Young Adults

Girls Fight Back: Self-Defense for Teen Girls Class

Girls, ages 13-18, are invited to a self-defense class designed for teen girls and instructed by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.


This event includes a discussion that covers the basics of self-defense and then some hands-on training.

This program is free; Registration is required and parents will need to sign a waiver for participants.

Isle Royale National Park


Springboro Library

Saturday, October 3

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Open seating.  Ages 10 & up.

Do you have a bucket list?  Does it include a remote backpacking adventure?  In the northwestern portion of Lake Superior is a unique and remote island archipelago.  Isle Royale National Park's 132,018 acres was federally designated as wilderness in 1976.  A venture by foot, canoe, or kayak into the park's interior can transport one back thousands of years.  Through a visual presentation Darryl "Buckeye" Smith tells of his week-long journey to the least visited of all the National Parks.  He will also include tips and details to help plan your own Isle Royale adventure as well as talk about Ohio's own Buckeye Trail.  Bring your curiosity and questions.

Some of Darryl "Buckeye" Smith's many interests are hiking and history.  He is a Buckeye Trail Association (BTA) Trustee and President of the Miami Rivers Chapter of the BTA.



Hiking 101

Have you been thinking about going for a hike in a local park but have some questions about what to bring and where to go?  Come to "Hiking 101" to learn the do's and don'ts of hiking.  Discussion will include clothing, footwear, gear, safety, maps, and area parks so you and your family can have a safe and enjoyable outing.  Learn the 10 essentials that every hiker should have.  Get the confidence needed to plan a hike and hear about the 10 best beginner-friendly trails for a hike in the Dayton area.

Wednesday, September 30th from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Franklin Branch

Ages 13 and up

Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp is the Chief Adventure Officer for Outdoor Adventure Connection, which specializes in back-country adventures.  He has backpacked over 14,000 miles including three end-to-end hikes of the Appalachian Trail and thru hikes of the Buckeye Trail, Ohio To Erie Trail, Sheltowee Trace, Long Trail, Ozark Highlands Trail and Colorado Trail.  Andy brings his wealth of backpacking experience and his passion for hiking to this program.  He has two rules for his backpacking trips.  Number 1: Be safe.  Number 2:  Have fun!

Yvonne "Princess Doah" has over 6,800 miles of backpacking experience including hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, Florida Trail, Benton McKaye Trail and Mountains To Sea Trail.  She got her start in backpacking later in life after raising three daughters.  In 2007, she enrolled in a beginning backpacking class at Five Rivers MetroParks and has been on numerous trips since that time.  Yvonne is a certified Wilderness First Responder.