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!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

No Child Left Indoors Salamander Hike

Spotted salamanders in the pond at a previous year's hike. 
This is one of our funnest outings! 

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 27, March 6, OR March 13. The actual hike date will be determined on the Wednesday before the hike date. 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, (937) 725-5756.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Clinton Streamkeepers Announces Grant Funding To Support Water Quality In Clinton And Greene Counties, Funded By The Endowment Of Dr. Sture Fredrik ‘Fred’ Anliot

The Clinton Streamkeepers, (a 501(c) 3 organization) is pleased to offer grant funds available from our Sture Fredrik Anliot Fund, “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.”

The fund was created by the generosity of Dr. Sture Fredrik “Fred” Anliot who 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.

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 available as of January 1st and due February 15th, with grants being awarded around March 13th, 2015. 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:

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.