“Scioto PreHistoric”  –  Summer Monthly Lecture Series

Sponsored by The Southern Ohio Museum & Cultural Center and, in part, by the Scioto Foundation;  proudly promoted by the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System

This free-to-the-public summer lecture series is presented by expert archaeologists and anthropologists from across Ohio. Events are held monthly at the Southern Ohio Museum in downtown Portsmouth at 6 pm in the evening. Of particular interest is August’s presentation: “Prehistoric Earthworks & Geophysical Survey at Tremper Mound” by Jarrod Burks, the archaeologist who is currently conducting the geophysical survey at the Arc’s newest 622-acre preserve., Tremper Mound. We KNOW there are more earthworks in the Scioto River’s terrace inside the preserve’s boundaries that have been lost to time. Will Jarrod rediscover them? Click here for information on the entire series. 

Mothapalooza at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary

July 15 – 17, 2022; Friday evening through mid-day Sunday

with Author Doug Tallamy, & Sam Jaffe of Caterpillar Lab

This event will advance your personal journey of discovery into the mysterious and intriguing nocturnal world of moths. During the weekend we will witness large numbers of moth species attracted to our specially-installed night light stations under the mentorship and support of expert naturalists. Includes 3 meals, evening presentations, and Saturday afternoon field trips. Be prepared to stay up late into the night, so come well rested! Be assured you will be well fed by Sanctuary staff who will be preparing for you two brunches and Saturday night dinnerClick here for more information.

“Nature is Neat” – Family Saturdays at the Sanctuary!

April to October, 11 am – 4 pm

The Appalachian Forest Museum is committed to providing our local community with science-focused programming, hikes, and fun for the entire family. The Museum will host special themed based days that will be free of charge. These amazing, themed days will include access to our Forest Museum, theme-based activities, and the ability to put your newfound knowledge into use while you meander the nearby trails. registration is not required, stop on by anytime between the hours of 11:00am and 4:00pm and see for yourself how neat nature really is! More information

Wildflower Pilgrimage Bouquet

Tree People Hikes – all across Ohio! Ohio Tree ID & Forest Literacy Day

Registration is now Open!

Knowing your trees is a direct doorway to nature literacy, land stewardship, and a strong sense of place. It connects you to the thousands of life forms a healthy forest supports. What would Ohio look like if people – LOTS of people – knew their trees? What if Ohio boasted the most forest-literate citizens of any state in the nation? What would change? Everything! All of it good; all of it life-supporting. If you have always wanted to master the skill of forest literacy, or deepen the knowledge you already have,  then this is the program that you won’t want to miss! Click here for more information.

Wildflower Pilgrimage Bouquet

Women’s Yoga, Cave, Creek and Woods Time

Sunday, Aug 7, 2022

Join Tracy Jo Duckworth as she will be hosting a healing women’s gatherings in the woods this year. Meet at the Appalachian Forest Museum for the indoor yoga class and bring your own picnic lunch before heading out for the beautiful trails at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. Bring your female friends and family along as you restore your body, mind and spirit while immersed in nature! Make it a weekend trip and reserve a lodge today!

Women’s Walk in the Woods 

Saturday, September 24, 2022, 11 am – 4 pm    

Registration for the Women’s Walk in the Woods will be coming soon!

In place of our usual weekend women’s retreat, we will be hosting a women-only guided hikes in the woods this spring. Meet at the Appalachian Forest Museum for a guest speaker and bring your own lunch picnic before heading out to hike one of the beautiful trails at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. Bring your female friends and family to meet new people, share stories and enjoy nature!