Clermont County Park District offers both in-park programs or field trips for school groups, both of which are designed to be fun and interactive while introducing new science topics or supplement existing lesson plans to your curriculm. We are generally booking out at least 2 months in advance.
Check out the details below, and when you are ready to learn more, start the process by emailing our Head Naturalist, Robin at email@example.com.
Park field trip up to 2 hours long, and are for a maximum of 45 students. Larger groups will be split into different times or other days. Please have at least 1 teachers/chaperones for per each increment of 15 students. These programs are interactive, fun and free and are available at Clermont County Parks that are designated within each program description. Field trips are scheduled on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Home Sweet Home
Grade Level: 1— 6
This program will introduce students to our local habitats and the animals that live within them. Throughout the program students will explore three different types of habitats, meet our live animals and participate in fun activities and gain a better understanding of the world around us.
Park Locations: Chilo Lock 34 Park, Shor Park, Sycamore Park
Key concepts: habitat, food chains, carrying capacity, ecosystem, adaptations and needs for survival.
Grade Level: 3 – 8
Students will become expert Junior Geologists through interactive studies of the rock cycle, glaciation, soils and fossilization. An exploratory hike takes students on a journey back in time before dinosaurs roamed. Program concludes with a fossil hunt where students can take home their very own fossil from the East Fork Little Miami River!
Park Locations: Sycamore Park
Key concepts: geology, rock cycle, rock ID, earth materials, erosion, land formation, fossils, minerals
Sap to Syrup (offered late January to early March)
Grade Level: Pre-K – 6
Take a tour of our sugar bush as you follow the process of maple syrup making. Students will learn how to identify a sugar maple tree and what it takes to turn the clear, sweet sap into delicious maple syrup! Students will also have the opportunity to tap a Sugar Maple tree and sample the sweet treats straight from the sugar bush.
Park Location: Pattison Park
Key concepts: photosynthesis, tree identification, history of maple sugaring
Let naturalists bring the outdoors to you! Classroom programs are 45 to 60 minutes long and best for a maximum of 30 students. Larger groups will be split into different times or other days. These programs are scheduled on Mondays and Tuesdays, and are $20 per program.
Predator and Prey
Grade Level: K – 4
What makes a coyote or owl a good hunter? How do rabbits and mice avoiding being caught? Meet some live Ohio animals, examine animal artifacts, and learn about the feature that help them survive. An interactive game will help participants recognize the importance of predator/prey relationships and learn about food chains.
Creatures of the Night
Grade Level: K – 4
Some animals enjoy the night life! We rarely see them but Clermont County is full of nocturnal critters like bats, owls, and flying squirrels that only come out at night. Through activities, science demonstrations, and investigation, we’ll learn about the cool adaptations that allow them to master the darkness.
Native Americans: Cultures and Traditions
Grade Level: 2—6
Learn how Native Americans lived before European settlers arrived. Students will step back in time and learn how Native Americans worked, played and lived in the great forests of Southeast Ohio. Depending on space, program includes interactive games, hike and activities that focus on the tribes of Southeast Ohio.