Activity supplies will be provided.

This is a family and community event and not restrictive to only families with special needs. While ECRN+ specializes in serving children with special needs, at OIA17, we welcome youth, and families of all abilities (this means children with AND without special needs). We encourage an inclusive approach to fun and friendship! One day, it is our hope that society will be naturally welcoming to our beautiful Neurodiverse community. Until that time, we will plant the seed of inclusion and hope the idea becomes the norm.

• We are providing refreshments at noon along with water throughout the day. If your family has special dietary needs or preferences, you are welcome to bring your own meal and picnic in the park with us!

• Parents/Guardians must stay with their child at all times. We encourage family participation!

• In the event of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled. Many individual activities are weather dependent. Please check (you don't need to have a facebook profile to see our public posts) or call 614.835.6073 the day of the event for the latest updates.

• Most of the area is located in the sun. We recommend your child and family wear sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, etc).

• Restrooms are available but do not have running water. Please bring any extra water you may need.

• Wear comfortable clothes and closed-toed shoes ideal for the weather.

If Kayaking and Canoeing or Creeking, please wear clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting wet. In addition, a change of clothes and a towel.

In addition, this is outdoors in Ohio, please be mindful to bring/wear bug spray and do tick checks.

OIA 17 is in an "open-house" style format, feel free to arrive and leave on the schedule that best fits your family!

***Activities are subject to change. Participation in the activities are available on a first come, first served basis.

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