Events Calendar

Here you will find Programs, Hikes and
Habitat Restoration Projects. Please join us!

Transforming Farmland to Native Habitat,
presented by Brian Jorg
Tuesday, August 24; 7:00pm – 8:00pm, Zoom Event

Join us for a zoom presentation by Brian Jorg, the Manager of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Bowyer Farm. The Zoo’s farm is a 600+ acre property donated to the Zoo, and is actively being restored to wetland and prairie. See how this land has been returned to its natural state, and since restoration, has attracted 197 species of birds to the property. Bowyer Farm is also home to the Native Plant Program, managed by Brian, that grows native plants for the Zoo, sale to the public, and for use in the restoration of the farm. This program deals with a wide range of projects that deal directly with the propagation and conservation of our native flora. This also includes the recovery projects of endangered and critically imperiled plants.

Brian also travels extensively to study both flora and fauna of the world. Leading trips to the Galapagos, Kenya, Argentina, Madagascar, Brian is always planning the next trip to someplace wild. Please RSVP using GiveLively by clicking here: https://secure.givelively.org/event/western-wildlife-corridor-inc/transforming-farmland-into-native-habitat-with-brian-jorg

Two Great Outdoor Weekend Adventure Hikes!
Saturday, September 25 — Kirby Nature Preserve & Sunday, September 26 — Bender Mountain Preserve

Saturday, September 25th at 10:00 am for an Adventure Hike at Kirby Nature Preserve!

A moderate hike will begin through our prairie and into a beautiful cedar glade. Then we’ll hike up a creek valley through an equally beautiful forest. A strenuous hike will also begin through our prairie and cedar glade, then we’ll climb through a very nice mature forest to a hillside limestone quarry where you’ll be treated to a view of the Ohio River Valley. Meet at Kirby Nature Preserve, 2 East Main Street in Addyston, Ohio. Cost: Free, no registration is required.

Sunday, September 26 — Bender Mountain Preserve Hike at Bender Mountain Preserve!

Join us at 1:00 pm on Sunday, September 26th for an Adventure Hike at Bender Mountain Preserve! A moderate/strenuous hike will climb through a beautiful forest, where at the top is a spectacular view of the Ohio River Valley. We will meander along the slope of Bender Mountain, and with a little luck will be able to sample the delectable fruit of the Paw Paw tree. Meet at the gravel parking area on Bender Road about ½ mile from Hillside, view Map. Cost: Free, no registration is required.

Those Amazing Monarch Butterflies, presented by John Klein
Saturday, October 2, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Location: Kirby Nature Center

Join WWC Board Member and retired Hamilton County Park District Manager John Klein for an informative presentation about monarch butterflies. John has been providing habitat for and tagging monarchs for nearly 40 years. Learn about the unusual life history of these amazing butterflies and what you can do to help increase their numbers. You may even have a chance to tag one for yourself! Meet at Kirby Nature Preserve, 2 East Main Street in Addyston, Ohio. Cost: Free, but registration is required. Limit to 30. https://secure.givelively.org/event/western-wildlife-corridor-inc/those-amazing-monarch-butterflies

Fall Foliage Fest Hike and Nature Art Show!
Morning Hike: Saturday, October 23, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Kirby Nature Preserve
Join us on Saturday October 23 for a some hiking, education, and fun at the Kirby Nature Center! Enjoy the trails, and learn to identify the trees and wildflowers of Western Wildlife Corridor. Meet at Kirby Nature Preserve, 2 East Main Street in Addyston, Ohio. Cost: Free, no registration is required.

Fall Foliage Fest Nature Art Show
Saturday, October 23, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at Kirby Nature Preserve

We will host a nature art show at the Western Wildlife Corridor’s Kirby Nature Center. Exhibitors include Sally Sisson Anderson, Jessee Smith, Mary Ann Perkins, Lori Vogel and David Garza. Bring your friends to enjoy some early holiday shopping and see some great art reflecting our natural environment. Light refreshments will be served. Call 513-921-9453 for questions. Location: Kirby Nature Center is located at 2 Main Street, Addyston, Ohio. Cost: Free, no registration is required.

The Controversial Coyote,
presented by John Klein
Wednesday, November 10, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Kirby Nature Center

The Roadrunner Cartoons made Wile E. Coyote look really silly. In reality, that could not be further from the truth. Learn about how cunning and highly adaptable these animals are and what allows them to live almost anywhere! After an indoor program, we will go outdoors and try to “talk” to them directly. Cost: Free, but registration is required. Limit 30.

Fossil Hunt with Jack Berninger
Saturday, November 13, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, at Kirby Nature center.
Are you ready for some family fun with WWC? Bring your family for an adventure discovering all the interesting fossils in our dry creek bed at our Kirby Nature Center. This outdoor program will start with a short explanation by Jack Berninger, and each child will be given a special fossil at the start of the program!

Jack is an engaging trip leader who describes himself as “retired but not a tired teacher who enjoys sharing the fire of discovery and enjoyment with others”.  Location: Kirby Nature Center is located at 2 Main Street, Addyston, Ohio. Cost: Free, no registration is required.

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Habitat Restoration Projects & Mid-week Hikes


What’s our habitat restoration all about? It’s one of the most important things we do! If you’ve never done one of these before, we encourage you to join us, as it doesn’t require any special skills. No registration is necessary, but please contact a project leader to make sure it hasn’t been cancelled. For more information, please visit this page and read the document Habitat Restoration Frequently Asked Questions.
Saturday, September 4, 9:30 am to 12:00pm, Habitat restoration at Kirby Nature Preserve.
Leaders: Tim 513.922.2104 and Matt 513.604.6728
Saturday, September 18, 9:30 am to 12:00pm, Habitat restoration at Delshire Preserve.
Leaders: Molly 973.342-7921 and Jeff 513.600.7520
Saturday, October 2, 9:30 am to 12:00pm, Habitat restoration at Buckeye Trace Nature Preserve.
Leaders: Gary 513.304.4303 and Tim 513.922.2104
Saturday, October 16, 9:30 am to 12:00pm, Habitat restoration at Shady Lane Preserve.
Leaders: Ed 513.919.5186 and John 513.304.2310
Saturday, November 6, 9:30 am to 12:00pm, Habitat restoration at Whitetail Woods.
Leaders: Gary 513.304.4303 and Tim 513.922.2104
Saturday, November 20, 9:30 am to 12:00pm, Habitat restoration at Bender Mountain.
Leaders: Tim 513.922.2104 and Jeff 513.451.1737

Mid-week hikes
Did you know that Western Wildlife Corridor volunteers do a mid-week hike almost every week? This is where we might do some light habitat restoration or trail building. Email Tim Sisson at hikertim419@gmail.com to be added to the distribution list.

Past Recorded Events:

Animals Alive with Great Parks of Hamilton County

Fungi with Mr. Chatfield

Butterflies with Dr. Glenn Crisler II

Important update

Programs and event changes
Western Wildlife Corridor is following CDC, Ohio and Hamilton County guidelines regarding Covid 19. We will open the Kirby building for bathroom access for outdoor events. Please practice proper social distancing procedures and correctly wear a mask to ensure the health and safety of all guests. We will be keeping a close eye on any developments regarding the COVID-19 virus and will carefully consider how we proceed in the weeks ahead. Please check this page frequently to see if changes are needed for any events.

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