Field Trip Options: Pick a leader or destination. If the listing doesn’t say “closed,” it is open for registration. Make a note of the field trip “NAME” as you will need it when you register. Each field trip will be limited to 10-16 people.

1: Kamelands, Highlands Nature Sanctuary
Leaders: Ann Geise and Teri Gilligan
County: Highland

Kamelands is part of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary and offers a wonderful diversity of trees, shrubs, and other plant species. Participants will be amazed with the breathtaking gorge views and the beautiful rock formations, including a natural arch, along this 2-mile loop trail. We’ll begin our day with a brief overview of terminology, tree and leaf features. This is a course where we’ll concentrate on identifying the most common trees, but will certainly point out all trees of special interest. GPS Location: We will meet at 7660 Cave Rd Bainbridge, OH 45612 and carpool to the Kamelands parking area. 

Kamama Prairie

2: Junction Earthworks, Arc Preserve
Leader: Brent Charette 
County: Ross

Junction Earthworks, a 193-acre preserve that protects two earthworks complexes – Junction Earthworks and Steel Earthworks. The Tippecanoe Darter Trail will first take students through the ancient earthworks, through a 70-acre prairie, and into an exceedingly rich forest with classic riverine species of trees – one of the most important of all the Eastern Forest’s specialized communities. After lunch, participants will follow the base of the bluffs overlooking the earthworks on the Star Brook Trail, explorin a classic mixed mesophytic forest – that is, a moderately moist, protected forests high in species diversity).  GPS Location: 1143 Township Hwy 377, Chillicothe, OH 45601. 

3: Tobacco Barn Hollow, Arc Preserve
Leaders: Brit Wood and Andrea Jaeger
Counties: Pike, Ross

The Tobacco Barn Hollow Preserve lies deep in the steep and highly dissected hills of the Pike State Forest region, in the Morgan Fork Creek watershed. The ridge top is dominated by upland woodland species growing over underlying sandstone bedrock. We will be exploring two major habitats: a healthy, mature oak-hickory forest, and a young successional forest boasting signature pioneer tree species. Species we will be focusing on are shagbark, pignut, and bitternut hickories, scarlet, black, red, and white oak, big-tooth aspen, tulip poplar, fragrant sumac, and red bud. Location: 700 Ewing Road, Bainbridge OH 45612. GPS coordinates: 39° 11.6155′ N, 83° 12.1399′ W.


4: Red Stone Farm, Conservation Easement
Leader: Jacob Bartley 
County: Pike

Red Stone Farm lies a few miles north of Fort Hill Earthworks and a few miles southeast of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. In 2016, the Arc of Appalachia took ownership of a permanent conservation easement on 220 of Red Stone’s acres, comprised of 100 acres of forested swamp wetlands and another 120 acres of upland forest. The majority of the upland forest is made up of a mature mesic forest.  Red Stone Farm is abounding in diversity and offers a site exploding with wetland flora and fauna. We will be learning about wetland shrubs and trees, as well as some of the shrubs and trees of the mature mesic forest. GPS Location: 610 Frost Rd. Hillsboro, Ohio 45133 

Kamama Prairie

5: Knoop Preserve and Camp Oty’Okwa
Leaders: Paul and Cathy Knoop
County: Hocking

This field trip begins at Hemlock Hollow (Knoop Preserve). This is a 70-acre forested track protected by a conservation easement and is almost completely surrounded by the Hocking State Forest. There are several different forest communities on the property including mixed mesophytic, hemlock, black birch, oak, hickory, beech, maple, and tulip poplar. The second part of our day will be held at Camp Oty’Okwa where we will explore its 200+ acre old-growth forest. This property is owned by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio and has been dedicated by the Old Growth Forest Network. The main forest types are oak and hickory, as well as mixed mesophytic with a sprinkling of Eastern hemlock. GPS Location: 19772 Keifel Rd Laurelville, Ohio 43135-9248

6: Staggenborg Preserve
Leaders Bob and Beth Staggenborg
County: Hamilton

Bob and Beth are opening up their well-stewarded 2-acre forest  located in the suburb of Anderson, OH east of downtown Cincinnati. The Staggenborg Private Preserve boasts over 20 different species of trees.. Bob and Beth are doing as much as they can to convert what was once their lawn into a forest of diverse native species. Participants will have the chance to explore their woods, some of which is covered by mature trees – retaining the character of the once-sprawling Great Eastern Forest. On this encounter, students will not only learn trees, but they will learn how to properly steward fragmented woodlands that are often found in urban and suburban locales. GPS Location: 6040 Luwista Lane, Cincinnati OH 45230

Nancy Stranahan Bio Photo

7: Ohio Hanging Rock – an Arc Preserve
Leader: Ethan King
County: Scioto

The hike through the hill country of Ohio Hanging Rock Preserve will be a challenging but rewarding adventure. The landscape of this Scioto Country Preserve features a variety of habitats that include lower elevation clay wetlands, mesic hillsides, and oak-dominated ridgetops. The preserve showcases stunning rock features in the upper elevations that that once formed the rocky shoreline of Lake Tight during the Pleistocence era, the precursor of the Ohio River.  This 738-acre preserve shelters a large variety of trees, ferns, mosses, and lichens, and provides critical habitat for many deep-forest bird species.  Ohio Hanging Rock is the longest hiking trail ever developed by our organization, which will allow us to study and identify many different tree species such as the Scarlett Oak, Chestnut Oak, Sycamore, and the American Beech. GPS Location: 1005-2699 Frederick Road Wheelersburg, Ohio 45694

Kamama Prairie

8: Kamama Prairie – an Arc Preserve
Leader: John Howard
County: Adams

Kamama is a botanical and zoological paradise for native biodiversity. Located in Adams County, Kamama Prairie Preserve boasts one of the highest species count in the entire Arc of Appalachia Preserve System. Kamama  protects 4 endangered, 10 threatened, and 13 potentially threatened species. An additional 67 species were listed previously as rare and endangered species and only recently declassified. This trek crosses through many habitats, the most significant being the xeric prairie and dry alkaline woodlands that dominate the property. Kamama boasts over 80 species of trees and other woody plants within is boundaries. This field trip will focus on prairie-associated trees and shrubs, with a special focus on oaks and hickories. GPS Location: 778 Steam Furnace Rd., Peebles, OH 45660.

9: God’s Country, Highlands Nature Sanctuary
Leader: Tim Pohlar 
County: Highlands

The hike at Gods Country and Black Gum Woods will be like walking through the hundreds of year transition from a seed, to transitional field, all the way through to mature towering tulip poplars and beech trees, and the old dead trunks as they return to soil, to grow the next generation of trees.  On this hike, we will walk through the transitional and edge habitat that is so common in Ohio, and harbors a wonderful community of trees, such as honey locust and eastern red cedar, ash and walnut.  Then we’ll walk through the old growth of Black Gum Woods to see the climax of the forest transition, filled with beeches, oaks, maples, tulip poplars and more. GPS Location: 6205 State Route 753, Hillsboro, OH 45133 

Kamama Prairie

10: Miller-Eigel Preserve 
Leaders: Kevin Eigel and Marcia Miller  County: Franklin

Kevin and Marcia are forest and land preservation enthusiasts who have been privately purchasing land in their region and restoring the forests, prairie, and wetlands that once dominated the landscape.  Although the property already protects many mature native trees – including the pictured 300-year-old Swamp White Oak! – they have worked hard at planting hundreds more – including ones they learned about during the very first Tree Recognition and 5-day Forest Literacy Course offered at Arc of Appalachia many years ago. This will be a great opportunity for those who want to see native trees used in landscaping, as well as in their natural habitatGPS Location: 7657 Feder Rd Galloway, OH 43119

Nancy Stranahan Bio Photo

11: Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve
Leader: Dave Todt
County: Scioto

The Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve in northwestern Scioto County is known for two things: its towering trees and its namesake, the Golden Star Lily. This preserve protects an unusually old forest on the exceptionally steep hillsides that overlook the Rocky Fork, a tributary of Scioto Brush Creek. The hillsides are dominated by oaks, hickories and black birch. The rare Butternut tree (also known as White Walnut) can be sighted bordering the Rocky Fork and towering Yellow Buckeye dominate not only the riiparian zone but march for some distance right up the lower slopes. Although there are a profusion of Golden Star Lilies in the preserve in early April, they are nevertheless an endangered species in Ohio and rare throughout their range. GPS Location:  Tick Ridge-Koenig Hill Road, Otway, OH 45657

Kamama Prairie

12: Mathias Grove in Hocking Hills
Leader: Clyde Gosnell
County: Hocking

The diversity of the 100+ acre Mathias Grove includes mature tree species complemented by a remarkable understory full of wildflowers, lichens, fungi, mosses, and ferns. The property protects a deep hidden canyon with upper waterfalls, classic Hocking Hills rock outcroppings, and an uncommon Pitch Pine grove. The canyon stream flows through the hardwood forest to the bottomland’s spring-fed wetlands, then enters a vast prairie, and finally flows out to the riparian forest-lined Hocking River. This creates a diverse and varied landscape for participants to explore. Mathias is in the heart of Hocking Hills and is a central location for our visiting friends. GPS Location: 25779 Bailey Rd Rockridge, Ohio 43149

Kamama Prairie

Leader Brian Lokai   
County: Hocking

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Forest Literacy Tree Course

14: Quiverheart Preserve
Leader: Nancy Stranahan
County: Adams

Quiverheart is destined to become the newest addition to the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System – to be officially announced this coming autumn. This field trip, thus, is a sneak preview! Quiverheart is a stunningly beautiful deep dolomite gorge in Adams County lying between Peebles and the Arc’s Kamama Prairie Preserve, composed of dolomite bluff woodlands with scattered cedar glades and prairie barrens. We will be studying the trees common to the karst landscapes, that is, trees that are especially adapted to thin, well-drained alkaline soils derived from the underlying dolomite bedrocks. Such soils are usually moist in the spring and extremely dry in the summer and fall – with many plants adapted to these challenging conditions. This trek may require some off-trail hiking. Suitable for beginners; ideal for intermediate and advanced students. GPS Location: 410 Meadow Lane, Peebles OH 45660

Kentucky Coffee Tree and Larkspur

15: Ohio River Bluffs-an Arc Preserve
Leader: Dave Kuehner
County: Adams

While Ohio River Bluffs – just outside the river town of Manchester – protects a classic river corridor forest on the thin limestone soils covering the steep slopes that border the Ohio River. The Ohio River Bluffs are located just before the dolomite bedrock transition into the sandstone-shales of southeastern Ohio. In the preserve, White Oak, Sugar Maple, Red Oak, Elm, Hackberry, Kentucky Coffee Tree, and White Ash dominate the canopy, while young Yellow Buckeye trees and Chinquapin Oaks occupy the understory. The preserve is built upon a Silurian-aged bedrock that was  formed by ancient seas 416 to 443 million years ago. Ohio River Bluffs produces prodigious displays of wildflowers in April, one of the most beautiful wildflower displays in all of Eastern United States. Suitable for beginners; ideal for intermediate students. GPS Location: 400 Gilkison Hollow Rd, Manchester, OH 45144

Kentucky Coffee Tree and Larkspur

16: Waterloo Wildlife Area
Leader Ron Cass
County: Athens

This rugged 664 acres of forested wildlife area is 10 miles west of Athens. Although, it is mostly a forseted area there are a few scattered opening that occur along the ridgetop. Waterloo Wildlife Area has oak-hickory on the ridgetops and beech-maple in the ravine bottoms. During this trip we will see other important subtypes such as the scarlet oak, chestnut oak, white oak-red oak-hickory, white oak, yellow poplar-white oak-red oak, maple, and sassafras-persimmon. GPS Location: located 10 miles west of Athens at the junction of State Routes 56 and 356.

Kamama Prairie

17: Morris Woods State Nature Preserve
Leader: Dick Moseley
County: Licking

The 107-acre Morris Woods State Nature Preserve boasts mature Beech-Maple woodlands, as well as a beautiful Swamp Forest that together cover nearly two-thirds of the preserve. The remaining portion of the preserve features lands in old-field succession, a lake, shrub wetlands, and some evergreen plantations. This variety of habitats offer participants an opportunity to observe a large number of species of wildflowers and trees. Morris Woods State Nature Preserve was donated in 1979 as a nature sanctuary by James Abbott and named for his father, Morris Abbott.  This trip is suitable for intermediate and advanced students. GPS Location: 7495 Dutch Lane NW Johnstown, OH 43031

Kentucky Coffee Tree and Larkspur

18: Tremper Mound – an Arc Preserve
Leader Elijah Crabtree
County: Scioto

In the morning we will begin our hike at Tremper Mound, heading west through native meadows of goldenrod and milkweeds, down the floodplain terrace towards Pond Creek, where we will follow the riparian corridor looking at common native floodplain trees. At the 1-mile point, we will stop for lunch at a small scenic waterfall that spills over a sandstone shelf. Once we finish lunch, we will cross Pond Creek and hike a 1 mile loop through dry Oak/Hickory-dominated upland forests. This preserve is not yet open to the public, making this course an exciting opportunity to explore one of the Arc’s newest and most anticipated acquisitions. GPS Location: 20580 SR-104
McDermott, OH 45663

Kentucky Coffee Tree and Larkspur

19: Hoberecht Preserve
Leaders: Mark Hoberecht and Judy Semroc
County: Lorain

The 43-acre Hoberecht BeechCliff Preserve is located in Columbia Station, eastern Lorain county.  The property is protected by a conservation easement and boasts a variety of habitats, but is predominantly a mature mixed mesophytic forest with both upland and riparian areas.  The small stream that meanders through the property is part of the Rocky River watershed that flows north into Lake Erie.  The underlying geology is sandstone and shale.  There are also some successional woodlands, several vernal pools, and a 2-acre pond with many native aquatic species. GPS Location: 13182 N. Boone Rd., Columbia Station, OH  44028

Kentucky Coffee Tree and Larkspur

20: Clear Creek Metro Park
Leader: Katie Bennett
County: Franklin

Clear Creek Metro Park is home to Ohio’s largest dedicated nature preserve. Ninety-five percent of the 5,390 acre park is forested, featuring beautiful oak-hickory, south Appalachian oak, mixed woodland and bottomland forests. We’ll be visiting a variety of habitats and focusing on the following species: Kentucky Coffee Tree, Witch-hazel, Spicebush, Leatherwood, Black Cherry, Sourwood, Box Elder, Northern Red Oak (true old-growth), White Pine, Eastern Hemlock, Tulip Poplar, Chestnut Oak, Sycamore and two invasive species: Tree of Heaven and Autumn Olive.  The hike will be off-trail and moderately difficult, terrain at Clear Creek is rugged, steep and uneven in areas. GPS Location: Park Office: 185 Clear Creek Road, Lancaster.

Kentucky Coffee Tree and Larkspur

21: Lewis Family Gorge at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary
Leader John Jaeger and Anthony Downs
County: Ross

Lewis Gorge is 233-acres containing an outstanding one-half mile long vertical-sided gorge flowing into an exceptionally scenic tributary of Paint Creek known as Cliff Run. Lewis Family Gorge is a prime example of a karst landscape and ecosystem associated with the exposed Silurian limestones in the Highland-Ross Country region. Two thirds of the Lewis tract is covered in oak hickory forest. Chinquapin oaks are embedded in a rich complex of hardwood trees and shrubs, including the limestone-loving shrub, leatherwood. GPS Location: 255 Cliff Run Road, Bainbridge OH 45612

Kentucky Coffee Tree and Larkspur

22: Killbuck Swamp Preserve
Leader: Randy Carmel
County: Holmes

Killbuck Swamp Preserve is located at the northern edge of the unglaciated Allegheny plateau and contains a steep forested hillside that overlooks the Killbuck Creek and the surrounding swamp and marsh.  The hilltop was quarried for sandstone a century ago and the hillside contains a mesophytic forest composed of mature tulip tree, red and sugar maple, beech, elm, cherry, beech, black gum, walnut, hornbeam, four species of oak, three species of hickory, walnut, and a few remaining white ash.  The riparian zone along Killbuck Creek has typical bottomland hardwoods like sycamore, box elder, silver maple, cottonwood, black willow, and green ash.  Shrubs include buttonbush and alder at the wetland edges. This moderately strenuous uphill hike involves off trail connections to link two graded trail connections to the old quarry.  Total hike distance of around 3 miles will include a ¼ -mile walk along the creek. GPS Location:  Main Street in Killbuck Village at the parking lot next to the post office and across from the Marathon gas station with coordinates of 40 degrees 29’ 43” North and 81 degrees 59’ 9” west.

Kentucky Coffee Tree and Larkspur

23: Earl H. Barnhart Buzzard’s Roost Preserve
Leader: Bob Scott Placier
County: Ross

GPS Location: 514 Red Bird Lane Chillicothe OH 45601. The park has restrooms and a shelter house