Schedule – Flora of the Eastern Prairie Islands

Friday, August 9:

4:00-5:00 pm: Check in to the Ohio Star Retreat Center –  Participants can check into their rooms and relax until we begin the introduction to the course at 5:00 pm. Take the opportunity to meet your colleagues and leaders for the weekend. And, if you are interested and willing, you can optionally assist in preparing the evening dinner.

5:00 pm: Introduction to the Arc of Appalachia, the Appalachian Forest School, the “Folk School” concept, and the Prairie Workshop

6:00 pm: Dinner at the Ohio Star Retreat Center

7:15 pm: Ohio’s Prairie Islands, Adams County’s Xeric Prairies. Our evening program will be an introduction to the priceless beauty and fascinating ecology of the unique constituents of the eastern prairies found scattered through Adams County. Before beginning our two days in the field studying the signature plants comprising these ecosystems, John Howard will present an evening program highlighting prairie island origins, insights into the challenges of preserving these sites, and an introduction to the plant families that anchor these landscapes.

Saturday, August 10:

7:30 AM: Breakfast

Field trip to Kamama Prairie Preserve (one of two Arc of Appalachia prairie preserves in Adams County) following breakfast. Lunch will be served at the Ohio Star Retreat Center. Afternoon and/or evening field trips to Adams Lake Prairie and/or Chaparral State Nature Preserve.  Chaparral State Nature Preserve was recently expanded with a purchase by the Arc of Appalachia. Our schedule and field trip locations may be adjusted to accommodate weather-related needs.

6:00 PM:  Supper at Ohio Star Retreat Center

Evening Program: After dinner, we will spend the evening in a botanical review to anchor the many new species of plants we will have seen today. Just for fun, John will be setting up a moth lighting station, so that after the review we can go outdoors and see the astonishing array of native moths that inhabit the region.

Sunday, August 11:

8:00 AM: Breakfast. 

Field trip to Lynx Prairie, an Edge of Appalachia preserve.

12:30 PM: Lunch and Departure.

Indian Paintbrush and Prairie Dock
Liatris at Chaparral Prairie
Butterfly Milkweed
Rattlesnake Master. Photo by Tom Croce.