Earth Calendar

Kathy Costello provides the latest environmental news and events.

Thanks to a grant received from Duke Energy and the Cincinnati Parks Foundation, 550 trees will be distributed free of charge to residents and property owners within the city of Cincinnati.  The program’s goal is to supplement the city’s urban forest by providing trees to plant on private property, near the street where there is not enough space in the public right-of-way to plant a tree.  To qualify for a free tree, the planting location must be within the City of Cincinnati limits, must be visible from the street, and must not conflict with utilities.  Seven different species of trees wil

Become the next Claude Monet or JMW Turner! Paint your best vision of a beautiful Hamilton County Park District Park, get votes by Facebook friends, and win a prize pack…it’s that easy. The contest is open through September 30th. Submissions and voting begin September 17th…so grab your brushes and go!  Artwork must be a physical painting with paint.  No tracing, paint-by-numbers or digital alteration and paintings must be scenes from within any of the Park District Parks.

If the air quality outside was harmful, wouldn’t it be nice to have an easy tool that could give you a quick “heads up” before you head out?

Tri-State families will find a jammin’ good time at the fourth annual Bluegrass for Babies charitable concert on Saturday, September 22. Head out to Sawyer Point from 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm, and you’ll find bluegrass music, family activities, a farmer’s market, and a selection of local food.  Bluegrass for Babies, Inc.

On September 12th, Dater Montessori will install a Wetland in their Nature Center on the school grounds. Experts from Illinois Natural History Survey, U.S. Forest Service, Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, and Cincinnati Nature Center will be on hand throughout the day at Dater (8 am - 4:30 pm) for the excavation and construction.  Over the past century, Wetlands were drained as their vital role in ecologic balance and environmental service was not understood. Only 5% of the original Wetlands remain in Ohio. Wetlands Restoration is important for