Naturalist Programs

February

Square Dancing Lessons
6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, Pattison Park Lodge
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26
Tuesday, Mar. 5

Grab your partner and save the dates for FREE Square Dancing Lessons with the Clermont County Park District and our wonderful musicians, Barb Hirst Shade Childers and Russ Childers. Add some excitement to your Tuesday nights. This series will have six fun-filled sessions for adults only, beginning Jan. 29 and continuing for five more weeks. Please contact our Naturalist at 513-240-2615 or adrooks@clermontcountyohio.gov to register for these free lessons.

 

Nature Hikes & Sights – Winter Wildlife Hike
10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 9 at Sycamore Park and Wilson Nature Preserve

Strap on your hiking boots and hit the trails with your local park naturalist. We’ll meet and begin our hike at the bridge in Sycamore Park. Then we’ll hike into Wilson Nature Preserve as we search for wildlife and animal signs on the Outer Loop Trail. This will be a moderate to difficult 2 mile hike.

 

Maple Days Hike 
2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, Pattison Park Lodge

Hike the sugar bush at Pattison Park and learn about the liquid gold known as maple syrup. After our light hike, we’ll warm up in the lodge and enjoy some tasty maple tea and cookies. RSVPs are welcome to adrooks@clermontcountyohio.gov or 513-240-2615.

 

Winter Lecture Series – Green Living
6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, Pattison Park Lodge

It’s a new year and that can mean turning over a new leaf, perhaps a greener leaf. You might be surprised at the many things you can do to green up your lifestyle to help yourself and the environment. Learn some tips and tricks you can start applying and join us in the discussion about going greener this year. RSVPs are welcome but not required to adrooks@clermontcountyohio.gov.

 

Fly Tying 101
10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 16, Pattison Park Lodge

Join us in the lodge to learn how to tie your own flies, swap stories, and get fly fishing advice from Buckeye United Fly Fishers. No experience is necessary. Materials will be provided, and so will refreshments. To sign up, email adrooks@clermontcountyohio.gov or call 513-240-2615.

March

Nature Hikes & Sights – Woodcock Walk 
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, Chilo Lock 34 Park

It’s time again to catch the annual sky dance of the American woodcock. These well camouflaged birds are great at blending in, except when they are noisily fluttering down from the sky to attract the ladies’ attention. Join us at the park to keep an eye out for these birds during our walk around the meadows.

 

Pancakes in the Park
8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 9 at Pattison Park Lodge

Maple season is in full swing and it’s time for the 14th annual Pancakes in the Park breakfast extraordinaire. Bring the family for a tasty breakfast, guided hikes through the Sugarbush Trail, and see how we turn maple sap into syrup right before your eyes. Tickets are available at the door. Adults ($6), Seniors ($5), 6 to 12 year olds ($3), ages 5 and under are free.

 

Winter Lecture Series – The Buzz About Bees
6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Mar. 12 at Pattison Park Lodge

Learn how our local bees survive and thrive, and what’s going on in their world. Discover our impacts on these important creatures, why we should we care, and how we can help them and avoid causing harm.

 

Nature Hikes & Sights – Marsh Madness 
7 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 29, Chilo Lock 34 Park

It’s the perfect time of year to glimpse the heightened activity in and around our local wetlands. Join us at the Park District as the night comes alive with the sounds of our amphibian friends. We’ll get a close look at some of these animals and see how many different species we can hear. RSVPs are welcome but not required to adrooks@clermontcountyohio.gov.