A Look at Little Miami Conservancy and Partner Outdoor Education Programs
There is a sense of freedom that comes with summer in the great outdoors. Learning about nature and our planet at an early age produces a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world around us.
Teaching children and young adults about our ecosystem and the effect of the natural world on humans is valuable in so many ways. A love of the outdoors is learned early, from practicing good conservation habits to better health and wellness from being outdoors and being physically active. LMC has also partnered with local naturalists, including The Roaming Naturalist, Raptors Inc, Warren County Parks and so many others to present hands-on nature hikes, fishing derbies, sessions on wildlife, and conservation and ecology sessions to stimulate appreciation for the world around us. LMC could not do this without all of our naturalist volunteers who develop and implement these creative nature programs.
The Little Miami Conservancy (LMC) uses our best local natural asset, the Little Miami State and National Scenic River and surrounding greenbelt as a classroom all year long. LMC conducts learning sessions in local schools, providing actual hands on classes in and around the Little Miami River, and upcoming events over the summer.
LMC will continue to act as a leader in teaching youth and adults alike about the wonders of the natural world and how thriving ecosystems support a better quality of life in our communities.
The 2021-22 school year saw active volunteer teams from LMC long before summer break became a reality. As stewards of the Little Miami State and National Scenic River, LMC relies on donations and grants from area foundations to support these learning programs. In combination with the efforts of our volunteer teaching teams, LMC provides outdoor education with the goal of lifelong stewardship of the river.
River Float Programs
Greater Cincinnati Foundation - Learning Links Grants are supporting learning programs designed to teach students the science behind fresh water mussel restoration, and conservation in general and writing about their findings.
Loveland High School, Cincinnati Waldorf Schools and the Mary Haven Youth Center - participate in these programs which are designed as on the river kayak experiences where students learn about the science of eDNA, and understand the habitats of the Little Miami River. One of those programs, “Into the Wild” is the brainchild of Loveland High School Teacher Kristin Henderson as a special program of the English and Literature department at Loveland High School.
Discovery Wildlife Stations – JF Burns School
Recently volunteers from LMC, Warren County Parks, and Loveland Canoe and Kayak held an outdoor session, teaching students about the great outdoors, especially in and around the Little Miami River.
Students learned about local fish with our resident author Bill Schroeder of “Sonny Small Mouth Bass of Bass Island Bar.” The students also learned basic kayaking skills, and listened to the Warren County Parks naturalist teach them about wildlife present in our area.
Educational Programming Continues all Summer Long with the Little Miami Conservancy
Coming up in June, Miami County Parks will host a story book trail, using illustrations from the “Sonny Small Mouth Bass” book with follow-up activities for kids.
LMC has also partnered with local naturalists, including The Roaming Naturalist, Raptors Inc, Warren County Parks and so many others to present hands-on nature hikes, fishing derbies, sessions on wildlife, and conservation and ecology sessions to stimulate appreciation for the world around us. LMC could not do this without all of our naturalist volunteers who develop and implement these creative nature programs.
Learning about our natural world and the Little Miami River does not end with Summer break – in fact - we are just getting started! See what we are doing today!