Photo by Kathryn Cubert

16th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary

April 14-16, 2023, Friday eve through Sunday afternoon

Spend your spring in the company of flowers! The ephemeral display of spring woodland flowers – all blooming at once – is as close to heaven on earth as any nature spectacle we can ever experience.  The Arc’s two days of wildflower pilgrimages go out in small groups guided by an experienced naturalist to view what is quite possibly the showiest wildflower displays in Eastern United States. They are certainly among the best of the best!  The three-day Pilgrimage includes evening presentations at Paxton Theater in Bainbridge, field trips to premier floral destinations in the Highland, Adams, Pike and Ross County region of southern Appalachian Ohio, and 2 breakfasts and one dinner. Important Note:  For the 2023 event, please bring your own packed lunch. Click here for more information.

“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. 

“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