Park District naturalist ranks grow


CHILO – Then there were three.

Clermont County Park District Naturalists Alyssa Rooks, Melissa Kichler and Lead Naturalist Jana Marshall.

Melissa Kichler became the newest Clermont County Park District naturalist Monday, March 26, joining Lead Naturalist Jana Marshall and Alyssa Rooks.

Kichler comes to the Park District with a wealth of experience as both a teacher and a horticulturist. In fact, she’s won awards for her work in landscape architecture.

“I have a passion for nature,” Kichler said. “I’ve worked – professionally and as a volunteer – for a lot of organizations that fuel that passion. I’ve also served as a long-term substitute teacher in a number of districts.

“Getting to bring those two parts of my career together in one position is a great opportunity. I’m looking forward to working with the people of Clermont County to help them learn more about all our natural resources.”

“Melissa’s experience and expertise with plant life is a great asset to the Park District,” Marshall said. “I’m hoping she can help us develop our garden at Chilo Lock 34 Park and begin to institute some other hands-on opportunities for visitors at all of our parks.

“The Naturalist Department is eager to expand our programming and opportunities for the residents of Clermont County. We’re pleased to have Melissa join our team and help contribute to this initiative.”

“As we continue to expand and improve the Park District, this is an excellent use of the resources voters gave us,” said Park District Director Chris Clingman. “Bringing Melissa on will give us some flexibility in terms of how and where we can use our naturalists.”

The Clermont County Park District offers a wide range of naturalist programs for all age groups. Visit here for a current list or call Marshall at 513-240-2615 to learn more about available offerings.