Every non-profit has its niche. Ours is to buy back the land. Help us turn dollars into diversity. Our current land projects are below.

      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.

Return of the Snakes! to Serpent Mound

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Return of the Snakes! is an exciting herpetology event at Serpent Mound. This event is a confluence of many herpetology groups from across the state coming together to share their knowledge and experience in the field of reptile and amphibian conservation. Many species of native snakes, turtles and lizards will be on live display, and will be featured in the educational presentations that will be ongoing throughout the day.


Silent Lights- A Tribute to Fireflies

Thursday, June 15 – Sunday, June 18, 2017

It’s June, and the greatest show on earth is performing in unmowed fields and forest edges all across Eastern United States. For centuries, the light show’s ethereal beauty has evoked wonder and delight regardless of one’s age. Yet for most of us, fireflies remain shrouded in mystery: How do these creatures make light? What are they saying with all their flashing? Are fireflies disappearing? Noted biologist, award-winning author, and firefly expert Sara Lewis dives into the mysterious world of fireflies and reveals the most up-to-date discoveries about these charismatic insects. Click here for full information and registration.

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.