Forest Explorations

 

Admission is free with nonmember class registration

Learn more about our instructors at holdenarb.org

 

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.

 

 

 

Magnificence on the Mountain

Date Sunday, Aug. 31
Time 1 - 4pm
Location Corning Visitor Center
Instructor Volunteer 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 12. Moderate – under 2 miles.


Code HIK102
 

Stebbins Gulch: A Hike Through Geologic History

Date Sunday, July 20 and Saturday, Aug. 9
Time 1 - 4pm
Location Corning Visitor Center
Instructor Volunteer 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 rigorous hike requires a good degree of physical fitness and balance. Proper footwear is imperative and should be appropriate for climbing as well as walking through mud and high water conditions. We strongly suggest high waterproof boots. No children under 12. Rugged - 3 miles.

Code HIK101
   

The Nature of Pierson Creek Valley

Date Sunday, Aug. 17 and Saturday, July 26
Time 1 - 4pm
Location Corning Visitor Center
Instructor Volunteer 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.

Code HIK118
   
   

Native Tree ID in Summer

Date Saturday, July 26
Time 10am - 3pm
Location Corning Classroom
Instructor Marian Williams
Cost $15 members, $25 nonmembers
Description

This course is designed for those new to tree identification. Learn basic terminology and field characteristics important to tree identification in summer and how to use a simple tree key to identify twig samples. The course will conclude with a walk outside to identify native trees. By the end of the course you will be able to easily identify 15 to 20 native trees

Code NAT304
   
   

Singing Insects on Stage at Holden

Date Friday, Aug. 15
Time 7-9pm
Location Corning Classroom
Instructor Lisa Rainsong
Cost $15 members, $25 nonmembers
Description

Would you have guessed that Holden has at least 15 cricket species and 15 katydid species singing in the meadows, woodlands and around Corning Lake? A music theory professor and naturalist, Rainsong surveyed some of Holden’s diverse habitats last summer and will introduce you to the crickets and katydids singing in Holden’s concert venues. After an indoor introduction to these insects and their songs, we’ll go out to search for these beautiful, but well-hidden musicians. Please bring a flashlight and wear hiking shoes or boots.

Code

NAT269

 

Wildlife in Your Woods:
Enhancing Wildlife Habitat

Date Saturday, Aug. 16
Time 9am - 3pm
Location

Reinberger Classroom

Instructor Marne Titchenell, wildlife program specialist
Cost $35
Description

This day-long class will help you enhance your woods for wildlife. Spend the day learning about the birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals that make your woods their home. Learn how to attract a variety of species to your woodlot with proper management and how to monitor them!

We will begin indoors in the morning and end with a walk outdoors through wildlife habitats where we will further discuss monitoring techniques, management tips and learn to ID birds. Bring your binoculars and bird field guide, if you have one. We will be able to provide a few pairs of binoculars for those that don’t own any.

 

Titchenell received her bachelor of science in wildlife management and forestry from Ohio State University in 2004. She continued her study of forest wildlife at OSU’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, where she obtained her master’s degree in science in 2007. In late 2007, she became a wildlife extension program specialist for the OSU Extension.

 

  To register, visit www.regonline.com/WIYWHolden2014 or call 614.688.3421
   

Ohio Certified Volunteer
Naturalist Program

Date

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

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

Corning Visitor Center

Cost $195
Description

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 the Ohio State University Extension are partnering to offer an OCVN training program at Holden. 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