Field Trip – Denny Private Preserve

Leader: Guy Denny
Field Trip leader Guy L. Denny began his career at ODNR as Chief Naturalist with the Division of Parks & Recreation. He retired in 1999 as Chief of the Division of Natural Areas & Preserves after 33 years of public service. Denny currently serves as a founding member and President of the statewide non-profit, Ohio Natural Areas & Preserves Association. He is a Midwest prairie expert and the author of the books Peatlands of Ohio and the Southern Great Lakes Region, and The Prairie Peninsula. 

Directions: The study site is Denny’s prairie and beech/maple forest complex located at 6021 Mt. Gilead Road, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019. From the junction of Interstate 71 and State Route 95, about 45 minutes north of Columbus, take the 151 exit (Fredericktown/Mt. Gilead) east on SR95 (Mt. Gilead Rd.). Follow SR95 east just under 5 miles to the Knox County line. After crossing into Knox County from Morrow County, take the first drive on the north side of the road which is about 40 feet into Knox County. Follow the long drive about one-half mile back to the residence where we will assemble.

Habitat Focus: Prairie as well as a Beech and Maple forest

Time & Meeting Place: Meet at the barns at 9:50am and the hike will begin promptly at 10:00am

Bring: Be sure to pack a bottle of water and bring a day pack for your lunch which will be enjoyed along the trail. We also recommend insect repellent, long pants, and light boots. There is quite a bit of stinging nettle in the woods so you do need to protect your legs.

Difficulty: The hike will be easy and will be on mostly level ground.


Nancy Stranahan Bio Photo