Naturalist Programs

All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified.



Pop-Up Naturalist: Native American Cultures and Crafts

Look for our Naturalist, Robin Green, at different parks throughout November. Drop by anytime during the hour to make a craft, hear Shawnee legends, and discover how Native Americans lived in Ohio.

1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, November 3, Williamsburg to Batavia Hike/Bike Trail
Meet where the Williamsburg to Batavia Hike/Bike Trail enters the East Fork State Park campground. GPS pin
3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, November 3, Sycamore Park
12 to 1 p.m. Saturday November 9, Pattison Park – Lakeside
3 to 4 p.m. Saturday November 9, Kelley Nature Preserve
3 to 4 p.m. Friday, November 15, Chilo Lock 34 Park
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday November 16, Shor Park

Hikes with Tykes – Turkey Trot
10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Hartman Cabin

Bring your tykes for a gobbling good time while we learn about turkeys! We’ll go on a short hike and have fun activities for your preschoolers.

Holiday Craft Workshop
6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Hartman Cabin

Get in the holiday spirit with the Clermont County Park District for an evening crafting! Crafting supplies and refreshments will be provided. Space is limited. Registration is required to

Winter Lectures – A Closer Look at Wildlife and Hunting in Ohio
6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, Pattison Park Lodge

Are you curious about wildlife management in Ohio? Is hunting really good for our environment? Hear from Division of Wildlife Biologist, Emily Archibald about the impacts of hunting. Join the discussion and get answers to your questions.

Discovery Days – Autumn Investigations
10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, Pattison Park Lakeside

Seasonal changes are always exciting in nature. Join us to take a closer look at what’s
happening in autumn and get the scoop on “how” through hands-on activities. Recommended for ages 7 to 14.

Native American Cultures and Traditions
10 a.m. 12 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, Sycamore Park
10 a.m. 12 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, Sycamore Park

Learn how Native Americans lived in the 1700’s before European settlers arrived. Participants will step back in time and learn how Native Americans worked, played and lived in the great forests of Southeast Ohio. Program includes interactive games, hike and activities that focus on the tribes of Southeast Ohio. Recommended for ages 7 to 12. Registration is required to


Walk in a Winter Wonderland
5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, Pattison Park Lodge

Get in the holiday spirit with a stroll through the forest on our luminary path and a visit with Santa Claus. Warm up inside with hot chocolate, cookie decorating and crafts. Grassy Run Historical Arts Society offers festive pioneer demonstrations. (EVENT RESERVATIONS FULL. To be placed on our waiting list, please email

Pop-Up Naturalist: Fossil Collecting

Location and timing will be announced on Facebook prior to the event. Visit our Facebook page regularly to find out when Naturalist Robin Green will pop-up at different parks in December. Drop by anytime during the program hour to learn about fossils you can find in Clermont County and sort through rocks to discover your own fossil to take home. Sessions at Sycamore Park, Williamsburg to Batavia Hike/Bike Trail, Pattison Park, Kelley Nature Preserve, Chilo Lock 34 Park and Shor Park.

Hikes with Tykes: Wonders of Winter
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Pattison Park Lodge

Explore the wonders of our changing forests and find out where animal friends hide in the winter; then come inside to relax with a winter craft and snack. Recommended for ages 1 to 5.

Earth Rocks!
Session 1: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, Sycamore Park

Session 2: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, Sycamore Park

Join us to journey back in time and find evidence of animals that once roamed Clermont County. We will collect fossils along the East Fork Little Miami River, explore soil and soil life, discover how our land has changed and examine rock layers beneath out feet. Great for homeschoolers and recommended for ages 6 to 12. Registration required: Write

Discovery Days: Winter Solstice
2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, Shor Park

Get outside on the shortest day of the year to appreciate this celestial event and celebrate the beginning of lengthening days. We’ll have hands-on activities and a hike to explore why the days became shorter and how our plants and animals handle the winter. Recommended for ages 6 to 14.