A Full Weekend of Conservation

Saturday: Trees for Salamanders, Frogs and Turtles (Oh My!)

Square ToadYou can join us in creating just the kind of lush, wetland habitat that salamanders, frogs and turtles enjoy, at the Salamander Run Preserve.  A whole host of native species have returned since the restoration began and will be enjoyed for generations – once it becomes a MetroPark in Butler County.  Bring  your boots and sunscreen.  It’s Saturday, June 25th, 9 am to noon (optional RSVP here).

Sunday: A Picnic of Fun for Everyone

Bruns PicnicYou and your grandparents, parents, kids and grandkids will enjoy fun, activities (like creeking and fishing), a hayride, music and a drum circle!  We’ll have sloppy joe’s with Amy Leedy’s locally-produced beef.  Please bring a dish to share and your own reusable table service.  It’s Sunday, June 26th, noon to 4pm) at the Bruns’ Farm at 9693 State Route 177, Camden, OH 45311.  For more information go here.

Picnic Update – We have MUSIC!

Internet Drums-group-LThe line-up will be:
12 – 1:30pm Warren and Judy Waldron
1:30 – 2:30pm Terry Woedl
3 – 4pm Pete Carels participatory drum circle

Many, sincere thanks to the talented musicians who are willing to come out and brighten our day!

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Wonderful Wednesdays this Summer

Starting on Wednesday, June 29th a series of alternating morning and evening programs will take you all over our community to discover the outdoors in a variety of ways.  You can download the flyer here.

For google maps to each location, please go to our Summer Series Page.

Summer Series Flyer


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Wednesday’s Work Session Cancelled

SRP Agnes StormLightThe Wednesday evening volunteer work session at the Salamander Run Preserve is cancelled due to the expected Thunderstorm on Wednesday evening.

We will have even more work to do on Saturday, June 25th, 9 am to noon (RSVP here).

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Thanks – and we’re not done!

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Thanks to everyone who came out to Salamander Run to the wetland habitat plantings on Friday and Saturday!  We had lots of fun creating native habitat and seeing a few of the cool creatures who will benefit.

But the fun’s not over – we have lots more to do and we need help!  Please come out to help us plant again on:

•  Wednesday, June 22nd, 5 to 8 pm (RSVP here)
•  Saturday, June 25th, 9 am to noon (RSVP here)

Thank-you for helping us create healthy, native habitat in our community!


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Come get your hands dirty with us!

Planting at PCRP croppedExplore the Salamander Run Preserve!

Get dirty and create some great habitat in our community.

What’s the Salamander Run Preserve?  It’s an easement in the headwaters of the Paddy’s Run watershed.  The Salamander Run Preserve has more than 130 acres of woodland, prairie, and vernal pools being restored to a more natural state.  Restoration is time and energy intensive… so we need your help!  Come get your hands dirty while helping preserve our natural habitats and their inhabitants. Courtesy of the Ohio EPA and Metroparks of Butler County and Three Valley Conservation Trust, four woodland and wetland plantings dates are planned for this summer:
•  Friday, June 10th, 5 to 8 pm (RSVP here)
•  Saturday, June 11th, 9 am to noon (RSVP here)
•  Wednesday, June 22nd, 5 to 8 pm (RSVP here)
•  Saturday, June 25th, 9 am to noon (RSVP here)
Come in sturdy boots!  You will get wet and muddy.  Tools and refreshments provided.  RSVP to Metroparks of Butler County with the links provided above.

Thanks so much for your help creating native habitat in our community!

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Annual Picnic June 26th – Lots of Fun Activities!

Bruns PicnicSave the date!

Sunday, June 26th from Noon through 4pm

at 9693 State Route 177, Camden, OH 45311

A HUGE THANK-YOU to Al and Mary Bruns for hosting us at your easement farm!  Please feel free to invite your friends to attend, but also please respect Al and Mary’s beautiful private property.

We’ll have plenty of fun things to do – for Kids, Parents and Grandparents alike:

  • Creeking!  A search for wildlife that’s fun for all ages.
  • Fishing in the lake (bring your fishing gear).
  • A canoe and kayak for fun on the lake.
  • Enjoy a Hayride and tour of this beautiful farm.
  • Hiking on a several wooded trails.
  • Music by a local band (we’ll give you their name when they confirm with us!)
  • A participatory drum circle lead by the truly wonderful Peter Carels
  • Sloppy Joes with Amy Leedy’s Local Beef (also veggie Joes)
  • Please bring a side to share and your own reusable table service (plate, cup and cutlery).

Please come and invite your friends! 

An RSVP is appreciated, but not required.  Email Bonnie at bkretschmer@3vct.org to RSVP, for more information and/or to arrange a ride or ask to be assigned to a carpool.

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New! Check out our Enviro-Calendar!

We have something new to share with you!

We’ve added a new calendar that lists fun outdoor adventures in our area for the whole family (with one or two exceptions).  These events aren’t just events hosted by Three Valley Conservation Trust, but an extensive list of events hosted by parks and environmental groups all over our community (Butler and Preble counties).

This calendar will always be available under the “Events” menu on our website.  At the moment it just goes through the end of May, but we plan to have June up in a few weeks.

Do you have an event that you’d like to submit?

If so, please email Bonnie at bkretschmer@3vct.org – and include the following information:

  • Event Date and Time
  • Event Name
  • Event Location
  • A one-sentence description of the event
  • Indicate if your event requires registration (and/or anything else)
  • The Name of the Sponsoring Organization
  • A URL (or email/phone number) where more details may be found.

We hope that you find this calendar a useful resource when planning your week!  If you’d like to volunteer to help us maintain this calendar, please contact Bonnie at bkretschmer@3vct.org.

Thank-you for supporting our mission and getting outside!

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It’s Kroger Community Rewards Re-Designation time!

Kroger Receipt - CroppedDo you see this on the bottom of your Kroger receipts? If you do – thank-you very much for supporting Three Valley Conservation Trust!
Please remember that the month of April is when you need to sign up to help us again. If you don’t, that wonderful little message will disappear on May 1st!

If you need a refresher on how to re-designate, see our instructions (with screen shots) here.

Are you brand new to this and need to create a Kroger account? Your instructions are here.

If you need help with the instructions above, please feel free to contact Bonnie at (513) 524-2150 or bkretschmer@3vct.org.

If you are experiencing any problems with the Kroger website, feel free to call Kroger and get help. Their number for community rewards website assistance is: 1-866-221-4141.
Our organization ID with Kroger Community Rewards is: 80803.

Turtles3-croppedWe really appreciate each and every one of our Community Rewards supporters. It may not cost you anything, but a few minutes of your time really pays off for us. Thank-you!

Are you looking for another way to help?
Remember that whenever you shop at Amazon using this link, 5% of your purchase can become a donation to Three Valley Conservation Trust – at no cost to you!

Thank-you for supporting land conservation in Southwest Ohio. (c:

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Celebrate Earth Day at Kona with TVCT!

Kona Flyer 2016

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Amphibian photos of fun – Birding Week in April

Here are a few photos of the fun we had on Saturday! If you missed the fun on Saturday (or are just hungry for more outdoor fun) join the MetroParks of Butler County and all their partners for a Big Week of Birding in Butler County
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