Thursday, January 14, 2016

2016 No Child Left Indoors Salamander Hike

This is one of our funnest outings and a great way to welcome the signs of spring!

Up close and personal, after learning proper handling technique. 

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 26, March 4, OR March 11. The actual hike date will be determined on the Wednesday before the hike date, based on forecasted weather conditions.

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 at the City of Wilmington Park Office,  (937) 382-4781.

A spotted salamander from a previous hike.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Streamkeepers Announces 2016 Grant

The Clinton Streamkeepers (a 501(c) 3 organization) is pleased to offer grant funds available from our Sture Fredrik Anliot Fund. This fund is “an endowed, restricted gift for the improvement of water quality in the Little Miami River and its tributaries in Clinton and Greene Counties of Ohio.”

Dr. Sture Fredrik “Fred” Anliot was a Professor of Biology at Wilmington College where he taught for 35 years.  Fred was well-liked and highly respected by those who knew him, including colleagues and students.  He studied the watershed extensively, authoring articles and the book “The Vascular Flora of Glen Helen, Clifton Gorge and John Bryan State Park”.  Fred lived simply and was frugal with his money, he passed on December 14, 2012 and his generosity is the basis of this grant funding.

The grant funding is available for various amounts for projects related to water quality including, but not limited to: stream cleanups, monitoring, buffer strips, wetland restorations and other habitat work. Organizations who may receive the grant can include, but are not limited to, civic groups, environmental organizations, nonprofits, schools or educational institutions, and watershed groups.

The grant application is due February 15, 2016, with grants being awarded around March 13th, 2016. More information, including the application for download can be found by clicking HERE. Submit your application to: or mail to:

Clinton Streamkeepers c/o Clinton County Foundation
P.O. Box 831
Wilmington, Ohio 45177

Any questions on the application and projects can be emailed to:

Monday, November 9, 2015

Winter Night Sky Gazing Event

Photo credit: Tyler Williams via an Iphone and Orion XT8.
Please join City of Wilmington Parks and Recreation and the Lytle Creek League of Conservators/No Child Left Indoors volunteers for a night sky gazing event on Wednesday, December 16.  Volunteers will help children and their accompanying adults explore the night sky with telescopes and binoculars.  We will meet at the Wilmington Public Library at 6:30 p.m. for a brief indoor program and then walk across the street to Galvin Park, where telescopes will be available.  If you have a telescope or binoculars, please bring those if you like.

If the weather conditions do not permit viewing that evening, we will re-schedule the event.  Lets hope for clear skies!

As you may expect, we will have "light" limitations, so be prepared to operate in the dark.  Dress appropriately for the weather, as the main program will be outdoors.  This would be a great program to do some preparation with your children with books or internet sources that offer stargazing guidance.

 Additional telescopes would be welcomed, as well as experienced stargazers who can help us out.  If you have any questions, please call Lori Williams @ (937) 382-4781.

Registration is required HERE.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

City of Wilmington Parks and Recreation Owl Prowl

City of Wilmington Parks and Recreation and the Lytle Creek League of Conservators No Child Left Indoors volunteers will once again lead an half-moon Owl Prowl on Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. We will meet in the Clinton Memorial Hospital parking lot in the area closest to the trail (lower area, south of the hospital). This hike will be on the Luther Warren Peace Path, which is accessible for all levels of hikers, including wheelchairs and strollers.

Owls are establishing their territory and preparing to nest, which begins in the heart of winter. Now that the leaves have fallen it is a perfect time of year to spot owls and learn about their habitat and life cycle. This will be a fun experience for the whole family, led by local Ohio Certified Volunteer naturalists. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight and your sense of adventure.

This program is free of charge and anyone interested in experiencing the natural world is welcomed. Please register HERE. For more information contact Lori Williams at the Park Office, 382-4781.
(Photo credit - this was taken on a previous NCLI winter hike by Mackenzie Kennedy.) 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Lytle Creek Day - October 3, 2015

Saturday, October 3, 2015 we will once again celebrate the special natural resource we have here in our own backyard - Lytle Creek. We will celebrate at the Lytle Creek Pavilion on Davids Drive and the public is invited.  The program will begin at 1 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.

Lytle Creek League of Conservators invites you to celebrate our ongoing efforts to "create a living legacy" in the form of the Lytle Creek Greenway.  As is our custom, we will also be honoring the work of two local individuals who have made our natural environment a better place.

This year we will be honoring two men who have impacted countless lives in their roles as educators and leaders.  Rick Kneisel, retired educator and naturalist, has recently returned "home" to Clinton County and is currently active as an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist and leader of programming for the local Lytle Creek League of Conservators' No Child Left Indoors effort.

Rick Stanforth has served as a leader and public servant in a variety of roles.  His accomplishments include leadership roles at the Cox Arboretum, the Wilmington Tree Commission, Sugargrove Cemetery and horticulturalist at the Ohio Governor's Mansion , as well as many other professional and volunteer roles has demonstrated his commitment to the natural world.   

Please join us as we celebrate our natural heritage in the form of Lytle Creek and honor two outstanding individuals.  This is our 10th annual Lytle Creek Day - our first without the founder of the organization, Roy Joe Stuckey, who we will be honoring and remembering at the event as well.  

Please register early, as seating is limited. Register HERE or by calling Lori Williams at 725-5756.

The Lytle Creek League of Conservators is looking forward to seeing you October 3.  

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