Arc of Appalachia 2018 Education and Special Events

Homeschool Day at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

We invite homeschoolers in our area to join us for a field trip to the Highlands Nature Sanctuary on October 17th! The theme this field trip will be TREES! We will explore this theme by taking a guided hike on one of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary’s trails near the museum along with other activates. The program will last about an hour but you are welcome to stay and hike our trails and enjoy a packed lunch at the picnic shelter or on the deck. More information…   


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

Saturday, October 20, 2018

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. We will meet at the main parking lot at Fort Hill and carpool over to Circle Mound, hiking to a nearby active sinkhole that was located during Doug’s research, and then hiking over to Key Hole Arch. The total hike will be 2.5 miles and lunch will be enjoyed on the trail. More information…


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

Saturday, October 20, 2018

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. We will meet at the main parking lot at Fort Hill and carpool over to Circle Mound, hiking to a nearby active sinkhole that was located during Doug’s research, and then hiking over to Key Hole Arch. The total hike will be 2.5 miles and lunch will be enjoyed on the trail. More information…


Arc of Appalachia 2019 Education and Special Events

Guided Winter Hike at Fort Hill 

Saturday, February 9, 2019

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 at Fort Hill .  Fort Hill boasts a stunning natural area of 1300 acres, sheltering one of the largest and oldest contiguous forests in all of Ohio. The major earthwork at Fort Hill is an ancient earthen-walled enclosure constructed on top of a large flat-topped ridge with a circumference over one and a half miles Registration is required and limited. More Information…

 

Guided Winter Hike at Fort Hill 

Saturday, February 9, 2019

 

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 at Fort Hill .  Fort Hill boasts a stunning natural area of 1300 acres, sheltering one of the largest and oldest contiguous forests in all of Ohio. The major earthwork at Fort Hill is an ancient earthen-walled enclosure constructed on top of a large flat-topped ridge with a circumference over one and a half miles Registration is required and limited. More Information…

 

Gladys Riley event PicGuided Hike at Gladys Riley Preserve

Sunday, March 31, 2019

The Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve is the first refuge specifically created for the protection of the Golden Star Lily, an extremely rare and endangered early spring wildflower that is sheltered inside the preserve. 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

Sunday, March 31, 2019

The Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve is the first refuge specifically created for the protection of the Golden Star Lily, an extremely rare and endangered early spring wildflower that is sheltered inside the preserve. 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…

14th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage 

Friday- Sunday, April 12 – 14, 2019

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 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 together we share our love of nature  and immerse ourselves in Ohio’s most breathtaking of all its natural spectacles. Details coming soon!

14th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage

Friday – Sunday April 12 – 14, 2019

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 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 together we share our love of nature  and immerse ourselves in Ohio’s most breathtaking of all its natural spectacles. Details coming soon!

Birds of Song – Bird Identification & Ecology
Friday evening – mid-day Tuesday, June 7 – 11, 2019

This course is an in-depth course that teaches you to learn and remember the songs, calls and field identification skills of the breeding birds in in America’s Eastern forest heartland, as well as their natural history and ecology. Gaining such skills requires lots of time in the field, patient repetition, good learning aides, and positive reinforcement – attributes that are not often found in casual bird walks with birders, but will be bountifully present in this course. Details Coming Soon!

Birds of Song – Bird Identification & Ecology
Friday evening – mid-day Tuesday, June 7 – 11, 2019

This course is an in-depth course that teaches you to learn and remember the songs, calls and field identification skills of the breeding birds in in America’s Eastern forest heartland, as well as their natural history and ecology. Gaining such skills requires lots of time in the field, patient repetition, good learning aides, and positive reinforcement – attributes that are not often found in casual bird walks with birders, but will be bountifully present in this course. Details Coming Soon!

Return of the Snakes to Serpent Mound

Saturday, June 8, 2019

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. This weekend we will pay honor to the physical animal that inspired the creation of the mound and its kin. We will be displaying live snakes, turtles, and lizards 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 8, 2019

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. This weekend we will pay honor to the physical animal that inspired the creation of the mound and its kin. We will be displaying live snakes, turtles, and lizards 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....  

Summer Solstice Feast & Sunset Watch at Serpent Mound

Saturday, June 22, 2019

The summer solstice celebration at Serpent Mound is an opportunity to anchor our personal connection to the peoples of our past, and the infinity and majesty of our ever mysterious universe during this time-honored celestial event. Enjoy music, an educational archaeological presentation, and a guided tour around the great Serpent Mound. Now an annual tradition, a BBQ dinner will be served, featuring hand smoked meats, followed by an hour of quiet along the grounds surrounding the mounds as we reflectively watch the sun set precisely over the Serpent's head, just as the serpent's originally architects originally intended . More Information...

Chaparral Prairie Nature Preserve Guided Hike

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Visit Chaparral Prairie during the peak bloom of its showy Dense Blazing Star colonies – when thousands of purple wands will arise above the butterfly-strewn meadows. Chaparral State Nature Preserve also boasts the largest population of rattlesnake master of any prairie in the state – an estimated 10,000 plants – along with an impressive count of many other 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.  More information…   

Chaparral Prairie Nature Preserve Guided Hike

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Visit Chaparral Prairie during the peak bloom of its showy Dense Blazing Star colonies – when thousands of purple wands will arise above the butterfly-strewn meadows. Chaparral State Nature Preserve also boasts the largest population of rattlesnake master of any prairie in the state – an estimated 10,000 plants – along with an impressive count of many other 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. More information…    

The Tree Course – Trees of the Great Eastern Forest – Field Recognition

Wed evening thru mid-day Sunday, July 10-14, 2019

This in-depth residential course will teach you to recognize the most wide-spread trees of Eastern United States. You will be taught the skills to identify a species in the far distance, up-close with leaves in hand, and by the bark when a tree’s leaves are too high in the canopy to clearly see. Topics of forest ecology, natural history and conservation are embedded in this thoroughly field-oriented curriculum with a chance to practice many times over. By course’s end you will be able to identify 90% of the tree species in the East-central forests from mid New York to Georgia. Held at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. Details Coming Soon!

The Tree Course – Mastering the Trees of the Great Eastern Forest

Wed evening thru mid-day Sunday, July 10-14, 2019

This in-depth residential course will teach you to recognize the most wide-spread trees of Eastern United States. You will be taught the skills to identify a species in the far distance, up-close with leaves in hand, and by the bark when a tree’s leaves are too high in the canopy to clearly see. Topics of forest ecology, natural history and conservation are embedded in this thoroughly field-oriented curriculum with a chance to practice many times over. By course’s end you will be able to identify 90% of the tree species in the East-central forests from mid New York to Georgia. Held at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. Details Coming Soon!

Archaeology Day at Serpent Mound

Saturday, August 24, 2019 

The land of Ohio is rich American Indian legacies, having been occupied by indigenous peoples for 16,000 years. Attend lectures by prominent archaeologists, tour artifact displays and bring your own collection for help in interpreting what you've found. Visitors may try their own hand at ancient skills including flint-knapping to atlatl throwing. More information...

 

Archaeology Day at Serpent Mound

Saturday, August 24, 2019 

Archaeology Day at Serpent Mound

Saturday, August 24, 2019 

The land of Ohio is rich American Indian legacies, having been occupied by indigenous peoples for 16,000 years. Attend lectures by prominent archaeologists, tour artifact displays and bring your own collection for help in interpreting what you've found. Visitors may try their own hand at ancient skills including flint-knapping to atlatl throwing. More information...

 

Forest Bathing – A Forest Therapy Weekend

Friday – Sunday, September 13-15, 2019

Forest Therapy is so much more than a walk in the woods. The highest purpose is not to acquire more information, but to slip into the tranquil and restorative energy of the forest, where we can take time out from the hectic pace of the modern world. The goal is to be more in our bodies, more in touch with our emotions, and more detached in our thoughts; that is, more present. 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. More information…

Forest Bathing – A Forest Therapy Weekend

Friday – Sunday, September 13-15, 2019

Forest Bathing – A Forest Therapy Weekend

Friday – Sunday, September 13-15, 2019

Forest Therapy is so much more than a walk in the woods. The highest purpose is not to acquire more information, but to slip into the tranquil and restorative energy of the forest, where we can take time out from the hectic pace of the modern world. The goal is to be more in our bodies, more in touch with our emotions, and more detached in our thoughts; that is, more present. 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. For more information.