Forest Explorations

 

Admission is free with nonmember class registration

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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 call the Education Department at 440.602.3833 with questions on any program we offer.

 

 

The Nature of Pierson Creek Valley

Date

Saturdays, Sept. 13, Oct. 11 and Sundays, Sept. 28, Nov. 9

Time

1 - 4pm

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Volunteer guides

Cost

$5 members, $15 nonmembers

A pristine ravine, deeply incised in glacial till, the Pierson Creek Valley has 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, understory plants and the geology of the valley formation. Much of the hiking will be in the stream. Please wear hiking shoes that can get wet. No children under 12. Rugged – 2.5 miles.

 

Stebbins Gulch: A Hike Through Geologic History

Date

Sundays, Sept. 14, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Nov. 8

Time

1 - 4pm

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Volunteer guides

Cost

$5 members, $15 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

 

Magnificence on the Mountain

Date

Saturdays, Sept. 20, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Nov. 16

Time

1 - 4pm

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Volunteer guides

Cost

$5 members, $15 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. No children under 12. Moderate – under 2 miles.

 

Woodland Workshop: Woody Plant Propagation

Date

Saturday, Oct. 18

Time

9am -1pm

Location

Horticulture Science Center

Instructors

Greg Wright

Cost

$30 members, $45 nonmembers

Enhance your woodland or home landscape with native trees and shrubs in a cost effective way. During this program we will discuss and demonstrate appropriate methods of propagation for 10-15 species of native wood plants.  You will learn the basics of propagation by seed, softwood cuttings, hardwood cutting, and root cuttings. Class participants will also participate in seed collecting, cleaning, and storage. Come prepared to learn and get dirty and be sure to dress for the weather.

 

Trees of Fall

Date

Saturday, Oct. 18

Time

9 - 10:30am

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Julie Dougherty

Cost

$5 members, $15 nonmembers

Enjoy a leisurely morning walk through the woods to enjoy the fall colors of northeast Ohio. We will identify many trees and learn interesting facts about them.

 

Fall Woodlands of Carver’s Pond

Date

Sunday, Oct. 19

Time

1 - 5pm

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Mike Watson

Cost

$20 members, $35 nonmembers

Awash in fall color, Carver’s Pond offers some of the most breathtaking views in the area and contains some incredible tree specimens. Explore the flora, fauna and geology of woodlands and ponds of this unique and seldom seen area. This is a physically demanding hike requiring a good degree of physical fitness. Hiking shoes appropriate for climbing and walking in sometimes steep and wet conditions are essential. Bring water and a snack.

 

The La Due Shuffle and Welshfield Inn Lunch

Date

Friday, Sept. 26

Time

9 - 11:30am

Location

At Site

Instructor

Bob Faber

Cost

$20 members, $35 nonmembers

Explore the country road and the mature forest trails along the western shore of La Due Reservoir. Loons, swans and other waterfowl rest on the waters and eagles fly overhead as the various species prepare for the winter migration. Wild turkeys patrol the forest while beavers and muskrats scour the wetlands in anticipation of winter storms. Bring binoculars and be prepared to get a tad muddy. Following our exploration we will have the option for delicious lunch at the nearby Welshfield Inn. Lunch is not included in the fee.

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Off Limits Canoeing and Bass Lake Inn Lunch

Date

Saturday, Oct. 4

Time

9:30 - 11:30am

Location

At site

Instructor

Bob Faber

Cost

$35 members, $50 nonmembers

Bass Lake, a natural glacial lake near Chardon, is a new preserve of the Geauga Parks. The headwaters of the Chagrin River, the is closed to the general public and is the home of several rare species including nesting bald eagles and the “rarest of the rare” the native Ohio brook trout. Sighting a bald eagle is guaranteed. The shoreline edge includes a variety of marshland and swamp forest supporting a diverse wildlife community. Lunch is not included in the fee.

 

   

The Other Mentor – Historic Forests and Hidden Landscapes

Date

Saturday, Oct. 18

Time

9 - 11:30am

Location

At site

Instructor

Bob Faber

Cost

$20 members, $35 nonmembers

Explore surprising “in-town” natural wonders. Ice Age deposits at Wildwood Park support a remnant of the ancient forests with a variety of old growth trees including large uncommon burr oaks. At nearby Lakeland College, built on the hummocky topography of glacial end moraine, old growth forests grow on the southern edge of the campus on the top edges of surprising deep ravines that goes unnoticed by most visitors.

 

Lake Erie Winter Wings – Birds, Boats, and Buffet

Date

Saturday, Nov. 29

Time

10am - 3pm

Location

At site

Instructors

Bob Faber/Dan Donaldson

Cost

$69 members, $89 nonmembers

Ohio’s “sweet water sea” is the winter home for thousands of gulls and waterfowl including some that are quite rare and unusual. Most of North America’s red breasted mergansers spend their winter on Lake Erie and flocks of tundra swans often rest on the lake during their migration from the Arctic to the east coast. Birds of prey haunt the lakeshore including bald eagles, peregrine falcons and, on occasion, snowy owls. The cruise will be in the sheltered waters of the Cuyahoga River and inside of the breakwall on the lake. A buffet lunch, included in the fee, will be at the Edgewater Yacht Club.

 

Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program

Date

Fridays, Sept. 5, Sept. 12, Sept. 19, Sept. 26 Oct. 3 and Oct. 10; and Saturdays, Sept. 13 and Oct. 11

Time

Fridays, 9:30am - 4:30pm; Saturdays, 8:30am - 4pm

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Cost

$195

The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) program is a science-based natural resource education program coupled with community-based volunteer service. The program is administered by Ohio State University Extension in conjunction with local partners. The Holden Arboretum and Ohio State University Extension are partnering to offer an OCVN training program at Holden. Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist trainees receive formal training that teaches a wide range of natural resource topics.

 

To become an OCVN, the trainee must be accepted into the program, complete the training component, pass the required exam and volunteer for 40 hours. The volunteer commitment may be fulfilled in a number of ways, either at Holden or with other nature-related organizations. After the completion of the initial volunteer time, volunteers are encouraged to continue to assist with natural resource program delivery as Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists.

 

For more information contact Marian Williams, manager of information services, at 440.602.3811 or mwilliams@holdenarb.org.