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The Park District holds a variety of nature programs and events that are open to the public throughout the year. All programs are free with no registration required unless otherwise specified. Held rain or shine.

In the event of severe weather, cancellation will be posted on our Facebook and emailed to registered participants at least 2 hours before the program is scheduled. Unless otherwise stated, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For programs that require pre-registration, our registration will open up about 3 weeks before the program's date. Contact us at with questions.

If you are interested in arranging a program or activity for your group, see our Request a Naturalist Program page.

Owl Prowl

8:00 pm

Hiking at night is a rare treat and on the owl prowl you'll have the opportunity to learn more about these silent predators. As you explore, keep an eye out for these elusive birds and discover their fascinating behaviors. 


National Trails Day

9:00 am

Join us for a celebration for National Trails Day! CCPD, East Fork SP and the Friends of East Fork are joining together to celebrate our Hike/Bike Trail. Booths will be setup along the trail at the EF Campground, Cain Bridge and the Overlook

River History Museum Open

10:30 am

Take a step back in time at Chilo Lock 34 Park! Stop by to learn how the Ohio River has changed over time and influenced the people living around it. All ages. Free, no registration required.

Interested in removing the invasive plants from your landscape? Join us at Clingman Park to learn how to accurately identify, remove, and prevent invasive plants on your land. Registration optional. Free, geared for adults

Sweetheart Stroll

8:30 pm

Grab your sweetheart and head to Kelley Nature Preserve for a lantern lit stroll along the Little Miami River! Meet a naturalist at the trail head for a lantern and trail map, then set off on your own sunset adventure. Free, no registration required.

Canoe Adventure

9:00 am

Start your weekend with a guided canoe trip along the Ohio River! All equipment is provided and no previous experience is required! We will be on the river for about an hour and will make a loop into Crooked Run Nature Preserve's estuary. Ages 12 and up only- please note that we only have 2 person c...

Nature Play Days

1:00 pm

Enhance your child's connection to nature through free play and exploration! Join us at Clingman Park throughout the summer for nature-based activities and adventures. Free, no registration required.

Summer Night Hikes: Fireflies

8:00 pm

Venture out on a leisurely twilight trek, as the sky deepens from shades of indigo into darkness and the air is filled with earthy aromas. You will become enveloped in the bioluminescent glow of fireflies all around you. Learn about the secret messages behind the firefly's flicker. Free, no registra...

Pre-school program. Free, no registration required. Get outside and explore nature with your 3-5 year old at the park! Read a book, make a craft, and have a mini adventure exploring a different topic each month. Followed by a nature play session if attendees are interested.

River Museum Tour

3:00 pm

Connect with the past site of a US Army Corp of Engineers lock and dam, see how the river has changed over time, and learn about the history of living and working on the great Ohio River. All ages. Free, no registration required

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