Thursday, November 20, 2014


The Lytle Creek League of Conservators No Child Left Indoors volunteers will once again lead an almost-full-moon Owl Prowl on Wednesday, December 3 at 6:30 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.) 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Winterizing Your Landscape Event on 11/13!

"You winterize your car, your RV, and your swimming pool. Do you take precautions to help your yard handle winter?"

Clinton County Master Gardeners, and OSU Extension, is putting on a free program that will "provide know-how on autumn soil testing, preparing your perennial beds for a long winter's nap, how to help your evergreens remain green, animal damage and control, plus other late season topics. 

"Winterizing Your Landscape" will be presented on Thursday, November 13, from 6:30-8:00pm at the Clinton County Annex, Conference Room (111 S. Nelson Ave., Wilmington, OH). 

The program will be presented by Sherri Kile of Kile Lanscaping, Sabina and Tony Nye, Clinton County OSU Extension agent. 

The program is free to the public. Call 937-382-0901 to reserve a place and to allow for adequate handouts. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Self-guided Audio Nature Tour Runs through Clinton County Seat

The Lytle Creek League of Conservators announced today the completion of a 20-station self-guided audio nature tour.  Ten station markers are now located along the Luther Warren Peace Path, with the remainder running along the 4-C Bicentennial Trail which then connects to the Lytle Creek Nature Preserve Trail.  Inspired by Conservator, John Deignan and City of Wilmington Parks and Recreation Director Lori Williams, the project is primarily geared towards individuals who have relatively little background in natural history.
A view of  one of the stations from the Luther Warren Peace Path.

 “I wanted to invite pedestrians to consider some simple environmental ideas while they walked” says Deignan.  “People connect to nature in so many different ways, so the approach to the content is quite diverse.  Some stations cover basic natural history, while others contain nature poems or speak to one particular feature or concept. The goal is merely to help people become more aware and appreciative of the mosaic of life all around them.”

Each numbered station is identified by the presence of either a birdhouse on a blue pole or a plaque.  
There are multiple ways to access the content.  Each station’s three to five-minute audio file has a QR code that can be accessed using smart-phone technology. Additionally, audio files are available on CD-DVD format, for those who wish to download the content to mp3 players.  Links to the files and tour maps can be found below.  The Parks Office will also have a few mp3 players that can be signed out.

The first leg of the tour begins at Nelson Avenue, across from the city wastewater plant and runs to Mulberry Street.  The second leg of the tour begins at South East Community Park, near Paris Avenue and continues along the bike path.  Look for a kiosk on the right where the route continues into the Nature Preserve.

The Lytle Creek League of Conservators is a Clinton County citizen group dedicated to conserving Lytle Creek for education and recreational purposes.  Public nature-based events as well as “No Child Left Indoors” programs are provided courtesy of this group.  For more information on joining the League of Conservators, please contact Lori Williams at the Park Office at (937) 382-4781.  


Annotated Map found here:

You can access the audio files directly here:  

Station Introduction:  

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Go For a Walk?

... by John Deignan

Henry David Thoreau had this to say about living: “We must heap up a great pile of doing for a small diameter of being.”  And don’t we all know it.  Our lifestyles carry significant overhead. We move tankers of oil from the other side of the planet.  We drink coffee and wear clothes that are made far away from Wilmington.  As far as species go, it takes a lot to keep us going, and our trajectory has proven Thoreau’s axiom several times over.  Amidst our doing and being, we are slowly coming to the realization that we live within very real physical constraints.

And we’re not the only ones.

The struggle to live within limits is a drama played out everywhere in our ecosystem.  All forms of plants and animals are locked in a struggle just to make it through the day, often against odds that make our circumstances pale by comparison.  It’s high drama out there in nature.  And the stage (aka: our backyard) is filled with characters that are nothing short of Shakespearean.  Blue jays that hoard almost beyond comprehension, kleptomaniacal fox squirrels who can’t stop their thieving, carnivorous plants, insects that communicate via chemical trails, and snakes that mate simultaneously with so many others of their kind that they form a large slithering ball. And the cast of our neighborhood actors goes on and on and on!

For those who want to learn more about these complex local plot lines of interdependence, I’ve put together a series of self-guided audio stations along the bike paths that run behind the hospital and behind the southeast neighborhood park.  Some of the material may be familiar, but hopefully there will be some stations that offer something new for you to think about while you are walking along.  You will soon be able to download the audio files from this website, and you will be able to identify the stations by the numbered birdhouses and plaques along the routes, which indicate which audio file to play at that location.

You can experience the natural world from many different angles.  You can observe it scientifically, you can see it through how you live your lifestyle, and you can even consider it through a philosophical or spiritual lens.  As such, some stations will speak about one particular aspect of nature, while others will be more general, and I've even put in a few nature poems for good measure.

While you and I could probably waste an entire afternoon debating what constitutes “wilderness,” I think we can all agree that we don’t need to venture to Alaska’s North Slope or Zion National Park to experience the natural world.  From the raccoons raiding our garbage cans to the monarch’s migrating south for the winter, our local environment offers you a lifetime of discovery and enjoyment.  Mortality, rebirth and everything in between can be found among the meadows and woodlands of our region.  All that is required to see the show is a little bit of patience, a little bit of imagination, and a lot of observation.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lytle Creek Day - October 4, 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014 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 a man and woman who have impacted countless lives in their roles as educators and mentors.  

Harriett Hadley Clark is a retired naturalist from the Cincinnati Nature Center, published author, and local No Child Left Indoors volunteer.  A co-worker at the Nature Center wrote a lovely tribute to Harriett when she retired that rings so true - "Harriett's love of nature is like poetry.  She writes and speaks about nature with passion and purpose, and because of this, she inspires".  She truly delights in the wonders of nature and over the years has shared both her remarkable knowledge of and veneration for our natural world.

Monte Anderson, Wilmington College professor of agriculture, has been recognized many times for his teaching excellence.  He has played a key role in the success of the Wilmington College agriculture program, the Grow Food, Grow Hope program and directed many of the college's efforts to protect and improve the quality of Lytle Creek.

Please join us as we celebrate our natural heritage in the form of Lytle Creek and honor two outstanding individuals.

Please register early, as seating is limited. Register HERE or by calling Lori Williams at 725-3811.

The Lytle Creek League of Conservators is looking forward to seeing you October 4.  

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Back by Popular Demand...Lytle Creek League of Conservators/No Child Left Indoors Canoeing at Cowan Lake State Park August 6

(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 6, 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. 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. 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) 725-5756.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

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. 

Join the Lytle Creek League of Conservators/No Child Left Indoors volunteers, in their ongoing mission of reconnecting children to nature, August 1 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) 725-5756.