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.

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 to speak with a park naturalist.

Program Schedule

Nature Play Days in the Park
Sycamore Park
Friday April 23, 1 – 4 p.m.
Friday April 30, 1 – 4 p.m.

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!

Play days will be held most Fridays from 1 – 4 p.m. through at least May, 2021. 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.

Naturalist on the Move
April through May, 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