Butler County MetroParks Offers Countless Opportunities to Spend Time Outdoors

By Staff Report

There are plenty of opportunities at Butler County MetroParks to spend time outdoors, even during the winter months. Whether you, your friends and family enjoy Show and Tell on the Farm, a hike under the full moon, or being a nature detective, there’s something fun and adventurous for everyone at Butler County MetroParks. For the latest details, a complete schedule of events, and additional information, go to www.yourmetroparks.net.

Show and Tell on the Farm
There is a new time for Show and Tell for 2020. Sunday Show and Tell programs will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The first program of the New Year, ABCs of Farm Life will be held on Sun., Jan. 5 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will celebrate items starting with letters A and B. Through hands-on activities, guests will learn about farm life while enjoying a craft, snack and live animal demonstrations, too. This is a free program for all ages. Location: Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road in Trenton. Registration is not required. For more information, call (513) 867-5835, ext. 301 or visit www.yourmetroparks.net.

Other Show and Tell on the Farm programs offered in Jan. 2020 will include:

Thur., Jan 9, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Show and Tell on the Farm: Whose Mitten is
This? Location: Chrisholm MetroPark: CHF Augspurger House

Sun., Jan. 12, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Show and Tell on the Farm: Bird Break Buffet
Location: Chrisholm MetroPark: Picnic Shelter, Chrisholm MetroPark: CHF Augspurger
House
Thur., Jan 16, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Show and Tell on the Farm: Migrate, Hibernate,
and Tolerate Location: Chrisholm MetroPark: CHF Augspurger House

Sun., Jan. 19 – No Program due to the Martin Luther King holiday.

Thur., Jan 23, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Show and Tell on the Farm: Whose Tracks are
These? Location: Chrisholm MetroPark: CHF Augspurger House

Sun., Jan. 26, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Show and Tell on the Farm: Pioneer Ice Farmers
Location: Chrisholm MetroPark: Picnic Shelter, Chrisholm MetroPark: CHF Augspurger
House

Full Moon Hike Series: The Wolf Moon
Fri., Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Howl at the full moon. Wolves tend to be more vocal during the first few months of the year, which is why the full moon in January has been long nick-named, “The Wolf Moon.” Join Butler County MetroParks for a brisk night hike, where you can howl at the moon and test your senses in the dark. Be sure to dress for the weather conditions. This is a free program. Location: Forest Run MetroPark Wildlife Preserve Area – Parking Lot, 1810 New London Road in Hamilton. Guests won’t want to miss this. The next hike in the series, “The Strawberry Moon” won’t be held until Fri., June 5 from 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Nature Detectives
Sat., Jan. 11, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Kick the New Year off with a mystery.
Participants will find out who been out and about this winter while learning about animal signs and tracks. Guests will also make a fun craft to take home. The program is free. Registration is required by Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. Location: Bicentennial Commons River Center, Welcome Center, 120 South Carmody Boulevard in Middletown.  Other programs in this series will be offered throughout the year on Sat., June 13; Sat., Aug.
22 and Sat., Nov. 14. Programs will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Let’s Go Hiking: Winter Tree ID
Sat., Jan. 18, 10:30 a.m. – Noon. How do you identify a tree that has no leaves?
Guests will also learn about twigs, buds, and bark. Participants of Let Go Hiking series at Harbin Park will find out tips and tricks on how to identify leafless trees during the winter. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather conditions. The program is free and open to participants of all ages. Guests will meet at Shelter 6.
Registration is requested by calling (513) 867-5348. Walk-ups are welcome. Location: Harbin Park, 1300 Hunter Road in Fairfield. Other Let’s Go Hiking Programs will be offered in Feb. and March – on Feb. 8, Feb. 15 and March 21. Program times vary.

Owl Prowl Night Hike
Sat., Jan. 18, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Whoo wants to learn about owls? Guests can register now to see and hear live owls with ODNR Naturalists from Hueston Woods at Governor Bebb MetroPark. Learn all about our owl friends then go on a night hike and practice calling them in from the forest. Space is limited and registration is required by Jan. 17. For more information, call (513) 867-5835, ext. 302. Location: Governor Bebb MetroPark, Howe Shelter, 1979 Bebb Park Lane in Okeana. Other programs in the Owl Prowl Series will be held on Sat., Jan. 25 and Sat., Feb. 1. (Locations vary.)
Owl Prowl Night Hike
Sat., Jan. 25, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Whoo wants to learn about owls? Guests can register now to see and hear live owls with ODNR Naturalists from Hueston Woods at Indian Creek MetroPark. Learn all about our owl friends then go on a night hike and practice calling them in from the forest. Space is limited and registration is required by Jan. 24. For more information, call (513) 867-5835, ext. 302. Location: Indian Creek MetroPark, Mayer Shelter, 6500 Springfield Road in Oxford.

Salamander Adventure
Fri., Jan. 31 to Tues., March 31, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Sun. through Sat.) In the spring on a warm, wet evening, spotted salamanders at Indian Creek begin to move. It happens sometime between the last week of January and the end of March. Guests may sign up for this unique opportunity to watch migrating spotted salamanders and learn more about the species. Pre-registration is required and the program may reach capacity quickly, as space is limited. Participants will be contacted by email regarding the exact date and time when the migration begins. A waiting list is available. Location: Indian Creek MetroPark, Mayer Picnic Shelter, 6500 Springfield Road in Oxford.