1. Partner of the Year Awards-Glen Helen Association and Brukner Nature Center recognized

    Sep 3, 2020

    Award to be presented at virtual Partners for the Environment Awards Night September 16 at 6:00PM

  2. Photo credit: Doudican

    Trailblazer Adventure a Big Success

    Aug 26, 2020

    Organized by Athena Adventures and Sponsored by Vectren/Centerpoint Energy, the 2020 Trailblazer Adventure of the Little Miami Watershed Network was a great success!  As more and more people are using the outdoors for recreational purposes, this ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ activity was a big hit.  Participation increased more than 5 times from the 2019 event.  Couples and families searched the Little Miami River corridor around Spring Valley for designated spots marked by red tape where they learned about the Travertine Fen, the Concrete House in Spring Valley, the riparian way along the ri

  3. Spring Pollinator and Natural History Webinars

    Jul 9, 2020

    In case any of you missed Denise Ellsworth's webinar 'The Nature Journal Workshop' about Author, Artist and Educator, John Muir Laws' book The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling, you can access it here as well as other pollinator webinars. 

  4. How Bees See Flowers

    May 7, 2020

    As heard on NPR Morning Edition  

    Bees Sense Charge On Flowers

  5. Escape to the Forest provided by SENR Extension Wildlife and Forestry

    Apr 27, 2020

    As you know, we have been asking for your input on developing online content. Thanks to everyone who has filled out our survey so far! If you’d still like to participate, click this link: We’d love to hear your thoughts.

  6. Leopard Frog - Andrew Hoffman

    Nature Now with Andrew Hoffman

    Mar 27, 2020

    Field Report from Andrew:  (Andrew Hoffman is a Graduate Research Assistant with the OSU Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Lab)

  7. Beat the Blues with Backyard Birding

    Backyard Bird by Carrie Elvey, The Wilderness Center

    Mar 27, 2020

    Spring migration is always an exciting time for birders.  This year, many of our usual activities have been curtailed.  Stay-at-home birding may not have been on our agenda for this Spring but the slower pace of life now can offer some great opportunities to get to know our backyard birds more deeply.  Watching them come into their breeding plumage, find mates and rear young can be quite interesting and calming.  Spend some time on close observation, try some experiments, keep birding.  Remember - we might not have backyards full of rare birds but every bird is an interesting bird!

  8. Monarch Butterfly just released

    Beech Creek Gardens Butterfly House, Alliance, OH

    Jul 31, 2019

    Butterfly House at Beech Creek Gardens in Alliance needs volunteers.  This counts toward OCVN hours.  Contact Amy Barr if interested.

    Also, the Norma Johnson Center in Tuscarawas County could use volunteers at the Butterfly House this summer even though the Butterfly Exhibit is over (maybe next year).  Contact Carrie Elvey, The Wilderness Center, 330-359-5235.


  9. Monarch City USA - Cowan Lake State Park - Official Member

    Mar 29, 2019

    Great strides are being made across the county to protect the Monarch Butterfly. Monarch City USA plants milkweed and wildflowers, raises caterpillars at home, tags adult butterflies for research and, most importantly, educates others!

    Cowan Lake State Park has made a promise to the monarchs by becoming an official member of Monarch City USA! Cowan is the first park in Ohio to be designated and only the second park in the nation. More is being done at Cowan Lake to help this species.  Would you like to join us?

  10. 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.