Arc of Appalachia Upcoming Education Courses, Retreats & Special Events

Gladys Riley event PicGuided Hike at Gladys Riley Preserve

Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve is the first refuge specifically created for the protection of the Golden Star Lily, an extremely rare and endangered early spring wildflower that is sheltered inside the preserve. It grows in significant numbers in just one place in Ohio- on the lower run of the Rock Fork tributary in the Scioto Brush Creek Watershed. Join Botanists, Ann Geise & Marjie Becus for a Guided Hike at the preserve to catch these rare wildflowers in peak bloom. Registration is required and limited. More information…

Guided Hike at Gladys Riley Preserve

Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve is the first refuge specifically created for the protection of the Golden Star Lily, an extremely rare and endangered early spring wildflower that is sheltered inside the preserve. It grows in significant numbers in just one place in Ohio- on the lower run of the Rock Fork tributary in the Scioto Brush Creek Watershed. Join Botanists, Ann Geise & Marjie Becus for a Guided Hike at the preserve to catch these rare wildflowers in peak bloom. Registration is required and limited. More information…

15th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage

Friday – Sunday April 17 – 19, 2020

The Pilgrimage is the Arc’s largest, oldest and most popular annual event. Staged at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary, it is a weekend that salutes the most stunning wildflower displays in all of Ohio. The event offers two days of naturalist-guided field trips to the finest floral showcases in south-central Ohio, two evening programs, and full meals – some of the most delicious meals imaginable! It also provides and great company as together we share our love of nature  and immerse ourselves in Ohio’s most breathtaking of all its natural spectacles. More Information…

Guided Hike at Red Stone Farm

Saturday, May 23, 2020, 10am-1pm

Join Naturalist, Vicki Solomon on a guided hike at Red Stone Farm, and the Arc’s 200-acre Conservation Easement. Red Stone Farm, which lies a few miles just north of Fort Hill and southeast of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary, encompasses 1200 acres of land in one of the prettiest and most pastoral settings in all of Ohio. Gently rolling green pastures are embraced by the sweeping curve of Appalachian foothills, the region dominated by Mennonite farms. In 2016, the Arc of Appalachia took ownership of a permanent conservation easement on 200 of Red Stone’s acres. The easement was handed from Northern Kentucky University, along with a $45,000 endowment fund. More Information…

Guided Hike at Red Stone Farm

Saturday, May 23, 2020, 10am-1pm

Join Naturalist, Vicki Solomon on a guided hike at Red Stone Farm, and the Arc’s 200-acre Conservation Easement. Red Stone Farm, which lies a few miles just north of Fort Hill and southeast of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary, encompasses 1200 acres of land in one of the prettiest and most pastoral settings in all of Ohio. Gently rolling green pastures are embraced by the sweeping curve of Appalachian foothills, the region dominated by Mennonite farms. In 2016, the Arc of Appalachia took ownership of a permanent conservation easement on 200 of Red Stone’s acres. The easement was handed from Northern Kentucky University, along with a $45,000 endowment fund. More Information…

 


Birds by Song - Bird ID & Ecology
Wednesday Evening - mid-day Sunday, June 3 - 7, 2020

This is an in-depth course that teaches you to learn and remember the songs, calls and field identification skills of the breeding birds in in America’s Eastern forest heartland, as well as their natural history and ecology. Gaining such skills requires lots of time in the field, patient repetition, good learning aides, and positive reinforcement - attributes that are not often found in casual bird walks with birders, but will be bountifully present in this course. More Information...

 

 

Birds by Song - Bird ID & Ecology -
Wednesday - Sunday, June 3 - 7, 2020

This is an in-depth course that teaches you to learn and remember the songs, calls and field identification skills of the breeding birds in in America’s Eastern forest heartland, as well as their natural history and ecology. Gaining such skills requires lots of time in the field, patient repetition, good learning aides, and positive reinforcement - attributes that are not often found in casual bird walks with birders, but will be bountifully present in this course. More Information...

 

Tour of Steel Earthworks with the Woodland Ohio Monumentality Project

Saturday, June 13, 2020  10am – 12pm 

Archaeologist Tim Everhart of the Woodland Ohio Monumentality Project will lead a tour of the Junction-Steel Earthworks Archaeological Park and will provide the results of the project’s excavations at the Steel Group. The tour begins at the Steel Earthworks prairie loop trail, which is at the end of a one-mile long hiking trail along an abandoned railroad corridor that connects Steel with Junction. The hike will take you into the prairie, right by the intact circular mound, many hundreds of feet in diameter, and out to views of the Paint Creek. Everhart recently received a large grant from the National Science Foundation to analyze the materials recovered from Steel, and his results will deepen our understanding of the remarkable societies that constructed these enigmatic sites. More Information…


Tour of Steel Earthworks with the Woodland Ohio Monumentality Project

Saturday, June 13, 10am – 12pm 

Archaeologist Tim Everhart of the Woodland Ohio Monumentality Project will lead a tour of the Junction-Steel Earthworks Archaeological Park and will provide the results of the project’s excavations at the Steel Group. The tour begins at the Steel Earthworks prairie loop trail, which is at the end of a one-mile long hiking trail along an abandoned railroad corridor that connects Steel with Junction. The hike will take you into the prairie, right by the intact circular mound, many hundreds of feet in diameter, and out to views of the Paint Creek. Everhart recently received a large grant from the National Science Foundation to analyze the materials recovered from Steel, and his results will deepen our understanding of the remarkable societies that constructed these enigmatic sites. More Information…


Chaparral Prairie Nature Preserve Guided Hike

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Visit Chaparral Prairie during the peak bloom of its showy Dense Blazing Star colonies – when thousands of purple wands will arise above the butterfly-strewn meadows. Chaparral State Nature Preserve also boasts the largest population of rattlesnake master of any prairie in the state – an estimated 10,000 plants – along with an impressive count of many other state-listed plants and animal species.  Nearly the entire preserve is covered by ether native prairie or by open woodland dominated by white oaks and the much rarer blackjack oaks and post oaks.  More information…  

Chaparral Prairie Nature Preserve Guided Hike

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Visit Chaparral Prairie during the peak bloom of its showy Dense Blazing Star colonies – when thousands of purple wands will arise above the butterfly-strewn meadows. Chaparral State Nature Preserve also boasts the largest population of rattlesnake master of any prairie in the state – an estimated 10,000 plants – along with an impressive count of many other state-listed plants and animal species.  Nearly the entire preserve is covered by ether native prairie or by open woodland dominated by white oaks and the much rarer blackjack oaks and post oaks. More information…    

 

Lewis Family Gorge Guided Hike

Saturday, August 22, 10am – early afternoon 

Lewis Family Gorge is a half-mile long vertical cliff landscape, cut by a crystal clear stream that flows into an exceptionally scenic tributary of Paint Creek known as Cliff Run.  Located just north of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary, the Arc is currently fundraising to purchase the property, which has been in the careful stewardship of the Lewis Family for generations.  During this hike you will learn citizen scientist techniques for evaluating and monitoring water quality as you explore this breathtaking watershed.  More Information…

Lewis Family Gorge Guided Hike

Saturday, August 22, 10am – early afternoon 

Lewis Family Gorge is a half-mile long vertical cliff landscape, cut by a crystal clear stream that flows into an exceptionally scenic tributary of Paint Creek known as Cliff Run.  Located just north of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary, the Arc is currently fundraising to purchase the property, which has been in the careful stewardship of the Lewis Family for generations.  During this hike you will learn citizen scientist techniques for evaluating and monitoring water quality as you explore this breathtaking watershed.  More Information…

 

Rock Run Preserve Guided Hike

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Visit Rock Run Preserve with Land Manager, Tim Pohlar, for a hike on one of the Arc’s newest and most scenic trails. Rock Run is an 800-acre Arc of Appalachia Preserve known for its steep cliffs, high diversity of wildflowers, and interesting composition woody plants including mountain laurel, black birch, and hemlock. Come see why this area is considered arguably the wildest wilderness area left in the state!  More information…  

Rock Run Preserve Guided Hike

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Visit Rock Run Preserve with Land Manager, Tim Pohlar, for a hike on one of the Arc’s newest and most scenic trails. Rock Run is an 800-acre Arc of Appalachia Preserve known for its steep cliffs, high diversity of wildflowers, and interesting composition woody plants including mountain laurel, black birch, and hemlock. Come see why this area is considered arguably the wildest wilderness area left in the state!  More information…  

 

Forest Therapy – A Weekend of Mindfulness Practices, Nature Immersion, and Poetry

Friday – Sunday, September 11-13, 2020

Forest Therapy is so much more than a walk in the woods. The highest purpose is not to acquire more information, but to slip into the tranquil and restorative energy of the forest, where we can take time out from the hectic pace of the modern world. The goal is to be more in our bodies, more in touch with our emotions, and more detached in our thoughts; that is, more present. Join us this weekend for a time to celebrate our connection with each other, and with the living natural communities in which we are immersed. More information…

Forest Therapy – A Weekend of Mindfulness Practices,
Nature Immersion, and Poetry

Friday – Sunday, September 11-13, 2020

Forest Therapy is so much more than a walk in the woods. The highest purpose is not to acquire more information, but to slip into the tranquil and restorative energy of the forest, where we can take time out from the hectic pace of the modern world. The goal is to be more in our bodies, more in touch with our emotions, and more detached in our thoughts; that is, more present. Join us this weekend for a time to celebrate our connection with each other, and with the living natural communities in which we are immersed. For more information.

 

 Nature’s Choir – A Course in Insect Music

August 13-15, 2021

With Musician Lisa Rainsong,  creator of Listening to Insects & Wil Hershberger, Author of Book, CD & Blog: Songs of Insects

Although at first it may seem like you are surrounded by a wall of sound, with instruction your ear will begin to detect individual species making up the orchestra. Each species has its own song – its own pitch, quality and rhythm. Once you learn these songs as .individual species, the days and nights of late summer will never be the same. You will be surrounded by singing friends, grateful for one of the earth’s most magnificent and ancient musical legacies. More Information…

 

Nature’s Choir – A Course in Insect Music

Thursday Evening thru mid-day Sunday, August 13 -15, 2021

With Musician Lisa Rainsong,  creator of Listening to Insects & Wil Hershberger, Author of Book, CD & Blog: Songs of Insects

Although at first it may seem like you are surrounded by a wall of sound, with instruction your ear will begin to detect individual species making up the orchestra. Each species has its own song – its own pitch, quality and rhythm. Once you learn these songs as .individual species, the days and nights of late summer will never be the same. You will be surrounded by singing friends, grateful for one of the earth’s most magnificent and ancient musical legacies. More Information…