New Year’s Eve event teaches orienteering in Butler County

He said the course is a bit like a scavenger hunt. You have a detailed map, and at each of the points you are trying to find there is an orange and white flag, as well as an electronic timer that records that you have found the location and what time you are there come.

“The format of the event is the same each year, but the courses are always different. We put the control markers in different places, so it’s always a new and different challenge,” Minium said.

Beginners will receive instructions and tips from the event organizers. Those who have never participated before can expect to complete the approximately one-mile distance, all on major park trails. For more advanced courses, the navigation moves away from the path and the distance becomes longer. All participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

“We had around 90 individual participants last year. People come for many different reasons. Some just like to get out and get some exercise, while enjoying the natural surroundings that MetroParks strives to preserve. Others enjoy the challenge of competing and trying to complete a course in the shortest possible time,” Minium said.

For the more experienced, there will be a New Year’s Eve class on Tuesday, December 31 at Camp Timberhill, starting at 6 p.m. Pre-registration by email is encouraged.


What: New Year’s Orienteering

Or: Rentschler Forest MetroPark, Camp Timberhill, 3976 Hamilton-Middletown Road, just north of Hamilton. (The camp entrance is on the west side of Ohio 4 between Bypass 4 and Liberty-Fairfield Road.) Watch for a narrow gravel driveway on the left with the MetroParks “Timberhill” sign, just before Innovative Labeling Solutions.

When: Wednesday, January 1, start anytime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., lesson approximately one hour.

Event Fees: $10 for members (OCIN) and $15 for non-members. A MetroParks of Butler County vehicle permit is required and can be purchased at the event. $5 per day, $10 per year, park permit is free for Butler County residents with ID.

More information: Visit and, or email [email protected] Events take place rain or shine or snow.

Dino J. Dotson