Naturalist Programs


A Walk in Winter Wonderland *FULL CAPACITY*
5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, Pattison Park Lodge

Get in the holiday spirit with a stroll through the forest on our luminary path. Then warm up by the fire with hot chocolate, cookie decorating, crafts and Santa! Grassy Run Historical Arts Society will join us for festive pioneer demonstrations.

This event is free but space is limited, so sign up here to reserve a spot for your group. For questions or to be placed on our wait list, email


Holiday Mysteries Uncovered
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, Pattison Park Lodge

Join us for a morning of discovery as we unravel some of the mysterious historical origins of our popular holiday traditions. How did certain plants and practices become so iconic during “the most wonderful time of the year”? Enjoy a warm beverage by the fire before we head outside for short nature walk to look for signs of life in the forest.


Winter Lecture Series – Winter is for the Birds!
6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, Pattison Park Lodge

Not all birds fly South! Join us to learn about the birds that endure our winters, what they like to eat, and how to get involved. This is a free program series. Guests can learn about our winter birds and enjoy refreshments. A few lucky winners will also go home with a free bird feeder. RSVPs are welcome by emailing This program is free and open to the public.


Pop-Up Naturalist Series – Wilderness Survival
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, Pattison Park Lodge

Compass? Check! Hiking boots? Check! Shelter? Check! Are you prepared for the wilderness? Put your skills to the test as we learn how to orienteer with a compass, identify edible plants, and learn important first aid tips through hands-on activities. This program is free and open to the public.



Annual Winter Bird Count
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, All parks

It’s time for the Park District’s annual Winter Bird Count. Bundle up and brave the crisp winter air with us as we record the birds that are enjoying our parks. You can volunteer to count at any of our parks and join us down at Chilo Lock 34 Park after the count for a warm lunch. Contact Naturalist, Alyssa Rooks for more information and to sign up at 513-240-2615 or


Winter Lecture Series – Ohio Fossils
6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, Pattison Park Lodge

We are excited to welcome Dr. Brenda Hunda, Invertebrate Paleontologist at the Cincinnati Museum Center, to tell us all about the fossils you can find in Ohio and the lives of the fascinating animals that roamed Ohio’s ancient sea long before the dinosaurs. How did they survive and thrive for so long? Learn how to find their fossilized remains and why they are so common throughout the state.


Fly Tying Workshop
10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 24, Pattison Park Lodge

Join us in the lodge to learn how to tie your own flies, swap stories, and get fly fishing advice from Buckeye United Fly Fishers. No experience is necessary. Materials will be provided, and so will refreshments. To sign up, email or call 513-240-2615.


Square Dancing Lessons
6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, Pattison Park Lodge
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26
Tuesday, Mar. 5

Grab your partner and save the dates for FREE Square Dancing Lessons with the Clermont County Park District and our wonderful musicians, Barb Hirst Shade Childers and Russ Childers. Add some excitement to your Tuesday nights. This series will have six fun-filled sessions for adults only, beginning Jan. 29 and continuing for five more weeks. Please contact our Naturalist at 513-240-2615 or to register for these free lessons.