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!

Just in time for the Big Week of Birding 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 April: 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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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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Join us Saturday for a Salamander Run Spring Hike

Come join us for splooshing through the mud in search of salamanders, frogs and other native wildlife at the Salamander Run Preserve on Saturday. Bring your boots (and maybe a raincoat)! If you’d like to download or print a flyer, click here.
SRP Herp Hike Flyer

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Come See How UAS Technology Can Help Conservation!

UAS Flyer
UAS or Unmanned Aerial System technology can help us monitor the progress of habitat restoration and conservation easements. Come one, come all to see how this exciting new technology can help us! The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required to attend. Reserve your spot by emailing revans@3vct.org or calling Randy at (513) 524-2150. Thank-you!

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Spring Valley Trust News

The digital Valley Trust News is now available! Just click here or choose Newsletter from our menu above.

Paper copies will be sent out at the end of next week (hopefully by March 5th).
Inside find:
1) Fun Photos from our Annual Meeting held on January 30th, 2016!
2) Dates and details for fun spring events including Earth Day, a Kona Community Night and an Eco-Cache with a bonus: a yummy potluck!
3) Get updates on the Salamander Run restoration and all the ways in which you can experience Spring at Salamander Run for yourself!
4) Read about our Two New Closings in January.
5) See what’s on the Horizon in Stewardship, read two important messages from our new Board chair Mark Boardman and much, much more….

Please feel free to forward this to your friends! If they would like to subscribe to the email version of our newsletter (or the paper one), please have them email me at: bkretschmer@3vct.org.

Would you like to help assemble the newsletter for those poor, sad folks who don’t get it digitally? If so, please come to the newsletter assembly party scheduled from 9:30 to 11:30am on March 3rd! When I hear from the printer, I’ll confirm the exact day and time. Please contact Bonnie (513-524-2150 or bkretschmer@3vct.org) if you might be interested in helping!

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Protect our Parks – Vote “Yes” on Issue 6

2016-02 Issue 6

The Three Valley Conservation Trust Board supports the passing of the Butler County Levy, Issue 6, up for vote on March 15, 2016. The levy will include a 0.5 mill renewal and an increase of 0.2 to keep parks open, clean and safe in the future.

TVCT has had a hand in putting conservation easements on two park properties, Timberman Ridge (Forest Run) and the Mill Race Preserve and is restoring two additional properties that will be transferred to the park later this year. We are pleased to be in partnership with the MetroParks of Butler County – not only in preserving land, but in encouraging a community investment in facilities that will make using these parks easier and more pleasant to use.

MetroParks of Butler County has announced that these funds will be used for:
– Trail maintenance, development and the creation of trail corridors linking existing trails
– Replace and/or install play equipment, restrooms, parking, shelters, footbridges, forests, wetlands and playing fields.
– Save and protect Butler County’s open space for future generations to enjoy.
– Improve water quality, by protecting waterways and upland areas
– Improve air quality, by preserving forests
– Preserve wildlife habitat and managing parks to promote wildlife diversity
– Acquire land from donors or sellers, maintain and improve it for future parks and public use.
– Provide and promote educational and recreational programs

MetroParks of Butler County also stated that State Funding received in the past was cut by 50%, while they are bearing increased operational and maintenance costs, due to increased park visitation. Without an increase in funding, MetroParks would need to close parks or reduce park maintenance.

We at Three Valley Conservation Trust are thrilled to see the increased use of outdoor spaces and hope the community will vote to support not only the increased costs of maintaining existing facilities, but upgrades to these facilities and the acquisition of more land, such as our easement land.

We heartily recommend that you vote “Yes” on issue 6 on March 15th, 2016. Support our Parks!

Park Levy Factsheet

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