CORONAVIRUS ALERT. As the Arc does its share during these challenging times, all 2020 events are cancelled until further notice, but may be reopened for registration if we are able. Please check back if you are interested. Most of our hiking trails will be kept open to the public in the meantime for you to explore at your own pace and in your own time. Click here for more information.

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…

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…

 

Birds by Song – Bird ID & Ecology 
June 2 – 6, 2021

This is an in-depth course that teaches you to learn and remember the songs, calls, and field identification skills for the breeding birds in America’s Eastern forest heartland, as well as their natural history and ecology. Gaining such skills requires a lot 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 2 – 6, 2021

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 Coming Soon…

 

Fireflies – Early Season Spectacles!
Christmas Lights, Mr. Macs, and the Enchanting Synchronous Fireflies
June 4 – 5, 2021

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…

 

Fireflies – Early Season Spectacles!
Christmas Lights, Mr. Macs, and the Enchanting Synchronous Fireflies
Friday and Saturday evenings, June 4 – 5
, 2021

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.  Registration is closed. More information…

Trees of the Eastern Forest – Field Recognition Level II
July 28 – August 1, 2021

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…

Trees of the Eastern Forest – Field Recognition Level II
July 28 – August 1, 2021

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…

 

 

 

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.