Arc of Appalachia Upcoming Education Courses, Retreats & 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 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…

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…   

 

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 offers 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. More Information…

Guided Hike at Ohio Hanging Rock

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Ohio Hanging Rock boasts a heavily dissected topography, its 600 acres embracing several distinct knobby hills and a stunning eight miles of headwater streams and creeks. We will be hiking abandoned county roads and walking some of the distance off trail walking to navigate the heavily dissected hill country. Over 8 miles of creeks and streams drain the property  – each one cutting a steep ravine whose sides are carpeted with wildflowers. Common flowers abound and the rock formations at Ohio Hanging Rock are spectacular!! More Information…

Guided Hike at Ohio Hanging Rock

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Ohio Hanging Rock boasts a heavily dissected topography, its 600 acres embracing several distinct knobby hills and a stunning eight miles of headwater streams and creeks. We will be hiking abandoned county roads and walking some of the distance off trail walking to navigate the heavily dissected hill country. Over 8 miles of creeks and streams drain the property  – each one cutting a steep ravine whose sides are carpeted with wildflowers. Common flowers abound and the rock formations at Ohio Hanging Rock are spectacular!! More Information…

Guided Hike at Kamama Prairie

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Kamama Prairie provides canvas for classic prairie open grasslands, cedar-dominated glades, light-shaded dry bluffs, and young forests composed of oaks, hickories and scrub pines. Ka-ma-ma is a Cherokee word for butterfly, and the prairie has one of the highest butterfly counts in the state for its size, including the rare Cobweb Skipper, White Hairstreak, and Olive Hairstreak butterflies. Join Naturalist, John Howard for a Guided Hike at the preserve to see this beautiful prairie otherwise not open to the public! Registration is required and limited. 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 Identification & Ecology
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 Identification & Ecology
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 details coming...   

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 details coming...   

 

 

Nature’s First Aid at Fort Hill 

Saturday, June 15, 10am – 4pm

In this day-long workshop Fern Truitt 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 coming soon…

Nature’s First Aid at Fort Hill 

Saturday, June 15, 10am – 4pm

In this day-long workshop Fern Truitt 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 coming soon…

 

The Butterfly Course

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

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 - Certification Available

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 - 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 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...

 

Basketry Course at Fort Hill 

Saturday, July 13, 10am – 4pm

During this day-long workshop, get hands on experience identifying, collecting, and making cordage and coil – the raw materials of basket making – from natural materials that can be collected from the local environment. You will then learn to create 3 styles of hand-woven basketry with vine, cordage, and leaves, taking home your own hand-made project, and skills that you can use to create woven basketry from materials gathered in the place where you live. More information coming soon.

Basketry Course at Fort Hill 

Saturday, July 13, 10am – 4pm

During this day-long workshop, get hands on experience identifying, collecting, and making cordage and coil – the raw materials of basket making – from natural materials that can be collected from the local environment. You will then learn to create 3 styles of hand-woven basketry with vine, cordage, and leaves, taking home your own hand-made project, and skills that you can use to create woven basketry from materials gathered in the place where you live.

Steel Earthworks Hike and Archaeological Tour

Saturday, July 20, 10am

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 coming soon.

Steel Earthworks Hike and Archaeological Tour

Saturday, July 20, 10am

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 coming soon.

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

Flint-knapping Day Course at Fort Hill

August 10, 10am-5pm

This is an in-depth course led by Arc Staffer, Justin Houston, where you will learn to utilize naturally occurring materials to knap a useful flint tool. Your experience will begin with a nature hike at Fort Hill to locate your hammer stone.  This hammer stone will then be used to make some of your first pre-forming blows to the flint.  This course continues with in-depth instruction in the methods of flint knapping to create your very own tool. More information coming soon.

Flint-knapping Day Course at Fort Hill

August 10, 10am-5pm

This is an in-depth course led by Arc Staffer, Justin Houston, where you will learn to utilize naturally occurring materials to knap a useful flint tool. Your experience will begin with a nature hike at Fort Hill to locate your hammer stone.  This hammer stone will then be used to make some of your first pre-forming blows to the flint.  This course continues with in-depth instruction in the methods of flint knapping to create your very own tool. More information coming soon.

 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.

 

Friction Fire Course at Fort Hill

September 14, 10am- 4pm

The ability to create fire with our own hands is one of the most exciting and rewording skills that humans have mastered. During this course, Fern Truitt will show you how to make a bow drill kit and hand drill kit and demonstrate the technique involved in their use in creating fire. Participants will leave with a working kit and the first hand knowledge on how to make and use them. More information coming soon.

Friction Fire Course at Fort Hill

September 14, 10am- 4pm

The ability to create fire with our own hands is one of the most exciting and rewording skills that humans have mastered. During this course, Fern Truitt will show you how to make a bow drill kit and hand drill kit and demonstrate the technique involved in their use in creating fire. Participants will leave with a working kit and the first hand knowledge on how to make and use them. More information coming soon.

Artists in Residence 2019 Gallery Show & Sale

Sunday, September 29, 2019

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 coming soon!

Artists in Residence 2019 Gallery Show & Sale

Sunday, September 29, 2019

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 coming soon!


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…