Field Trip – Junction

Leader: Brent Charette
Brent was trained in forest resource management at Hocking Technical College. His first career was with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, working as a state-wide naturalist for the Division of Parks and Recreation. He eventually went on to serve as Park Manager at Malabar Farm State Park. Brent now works for the Arc of Appalachia in landscape care and restoration. As Nancy’s partner, the two of them enjoy hosting natural history events and courses at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary and, in their personal time, caring for one of the Sanctuary’s tracts of land known as Ridgeview Restoration Farm. Brent’s greatest passions include nature interpretation, permaculture & forest gardening, native tree propagation, subsistence gardening, and hosting education programs for the Arc of Appalachia. He loves anything to do with trees, including growing edible mushrooms, carpentry, studying mycorrhizal associations, and teaching others how to learn and appreciate our native trees.


Directions: 1143 Township Hwy 377, Chillicothe, OH 45601. From US-50, head west on Highway 50 past Chillicothe’s downtown retail district. Look for a Kentucky Fried Chicken and CVS Pharmacy on your left and turn onto Plyleys Lane between the two establishments. Follow Plyleys Lane until you come to a stop sign. Turn left at the stop sign on Belleview Avenue. Junction is a few hundred feet down Belleview on your right. Turn right into the parking lot.

Habitat Focus: Paint Creek Riparian & Mixed Mesophytic Forests

Time & Meeting Place: Meet at Junction parking lot 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. Please also bring a hand lens.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate and hiking approximately 3 miles.

Nancy Stranahan Bio Photo