Arc of Appalachia 2018 Education and Special Events

The Bee Course – Ohio’s Premier Pollinators
Bee Ecology, Natural History, Conservation & Identification
with  bee experts Olivia Carril & Denise Ellsworth
Friday through Sunday, June 1 – 3, 2018

Join two of America’s “Queen Bees of Pollinator Education” for a workshop on the ecology, natural beauty, identification, and conservation of Ohio’s pollinators. Emphasis will be on enjoying close-up encounters in the field during which time we will meet some of Ohio’s 500 species of bees – including the largest bumblebees, the smallest sweat bees, leaf-cutting bees and mason bees. The weekend will include ideas you can apply at home to attract and sustain pollinators in your home and gardens. More Information…

The Bee Course – Ohio’s Premier Pollinators
Bee Ecology, Natural History, Conservation & Identification
with  bee experts Olivia Carril & Denise Ellsworth
Friday through Sunday, June 1 – 3, 2018

Join two of America’s “Queen Bees of Pollinator Education” for a workshop on the ecology, natural beauty, identification, and conservation of Ohio’s pollinators. Emphasis will be on enjoying close-up encounters in the field during which time we will meet some of Ohio’s 500 species of bees – including the largest bumblebees, the smallest sweat bees, leaf-cutting bees and mason bees. The weekend will include ideas you can apply at home to attract and sustain pollinators in your home and gardens. More Information…

Guided Hike at Barrett’s Rim 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Join Naturalists and hosts of the Nature Guys podcast, Bob Staggenborg and Bill Creasey on a guided hike through the Barrett’s Rim Trail. Barrett’s Rim is one of the most beloved trails at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. The trail follows the Rocky Fork Creek along the base of a vertical rock wall, and is mostly flat with one short descent and ascent. This is a free hike but registration is required and limited. More information…

Guided Hike at Barrett’s Rim 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Join Naturalists and hosts of the Nature Guys podcast, Bob Staggenborg and Bill Creasey on a guided hike through the Barrett’s Rim Trail. Barrett’s Rim is one of the most beloved trails at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. The trail follows the Rocky Fork Creek along the base of a vertical rock wall, and is mostly flat with one short descent and ascent. This is a free hike but registration is required and limited. More information…

Return of the Snakes to Serpent Mound

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Built by Native Americans at least 1,000 years ago, possibly even longer, Serpent Mound aptly demonstrates the fact that the ability of serpents to inspire and intrigue people is timeless. We will be displaying live snakes, turtles, and even a few amphibians to not only admire and gaze upon, but to touch and learn from. Naturalists from Shawnee State Parks will be on hand to answer your questions and the Arc of Appalachia will offer fun activities for children throughout the day.  More Information...  

Return of the Snakes to Serpent Mound

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Built by Native Americans at least 1,000 years ago, possibly even longer, Serpent Mound aptly demonstrates the fact that the ability of serpents to inspire and intrigue people is timeless. We will be displaying live snakes, turtles, and even a few amphibians to not only admire and gaze upon, but to touch and learn from. Naturalists from Shawnee State Park will be on hand to answer your questions and the Arc of Appalachia will offer activities for children throughout the day.  More Information...  

The Wonder Workshop – The Hidden World of Insects
Firefly Spectacles by Night & Discovery Walks by Day
Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24, 2018

In June the greatest show on earth is performing in Ohio’s unmowed fields and forest edges. June is the season for firefly spectacles, the flight of the giant silkmoths, and the emphemeral Hairstreak butterflies. The season is filled with the midsummer flush of a dizzying diversity of insects that pursue their complex lives right below the average person’s awareness. This workshop is the remedy. Join guest leaders: Kate Redmond, the “Bug Lady”, and John Howard, Southern Ohio expert field naturalist, for a weekend of firefly viewing, insect ID and storytelling. More Information…

The Wonder Workshop – The Hidden World of Insects
Firefly Spectacles by Night & Discovery Walks by Day
Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24, 2018

In June the greatest show on earth is performing in Ohio’s unmowed fields and forest edges. June is the season for firefly spectacles, the flight of the giant silkmoths, and the emphemeral Hairstreak butterflies. The season is filled with the midsummer flush of a dizzying diversity of insects that pursue their complex lives right below the average person’s awareness. This workshop is the remedy. Join guest leaders: Kate Redmond, the “Bug Lady”, and John Howard, Southern Ohio expert field naturalist, for a weekend of firefly viewing, insect ID and storytelling. More Information…

Presentation on Wild Subsistence Resources of Late Pre-Historic Indians in Southeast Ohio
Archaeological Clues to Vegetation Patterns Prior to European Contact

Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Serpent Mound, By Dave Minney

More Information Coming Soon

Day Workshop – Fern’s of the Eastern Forest

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Join Steve McKee, Botanist and Mark Hoberect, Fern Enthusiast for a day of exploration at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary and Fort Hill identifying Ferns of the Eastern Forest.  Hikes will take place at  the Highlands Nature Sanctuary, followed by a lunch and ending the day at Fort Hill. More Information…


Day Workshop – Fern’s of the Eastern Forest

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Join Steve McKee, Botanist and Mark Hoberect, Fern Enthusiast for a day of exploration at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary and Fort Hill identifying Ferns of the Eastern Forest.  Hikes will take place at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary, followed by a lunch and ending the day at Fort Hill. More Information…


Chaparral Prairie Nature Preserve Guided Hike

Saturday, August 4, 2018

The nature preserve now boasts the largest population of rattlesnake master of any prairie in the state, an estimated 10,000 plants, and it also shelters an impressive count of 22 state-listed plants and animal species.  Nearly the entire preserve is covered by ether native prairie or by open woodland dominated by white oaks and the much rarer blackjack oaks and post oaks.Blazing Star Showcases along with Guided Tours by Pre-Registration. More information…   

Chaparral Prairie Nature Preserve Guided Hike

Saturday, August 4, 2018

The nature preserve now boasts the largest population of rattlesnake master of any prairie in the state, an estimated 10,000 plants, and it also shelters an impressive count of 22 state-listed plants and animal species.  Nearly the entire preserve is covered by ether native prairie or by open woodland dominated by white oaks and the much rarer blackjack oaks and post oaks.Blazing Star Showcases along with Guided Tours by Pre-Registration. More information  

Astronomy Night at Serpent Mound

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Join us for a day of astronomy lectures provided by the staff of the Cincinnati Observatory and an evening of viewing the moon, planets and stars  using a variety of telescopes at Serpent Mound. More Information...

 

 

Astronomy Day at Serpent Mound

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Join us for a day of astronomy lectures provided by the staff of the Cincinnati Observatory and an evening of viewing the moon, planets and stars  using a variety of telescopes at Serpent Mound. More information coming soon!

 

 

Archaeology Day at Serpent Mound

Saturday, August 25, 2018

We are celebrating Ohio's rich American Indian legacies. Attend lectures by prominent archaeologists, tour artifact displays and bring your own collection for help in interpreting what you've found, and try your own hand at ancient skills from flint-knapping to atlatl throwing. More information...

 

Archaeology Day at Serpent Mound

Saturday, August 25, 2018

We are celebrating Ohio's rich American Indian legacies. Attend lectures by prominent archaeologists, tour artifact displays and bring your own collection for help in interpreting what you've found, and try your own hand at ancient skills from flint-knapping to atlatl throwing. More information...

 

Artists in Residence 2018 – Events

Gallery Showing October 7; Evening with the Artists September 12;

September is ART in the SANCTUARY month!  For two weeks each year the Sanctuary is graced with the presence of  Plein Air artists who will be staying in our lodges and creating paintings that are inspired by the scenery of the Rocky Fork Gorge and other Arc preserves. Artists will be offering visitors opportunities to watch them at work. The culminating event for the month is a gala showcase and sale of all the paintings produced by the artists over the previous three week period. More Information…

Artists in Residence 2018 – Events

Gallery Showing October 7; Evening with the Artists September 12;

September is ART in the SANCTUARY month!  For two weeks each year the Sanctuary is graced with the presence of  Plein Air artists who will be staying in our lodges and creating paintings that are inspired by the scenery of the Rocky Fork Gorge and other Arc preserves. Artists will be offering visitors opportunities to watch them at work. The culminating event for the month is a gala showcase and sale of all the paintings produced by the artists over the previous three week period. More Information…

Forest Bathing – A Forest Therapy Weekend

Friday through Sunday, September 14-16, 2018

Forest Therapy is so much more than a walk in the woods. The highest purpose is not to acquire more information, but to drop into the energy of the forest, where we can take time out from the hectic pace of the modern world. Join us this weekend for a time to celebrate our connection with each other, and with the living natural communities in which we are immersed in. More Information…


Forest Bathing – A Forest Therapy Weekend

Friday through Sunday, September 14-16, 2018

Forest Therapy is so much more than a walk in the woods. The highest purpose is not to acquire more information, but to drop into the energy of the forest, where we can take time out from the hectic pace of the modern world. Join us this weekend for a time to celebrate our connection with each other, and with the living natural communities in which we are immersed in. More Information…


Silent Meditation Retreat with Francis Bennett

Friday through Sunday, September 21-23, 2018

Francis Bennett leads us in a weekend of inward contemplation, set in the peaceful tranquility of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. Attendees are provided daily teachings on Oneness, compassion and loving-kindness.  You will also be given opportunities for discourse with Francis, and instruction and support on your own meditation practice.  More Information.


Silent Meditation Retreat with Francis Bennett

Friday through Sunday, September 21-23, 2018

Francis Bennett leads us in a weekend of inward contemplation, set in the peaceful tranquility of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. Attendees are provided daily teachings on Oneness, compassion and loving-kindness.  You will also be given opportunities for discourse with Francis, and instruction and support on your own meditation practice.  More Information.



Sinkholes, Seeps, Stone Arches: The Splendid Karst Landscape of Fort Hill

Saturday, October 20, 2018

For Earth Science Week  the Ohio Geological Survey participates in and leads a number of hikes across the state. Join Douglas Aden of the ODNR Geological Survey for a guided hike at Fort Hill to learn more about the splendid karst at this preserve. More information…


Sinkholes, Seeps, Stone Arches: The Splendid Karst Landscape of Fort Hill

Saturday, October 20, 2018

For Earth Science Week  the Ohio Geological Survey participates in and leads a number of hikes across the state. Join Douglas Aden of the ODNR Geological Survey for a guided hike at Fort Hill to learn more about the splendid karst at this preserve. More information…


Nature’s Choir Workshop with Lisa Rainsong & Wil Hershberger

Save the Date!!

Thursday through Sunday, August 15 – 18, 2019

A weekend educational course devoted to listening to, identifying, and celebrating the diverse choruses of insect species in Ohio with expert leaders at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. More Information…

Nature’s Choir Workshop with Lisa Rainsong & Wil Hershberger

Thursday through Sunday, August 15 – 18, 2019

Join us for a weekend educational course devoted to listening to, identifying, and celebrating the diverse choruses of insect species in Ohio with expert leaders at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. More Information