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Top Story: OACGC Sponsors 2016 Ohio Paddlefest

OACGC is excited to announce that we are the new sponsor and beneficiary of The Ohio River Paddlefest.  For 15 years, Paddlefest has been celebrating, protecting, and promoting the beauty of the Ohio River through the largest paddling trip in the nation.  Each summer, over 1,000 paddlers take to the Ohio, free of motorized traffic, to enjoy 8 miles of scenery along the Ohio and Kentucky shorelines.

This year, in celebration of Paddlefest’s 15th anniversary, the paddling course has been expanded to nearly 9 miles, starting at Schmidt Recreation Complex and ending at Gilday Riverside Park.  This new route will include a halfway stop in Covington, with an opportunity to explore the Licking River and the Mill Creek.

If you‘ve paddled this event before, come back this year – it’s all new! If you’ve never paddled the Ohio, come experience this tremendous asset to our community close-up!  For more information, visit the Paddlefest website (ohioriverpaddlefest.org), and join OACGC on Saturday, August 6th to paddle for a cause!

2017-01-13T02:59:04+00:00 Categories: Director's Blog, Local Headlines, OAC News, Uncategorized|

Lunch and Learn Program

During their October biking trips on the Little Miami Bike Trail, OAC students also learned about our regional trail network and the health and the environmental benefits of hiking and biking instead of driving. Their “Lunch & Learn” focused on the history of the Little Miami Bike Trail as part of the national “rails-to-trails” movement. Students were shown maps indicating existing and planned trails for the Greater Cincinnati area, as well as connectors to regional trails leading to other major cities in the tri-state area. Each participant also received a Metro Green Bus Route map that showed all city and county parks plus the specific bus routes to get to each of those wonderful outdoor venues.

In addition to learning about local and regional trails, students were also given a tutorial on basic bike maintenance, including hands-on experience patching bicycle tires and realigning bike chains to sprockets. These skills proved useful during the afternoon portion of the bike ride.

Greenway News: Kirby Nature Preserve Coming in 2016

The 30 acre Kirby Nature Preserve will become the new home base for the Western Wildlife Corridor. Western Wildlife Corridor is a local nonprofit dedicated to protecting the natural resources of the Ohio River Valley.  Their mission includes promoting good stewardship and protecting our natural resources.

The preserve is located near the intersection of East Main St. and South Road in Addyston. Most of the 30 acres of land, which was donated by one of the group’s members, is covered by mature forest, woodlands, prairie and riparian beauty. There will also be a central building that will be converted into a nature center, education facility, meeting place, exhibit and event space.  In addition to the converted building, barn and a home dating back to 1900 sit on the property as well.

WWC plans to improve its many events including their Flower-a-thon and Wildflower Festival. Plans also include hiking trails throughout the site that will connect to other properties Western Wildlife Corridor owns in the area and, in the future, regional trails. The organization also owns the nearby Bender Mountain Preserve and Delshire Preserve.

To learn more about the Western Wildlife Corridor or donate, visit www.westernwildlifecorridor.org

2017-01-13T02:59:06+00:00 Categories: Director's Blog, Local Headlines, OAC News|

Local News: Cabela’s Opens in West Chester

We’d like to give a special thank you to all the kind folks at Cabela’s for allowing us to be a part of their grand opening celebration this weekend. We had a blast!

Be sure to stop by the Cabela’s store in West Chester and check out all the cool stuff they have to offer.  If you love the outdoors, this is the place to be.  This space has everything the outdoor enthusiast could imagine including an aquarium, indoor archery range, a mountain replica, wildlife displays, as well as a café, fudge shop, and boat shop.  Additionally, the store’s staff will host educational seminars and demonstrations, offering tips and insights on outdoor products and activities.