Naturalist Programs

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Canoeing the East Fork of the Little Miami River

Box Turtle

Monarch Butterfly

Upcoming Events:

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: 



Pop-up Naturalist Series - Canoeing the Ohio!

 Sunday, October 8th at Chilo Lock #34 Park

9:00 a.m. - noon 


Join Naturalists for a guided canoe trip through Crooked Run Nature Preserve. As you paddle, take in all of the sights and sounds of this very unique estuary right off the mighty Ohio River! The journey will begin and end from the boat ramp of Chilo Lock #34 Park. RSVP is required! Please contact Lead Naturalist, Jana Marshall-Westhoven at 513.240.2615 or to reserve your spot today.

**Participants MUST at least be 7 years of age. 

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!


Wildlife Wednesday - Above or Beneath the Snow?

Wednesday, October 11th

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

Days are getting shorter, nights are getting longer, and weather is getting cooler. Learn how nature adapts to these changes, who hibernates and who braves the cold. Identify trees as you take a colorful, guided hike with your favorite Naturalist, say goodbye to our local wildlife before they scurry off for the winter. Join in on a fun activity and make a beautiful, fall craft! 

  Halloween Campfire Stories
Friday, October 27th
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Chilo Lock #34 Park
Join the Dreamweavers and naturalists from the Clermont County Park District to find out what goes bump in the night on a guided night hike, then relax by the fire as we share spooky-fun stories! RSVP to or 513.240.2615
Holiday Craft Workshop
Sunday, November 5th
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Hartman Log Cabin
Get in the holiday spirit with the Clermont County Park District! Join us for an afternoon of DIY crafts, light bites and refreshments!
Cost is $5.00 per person and includes unique holiday crafts, light bites and refreshments!
Ages 15 and up welcome!
Space is limited, please contact to reserve your spot.

Learn to Square Dance!

Every Tuesday, January 16th, 23rd, 30th

February 13th, 20th & 27th

Final Square Dance & Party on March 13th

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Pattison Park Lodge

Grab your partner and save the dates for our FREE Square Dancing Lessons with the Clermont County Park District and our wonderful musicians and caller, Barb Hirst Shade Childers and Russ Childers! First lesson starts Tuesday, January 16th from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at Pattison Park Lodge! Please contact our Naturalists at 513.240.2615 or to register for these lessons! YEE HAW!









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




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