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.

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Happy New Year!

Square Dancing Lessons!
6:30 – 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28; Feb. 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.

Winter Lecture Series: Ice Age Mammals of Ohio
6:30 – 8 p.m. Thursday January 16, Pattison Lodge

Welcome David Dyer from the Ohio History Connection as this month’s Winter Lecture Series speaker and explore Ohio’s rich Ice Age history.

What kinds of unusual animals walked right through our backyards at the time that the glacier was retreating from Ohio? Learn about the variety of interesting animals that lived in the state at the end of the Pleistocene, many of which are now extinct. See actual fossils and casts from Ice Age species like the mastodon, mammoth and giant beaver in this interactive program.

Hikes with Tykes: Ice is Nice
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Friday January 17, Shor Park

Cold weather is here and that means it’s the perfect time to explore ice! During our program we’ll explore an ice sensory table and paint with ice. We will be starting indoors at Shor Park to stay warm then venture out to discover what ice and water shapes we can find in the forest. Recommended for ages 1 to 5.

Winter Bird Count
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday January 18, Multiple Parks

How many birds can we find? Join Park District Naturalists and staff for our annual winter inventory of the birds that live in our parks. We’ll spend the morning hiking, searching for and counting the types of birds we find. Afterward join us for lunch as we warm up with hot chocolate and tally our counts. No experience is necessary and groups will be starting at different parks including Shor, Sycamore, and Chilo Lock 34 Park. Please email to sign up.

Critter Feeding
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Friday January 24, 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!

Home Sweet Home
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday January 25, Union Township Library

Join the Naturalist for this month’s STEAM Club at the Union Township Library. Attendees will learn about local habitats and the animals that live within them. Kids will explore three different types of habitats, meet our live animals and participate in fun activities to gain a better understanding of the world around us. We will also make a nut-free pine cone bird feeder to take home. To RSVP for your child ages 6 to 13, call the library at 513-528-1744 or visit the Clermont County Public Library Events page.

Discovery Days: Skulls and Paws
3 – 4 p.m. Saturday January 25, Shor Park

Explore beyond the soft fur of our local wildlife to examine what lies beneath. Through hands-on examination of skulls and paws, we will reveal the underlying differences among native mammals. Dig deeper into paws and make your own animal track to take home! Recommended for ages 6 to 14.

Claws, Paws, and Jaws
Session 1: 1 – 3 p.m. Wednesday January 29, Pattison Lodge
Session 2: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Thursday January 30, Pattison Lodge

Through hands-on examination of claws, paws, and jaws we will reveal underlying differences between some predators and prey in our local wildlife. We’ll discover why predators are more successful hunters, take a short hike to track animals through the woods, create an animal track to take home, and play a game of predators and prey. Sessions are identical so there’s no need to attend both. Great for homeschoolers and recommended for ages 6 to 13! **Registration required to**

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

Check our Facebook to find when Naturalist, Robin Green, will pop-up at different parks throughout January. 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.