Birds by Song – Bird ID & Ecology 
June 3 – 7, 2020

This is an in-depth course that teaches you to learn and remember the songs, calls and field identification skills of the breeding birds in in America’s Eastern forest heartland, as well as their natural history and ecology. Gaining such skills requires lots of time in the field, patient repetition, good learning aides, and positive reinforcement – attributes that are not often found in casual bird walks with birders, but will be bountifully present in this course. More Information…

Birds by Song – Bird ID & Ecology –
Wednesday – Sunday, June 3 – 7, 2020

This is an in-depth course that teaches you to learn and remember the songs, calls and field identification skills of the breeding birds in in America’s Eastern forest heartland, as well as their natural history and ecology. Gaining such skills requires lots of time in the field, patient repetition, good learning aides, and positive reinforcement – attributes that are not often found in casual bird walks with birders, but will be bountifully present in this course. More Information…

 

Fireflies – Early Season Spectacles!
Christmas Lights, Mr. Macs, and the Enchanting Synchronous Fireflies
June 5 – 6, 2020

For two consecutive nights you will be immersed in a world of winking lights – with your days free to rest and explore the Sanctuary on your own. You will experience the spectacle of Christmas Lights, be introduced to “Mr. Mac,” and savor one of Ohio’s newfound natural treasures – the synchronous fireflies. Witness whole areas of the forest going dark simultaneously, then coming back to light during their illuminating courtship flight. Put a little spark in your early summer! Photo art by Karen Klein. More information coming  soon…

 

Fireflies – Early Season Spectacles!
Christmas Lights, Mr. Macs, and the Enchanting Synchronous Fireflies
Friday and Saturday evenings, June 5 – 6, 2020

For two consecutive nights you will be immersed in a world of winking lights – with your days free to rest and explore the Sanctuary on your own. You will experience the spectacle of Christmas Lights, be introduced to “Mr. Mac,” and savor one of Ohio’s newfound natural treasures – the synchronous fireflies. Witness whole areas of the forest going dark simultaneously, then coming back to light during their illuminating courtship flight. Put a little spark in your early summer! Photo art by Karen Klein. More information coming  soon…

Trees of the Eastern Forest – Field Recognition Level II
June 24-28, 2020

This in-depth course will teach you to recognize some of the more challenging and more habitat specialized trees and shrubs of the Eastern United States by leaf and bark. Topics of forest ecology, natural history and conservation are embedded in the thoroughly field-oriented curriculum. This is a companion course to Level I, which teaches 43 of the most common and distinctive eastern trees. This course teaches an additional 45 trees and shrub species. If you are a beginner, we recommend taking the Level I course which will be offered in 2021. Certification available. More information coming  soon…

Trees of the Eastern Forest – Field Recognition Level II
June 24-28, 2020

This in-depth course will teach you to recognize some of the more challenging and more habitat specialized trees and shrubs of the Eastern United States by leaf and bark. Topics of forest ecology, natural history and conservation are embedded in the thoroughly field-oriented curriculum. This is a companion course to Level I, which teaches 43 of the most common and distinctive eastern trees. This course teaches an additional 45 trees and shrub species. If you are a beginner, we recommend taking the Level I course which will be offered in 2021. Certification available. More information coming  soon…

 

 

 

Insects – Diversity, Ecology & Behavior
Field trips to the diverse habitats of forests, prairies, caves, and aquatic communities                          August 13-16, 2020

Building familiarity with the thousands of insect species that share our biome is the foundation of a strong nature education. You will learn the astonishing ecological relationships, life cycles, and survival skills of insects in the context of habitat. Through storytelling, mentoring, journaling, and keen observation, you will learn to identify most insects by order or family, and-for the most common-by species. The name, however, is just the beginning. This is a holistic inter-disciplinary immersion. More information coming soon..

Insects – Diversity, Ecology & Behavior
Field trips to the diverse habitats of forests, prairies, caves, and aquatic communities August 13-16, 2020

Building familiarity with the thousands of insect species that share our biome is the foundation of a strong nature education. You will learn the astonishing ecological relationships, life cycles, and survival skills of insects in the context of habitat. Through storytelling, mentoring, journaling, and keen observation, you will learn to identify most insects by order or family, and-for the most common-by species. The name, however, is just the beginning. This is a holistic inter-disciplinary immersion. More information coming soon..

 

 

Darter Fest – Ecology, Field ID and Conservation of Eastern Darters
August 27-30, 2020  

The gorgeously colored darters – four genera in the perch family endemic to North America – are to fish what the warblers are to birds and butterflies are to insects. We will be seining the riffles of rivers, creeks and head-water streams in pursuit of darters native to southern Ohio. We have a chance of seeing 16 of the 22 species that have historically been recorded in the state. Participants will learn darter ID, fish anatomy, family recognition, and identification of the most common fish of our region’s waters. Photo of Rainbow Darter by Uland Thomas. More information coming soon…

Darter Fest – Ecology, Field ID and Conservation of Eastern Darters
August 27-30, 2020  photo of Rainbow Darter by Uland Thomas

The gorgeously colored darters – four genera in the perch family endemic to North America – are to fish what the warblers are to birds and butterflies are to insects. We will be seining the riffles of rivers, creeks and head-water streams in pursuit of darters native to southern Ohio. We have a chance of seeing 16 of the 22 species that have historically been recorded in the state. Participants will learn darter ID, fish anatomy, family recognition, and identification of the most common fish of our region’s waters  More information coming soon…

 

Growing Wild – Propagating Native Plants from Seed
September 24-27, 2020

Whether you want to grow native plants from seed for a pollinator garden or for ecological restoration efforts, this course, led by native plant nurseryman, professional landscape ecologist and restoration expert, Gary Conley, will jump start your mastery. Gary will teach you the art and science of native plant culture – everything from seed collection, storage, and stratification, to planting out in a properly prepared environment. Participants will gather wild seed in Arc preserves of both common and rare species, which you can then take home with you for your own native sowing. More Information coming soon…

Growing Wild – Propagating Native Plants from Seed
September 24-27, 2020

Whether you want to grow native plants from seed for a pollinator garden or for ecological restoration efforts, this course, led by native plant nurseryman, professional landscape ecologist and restoration expert, Gary Conley, will jump start your mastery. Gary will teach you the art and science of native plant culture – everything from seed collection, storage, and stratification, to planting out in a properly prepared environment. Participants will gather wild seed in Arc preserves of both common and rare species, which you can then take home with you for your own native sowing. More Information coming soon…

 

 

 

Nature’s Choir – A Course in Insect Music

August 12-15, 2021

With Musician Lisa Rainsong,  creator of Listening to Insects & Wil Hershberger, Author of Book, CD & Blog: Songs of Insects

Although at first it may seem like you are surrounded by a wall of sound, with instruction your ear will begin to detect individual species making up the orchestra. Each species has its own song – its own pitch, quality and rhythm. Once you learn these songs as .individual species, the days and nights of late summer will never be the same. You will be surrounded by singing friends, grateful for one of the earth’s most magnificent and ancient musical legacies. More Information…

Nature’s Choir – A Course in Insect Music
August 13 – 15, 2021

With Musician Lisa Rainsong,  creator of Listening to Insects & Wil Hershberger, Author of Book, CD & Blog: Songs of Insects

Although at first it may seem like you are surrounded by a wall of sound, with instruction your ear will begin to detect individual species making up the orchestra. Each species has its own song – its own pitch, quality and rhythm. Once you learn these songs as .individual species, the days and nights of late summer will never be the same. You will be surrounded by singing friends, grateful for one of the earth’s most magnificent and ancient musical legacies. More Information…

ABOUT THE APPALACHIAN FOREST SCHOOL

Sponsored by the Arc of Appalachia Preserve system, The Appalachian Forest School is a collection of in-depth multiple day-long residency courses that present a cross-disciplinary view of the Eastern Forest, its natural and evolutionary history, and its globally significant ecology. Field trips are led to forest destinations where large tracts of forest remain intact, offering glimpses of both the unity and regional expressions of the Eastern Forest as a whole.These field trips combine recreational hiking and exploration with stimulating deep-learning. Each Appalachian Forest School event is led by a large collaboration of prestigious field conservationists who are proficient in their region’s natural history, and representing a diversity of academic specialties. Lodging and food are provided.

ABOUT THE APPALACHIAN FOREST SCHOOL

Sponsored by the Arc of Appalachia Preserve system, The Appalachian Forest School is a collection of in-depth multiple day-long residency courses that present a cross-disciplinary view of the Eastern Forest, its natural and evolutionary history, and its globally significant ecology. Field trips are led to forest destinations where large tracts of forest remain intact, offering glimpses of both the unity and regional expressions of the Eastern Forest as a whole.These field trips combine recreational hiking and exploration with stimulating deep-learning. Each Appalachian Forest School event is led by a large collaboration of prestigious field conservationists who are proficient in their region’s natural history, and representing a diversity of academic specialties. Lodging and food are provided.