The public is invited to see how the Shaker Trace Nursery in Miami Whitewater Forest, the largest publicly held native seed nursery in Ohio, operates during a free open house Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visitors will get to see where seeds are grown, harvested, processed and stored for land restoration within the Hamilton County Park District. They also will get to visit the aquaculture ponds in which hybrid bluegill are raised for stocking park district fishing lakes.
Shaker Trace Nursery first was developed in 1992 to produce native prairie and wetland seed for restoration of several hundred MWF acres.
The aquaculture ponds were established in spring 2010, with the first lake stocking in March 2012. The facilities are made possible by the hard work of many dedicated park district volunteers.
The open house is free and open to the public. Shaker Trace Nursery is at 8667 New Haven Road. A valid park district motor vehicle permit ($10 annual; $3 daily) is required to enter the park. Visit GreatParks.org or call 521-7275 for more information.
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