Entrance to MEPPeggy Logue will be presenting one of the programs in the summer series.Meditation Labyrinth at MEPA book deposit station donated to MEP.Presentation stageadded to Playscape this fallLebanon Junior High Cross CountryWarrior Walk at MEPEarth Day Tree Planting EventEagle Scout Project, David KlenkTake a walk in the preserve

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

2017 NATURE SERIES AT MILLER ECOLOGICAL PARK (See article below)

THANKS TO OUR 2017 OKTOBERFEST SPONSORS! PROCEEDS TO SUPPORT MILLER ECOLOGICAL PARK:

Click here for a list of this year's sponsors.

Dave Woehr has organized the nature series and will be presenting the first session

NATURE SERIES AT MEP CONTINUES INTO THE FALL..

The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists will be presenting an educational series of nature programs at Miller Ecological Park in Lebanon this fall.  Dave Woehr will be coordinating this event.

These programs are all free and open to the public. Registration is not required to attend.  All programs will be held at 10-noon September through December.

 

Bob Henn's hikes are always filled with discovery.

 2017 FALL NATURE SERIES AT MEP

September 23: Meet the Birds of Miller Ecological Park (Dave Woehr)

October 14: Critters in Miller Ecological Park (Peggy Logue and Donna Shaw)

November 11: Plants Preparing for Winter (Bob Henn)

December 9: Are the Trees Really Staring at Us? (Bill Lindauer)

  Next MEP Steering Committee Meeting: Thursday, November 16,  7:00PM at the Lebanon City Building on Broadway.

Bill Lindauer finding something amazing!! He will present the December 9 Nature Program

JOIN US

Paricipants in the MEP Nature Programs will meet in the parking lot on Miller Road and then move to a location appropriate for the month's topic. They will have a chance to participate in hikes, hands-on experiences, and/or demonstrations.

Announcements will be made ahead of each monthly program in the local newspaper and on Lebanon's Channel 6 Community Calendar.  Also check the Event Listing for Miller Ecological Park's Facebook page.

Oktoberfest fun for all ages...

OKTOBERFEST 2017 and the FUTURE

Miller Ecological Park Foundation sponsored the Fourth Annual Lebanon Oktoberfest held in Downtown Lebanon on October 14, 2017. Thanks to the community, and our sponsors, the Miller descendants, and three successful Oktoberfest’s we were able to achieve our fundraising goal of completing the Nature Playscape at Miller Ecological Park. The Playscape is the central feature in the 97 acre Miller Ecological Park, featuring an amphitheater, a snow sledding hill, and various play areas. This playscape is unique to all of Warren County and has proven to be a tremendous asset for the community.

We are now in the position of using the funds for maintaining the park; this includes continuing to restore habitat areas and maintaining the trail system, expanding the parking lot, improving the restroom and shelter facilities, etc.   However, the Oktoberfest funds do not cover all of these expenses.  

In order to maintain and improve Miller Ecological Park, the Miller Ecological Park Trustees are planning several fund raising programs in addition to our annual Oktoberfest.  One of these is recognition of major donors on the entry way feature. For those who choose to make contributions of $1,000 or more, their names will be added to entry way feature.  This donation made be made through Warren County Foundation. Donors might consider a Pledged Donation and make payments in regular installments.    To see the agreement form for Pledge Donations  (click)

Back 51 acres...

GOOD NEWS FOR MEP!

The City of Lebanon has been awarded a Clean Ohio Fund Greenspace Grant for $52,500. The purpose of the grant, which was recommended by the Lebanon Park Board and the Shade Tree Commission, is to improve the back 51 preserve acres of Miller Ecological Park as outlined in the recently completed Ecological Assessment and Mangement Plan for Miller Ecological Park.  (See article)

Through the Ohio's Clean Ohio Fund Greenspace Preservation Grant Program, properties that have been acquired through this program are eligible for grants to support certain improvements.  The back 51 acre preserve area of MEP qualified for this grant.

The grant will fund tree planting ($5,000), invasive plant removal ($20,000), educational signage ($5,000), prairie enhancement for pollinators ($15,000)and trail improvements in the back 51 acres of the park ($25,000).  

The Grant will cover 75% of the total cost, Miller Ecological Trust Fund has committed ($7,000), City Annual Tree Planting Program ($5,000) and In-kind services for invasive removal ($5,500)