2018 Wildflower Pilgrimage Weekend Schedule

Friday, April 13, 2018

4:00-6:45 pm – Optional Check-in at the Appalachian Forest Museum.  Stop by the museum to grab any materials you have forgotten and your name tag.

5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 pm*:  Evening Program at the Appalachian Forest Museum  Welcome by Arc Director, Nancy Stranahan, followed by a presentation on Ohio’s herps and vernal pools with John Howard. Learn about the vital role that vernal pools play in herp ecology, follow the success stories of John’s many vernal pool creations, and learn how to identify some of the many species of amphibians found in our state. John’s incredible photography will be showcased in this program.

***We are offering this program three times, due to very limited seating. Please attend at the time assigned. That said, anyone changing their mind and wishing to attend the 5:00 session,, please do! Just show up, and early attendance is appreciated.

John Howard~  Living in Adams County, John is a freelance naturalist and wildlife/nature photographer who specializes in prairie ecology, butterflies, botany, and herpetology and is adept in many other facets of the great outdoors. An avid conservationist, he is a former board member of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. John recently wrote the chapter on Black Kingsnakes for the new “Reptiles of Ohio” book. Here a few examples of John’s superb photographs.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

8:00 am: Hot Breakfast at the Appalachian Forest Museum. Scrambled eggs with Swiss cheese, spinach and mushrooms, turkey sausage, fruit, yogurt and granola, tea, & coffee. Side bar of granola cereal, milk, and soymilk, bread, and peanut butter.

8:30 am: Pick up your Packed Lunch! Be sure to register ahead if you are vegan or gluten-intolerant. Standard menu:  turkey or veggie hummus sandwich with chips, apple and dessert.  

After breakfast – Saturday Field Trips to Southern Ohio’s Best Floral Showcases
You will be assigned one of your top preferences in the registration process. Hikes last until mid-afternoon. If you have time, we recommend you hiking the short but stunning Appalachian Forest Museum trails on your own sometime during the weekend.

5:30 – 6:30 pm:  Dinner in the Woods – A Wildflower Pilgrimage Tradition at the Appalachian Forest Museum
Dinner line can be entered anytime between 5:30 and 6:30. Arrive at your convenience and stay as long as you like. Just give yourself 20-25 minutes to drive to Bainbridge and walk to the Paxton Theater for the evening program.  
Fresh spinach-apple salad with Bruce’s herbed vinaigrette dressing. Hearty vegetarian chili with optional toppings of sour cream, cheddar cheese, and green onions; served with tortilla chips. Cornbread. Dessert: fresh strawberries with homemade biscuits and real whipped cream!

7:30 pm:  Saturday Evening Presentation– “AMPHIBIANS: Mythbusting and True Facts” with Doug Wechsler; Including a short Introduction by Ray Stewart from the Ohio Wetlands Association, providing a tour of vernal pools across our state, and what we can do to conserve and increase their number at the Paxton Theater in Bainbridge

Doug Wechsler (dougwechsler.com) will be coming to Ohio all the way from Philadelphia to be our keynote speaker on Saturday. Doug is a life-long naturalist, superb nature photographer and a children’s book author. His goal—through his writing and photography—is to inspire interest in nature among his listeners and readers, and reveal hidden ecological relationships. His favorite topics are vernal pools, frogs & toads. Showcased in his presentation tonight will be a gallery of unforgettably artistic photos featuring our common American Toad, the “prince” with the golden eyes. the photos will be accompanied by natural history facts revealing the fascinating quirks of toads’ secretive lives!  Copies of Doug’s newly released book, The Hidden Life of a Toad, will be available for purchase. This is his twenty-third book! Others have featured frogs, snakes, insects, birds, vernal pools and salt marshes.

Location:  Paxton Theater at 133 E Main St, Bainbridge, Ohio. Built in 1910, the Paxton Theater is made of local rainbow sandstone and seats 300 people. It has sponsored the Paint Valley Jamboree, featuring live country musicians, for over 50 continuous years! Bainbridge is located on Highway 50, 4 miles east of the terminus of Cave Road, and 20 miles west of Chillicothe. The theater is directly on Highway 50 next to the Dairy Queen on the east side of downtown Bainbridge and on the south side of the highway.  Bainbridge is a small town with many quiet streets, all of which permit free parking. The Paxton Theater has a specified lot across the street from the theater, or you can park anywhere in town and schedule a few extra minutes to walk to the theater.

Below are just a few of Doug’s beautiful vernal pool photos!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

8:00 am: Hot Breakfast at the Appalachian Forest Museum. Beer pancakes with butter & syrup, turkey sausage, and fruit cups of bananas, apples, dates and walnuts smothered in orange juice.

8:30 – Pick up your Packed Lunch! Be sure to register ahead if you are vegan or gluten-intolerant. Standard Menu: Vegetarian Bagel Sandwich with cream cheese OR our amazing homemade Chicken Salad Sandwich with walnuts, grapes, and celery. Both lunches come with carrot sticks, clementine orange, and a no-bake chocolate-peanut butter-oatmeal cookie.

After Breakfast:  Sunday Field Trips to Southern Ohio’s Best Floral Showcases
You will be assigned one of your top preferences in the registration process. Hikes last until mid-afternoon. If you have time, we recommend you hiking the short but stunning Appalachian Forest Museum trails on your own sometime during the weekend.

OR ENJOY our RAINY DAY INDOOR PRESENTATIONS RIGHT AFTER OUR BREAKFAST CLEAN UP

9:30 AM What’s new at the ARC?? ALOT!!! Let us share the unfolding of our dreams. BIG news regarding this week’s Clean Ohio awards and new land projects funded. A review of our newly completed winter campaign properties. NEW TRAILS in the planning stage. And lastly, three immense new projects at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. So many big ideas in the works!!

10:30 AM  Adams County, Ohio: Land of the beautiful, the rare, and the unusual! Presented by Photographer and Naturalist John Howard.

11:30 AM PILGRIMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE!! Tom Croce, leader of our synchronous Photography Course this weekend, is gathering up his weekend students’ best photos to celebrate the poetry of photography and the beauty of wildflowers while highlighting some of the techniques that go into constructing stunning digital photos.

Drive safely home, or hike on your own.  We highly recommend the short but wildflower-rich Museum trails – Valley of the Ancients and Etawah Woods. You are welcome to stay until dusk.

Wildflower Pilgrimage – Art for Sale at the Appalachian Forest Museum

Ann Geise – Original paintings, giclee prints, and paper prints of birds and nature themes in oil and watercolor, cards and other artwork will be available from this Batavia, Ohio native artist. Ann holds a biology degree from Northern Kentucky University. Combining her natural history knowledge and artistic skills, Ann worked as Artist and Exhibits Manager for Cincinnati Nature Center for 19 years where she designed and illustrated the center’s publications and educational exhibits. An engaging naturalist, she will also be leading hikes during the weekend.

Tom Croce – Photography Workshop leader, Tom Croce, will be selling prints throughout the weekend.

 

AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO REGISTERING FOR THE PILGRIMAGE, consider reserving a space in Tom Croce’s Photography Workshop the same weekend with all the same meals and evening presentations. A few of Tom’s photos are below.

Native bee Photo Courtesy of John Howard
Native bee Photo Courtesy of John Howard