The Clermont County Park District is offering many autumn events to encourage residents to spend time outdoors.
Fifteen people participated in a “key your trees” program at the Sycamore Park in Batavia Oct. 8.
“This is just one of a whole variety of programs that we offer in the fall and throughout the year,” said Clermont Chief Naturalist Keith Robinson. “We want to encourage county residents to get out of the house and enjoy all that the parks have to offer. It is also a chance to enjoy the absolutely beautiful fall weather.”
One of those taking advantage of the weather at Sycamore Park on Oct. 8 was Amelia resident Donna Stamper.
“I am here today because I love the outdoors and the fall foliage is spectacular,” she said. “My friends and I keep pretty close tabs on what the park district’s programs are and we try and attend as many as possible. The instructors are interesting and knowledgeable, and we learn a lot.”
The participants learned how to use what is called a tree key (a book that some may remember from past biology classes) to unlock the secrets behind tree identification. The tree key is an easy and fun way to identify trees through an analysis of the leaves.
“We just want to get people to enjoy the outdoors,” said Robinson. “There are many other programs for people of all ages that are fun and educational.”
The park district is offering many other autumn programs. Most programs are free and held rain or shine. For more information, pick up a newsletter at any of the park district’s five parks or two nature preserves, visit www.co.clermont.oh.us/parks, or contact the naturalist office at (513) 876-9013.