GREENVILLE — Darke County Park District was founded in 1972 with Coppess Nature Sanctuary as the catalyst for the creation of what has now grown from one preserve to 14.
The past 50 years has seen tremendous growth for the county park system and with that thousands of lives touched, memories made and hundreds of acres of habitat preserved.
A year-long celebration is planned and includes special events, programs, partnerships, give-a-ways and exhibits.
The park district is has been supported by local businesses and the community assisting with donations, volunteer time and advertising.
The Winery at Versailles has announced that $2 from every bottle of their Honey Bee wine sold, during the entire month of March, will be donated to Darke County Parks.
Honey Bee is a late harvest Riesling sweetened with natural honey. Honey bees and all pollinators are responsible for 1 out of every 3 bites of food eaten. Darke County Parks’ mission is to preserve critical habitat for all wildlife including insects.
“We have worked with The Winery at Versailles on several occasions. When they suggested using donations from Honey Bee as the wine to commemorate the 50th anniversary celebration, I couldn’t have been more excited,” Park Naturalist Mandy Martin said.
All of the proceeds from the Honey Bee sale will benefit park programs and maintenance.
In keeping with the Honey Bee theme, Darke County Parks is also partnering with The Winery at Versailles and Oakley Place on April 7 for a night of wine tasting and a bee craft. For more information or to register, please contact the winery at 937-526-3232.