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 rgreen@clermontcountyohio.gov with an estimated number of adults and children planning to attend.

If you would like to be placed on our Naturalist Newsletter or if you are interested in volunteering contact Robin at rgreen@clermontcountyohio.gov.

**Update**

Beginning 3/13/2020, all public and private naturalist programs held by the Clermont Park District are canceled for the next 30 days due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID 19) crisis. Our priority is the safety and well-being of all of our guests, volunteers and employees. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and we will continue to provide updates with any changes.

March

Pancakes in the Park (POSTPONED INDEFINITELY)
8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Saturday March 14, Pattison Lodge

Join the Clermont County Park District for our 15th annual Pancakes in the Park breakfast! Arrive anytime during the event to take a tour of our sugar bush and learn how maple syrup is made. Sample the different stages as you learn about the process and enjoy some REAL maple syrup on your fluffy pancakes! Tickets include: Pancake breakfast, sugar bush and sugar shack guided tours, maple sample and more!

Adults: $6.00
Senior Citizens: $5.00
Children (6 – 12): $3.00
Children (0 – 5): Free

Get your message on a maple sap bucket during Pancakes in the Park! For $30, bucket sponsors get two complimentary tickets to the pancake breakfast, a bottle of our blue ribbon maple syrup, and their name/message placed on a sap bucket in the sugar bush. To become a bucket sponsor, fill out our registration at: Bucket Sponsor Registration.

Cultures of the Past and Present (CANCELED)
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Thursday March 19, Bethel Branch Library

Join us this month for Bethel Branch Library’s Homeschool Hangout for children ages 6-12. Learn how Native Americans lived in the 1700’s before the Pioneers and Cincinnati was settled. Students will step back in time and learn how Native Americans worked, played and lived in the great forests of Southeast Ohio. Please call the library at 734-2619 for more information or RSVP online.

Winter Lecture – Reading the Landscape of Clermont County (POSTPONED INDEFINITELY)
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday March 19, Pattison Lodge

Stan Hedeen, Professor Emeritus from Xavier University joins us for an exploration of the bedrock, glacial history, forests, streams, and environmental impacts of human activities in the Clermont County area. Learn how to read the landscape so that you can figure out how geology, plants, water, and people have changed the land around you.

Hikes with Tykes – Wake Up Wildlife! (CANCELED)
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Friday March 20, Shor P
ark
Spring has sprung and our forests are waking up. Can you build a warm nest or burrow out of a winter home? Search the park for signs of Spring including frogs, salamanders, bird nests, and wildflowers. Afterward try your hand at being an awakening forest animal. Recommended for ages 2 to 6.

Wild Weather (CANCELED)
Session 1: 1 – 3 p.m. Wednesday March 25, Sycamore Park
Session 2: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Thursday March 26, Sycamore Park

Weather can be unpredictable at times, but learn how meteorologists can make predictions about the weather through our hands-on experiments! Through this hands-on program, participants will have a better understanding of weather systems and what causes them. Great for homeschoolers and recommended for ages 6 to 14. **Registration required to rgreen@clermontcountyohio.gov**

Discovery Days – Wildflower Walk (CANCELED)
1 – 2 p.m. Saturday March 28, Sycamore Park

Spring ephemerals are remarkable, short lived wildflowers that only appear in early springtime when sunlight hits the forest floor. See how many kinds we can find, learn some identifications, and track the animals that help them. Recommended for ages 6 to 14.

Women in History Hikes – Sounds of Spring (CANCELED)
6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 29, Shor Park

Mark your calendar for a walk through the wetlands to the evening chorus of Spring. Learn about the history of Shor Park and its benefactor, Sylvia Shor. We’ll discuss the courage and efforts of those that spoke up for the protection of wildlife and the land on which they depend.

APRIL

Nest Fest (CANCELED)
1 – 3 p.m., Saturday April 4, 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 our friends from RAPTOR, Inc. and use your owl eyes to uncover hidden Easter eggs around the park. This program is free and open to the public.