We are proud to announce the Arc of Appalachia’s largest land acquisition campaign EVER, composed of the following eight properties. Thanks to an already-awarded Clean Ohio grant and a substantial bargain sale, each dollar you give will leverage a total of four. Link up with a donation and help us complete this campaign by our goal date of August, 2017, adding 918 new acres of protected natural areas to Ohio.

      We are proud to announce the Arc of Appalachia’s largest land acquisition campaign EVER, composed of the following eight properties. Thanks to an already-awarded Clean Ohio grant and a substantial bargain sale, each dollar you give will leverage a total of four. Link up with a donation and help us complete this campaign by our goal date of August, 2017, adding 918 new acres of protected natural areas to Ohio.

12th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage

Thursday, April 13 – Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Pilgrimage is the Arc’s largest, oldest and most popular annual event. Staged at the Highalnds Nature Sanctuary, it is a weekend that salutes to the most stunning wildflower displays in all of Ohio. The event offer two days of naturalist-guided field trips to the finest floral showcases in south-central Ohio, two evening programs, and full meals – some of the most delicious meals imaginable! It also provides and great company as we share our love of nature together and immerse ourselves in Ohio’s most breathtaking of natural spectacles.

 

Photography Workshop at the Wildflower Pilgrimage

Thursday, April 13 – Saturday, April 15, 2017

Want to improve your flower photography? Join award winning nature photographer Tom Croce for 2 days of hands on instruction photographing spring wildflowers at the beautiful Arc of Appalachia Preserve System. The weekend curriculum will include grasping your camera’s basic hardware, mastering exposure options, refining photo composition, selecting worthy subjects, and most important of all, creating a picture that has emotional and aesthetic impact. Event concurrent with the Wildflower Pilgrimage with shared meals and evening programs.

 

 

Visit Highlands Nature Sanctuary

At 2200 acres, the Sanctuary is the largest of the Arc’s preserves, and offers its most beautiful hiking trails. At the preserve’s heart is the sheer-walled limestone gorge of the Rocky Fork  in a region filled with rock formations, springs, and grottos. The preserve offers overnight lodging and the Appalachian Forest Museum (seasonal hours).

Photo courtesy of Tim Anderson, Jr. All rights reserved.

Visit Serpent Mound

The winding sinews stretching 1,348 feet, Serpent Mound is the largest and most internationally recognized of all the world’s ancient effigy mounds. The exact identity of the American Indians who constructed the mound is still a mystery, but their accomplishment still elicits a feeling of humility and awe in visitors today.

Visit Fort Hill

Fort Hill not only protects a 2000 year old large earthen-walled ceremonial enclosure on its flat ridgetop, but the 1400 acre preserve shelters one of the finest and oldest forests in Ohio. Eleven miles of  trails immerse hikers in the beauty of Ohio’s Appalachian hill-country, the remote trails shaded by towering trees. Interpretive Museum open seasonal hours.