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 and emailed to registered participants 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 bring your own mask.

If you are interested in scheduling a program for your group, please 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

Nature Play Days in the Park
Friday June 4; Thursdays June 10, June 17, and June 24
Sycamore Park

Have your kids ever had hours of fun just playing in a dirt pile? Join us to explore the wonders of nature, play outdoors with friends, lean a new skill, and have an afternoon away from home!

Nature Play days are designed to give kids an opportunity for creative play outdoors and to explore nature in a safe environment. We will have outdoor spaces and materials for kids to engage in unstructured play and have meaningful learning experiences at the park. Children will be free to do as they wish, whether that be play with friends, by themselves, or engage with the stations provided. Stations will rotate regularly and include nature play spaces, games, crafts, materials for investigations, nature walks with the naturalist, and even stations designed by participants.

Playing in nature is not just fun, it’s great for health and associated with improved learning and development. Play-based learning is more engaging to children and increases the amount learned as well as how long the information is retained. Come by for a refreshing pause in the week’s schedule!

Please check back here for details about future weeks. Meet at Riverview Shelter #2 which is near the tennis courts at the back of Sycamore Park. Ideal for ages 4 through 13 but all ages are welcome! Volunteers and staff will monitor the various areas and provide guidance, but nothing will be adult directed. Kids will be free to be creative, experiment, and learn by trial and error. Please check back here for details about future weeks.

Yoga in the Park – Free All Summer
Every Saturday June through August, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Sycamore Park

Let your stresses wash away and enjoy the healing power of nature during community yoga sessions at Sycamore Park every Saturday in June through August. This morning practice is a cross between a Slow Flow Gentle Yoga and a Beginning Yoga practice with modifications to suit different experience levels. Let’s breathe and move together with certified yoga instructors from East Cincy Yoga as our guides.

Adults and teens from beginner to advanced are welcome! Please bring a blanket, yoga mat, water and any other optional props you like to use (such as yoga blocks or straps). Reservations are NOT required but they are appreciated. If you have any questions, contact Lori at East Cincy Yoga at 513-331-9525.
Be sure to check this event page for weather-related cancellations and updates.

✨🌳Attend the first day of class, Saturday June 5, for a special treat! More info coming soon!!🌳✨

A Night Under the Stars
Saturday June 12th, 9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Chilo Lock 34

Come join us for A Night Under the Stars! Meet our Naturalists at Chilo Lock 34 in front of the museum. We will take a short walk out to the field, and gaze up at the stars to find out about the stories different cultures around the world have told over time to describe constellations to help them understand the Universe around us. This program will last for two hours, so be prepared for the weather, and we strongly recommend using bug repellent. Bring your own blankets to lay on in the field, or a camping chair. This program is weather contingent, and if the weather conditions are not favorable we will be notifying people of any cancellations via our Facebook page.