Saturday, January 7, 2017

2017 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. 

No Child Left Indoors volunteers and Caesar Creek Lake staff 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 24, March 3, OR March 10. 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.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Streamkeepers Announces 2017 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 17, 2017, with grants being awarded around March 15th, 2017. 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:

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

No Child Left Indoors Passport to Fishing August 11

Anglers from a previous program.  

City of Wilmington Parks and Recreation and 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. The program will be held August 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. (Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.)  
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.
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.

No Child Left Indoors Canoeing Event at Cowan Lake on August 4, 2016

(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 and getting one last fun, outdoor adventure in before school starts.

Thursday, August 4, 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.

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Lytle Creek League of Conservators/No Child Left Indoors Birding Program - May 14, 2016

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 14, 2016.   (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.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Earth Day 2016 - Trees, Seeds and Healthy Kids

Please join No Child Left Indoor volunteers and the Wilmington Tree Commission as we celebrate EARTH DAY on April 23 with a free, educational and creative opportunity to reconnect children with nature.  The activities will take place in the City of Wilmington Municipal Building and are geared for elementary-age children.  The first session will begin at 10 a.m. and the second session begins at 11:15.

Space is limited and registration for this free program is required.   Contact Lori Williams at or 725-5756 for more information.  Register here:  HERE.

Photo Credit - Wilmington Tree Commission

Monday, April 4, 2016

Lytle Creek and Indian Run Creek to be the Subject of a Wright State Collaboration Thanks to the S. Fredrick Anliot Grant via Streamkeepers

This is great news for Lytle Creek and Indian Run Creek and everyone who cares about our local watershed!  
Dr. Audrey McGowin shown receiving the Streamkeepers' S. Fredrick Anliot Grant on March 25, 2016
A $3,849 grant will be used to analyze Lytle Creek and Indian Run Creek in an effort to explain a lack of biodiversity in the two Clinton County streams.
The S. Fredrick Anliot Grant was awarded to Dr. Audrey McGowin, a chemistry professor with Wright State University (WSU). The university contributed a $4,100 share to the project, making the two contributions total nearly $8,000.
Chemical screening analysis will be conducted to see which toxic chemicals might be present in the sediments of the two creeks, stated a news release from the Clinton Streamkeepers.  An assessment of invertebrates also will be done in various locations to correlate contaminants, the release added.
Taylor Stuckert, Lori Williams and Harry McVey will assist in collecting the sediment samples. The samples will be analyzed at the WSU chemistry lab.  Data will be collected from April 2016 to February 2017.  Some contaminants of interest include heavy metals, E. coli, jet fuels and additives, de-icing chemicals and others.
A public presentation of the study results will be put together and delivered around Earth Day 2017.
Local resident Carolyn Matthews hosted a March 25 reception in her home for Clinton Streamkeepers members and others. The occasion for the reception was the grant presentation to McGowin.
Lytle Creek arises from the drainage from the Wilmington Air Park, according to an online statement by the Lytle Creek League of Conservators, a member group of the Clinton County Green Alliance.
The creek flows westward past Wilmington College, through the city of Wilmington, along Sugar Grove Cemetery and westward to the stream’s junction with Todds Fork near Clarksville. Todds Fork, in turn, is a tributary of the Little Miami River, a designated State and National Scenic River.
Indian Run Creek runs parallel to Jenkins Road. The stream is between the air park’s southern runway and Jenkins Road.

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