Volunteer Workdays & Events

Volunteer Day: Trail Work at Ohio River Bluffs

Monday, March 9         Wednesday,  March 11       Friday, March 13         Saturday, March 21 

10:30- mid afternoon. 

For more information: Tim Pohlar at tpohlar@arcofappalachia.org.      To register  click here.

Be part of the creation of our new trail!! Come join the Arc’s Land Management Duo, Tim and Ethan, and a group of Xavier University students as we install the new section of trail at the stunning Ohio River Bluffs Preserve, possibly the best wildflower display of Virginia Bluebells and Dwarf Larkspur in the state of Ohio.  This place is pure magic, and you can help bring this amazing place into the lives of so many!

This is very physical work, using chopping hoes (mattock) to cut into the hill and create a level walking surface. Bring your own lunch, water, and snacks.  Tools provided, but feel free to bring your own mattock if you have one.   Meet at the Ohio River Bluffs Preserve Trailhead parking lot, about 100 yards down Gilkison Hollow Rd off Rt 52 near Manchester, Ohio. For Directions, Google Maps search “Gilkison Hollow Rd, Sprigg Township, OH 45144”

We will be joined on the weekdays by a group of Xavier University students volunteering their spring break to help improves the lives of communities around the state.  So much youthful energy will certainly put the pep back in your step after the cold and damp winter months!

This is very physical work, using chopping hoes (mattock) to cut into the hill and create a level walking surface. Bring your own lunch, water, and snacks.  Tools provided, but feel free to bring your own mattock if you have one.   Meet at the Ohio River Bluffs Preserve Trailhead parking lot, about 100 yards down Gilkison Hollow Rd off Rt 52 near Manchester, Ohio. For Directions, Google Maps search “Gilkison Hollow Rd, Sprigg Township, OH 45144”

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteer Day: Ridgeview Farm Invasive Removal Day

Saturday, April 4, 2020 – Rain date May 9

At Ridgeview Farm the Arc is demonstrating that bringing biodiversity back to an abandoned farm is indeed possible. The results of a decade of the redemptive work in Ridgeview’s fields and swamp forest have been ASTONISHING!  Leaders Marilyn and Nancy will supply a hot homemade lunch. More Information…

 

Volunteer Day: Sanctuary West Invasive Removal Day

Saturday, March 28, 2020      Saturday, May 2, 2020

9:30 am – 1 pm,  followed by a delicious lunch of grilled meat and vegetables over an open fire.

For more information: Tim Pohlar at tpohlar@arcofappalachia.org.        To register  click here.

Sanctuary West is the rising star of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary.  It is an area that is rarely seen by hikers, and will soon be the site a trail hub on the western portion of the HNS, granting easy access for hikers to the hidden gem.  It is home to the highest and widest section of the Rocky Fork Gorge, with its scenic vistas, wildflower and fern lined cliffs, and rushing water of the Rocky Fork Creek around moss covers boulders.  Currently home to the Ravenwood Listening Trail, in the coming years we hope to add on two steller trails to this soon to be Trail Hub.  It will soon include the Hozho Canyon Trail, that will traverse the rim of the gorge into completely unseen sections, and loop around in the Old Growth Forest of Blackgum Woods, home to some of the most massive trees in the sanctuary.  Sanctuary West will also be the trailhead for the God’s Country Trail, which crosses Rt 753, and explores this unseen region.  God’s Country is a marvelous meadow surrounded by rising hills, abounding in wildlife and the rare Henslow’s Sparrow and  the trail will also go through a wooded section with small streams and canyons, large trees, and marvelous wildflower displays.  The trail will also be home to a wildlife viewing blind, perched on the banks of serene section of the Rocky Fork Creek, where hikers and birds can see all sort of birds and waterfowl that congregate there.

Come join the Arc’s Land Management Duo, Tim and Ethan, as we work to clear out the woody invasive plants that have taken a foothold along the Rocky Forge Gorge.  Be part of this transformation that will help this bring this magical area into the lives of so many people, and help restore and preserve the bounty of Biodiversity that abounds here.

What: We be removing invasive woody plants.  We will be using the cut stump method, by which we will cut the base of the bush with a hand saw,  then apply a small amount of herbicide to the cut stem.  If you are not comfortable around herbicide, you can still help teaming up and cutting and piling the brush, while someone else applies the herbicide.  All volunteers will be trained in safe handling methods and tool use.

What to Bring: Bring water and snacks to tide you over until lunch.  Lunch will be provided.  All tools and safety supplies will be provided.

Where:  Meet at Blackgum Woods residence, the home of Tim Pohlar, the Arc’s Land Manager,  at 9:30, we will enjoy a walk through the forest and along the gorge to the work site area.

Directions: Google Maps “6296 State Route 753, Hillsboro, OH 45133”  Look for the tall pine trees near the road at the crest of the hill.

 

Volunteer Day: Ohio River Bluffs Invasive Removal Day

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Hands down, the Ohio River Bluffs near Manchester in Adams County has the most spectacular wildflower displays in the entire Arc preserve system. This is the best of the last remnant of an Ohio River nature spectacle – the rest has been lost to the ravages of time. We don’t plan to see this happen to the Bluffs! The Bluffs is for folks in good shape – so join the Bluff Blasters, lose some calories, and let’s go save some wildflowers! More Information… 

Volunteer Day: Bridge Building at Fort Hill 

June 6, 2020

9:30 am – early afternoon

For more information: Tim Pohlar at tpohlar@arcofappalachia.org.        To register  click here.

Help us replace a small foot bridge at Fort Hill hiking trails, along a section of the Buckeye Trail!  Join Tim Pohlar and Ethan King, the Arc’s Land Managers, to help fix up this stream crossing.  We need help to carry in the wood and materials for building this bridge, about a half mile.  All physical levels invited, as some boards are small and others are large, plus misc tools and hardware.  As time allows, we will begin to assemble the bridge across a small stream, and carry out the old bridge materials.  Bring water, snacks, and a packed lunch if you intend to stick around to help build the bridge.  Meet at the Fort Hill Education Center.  For Directions: Google Maps ” Fort Hill Earthworks and Nature Preserve”.  Park in front of the Education Center which will be on your right as you pull into the preserve.

 

Gladys Riley event PicVolunteer Day: Trail Day at Gladys Riley with Friends of Scioto Brush Creek

Trail Day: Saturday, June 20, 2020

10 am – mid afternoon

The Friends of Scioto Brush Creek have generously volunteered to adopt the trail at Gladys Riley Preserve and perform roadside cleanups three times a year and help maintain the hiking trails. Their help and support enable this preserve to remain open and free to the public. During this years trail day, we will be continuing to move the anckle twisting rocks out of the path, and make a beautiful rock lined trail. During roadside clean ups teams will set out to clean up a designated section of roadside in Otway and if enough volunteers are present a crew is sent to the Gladys Riley Preserve to clean up the surrounding area. More Information…

Volunteer Opportunities

  Invasive Removal

We are in IMMENSE need of volunteers who enjoy healing the land and working outdoors to remove invasive plants from our vulnerable ecosystems.

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