Kamama Preserve Guided Hike

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Arrive at 9:45 am, Hike is from 10 am sharp through mid-afternoon

Join Naturalist, John Howard on a guided hike at the Kamama Prairie. 

 Ka-ma-ma Prairie is a 92 acre preserve located in Adams County. The Prairie offers two miles of hiking trails leading into cedar glades, prairie and forest. Ka-ma-ma Prairie has an extremely high number of rare vascular plants species, claiming 43 state-listed species in total. Of these, 9 are endangered, 16 are threatened, and 18 are potentially threatened. An additional 42 species were listed previously in Ohio records as imperiled, making 85 species of its 515 total of special interest and rarity.The property is open to the public by calling, emailing or writing the Highlands Nature Sanctuary for a hiking permit.

Your Leader – John Howard

John Howard possesses the best of all the qualities associated with “naturalist.” He has an insatiable curiosity and a perennial sense of wonder. He can tell you something interesting at the drop of the hat about everything from a stone to a sedge to a stonefly, and he can find amazing things in nature that the rest of us walk right by. Studying the backroads of Adams County his entire life, he knows nearly all -if not all- of the dragonflies, butterflies, vascular plants, birds, amphibians and reptiles, and has a good working understanding of everything else. John has a particular fondness for insects – and Adams County has more of its share of the odd and wonderful. Taking a nature walk with John is a rare privilege for even his close friends, who don’t think twice about driving half-way across the state for an opportunity to watch fireflies, catch salamanders heading for the vernal pools, photograph the first spring flowers in bloom even if they are only 1/2 inch tall and tomorrow’s forecast calls for snow, or look for a new-to-science moth or caterpillar on an obscure plant. John has recently retired from General Electric at the Peebles Jet Engine Testing Facility, is devoted to his family and beloved grandchild, and supports a packed schedule of guided outings. Without a doubt, we are excited to have John lead our butterfly identification field studies.

What to Bring

Filled water bottle
A packed Lunch
Boots with good tread.
Dress for the weather.
Binoculars (optional)

Guided Hike Registration

Registration will be opened three weeks prior to the guided hike. 

Please fill out the information below to register for the guided hike. A confirmation will be sent to you a few weeks before the hike. Registration is limited, please let us know if you need to cancel so we can open your spot for someone else by contacting us at services@arcofappalachia.org or 937-365-1935.