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 lkwilliams59@gmail.com. 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 http://bit.ly/Fishingwithmom.  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!