Naturalist Programs

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Canoeing the East Fork of the Little Miami River

Box Turtle

Monarch Butterfly

Magical Monarchs
Sunday August 2nd
2:00 p.m.
Chilo Lock #34 Park

Discover more about one of our most fascinating insects, the -Monarch butterfly. See how you can help these magnificent winged insects along their annual migration to Mexico in Autumn and help their declining population. We'll meet in the Visitor Center for an introduction, then hike through the meadow in search of the butterflies, or their eggs.

Naturalist Program at Stonelick
Friday August 7th
1:00 p.m.
Stonelick State Park
2895 Lake Drive
Pleasant Plain, OH 45162
Join us for a craft and to meet a critter up close. Guests do not need to be staying at the campground to attend. All programs will take place in the campground picnic shelter.

Preschool Storytime
Wednesday August 12th
11 a.m.
Pattison Park
Join the naturalist for a story, craft, and meet a snake. Meet at the picnic shelter. 

Canoeing Crooked Run
Friday August 14th
10 a.m.
Chilo Lock #34 Park

Explore the backwaters of Crooked Run State Nature Preserve by canoe. We'll begin at the boat ramp at Chilo Lock #34 Park, then paddle about 1/2 mile up the Ohio River and into the backwaters of Crooked Run State Nature Preserve. For safety reasons ages 4 and up only please. Pre registration is required. Please e-mail to or call 513-876-9013 to sign up. Registration deadline is Friday August 7th.

Preschool Storytime
Wednesday August 19th
11 a.m.
Sycamore Park 
Join the naturalist for a story, craft, and meet a snake. Meet at Sycamore # 1 picnic shelter (nearest the park entrance). 

Great Outdoor Weekend
East Fork Canoe Adventure
Saturday September 26
Sycamore Park 
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m
12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Enjoy a naturalist guided canoe adventure down the East Fork of the Little Miami River as we search for wildlife along the way. Participants will be given a brief safety demonstration before entering the water. Pre-registration is required. Please call the Clermont County Soil and Water Conservation District at 513-732-7075 to sign up. For safety reasons, no children under the age of four please.

Sycamore Park Stream Splash
Saturday September 26th
Sycamore Park
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Grab a net and join us as we splash around in the river searching for aquatic insects and other river critters. We'll use the bugs we catch to determine how clean the water is. Bring boots  or old shoes, and be prepared to get wet. The program is ongoing, so drop in anytime.

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