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

Sunday, 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

Sunday, 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

Saturday, 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.

 

Improving Your Woodland

Date

Saturday, Nov. 15

Time

9:30am - 3pm

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Cost

$35

We all own woodlands for a variety of reasons.  Understanding how your goals and objectives relate to your woods is part of what will be explored for the day.  What can a landower do to ensure a healthy and productive woodland into the future? See what items should be on a landower's radar when it comes to their woodland.  How can your goals and objectives best be accomplished?

 

Class has both indoor and outdoor sections - dress appropriately. Lunch and materials are inlcuded in the class fee.

For more details on the program, download the class brochure.

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Registration deadline:  Nov. 10, 2014

 

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.

 

Magnificence on the Mountain

Date

Saturday, Dec 20; and Sundays, Jan. 18 and Feb. 22

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.

HIK102

Stebbins Gulch: A Hike Through Geologic History

Date

Sundays, Dec. 28 and Jan. 25; and Saturday, Feb. 14

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.

HIK101

The Nature of Pierson Creek Valley

Date

Saturday, Jan. 10; and Sunday, Feb. 8

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.

HIK118

World of Winter Hike

Date

Saturday, Jan. 17

Time

2-4pm

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructors

Julie Dougherty

Cost

$5 members, $15 nonmembers

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

NAT341

Understanding Geology Basics - Offered at Two Locations

Date

Saturday, Jan. 31

Time

2 - 4pm

Location

Corning Classroom – The Holden Arboretum 

Date

Saturday, Feb. 28

Time

2 - 4pm

Location

Hershey Classroom – Cleveland Botanical Garden   

Instructor

Pat Biliter

Cost

$15 members, $25 nonmembers

Did you ever wonder about those big shale cliffs on I-90, that rock-choked streambed near your home or those giant erratic boulders?  This course is designed for people who have never taken a geology class, but have always been curious about what they see around them.  We'll start by discussing basic geologic concepts:  What is a rock?  What is a mineral?  What is a fossil?  How do they form?  What types are we likely to find in our region, how did they get here, and what do they tell us about the history of this area?  We'll take time to examine and scratch and sniff lots of rocks and minerals. We'll also discuss geologic time, the rock cycle, erosion and deposition, glaciation, and how all these factors combined over geologic time to produce the land forms and outcrops in Lake, Geauga and Cuyahoga counties.

For the Botanical Garden location register online at cbgarden.org or call 216.721.1600, x100

NAT700

Winter Tree Id for Beginners

Date

Saturday, Feb. 7

Time

9am - noon

Location

Corning Classroom

Instructor

Julie Dougherty

Cost

$10 members, $20 nonmembers

Get out of the house and learn the basics of winter tree identification.  We will begin in the classroom learning tree id vocabulary, how to look at trees and how to use a winter tree key.  We will go for a walk for the last hour to review the same trees in their native habitat.  By the end of the class participants will be able to easily identify a minimum of 10 native trees.  Dress for the weather.

NAT304

   

Behind Locked Gates/Off the Beaten Path

Equinox Walk and Lunch

Date

Sunday, Dec. 21

Time

9am - noon

Location

At site

Instructor

Bob Faber

Cost

$20 members, $35 nonmembers

Boots on the ground and noses in the air we will search the nooks and crannies of the La Due Reservoir birding hotspot for eagles, cranes, loons, and swans. Following the walk will be a great lunch at the Welshfield Inn. Lunch is not included in the fee.  Easy - 2 miles. No restrooms.

NAT323

The Rarest Forest

Date

Saturday, Jan. 3

Time

9am - noon

Location

At site

Instructor

Bob Faber

Cost

$20 members, $30 nonmembers

The White Pine Bog Forest near Burton, is the rarest forest in Ohio and is a Nature Conservancy preserve closed to the public.  The area is an ice age refuge for a variety of rare plants and animals.  White pine trees, some over 300 years old, tower over the rolling glacial landscape and a rare grove of tamarack trees border an extensive marshland.  We will also visit the overlook at Lake Kelso, a glacial kettle lake that is also preserved by the Nature Conservancy. Moderate to difficult.  Two miles off trail.  Primitive restrooms.

NAT146

Ice Caves

Date

Sunday, Feb. 1

Time

9am - noon

Location

At site

Instructors

Bob Faber

Cost

$20 members, $30 nonmembers

Explore the hidden trails and secret passageways of Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park near Garrettsville.  Discover a variety of ice formations including frozen waterfalls, temporary stalactites and stalagmites, and unusual needle ice.  Be prepared to squeeze through narrow passageways and slither into a shelter behind a frozen waterfall.  Walking surface may be icy with numerous small hills and some scrambling on boulders.  Difficult/Off Trail.         

NAT245