Naturalist Programs

We hold a variety of nature programs and special events at various Clermont County Parks throughout the year. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified and 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 do appreciate knowing if you plan to come.

For everyone’s safety and well-being, Clermont Park District will run all programs and events ​in accordance with current guidelines outlined by the CDC and local health agencies. We ask all program participants to do a self-check-in for COVID-19 symptoms before attending, socially distance during the program, and sanitize your hands upon arrival. Masks are required to be worn while inside all park facilities (restrooms) and outside when you cannot maintain 6 feet between other individuals.

PLEASE NOTE – Until further notice, our public programming schedule has been reduced as our priority is the safety and well-being of all of our guests, volunteers and employees. If you are interested in scheduling a private program, review our additional offerings. Check out our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to see what the naturalists are up to at the moment or email rgreen@clermontcountyohio.gov to speak with a park naturalist.

Program Schedule

Guided Maple Hikes
Thursday February 18, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday March 4, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

**Registration required to rgreen@clermontcountyohio.gov**

Take a guided tour of our sugar bush as you delight in the process of making maple syrup. Get a hands-on experience by helping tap a sugar maple tree and gathering maple sap from buckets in the woods. Last, visit our steamy evaporator to see how we transform sap into delicious syrup and try a taste of our homemade maple syrup. Be sure to dress for the weather as everything takes place outside and please bring a mask to wear during the event. All ages welcome!

Tours will last 45 minutes and will start each hour on the hour (10 AM, 11AM, 12PM, 1PM, and 2PM). To register, email Robin at rgreen@clermontcountyohio.gov with the time and date you’d like to attend as group sizes will be limited. Pattison Park is located at 2228 U.S. Highway 50 in Owensville.

You can also grab a bottle of real Ohio maple syrup to take home! All of our maple supplies including maple syrup made at Pattison Park, spiles, and maple coloring books will be available for purchase.

Maple Open House
Saturday February 20, 1 – 4p.m.
Thursday February 25, 1 – 4 p.m.
Saturday March 6, 1 – 4 p.m.

We are opening the doors to our Sugar Shack so you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the process of making sweet maple syrup. Nothing beats the incredible aroma of boiling sap!

Stop by Pattison Park Lodgeside to visit Naturalist Robin as she transforms maple sap and demonstrates how pure maple syrup is processed from the tree to your table. Learn how to identify and tap a maple tree, taste real maple syrup, and finally take a quarter mile self-guided tour of our sugarbush trail to see how we harvest maple sap during this fun, FREE, family friendly event. Be sure to dress for the weather as everything takes place outside and please bring a mask to wear during the event.

You can also grab a bottle of real Ohio maple syrup to take home! Bring a checkbook if you are interested in making a purchase as we can only accept checks.

Stop by any time between 1:00 and 4:00 PM. Pattison Park is located at 2228 U.S. Highway 50 in Owensville. The Sugar Shack is in the parking lot behind the lodge.

Naturalist on the Move
February, 2021

Naturalists are on the Move! Visitors to our Parks and Nature Preserves might spot a naturalist “on the move” answering your questions, observing our parks, providing materials to help you explore, and sharing daily nature observations. Rather than a full length program, we’ll be having short 5-10 minutes conversations with park visitors and only talking with one family at a time to create a safe and comfortable environment. Sometimes we will plan ahead of time while other times we’ll just come out to the parks on a nice day! Check back here or follow our social media pages for updates on when and where we will be. During the program, please maintain proper social distancing from staff/other park visitors and wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Sessions will be canceled in the event of severe weather.

Upcoming Sessions: TBA