Arc of Appalachia 2018 Education and Special Events

Guided Winter Hike at Fort Hill 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

During the spring Fort Hill has wonderful wildflower displays but it is just as spectacular in the winter. Join Botanists/Naturalists, Ann Geise and Marjie Becus on a free 5 mile guided hike around the Fort Hill Nature Preserve. Registration is required and limited. More Information…


Guided Winter Hike at Fort Hill 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

 

During the spring Fort Hill has wonderful wildflower displays but it is just as spectacular in the winter. Join Botanists/Naturalists, Ann Geise and Marjie Becus on a free 5 mile guided hike around the Fort Hill Nature Preserve. Registration is required and limited. More Information…


Gladys Riley event PicGuided Hike at Gladys Riley Preserve

Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve is the first preserve for the Golden Star Lily, an early spring wildflower that is uncommon throughout it’s range. It grows in significant numbers in just one place in Ohio- on the lower run of the Rock Fork tributary in the Scioto Brush Creek Watershed. Join Naturalists, John Jaeger and Dave Kuehner for a Guided Hike at the preserve to catch these rare wildflowers in peak bloom. Registration is required and limited. More information…

Guided Hike at Gladys Riley Preserve

Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve is the first preserve for the Golden Star Lily, an early spring wildflower that is uncommon throughout it’s range. It grows in significant numbers in just one place in Ohio- on the lower run of the Rock Fork tributary in the Scioto Brush Creek Watershed. Join Naturalists, John Jaeger and Dave Kuehner for a Guided Hike at the preserve to catch these rare wildflowers in peak bloom. Registration is required and limited. More information…

13th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage – Special 2018 Theme: Vernal Pools

Friday- Sunday, April 13 – 15, 2018

The Pilgrimage is the Arc’s largest, oldest and most popular annual event. Staged at the Highlands 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. More Information…

13th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage

Friday – Sunday April 13 – 15, 2018

The Pilgrimage is the Arc’s largest, oldest and most popular annual event. Staged at the Highlands 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. 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 Creasy 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 Talk podcast, Bob Staggenborg and Bill Creasy 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 Hueston Woods and Shawnee State Parks and from the Arc of Appalachia will be giving educational presentations throughout the day, suitable for all ages.  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 Hueston Woods and Shawnee State Parks and from the Arc of Appalachia will be giving educational presentations throughout the day, suitable for all ages.  More Information...  

Stewarding Land for Life workshop –
Owner’s Guide to restoring Beauty, Balance & Biodiversity to the Land

Friday through Sunday, July 13-15, 2018

Join Arc of Appalachia’s director, Nancy Stranahan in exploring how Ohio’s complex plant and animal communities can be restored on an old farm. We’ll visit Red Stone Farm to see the restored Beech Flats Swamp wetlands and view the restoration projects at the Arc’s Rigeview Farm, as well as learn techniques for managing invasive species and introducing native species.  More Information.

Stewarding Land for Life workshop –
Owner’s Guide to restoring Beauty, Balance & Biodiversity to the Land

Friday through Sunday, July 13-15, 2018

Join Arc of Appalachia’s director, Nancy Stranahan in exploring how Ohio’s complex plant and animal communities can be restored on an old farm. We’ll visit Red Stone Farm to see the restored Beech Flats Swamp wetlands and view the restoration projects at the Arc’s Rigeview Farm, as well as learn techniques for managing invasive species and introducing native species.  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  

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...

 

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 coming soon.


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 coming soon.


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