Arc of Appalachia 2018 Education and Special Events

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…

Homeschool Day at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

We invite homeschool families to join us for a field trip at the Appalachian Forest Museum!  More information…   

Homeschool Day at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

We invite homeschool families to join us for a field trip at the Appalachian Forest Museum!  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…


Arc of Appalachia 2019 Education and Special Events

Gladys Riley event PicGuided Hike at Gladys Riley Preserve

Sunday, March 31, 2019

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

Sunday, March 31, 2019

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…

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 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. 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 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. 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. 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 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. 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...  


Summer Solstice 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. Enjoy music, an archaeological presentation, guided tour, BBQ dinner and a sunset watch along the Serpent. More Information...

Chaparral Prairie Nature Preserve Guided Hike

Saturday, August 3, 2019

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 3, 2019

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  

Nature’s Choir Workshop with Lisa Rainsong & Wil Hershberger

Save the Date!!

Thursday – 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

Archaeology Day at Serpent Mound

Saturday, August 24, 2019 

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 24, 2019 

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...