How to Proceed: Pick a leader or destination. If the listing already has full occupancy, it will be noted as closed. 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 – Arc Preserve CLASS IS FULL
Highlands Nature Sanctuary
Leaders: Ann Geise and Teri Gilligan
County: Highland

Kamelands Trail at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary offers a wonderful diversity of trees, shrubs, and other plant species. The trail provides breathtaking views of the geological formations of the Rocky Fork Gorge along its 2-mile loop trail, including a natural arch. We’ll begin our day with a brief overview of tree terminology, bark and leaf features, preparing to aid you learn to identify the most common trees. This is an ideal program for beginning students, but leaders will be happy to point out trees of special interest for the more advanced students. Location: Appalachian Forest Museum, 7660 Cave Rd Bainbridge, OH 45612. We will carpool to the Kamelands parking area. 

Kamama Prairie

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

Junction Earthworks is a 193-acre preserve that protects two earthworks complexes – Junction Earthworks and Steel Earthworks. – and offers to woodland trails. In the morning, the Tippecanoe Darter Trail will lead us by the ancient earthworks, across a 70-acre prairie, and into a rich riparin forest with classic riverine species of trees – one of the most important of all the Eastern Forest’s specialized communities. After lunch, we will follow the base of the bluffs overlooking the earthworks on Star Brook Trail to explore a different habitat – a hillside mixed mesophytic forest with a rich and diverse collection of foerst species.  Location: Junction Earthworks main entrance at 1143 Township Hwy 377, Chillicothe, OH 45601. 

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

Tobacco Barn Hollow  lies deep in the remote and highly dissected hills of the Morgan Fork Watershed, adjacent to Pike State Forest. The ridgetop forest is dominated by upland woodland species adapted the well-drained soils lying above 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. Students will be taught how to distinguish oak and hickory species in the field – a prerequisite for tree ID mastery. Learn pignut, bitternut, shagbark, and mockernut hickories, a variety of oaks, and more! Location: 700 Ewing Road, Bainbridge OH 45612; 39° 11.6155′ N, 83° 12.1399′ W.


4: Red Stone Farm
Arc-held Conservation Easement
Leader: Jacob Bartley
County: Pike

The Arc of Appalachia holds a conservation easement on 450 acres of Red Stone farm – 200 acres of which is swamp forest & marshes, and 250 acres of which are upland mesic forest dominated by tulip poplar and sugar maple. Wetlands once covered 20% of Ohio’s surface area, but due to agriculture drainage, wetands are now our state’s rarest ecosystem. Redstone Farm is successfuly bringing the once vast and nearly vanished Beechflats Swamp back into existence! This course is a great opportunuty to learn the not-so-common wetland shrubs and trees, including hellbark hickory, swamp white oak, pin oak, and more.  Location: 610 Frost Rd. Hillsboro, Ohio 45133 

Kamama Prairie

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

This field trip begins at Hemlock Hollow, Paul & Cathy Knoop’s private preserve that is protected by conservation easement and nearly surrounded by the Hocking State Forest. Hemlock Hollow has stunningly beautiful rock formations. Here students will be exposed to a rich array of mixed mesophytic trees: including hemlock, black birch, oak, hickory, beech, maple, and tulip poplar. The afternoon will take us to nearby Camp Oty’Okwa, owned by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, where we will explore a 200+ acre old-growth forest. Here we will study the oaks and hickories as well as review our mixed mesophytic trees. Location: Knoop residence at 19772 Keifel Rd Laurelville, Ohio 43135-9248

6: Staggenborg Private Preserve-  CLASS IS FULL
Leaders Bob and Beth Staggenborg
County: Hamilton

Bob and Beth’s  private preserve boasts over 20 different species of trees in an inspiring and well-stewarded 2-acre forest located in the suburb of Anderson, OH, east of downtown Cincinnati. Bob and Beth have converted what was once a manicured lawn into a forest of diverse native species. Participants will have the chance to explore mature trees in a city setting that successfully retains the character of the once-sprawling Great Eastern Forest that preceeded the existence of the Queen City. Student will not only learn to identify native trees, but also learn how to recover and steward fragmented woodlands in urban and suburban locales. Location: 6040 Luwista Lane, Cincinnati OH 45230

Nancy Stranahan Bio Photo

7: Ohio Hanging Rock – Arc Preserve-FILLING FAST!
Leader: Ethan King
County: Scioto

This 750-acre remote preserve deep in the “Little Smokies of Ohio” includes lower elevation clay wetlands, mesic hillsides, and oak-dominated ridgetops. The preserve showcases stunning rock features in its upper elevations – huge blocks of bedrock that that once formed the rocky shoreline of Lake Tight during the Pleistocence era, the precursor of the Ohio River. Although Ohio Hanging Rock trail system is still under development, when it is completed it will be the longest trail system ever developed by Arc staff in any of our preserves. This sneak preview will expose Tree People to a diverse assortment of oaks, hickories, and classic Appalachian trees and shrubs. Location: OHR Trailhead, 1005-2699 Frederick Road Wheelersburg, Ohio 45694

Kamama Prairie

8: Kamama Prairie – Arc Preserve CLASS IS FULL
Leader: John Howard
County: Adams

Kamama is a botanical and zoological paradise for native biodiversity in Ohio, boasting the highest number of rare and endangered species of all the Arc of Appalachia Preserves with 4 endangered speices, 10 threatened, and 13 potentially threatened species. 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.A great trip for intermediate students, but open to all. Location: Preserve entrance, 778 Steam Furnace Rd., Peebles, OH 45660.

9: God’s Country – Arc Preserve –CLASS IS FULL
Highlands Nature
Leader: Tim Pohlar
County: Highland

We will be traveling through a succession of aging forests, beginning with open meadows, passing through young open-canopied forests, and ending in fully mature woodlands.  In the morning we will concentrate on the the transitional and forest edge habitat that is so common in Ohio, harboring a wonderful community of succeisonal trees.  As a counterpoint, in the afternoon we will walk through the old growth forests of Black Gum Woods where we will experience the climax of the forest transition in our region – a mixed mesophytic forest filled with beeches, oaks, maples, tulip poplars and more. Location: Gods Country Trailhead, 6205 State Route 753, Hillsboro, OH 45133 

Kamama Prairie

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

Kevin and Marcia have been privately purchasing land west of Columbus – restoring the forests, prairie, and wetlands that once dominated the region.  Their preserve protects many mature native trees – including the 300-year-old Swamp White Oak shown above; and the couple has labored to plant hundreds of young saplings – including species they learned from attending the very first 5-day Forest Literacy Course offered at Arc of Appalachia many years ago. This course is a great opportunity to learn their native trees by sight, tree species that are particularly attractive for landscaping, and how to midwife old farmlands back into natural woodland habitats. Location: 7657 Feder Rd Galloway, OH 43119

Nancy Stranahan Bio Photo

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

Gladys Riley is renowned for its towering  old trees and its namesake, the Golden Star Lily, an endangered species in Ohio that blooms by the thousands in the preserve in late March and early April. Gladys Riley protects an unusually old forest on exceptionally steep hillsides that overlook the Rocky Fork, a tributary of Scioto Brush Creek. The hillside forests are dominated by oaks and hickories of impressive girth, while rich riparian woodlands border the Rocky Fork. Significant trees found at Gladys include sweetgum, the rare Butternut tree (also known as White Walnut), groves of yellow buckeye, and black birch. Location:  Preserve Entrance, Tick Ridge-Koenig Hill Road, Otway, OH 45657

Kamama Prairie

12: Mathias Grove in Hocking Hills CLASS IS FULL!
Leader: Clyde Gosnell
County: Hocking

The diversity of botanicals on this privately-owned 100-plus acre preserve includes mature trees complemented by a remarkably rich understory of wildflowers, lichens, fungi, mosses, and ferns. The property protects a deep nearly hidden canyon sheltering a beautiful waterfalls, classic Hocking Hills rock outcroppings, and a grove of Pitch Pines that is an uncommon find in Ohio.  A canyon stream flows through the hardwood forest and ito the spring-fed wetlands. From there it crosses a vast prairie before flowing out to the riparian forest that borders the Hocking River. This landscape creates a diverse and varied landscape for participants to explore in the heart of Hocking Hills. Property is protected by conservation easement. Location: 25779 Bailey Rd Rockridge, Ohio 43149

Kamama Prairie

13: Fort Hill – Arc managed 2 Spots left!
Leader Brian Lokai   
County: Highland

1400-acre Fort Hill Preserve is the largest, oldest forest remaining in Ohio, with some portions of the preserve making plausible claims to the status of genuine olf-growth  – that is, forests that have never been cut nor the forest floor heavily grazed by hogs or cattle. Fort Hill has impressivfely tall trees of impressive girth, as well as a high diversity of tree species and ecological habitats. Fort Hill is also renowned for harboring one of the few Hopewell Ridgetop earthworks still in existence – a 1.5 mile long earthen & stone wall built on the rim of the mesa-like ridge 2000 years ago. The preserve is not only an excellent location to learn trees, but pay your respects to the brilliant architecture of ancient American Indians. We will be hiking up to 3 miles. Owned by the Ohio History Connection. Location: 13614 Fort Hill Rd, Hillsboro, OH 45133

Forest Literacy Tree Course

14: Quiverheart Preserve 1 spot left!
Leader: Nancy Stranahan
County: Adams

Quiverheart will soon be the newest addition to the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System – to be officially announced to the public this coming autumn. This field trip offers a sneak preview! Quiverheart boasts a stunningly beautiful deep dolomite gorge in Adams County located just two miles north of the Arc’s Kamama Prairie Preserve. Quiverheart shelters rich riparian woodlands, karst country woodlands, and scattered cedar glades and prairie barrens. We will be studying the trees common to the karst landscapes – 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. Interesting trees and plants have adapted to these challenging conditions. This trek may require some off-trail hiking. Location: 2199 State Route 781, Peebles OH 45660  

Kentucky Coffee Tree and Larkspur

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

Ohio River Bluffs – just outside the river town of Manchester – protects a classic karst-country forest on the thin limestone soils covering the steep slopes that border the Ohio River. The Ohio River Bluffs lies at the eastern boundary of limestone bedrock, just before the transition zone to the sandstone-shale bedrock of southeastern Ohio. Here 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. Location: 400 Gilkison Hollow Rd, Manchester, OH 45144

Kentucky Coffee Tree and Larkspur

16: Waterloo Wildlife Area
Leader Ron Cass
County: Athens

The rugged 664 acres of Waterloo Wildlife Area is located 10 miles west of Athens. The conservation area is mostly forested, with sun-filled openings scattered along the ridgetops. In this eserve, oaks and hickories ahve claimed the ridgetops, while beeches and maples dominate the lower elevations. During this trip we will study such species as scarlet oak, chestnut oak, red and white oaks, a variety of hickories, tulip poplar, maples, sassafras and persimmon. Since oaks and hickories are often challenging to tell apart, this is a particularly good course for intermediate students but beginning students are welcome and encouraged. Location: located 10 miles west of Athens at the junction of State Routes 56 and 356.

Kamama Prairie

17: Morris Woods CLASS IS FULL
State Nature Preserve

Leader: Dick Moseley
County: Licking 

The 107-acre Morris Woods State Nature Preserve boasts a both mature Beech-Maple woodlands and a beautiful Swamp Forest which together cover nearly two-thirds of the preserve. The remaining acreage  includes aging fields, a lake, shrub wetlands, and evergreen plantations. This diverse collection of habitats offer participants an opportunity to observe a large number of species of trees in one location. Morris Woods State Nature Preserve was donated in 1979 as a nature sanctuary by James Abbott and named for his father, Morris Abbott.  Suitable for iboth ntermediate and advanced students. Location: Preserve entrance, 7495 Dutch Lane NW Johnstown, OH 43031

Kentucky Coffee Tree and Larkspur

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

We will begin our hike at Tremper Mound proper, one of the most significant Native American sacred landscapes in all of Ohio. We will thread our way through Tremper’s sprawling native meadows as we descend into the rich riparian corridor of Pond Creek, where we will study Ohios native floodplain trees. We will rest for lunch at a small scenic waterfall that spills over a sandstone shelf. From there we will cross Pond Creek and hike into theTremper Mound’s upland oak-hickory forests. This preserve is not yet open to the public, making this course an exciting opportunity to explore the Arc’s new 622-acre  preserve and one of its most ambitious acquisitions.  Location: 20580 SR-104, McDermott, OH 45663

Kentucky Coffee Tree and Larkspur

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

The 43-acre BeechCliff Preserve in Columbia Station is privately-owned by the Hoberechts and protected by a conservation easement. The preserve is  is predominantly a mature mixed mesophytic forest with both upland and riparian areas on a bedrock of sandstone and shale.Successional woodlands, several vernal pools, and a 2-acre pond with many native aquatic species ehance the preserve’s biodiversity. The small stream that meanders through the property is part of the Rocky River watershed that flows north into Lake Erie. The land offers a rich classroom for learning tree recognition skills. Location: 13182 N. Boone Rd., Columbia Station, OH  44028

Kentucky Coffee Tree and Larkspur

20: Clear Creek Metro Park 1 spot left!
Leader: Katie Bennett
County: Hocking

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, as well as offering Hocking Hills classic rock formations. 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, and Sycamore.  The hike will be off-trail and moderately difficult as the terrain at Clear Creek is rugged, steep and uneven in areas. Location: Park Office: 185 Clear Creek Road, Lancaster.

Kentucky Coffee Tree and Larkspur

21: Lewis Gorge at Cliff Run Filling Fast!
Leaders John Jaeger & Anthony Downs
County: Ross

Cliff Run is a 233-acre preserve featuring a one half mile vertical-sided gorge flowing into Cliff Run and onto the historic Paint Creek  – just a few miles north of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. Lewis Gorge is clssic karst landscape associated with the same exposed Silurian limestones that produces the stunning rock formations of the Rocky Fork Gorge. The uplands of Lewis Gorge are covered in oak hickory forest. Here Chinquapin oaks are embedded in a rich complex of hardwood trees and shrubs, including the limestone-loving shrub, leatherwood. The gorge floor is sparsely populated with riparian trees including witch-hazel. We will be wading the shallow rock bottomed stream for much of this excursion. Location: 255 Cliff Run Road, Bainbridge OH 45612

Kentucky Coffee Tree and Larkspur

22: Killbuck Swamp Preserve Filling Fast!
Leader: Randy Carmel
County: Holmes

Killbuck Swamp Preserve is the Arc’s first preserve in northeastern Ohio, owned in partnership with Killbuck Watershed Land Trust, of which Randy is serving as President of the Board. Our tree hike will follow the Preserve’s Quarry Trail up a steep forested hillside, providing outstanding views of Killbuck Swamp’s marsh and swamplands below. Quarried for sandstone a century ago, the ridgetop is covered with a mixed mesophytic forest composed of a large variety of hardwood trees – providing an excellent outdoor classroom. We will also be visiting the riparian forests bordering Killbuck Creek with its classic bottomland hardwoods. Total hiking distance is 3 miles and is moderately strenuous. 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: Barnhart Buzzard’s Roost Preserve
Leader: Bob Scott Placier
County: Ross

Earl H. Barnhart Buzzard’s Roost Preserve features a healthy Appalachian Forest, vertical sandstone and shale cliffs, and breathtaking view of the Paint Creek Gorge in Ross County, OH. The trail is mostly level and moderate in difficulty. Total distance is approximately 2 miles. Tree species we will be seeing include red maple, shagbark hickory, white oak, red oak, chestnut oak, tulip poplar, paw paw, black cherry, and black walnut. Location: 514 Red Bird Lane Chillicothe OH 45601. The park has restrooms and a shelter house.

Kentucky Coffee Tree and Larkspur

24: West Woods Preserve – Geauga Park
Leader Vicki Solomon
County: Geauga

The West Woods preserves is a 902-acre park that protects the historic sandstone ledges of Ansel’s Cave, Silver Creek and its watershed, extensive wetlands and mature forests. The West Woods Nature Center is a popular attraction with its large wildlife feeding area and hands-on interpretive displays. The West Woods preserves mature Beech-Maple Forest in the glaciated highlands of northwest Ohio.  It’s known for its outcrops of Sharon Conglomerate sandstone Location: 9465 Kinsman Road (RT. 87) Russel and Newbury Township.

Kentucky Coffee Tree and Larkspur

25: Stratford Ecological Educational Center CLASS IS FULL
Leader: Jeff Dickinson
County: Delaware 

The Stratford Ecological Center privately owns and operates on 236 acres of forest and farmland, including the 95 acres in the Stratford Woods State Nature Preserve, another 65 acres of non-preserve forests, and 65 acres that serve as and education farm and that serves as the classroom for over 16,000 visitors annually Stratford has 4 ½ miles of cleared trails highlighting a diversity of terrains. Our 160 acres of forest highlights diverse zones of species composition, from early succession, dominated by forested remnants left from forest harvests in the early 20th century, that are surrounded by numerous species of invasive plants, to later stages of succession including hickory/maple, maple/beech, and oak/hickory communities. Location: 3083 Liberty Rd, Delaware, OH 43015; GPS Coordinates: Latitude 40.25648, Longitude -83.07403