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Events in Hocking Hills This Winter

Events below appeared in the Hocking Hills newsletter.  Feel free to participate.
HIKE:  Friday, January 29, 10 AM, Hocking Hills State Park, “Cedar Falls Stroll,”
PROGRAM:  Saturday, January 30, 10 – 2, Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve, “Advanced Training in Winter Tree Identification,” Collect and examine specimens and use key to identify.  Bring a sack lunch.  Space is limited so RSVP to Scott Cole at   Jim Osborn and others will provide the training.
WINTER HIKE:  Saturday, January 30, 10 AM, Clear Creek Metro Park, “43rd Annual Winter Hike,” 1,2,3,5, or 7 mile guided hikes. 
HIKE:  Saturday, January 30, 10 AM, Hocking Hills State Park, “Wonders of Old Man’s Cave,” meet at the Naturalist Cabin
PROGRAM:  Saturday, February 6, 1 PM, Clear Creek Metro Park, “Fly Tying for Beginners,” Maintenance Shop
PROGRAM:  Sat/Sun, February 6 and 7  Sharon Woods Metro Park, “Wilderness First Aid,” REI workshop.  $225 for REI members, $255 for non members.  Register at
LECTURE:  February 11, 2016, 7 PM,  “Earth and People—Lessons in Living Together,”  presented by Dr. M. Sanjayan,   PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Born in Sri Lanka, raised in Sierra Leone, educated at the Univ. of Oregon and UC Santa Cruz, Dr. M. Sanjayan has hosted many series on PBS, BBC and other networks.  His 5-part EARTH – A New Wild series aired on PBS spring 2015 to great acclaim.  He frequently is interviewed on CBS, CNN and other outlets about conservation, environmental and wildlife issues.  CEO of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Tom Stalf, will briefly set the stage for Sanjayan’s remarks:  Earth and People – Lessons in Living Together. Sanjayan is Executive VP and Senior Scientist at Conservation International.  Sponsored by the School of Environment and Natural Resources’ Environmental Professionals Network and co-sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, OSU Office of Energy and Environment, and the Sustainable and Resilient Economy Discovery Theme, and student organization, TerrAqua.  7 PM at the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom, Ohio Union.  The event is free and open to all but pre-registration is required; do so soon before all 1550 seats are taken.
Information:  David Hanselmann 
VOLUNTEER:  February 12 to 15, “Great Backyard Bird Count,” count birds in your own backyard for as little as 15 minutes and report your numbers online.
OWLS:  Saturday, February 13, 5:30 PM, Clear Creek Metro Park, “We Heart Owls,” 1-mile hike to search for owls.  Meet at the Barnebey-Hambleton Picnic Area.
HIKE:  Friday, February 19, 1 PM, Clear Creek Metro Park, “Metro Five-O:  Skunk Cabbage Hike,” 3.5 mile hike to see Ohio’s earliest blooming wildflower.  Meet at the park office.
HIKE:  Saturday, Feb. 20, 9 – noon, Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve, “Christmas Rocks Winter Hike” 5 mile hike led by Jim Osborn
HIKE:  Saturday, Feb. 20, 10 AM, Three Creeks Metro Park, “43rd Annual Winter Hike,” 1, 3, or 5.6 mile hike.
HIKE:  Sunday, Feb. 21, Clear Creek Metro Park, “Backcountry Exploration,” challenging 8 mile hike.  Preregister for program #35030 by calling 614-508-8111
HIKE:  Sunday, Feb. 21, 2 PM, Slate Run Metro Park,  “43rd Annual Winter,” 2.5 or 5 mile hike.  Meet at Buzzard’s Roost Picnic Area.
CONFERENCE: Saturday, February 27, Ohio History Center, Columbus, “Ohio Natural History Conference,” more information coming about registration
HIKE:  Sunday, February 28, 1 – 3, PM, Shallenberger State Nature Preserve, “Winter Hike,”
The two  mile hike will move up and downhill through an area where glaciers that once covered Ohio ground against Blackhand Sandstone. The short but moderately difficult climb to the top of Allen Knob will reward us with views of three of Ohio’s geographic areas. Along the way we will discuss plant and animal adaptations for winter survival. Please dress appropriately for winter weather and wear sturdy footwear.  Participants of all ages are welcome. Pets are not allowed within Shallenberger Stage Nature Preserve. Please wear sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing for the season. Shallenberger is located in Fairfield County, 4 miles southwest of Lancaster on U.S. Route 22. Turn north on Beck's Knob Road and proceed ¼ mile to the parking lot. If you have any questions please call Jim Osborn at (740) 380-8918 or email at For more information about Shallenberger State Nature Preserve, check out the website at
Timothy McDermott DVM
Extension Educator, Hocking County
Agriculture and Natural Resources
150 N. Homer Ave., Logan, OH 43138
740-385-3222 Office
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