2014 Spring Forest Explorations

 

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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, wet 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 with questions on any program.

 

 

 

 

Stebbins Gulch: A Hike Through Geologic History

Date

Saturday, March 29 and May 31; Sunday, April 27

Time

1 - 4pm

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Holden guides

Cost

$5 members, $15 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 - three miles 

Note Unsure if the Stebbins Gulch tour is right for you? See what is involved in a visit to this Holden landmark. Visit our online photo tour for highlights of the hike.
Class Code

HIK101

 

The Nature of Pierson Creek Valley

Date

Sunday, March 30; Saturday, April 19 and May 3

Time

1 - 4pm

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Holden guides

Cost

$5 members, $15 nonmembers

Description

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

Class Code

HIK118

 

Magnificence on the Mountain

Date Saturday, April 12 and May 10; Sunday, March 9
Time 1 - 4pm
Location Corning Visitor Center
Instructor Holden guides
Cost $5 members, $15 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 the age of 12.

Note Unsure if the Little Mountain tour is right for you? See what is involved in a visit to this Holden landmark. Visit our webside to see a video tour for highlights of the hike at holdenarb.org/visit/littlemountaintour.asp
Code HIK102

 

A Musical Approach to Birdsong: The Songs and the Singers

There is so much to learn about the music of bird song! Cleveland Institute of Music faculty member Lisa Rainsong, PhD, will help you learn to integrate bird song identification with the habitats and seasons in which each bird’s songs can be heard.  Each session will begin with an indoor program that includes her own field recordings and photos of the birds to be studied that week.  This will be followed by an outdoor exploration to learn the songs in the context of their singers’ habitats.  Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. Register for all four classes and receive $10 off.

Singing Winter into Spring

Date Session 1 - Saturday, March 22
Time 8 - 11am
Location Corning Classroom
Instructor Lisa Rainsong, PhD
Cost $15 members, $25 nonmembers
Description

Have you ever noticed that the first spring bird songs begin as early as late January? By March, our resident birds are already claiming territories and advertising for mates. It’s the perfect time to learn the first songs of the season, as most of the migrants have yet to arrive. Explore the repertoire of our earliest singers and learn where each is likely to be found. 

Code NAT369

 

Bird Song: Theme and Variations

Date Saturday, April 5
Time 8 - 11am
Location Corning Classroom
Instructor Lisa Rainsong, PhD
Cost $15 members, $25 nonmembers
Description

Did you know that many of our common birds sing more than one song?  The more we listen to birds and watch what they are doing while they sing, the better we can understand what they are communicating.  You may be surprised at these variations in our indoor session and fascinated by the demonstration of these variations by the singers themselves when we hike to their concert stages.

Code NAT471

Singing Their Way North: Mid-spring Migrants

Date Saturday, April 19
Time 8 - 11am
Location Corning Classroom
Instructor Lisa Rainsong, PhD
Cost $15 members, $25 nonmembers
Description

More bird songs can be heard with each passing week as migrants from the southern United States and Central America begin to arrive. Our winter resident birds are now singing their spring songs as they prepare to leave for nesting areas farther north. Since no two springs are alike in Northeast Ohio, the first hour will be an up-to-the-moment introduction to the songs of those birds singing at Holden now. Then we will walk through woodland and pond edges to identity the songs of April.

Code NAT469

 

Sorting Out The Singers In The Chorus

Date Saturday, May 3
Time 8 - 11am
Location Corning Classroom
Instructor Lisa Rainsong, PhD
Cost $15 members, $25 nonmembers
Description

By early May, natural areas and gardens are filled with bird song.  It can feel overwhelming to try to listen to all of these birds at once, but we’ll sort out the summer residents from the migrants who are just passing through.   We’ll learn to distinguish the scarlet tanager and rose breasted grosbeak from the American robin and study the difference between the common yellowthroat, yellow warbler and song sparrows.  

Code NAT470

Stay Tuned for

Music in the Meadow, Saturday, June 14

 

 

The Enchanted Songs Of Frogs

Date Friday, April 11
Time 7 - 9pm
Location Corning Classroom
Instructors Lisa Rainsong
Cost $10 members, $20 nonmembers
Description

Many of us think of bird songs as the only music of spring.  There is another concert hall at Holden in April, the ponds! Male frogs will be gathering in Holden’s ponds to sing in loud, enthusiastic choruses for the females. Learn how to tell each species by its unique song. The program will begin with an indoor presentation that features photos and audio recordings of our local amphibian musicians. We will then go to the ponds to listen. Bring your flashlights and perhaps we’ll even see a soloist or two! Please dress for the weather.

Code NAT272

 

Wildflowers And Their Stories

Date

May 3

 

Time

1 - 3pm

 

Location

Corning Visitor Center

 

Instructor

Dawn Gerlica

 

Cost

$10 members, $20 nonmembers

 

Description

An exploration and identification of the late spring Ohio wildflowers in the Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden. This outdoor class will include a guided tour of the garden where the garden curator will point out species in bloom and interesting stories about the plants or garden. Please dress for the weather.

 

Class Code

NAT102

 

 

Camera Trapping

Date

Sunday, May 4

 

Time

2 - 4:30pm

 

Location

Reinberger Classroom

 

Instructor

Mike Watson

 

Cost

$15 members, $25 nonmembers

 

Description

Join Watson, Holden's conservation biologist, for an introduction to the use of automatic cameras to “trap” animals.  We will discuss the history of camera trapping, followed by an overview of applications, both fun and scientific, and tips and tricks for best results in the field.  The class will then set Holden’s trail cameras at sites chosen by the class so be sure to dress for hiking and the weather of the day.

 

Class Code

NAT676

 

 

Birding A La Cart: For Folks With Limited Mobility

Date Thursday, May 8
Time 9 - 10:30am; 11am - 12:30pm and 1 - 2:30pm
Location Corning Visitor Center
Instructor Bob Faber
Cost $15 members, $25 nonmembers
Description

The Holden Arboretum is famous for excellent birding and has earned an Important Bird Area rating from the National Audubon Society. For birders with limited mobility, the quiet five passenger electric trams at Holden are a perfect way to enjoy the spring migration. These naturalist-led, 90-minute excursions will put you at the best viewing areas with a minimum of walking and ease of viewing.

Code NAT146A

Member Service Day: Springtime Invasive Plant Pull

Date Friday, May 23
Time 1 - 4pm
Location Corning Visitor Center
Instructor Holden guides
Cost Free, but registration required. Members only.
Description

Come meet at the Corning Visitor Center to meet the conservation crew and learn about invasive plants. Then we'll car pool and join them to help pull garlic mustard in Holden's natural areas. You'll feel good about spending time in nature while helping to keep garlic mustard from pushing out native plants! Adults and youth age 12 and up welcome. Moderate physical ability required. A volunteer waiver and release form will be sent to registrants with confirmation to complete and bring with them to the event. If weather doesn't cooperate, rain dates will be May 30 or June 6.

Code NAT259
 
 

Off the Beaten Path

 

Historic Forests and Ancient Landscapes of Mentor.

Date Saturday, March 15
Time 9am - noon
Location At site, directions sent on registration
Instructor Bob Faber
Cost $20 members, $32 nonmembers
Description

Explore surprising “in-town” natural wonders. Ice Age sand deposits at Wildwood Park supports a remnant of the ancient forests with a variety of old growth trees including large uncommon burr oaks.  Built on a glacial end moraine, Lakeland College's old growth forests with a variety of tree species goes unnoticed by most visitors and the upland terrain is dissected by steep ravines that drain into the valley of the East Branch of the Chagrin River. Easy walking on level ground on unimproved trails. 2 miles.  

Code NAT460

 

Cuyahoga Canoe - Golden Sprites and Quiet Waters

Date Saturday, May 10
Time 2 - 4:30pm
Location At site, directions sent on registration
Instructor Bob Faber
Cost $35 members, $50 nonmembers
Description

A  journey along the Upper Cuyahoga River is often highlighted by bright flashes of the golden swamp warblers.  These visitors from the tropics, also known as prothonotary warblers, add excitement to a nice and easy canoe tour through the Cuyahoga Wetlands near Burton.  The area is also home for river otters, beaver, mink, bald eagles, sandhill cranes and other wildlife.  This fee includes all canoeing equipment and naturalist guides. Previous canoe experience required. Easy. Limited to 12 participants.   

Code NAT109C
 

 Rhododendrons and Redstarts - Blooms and Birds

Date Monday, May 12
Time 8am - noon
Location At site, directions sent on registration
Instructor Bob Faber
Cost $20 members, $32 nonmembers
Description

Lake Erie is a formidable barrier to migrating birds and, although some fly across the lake and others fly around the lake, they all need a place to rest and feed.  The closeness to Lake Erie’s shore and the variety of trees and shrubs at the David G. Leach Research Station provide the perfect habitat for spring migrants. A variety of trees, shrubs and rhododendrons will be in bloom adding extra color and textures to a landscape that will alive with colorful migrants.  

Code NAT453