One of Oxbow Inc’s beloved founders, Morris Mercer, loved the night winter woods, especially if there was snow on the ground. He and his good friend John Klein started doing this night walk in the Shawnee Lookout woodlands that overlook the Oxbow many years ago. Morris is no longer with us, but John loves the tradition and has kept Morris’s spirit alive. We now refer to this annual event as the Morris Mercer Memorial field trip.
If you are looking for a unique experience come and join John as he leads us on about a two hour night walk around Shawnee Lookout Park to see what the night woods have to offer. John, an Oxbow Inc board member and retired Land Manager for the Hamilton County Park District, is the perfect guide. There will be a full moon on this date and there is a fair chance that owls, deer and flying squirrels will be seen or heard. John will talk about the history of the Oxbow and Shawnee Lookout area and also have a scope available for stargazing. And as always at some point, John will pass out M & M’s to celebrate Morris’s memory.
Meet John in the parking lot of the Shawnee Lookout Golf Course Clubhouse at 7:00 pm. The rest rooms will be open. The park is normally closed at this time of night but the rangers will have the entrance gates open for us. Remember that its nighttime in early February so be sure to dress warmly. John is like Morris, in that he would like a little snow on the ground. However severe weather will cancel this trip. If you have any doubts as to whether the trip is cancelled, call John at (513) 304-2310. This trip offers a unique outdoor experience and is highly recommended.
Note that a Park District auto sticker is required – $3.00 daily or $10.00 annual for Hamilton County residents, or $5.00 daily or $14.00 annual for non-residents.
Visit the Shawnee Lookout website for Park Maps and other info