Monday, July 20, 2015

No Child Left Indoors Cowan Lake Canoeing Program - August 12, 2015

(Blooming American lotus flowers at Cowan Lake)

Whether you are joining us again or this is your first time canoeing, welcome! Its all about reconnecting kids to nature.

Wednesday, August 12, Cowan Lake State Park Naturalist, Erin Shaw, and No Child Left Indoors volunteers will lead guided canoe tours of Cowan Lake to explore the beautiful Lotus Cove area of the park. Canoes and lifejackets will be provided. This activity is geared toward children ages 5-14 and will focus on safety and proper paddling techniques. This is a great opportunity to introduce children to the lifelong activity of canoeing at one of the Ohio’s most beautiful state parks.

Please note that parents or adult companions must stay with the children during the event. (And why would you not want to be part of the fun?)

We will meet at Cowan Lake's Campground, parking lot "B". The campground is located at 1750 Osborn Road. We will do a 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. session. Families are encouraged to bring a lunch and afterwards enjoy one of Clinton County's natural treasures.

This program is FREE, but space is limited. Register HERE and be sure to note which session you plan to attend. For more information, call Lori Williams (937) 382-4781.   If you register and then determine you are not able to attend, please send an email to That way we can make sure folks on the waiting list can be accommodated.

Friday, July 17, 2015

No Child Left Indoors Insect Discovery Hike - August 7, 2015

A visitor to Wilmington during a previous summer -an Actias luna, or luna moth.  

A recently emerged cecropia moth.  

Join the Lytle Creek League of Conservators/No Child Left Indoors volunteers, in their ongoing mission of reconnecting children to nature, Friday, August 7 at 9:00 p.m. near the J. W. Denver Williams Memorial Park pond for a night insect discovery hike and educational program.

This adventure has to take place on a dark summer night, so be prepared with flashlights and appropriate footwear.  Our nocturnal insect study will feature some of the state’s large night time Lepidoptera…..the moths. The order Lepidoptera includes all butterflies and moths. Some of our programs have featured our daytime fliers, now we want to see if we can attract and spot some of our more secretive night time ones….maybe a beautiful Cecropia or Polyphemus moth or one of the many species of sphinx’s moths. Since they are nocturnal, viewing sites will be set up after dark to attract the moths and will continue until 11 p.m..  Naturalists will be on hand to help identify what we see.

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.   Our gathering spot will be Shelter D, just off Fife Avenue near the pond and wooden playground.
Registration is required.  Please register HERE.  For additional information contact Lori Williams, (937) 382-4781  

Wilmington Parks and Recreation Hosts First Local "FISHING WITH MOM" Program

McKenna”s face shows how much fun it can be! 

The City of Wilmington Parks and Recreation, along with No Child Left Indoors volunteers, are hosting a “Fishing with Mom” program on Saturday, August 8.  The program is made possible by an Ohio Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Education Grant.  The event combines fishing instruction, especially geared toward first-timers, an educational program and a freshly prepared healthy lunch. 
This is the perfect opportunity for moms, aunts, grandmothers or other female guardians to introduce children ages 5-14 to the fun of fishing.  No experience is required.  This is a free program for participants and fishing poles and bait will be provided.  The program begins at 10 a.m. near Shelter A at J. W. Denver Williams Memorial Park. 

Registration is required and available at  For more information call Lori Williams at the Park Office, 382-4781. 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Lytle Creek League of Conservators/No Child Left Indoors Passport to Fishing Program July 11

Anglers from a previous program.  

The Lytle Creek League of Conservators/No Child Left Indoors volunteers, in their ongoing mission of reconnecting children to nature, are offering the Passport to Fishing program at the J. W. Denver Williams Memorial Park in cooperation with the City of Wilmington Parks and Recreation. The program will be held July 11 at 9:30 a.m. near the park pond. This program is all about fun and education and is suitable for children ages 5-14.
The Passport to Fishing program provides skills, techniques and information that allows any beginning anglers to start fishing, fostering life-long outdoor interest and appreciation for the natural world. The volunteers hope children will be “hooked” for life on fishing!
The program consists of four stations and includes hands-on participation and a strong conservation message. When children complete the educational portion of the program, they will receive a free rod and reel.
Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times and anyone 16 years or older must have a valid Ohio Fishing License to fish at the park pond.
Registration is required and limited and we do expect this program to fill quickly. Please register HERE. For additional information contact Lori Williams, (937) 382-4781.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Lytle Creek League of Conservators/No Child Left Indoors Birding Program - May 16

A red-headed woodpecker from a previous year's program

The Lytle Creek League of Conservators/No Child Left Indoors volunteers, in their ongoing mission of reconnecting children to nature, are offering another opportunity to experience birds from a unique and close-up perspective.  Bob Thobaben, a federally licensed Master Bander (Federal Permit # 20789) invites children and a supervising adult to observe bird banding procedures at his farm at 1835 St.Rt. 380 in Adams Twp. on the morning of May 16, 2015.   (Nearly across from Thousand Trails Campground.)

Wild birds will be observed up close and the children may help with the release of the birds after data has been collected on their bodies.  Come join a unique experience outdoors from 8:00 AM until approximately 10:00 AM.   Banding operations will be canceled if the wind is strong or rain is occurring.  Be sure to wear boots or sturdy shoes you don't mind getting wet when we check the nets.  Feel free to bring a lawn chair also.

Registration is required and limited, due to parking constraints.  Register HERE.

Bird banding is a highly regulated scientific activity regulated by both the Federal and State governments. Licenses for both levels of government are required for the ethical treatment of wild animals.  The US Geological Survey  along with the US Fish and Wildlife Service use bird banding to monitor avian populations throughout North America.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Master Gardener's Plant Sale on May 9th!

The Clinton County Master Gardener's will be hosting their annual plant sale & workshop classes, with a special rain barrel class, on Saturday May 9th from 9am to 2pm. The event will be held at the Ohio State Extension Community Room located at 111 S. Nelson Ave. in Wilmington.

Classes will start at 10am and participants are encouraged to register for any and all classes by calling OSU extension at 937-382-0901. Below are the classes, times, and costs.

10am: "How to plant a fairy garden or terrarium." Cost: Free
(Bring a basket or glass bowl/jar to plant).

11am: "Cooking with Herbs." Cost: Free (Use your growing herbs and make delicious dishes).

12pm: "Attracting Hummingbirds." Cost: Free (Make and Take)

1pm: "Rain barrel and connection kit." Cost: $50 (Set up and learn how to use your own rain barrel). Registration Required!

Please register for classes--Call 937-382-0901!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

No Child Left Indoors Salamander Hike

Spotted salamanders in the pond at a previous year's hike. 
This is one of our funnest outings! 

The Lytle Creek League of Conservators/No Child Left Indoors volunteers are once again leading a Salamander Migration Hike. This is the time of year when hundreds of salamanders make their way to their ancestral breeding ponds.  This is a really special opportunity to see these secretive and silent creatures.  

In deference to the predictable unpredictability of nature’s timing and in order to make sure we have the best chance to actually see them migrating, we may hike Friday February 27, March 6, OR March 13. The actual hike date will be determined on the Wednesday before the hike date. Hike night we will meet at 7 p.m. at the Caesar Creek Lake Visitor Center, 4020 North Clarksville Road, Waynesville, Ohio. US Army Corps of Engineers biologist and Park Manager Jim O’Boyle, will lead the hike. There is no cost for this event and no experience is necessary. 

This is an adventure for the entire family. Please dress for the weather - waterproof boots and a flashlight are essential. Remember, salamanders prefer to move in the rain, so be prepared for cold, muddy fun! Pre-registration is required. To register go to HERE or call Lori Williams, (937) 725-5756.