Fall 2017




Adventure Hikes on Bender Mountain

Saturday, September 23, 9:30 am and 10 am

For this annual fall event, WWC is hosting two hikes at Bender Mountain – strenuous and moderate. The strenuous hike will start at 9:30 am with a climb through a beautiful forest on our Eagle Scout Trail. At the top we will be treated to a spectacular view of the Ohio River Valley. We will then hike along the ridge top trail to Paw Paw Gap and beyond for the return to the trailhead. The moderate hike will start at 10 am and will meander along the slope of Bender Mountain through an equally beautiful forest. We will also hike at Paw Paw Gap and with a little luck will be able to sample that delectable fruit.

For both hikes meet at the gravel parking area on Bender Road about ½ mile from Hillside. Contact Tim 513.922.2104 for details



Fall Color Hike at Kirby Nature Preserve

Sunday, October 22, 1 pm

The trees in our successional and mature forests at the Kirby Preserve will be at their peak, and our new meadow should have some nice color too. Moderate and strenuous hikes will be available. Contact John at 513.941.4877 or Jack 859.750.1608 for details.



Fossil Hunt at Kirby Nature Preserve

Saturday, November 11, 2 pm

The Cincinnati area is famous for its fossils. We will hear all about the fossils that occur here from experts and then will go on a guided hike as we search for them at this preserve. Please contact Kathy at 513.748.0281 for details




Habitat restoration and trail work


Saturday September 30, 9 am to 12 pm

Habitat restoration at Buckeye Trace.

Leaders: Gary 513.941.5414 and Tim 513.922.2104.




Saturday, October 21, 9 am to 12 pm

Habitat restoration and litter pickup at Shady Lane.

We have a pizza lunch for the volunteers.

Leaders: Ed 513.919.5186 and Robert 859.572.9661.




Saturday October 28, 9 am to 12 pm

Habitat restoration at Whitetail Woods.

Leader: Gary 513.941.5414.




Saturday October 28, 9 am to 12 pm

Habitat restoration at Delshire Preserve.

Leaders: Tim 513.922.2104 and Robert 859.572.9661.








Why habitat restoration? Many times the biggest threat to our preserves is invasion by alien plant species. Plants such as Amur (or bush) honeysuckle, euonymus and garlic mustard can produce such a dense cover of foliage that native plants cannot survive. We’ve been told that Amur honeysuckle even secretes a toxin that kills native plants!

When we restore the habitat in one of our preserves, we remove these invasive alien plants so that native plants and animals can thrive.


In addition, one or more of us usually winds up going to a preserve a couple of mornings during the week to take a walk and while they are there, they just can’t help whacking some honeysuckle. If you would like to join one of these walks, please call (513.922.2104) or email Tim Sisson and he’ll let you know when and where to meet.

For more information visit the Volunteer opportunities page.




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