Help Today – Cabbages for Food Banks

CabbagesDo you want to help?

Ohio Farm Bureau board member Lane Osswald and family have a cabbage crop that will be donated to the Ohio Association of Food Banks. They are organizing volunteers to help with the harvest at their farm in Preble County. They are looking for  people who could help this afternoon, Aug. 30, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. There are other volunteer needs throughout this week, too.

Please call Ohio Farm Bureau for more details at 614-246-8241.

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On the Horizon

SRP Agnes StormLightThere are many events on the horizon that you can look forward to enjoying.  They are:
Sun., Sept. 18th, 9am to Noon – Ruder Preserve Workday
Sat., Sept. 24th, 3pm to 5pm – GOW: Hike Salamander Run
Sun., Sept. 25th, 4pm to 5:30pm – GOW: Hike and Pie at the Ruder Preserve
Sat., Oct. 22nd, 9am to 1pm – Ruder Preserve Workday
Sat., Oct. 22nd, 1pm to 5pm – Ruder Preserve Workday
Sat., Nov. 12th, 9am to 1pm – Ruder Preserve Workday
Sat., Nov. 12th, 5:30 to 8:30pm – Auction for Acres at the Fitton Center in Hamilton
Sat., Jan. 28th, 2017 – Annual Membership Meeting at the Knolls of Oxford

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It’s all new for September

That’s right, the Conservation Connection page has been updated through the end of September with lots of cool events in our neighborhood.  In particular:

Ruder IMG_1359Visit Miami’s Ecological Research Center on Sat. Sept. 17th at 11am, Jeremy Fruth, the ERC manager, will lead a tour of this 69-hectare field station containing field sites and facilities that support both aquatic and terrestrial research.  The tour will be followed by a potluck picnic at their shelter.

GOW: Hike and Pie – the hike and pie returns during Great Outdoor weekend on Sept. 25th at 4pm – this time at our own Ruder Preserve.

And of course – our Ruder Preserve Work Days continue into the fall, but before then, we’ll have one final Wonderful Wednesday on August 31st.

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Next Up: A Final Wonderful Wednesday

A lovely view of wetland and prairie at the "Edge of Farm" property.

A lovely view of wetland and prairie at the “Edge of Farm” property.

August 31st from 6 to 8pm – Prairie Ramble and Cookout

Enjoy an end-of-the-summer cookout, followed by a ramble through the prairie to see what’s out at the Edge of the Farm Conservation Area.  Bring a side to share.  We’ll meet at 6pm at the Edge of Farm Nature Preserve located at 5398 McCoy Road, Oxford, OH  45056.

This is our last event of the summer outdoor education series and while we’re sad to see summer go, we’ve really enjoyed this series.  We hope you have too!  Let us know (at this event or at anytime) what you think and if you’d like to see us do another series next summer.

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Crazy Cool Creekin’ is ON for 8/24/16

Crawdad2Believe it or not – the weather has turned lovely and dry, so we get to go creeking on a gorgeous property.  How cool is that?

Please wear shoes you can get wet so you can explore what creepy cool critters live in our creeks.  We’ll meet at 9:30am at 4328 Wallace Road, Oxford, OH 45056 (on the west side of the creek, best accessed from Hwy 73).

Be warned that Wallace Road does not have a bridge over four mile creek – so the two halves of this road do not connect to each other – and this property is not on the highway 27 side of Wallace Road.

From Oxford: take 73 West, turn right onto Shollenbarger Road, turn right when it ends into Lanes Mill Road and take a soft right onto Wallace Road.  Fun fact – on Lanes Mill Road and Wallace Road, you’ll be parallel to the path of the creek you’ll be exploring: Four Mile Creek.

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Cancelled due to Weather: August 17th, Fossils and a Feast

waterfall-squareCANCELLED: August 17th from 6 to 8pm – Fossils and a Feast

Sadly, the rainy weather recently and predicted for Wednesday is going to make the fossil hunting areas impassible.  We are cancelling this event.  It is our dearest hope that we will be able to offer it next year (and that it won’t be rained out again!).  Thanks so much for all your interest!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call Bonnie at (513) 524-2150 or email her at

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Cancelled Due To Weather: August 13th Work Day

Saturday, August 13th Ruder Preserve Workday Cancelled

Due to rain forecast for this weekend, we need to cancel this workday.  The work we had anticipated doing this Saturday includes painting the stumps, which requires dry weather.

20160719_192355Please come help us at a future work day:

More work days are planned this fall.  Please RSVP to so we can have the proper amount of equipment available.

Sunday, September 18th, 9am to Noon

Saturday, October 22nd, 9 am to 1 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm  (lunch provided).  Come to either the 1st or 2nd shift (or both – if you’re feeling ambitious).

Saturday, November 12th, 9 am to 1 pm

Please remember to RSVP to Randy at – we want to have enough tools (and in October – food) for everyone.  Thank-you so much for your willingness to help!

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Coming Up: Hunting for Natural Treasures

On Wednesdays in the next two weeks, we’ll be hunting for natural treasures in on beautiful, private, properties – one of which is protected by Three Valley Conservation Trust, in perpetuity.

cropped-TVCT-header-960x250.jpgAugust 17th from 6 to 8pm – Fossils and a Feast

Look for fossils on a protected property along Paint Creek and then enjoy a light dinner.  Please RSVP (so that an appropriate amount of food can be made) to Bonnie at (513) 524-2150 or  We’ll meet at 6pm at 7611 Camden-Sugar Valley Road, Camden, OH 45311.

Crawdad2August 24th from 9:30 to 11am – Crazy Cool Creekin’

Wear shoes you can get wet and explore what creepy cool critters live in our creeks.  We’ll meet at 9:30am at 4328 Wallace Road, Oxford, OH 45056 (on the west side of the creek, most easily accessed from Hwy 73).

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Plants Love the Rain

TVCTPlantTourZebraSw-SquareOn Wednesday, August 10th, as part of our Summer Outdoor Education Series, Dick Munson led our group of water-resistant plant enthusiasts on a first-rate tour of his Arboretum and L’Obel Nursery.  We were fascinated with the wealth of knowledge Dick shared with us about the native trees and plants we saw.  A big thank-you to Dick and to everyone who braved the rain to attend this event!

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Next Up: A Wonderful Wednesday

5rivers trilliumAugust 10th from 9:30 to 11am – Native Ohio Trees and Plants

Resident expert Dick Munson will teach us about some of the flora that have been living here, on this land we call home, much longer than we have.  We’ll meet at 9:30am at 6751 Brown Road, Oxford, OH 45056.

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