Field Trip – Welker Private Preserve

Leader: Marilyn Welker
Marilyn has served on the Arc board for the past 3 1/2 years, was a long-time activist in Columbus, and co-founded and directed Simply Living for many years. Living in the “cornfields of Champaign County” for the past 14 years, she has been “learning by doing,” transforming two+ acres of disturbed land (former quarry) to create biodiversity by building the soils and planting native trees, bushes, flowers, and edible plants.

Directions: Address: 3538 West US HWY 36, Urbana, OH, 43078; Phone: 937-484-6988. We are four miles west of Urbana, and 1/4 mile east of the crossroad of Westville (State Route 560). Please be aware that Google Maps inexplicably transposes our address from West US HWY 36 to East US HWY 36, even though such an address is nonexistent. If approaching our drive from the east, we are the first drive on the right after passing the white farmhouse with an historical sign, “MaGrew House, circa 1832”. If approaching our drive from the west, we are the first drive on the left after leaving the village of Westville and passing a large cornfield on your left. We share the drive with 3540, at which you will see two mailboxes. Our house is not visible from the road, and 3540 is set back from the highway approximately 250 yards. Turn right as the drive passes the ranch house and large barn, following the drive as it then curves left. We are 1/4 mile off the road, at the end of the drive.

Habitat Focus: Located in the fertile Mad River Valley, this site was an active quarry in the 1920’s. Subsequent owners “let nature take its course,” which meant the land was overtaken with invasive plants and a few tree species that tolerated the soil’s severe disturbance.

Time & Meeting Place: Meet at Welker Private Preserve at 9:50am the hike will begin promptly at 10:00 am.

Bring: Be sure to pack a bottle of water and bring a day pack for your lunch which will be enjoyed along the trail. 

Difficulty: The hike will be easy and we will hike 1-2 miles for the day.


Nancy Stranahan Bio Photo