A Park District naturalist leading a class on a bird walk.

Naturalist Programs

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Preschool Storytime - Monarch Butterflies
Wednesday September 10
11:00 am
Sycamore Park
Join our naturalist and Angie from the Batavia branch library for our monthly preschool storytime! We'll listen to a story, make a craft, and get an up close visit with this month's animal! Meet at Sycamore # 1 shelter (nearest the park entrance).

Monarch Tagging
Saturday September 20
3:00 pm
Shor Park
Be a part of a nationwide citizen science project. We will be capturing, tagging, and releasing monarch butterflies as they are on their way  south to their wintering grounds in Mexico. When they are recovered, the tags will give researchers a clue to the migration patterns of these amazing insects.

Great Outdoor Weekend
East Fork Canoe Adventure
Saturday September 27th
Sycamore Park
9:30-11:30 am
12:00 - 2:00 pm

Enjoy a naturalist guided canoe adventure down the East Fork of the Little Miami River as you 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 ext. 2 to sign up. For safety reasons, no children under the age of four.

Sycamore Park Stream Splash
Saturday September 27th
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sycamore Park
Grab a net and join us as we splash around in the river searching for aquatic insects and other 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.

Preschool Storytime
Wednesday October 8
11:00 am
Sycamore Park
Join us for our final preschool storytime program of the year. We'll explore the life of wooly bear caterpillars, then search the park for these famous "weather forecasters". Meet at the picnic shelter near the park entrance.

Fall Festival
Saturday October 11
12:00-4:00 pm
Chilo Lock 34 Park
Experience an afternoon of fall fun. Try our pumpkin slingshot, take a mule powered wagon ride, paint your own pumpkin from our pumpkin patch, and lots more.

Fall Colors Hike
Saturday October 18
1:00 pm
Sycamore Park
Enjoy the wonderful fall foliage with a hike through Sycamore Park and the Wilson Nature Preserve. The hike will be moderately strenuous and last approximately two hours, but will reward you with wonderful views of the East Fork river valley. Meet at the pedestrian bridge and wear sturdy shoes.

Basic Nature Photography
Monday October 27
6:30 pm
Pattison Park Lodge
Do you enjoy taking nature photographs, but want to improve your skills? Join us for an introductory class where we'll focus on the basics of composition. Just a few simple tips will help you improve as a photographer, whether you're taking pictures of nature, your children, or grandchildren. Preregistration is required. Please call 513.876.9013 to sign up. Deadline to register is Thursday October 23.

Pumpkin Party
Wednesday October 29
7:00 PM
Pattison Park Lodge
Join us for a Pumpkin Party at Pattison Park Lodge. We'll provide the supplies, and you provide the creative ideas as you decorate your pumpkin. Registration is required. Deadline to register is Monday October 26. Call 513-876-9013 to register. A fee of $3.00 per pumpkin will be collected at the door.

Honeysuckle Removal
Saturday November 8
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sycamore Park

Volunteers are needed to help remove unwanted invasive honeysuckle at Sycamore Park. This invader of our forests displaces native plants. Help us as we cut and remove these exotic shrubs and improve the habitat at Sycamore Park. Pre-registration is required. Please call 513-876-9013or e-mail to parkdistrict@clermontcountyohio.gov to sign up. Deadline to register is Thursday November 6th.

Owl Prowl
Friday November 21
6:30 pm
Crooked Run Nature Preserve
Leave your flashlights at home for this night hike. Follow a naturalist along the trails at Crooked Run Nature Preserve as we search for owls and other nocturnal creatures. Meet at the visitor center in Chilo Lock 34 Park.

A small Waterfall in the Wilson Nature Preserve
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