Saturday April 23, 2016

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Time Program Place





8am-10am Advanced Birding - High Biodiversity. What's that? You can tell the difference between a Song Sparrow and a Carolina Chickadee? Blue Jays and Cardinals don't give you trouble? Want to know more about warblers, vireos, tanagers, swallows, rails, gulls and bitterns? Opportunities to see native species in-the-hand and visit with our Easter Screech Owl! Gorman Nature Center

9am, 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm, 3pm Birding Boat Tours/Clearfork Reservoir. $10 per person. Limit nine per boat. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary. Ohio Bird Sanctuary



9am-10:30am Pontoon Boat Tours. Pleasant Hill Lake offers some of the best birding opportunities in the state! Chances to see Bald Eagles, Osprey, waterfowl and much more! Pleasant Hill Lake Marina



9am Happy Snappy: Secrets of the Snapping Turtle. Snapping Turtles may be one of the most misunderstood animals out there. Come learn about the secretive "Moss Back" and you will be given an up close view of our most ancient-looking animal, the common Snapping Turtle. Lowe-Volk Nature Center
9am-10am Yoga on the Lake. Stretch and connect with nature. All skill levels welcome. Bring water and your own yoga mat or towel. Meet at the beach area. Charles Mill Lake Park
9am-1pm Udder Nonsense 5K Walk/Waddle/Run. This cow-themed event is family friendly and is sure to get you moo-ving! Entrance fee is $20 and includes an "Udder Nonsense" t-shirt for those who pre-register. Food available. Malabar Farm State Park
10am-11am Ohio's Diverse Mushrooms. A mushroom expert will discuss Ohio's mushroom ID and have several mushroom recipes to taste. Welcome Center. Pleasant Hill Lake Park










10am-11:30am Vernal Pool Study. You are welcome to come, observe, and explore a vernal pool with Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists. We will share the functions and importance of a vernal pool and give you the opportunity to view the life of a vernal pool through observation and microscopes. Malabar Farm State Park


10am-12pm The Biodiversity of Gorman Nature Center. Nature is filled with so many different kinds of organisms that it is difficult to comprehend all of them. We will take a hike through the fields and forests to look for animals, plants, lichens, liverworts, fungus and much more. We will also explore how these organisms interact with and depend on their general or specific ecosystems. Gorman Nature Center



10am-12pm Butterflies! Design a butterfly craft, make butterfly snacks for the family, and learn about the plight of Monarch Butterflies and how you can help save this spectacular species. Presented by the Environmental Education Council of Ohio Region 6. Hemlock Falls Field Trip Center. Mohican Outdoor School
10am-1pm Froggy Fun. Stop by the library table for a family fun frog-themed craft to make and take home. Presented by the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library. Malabar Farm State Park


10am-2pm Kids Nature Crafts. Stop by the Messerly Recreation Center anytime to create amazing works of art. Choose from a variety of FREE make-it-take-it projects, including sun catchers and birdfeeders! Charles Mill Lake Park
10am-3pm Photographing Birds of Prey. A variety of bird of prey species will be displayed in natural settings along the trails. Perfect for up close photographs. Ohio Bird Sanctuary
10am-3pm Fly-fishing and Fly-tying Demonstration 10am-4pm. Presented by Mohican Fly Fishing Club. Meet at the Covered Bridge river access. Mohican State Park


11am-1pm Archery Range. All experience levels welcome. Equipment provided in cooperation with Fin, Feather, Fur Outfitters of Ashland, Ohio. Shelter House #2. Pleasant Hill Lake Park
11am Diverse Depressions: Exploring Wetlands. Below the surface of a wetland is a dynamic and diverse world. Food chains, life cycles, and more await the nature explorer. With dip nets in hand, we will meet dragonflies, damselflies, scuds, mollusks, diving beetles and more. Nets will be provided. We will not get in the water, but shoes may get slightly muddy. Fun for the whole family! Lowe-Volk Nature Center




12pm Nature Hike/The Diversity of 90 acres. A naturalist led hike through the diverse habitats of the Ohio Bird Sanctuary. Marvel and learn about the variety of flora and fauna in this 90 acre preserve. Ohio Bird Sanctuary
12pm Biodiversity of Hemlock Falls. Explore the biodiversity of the Hemlock Falls area while studying its streams, collecting, and examining samples as Mohican Outdoor School presents a "mini-class" in Limnology (water studies). Dress appropriately and be ready to get wet! Mohican Outdoor School





12pm-2pm Growing up in a Pond! A pond is a great place to look if you are searching for biodiversity, but did you know that many animals only call the pond home for a short time? Come to our program to learn about animals that spend the first part of their life underwater and what makes it possible for them to join us on land. Appropriate for all ages, participants will be able to get up close and personal with immature pond animals and, if we are lucky, their adult counterparts! Gorman Nature Center 


12pm-5pm Mill and Cabin Tours. Come see an 1831 operating grist mill in action. Tour the mill and early 1800s log cabins and get a glimpse of what life was like in pioneer times when Ohio was the new Wild frontier. Wolf Creek Grist Mill
12pm-5pm Nature Oriented Scavenger Hunt. Hike the steepest trail in the Mohican State Park on this 3/4 mile loop trail that follows the ridge above the mill. Relax with your family on the overlook deck and take in the beautiful views. Kids can gather scavenger hunt items along the way, and then turn in their items at the Welcome Center Cabin to earn a prize! After your hike, take advantage of a multitude of free kids nature crafts and activities. Wolf Creek Grist Mill



1pm Vultures: Nature's Wonders on Wings. Vultures have amazing adaptations for soaring flight and eating carrion. Come marvel and meet Ohio's two species of vulture. Ohio Bird Sanctuary
1pm Hemlock Falls Hike. Take a hike along the historic and scenic Hemlock Falls trail and learn about its unique natural history and folklore. Mohican Outdoor School



1pm Diverse Diets: Feeding Time! It's lunchtime and our resident amphibians and reptiles need to eat, too! Watch a toad flick out its tongue, a salamander shake a worm, and maybe a snake wrap up its prey. Program participants will also get to touch some of the animals as well. Lowe-Volk Nature Center
1pm-2pm Biodiversity of Mohican Memorial State Forest. Meet at the Discovery Forest for a walk and information on the biodiversity available in trees and fauna in the Mohican area. Hosted by an ODNR State Forester. Mohican State Park
2pm Survival Bracelets. Learn basic survival skills and make a survival bracelet to take home. Pleasant Hill Lake Park
2pm-3pm Snakes Alive! Join us for this Snakes Alive experience. Whether you love snakes or prefer to leave them, you will go away from this program with an appreciation for these often misunderstood creatures. Learn fact from fiction and meet a few live friends that live at Mohican. Mohican State Park Resort Lobby


2pm-4pm Hands-on Animals. Join us for our exciting finale to Saturday's Mohican Wildlife Weekend activities! Enjoy the experience of touching, holding, and learning about some of our resident reptiles and amphibians. All of our educational animals are native to the Richland County area. This program is enjoyed by all ages. Gorman Nature Center


2pm-4pm Cast Iron Cooking. Gather around the campfire and the basics of cooking with cast iron. Did you know you can cook and bake the same recipes at your campfire that you do in your kitchen? This program includes taste-testing the delicious creations! Charles Mill Lake Park


  3pm Falcons of Ohio. Meet the fastest animals on earth and learn about their amazing adaptations. Ohio Bird Sanctuary  



3pm-4pm The animals that travel with Jack Hanna. The program that will give you the opportunity to get up close and personal to learn about Jack Hanna's animals. Discover where they come from, what they eat, and possibly touch the birds, reptiles, and a variety of mammals. Bring chairs or blankets for the lawn. Wolf Creek Grist Mill   


4pm-5:30pm Wildflower Walk. Explore the forest floor in search of spring wildflowers. Meet at 3111 Crider Road, Mansfield for a 1.5 mile walk along Donaldson Family Trail. Parking is limited. Please carpool if possible. Be prepared by wearing sturdy shoes and bring water. Charles Mill Lake Park

  6pm-7pm Edible Insects! Yes, you know it! Insect eating by choice! Every year we add a new culinary bug delight to our list. Last year was live super worms! In addition to our usual menu will be a few new snacks to try! You won't want to miss this! Mohican State Park Nature Center, Class A Campground  




7pm Birds of Prey Show. Enjoy an up close experience with a variety of Ohio's bird species. A 30 minute presentation that is fun and educational. Brought to you by the Ohio Bird Sanctuary. Mohican State Park Resort Lobby 





7pm-9pm Creatures and Canvas. Find your inner artist at this fun and inspiring painting class for all skill levels. Create a masterpiece featuring the natural beauty of the area, enjoy refreshments, and learn about Ohio's native wildlife. $10 per person, pre-registration required by callling 419-368-6885. Charles Mill Lake Park


  7pm-10pm Wildlife Barn Dance. Continuing a Bromfield tradition, square and line dancing with live music and caller. Beginners welcome! Food available. $1 donation at the door for ages 12 and older. Malabar Farm State Park  





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