Young LIfe Volunteers at MEPBob and Carol have a little fun while volunteering at MEPYoung Life volunteers at MEPAmerican Heritage Girls volunteer at MEPShawn Steinke labyrinth FED EX volunteers at MEP

The Season is Bright at Miller Ecological Park

Located within walking distance of three Lebanon City Schools and along the City's bike path, the opportunities and benefits of developing The Will and Harriet Miller Park as an ecological park for passive recreational activities have inspired City administrators and planners, area school personnel, local businesses, service organizations, neighbors, and the Miller Family descendants to join together to make the idea become a reality.   To see picture titles, place your cursor on the picture.

To view a map of the park: Click Here and Click Open

MAY 28:  Barnes and Noble Fundraiser for Miller Ecological Park Friendship Garden:

More Information: See article below.

June 11: 4th Annual 5 K Walk/Run and Kids' Run:  Lebanon Alumni Association

         Click here for event times, entry form, more information:


                   Also: See article below.

Watercolor by Elden Rowland


Flowers of Friendship: BUY A BOOK FOR OUR Friendship Project

Please join us for a special fundraising event in the honor of the friendship shared between the Lebanon's Miller Ecological Park and the Matsunami Playground Park in Ishinomaki, Japan.

When: Saturday, May 28, 12:00-5:00 PM 

Where: Barnes and Noble Fields Ertle Road

For Vouchers: Click  (Vouchers are valid from May 28 to June 3 either in the Fields Ertle Barnes and Noble Store or on-line ANYWHERE)

Enjoy Kamishibai performance of Momoka and the Cherry Tree by Yukoko Ryburn; Origmi Demonstrations and other activities by the Lebanon High School Japanese Art and Culture Club; Bonsai Display by Cincinnati Bonsai Society; Photo history of Ishinomaki Park and the story of the Friendship between the parks; Plans for Miller Ecological Park.

For more Information on the Friendship Relationship: Click



Young Life Volunteers: THANK YOU


From the beginning of Miller Ecological Park it has been all about the volunteers. Amazing individuals and groups have come forward with ideas, time, and resources to help create this ecological space for passive recreation and meditation.

Just this week, Young Life Volunteers did trail construction in the Park on Saturday, April 23. Earlier in the week American Heritage Girls put mulch on the Garden Club's Butterfly Garden and FED EX volunteers planted Day Lillies and weeded around the flag pole and Rain Garden.  The Daylillies were a donation from Valley of the Daylillies.

Steering Committee members, Bob Henn and Carol Carraway were on hand to photograph and assist in several of the activities and Bob single handedly added mulch around the Warren County Career Center rock at the entrance of the park.


TAW-TAW William Caston Memorial Run


On Saturday, April 30, 2016 the William Caston Memorial held a 5K run/walk event at Miller Ecological Park at 10:00AM. Registration and packet pick-up will begin at 8:30 AM.

The event was held to benefit the mission of the William Caston Memorial to help those who have suffered the sudden loss of their life partner. Awards will be presented to the top 3 male and female participants. 

The course consisted of one loop around the entire trail. 


Mark your Calendars for the Saturday, June 11 Lebanon Alumni 5K Run/Walk and Kids' Run.  Part of the race route will include the one mile loop through Miller Ecological Park. Proceeds of this event will be used for scholarships for LHS graduates. LAA awarded 2 scholarships of $500 each in 2013 and 4 scholarships of $500 each in 2014 and 2015. Kids activities will also be included the morning of the race. Find event times and Registration form at Lebanon Alumni Association.

Bee in MEP Rain Garden, 2015


"It has been estimated that millions of bees have died in the last decade and scientists are unsure of the exact cause. There is no doubt that a number of factors have contributed to their slow decline. This includes pesticides which have been proven to affect their ability to navigate back to the nest, new forms of pests and disease which have targeted certain species of bee and the reduced diversity of plants which has been found to reduce the immune system of the bee as they are exposed to few strains of pollen. "


Plants honey bees love that flower in the spring:

Elm, maple, dandelion, hawthorne, red bud, fruit trees,shadbush, tulip tree, willow, sorrel

What did Albert Einstein say about bees?  Click here




Memorial Path is coming along!


Peggy Logue, Janet Steinke, Nancy McLaughlin, Marketa Anderson, Scott Brunka, and Jerry Shelhorn of Grandma's Gardens have been working on a project to create a meditation garden and Labyrinth in memory of Shawn Steinke.

The labyrinth path will be a nautilus, spiral shape with plantings of trees, shrubs, and native flower species in the center.  A bench will also be a part of the garden.

Shawn Steinke was a true nature lover and enjoyed hiking, running, gardening, and spending time with his family.  He was a Friend of Miller Ecological Park and attended several meetings, sharing information and expertise as a Master Gardener and owner/operator of Good Natured By Design Landscape Company. All of us at Miller Ecological Park feel very fortunate to have known and shared time with Shawn. There have been many donations to Miller Ecological Park in his memory and we are using them in a way that would appropriately honor Shawn's memory.