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“In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught.”― Baba Dioum
Great Outdoor Weekend is a chance for people of all ages to experience the best outdoor recreation and nature awareness programs in our area. This event is held the last weekend of September each year and over 100 events are hosted!
Warren County, 'Ohio's Largest Playground' has wonderful opportunities to experience the Great Outdoors this weekend. Registered events include:
Warren County Park District is also full of amazing parks to go spend quality time outside!
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For additional Great Outdoor Weekend events in surrounding areas, visit http://meetmeoutdoors.org/greatoutdoorweekend/
Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River
October 27, 2018 9:00am-12:oopm
(If the river is in flood stage, the cleanup will be moved to Sat, Nov 3)
The Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River is a volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health of the Great Miami River. This river cleanup is about much more than picking up trash! It’s a day for communities to demonstrate their desire for clean water and healthy rivers. It’s an opportunity to learn about our river, and it’s a time to come together with your families, your neighbors, your community, and your friends to accomplish something vital and worthy on behalf of our Great Miami River. This cleanup is an annual event coordinated by many partners and held in July in the upper reaches, and October in the lower region of the river.
The first cleaning of the Great Miami River started back in 1986 when two Tri-county Sanitation lab workers were pulling GMR water samples off of Old Needmore Road facility. They both commented to each other that the trash on / in the GMR was terrible! These two gentlemen started the first "sweep". In 2005, several groups along the southern stretch of the GMR saw the great work going on upstream, and decided to join in the fun. Since 2005, groups all along the GMR, from Indian Lake at the headwaters, to Shawnee Lookout Park at the mouth, take part.
There are numerous locations to volunteer.
Franklin: Carmody Park- (led by WCSWCD)
Middletown: Jimco Kayak at Spoken Bicycles, 1201 Central Avenue, Middletown 45044.
Middletown: Bicentennial Commons
Madison Twp: Neals Excavating
Oxford: Corso Road Covered Bridge
Trenton: Community Park
Trenton: St Rt 73 boat ramp
Woodsdale Metropark: 1917 Woodsdale Rd., Trenton, OH 45067
New Miami: Veteran's Park
Hamilton: Downtown at Riversedge Amphitheatre
Hamilton: Riverside Natural Area
Fairfield: Waterworks Park
Colerain Twp: Heritage Park
Shawnee Lookout Park
**To register to volunteer at one of these locations, visit:
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