1. NO DUMPING - Drains to River

    Little Miami Watershed Network Completes a Milestone

    Dec 14, 2018

    See PRESS RELEASE outlining the accomplishment of the Little Miami Watershed Network in covering the communities of Bellbrook and Sugar Creek Township with Medallions that encourage people to let only water go down the storm drains.  Part of the Network's Protect Our Water program is the hope that people will be reminded to protect our water sources. Water will be Ohio's most sought after resource in years to come and a great benefit to all mankind, if its not polluted.

  2. New Volunteer Pollinator Specialization Class in Central Ohio

    Dec 7, 2018

    We are now accepting applications for the 2019 Volunteer Pollinator Specialization program. Ohio Pollinator Advocates, OSU Master Gardeners, Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists, Chadwick Arboretum volunteers, urban farmers and others are invited to apply.

    Participants will take part in at least 30 hours of educational training through monthly specialization programs. Our emphasis will be on native bee and bumble bee biology and identification. The orientation on 2/11 and 2/12 is required; all other sessions flexible.

  3. Educators Needed - Wild Hearts African Farm

    May 4, 2018

    In 2010 I went through the OCVN program in Montgomery County. It changed my life. After the program, I changed careers and began the process of working towards my dream of creating an educational center in our area, where people of all ages could learn about animals and nature. I went back to college to get my master's in zoology, held a position as an ODNR State Park Naturalist for a few years and wrote a business plan for my venture. I traveled to Belize, Kenya and Namibia to study field conservation and incorporate that into the plan.

  4. Pollinator Partnership (P2) Seeking Volunteers

    May 4, 2018

    Pollinator Partnership (P2) is seeking volunteers to participate in the Ohio portion of their Monarch Wings Across the Eastern Broadleaf Forest project. Volunteers work with seed collection teams to collect seed from 20 targeted monarch host and nectar plant species. 

  5. Butterfly House at Beech Creek Gardens, Alliance, Ohio

    Jun 28, 2017

    The Butterfly House at Beech Creek Gardens in Alliance is short of volunteers for the season. Contact Amy Barr for more information by leaving a message in her voice mail at 330-639-9157.

    All "Docent" (volunteer) shifts at the Butterfly House are:

    10:00am to 1:00pm or 1:00-4:00pm, Monday-Saturday

    12:00-2:30pm or 2:30-5:00pm, Sundays

    Summer season is June 12 to September 17

  6. Citizen Scientists needed to study insect pollination

    Apr 3, 2017

    The Gardiner Lab at The Ohio State University Department of Entomology is seeking Citizen Scientists to aid in the study of insect pollination this summer! Our goal is to measure the amount of pollination provided to gardens in rural, suburban and urban landscapes. Measuring pollination is one way to gauge the health of our bee community. All that is required is a small garden space where you will be able to grow four sweet pepper plants and the willingness to follow an experimental protocol this summer!

  7. Pollinating at Fort Ancient

    Creating a Hard Road Native Corridor

    Mar 23, 2017

    Steve Herminghausen, Lead Librarian at the Northwest Library, is leading a project in the Northwest Columbus area near the Northwest Library to educate and encourage residents and property owners along the Hard Road area to replant their properties with native plants, shrubs, and trees, and to practice sustainable methods in their yards.  This area has been affected by a couple years of road widening construction.

  8. Erin Shaw

    "Nature's Corner" 100th episode to be aired March 27 on Channel 6 (cable: The Lebanon Channel) at 8AM

    Mar 22, 2017

    Erin Shaw has been hosting the “Nature’s Corner” program through the cable TV station (Ch. 6) here in Lebanon for many years. Her 100th program will be recorded and aired March 27, 2017. Below is a note from Joe Hackman, the Production Manager at Channel 6. Joe’s note was addressed to the City Manager of Lebanon as well as to the Deputy City Manager.

  9. Application due by APRIL 1.

    Ohio 4-H Special Needs Camp

    Mar 22, 2017

    Ohio 4-H Special Needs Camp is planned for July 7th-9th, 2017 at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp! This event targets youth ages 8-19 who have needs that cannot be accommodated for at traditional 4-H Camps. Ohio 4-H Special Needs Camp is designed with individual youth in mind and is tailored to their needs. It gives youth a chance to try new things in a safe environment while building relationships.

  10. Volunteer at the Wilds

    Mar 16, 2017


    The Wilds has a number of different types of service needs. Some are for special events.

    More specialized needs: Volunteer naturalists needed to assist in research and restoration at the Wilds! We have needs in a variety of topics, including: herbarium plant collection, prairie seed collection, native plant gardening, and butterfly surveys.  

    CONTACT: Rebecca Swab at