Field Trip – Mathias Grove

Leader: Clyde Gosnell
Clyde Gosnell is a legendary Ohio philanthropist with a deep passion for the environment. He built his career as an architect, designing many well-known landmarks in Columbus.  Now retired, he lives on a sustainable farm in Ashville, OH with his wife, Dr. Louise (Omie) Warner. Clyde serves as the board president of Stratford Ecological Center, and as a board member of multiple conservation-minded non-profit organizations.  He and Omie were the recipients of 2017 Leadership in Philanthropy award from the Columbus Foundation, and were inducted into the Ohio Natural Resources Hall of Fame in 2020. They were instrumental in the creation of the new John Glenn Astronomy Park in Hocking Hills. To this day, they remain dedicated to protecting and educating the public about the natural world.  

Directions: Address: 25779 Bailey Rd Rockridge, Ohio 43149
From Columbus: Take 70 E towards Wheeling, at Exit 105A head right on the ramp for US-33 toward Lancaster. Stay on US-33 for approximately 35 miles. Turn right onto Opossum Hollow Rd, then immediately turn left on to Bailey Rd. Follow Bailey Rd for .3 mile and your destination will be on the left. Clyde has put together a wonderful map of how to get to Mathias Grove from Columbus, OH. Please download the map before you travel

Habitat Focus: Appalachian Hillsides and Coves & riparian trees

Time & Meeting Place: Meet at the parking area 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.

Difficulty: Easy.

Nancy Stranahan Bio Photo

Clyde and Omie Gosnell. Photo courtesy of the John Glenn Astronomy Park website.