Annual Conservation Tour

Hosted by Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District on Thursday, August, 23rd, 2018

2018 Annual Conservation Tour

Occurred on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM at the Boone County Enrichment Center.

See below for photos from the event!




Map of locations and driving directions

Registration opening soon so check back

Please note:  $25 registration fee for both breakfast and lunch/ $10 for just lunch

Breakfast will include: Coffee and Doughnuts

Lunch will include: Ham and Turkey sandwiches, pasta salad, fruit, chips, brownie, and a drink


Tour Agenda

2017 Annual Conservation Tour

On a cold and grey Friday in November 2017, over 50 people gathered at the Marival Clubhouse in Mason Ohio for the 2017 Conservation Tour, hosted by the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District.

The tour began just steps from the Clubhouse as the group explored and learned about a stream restoration project to reduce erosion, protect homes, and improve water quality in an unnamed tributary to Muddy Creek, itself a tributary to the Little Miami River. From there participants caravanned to our second stop at the Cincinnati Zoo’s EcOhio farm and wetland. Here we learned about the Zoo’s efforts to restore wetlands and catalogue an ever increasing abundance and diversity of wildlife.

Our third stop came with great anticipation as lunch would be served at Valley Vineyards. Before eating, though, owner Kenny Joe Schuchter gave a personal tour of the vineyards operations in the cellar where the group learned that Valley Vineyards is the second largest grower of grapes in Ohio. After lunch many tour participants took an opportunity to purchase some of the farms products before heading to our final stop.

Our tour concluded with a chance to explore the museum and grounds of the Fort Ancient Archaeological Park. Many in the group tried their hand at spear throwing with an atlatl before a presentation by museum staff. A highlight of this final stop was the view of the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge crossing the Miami River Valley from the observation deck.

Much was learned and a special thanks to the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District and each of their tour stop partners for putting on a memorable OKI-Regional Conservation Tour. Stay tuned for details about 2018’s Tour.

What is the Conservation Tour?

County conservation districts of the OKI Regional Conservation Council take turns sponsoring the Annual Conservation Tour.  This event offers narrated visits to well-planned and wisely managed places that demonstrate successful conservation practices.  In the late summer or fall, Annual Tour patrons have visited gardens, croplands, orchards, vineyards, pastures, hayfields, green houses, dairy barns, pig pens, chicken coops, parks, fairgrounds, nature preserves, ponds, lakes, streams, rivers, a river boat, canoes, historical sites, field research facilities, woodlands, wastewater treatment plants, small businesses, farmers’ markets, construction sites, and food processing industries throughout the Tri-State.

While show-and-tell education is the primary goal, the Annual Conservation Tour is not above enjoying a tasty lunch or identifying large cylindrical hay bales as “cow cocoons.”  It’s easy to strike up conversations and take photos while seeing a bit of our world on the Annual Tour.  A modest registration fee may apply to tours that rely on charter bus service.  Lunch is usually ordered off a restaurant menu.

Browse the gallery below or take a look at previous agendas (under Past Events) to see where we’ve been.