Welcome to the MLK Lebanon Virtual Earth Day Fair!

This virtual event featured local and regional organizations that support Earth Day, conservation, ecology, nature, and the environment.

Nature Center Association of Caesar Creek

Currently Caesar Creek State Park features trails for visitors who can walk, hike, cross country ski, bike, or ride horses to be immersed in the woods to see, smell, and hear the unique flora and fauna that exists within the park. If visitors have mobility challenges requiring a walker, wheelchair, or scooter, they are denied this outdoor adventure because all the trails contain uneven soil with rocks and tree roots on their surface. 

The paved areas they can use are located around the Visitors Center, the Park Marina, the dam spillway river deck, the handicap fishing pier by the youth pond near Ohio State Route 73, and all of the parking lots. At none of these areas can mobility challenged visitors see the beauty of nature in its vast expanse offered to them by Caesar Creek State Park. This essential project will require the collaboration of three groups: the Nature Center Association of Caesar Creek, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Watercraft, and the Army Corps of Engineers. 

The Nature Center Association of Caesar Creek (NCACC) proposes a paved path 0.9 miles long and ten feet wide on the Orange Trail at Fifty Springs starting at Cemetery Road and ending at the Entrance Road after the second pavilion.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

For the complete schedule of events, click here.
 
 

Earth Day Tips and To-Do-List Ideas

 

Educational Videos

 

Explore topics of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice related to Earth Day

 

Visit our virtual Earth Day Fair booths!

Adventure Crew

About:  Open the doors of nature for city teens to strengthen their connection with self and others and create the next generation of healthy outdoor enthusiasts and environmental stewards.

Current Projects:  Saturday outdoor adventures for urban teens, Crew Cares nature therapy


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ArtScape Lebanon

About:  ArtScape Lebanon unites and empowers our community through the arts.

Current Project:  This spring, ArtScape Lebanon, a non-profit whose mission is to unite and empower our community through the arts, is putting on an art show to raise awareness for the environment. Four eco-conscious artists, Adrian Vance Hawk (Collage Artist and Milford Schools Art Teacher), Darren Goodman (Glass Artists) pictured below, Heather Campbell (Photographer), and Ty Ball (Painter and Lebanon City Schools Art Teacher), have come together to Eco-llaborate about our environment.


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Caesar Creek Lake

About: Caesar Creek Lake operates for flood reduction, recreation, water supply, fish and wildlife conservation and to augment natural low flow conditions downstream of the dam in the interest of water quality. The lake serves as one unit within the Corps of Engineers comprehensive plan for the Ohio River Basin, to reduce flood stages downstream.

Current projects: The Caesar Creek Visitor Center is in the first Phase of opening.  New displays are under construction.  For now the lobby is opened 8-4 every day to ask questions and speak to a ranger.

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City of Lebanon, Ohio

About:  To enhance the quality of life in our community by providing high-quality and cost-effective services, while maintaining the public trust through sound stewardship of our resources.

Current Projects:  

Lebanon Parks Earth Day Events: Park programs are free to the community. Earth Day Event at Miller Ecological Park at 10 am: Join Mandy Palmer, the founder of the Barefoot Hippie Homestead, for a family-friendly event that includes trash pick-up, learning about recycling and an activity for kids. 

Earth Day Volunteer Event at the Turtlecreek Nature Preserve at 4 pm: Join the City of Lebanon and the Warren County SWCD in a Tree Seedling Planting at the Turtlecreek Nature Preserve (behind Berry Intermediate). Shovels will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Gloves and a water bottle are recommended. Please call 513-228-3104 or email cburdick@lebanonohio.gov to RSVP with an estimated number attending. 

Mulch-A-Thon and Litter Pick Up at Lebanon Parks at 9 am: Some shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows and trash bags will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Gloves and a water bottle are recommended. Please call 513-228-3104 or email cburdick@lebanonohio.gov to be assigned to a park. 

Together We Thrive: A Community Wellness Initiative. Together We Thrive is about creating a vibrant community through all aspects of healthy living. This includes physical activity, mental health, nutrition, stress management, importance of sleep routines and more. The City has partnered with local health and wellness businesses and experts to provide information, resources and events throughout the spring and summer for all in the community to enjoy. 

 Lebanon Parks Wellness Challenge. Lebanon Parks is challenging you to get outside and enjoy the spring weather with the Lebanon Parks Wellness Challenge, where you’ll explore Lebanon’s 17 unique parks that cover over 600 acres. 
The Lebanon Parks Wellness Challenge includes activities that are fun for all ages, ranging from having a picnic in a Lebanon Park to hiking or biking a 3.6 mile section of the Lebanon Countryside Trail. Complete the challenges and win prizes (prize options for all ages). The Lebanon Parks Wellness Challenge runs from April 1 – August 20, just in time for the Healthy Living Market! Lebanon Parks Wellness Challenge activity trackers can be picked up from a Lebanon Park kiosk, from the Service Desk in City Hall or downloaded online now!

The City’s Parks Department has a wide variety of programming scheduled for our parks including educational events, family-fun events, volunteer days and free fitness classes. Information about all programs can be found on our website, lebanonohio.gov.

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Creation Justice Ministries

About: Creation Justice Ministries educates, equips and mobilizes Christian communions/denominations, congregations and individuals to protect, restore, and rightly share God's creation.

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Friends of Caesar Creek

About: An independent, volunteer organization dedicated to supporting educational and environmental concerns of the Caesar Creek Lake Park through public educational programs, activities and financial support. 

New project Summary – Helping prairie re-establishment  to effectively improve aged native prairie habitat for pollinators and wildlife.  The prairie habitat will be renovated, setting back succession and eliminating invasive species.  The work will include developing methods and techniques,  that will improve the diversity and quality of habitat for pollinators and wildlife.  Early prairie plantings at Caesar Creek had limited diversity and few forbs, which are desirable and critical for pollinators.  The project will introduce and re-plant a variety of high quality plants that will specifically benefit pollinators and improve the wildlife and recreational benefits of the 45 acres of prairies at Caesar Creek Lake.

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Gorman Heritage Farm

About:  Gorman Heritage Farm is to educate about agriculture, nutrition, sustainability, and the environment.

Current Projectsself guided tours, school field trips, group tours, virtual programs, farm-to-classroom, community and family programs, scout programs, Row by Row Dinner, Sunflower Festival


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Miller Ecological Park

Japanese Friendship Garden

About: The Will and Harriet Miller Ecological Park is a city park in Lebanon, Ohio. In 1993, Edwin and Margaret Miller sold the property to Lebanon City at a reduced cost so that a park would be built here in memory of parents, Will and Harriet Miller. During the development of the 2008 City of Lebanon Master Plan for City Parks, it was decided that Miller Park would become an Ecological Park. A fund was created through the Warren County Foundation in August 2009 to support projects that would assist in building the park.

Current Project: Miller Ecological Park in Lebanon, OH and Matsunami Park in Ishinomaki, Japan are Friendship Parks.  To further celebrate this friendship, as well as provide a place of peaceful beauty, mental health wellness and continual respect for nature and the native ecology,  plans for a Japanese-style friendship garden are in the works for Miller Park.  Please help us make this gift of nature for our community possible by making a donation or by volunteering your time.

When you click on the the Donate button, PLEASE CHOOSE THE DROP-DOWN,  JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP PARK.  

On the same page, if you choose to mail in a donation, PLEASE BE SURE TO DESIGNATE JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP PARK to make sure it gets to the proper designation. 


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Lebanon High School Ecology Club

About:   The Lebanon High School Ecology Club is a student-led organization geared towards making our school and community a more 

environmentally conscious and ecologically friendly place to be. From educating our members on the little ways they can make a difference to initiating large-scale projects, the LHS Ecology Club works to establish easy and affordable ways to keep our community sustainable and our carbon footprint low. 

Current ProjectBottle Cap project - Collecting bottle caps with which to create a bottle cap bench to put in Miller Park. To support this project, please drop off your collection of bottle caps at the Lebanon High School office to the attention of Randi Michna.

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Lebanon High School LEOs

About: “Leadership, Experience, Opportunity.” That’s what makes a Leo. As the youngest members of Lions Clubs International, Leos embody the best qualities of our incredible organization. They are devoted young people who realize the power of action. Together, Leos and Lions form a powerful partnership — one of mutual respect where Lions learn from the innovative insights of Leos, and where Leos gain access to the proven strategies of those who’ve successfully served the world for decades.  The LHS LEOS is the student branch of the Lebanon Lions Club, Lebanon, Ohio, USA. “Leadership, Experience, Opportunity.” That’s what makes a Leo. As the youngest members of Lions Clubs International, Leos embody the best qualities of our incredible organization. They are devoted young people who realize the power of action. Together, Leos and Lions form a powerful partnership — one of mutual respect where Lions learn from the innovative insights of Leos, and where Leos gain access to the proven strategies of those who’ve successfully served the world for decades. The LHS LEOS is the student branch of the Lebanon Lions Club, Lebanon, Ohio, USA.

Current Project:  Our Leo Club is working on a recycling project in conjunction with Trex to build a bench. WE NEED BAGS!! We need to collect 300 more pounds in the next 3 months. See the poster below for the kind of bags we need. Sibcy Cline has a drop-off box or you can drop off inside the door at Lebanon Krogers after you weigh them and let us know how many pounds dropped off. The Lebanon Lions Club collected 500 pounds of plastic and donated a bench to the Lebanon Food Pantry through the Trex Recycling Program. 

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Little Miami Conservancy

About: Our mission is to provided the leadership, resources, and public engagement necessary to protect and restore the natural values of the Little Miami National and State Scenic River.

Current ProjectsLittle Miami Conservancy (LMC) manages over 120 nature preserves, protecting over 2,200 acres, across seven counties in southwest Ohio. LMC staff and volunteers conduct scientific research to monitor the river's health including eDNA fish sampling, water quality sampling, and bio-monitoring utilizing juvenile freshwater mussels. LMC provides outdoor education programs to hundreds of youths and adults each year and the LMC bald eagle live camera gives everyone a glimpse in the life of a family of bald eagles living along the Little Miami River.


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The Miami Valley Council for Native Americans About: The Miami Valley Council for Native Americans exists to 1) preserve, honor, and promote American Indian culture; 2) raise awareness of issues faced by Native Americans today; 3) build bridges between cultures; and 4) foster right relationship with all beings.
Current Projects: Preserve the Native American Indian culture through exhibits and cultural dances.

    Preserve the spirituality through ceremonies, spiritual dances, and the preservation of Sacred Grounds. Heighten public awareness through education, the annual Keeping Of The Tradition Pow Wow, an Elders' Speak Program, and Press Releases.

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Ohio State University Extension,

Warren County

About: We create opportunities for people to explore how science-based knowledge can improve social, economic, and environmental conditions.

Current Projects: 

Going Green: go.osu.edu/going-green-in-warren-co

OSU Extension web page with local recycling information and initiatives in and around Warren County with the intent to reduce the amount of waste going into the garbage.

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Rivers Edge Outfitters
About: Rivers Edge Outfitters provides the highest quality canoe, kayak and raft trips on the Little Miami River. It is located on 45 acres of beautiful riverfront property along one of the least crowded and most secluded sections of the Federal and State Designated Scenic Little Miami River. Rivers Edge Outfitters is conveniently located just 30 minutes from Dayton, 45 minutes from Cincinnati and a quick one hour drive from Columbus.
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SPONSORED BY:

GOLD
David Polachik

SILVER
Donna Pennock

BRONZE
The Cunningham Institute for Growth™ , Jerry Herbst, Bob & Darlene McLain, Larry Stone, Kevin & Veronica Strevel, Warren County Democratic Party

FRIENDS
Lori Bishop, Kristin Davenport, Marcelete Blackwell Elter, Bill & MaryEllen Haynes, Shelley & William Kilgallon, Esther Larson, Brant & Jane Simmons

DONORS: 
Tanya Allen, Cathy Crisenberry,  Holly Knouff, Wendy Monroe, Deborah Ransom, Cathy Yohey

In-Kind: Gail Rash, River's Edge Outfitters, Ace Hardware, Sharefax Credit Union, Bishop Bicycles