Trailblazer Adventure a Big Success

Aug. 26, 2020
Photo credit: Doudican

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 river, the Spring Valley Wildlife Reserve, the Stream Quality Monitoring process, an eagles’ nest in the trees above the river, and how to calculate river miles!  They walked, rode bikes, and paddled to find these special spots and had a great time learning about the Little Miami River and what makes it special.

People saw herons, kingfishers, swallows, damselflies and dragonflies, wildflowers, deer, and other wildlife while thoroughly enjoying their time at the Fen, along the bike trail, and on the river. 

One of the participants said: "We did see an eagle fly over us near Roxanna-New Burlington Rd as we returned to the trail from Rivers Edge. Thank you for inspiring us to take this adventure." -

The Little Miami Watershed Network, in conjunction with B-W Greenway, is already starting to plan for the 2021 Trailblazer Adventure scheduled for late July that will explore the Little Miami River close to Yellow Springs.          

The Little Miami Watershed Network is a component of the Greene County Community Foundation and is focused on facilitating communications, promoting stewardship and building partnerships across the whole watershed.   Look at the website for more information: www.littlemiamiwatershednetwork.org

For more information:

            Hope Taft, chair . ohiohoper@yahoo.com

            Jess Evans, project chair, jrevans6@gmail.com