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 a short while before dinner, take the opportunity to meet your colleagues and leaders for the weekend. And if you are interested and willing you can assist in preparing the evenings dinner.

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 two days in the field studying the signature plants comprising these ecosystems John Howard will present an evening program highlighting an understanding  of 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

All day Field trips to Kamama and Plum Run Prairies, two Arc of Appalachia prairie preserves. Lunch will be packed and carried into the field. 

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 saw 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 Chaparral State Nature Preserve, managed by the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, and recently expanded in size by the Arc of Appalachia.

12:30 PM: Lunch and Departure.

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