Naturalist Programs

All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified.


Pop-Up Naturalist: Traveling Turtles

6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, Shor Park
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 15, Sycamore Park
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, October 19, Chilo Lock 34 Park
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday October 26, Williamsburg to Batavia Hike/Bike Trail
Meet where the Williamsburg to Batavia Hike/Bike Trail enters the East Fork State Park campground. GPS pin
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday October 26, Kelley Nature Preserve

Look for Naturalist, Robin Green, at our parks throughout October. Drop by anytime during the hour to meet our box and snapping turtles and get answers to your nature questions.

Hikes with Tykes – Everybody Needs a Home
10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11, Shor Park

Bring your preschoolers to the park to learn about where animals live and explore some of their habitats with our naturalists. Meet some of our animal ambassadors at the Park District.

Mysteries of Monarchs
12 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11
12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23

Drop by Shor Park to learn about the mysteries of these charismatic butterflies and learn how and why we monitor them so closely. Naturalists will be demonstrating how to tag monarch butterflies.

Wildlife Wednesday – Hibernate or Migrate
10 to 11 a.m. Wed. Oct. 16, Little Miami Scenic River and Trail Center (211 Railroad Avenue, Loveland, OH 45140)

Animals have many methods for surviving harsh conditions, and winter is one season that requires a plan. Learn what the locals do when winter rolls around and meet some of our animals up close.

Halloween Campfire Night
8 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Chilo Lock 34 Park

Roast some marshmallows by the fire and enjoy festive stories told by our friends, the Dreamweavers. RSVPs are welcome but not required to

Discovery Days – Earth Science
10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, Sycamore Park

Join us to learn about the amazing world under our feet. We’ll explore the rocks and soils at the park to see what they can tell us about the land and what creatures used to live here. Program geared toward K – 5. RSVPs are welcome but not required to

Wilderness Survival Skills
10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, October 24, Sycamore Park

Compass? Check! Hiking boots? Check! Shelter? Check! Are you prepared for the wilderness? Participants will put their skills to the test as they learn how to orienteer with a compass, build shelters, identify edible plants, and learn important first aid tips. Each element will include hands-on activities and challenges. Recommended for ages 7 to 14. Registration is required to

Treats and Trails
6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Sycamore Park 

Dress up and bring your little ones for some Halloween and nature-themed fun. We’ll have treats and activities throughout the park to enjoy. RSVPs are welcome but not required to

Batty for Bats
7 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, Pattison Park Lodge

Join us for an exciting evening of learning about these fantastic winged creatures and what’s happening in their world. Biologist Anita Buck will introduce us to a local animal ambassador and afterward we’ll head outside to see if we can spot any night flyers and detect their sonar


Pop-Up Naturalist: Native American Cultures and Crafts

Look for our Naturalist, Robin Green, at different parks throughout November. Drop by anytime during the hour to make a craft, hear Shawnee legends, and discover how Native Americans lived in Ohio.

1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, November 3, Williamsburg to Batavia Hike/Bike Trail
Meet where the Williamsburg to Batavia Hike/Bike Trail enters the East Fork State Park campground. GPS pin
3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, November 3, Sycamore Park
12 to 1 p.m. Saturday November 9, Pattison Park – Lakeside
3 to 4 p.m. Saturday November 9, Kelley Nature Preserve
3 to 4 p.m. Friday, November 15, Chilo Lock 34 Park
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday November 16, Shor Park

Hikes with Tykes – Turkey Trot
10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Hartman Cabin

Bring your tykes for a gobbling good time while we learn about turkeys! We’ll go on a short hike and have fun activities for your preschoolers.

Holiday Craft Workshop
6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Hartman Cabin

Get in the holiday spirit with the Clermont County Park District for an evening crafting! Crafting supplies and refreshments will be provided. Space is limited. Registration is required to

Winter Lectures – A Closer Look at Wildlife and Hunting in Ohio
6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, Pattison Park Lodge

Are you curious about wildlife management in Ohio? Is hunting really good for our environment? Hear from Division of Wildlife Biologist, Emily Archibald about the impacts of hunting. Join the discussion and get answers to your questions.

Discovery Days – Autumn Investigations
10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, Pattison Park Lakeside

Seasonal changes are always exciting in nature. Join us to take a closer look at what’s
happening in autumn and get the scoop on “how” through hands-on activities. Recommended for ages 7 to 14.

Native American Cultures and Traditions
10 a.m. 12 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, Sycamore Park
10 a.m. 12 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, Sycamore Park **Registration Full**

Learn how Native Americans lived in the 1700’s before European settlers arrived. Participants will step back in time and learn how Native Americans worked, played and lived in the great forests of Southeast Ohio. Program includes interactive games, hike and activities that focus on the tribes of Southeast Ohio. Recommended for ages 7 to 12. Registration is required to