Service Projects for Families
Looking for a project where your family can work together, look no further! Butler SWCD holds monthly volunteer events along with storm drain labeling that can be done almost anytime.
Thank you to the 2022 winners! See their pictures on the poster page.
Summer Programs, 2022
Passport to Fishing
Saturday, August 26 from 9 am - 12 noon
At VOA Park, West Chester
Ages 8- 17 only
New to fishing? Thought of taking the kids out, but haven’t cast your line yet? Join Butler Soil and Water Conservation District and MetroParks of Butler County for Passport to Fishing.
This is a program developed by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. The Division of Wildlife and their trained educators (that’s us!) use its curriculum as a beginning angler program for kids and teens.
Kids will learn the skills needed to fish and get time to practice these newly learned skills at the VOA lake with these trained educators and experienced fishermen and women. These skills include knot tying and rigging, line casting, fish identification, aquatic habitat health, and more!
Registration is REQUIRED for this FREE program and space is limited. The age range for this program is children ages 8-17. Please only register participating children. At least one adult must stay on-site with participating child/children for the duration of the program. https://reservations.yourmetroparks.net/programs/2761/
The Nature of Kids (formerly Family Fun Fridays)
Fridays at 10 am.
Location changes each week.
Details about each weeks theme will be posted soon.
June 3 Rentschler Forest
June 10 Rentschler Forest
June 17 VOA Metropark
June 24 VOA Metropark
July 1 Forest Run, Timberman Ridge
July 8 Forest Run, Timberman Ridge
July 15 Elk Creek/ Sebald Park - we plan to get in the creek, so be prepared to get wet.
July 22 Elk Creek/ Sebald Park
July 29 join us at the Butler County Fair in the Farm Zone Building
Partners Butler Soil & Water Conservation District, Ohio State University Extension, and MetroParks of Butler County will be your hosts for this series.
All ages are welcome!
Registration is requested
Creeking in the Parks
Thursdays at 10 am.
Location changes each week
June 2 Rentschler Forest, Reigart Road
June 9 Rentschler Forest, Line Hill Mound (pond study)
June 16 Elk Creek Metropark, Sebald area (Elk Creek Road)
June 23 Forest Run Metropark, Timberman Ridge 9pond study)
June 30 Four Mile Creek, Antenan Preserve (New Miami)
July 7 Woodsdale Regional Park (Wetland Study)
July 14 Indian Creek Metropark, Oxford Reily Road
July 21 Elk Creek Metropark, Meadow Ridge area (pond study)
July 28 Governor Bebb Metropark
Partners Butler Soil & Water Conservation District and MetroParks of Butler County will be your hosts for this series. Learn about the animals and fossils found in the creeks, ponds, and wetlands around the county.
All ages are welcome!
Registration is requested
Appropriate footwear required. No flip flops please.
Other Kids Programs
At Butler SWCD, we partner with many other organizations to provide programs including:
West Chester Parks - WOLF programs
On June 29 we will be providing a worm composting program. WOLF programs take place every Wednesday all summer. Registration is required. Find out more and register at www.westchesteroh.org/government/parks/nature-programming
Pyramid Hill - Summer series for kids
On June 22, we will be providing an animal adaptations program.
On Wednesdays at noon. Registration is required. Find out more and register at www.pyramidhill.org/summerseriesforkids2022
Liberty Township Parks
Typically Butler SWCD provides programs for Liberty Township Parks, however this year with large events we are unable to teach there. They are still holding several educational events this summer and they can be found at www.liberty-township.com/calendar.aspx?CID=23
If you look at a creek, it's much more than just a bunch of moving water. There are nooks and crannies under rocks, holes in tree root clumps, and sneaky hiding spots in vegetation. These different areas provide awesome habitat for a wide variety of critters. In this section we have provided information that you can use to head out to a creek and identify the creatures you find.
with information on what to find and what to take to the creek
Check out what we found at different creek around the county
We've made a bunch of different scavenger hunts for different locations.
Looking Down- go for a hike and focus on the ground.
Sky- see in the sky and the tree tops
Staying in Place- find a place to sit outdoors and see what you can see
Window - what can you see from your window
Creek - what kind of wildlife and wildlife habitat can you find at your local creek?
Rivers, Streams, and Wetlands
Sum of the Parts from Project WET. Page 5 in this kids activity guide https://www.projectwet.org/sites/default/files/content/documents/WASH/Water_is_Life_EN.pdf
Fred the Fish story and activity