Conservation Connection

A Calendar of Outdoor Fun

There’s so much exciting stuff to do outdoors in our community during these fine fall days!  Look for the Three Valley Conservation Trust projects in red text.  Come join us outside!

Sat. April 29 – May 6 (Time and Location vary) 
Field trip/Hike Hunter / Huffmeier Property – TJ Maxx parking lot (Oxford, OH)
More than a field trip, it’s a whole week of field trips! Audubon Miami Valley joins with Metroparks of Butler County as a co-sponsor of the Big Week of Birding in Butler County. Start with sunrise birding on Saturday April 29, enjoy birding each day, then wrap it all up with a family event on Saturday, May 6. Eleven fantastic birding opportunities, each at a different location! With each trip being led by an experienced birder or naturalist during the peak of spring migration, this is an outstanding opportunity to observe and enjoy the many species that move through our area each year. It’s also a great way to discover the outstanding natural areas offered by Metroparks of Butler County. These outings will meet at the respective sites, and some may have special requirements. To learn more, be sure to visit the Metroparks website, http://reservations.yourmetroparks.net/programs/.
No Pre-Registration Required
Audubon Miami Valley
For more information, click here.

Sat. April 29 – 7:30am – 9:30am 
Big Week of Birding in Butler County – Gilmor MetroPark (Hamilton)
Gilmore MetroPark is a treasure trove of birds. With the rookery of cormorants, egrets and great blue herons, as well as an abundance of spring warblers, this is a great park to visit. Meet at the Gilmore Road entrance.
No Pre-Registration Required
MetroParks of Butler County
For more information, click here.

Sat. April 29 starting at 11am (program length not mentioned) 
Fossil Expedition – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Nature Center
Meet at the Nature Center to follow a naturalist to one of the great fossil collection sites around the park. Bring your vehicle; we will drive to the collection site.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Sat. April 29 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
Big Week of Birding in Butler County – Davidson Woods
Davidson Woods is a beautiful park and a great place to bird. It is normally closed to the public, except for programming. This is a wonderful opportunity to see one of MetroParks’ hidden gems. You will be contacted after registration regarding meet up location.
Pre-Registration Required
MetroParks of Butler County
For more information, click here.

Sun. April 30 – 7:30am – 9:30am 
Big Week of Birding in Butler County – Woodsdale (Trenton)
Woodsdale, part of Chrisholm MetroPark, runs along the Great Miami River. Swamp sparrow is known to hang out here. Because of its location near the water, it is great for spring migrants.
No Pre-Registration Required
MetroParks of Butler County
For more information, click here.

Sun. April 30 starting at 11am (program length not mentioned) 
Wildlife Invasion – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Lodge
Meet at the Lodge for a look at some of Ohio’s wild animals.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Sun. April 30 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
Big Week of Birding in Butler County – Forest Run (Hamilton)
Forest Run Wildlife Preserve has a variety of habitat: meadow, forest, pond and a stream. It is always a great place to bird. Join us in the back parking lot.
No Pre-Registration Required
MetroParks of Butler County
For more information, click here.

Sun. April 30 starting at 2pm (program length not mentioned) 
Amazing Amphibians – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Nature Center
Meet at the Nature Center for a short discussion of Ohio’s amophibians followed by a trek to search for these elusive animals.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Mon. May 1 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
Big Week of Birding in Butler County – Salamander Run
Salamander Run is soon to be one of MetroParks’ newest parks. It is a great place to see orioles and tanagers! Meet up location given after registration
Pre-Registration Required
MetroParks of Butler County
For more information, click here.

Tues. May 2 – 7:30am – 9:30am 
Big Week of Birding in Butler County – Hueston Woods Bird Banding Station (Oxford)
Visit Dr. Dave Russell at the Hueston Woods State Park Bird Banding Station and see the spring migrants up close. Then enjoy birding in the park.
No Pre-Registration Required
MetroParks of Butler County
For more information, click here.

Wed. May 3 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
Big Week of Birding in Butler County – Elk Creek (Middletown)
Elk Creek MetroPark Meadow Ridge is the newest addition to MetroParks. Let’s check out the birds!
No Pre-Registration Required
MetroParks of Butler County
For more information, click here.

Thurs. May 4 – 7:30am – 9:30am
Big Week of Birding in Butler County – Governor Bebb MetroPark (Okeana)
Elk Creek MetroPark Meadow Ridge is the newest addition to MetroParks. Let’s check out the birds!
No Pre-Registration Required
MetroParks of Butler County
For more information, click here.

Thurs. May 4 – 5:30pm – 6:30pm 
Lodge Pond and Beyond – Fernald Visitors Center (Hamilton)
Every Thursday in May we will meet for a brisk 2.3-mile hike. Discover how the scenery and the ducks on Lodge Pond change as spring moves forward. Meet at Lodge Pond Trail.
No Pre-Registration Required 
Fernald Preserve
For more information, click here.

Fri. May 5 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
Big Week of Birding in Butler County – Sycamore Bluffs (Oxford)
Part of 4-Mile Creek MetroPark, Sycamore Bluffs is open to the public for programming. This hike will be on undeveloped trails so dress accordingly.
No Pre-Registration Required
MetroParks of Butler County
For more information, click here.

Sat. May 6 – 7:30am – 9:30am 
Big Week of Birding in Butler County – Indian Creek (Oxford)
Cerulean Warblers, Crested Flycatchers and waterthrush greet you when you bird here. It is also a wonderful place for spring wildflowers!
No Pre-Registration Required
MetroParks of Butler County
For more information, click here.

Sat. May 6 – 8am – 11am
Oxford Farmer’s Market – Uptown Oxford
Each Saturday during the warm weather, Oxford area farmers and craft merchants sell their goods and share their information and smiles.
No Pre-Registration Required

Sat. May 6 – 9am – 12pm 
Ruder Preserve Workday – Corner of Bonham Road and Shadowy Hills Dr. (Oxford) 
Help restore this forest. Stack, cut, or spray invasive plants to prepare the area for native growth. All skill levels welcome! Lunch will be provided. 
No Pre-Registration Required
Three Valley Conservation Trust
For more information, call (513) 524-2150

Sat. May 6 starting at both 9am and 10:30am
Thank a Bee! – Forest Run MetroPark (Hamilton)
Get the buzz on beekeeping with beekeeper Bruce Benskin. Discover the uses of honey products and how to attract these important pollinators to your very own garden. Two programs available: 9 AM and 10:30 AM. FREE for all ages. Registration requested, walk ups welcome. Weather dependent. Registered participants will be contacted if program canceled.
Registration Requested, Walk-Ins Welcome 
MetroParks of Butler County
For more information, click here.

Sat. May 6 starting at 11am (program length not mentioned) 
Wildlife Invasion – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Lodge
Meet at the Lodge for a look at some of Ohio’s wild animals.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Sat. May 6 – 12pm – 2pm 
Founder’s Day Picnic – Leonard Howell Park (Oxford) 
Join us for a PICNIC and CELEBRATION in honor of the contributions of the originators of Three Valley Conservation Trust. Take walks through the restored (in progress) Ruder Preserve forest AND walk the Oxford Area Trail to the Black Covered Bridge.
No Pre-Registration Required
Three Valley Conservation Trust
For more information, call (513) 524-2150

Sat. May 6 – 1pm – 3pm
Chickens, Rabbits, and Ducks, Oh my! – Garber Nature Center (Lewbisburg)
Can you cackle like a hen, waddle like a duck, or wiggle your nose like a rabbit? Let’s learn from real farm animals! Christa Hein will bring “The Farm to You”, sharing live animals. Download the program flyer for this event.
No Pre-Registration Required
Prebel County Park District
For more information, click here.

Sat. May 6 starting at 2pm (program length not mentioned) 
Finding Fish – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Marina
Meet at the Marina to try your luck casting a line. Bait and tackle are provided but are limited. May 6 & 7 is free fishing in Ohio.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Sat. May 6 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm 
Big Week of Birding in Butler County – Timberhill (Hamilton)
This part of Rentschler Forest MetroPark is a group reservable area. This forested area near a creek should provide great birding. Join us for a wrap up to this year’s Big Week of Birding in Butler County.
No Pre-Registration Required
MetroParks of Butler County
For more information, click here.

Sun. May 7 starting at 11am (program length not mentioned) 
Morning Hike – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Nature Center
Meet at the Nature Center to explore a scenic forest. Wear appropriate footwear. Bring a vehicle to drive to the trailhead.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Sun. May 7 starting at 2pm (program length not mentioned) 
Reptile Show – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Nature Center
Meet at the Nature Center for a discussion about our scaly residents.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Mon. May 8 – 7pm (program length not mentioned) 
(Lecture) Madagascar, the Eighth Continent: Why it Matters – LCNB, 2nd Floor Conference Room (Oxford)
Madagascar is unique amongst the earth’s many destinations in its high number of endemic species across various groups of organisms such as birds, frogs, primates, insects, plants, etc. Madagascar faces a number of challenges ranging from an exploding population, massive deforestation, and unsustainable development to mention a few that threaten the very survival of its unique evolutionary heritage. Come and learn what makes Madagascar a show place of evolution and what is being done to save this incredible place for future generations.
Registration Not Required 
Audubon Miami Valley
For more information, click here.

Wed. May 10 – 9am – 5pm
Free Milkweeds for Monarchs – Fernald Visitors Center (Hamilton)
Join the nationwide conservation effort to save the monarch butterfly. Walk the self-guided Monarch Trail (easy .25 mile) and receive a coupon for a free milkweed plant from a nearby garden center. Supplies are limited. Stop in during the times listed and allow 45 minutes.
No Pre-Registration Required 
Fernald Preserve
For more information, click here.

Thurs. May 11 – 5:30pm – 6:30pm 
Lodge Pond and Beyond – Fernald Visitors Center (Hamilton)
Every Thursday in May we will meet for a brisk 2.3-mile hike. Discover how the scenery and the ducks on Lodge Pond change as spring moves forward. Meet at Lodge Pond Trail.
No Pre-Registration Required 
Fernald Preserve
For more information, click here.

Sat. May 13 starting at 11am (program length not mentioned) 
Wildlife Invasion – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Lodge
Meet at the Lodge for a look at some of Ohio’s wild animals.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Sun. May 14 starting at 11am (program length not mentioned) 
Mother’s Day Stroll – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Nature Center
Meet at the Nature Center to explore the forest. Wear appropriate footwear. Bring a vehicle to drive to the trailhead.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Sun. May 14 starting at 2pm (program length not mentioned) 
Nature’s Mothers – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Nature Center
Meet at the Nature Center to discuss various animal’s parenting techniques.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Wed. May 17 – 9am – 5pm
Free Milkweeds for Monarchs – Fernald Visitors Center (Hamilton)
Join the nationwide conservation effort to save the monarch butterfly. Walk the self-guided Monarch Trail (easy .25 mile) and receive a coupon for a free milkweed plant from a nearby garden center. Supplies are limited. Stop in during the times listed and allow 45 minutes.
No Pre-Registration Required 
Fernald Preserve
For more information, click here.

Thurs. May 18 – 5:30pm – 6:30pm 
Lodge Pond and Beyond – Fernald Visitors Center (Hamilton)
Every Thursday in May we will meet for a brisk 2.3-mile hike. Discover how the scenery and the ducks on Lodge Pond change as spring moves forward. Meet at Lodge Pond Trail.
No Pre-Registration Required 
Fernald Preserve
For more information, click here.

Sat. May. 20 – 9am to 12pm 
Stream Biology Workshop – Indian Creek MetroPark (Oxford)
Identify and sample for macroinvertebrates with educators from MetroParks & Butler Soil & Water Conservation District. The quantities and species types living in a creek provide an indication of the water quality. Pre-registration is required by May 16. Contact BSWCD at 513-887-3720 or email whitelr@butlercountyohio.org.
Pre-Registration Required 
MetroParks of Butler County
For more information, click here.

Sat. May 20 starting at 11am (program length not mentioned) 
Wildlife Invasion – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Lodge
Meet at the Lodge for a look at some of Ohio’s wild animals.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Sat. May 20 – 1pm – 3:30pm
Burrowing Crayfish Dig – Fernald Visitors Center (Hamilton)
Have you ever seen lumpy mud “chimneys” on the ground, maybe even in your yard? These are made by burrowing crayfish as they excavate tunnels, which can be several feet deep! Join us to learn about these fascinating creatures, and then lure them to the surface to find out which secretive species are living underfoot at the Fernald Preserve. Bring all your crayfish questions and wear shoes that can get wet and muddy.
No Pre-Registration Required 
Fernald Preserve
For more information, click here.

Sat. May 20 starting at 2pm (program length not mentioned) 
Basic Orienteering – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Indian Mound in the Campground
Meet at the Indian Mound in the Campground to learn to navigate with a map and compass. Be prepared to go off-trail; long pants are recommended.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Sun. May 21 starting at 11am (program length not mentioned) 
Tree Hike – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Nature Center
Meet at the Nature Center to learn to identify local trees. Wear appropriate footwear. Bring your vehicle; we will drive to the trailhead.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Sun. May 21 starting at 2pm (program length not mentioned) 
Reptile Show – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Nature Center
Meet at the Nature Center for a discussion about our scaly residents.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Wed. May 24 – 9am – 5pm
Free Milkweeds for Monarchs – Fernald Visitors Center (Hamilton)
Join the nationwide conservation effort to save the monarch butterfly. Walk the self-guided Monarch Trail (easy .25 mile) and receive a coupon for a free milkweed plant from a nearby garden center. Supplies are limited. Stop in during the times listed and allow 45 minutes.
No Pre-Registration Required 
Fernald Preserve
For more information, click here.

Thurs. May 25 – 5:30pm – 6:30pm 
Lodge Pond and Beyond – Fernald Visitors Center (Hamilton)
Every Thursday in May we will meet for a brisk 2.3-mile hike. Discover how the scenery and the ducks on Lodge Pond change as spring moves forward. Meet at Lodge Pond Trail.
No Pre-Registration Required 
Fernald Preserve
For more information, click here.

Fri. May 26 starting at 11am (program length not mentioned) 
Nature Yoga – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Nature Center
Meet at the Nature Center to join the naturalist in nature inspired basic moves. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Fri. May 26 – 12pm – 2pm
Kayak Excursion – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Marina
Meet at the Marina to learn kayaking basics and then take a guided kayak trip on Acton Lake. Space is limited. Sign ups begin at the Marina at 9AM on Friday.
Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Fri. May 26 – 3pm – 5pm 
Canoe Excursion – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Marina
Meet at the Marina to learn canoeing basics and then take a guided canoe trip on Acton Lake. Space is limited. Sign ups begin at the Marina at 9AM on Friday.
Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Fri. May 26 starting at 6pm (program length not mentioned) 
Pontoon Excursion – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Marina
Meet at the Marina for a Naturalist led boat tour of Acton Lake. Seats are limited. Sign ups begin at the Marina at 9AM on Friday.
Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Fri. May 26 starting at 9pm (program length not mentioned) 
Campire – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Indian Mound in the Campground
Meet at the Indian Mound in the Campground to have a Naturalist answer questions and provide park info leading up to the Night Hike.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Fri. May 26 starting at 9:30pm (program length not mentioned) 
Night Hike – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Indian Mound in the Campground
Meet at the Indian Mound in the Campground for a night time adventure. Please wear appropriate footwear. No flashlights needed; we will hike by moonlight.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Sat. May 27 starting at 9am (program length not mentioned) 
Birding – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Nature Center
Meet at the Nature Center and join the naturalist to look for local birds. Binoculars are available but limited. Please wear appropriate footwear. Bring your vehicle; we will drive to the trailhead.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Sat. May 27 starting at 11am (program length not mentioned) 
Wildlife Invasion – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Lodge
Meet at the Lodge for a look at some of Ohio’s wild animals.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Sat. May 27 starting at 1pm (program length not mentioned) 
Fossil/Creek Expedition– Hueston Woods (Oxford) Nature Center
Meet at the Nature CEnter to follow a Naturalist to one of the great fossil collection sites around the park and learn about past and present aquatic life. Bring your vehicle; we will drive to the location.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Sat. May 27 starting at 2pm (program length not mentioned) 
Birds of Prey – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Nature Center
Meet at the Nature Center get a close look at some winged predators.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Sat. May 27 starting at 3pm (program length not mentioned) 
Afternoon Stroll – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Nature Center
Meet at the Nature Center for a hike through a scenic forest. Please wear appropriate footwear. Bring your vehicle; we will drive to the trailhead.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Sat. May 27 starting at 5pm (program length not mentioned) 
Hooked on Fishing – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Marina
Meet at the Marina to try your luck casting a line. Bait and tackle are provided but are limited. May 6 & 7 is free fishing in Ohio.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Sun. May 28 – 9am – 11am
Kayak Excursion – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Marina
Meet at the Marina to learn kayaking basics and then take a guided kayak trip on Acton Lake. Space is limited. Sign ups begin at the Marina at 9AM on Friday.
Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Sun. May 28 starting at 12pm (program length not mentioned) 
Furs, Feathers, and Scales – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Nature Center
Meet at the Nature Center to learn about Ohio animals.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Sun. May 28 starting at 1pm (program length not mentioned) 
Reptile Show – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Nature Center
Meet at the Nature Center for a discussion about our scaly residents.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Sun. May 28 starting at 2pm (program length not mentioned) 
Hike for Health – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Nature Center
Meet at the Nature Center for a fitness focused hike through a fantastic forest. Please wear appropriate footwear. Bring your vehicle; we will drive to the trailhead.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Sun. May 28 starting at 3pm (program length not mentioned) 
Bark in the Park – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Dog Park
Meet at the Dog Park with your furry friend to discuss the need-to-knows about health, care, and general well-being.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Mon. May 29 starting at 11am (program length not mentioned) 
Morning Hike – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Nature Center
Meet at the Nature Center to explore a scenic forest. Wear appropriate footwear. Bring a vehicle to drive to the trailhead.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Mon. May 29 starting at 1pm (program length not mentioned) 
Birds of Prey – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Nature Center
Meet at the Nature Center get a close look at some winged predators.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Wed. May 31 – 10am – 12pm 
Canoe Excursion – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Marina
Meet at the Marina to learn canoeing basics and then take a guided canoe trip on Acton Lake. Space is limited. Sign ups begin at the Marina at 9AM on Friday.
Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Wed. May 31 starting at 2pm (program length not mentioned) 
Birds of Prey – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Nature Center
Meet at the Nature Center get a close look at some winged predators.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

Wed. May 31 starting at 3pm (program length not mentioned) 
Big Woods Hike – Hueston Woods (Oxford) Nature Center
Meet at the Nature Center to journey to an old growth forest. Please wear appropriate footwear. Bring your vehicle; we will drive to the trailhead.
No Pre-Registration Required
Hueston Woods State Park
For more information, call (513) 524-4250

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