Explore the outdoors at Family Nature Day!

Get outdoors and explore our backyard through hands-on ac
tivities for all ages at this FREE event on Saturday, July 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way in Burlington.

Discover what life lurks in the water of our creek beds, examine local fossils and wildlife,
and learn how to conserve natural resources. We have an action-packed day planned with  participating organizations providing lots of fun activities to get you enjoying the great outdoors. There will be a nature scavenger hunt with the Boone Conservancy, Fishing 101 with the KY Department of Fish and Wildlife, water sampling and kick nets with the KY Division of Water, make your own bird feeder with Wild Birds Unlimited, and much more!

Get friendly with bugs with forensic entomologist Dr. Greg Dahlem, reptiles of all sorts with Marc Frevola and the Arrowhead Reptile Rescue, fish and mussels of the Ohio River with the Thomas More Field Biology Station. Learn about herbal remedies, native plants, fossils, solar energy, and the water cycle. Did we mention FREE hot dogs?


Family Nature Day is going to be a great time for the whole family! Boone County Public Library and Boone County Parks Department have teamed up to present this fun and educational family program featuring local environmental organizations. Supported, in part, by the Boone County Community Early Childhood Council.

Here are some great picture books to read with the kids before you go to Family Nature Day: Picture books that celebrate the great outdoors

Participating Organizations — Family Nature Day


American Technical Services

Arrowhead Reptile Rescue

Big Bone Lick

Boone County Arboretum

The Boone Conservancy

Boone County Conservation District

Dr. Gregory Dahlem- Forensic Entomologist

KY Department of Fish and Wildlife

KY Division of Water

NKU Stream Restoration

Satitation District 1

Leave No Trace

Marc Frevola- KY Herpetological Society

The Nature Academy

Northern Kentucky Bird Club

Thomas More Biology Field Station

Wild Birds Unlimited


Micha O’Connor Millwood is the Community Events Liaison for Boone County Public Library.  A reformed teacher, she is a children’s librarian who reviews books for the Southwestern Ohio Library Consortium, and sits on the committee for the Kentucky Bluegrass Awards.

Jim Gill Live – Music Play for Young Children

Award-winning musician and author, Jim Gill, will perform at the Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, in Burlington, on Friday, March 31 at 7 p.m. Every Jim Gill concert is an opportunity for family play!

In concert, Jim strums energetic rhythms on his banjo while everyone claps, sings, dances and even sneezes along to the silly and inspiring musical games that he creates. The concert will feature songs from his newest CD release, Vote For Jim Gill! Jim will also lead families in active favorites such as “Spin Again” and his “Silly Dance Contest!”

Jim Gill is a musician and author with unique credentials among children’s artists. He is a child development specialist, completing his graduate studies in child development at the Erikson Institute of Chicago with a special emphasis on the study of play. For this reason, each of Jim’s recordings and books is created as an opportunity for playful interactions between a child and a caring adult. Anyone who has experienced one of Jim’s family concerts knows that rather than performing for the children and parents, Jim leads them to sing and play together.

Jim has released seven award-winning CDs of music play for young children that are favorites in family rooms, classrooms and playrooms. He is also the author of two children’s books. His latest, A Soup Opera, is a sing-along opera inspired by concerts that Jim performs with symphony orchestras. The book received an American Library Association award in 2010.

Jim’s distinctive music play creates a family room experience wherever the concert is held. Come and join in the fun!