2013 Summer Forest Explorations

Admission is free with non-member class registration

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Please note:

Weather and trail conditions are always changing and unpredictable. We encourage everyone attending hikes or field classes to wear long sleeve shirts, pants, socks, shoes and a hat to help protect skin from the sun, insect bites, scratches and poison ivy. During colder, wetter months dress in warm layers, paying particular attention to hands, head and feet with waterproof protection so you will be comfortable outside during the duration of the program. During programs marked Off-Trail you may encounter tall grass, poison ivy and slippery, muddy trails.

Please feel free to call the Education Department at 440.602.3833 with questions on any program we offer.





Off The Beaten Path: Forest Community Adventures


Lunch on the Rocks - Secret Trails of Little Mountain

Date Thurs. July 11
Time 9am - noon
Location Corning Visitor Center
Instructor Bob Faber
Cost $20 members, $30 nonmembers

Explore the secret trails on the private side of Little Mountain. Wander through old growth forests and explore the nooks, crannies and hidden habitats of the rock ledges of the other side of Little Mountain. This is the perfect setting for a walk through one of the most interesting landscapes in Ohio. Bring a bag lunch to carry on the trail. We will have a quiet meal in a unique setting.  Length: 2 miles. Moderate.

Code NAT255


Magnificence on the Mountain

Date Saturday June 15 and Aug. 10; Sunday, July 14
Time 1 - 4pm
Location Corning Visitor Center
Instructor Holden Guides
Cost $5 members, $10 nonmembers

Discover the rich natural and social history of Little Mountain. Unique geological formations, diversity of plant life and its historic use as a resort make this a spectacular natural site in any season.

Code HIK102


Stebbins Gulch: A Hike Through Geologic History


Sunday, June 23 and Aug. 18; Saturday, July 27


1 - 4pm


Corning Visitor Center


Holden Guides


$5 members, $10 nonmembers


Follow the streambed as it cuts through bedrock dating back millions of years and explore the plant communities resulting from this special geological feature. This is a rigorous hike requiring a good degree of physical fitness and balance. Proper footwear is imperative and should be appropriate for climbing, walking through mud and high water conditions. We strongly suggest high waterproof boots. No children under 12. Rugged - 3 miles 

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The Nature of Pierson Creek Valley

Date Saturday, July 20
Time 1-5pm
Location Corning Visitor Center
Instructor Pat Biliter
Cost $5 members, $10 nonmembers

An often overlooked natural wonder lies only a quarter of a mile from the Corning Visitor Center. The Pierson Creek Valley is a remarkably pristine ravine, deeply incised in glacial till, with a unique story to tell about our natural history. This hike along the Old Valley Trail and Pierson Creek Loop will highlight the diversity of magnificent native trees , under story plants and the geology of the valley formation. We will then proceed upstream along and in the creek bed to explore stream features, glacial till, glacial erratics, and iron bacteria. Pierson Creek is a remarkably clean, cool, highly oxygenated stream. Participants will be able to catch and release stream organisms and learn about those that can only survive in these clean conditions. The stream portion of the hike is very rugged and requires very good physical condition. Please wear good hiking shoes that can get wet and bring water and a snack. Rugged - 2.5 plus miles.

Code HIK118


Forest Farming Two-Day Workshop

Date Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21
Time 9am - 4:30pm
Location Reinberger Classroom
Instructors Ken Mudge, PhD, and Robert Beyfuss, PhD
Cost $125 for both days and $75 for one day. Register early as space is limited.
Special Note The majority of information presented duirng the first day of the workshop is similar to the information presented during last year's Forest Farming workshop. Day two of this year's workshop is entirely new information.

Forest farming is a component of sustainable forest management that involves cultivation of foods, medicinals and ornamentals beneath the canopy of an existing forest. This workshop is an opportunity to learn more about productive conservation through forest farming. From Ken Mudge you will learn about cultivation of shiitake and other gourmet mushrooms. Other non timber forest products from ramps to fruit and nut trees will be covered, as well as the propagation of nut trees by grafting. Bob Beyfuss, known far and wide as Mr. Ginseng, will teach you how to grow American ginseng and other medicinal forest crops, and he will lead you on a wild mushroom foray in the woods. Both instructors will explore through indoor presentations the important elements of site considerations (infrastructure, resource management) and site assessment and design followed by on-site assessments of a woodland on Holden property to help you determine if your site is suitable for growing certain forest crops. Each participant will inoculate their own shitake log on the first day of the workshop. On day two, participants will graft an apple tree and receive a potted gingseng plant to take home. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Register early as space is limited. See a detailed agenda for the class.


Mudge, an associate professor of horticulture at Cornell University, conducts workshops, on-line education programs and extensive research in the field of agroforestry in order to enhance rural economic development. Much of his work takes place at MacDaniels Nut Grove an agroforestry research and education/demonstration center to the Cornell campus, developed in conjunction with the Department of Natural Resources and Cornell Plantations.    


Beyfuss recently retired from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Greene County where he served as the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader and also as the New York State specialist for American Ginseng Production for Cornell University Cooperative Extension. He is the author of American Ginseng Production in NY State; The Practical Guide to Growing Ginseng, a 65 page grower’s guide; Ginseng Production in Woodlots and The Economics of Woodland Ginseng Production, which were both published by the USDA National Agroforestry Center; Growing Gourmet Mushrooms from A to Z and Companion Planting.

Class Code NAT522


Crickets and Katydids: The Insect Percussion Ensemble

Date Friday, Aug. 16
Time 7-9:30 pm
Location Corning Classroom
Instructor Lisa Rainsong, PhD,
Cost $15 members, $20 nonmembers

As the avian chorus becomes silent in late summer, the insect percussion ensemble begins to take center stage. Have you ever wondered who is making all those different sounds in the late afternoon and evenings of August and September? A Cleveland Institute of Music professor and naturalist, Rainsong will introduce the basic types of insect singers – crickets and katydids – and how to identify their songs and habitats. This class will begin with an indoor presentation on these attractive insects, their songs, and how you can encourage these fine musicians to perform where you live. The second hour of the class will be outdoors in Holden’s gardens as we listen to their music and perhaps actually see them “sing.” Please bring a flashlight and dress for the weather.

Code NAT269