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Naturalist Programs

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Preschool Storytime - Frogs and Toads
Wednesday June 11
11:00 am
Sycamore Park
Join our naturalist and Angie from the Batavia branch library for our monthly preschool storytime!  We'll listen to a story, make a craft, and get an up close visit with this month's animal! Meet at Sycamore # 1 shelter (nearest the park entrance). 

Illuminating Insects
Thursday June 26
8:30 pm
Sycamore Park
Join the naturalist as we explore the fascinating world of fireflies. Discover how and why these small beetles flash during early summer evenings. We'll search the park for these illuminating insects that have captured the curiosity of generations of children. Meet at the picnic shelter and bring a jar or container to catch bugs in. All lightning bugs will be released after the program.

Southern Ohio T's
Cooker Tour
Sunday June 29
1:00 pm
Chilo Lock 34 Park
Visit with the Southern Ohio Model T club as they bring their antique cars to Chilo Lock 34 Park for a picnic. They'll be cooking their lunch on the engine manifold as they drive. Stop in and see these early American automobiles and how they can cook while they are driving.

Volunteer Opportunity: Honeysuckle Removal
Tuesday July 8, 22
9:00 am to Noon
Wilson Nature Preserve
Bring your gloves and strong back as we remove the non-native Bush Honeysuckle from along the East Fork of the Little Miami River in the Wilson Nature Preserve. Removing the honeysuckle will improve habitat for the federally endangered Indiana Bat and improve conditions for our native wildflowers. Tools will be provided. Pre-registration is helpful, but not required. Email parkdistrict@clermontcountyohio.gov to register. Have a group that wants to help? Contact us and we will try to set a day and time that works for your group.

Shor Park Tour
Wednesday July 9
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Shor Park
Join the Park District and staff from the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District for a guided tour of the newly renovated Shor Park. The recently completed renovations include; habitat improvements, wetland restoration, a rain garden, and interpretive signage. The project was a collaborative effort between the Park District and the Clermont SWCD to demonstrate how to minimize water pollution and the effects of storm water runoff. Registration Required:  Please click here to register. 

Preschool Storytime - Butterflies
Wednesday July 9
11:00 am
Sycamore Park
Join our naturalist and Angie from the Batavia branch library for our monthly preschool storytime! We'll listen to a story, make a craft, and then take a hike searching for these winged wonders! Meet at Sycamore # 1 shelter (nearest the park entrance).

Paddling the Little Miami
Friday July 11
10:00 am
Kelley Nature Preserve
Join us for a fun day on the water. We'll provide the canoes and kayaks, you provide the power. The Park District and Roads, Rivers, and Trails have partnered together for a day exploring the wonderful scenery that make the Little Miami River a dedicated state and national Scenic River. Space is limited.  Call 513-876-9013 to sign up. Deadline to register is Thursday, July 3rd. For safety reasons, children under the age of 4 are not permitted.

C
lermont County YMCA at Sycamore Park
Saturday July 12 - Yoga
Saturday July 19 - Bootcamp
Saturday July 26 - Tai Chi
9:30 am
The Clermont County Family YMCA will be offering free exercise classes at Sycamore Park this summer. This is a wonderful opportunity to sample one of their many classes in an outdoor setting. A different class will be offered each Saturday. For more information on the classes, contact Gail Erhardt at the Clermont Family YMCA at 742-9622.

Hiking Basics
Saturday August 2
10:00 am
Sycamore Park/ Wilson Nature Preserve
Join our experts from Roads, Rivers, and Trails Outfitters for a day of instruction on what to pack, what to wear, and places to go. Then practice your new skills on a day hike through Sycamore Park and the Wilson Nature Preserve. The hike will last approximately 90 minutes and the trails are moderately strenuous.

Clermont County YMCA at Sycamore Park
Dog Days of Summer
Saturday August 2
9:30 - 10:30  - Pet Bootcamp
10:45 - 11:15  - Nose to Toes
The Clermont County Family YMCA will be offering free exercise classes at Sycamore Park this summer. This is a wonderful opportunity to sample one of their many classes in an outdoor setting.  For more information on the classes, contact Gail Erhardt at the Clermont Family YMCA at 742-9622.

Crooked Run by Canoe
Friday August 8
10:00 am
Crooked Run State Nature Preserve
Explore Clermont County's only state dedicated nature preserve by canoe. We'll begin our paddle up the Ohio River for about one mile before reaching the mouth of Crooked Run estuary. Once in the backwaters of Crooked Run, we'll explore and search for kingfishers, great blue herons, and other native wildlife. Space is limited. Call 513-876-9013 to sign up. Deadline to register is Friday August 1. For safety reasons, children under the age of 4 are not permitted.

Preschool Storytime - Snakes
Wednesday August 13
11:00 am
Sycamore Park
Join our naturalist and Angie from the Batavia branch library for our monthly preschool storytime! We'll listen to a story, make a craft, and get an up close visit with this month's animal! Meet at Sycamore # 1 shelter (nearest the park entrance).

Volunteer Opportunity: Honeysuckle Removal
Tuesday August 19, 26
9:00 am to Noon
Wilson Nature Preserve
Bring your gloves and strong back as we remove the non-native Bush Honeysuckle from along the East Fork of the Little Miami River in the Wilson Nature Preserve. Removing the honeysuckle will improve habitat for the federally endangered Indiana Bat and improve conditions for our native wildflowers. Tools will be provided. Pre-registration is helpful, but not required. Email parkdistrict@clermontcountyohio.gov to register. Have a group that wants to help? Contact us and we will try to set a day and time that works for your group.

A small Waterfall in the Wilson Nature Preserve
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