Naturalist Programs

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Sycamore Park Bridge

Cardinal on snowy branches.

Cub scout winter hike

Winter Bird Count
Chilo Lock 34 Park
Sycamore Park
Shor Park
Crooked Run Nature Preserve
Kelley Nature Preserve
Saturday, January 3
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Join our park district naturalists and volunteers for our annual winter bird count. This annual survey helps us track population trends of the birds that visit our parks each winter. No experience is necessary. Call 513.876.9013 or email us at to sign up. Following the count, volunteers are invited to enjoy lunch at the Chilo Lock 34 Visitor Center and Museum.

Basic Winter Survival
Pattison Park
Saturday, January 17
The program has been canceled due to a lack of participants.

Winter Tree I.D. for Homeschoolers
Pattison Park Lodge
Wednesday, January 28
11:00 am
Don't let the lack of leaves fool you, there are other ways to identify trees than just their leaves. We'll use our tree keys and show your student how to identify winter trees using bark, buds, and branches. Pre-regristration is required. Please call 513.876.9013 to sign up. Deadline to register is Friday, January 23. This program is best suited for ages 9 and up.

Cold Weather Hiking
Don't let the Winter's chill keep you from enjoying our wonderful parks. Clermont County Park District and Roads Rivers and Trails Outfitter are hosting a cold weather hiking session and hike this January. We'll show you how to stay warm and then we'll take a hike using the skills we've just learned and delight in winter's unique beauty. 
     Cold Weather Presentation
     Roads Rivers and Trails
     118 Main Street, Milford OH 45150
     Friday, January 30
     7:00 pm

     Cold Weather Hike
     Sycamore Park
     Saturday, January 31
     9:00 am
     Follow the experts at RRT for a moderate three mile hike
     through the trails of Sycamore Park and the Wilson Nature
Preserve. Meet at the bridge.

Maple Syrup Making
Amelia Branch Library
58 Maple Street, Amelia OH 45102
Monday, February 9
6:00 pm
February in the Park District means it is maple season! Join our naturalist for a hands on demonstration and discover the difference between the real thing and imitation maple syrup. We will take you through each step of the process to show you how we make our own. We will even have samples to taste!

Maple Syrup Open House
Pattison Park
Saturday, February 14
11:00 am
Visit the sugar shack at Pattison Park and discover how we make our very own maple syrup. You will discover every step of the process as we turn maple sap into delicious maple syrup. We will even have a few samples to try! Depending on supply, we may have a limited supply of syrup available to purchase.

Maple Syrup For Homeschoolers
Pattison Park
Monday, February 23
10:00 am
Bring your homeschoolers to Pattison Park as we investigate how maple syrup is made. We will take a step back in time to see primitive methods of making syrup, then visit the sugar shack to see how the process is done today.  Fee is $4.00 per student. Pre registration is required. Please call 513.876.9013 to sign up.

Pancakes in the Park
Saturday March 14
8:30 - 11:30 am
Pattison Park
Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast complete with 100% pure maple syrup. Then take a tour of our sugarbush as we take you through the maple syrup making process. See how we tap our trees, then turn the sweet sap into liquid gold. 
                                                                                                                               Adults:  $6.00
                                                                                                                               Seniors: $5.00
                                                                                                                     Children: (6-12): $3.00
                                                                                                                        Children: (0-5): Free

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