Thursday, April 10, 2014

No Child Left Indoors Volunteers Plan Children's Activities for Earth Day 2014 - BUTTERFLY GALA AND SILK CREATIONS

Please join No Child Left Indoor volunteers as we celebrate EARTH DAY on April 19 with two opportunities to reconnect children with nature.  The activities will take place in the City of Wilmington Municipal Building.  The first session will begin at 10 a.m. and the second session begins at 11:15.   Both programs focus on the winged wonders, butterflies and moths.   In each session children and their parent or other adult companion will learn about the specifics of butterflies or moths.

In the butterfly session children will create a habitat and will get to take home a larva and witness the wonder of metamorphosis.  In the silk moth program you will learn about the marvel of silk, why it is such a prized item and paint a real silk creation.   You are welcome to join us for both sessions.   These programs are most appropriate for elementary-age children.

Space is limited and registration for this free program is required.   Register here:   

Contact Lori Williams at or 725-5756 for more information.

Thursday, February 20, 2014


So sorry, but Mr. Jim O'Boyle, our salamander hike leader, reports that forecasted weather conditions are not good for our planned hike Friday evening.   While they do move to their breeding ponds in wet, rainy conditions, the incoming cold will most likely keep them in the woods for a while longer.  

We will send out email notices when the hike is re-scheduled. 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

No Child Left Indoors Owl Prowl December 17

The Lytle Creek League of Conservators No Child Left Indoors volunteers will once again lead a full-moon Owl Prowl on Tuesday, December 17 at 7 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 725-3811.
(Photo credit - this was taken on a previous NCLI winter hike by Mackenzie Kennedy.) 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

7th Annual Lytle Creek Day

Lytle Creek Day
Saturday, October 5, 2013

Please join the Lytle Creek League of Conservators on Saturday, October 5, 2013 as we once again celebrate the special natural resource we have here in our own backyard - the Lytle Creek Greenway. This year the Lytle Creek League of Conservators are privileged to celebrate in partnership with Wilmington College as they commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Frank O. Hazard Arboretum. The Arboretum is one of the "green" jewels along the Lytle Creek Greenway and a very fitting place to celebrate one of our community's special natural resources, Lytle Creek. Wilmington College will be honoring the legacy of Dr. Hazard, as well as Fred Anliot.
The Lytle Creek League of Conservators portion of the program includes the recognition for two outstanding local men - Dr. Frank Hazard, as Pioneer Conservator of the Year, for his legacy to Wilmington College and the natural world and Mr. Paul Hunter, Conservator of the Year, for his tireless dedication to the community in general and specifically for his important role as steward of Hunter Glen, another node on the Lytle Creek Greenway.

Lunch will be served in a beautiful setting at the Frank O. Hazard Arboretum on Elm Street ($8, payable that day). Parking is on Elm Street.

The day of celebration features:
9:00 a.m. - Adventure Run    More Adventure Run Info Here
10:00 a.m. - Tree Walk conducted by the Wilmington Tree Commission (meet at the back of the YMCA parking lot)
11:00 -12:00 noon - Lunch is served
12:05 p.m. - Program begins
1:00 p.m. - Honorary tree-planting

Please join us as we both celebrate our natural resources, what we have accomplished as a community in sustaining and improving those gifts and as we look forward to the future.

Please let us know if you will be joining us at   LUNCH RESERVATIONS HERE.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Lytle Creek League of Conservators/No Child Left Indoors Monarch Tagging Event September 21

According to Monarch Watch, peak migration for monarchs moving south through our region is September 12-26.   Saturday, September 21, the Lytle Creek League of Conservators/No Child Left Indoors Volunteers have another fun event with the goal of reconnecting kids and adults to nature and helping them serve as citizen scientists, by tagging monarchs.   

The event will take place in the four-acre restored prairie along the Lytle Creek Greenway and 4-C Bicentennial Trail. The prairie is maintained by the Clinton County Park Board and the bike trail is part of the City of Wilmington Parks and Recreation system.  Park at David Williams Park near Fife Avenue and follow the trail to the prairie (about .3 miles).   The tagging will follow the Monarch Watch protocol for capturing and tagging monarchs as they make their way south.  
The event begins at 12 noon. This program is free, but please register to help us plan appropriately.    This program will be re-scheduled in the event of inclement weather. Butterflies are sun lovers!

This program is suitable for all ages (including adults), but registration is limited and required. Please register HERE.

We will also be learning about spiders and their secretive lives in the Lytle Creek Prairie.   Bring your sense of adventure and sturdy shoes.

If you have any questions, please call Lori Williams @ 725-5756.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

NEW START TIME IS 9 P.M. The Lytle Creek League Of Conservators No Child Left Indoors Insect Discovery Program

A visitor to Wilmington during a previous summer -an Actias luna, or luna moth.  This one obviously had a very hard, short life...

This Crecopia on the other hand has just emerged. 

What’s “Bugging” You?

The Lytle Creek League of Conservators/No Child Left Indoors volunteers, in their ongoing mission of reconnecting children to nature, are offering a new 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 26 at 9:00 p.m. near the park pond.

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 on July 26th to attract the moths and will continue until midnight. Come out at anytime to see what we may have attracted. 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) 725-5756.   

Sunday, June 23, 2013


Instruction at a previous canoeing event

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

Wednesday, July 10, Cowan Lake State Park Naturalist, Erin Shaw and No Child Left Indoors volunteers will lead FREE 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?)

And as an added bonus, kids can participate in a "Turtle Census".  To census turtle populations it is not simply a matter of knocking on log and asking how many reside in this cove.  Volunteers Rick Kneisel and Jim O'Boyle will show how we use various (non-harmful) traps to census turtle populations in Cowan Lake and give us an opportunity to meet some of our local turtles up close.
We will meet at Cowan Lake's Campground, parking lot "B". The campground is located at 1750 Osborn Road.   A volunteer at the new Nature Center (old campground office) will direct you to our starting point.  We will do a 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. paddling 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.  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. 
For more information, call Lori Williams (937) 725-3811. 
The "launch"...