2014 Winter Forest Explorations

Admission is free with non-member class registration

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/rainier 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 and Public Programs Department at 440.602.3833 for further clarification on the physical conditions of any program we offer.

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Winter Hike Along the Pierson Creek Trail

Date Sunday, Jan 19
Time 1 - 4pm
Location Corning Visitor Center
Instructor Micki Long, Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist
Cost $5 members, $10 nonmembers
Description

Hike the Pierson Creek Loop trail to explore the wintery world of plants and animals.
Learn how animals survive the cold and often snowy Northeast Ohio winter conditions and get tips on identifying trees with out their leaves. Wear proper footwear for walking through mud, snow and ice. No children under the age of 12.

Code HIK118
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Magnificence on the Mountain

Date Sunday, Jan. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 15
Time 1 - 4pm
Location Corning Visitor Center
Instructor Holden guides
Cost $5 members, $10 nonmembers
Description

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.Rugged/Off Trail

Code HIK102
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Stebbins Gulch: A Hike Through Geologic History

Date

Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Feb. 23

Time

1 - 4pm

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Holden guides

Cost

$5 members, $10 nonmembers

Description

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, snow, ice and high water conditions. We strongly suggest high waterproof boots. No children under 12. Rugged/Off Trail

Class Code

HIK101

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World of Winter Hike

Date Saturday, Feb. 1
Time 9 - 10:30am
Location Corning Visitor Center
Instructor Julie Dougherty
Cost $5 members, $10 nonmembers
Description

Come take a walk in the woods to see the beauty that is there. We will look for signs of wildlife, winter winter landscape characteristics and identify a few trees.  Dress for the weather.  If there is enough snow we will use snowshoes.

Code NAT341
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Winter Tree ID Workshop

Date Saturday, Feb. 15
Time 10am - 3pm
Location Corning Classroom
Instructor Marian Williams
Cost $20 members, $30 nonmembers
Description

Identification of native trees is the subject of this all day workshop. Learn to use a key to identify trees to the correct species using twig and bud characteristics. Then practice your newfound skills in the field reviewing the trees learned in class as well as identifying new ones. By the end of the class, participants should be familiar with about 25 trees. Bring a bag lunch or snack.

Code NAT304
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Off The Beaten Path

 

The La Due Shuffle and a Welshfield Lunch

Date

Thursday, Dec. 12, 9-11:30 am

Time 9-11:30am
Location At site - Directions sent on registration
Instructor Bob Faber
Cost $20 members, $30 nonmembers
Description

Explore the country roads and mature forest trails along the western shore of La Due Reservoir in Geauga County.  Loons, swans and other water birds rest on the water 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 two-and-half-hour exploration we will have a delicious lunch at the nearby Welshfield Inn.

Lunch is not included in the fee.

Easy - 2 miles. No restrooms.

Code NAT323

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The Rarest Forest

Date Saturday, Jan. 4
Time 9am-noon
Location At site - directions sent on registration
Instructor Bob Faber
Cost $20 members, $30 nonmembers
Description

We will hike into the White Pine Bog Forest near Burton, considered by ecologists to be the rarest forest in Ohio. The area is owned by the Nature Conservancy and is not open to the general public. Some of the towering pines may be 300 years old. This walk also will include a visit to a rare glacial bog lake another natural feature of the Burton Wetlands complex.

Moderate to difficult.  Length, 2 miles off trail. Primitive restrooms.

Code NAT149
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Winter Beach Sojourn

Date Saturday, Feb. 8
Time 10am - noon
Location At site - directions sent on registration
Instructor Bob Faber
Cost $20 members, $30 nonmembers
Description

The beach at Mentor Headlands State Park and Nature Preserve always holds a variety of winter surprises.  We will search for driftwood from Michigan and beyond, jetsam and flotsam, beach glass and glacial erratics. If climate conditions are right, ice dunes will line the shore. We will then explore the sand dune plant community of the Nature Preserve which adds subtle beauty to the sere winter landscape and provides wildlife habitat. Our winter sojourn will be followed by lunch at nearby Brennan’s Fish House in Grand River. Lunch is not included in the fee.

Easy. Length 2 miles. No restrooms.

Code NAT276
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