Current Acreage: 4272
Land Campaign: +861
Thursdays – Sundays, April 28 – May 14, 2016
With the pressure of non-native plants threatening to shatter the diversity of our ecosystems, our work to maintain and restore our native ecosystems doesn’t end when we buy the land – it just begins! We are in IMMENSE needs of volunteers who enjoy healing the land and working outdoors. We work each spring removing garlic mustard, bush honeysuckle, autumn olive, and multiflora rose from our native forests and fields.
April 15 – 17, 2016
This year’s weekend Pilgrimage features day long field trips to southern Ohio’s most stunning and memorable floral showcases, led by some of Ohio’s finest naturalists and botanists. Friday and Saturday evening presentations feature Olivia Carril, Author of Bees in Your Backyard; A Field Guide to North American’s Bees, and Denise Ellsworth, Honeybee and Native Pollinator Education Director at OSU’s Bee Lab.
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).
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.
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.