Naturalist Programs

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

April

Nest Fest
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, April 6, Sycamore Park

Bring the whole family for a morning of fun and learning while we identify local birds, the homes they make and the eggs they lay! Meet LIVE birds of prey with RAPTOR, Inc. and use your “owl eyes” to uncover hidden eggs around the park! This program is free and open to the public.

 

Hikes with Tykes – Flowers are Fun (POSTPONED. RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 19)
10 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 12, Sycamore Park

Explore nature with your preschooler and our park naturalist during this free program series. Tykes will use their senses to explore the beautiful blooms in the park and make a fun craft to take home.

 

Nature Hikes & Sights – Birds and Blooms 
9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, Kelley Nature Preserve

Join us for a morning of fresh air at Kelley Nature Preserve. We’ll see what spring migrants have arrived at the preserve, admire the spring wildflowers, and discuss the interactions and natural history of both!

 

Wildlife Wednesday – Secret Life of Plants
10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, Little Miami Scenic River & Trail Center

It’s a wild world out there and plants have to survive too. Learn how our local plants have evolved their own defenses and have formed beneficial relationships with other organisms. Then follow us on a short hike to learn about the blooms along and around the bike path.

 

Speaking for the Trees!
10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, Sycamore Park

Join the Park District as we speak for the trees with a fun, dramatic reading of Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax! We’ll celebrate Earth Day weekend with snacks and fun activities that will help us consider the Earth and conserve nature. RSVPs are welcome but not required to rgreen@clermontcountyohio.gov.

 

May

Friday Night Hikes – Owl Prowl
8:15 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, Sycamore Park

Be a night owl with your local naturalist and explore the forest at night in search of our feathered friends. This program includes a moderate hike of 1 to 2 miles. RSVPs are appreciated but not required to rgreen@clermontcountyohio.gov.

 

Green Up Day
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, May 4, Shor Park

Learn about the conservation efforts that have taken place at Shor Park while lending a helping hand. We will be planting native flowers in the rain garden and removing some invasive weeds. Volunteers must be at least 10 years old. To sign up, email Naturalist Robin Green at rgreen@clermontcountyohio.gov.

 

Matt Maupin Memorial Fishing Derby for Kids
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, Pattison Park (lakeside)

It’s time for the annual fishing derby for kids! Sign up to see if you can catch a prize-winning fish and to just have a fun day at the park. Kids 15 and under may compete. Registration begins at 10 a.m. The fishing contest will begin at 11 a.m. This is a free event hosted by Clermont County Park District and the East Fork Bass Anglers. A limited number of fishing poles available on a first come, first served basis. Bait is provided. For questions, contact rgreen@clermontcountyohio.gov or mmotz@clermontcountyohio.gov.

 

Wildlife Wednesday – What’s in the water?
10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, Little Miami Scenic River & Trail Center

Discover the many life forms, big and small, that call our rivers home. We’ll learn how they use rivers, how they are connected, and what adaptations help them survive.

 

Hikes with Tykes – Nurturing in Nature
10 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, Sycamore Park

Learn about different parents in nature and how they take care of their animal babies. We’ll read a story, meet some animal friends, and search for animals in the park.

 

June

Yoga in the Park
9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, Sycamore Park

Free sessions of Yoga in the Park return this summer. All skill levels are welcome to enjoy the fresh morning air and lesson by certified instructors from Clermont County’s East Cincy Yoga. A limited number of mats are available on a first come, first served basis. You must bring a water bottle. Sessions will continue every Saturday from June 1 to August 31. No RSVP required.

 

Clermont County Annual Butterfly Count
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, Shor Park and Sycamore Park

It’s time for the 9th annual butterfly count, orchestrated by the North American Butterfly Association. You can join a CCPD naturalist to learn about and look for butterflies at Shor Park in the morning and Sycamore Park after lunch. To sign up, email rgreen@clermontcountyohio.gov. You may also count and register with another location in the County; visit https://www.facebook.com/events/507572049770902/ for more information.

 

Hikes with Tykes – Turtle Trot
10 to 11 a.m. Friday, June 14, Sycamore Park

This month, tykes will go on an adventure in search of sunbathing turtles at the park. We’ll learn about the turtles of Ohio with an animal talk, activities, and tykes will take home their very own turtle craft.

 

Ohio River Sweep
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, June 15, Chilo Lock 34 Park and other locations

The annual Ohio River Sweep is a great opportunity to do your part to clean up our river. This event is hosted by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO). To volunteer at Chilo Lock 34 Park or another location in Clermont County, contact coordinator Penny Greenler at 513-335-4310.

 

Wildlife Wednesday – Fun with Fossils
10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, Little Miami Scenic River & Trail Center

Fossils are the remains of plants and animals that lived long ago. Do you know about the animals that roamed the ancient seas of Ohio long before the dinosaurs? Join in on fun activities, look for fossils, and see if you have what it takes to become a fossil.

 

Friday Night Hikes – Bees and Butterflies 
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 21, Shor Park

What better way to wrap up National Pollinator Week than looking for bees and butterflies with your local naturalist. Enjoy an evening stroll through Shor Park as we look for these important pollinators and learn about their natural history.