Arc of Appalachia Upcoming Education Courses, Retreats & Special Events

Homeschool Days at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary

First Wednesday of each month
April 3, May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2

We invite homeschoolers in our area to join us for a field trip to the Highlands Nature Sanctuary on every month starting in April! The programs will be offered the first Wednesday of each month. A different nature theme will be taught at each program.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…   

 

 

Homeschool Days at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary

First Wednesday of each month
April 3, May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2

 

We invite homeschoolers in our area to join us for a field trip to the Highlands Nature Sanctuary on every month starting in April! The programs will be offered the first Wednesday of each month. A different nature theme will be taught at each program.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…   

 

Homeschool Days at the Serpent Mound - FULL

10am - 2pm: Friday, May 31, Friday, June 28, Wednesday, July 31, and Friday, October 25

We invite homeschoolers in our area to join us for a field trip to the Serpent Mound! The programs will include a tour of the mound, a nature hike, games, a class on artifacts, and a visit to the gift shop. Please bring a packed lunch, which you can enjoy at the picnic shelter. More information...

 

 

Homeschool Days at the Serpent Mound - FULL

10am - 2pm: Friday, May 31, Friday, June 28, Wednesday, July 31, and Friday, October 25

We invite homeschoolers in our area to join us for a field trip to the Serpent Mound! The programs will include a tour of the mound, a nature hike, games, a class on artifacts, and a visit to the gift shop. Please bring a packed lunch, which you can enjoy at the picnic shelter. More information...

 

Guided Earthworks Hike at Fort Hill 

Saturday, June 1, 10am

Join Arc Staff, Ethan King and Andrea Jaeger on a hike to learn about Fort Hill’s ancient earthworks. This hike begins at the Circle Mound, a well-preserved Hopewell-era circular walled enclosure with a diameter of 170 feet. From there we will hike the Fort Trail up to the hilltop and into Fort Hill’s earthen ridgetop enclosure constructed by American Indians 2000 years ago. Following the wall for a considerable distance, you will get to see some of the best views of the earthwork. Bring a daypack, water and lunch to eat on the trail. More information…

Guided Earthworks Hike at Fort Hill 

Saturday, June 1, 10am – 4pm

Join Arc Staffers, Ethan King and Andrea Jaeger on a hike to learn about Fort Hill’s ancient earthworks. This hike begins at the Circle Mound, a well-preserved Hopewell-era circular walled enclosure with a diameter of 170 feet. From there we will hike the Fort Trail up to the hilltop and into Fort Hill’s earthen ridgetop enclosure constructed by American Indians 2000 years ago. Following the wall for a considerable distance, you will get to see some of the best views of the earthwork. Bring a daypack, water and lunch to eat on the trail. More information…

Birds by Song – Bird ID & Ecology – Course is FULL
Friday evening – mid-day Tuesday, June 7 – 11, 2019

This 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. More Information…

 

 

Birds by Song – Bird ID & Ecology – Course is FULL
Friday evening – mid-day Tuesday, June 7 – 11, 2019

This 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. 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 Park 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 Park will be on hand to answer your questions and the Arc of Appalachia will offer fun activities for children throughout the day.  More Information….  

 

Firefly Workshop - Field ID and Firefly Ecology

Friday and Saturday evenings, June 14 - 15, 2019

Immerse yourself in Eastern America's most enchanting nature spectacle and learn the illuminating language of fireflies..Two consecutive nights of field trips - with days free to rest and explore the Sanctuary on your own - will teach you the primary species and species complexes that are in courtship during this peak week of firefly activity. In addition to learning to recognize the distinct flash patterns of each species, you will also learn about firefly conservation, ecology, and natural history.  Your world will never be the same! More information.

Firefly Workshop - Field ID and Firefly Ecology

Friday and Saturday evenings, June 14 - 15, 2019

Immerse yourself in Eastern America's most enchanting nature spectacle and learn the illuminating language of fireflies..Two consecutive nights of field trips - with days free to rest and explore the Sanctuary on your own - will teach you the primary species and species complexes that are in courtship during this peak week of firefly activity. In addition to learning to recognize the distinct flash patterns of each species, you will also learn about firefly conservation, ecology, and natural history.  Your world will never be the same! More information.

 

 

Nature’s First Aid at Fort Hill 

Saturday, June 15, 10am – 4pm

In this day-long workshop Amy Dalrymple will cover the basics of starting to work with the medicinal plants commonly found in our region. She will cover the processing and making of tinctures, salves, poultices, and teas. You will get firsthand experience and be able to take home some wild plants for your apothecary. More information.

Nature’s First Aid at Fort Hill 

Saturday, June 15, 10am – 4pm

In this day-long workshop Amy Dalrymple will cover the basics of starting to work with the medicinal plants commonly found in our region. She will cover the processing and making of tinctures, salves, poultices, and teas. You will get firsthand experience and be able to take home some wild plants for your apothecary. More information.

 

The Butterfly Course – Course is FULL

Butterflies of the Eastern Prairies and Forests

Thursday thru Saturday, June 27-29, 2019

Learn field identification of the captivating butterfly species calling the eastern prairies and forests their home. Butterflies are diurnal, large, stunningly beautiful and rich in metaphor. Studying their identification and natural history during this weekend will illustrate the everyday miracles of metamorphosis, cryptic camouflage, color/pattern mimicry, chemical warfare and seduction, gender roles, and inter-species relationships. Led by John Howard. More information…

 

The Butterfly Course – Course is Full

Field Identification and Natural History, Butterflies of the Eastern Prairies and Forests

Thursday thru Saturday, June 27-29, 2019, Optional Extension Sunday, June 30, 2019

Learn field identification of the captivating butterfly species calling the eastern prairies and forests home. Butterflies are diurnal, large, and to people – stunningly beautiful and rich in metaphor. Studying their identification and natural history during this weekend will illustrate the everyday miracles of metamorphosis, cryptic camouflage, color/pattern mimicry, chemical warfare and seduction, gender roles, and inter-species relationships. This course is led by John Howard, accomplished naturalist, teacher, and Lepidoptera enthusiast. More information…

 

The Tree Course – Level 1 – Course is Full

July 10-14, 2019; Trees of the Great Eastern Forest – Field Recognition

This in-depth course will teach you to recognize the most widely distributed trees in Eastern United States. You will be taught the skills to identify a tree far distances away, 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. By course’s end you will be able to identify up to 38 tree species dominating the mid-latitudes of Eastern United States. More information…

 

 

The Tree Course – Level 1 – Course is FULL

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 the 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 up to 38 tree species dominating the East-central forests of United States, from mid New York to Georgia. Held at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. More information…

 

 

 

Steel Earthworks Hike and Archaeological Tour

Saturday, July 20, 11am

Join archaeologists Jarrod Burks and Tim Everhart for a guided tour of Steel Earthworks. The tour begins at the Steel Earthworks prairie loop trail, which is at the end of a one-mile long hiking trail along an abandoned railroad corridor that connects Steel with Junction. The hike will take you into the prairie, right by the intact circular mound, many hundreds of feet in diameter, and out to views of the Paint Creek. Both Burks and Everhart have studied Steel and are eager to share with you their findings of this remarkable ancient site! More information…

Steel Earthworks Hike and Archaeological Tour

Saturday, July 20, 11am

Join archaeologists Jarrod Burks and Tim Everhart for a guided tour of Steel Earthworks. The tour begins at the Steel Earthworks prairie loop trail, which is at the end of a one-mile long hiking trail along an abandoned railroad corridor that connects Steel with Junction. The hike will take you into the prairie, right by the intact circular mound, many hundreds of feet in diameter, and out to views of the Paint Creek. Both Burks and Everhart have studied Steel and are eager to share with you their findings of this remarkable ancient site! More information…

photo credit ODNR geological surveyArchaeology Lecture Series “Serpent Mound Impact Structure” with Mark T. Baranoski  

Saturday, July 27, 2019 – 1pm

Join retired geologist, Mark Baranoski for a fascinating discussion on the geology of the Serpent Mound Impact crater and a history of its discovery, the controversy surrounding its origin tale, and the research that eventually confirmed it to be an impact site in the 1990’s.  More information…  

Archaeology Lecture Series “Serpent Mound Impact Structure” with Mark T. Baranoski  

Saturday, July 27, 2019 – 1pm

Join retired geologist, Mark Baranoski for a fascinating discussion on the geology of the Serpent Mound Impact crater and a history of its discovery, the controversy surrounding its origin tale, and the research that eventually confirmed it to be an impact site in the 1990’s.  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…    

Signature Plants of the Eastern Prairies

Friday Evening thru mid-day Sunday, August 9-11, 2019

Prairies once ruled the central heartland of North America, but prairie islands have long been scattered across the Eastern United States in an uneasy alliance with the forests, enlarging and shrinking in times of drought and high rainfall. Learn the difference between short grass and tall grass prairies, both in species composition and the creative forces that build and maintain them. The Eastern Prairie Islands are botanically rich ecosystems with diverse specie assemblages unique to the East. More information.

 

Signature Plants of the Eastern Prairies

Friday Evening thru mid-day Sunday, August 9-11, 2019

Prairies once ruled the central heartland of North America, but prairie islands have long been scattered across the Eastern United States in an uneasy alliance with the forests, enlarging and shrinking in times of drought and high rainfall. Learn the difference between short grass and tall grass prairies, both in species composition and the creative forces that build and maintain them. The Eastern Prairie Islands are botanically rich ecosystems with diverse specie assemblages unique to the East. More information

 Nature’s Choir – A Course in Insect Music

August 15-18, 2019

With Musician Lisa Rainsong,  creator of Listening to Insects & Wil Hershberger, Author of Book, CD & Blog: Songs of Insects

Although at first it may seem like you are surrounded by a wall of sound, with instruction your ear will begin to detect individual species making up the orchestra. Each species has its own song – its own pitch, quality and rhythm. Once you learn these songs as .individual species, the days and nights of late summer will never be the same. You will be surrounded by singing friends, grateful for one of the earth’s most magnificent and ancient musical legacies. More Information…

 

Nature’s Choir – A Course in Insect Music

Thursday Evening thru mid-day Sunday, August 9-11, 2019

With Musician Lisa Rainsong,  creator of Listening to Insects & Wil Hershberger, Author of Book, CD & Blog: Songs of Insects

Although at first it may seem like you are surrounded by a wall of sound, with instruction your ear will begin to detect individual species making up the orchestra. Each species has its own song – its own pitch, quality and rhythm. Once you learn these songs as .individual species, the days and nights of late summer will never be the same. You will be surrounded by singing friends, grateful for one of the earth’s most magnificent and ancient musical legacies. More Information…

Archaeology Day at Serpent Mound

Saturday, August 24, 2019 

The land of Ohio has 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 

The land of Ohio has 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…

 

Star-Gazing at Serpent Mound

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Join us for an astronomy lecture 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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Star-Gazing at Serpent Mound

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Join us for an astronomy lecture 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

 

 

 

Forest Therapy – A Weekend of Mindfulness Practices, Nature Immersion, and Poetry

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 Therapy – A Weekend of Mindfulness Practices,
Nature Immersion, and Poetry

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.

 

Artists in Sanctuary 2019 Gallery Show & Sale

Sunday, September 29, 2019

September is ART in the SANCTUARY month with its two week residency Artists-in-Sanctuary — a time when the Sanctuary is graced with the presence of artists staying in our Ravenwood lodge and creating paintings and poems that are inspired by the scenery of the Rocky Fork Gorge preserves.  During this two-week residency (September 3-16), the artists (4 plein air painters & 1 poet) will be offering opportunities for visitors to watch them at work.  The culminating event on Sunday, September 29 is a gala showcase and sale of all the works produced by the artists, as well as artwork produced by Rainsboro Elementary School fourth grade students during their visit to work with the artists at the Sanctuary.  This year’s participating artists include poet Wendy McVicker and plein air painters Mary Holobaugh, Richard Lillash, Philip Selzer, and Michelle Walker, and photographer Kim McCoy. More Information…

Artists in Sanctuary 2019 Gallery Show & Sale

Sunday, September 29, 2019

September is ART in the SANCTUARY month with its two week residency Artists-in-Sanctuary — a time when the Sanctuary is graced with the presence of artists staying in our Ravenwood lodge and creating paintings and poems that are inspired by the scenery of the Rocky Fork Gorge preserves.  During this two-week residency (September 3-16), the artists (4 plein air painters & 1 poet) will be offering opportunities for visitors to watch them at work.  The culminating event on Sunday, September 29th is a gala showcase and sale of all the works produced by the artists, as well as artwork produced by Rainsboro Elementary School fourth grade students during their visit to work with the artists at the Sanctuary. This year’s participating artists include poet Wendy McVicker and plein air painters Mary Holobaugh, Richard Lillash, Philip Selzer, and Michelle Walker, and photographer Kim McCoy. More Information…


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

Saturday, October 19, 2019

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 19, 2019

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…


Appalachian Forest Stewardship Residency – Pilot Program

November 6-12, 2019

Are you an artist looking for a meaningful residency in the quiet hills of Appalachia? Be a part of the Appalachian Forest Stewardship Residency in its pilot year. Running from November 6-November 12, 2019 this short residency will allow for reflection time and action time as you help restore Ohio’s forests.  The Appalachian Forest Art Residency is based on the idea that meaning is derived from that which we build with our hands. More Information…

Appalachian Forest Stewardship Residency – Pilot Program

November 6-12, 2019

Are you an artist looking for a meaningful residency in the quiet hills of Appalachia? Be a part of the Appalachian Forest Stewardship Residency in its pilot year. Running from November 6-November 12, 2019 this short residency will allow for reflection time and action time as you help restore Ohio’s forests.  The Appalachian Forest Art Residency is based on the idea that meaning is derived from that which we build with our hands. More Information…