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Last summer the Northern Kentucky University Center for Environmental Education established a partnership with Boone County Parks to develop and present environmental educational programs and increase visitation at Boone County Parks, especially parks that feature natural areas.
Today the university announced the partnership is extending programming through November. It marked the first time environmental education programs have been offered at Boone County Parks.
The programs at Boone County Parks are free and open to the public of all ages. New programs for the remainder of November include Ohio River Education, What Birds Are Still Here?, What is a Restoration Area?, Nature Walks, Children and Nature, and See the Cliffs. November programs are scheduled on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until noon and Sundays from 1-3 p.m. Specific programs can also be developed for groups upon request.
Dr. Steve Kerlin, director of the NKU Center for Environmental Education, described the partnership as an exciting win-win for both organizations. “It strengthens the center’s commitment to increasing environmental literacy through expanded community education programs, provides opportunities for undergraduate internships and seeks to reconnect citizens with natural areas in their local region,” he said.
David Whitehouse, Boone County Parks director, said he expects the new programs will help direct park-goers to some of the gems of Boone County Parks such as Giles-Conrad; Shor Lake; Middle Creek; Dinsmore Woods; and the county’s newest park, Conservancy Park.