Naturalist Programs

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Canoeing the East Fork of the Little Miami River

Box Turtle

Monarch Butterfly

Upcoming Events:


Canoe & Brew River Clean Up


Sunday, August 27th 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Join your local naturalists for a great day on the Little Miami River and help clean up one of the few National Scenic Rivers in Ohio! While canoeing, we will make a few stops and focus our efforts on picking up trash along the riverbank. Later, you can enjoy a grill item and a cold brew at Fifty West Brewing Company! Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased at


Chilo Chili Cook Off & Fall Fest!

Saturday, October 21st 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Live music, chili, beer from Fifty West Brewing Company and games are all part of the Clermont County Park District’s second annual Chilo Chili Cook Off and Fall Fest. This fundraising event brings local restaurants & breweries together for a little friendly competition and YOU get to be the judge!


All proceeds will benefit Clermont County Park District’s Naturalist and outreach programs, scout groups and homeschool groups as well as River Museum updates and new displays. Don’t miss out on the event everyone keeps talking about!

Tickets are $5.00 in advance,  kids 6 and under are free. Tickets on the day of will be available for $8.00.

Tickets are currently available at  Chilo Lock #34 River Museum, Chilo Dairy Bar and Pattison Park.

For additional information, please contact Jana Marshall at 513.240.2615 or Jim Setty at 

Interested in joining the competition?

Do you claim to have the best chili in the county and own a restaurant or business? Then step up to the challenge and enter your famous chili in the Chilo Chili Cook Off! Download the rules and registration right here & send it in ASAP! All entries MUST be submitted BEFORE September 30th! The sooner, the better! Please call Jana Marshall 513.240.2615 for more information or questions. Competition is fierce so far! Good luck!

Public Programs: 


Wildlife Wednesday - Native Americans on the Ohio

Wednesday, September 13th

10 a.m. - 11 a.m. at the Little Miami Scenic River & Trail Center

Native Americans play an important role in our nation’s history. Learn how Native Americans lived in the 1700’s before the Pioneers and Cincinnati was settled. Step back in time and learn how Native Americans worked, played and lived in the great forests of Southeast Ohio. Program includes interactive games, hike and activities that focus on the tribes of Southeast Ohio.

Scenic River Sunday - Guided Canoe Trip

Sunday, September 10th

9 a.m. - noon at the Little Miami Scenic River & Trail Center

Join us for some fun on the river as we learn about river ecosystems and the important role that water plays in shaping our streams! We will canoe down the Little Miami River and finish up our program with a complimentary cookout.


Pop-up Naturalist Series - TREEmendous Trees & Wild Edibles

Saturday, September 9th

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Sycamore Park

Join Naturalists for a guided hike around the beautiful trails of Pattison Park (lakeside). On this hike, you will learn how to identify native trees while discovering their importance and uses throughout history. Find out what kind of plants can be used for food and medicine and even sample a few edibles for yourself! Program will meet and begin at the Pattison Park lakeside shelter.

Clermont Pop-Up Naturalist Series will occur monthly at various park locations. This series is FREE to kids and adults of all ages and open to the public. Click the title above to save the dates for all of our Pop-Up Naturalist programs!


Please contact Jana Marshall—Westhoven at 513-240-2615 for information on all the Park District Naturalist Programs




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