Friday, October 17, 2003

Get up close with nature

How about frolicking on leaves you don't have to rake? Take a visit to an area park to get up close and personal with nature.

• Join the Clermont County Park District naturalist at 6 p.m. today for a walk around Sycamore Park. Enjoy the red, orange, yellow, and purple colors of the leaves before they fall. Learn why leaves change colors and which trees show which colors in the fall. Meet at the information kiosk. Free. 732-2977.

• Meet a Hamilton County Parks naturalist at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Great Oaks Trail in Winton Woods Park in Springfield Township to observe and discuss the fall colors and the season's changes. Free. 521-7275.

• Take a relaxing interpretive walk and view of the woods at 2 p.m. Sunday at LaBoiteaux Woods in College Hill (542-2909) or with Northside Greenspace at Parker Woods in Northside (541-9119).

• For a more vigorous view of fall, a Cincinnati Park naturalist will lead a hardy hike at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Stanbery Park in Mount Washington. Meet in the parking lot. 352-4080.

• Visit Sharon Centre to learn all about the splendor of fall, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26 at Sharon Woods in Sharonville. Make children's crafts and hike along the trails with the naturalist at 1 or 3 p.m. both days. Free. 521-7275 .

• Storyteller Paul Ingram shares not-so-scary Halloween stories around the campfire at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Woodland Mound in Anderson Township. Bring blankets or lawn chairs and meet at the fire ring behind Seasongood Nature Center. Free. 521-7275.

• Jack-o'-lanterns show you the way as you discover nature at night along Pin Oak Trail at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve in Colerain Township. Bring a flashlight and check in at Ellenwood Nature Barn for this self-guided hike. 521-7275.

• Children ages 4-8 will enjoy this hike to meet a grumpy troll, friendly witch, talking tree and more at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25 at the Caldwell Nature Center in Carthage. Hikes every 15 minutes and last about an hour. $3, reservations required. 321-6070.

• Enjoy some old-fashioned fun at the Mount Airy Forest Festival, noon-5 p.m. Oct. 25 at the forest in Colerain Township. Historical re-enactment, crafts, tree games, food, music and more. 352-4080.

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