Favorite photo from Lebanon Garden Club Butterfly ReleaseBob Henn inspiring the young folks to love naturePhotographer and Friend of Miller Ecological Park, Jim LudwickNew Scout Project; Nicholas HaselwoodComing soon...sledding weather!!Dave and Laraine Woehr...at our new entry way feature.Winter beauty in MEPA good place for meditation

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

 

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN OHIO CERTIFIED VOLUNTEER NATURALIST?  The Deadline for applications is December 23, 1917.  Click here for an application.

2018 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.

No matter the weather...we love being outdoors with nature and nature-lovers!

2018 MEP WINTER SERIES

Both the summer and Fall Nature Series at MEP were very well received.  We are excited to announce that  the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists will be continuing the series of nature programs at Miller Ecological Park throughout the winter. Dave Woehr will again be coordinating these events.

The programs are all free and open to the public. Registration is not required to attend.  All programs will be held at 10-noon beginning in January.  Participants in the MEP Nature Programs will meet in the parking lot on Miller Road.

2018 WINTER NATURE SERIES AT MEP

January 13: The Joy of Discovery (Bob Henn)

February 10: Wetland Secrets (Janet Lasley)

March 10: Signs of Spring (Bill Lindauer)

April 21: Backyard Wildlife (Donna Shaw and Peggy Logue)

Next MEP Steering Committee Meeting: Thursday, February 22, 2018,  7:00PM at the Lebanon City Building on Broadway.

CONSIDER A PLEDGED GIFT TO MEP

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.  Currently we are in need if upgrading the restrooms and expanding the parking lot.  One of the fund raising programs the Trustees have developed 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) 

We are also working on other ways to recognize donors, and we are looking at a stone or brick program.  If you have ideas or suggestions, please contact nmyerholtz@aol.com.

 

Entry way feature was completed this year.  Major donors names are listed on plaques.

 2017: ANOTHER GREAT YEAR!

 The entryway feature was added to MEP.  Note, the quote over the walkway welcomes all, and the entry base gives recognition to major park donors. 

  1. Lebanon City applied for two grants in 2017. 1) An NRAC grant for $25,000 was approved.  It has provided removal of invasive species, converted the “old field” section of the park to Pollinator Habitat, allowed reforestation of the Early Successional Forest, provided enhanced educational opportunities in the park, and improved trail drainage. 2) A Nature Works Grant for expansion of the current parking lot was partially approved for $7,000
  2. Trees were planted throughout the park
    1. Memorial trees for Jim Larson, Bill Stalter and Susan Stalter Roget
    2. General tree plantings by the city
    3. 2 Cherry trees for the Japanese Garden (Moore family)
    4. Kleinger’s Contest Tree
  3. MEPs Facebook and Website postings continue to be popular. Facebook “boosting” was initiated to better promote events.
  4. Emiko and Mel Moore have moved ahead with plans for a Japanese Garden honoring our friendship with the Matsunami Park in Ishinomaki, Japan. Click for the rest of the story
Cherry Tree Planting. Celebrating Friendship with Ishinomaki

WHERE DO THE FUNDS COME FROM FOR MEP?

Miller Ecological Park Foundation sponsored the Fourth Annual Lebanon Oktoberfest held in Downtown Lebanon on October 14, 2017. Thanks to the community, Grant Programs, and our sponsors, the Miller descendants, and three successful Oktoberfests 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 this year's Oktoberfest funds (approximately $13,600) for maintaining and improving the park; this includes continuing to restore habitat areas and maintaining the trail system, working toward expanding the parking lot, improving the restroom and shelter facilities, etc.   However, the Oktoberfest funds do not cover all of these expenses.  

 

We do need more parking space at MEP

2017: The City of Lebanon Received 2 Grants for MEP

This fall, the City of Lebanon received word that Miller Ecological Park had received a $7,000 Nature Works Grant to improve the parking areas at Miller Ecological Park.  While, the cost of the project will be in the neighborhood of $50,000, we do not have to use the funds immediately and need to work on funding for the remainder of the project.  

During the summer, the City of Lebanon was awarded a Clean Ohio Fund Greenspace Grant for $25,000. 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.  Plantings and trail improvements have already begun.