Public Programs

The Park District holds a variety of nature programs and special events that are open to the public throughout the year. All programs are free 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. Unless otherwise stated, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 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 are currently overhauling our program offerings. If you are interested in scheduling a program for your group, please email Robin with the details. Check back for a new list of program offerings in 2022! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to see current nature happenings or email rgreen@clermontcountyohio.gov to speak with a park naturalist.

Program Details


Winter Hikes with Tykes
Every other Thursday at 10 a.m.
Multiple Parks

Discover nature with your little one at a Clermont County park! Join a CCPD naturalist to explore the winter landscape using all our senses. Dress for the weather!

Upcoming Hikes
Jan 6, 10 – 11 a.m. Sycamore Park
January 20, 10 – 11 a.m. Kelly Nature Preserve
Feb. 3, 10 – 11 a.m. Sycamore Park


Annual Winter Bird Count
Saturday January 8 from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join Park District naturalists and volunteers for our annual winter bird count! There will be a group starting at Shor Park, Sycamore Park, and Chilo Lock 34 Park. Please arrive on time at your chosen location and expect to spend the morning hiking. Everyone is welcome!
Following the count you are invited to join us for lunch at Pattison Farmside to tally our counts and check out birds in the park. If you’d like to join us for lunch, please RSVP to rgreen@clermontcountyohio.gov.
Multiple Parks


Walk and Talk
Every other Tuesday at 1 p.m.
Multiple Parks

Join us for a leisurely walk at the park to appreciate nature, meet new friends, and get some fresh air. Everyone is welcome on these slow paced hikes on paved trails. Just step outside and you’ll be hooked! We will meet at various locations on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.

Upcoming Walks
Nov. 30, 1 p.m. Sycamore Park
Dec. 14, 1 p.m. Pattison Park
Dec. 28, 1 p.m. Williamsburg Community Park
Jan. 11, 1 p.m. Gauche Park
Jan. 25, 1 p.m. Sycamore Park
Feb. 8, 1 p.m. Pattison
Feb. 22, 1 p.m. Williamsburg Community Park


Nature Play Days
Second Fridays of the Month from 1 – 3 p.m.
Sycamore Park

Come by anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. for open-ended creative play in the Park. At Nature Play Days, we offer unstructured activities to help kids make friends, play, explore, and learn about the world together, like many of their parents and grandparents did as kids. It’s intended to encourage meaningful experiences in nature, which is not just fun, it’s great for health and learning!

Our nature play group meets on the first and third Fridays at Sycamore Park so keep coming back for more. It’s ideal for homeschool and preschool ages 3 – 14 but everyone is welcome. If you have any specific interests, email naturalist Robin at rgreen@clermontcountyohio.gov and we’ll try to incorporate your topic.


Owl Prowl
Thursday January 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Kelley Nature Preserve

Join us for a nocturnal stroll in the woods of Kelley Nature Preserve in search of Ohio’s owls! Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight or headlamp if you have one.


Nature Journaling
First Sundays of the Month from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Chilo Lock 34 Park

Join CCPD naturalists for an introduction to the transformative practice of nature journaling! Explore the beautiful Crooked Run Nature Preserve (right along the banks of the Ohio River) as we hone our observation skills and connect with nature. Whether you are brand new to nature journaling or are an experienced journaler looking for an inquisitive new journaling community, we’d love to have you with us!

Dress for the weather!
Please bring:
-A journal or notebook
-Writing implements (pencils, pens, paints, or whatever you enjoy using)
-Your curiosity!
Check out our new facebook group for nature journaling at https://www.facebook.com/groups/909905323233062

Upcoming Schedule
Feb. 6, 10 a.m. at Chilo Lock 34 Park
Mar. 6, 10 a.m. at Chilo Lock 34 Park
Apr. 3, 10 a.m. at Chilo Lock 34 Park


Beaks are Neat!
Friday February 11 at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.
Sycamore Park

Join a CCPD naturalist at either sesson for a family-friendly introduction to the wild world of birds! Experience hands-on activities, take a walk along our bird trail, and explore nature. Participants are then encouraged to put their new skills to work at the Great Backyard Bird Count on February 21st!


Soap on the Water | Melt-and-Pour Soapmaking Class
*Reservation required*
Sunday Febuary 13 at 1 p.m.
Chilo Lock 34 Park

Are you interested in beginner soapmaking techniques?
Join us at Chilo Lock 34 Park Naturalist House to learn best practices for adding fragrance and colorants, as well as tips and tricks for pouring, decorating, and unmolding your soap bars.
In addition to having a lot of fun, each participant will go home with 3 handmade bars of soap!
Participants must be age 16+.
Cost is $25.

Email Sarah at sangel@clermontcountyohio.gov with any questions or to register and hold your seat.


Great Backyard Bird Count 2022
Monday February 21 at 8:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.
Sycamore Park

Let birds bring you closer to nature! Join a CCPD naturalist at either session on a beginner-friendly walk to watch, learn about, count, and celebrate birds. Dress for the weather, & bring binoculars if you have them.