Volunteer Day – Whispering Springs Clean Up Day

Saturday, November 12, 2016

10:00 to 2:00pm. Meet at Whispering Springs (directions below)

Free Lodging available at the Arc’s Volunteer Headquarters. Please inquire when you register.



Our Workday.

During our workday we will be focusing on clearing out the barn and if time, removing fence. A dumpster will be on site to throw anything out that we don’t need and we will be burning the old wooden fence that is no longer needed.

Lunch is on us!

We are happy to provide you with a hot lunch during your workday. Please let us know if you have any diet restrictions on your registration form.

What to Bring

Bring a bottle of drinking water and work gloves.

Whispering Springs History

Whispering Springs is a 48-acre tract of land located on Cave Road previously owned by Patricia and her late husband, Barry Wakeman. In 2003, the Wakeman’s donated 30 forested acres of their parcel to the Highlands Nature Sanctuary, gifting the land that now flanks the lower elevations of Roundtop and its hiking trail. On the remaining 18 acres, in the years that followed, Barry and Patricia’s life dream took root and flourished. Together they built a private nature preserve and an outdoor education hub for children and adults. They have always had a special connection with nature, especially animals, and they used the farm as an artistic canvas to demonstrate their highest vision for positive animal-human relationships.

With this spectacular gift to the Sanctuary, our plan is to gently enfold the property into the Highlands Nature Sanctuary by holding education events in the facilities, and turning the caretaker cottage and dome house into overnight lodges for visitors to enjoy. Opening date to be announced.


Please contact Kayla Hanning with any questions at services@arcofappalachia.org or 937-365-1935.


Whispering Springs, 7240 Cave Road, Bainbridge, Ohio 45612

We will be meeting at Whispering Springs, which is right down the road from Ceremony Hill. If your leaders have not yet arrived, the gate to the driveway may be closed. This is not locked.  You can simply open the gate and park anywhere near the big barn.

From Hillsboro, On Highway 50, travel east on 50, through Rainsboro, and then another 1.8 miles. Turn right onto Browning Road and continue down Browning Road for 1.2 miles. Once you hit the stop sign, turn left on Cave Road. Whispering Springs will be the first driveway, immediately on your right. Look for a wooden gate bearing a faux crow, and a gravel driveway.

From Chillicothe, head west on Highway 50 through Bainbridge. Cave Road will be on your left in 4 miles. Turn left on Cave Road and follow the road south for 2.4 miles. Whispering Springs will be on your left. If you hit Browning Road you have gone about 200 feet too far. Look for a wooden gate bearing a faux crow, and a gravel driveway.