Naturalist Programs

We hold a variety of nature program and special events at various Clermont County Parks throughout the year. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. Programs will be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, cancellation will be posted on our Facebook at least 2 hours before the program is scheduled. Registration is not required unless specified in the program description but we appreciate knowing if you plan to come. Just email with an estimated number of adults and children planning to attend.

If you would like to be placed on our Naturalist Newsletter or if you are interested in volunteering contact Robin at


Square Dancing Lessons!
6:30 – 8 p.m. Tuesday February 4 and 11, Pattison Lodge

Drive those winter blues away! Russ and Barb Childers teach a six-week series of FREE square dance lessons at Pattison Lodge, courtesy of the Clermont County Parks. Adults, email or call to register: or 513-760-8393.

Maple Days Hike
2 – 3 p.m. Sunday February 9, Pattison Lodge

Stretch your legs on the Pattison Park lodgeside trails and see firsthand how we collect maple sap at the Park District. We’ll look for different trees that produce sap and discuss the science that goes into making syrup. Our hike will be about half a mile of light terrain through beech-maple forest. After our hike, we’ll warm up inside the lodge with maple tea and cookies.


**Rescheduled from Feb 13**
Winter Lecture Series: Coyotes: Mischievous or Misunderstood?
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday February 20, Pattison Lodge

Join us this month for a look at the history, mythology, and biology of Ohio’s largest wild canine, the coyote. Learn more about these cunning survivors, the controversy that surrounds them, and their role in the natural world.

Great Backyard Bird Count
10 – 11 a.m. February 15, Kelley Nature Preserve
1 – 2:30 p.m. February 15, Sycamore Park

Join your favorite naturalists for some citizen science as we search for birds in the preserve! Get tips for identifying our local birds, learn their natural history, and enjoy the fresh air. All levels are welcome to join the fun and help us look as we walk the light/moderate trails. A limited number of binoculars will be available for use.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a global initiative in its 23rd year. Anyone and everyone can help. All you have to do is count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or more) between Feb. 14 and Feb. 17 and submit the info to You can help scientists get a better picture of the health of local bird populations!

Critter Feeding
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Wednesday February 19, Chilo Lock 34 Park

Stop by our naturalist office (the building between the Museum and boat ramp) to see our cold-blooded critters eat their lunch then take a short animal expedition hike with the naturalist. Learn the unique stories of our animals and maybe YOU can help feed one of them!

From Sap to Syrup
Session 1: 1 – 3 p.m. Wednesday February 26, Pattison Lodge
Session 2: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Thursday February 27, Pattison Lodge

Experience the process of making maple syrup as you tap a sugar maple tree and check buckets for maple sap then visit our steamy evaporator to see how we transform sap into delicious syrup. We will tour our sugar bush, learn the natural history of sap, and explore the history of maple sugaring. Recommended for ages 6 to 14. **Registration required to**

Hikes with Tykes: Searching for Sweet Syrup
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Friday February 28, Pattison Lodge

It’s that sweet time of year again and maple is calling! We’ll take a short hike through our sugarbush to search for maple trees, sweet sap, and woodpeckers. Then we will head inside to explore maple syrup and sap with sensory activities and a craft. Recommended for ages 2 to 6.

Discovery Days: Art and Tools of Maple Sugaring
2 – 3 p.m. Saturday February 29, Pattison Lodge

Help us make maple syrup by using the tools of the trade while tapping a sugar maple tree, finding maple sap, and preparing the sap for its transformation. Then learn the art of turning sap into syrup during a visit our steamy evaporator and taste some real maple syrup. Recommended for ages 6 to 14.

Pop-Up Naturalist: Fossil Collecting
Location and timing will be announced on Facebook before the event.

Check our Facebook on any beautiful February days to find when Naturalist, Robin Green, will pop-up at different parks throughout February. Drop by anytime during the program hour to learn about fossils you can find in Clermont County and to sort through rocks to discover your own fossil to take home.

Sessions may pop-up at Sycamore Park, Williamsburg to Batavia Hike/Bike Trail, Pattison Park, Kelley Nature Preserve, Chilo Lock 34 Park, or Shor Park.