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The BIG Give Back Day at John Bryan State Park & Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve

Posted on 10/6/2015 by State Nature Preserves

Saturday, November 7, 9 am

Join the Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society, state botanist Rick Gardner, and Division of Natural Areas and Preserves employees and supporters for Ohio’s largest volunteer effort to remove bush honeysuckle from Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve and John Bryan State Park.

Help is needed to remove invasive species along the Little Miami, opening up great views of the river, natural areas of high diversity, and large rock outcroppings.

The event is a social, educational and work activity, with a barbecue lunch provided afterward. The state’s best naturalists, botanists, geologists, ecologists and wetland specialists will be leading organized hikes after 1:30 pm and will be available to discuss this wonderful geological feature and answer your questions.

BIG Give Back Day


  • Registration: 8:00–9:00 am
  • Honeysuckle removal: 9:00 am–noon
  • Lunch: noon–1:30 pm with camaraderie, presentations, and Q & A
  • Organized hikes: 1:30–3:00 pm

Volunteers needed:

  • Crew leaders for honeysuckle removal teams
  • Honeysuckle cutters (loppers, non-power equipment)
  • Chainsaw & steel blade trimmer operators (must be pre-registered)
  • Cut stump treatment (using spray bottles)
  • Registration: meet and greet volunteers
  • Lunch: set up tables and chairs, minimal food prep
  • Couriers: take teams to their worksites
  • Botanists/knowledgeable volunteers: help cutters ID plants (to be sure not to cut hydrangea, blue ash, spicebush, bladdernut, etc.)
  • Agile volunteers to maneuver the rock outcroppings in the gorge to cut and treat woody invasives in, on, and around the rocks. (Most areas are much easier to work than the rock outcrop areas.)

Sign up your team of four or more volunteers or donate a minimum of $50 and your organization will be recognized. There will be an area for organizations to set up table displays and literature.

Bring your own tools if possible, including gloves, pruners, loppers, saws, trimmers and protective gear for power equipment. Some tools and safety equipment will be available. Spray bottles for cut stump treatment will be furnished.

Please contact Christine Hadley at (513) 850-9585, or email, for more information, to sponsor the event, or to register to volunteer.

Directions: Clifton Gorge SNP and John Bryan SP are located in Greene County on State Route 343, east of Yellow Springs and west of Clifton. Look for signs directing you to the event as well as additional email instructions.