Category Archives: Innings & Events

Member Appreciation – annual potluck dinner

Saturday Nov 10, 5:30 pm
Garden Park Unity Church, 3581 W. Galbraith Rd. 45239

Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner about 6:30 p.m. It is a potluck. It’s free.  Bring an appetizer, salad, vegetable, entrée OR dessert & a drink (wine

and beer ok.) Plates, dinnerware, cups, coffee and water will be provided.

After dinner Committees will review the past year and look ahead to 2019. Awards will be presented to select members and committees.

For more directions or to RSVP, contact Karen at [email protected], 513-382-7377 or follow this link.

Holiday Party

Saturday December 8, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Avon Woods Nature Preserve, 4235 Paddock Road

It’s that time of year to enjoy some holiday cheer together. Bring an appetizer or dessert to share along with a beverage of your choice. Enter from Paddock Rd., drive past the golf course, and the building is at the end of the road. Should
the parking lot be filled, please park on the right side on the lane leading to the nature center.  Snow emergency cancels.
For questions, contact Karen Nagel, 513-382-7377or to RSVP follow this link.

Winter Retreat

February 9, 2019 Schott Pavilion at Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford

The retreat schedule with topics and speakers will be coming out in the Jan/Feb newsletter. Information and directions will be sent after registration. Retreat is announced in Meetup, but you must register, not just indicate that you are interested.

If you have questions, please contact: Karen Nagel ([email protected]) 513-382-7377, or Randy Johnson ([email protected]) 513-751-2503.

RSVP Information: We need meal numbers before January 25!
To sign up, use the retreat registration form or online here.
Mail the downloadable form to Martha Walker,
6234, Englewood, Cincinnati, OH 45237

Click here for electronic registration.   Payment
will be available soon through the Miami Group website:  or you can mail a check to the address above.

Alaska by Land and By Sea– Dec 3, 2018

 “Alaska by Land and By Sea”– Dec 3, 2018 

All Innings locations are at 7:00 – 8:55 p.m. at the Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Road, Evendale, OH 45241 The public is welcome.

Presented by Jan and Randy who toured Alaska this year, beginning with the inland passage around Juneau and then to the Anchorage to Fairbanks corridor including Denali. They will present a show of the scenery, fauna and flora found along this trip. More details and to RSVP, click here.

Edge of Appalachia (The Edge)

When:  Oct 1, 2018, 7pm
Who: Martin McAllister
Where: 10078 Reading Rd, Evendale, Ohio 45241

Martin McAllister; “Edge of Appalachia” (The Edge)

The Sunken Mountain: Flora and Geology of a Meteorite Crater in Southwest Ohio: The geological diversity in Adams County not only attracts geologists, but also botanists who come to study the various plant communities that are linked to the varying bedrock types. The late Dr. E. Lucy Braun brought Adams County to the forefront of conservation in Ohio when she advocated for the preservation of these unique areas. One of the most interesting geological features to be found here is an ancient meteorite crater. This presentation will connect the dots between Lucy, the Edge of Appalachia Preserve System and the mysterious meteorite crater.”

Martin McAllister currently works with The Nature Conservancy in Ohio as the Appalachian Forests Project Manager. In this capacity he oversees management of the 20,000 Edge of Appalachia Preserve as well as TNC’s efforts to improve forest management and protection in the greater Appalachian Plateau region of Ohio. Martin is a lifelong resident of southern Ohio and a retired public servant with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, having served for twenty-seven years as a naturalist, preserve manager and park manager. His position at time of retirement was as the Southwest District Manager for Ohio State Parks and State Nature Preserves. In addition to his work with TNC, Martin serves on the boards of two conservation organizations: The Friends of Scioto Brush Creek and the Ohio Prescribed Fire Council.


Environmental Research and Education at the University of Cincinnati Center for Field Studies

When: Wed Sept 5, 2018, 7pm
Who: David L. Lentz, Executive Director, Center for Field Studies, Dept. of Biological Sciences
Where: 10078 Reading Rd, Evendale, Ohio 45241

Located amid thousands of acres of thick forest and streams, the University of Cincinnati Center for Field Studies (UCCFS) and its 17.6 acre parcel of land is one of the university’s most advanced teaching and research facilities. The renovated farm roughly 20 miles northwest of our Uptown Campus blends high-level science with deep-woods know-how through a timeless connection to the great outdoors.  Please RSVP here.

David Lentz is Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati and Executive Director of the UC Center for Field Studies. He has published more than 100 articles and three books, including an edited volume Imperfect Balance: Landscape Transformations in the Precolumbian Americas (Columbia), Seeds of Central America and Southern Mexico (NYBG Press), and a recent volume entitled, Tikal: Paleoecology of an Ancient Maya City (Cambridge), with co-editors Nick Dunning and Vern Scarborough. A Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and former Fulbright Scholar, he has received grants for his research on the evolution of plant domesticates and the human impact on natural landscapes from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the National Geographic Society and other sources.

Mill Creek by the Mile

July 9, 2018 Innings

“Mill Creek By The Mile”

by Ken Carman 

Mill Creek By The Mile is a proposed project for removing all of the Amur Honeysuckle and other invasive plants growing along the banks of the Mill Creek beginning with Sharonville, Evendale, and Reading.

The Problem – Amur Honeysuckle is by far the most abundant plant growing along the banks and immediately adjacent to the Mill Creek. This is a catastrophic problem for several reasons:   It replaces native plants.   It causes erosion.   Stream Biodiversity is affected.   Amur Honeysuckle (AH) provides an unnatural cover for deer, which can increase deer populations and spread of Lyme Disease.

The Solution – The two primary keys to a successful campaign to remove AH and other invasive plants from along the Mill Creek will be permission from property owners, and funding.

The Benefits- This project will draw attention to the Mill Creek to show the country that small creeks like this, can be a valuable resource.   The creek can play a crucial role as a primary migration corridor for migrating birds.     With removal of the invasive plants, it will allow a marked  increase in native plants.

Parks/Nature Preserves – There are several parks that border the Mill Creek, but there is a substantial amount of additional frontage that could easily be converted into small parks or nature preserves.

The Plan- Recruiting a large tree company to remove the honeysuckle.

What would it take to persuade businesses with property on one or both sides of the Mill Creek to donate, lease, or otherwise make available the portion of their land that is the Mill Creek or immediately adjacent?  This is land that realistically has little other use, and could further increase the amount of park/nature preserve space along the Mill Creek.

Chipping or moving the cut down material, stump treatment, preventing re-growth, and replanting.

Long Term – The long term strategy for keeping the plants from growing back is that the commitment from each contributing partner would continue, but at a reduced level.

Pollinator Plus Museum – The PPM could become a major revenue stream for the removal of invasive plants along the Mill Creek, and keeping it maintained moving forward.

Ken Carman Bios:

Ken grew up in a home looking over Harbor Point in Winton Woods. He mentored under the park district naturalists through the seventies, as his passion for the natural world grew. More recently Ken managed a beautiful nature preserve in South Carolina for five years, before coming back to Ohio to care for his elderly parents. In 2016 Ken started Pollinators Plus, and is working on plans to open a Pollinator Museum, and wage an all out war on invasive plants in our area. Tonight Ken is hear to talk to us about his plan to remove invasive plants from all along the Mill Creek, as a way of launching the War.

Mill Creek Bird Count

Mill Creek Birds 2018

Mill Creek Invasive Plants


Environmental Forum

Jun 4, 2018 Innings:  “ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM”

7 pm at the Scouting Achievement Center at 10078 Reading Road, Evendale, Oh 45241

This will be a 5 min presentation by each of the presenters, then everyone will form breakout circles and have follow-up discussions on the topic of choice.  

The topics are as follows:  

Ken Carman:  “Invasive Species; The War on Amur Honeysuckle”

Loa Bennett: “Community Gardening”

Nathan Alley: “Past Plastic and Statewide Energy”

Kaniz Siddiqui:  “Ready for 100% Renewable Energy”  

Earth Day Activities


Sierra Club members staffed several Earth Day booths, including one at Cincinnati State on April 19,  and one at Blue Ash Summit Park on April 21.   The members played recycling games with children and adults, handed out literature and explained our monthly programs, outings, and other activities. They also informed the public about the hazardous Duke Energy gas pipeline.
The following members volunteered to make this a productive earth day event:  Karen Nagel, Elizabeth Durrell, Evan Denenberg, Julia Gilman,Carol Cohn, Debbie Clark, Denise Olden, and Alvin Denenberg. Ann Chisko, from NOPE, (neighbors opposed to pipeline expansion), was also present to help with the Duke Energy gas pipeline information.