Fall 2013 Forest Explorations

 

Admission is free with nonmember class registration

 
Learn more about Holden's instructors
 

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.

 

Call the Education Department at 440.602.3833 for further clarification on the physical conditions of any program we offer.

 

 

Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program

Dates: Fridays, Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27, Oct. 4 and 11 and Saturdays, Sept. 14 and Oct. 12
Time: Fridays, 9:30 - 4:30pm , Saturdays, 8:30 - 4pm
Location: The Holden Arboretum
Cost: $195

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 Ohio State University Extension are partnering to offer an OCVN training program at Holden. Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist trainees receive formal training that teaches a wide range of natural resource topics.

 

Learn more or download an application.

 

Stebbins Gulch: A Hike Through Geologic History

Dates Saturdays, Sept. 14 and Nov. 9, Sunday, Oct. 27
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 and high water conditions. We strongly suggest high waterproof boots. No children under 12. Rugged, three miles 

Class Code

HIK101

 

Magnificence on the Mountain

Dates Sundays, Sept. 22 and Nov. 17, Saturday, Oct. 19
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.

Code HIK102

 

Fern ID and Landscape Use

Date

Sunday, Sept. 15

Time 2 - 4pm
Location Corning Visitor Center
Instructor Dawn Gerlica
Cost $10 members, $15 nonmembers
Description

Join Gerlica, fern expert and Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden horticulturist, to learn all about native ferns. During this outdoor program you will explore fern anatomy and learn how to identify Ohio's native ferns by their structure and habitat association. Emphasis will also be placed on how to successfully incorporate ferns into your own home landscape.

Code HOR289
 

The Nature of Pierson Creek Valley

Date Saturday, Sept. 28 or Sunday, Oct. 13
Time 1 - 4pm
Location Corning Visitor Center
Instructor Holden guides
Cost Free for members, with gate admission for 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. Some hiking will occur within the stream. Please wear hiking shoes that can get wet. No children under 12. Rugged - 2.5 miles.

Code HIK118
 
 
 

Mushrooms of Ohio

Date

Sunday, Oct. 13

Time 1:30 - 4:30pm
Location Corning Classroom
Instructor Walt Sturgeon
Cost $20 members, $30 nonmembers
Description

Learn how to identify mushrooms and discover the diversity of Ohio's wild mushrooms in all their forms, colors, habitats and lifestyles. Topics covered will include edible and toxic species, ecology, folklore, bioluminescent and hallucinogenic species. An indoor program will be followed by an interpretive walk and collecting trip so dress for the weather of the day. STurgeon is president of the Ohio Mushroom Society and has published several books on mushroom identification.

Code NAT188
 

Canoe with Eagles - Bass Lake and Bass Lake Tavern

Date

Saturday, Oct. 19

Time 9 - noon
Location At site, directions sent on registration
Instructor Bob Faber
Cost $35 members, $45 nonmembers
Description

Fall colors will be at their best as we canoe on Bass Lake, a natural glacial lake near Chardon. Bass Lake is a new preserve of the Geauga Parks and is the headwaters of the Chagrin River. It is closed to the general public and is the home of several rare species, including nesting bald eagles and native brook trout. The shoreline edge includes a variety of marshland and swamp forest supporting a diverse wildlife community. Limited to 10 participants age 12 and older. The fee includes all canoeing equipment and naturalist guides. Previous canoe experience required. Length 2 miles. Easy. Fee does not include lunch.

Code NAT113
This session is filled. An afternoon session has been added.
 

Canoe with Eagles - Bass Lake and Bass Lake Tavern

Date

Saturday, Oct. 19

Time 4 - 7pm
Location At site, directions sent on registration
Instructor Bob Faber
Cost $35 members, $45 nonmembers
Description

Fall colors will be at their best as we canoe on Bass Lake, a natural glacial lake near Chardon. Bass Lake is a new preserve of the Geauga Parks and is the headwaters of the Chagrin River. It is closed to the general public and is the home of several rare species, including nesting bald eagles and native brook trout. The shoreline edge includes a variety of marshland and swamp forest supporting a diverse wildlife community. Limited to 10 participants age 12 and older. The fee includes all canoeing equipment and naturalist guides. Previous canoe experience required. Length 2 miles. Easy. Fee does not include dinner.

Code NAT113

Off The Beaten Path: Forest Community Adventures

   

Burton Wetlands Triplex

Date

Sunday, Sept. 8

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

 

Explore the dry  trails and pathways around and  through three preserves; the Burton Wetlands, Lake Kelso and Russell Park, These preserves are part of one of  the largest and important wetlands of the Lake Erie watershed. The area provides habitat for bald eagles, river otters, sandhill cranes, and host of other wildlife. Glacial lakes, bogs, swamp forests, marshland and the old and new Cuyahoga River are all part of this fascinating complex.  Easy - 2 miles.

Code NAT475

Mosquito Creek/Grand River Wildlife Areas-Sampler

Date

Saturday, Sept. 21

Time 9am - noon
Location At site, directions sent upon registration
Instructor Bob Faber
Cost $20 members, $30 nonmembers
Description

This 16,000-acre wildlife refuge complex east of Middlefield, is the home of numerous bald eagles, bobcats, sandhill cranes, ospreys, river otters, black bears, rare rattlesnakes and a host of other wildlife species. We will amble the back roads, view hidden ponds, and visit some of the best wildlife viewing areas of this sprawling complex. Bring binoculars for the best opportunities for eagle viewing. Easy - 3 miles.

Code NAT456

 

Fall Colors and a Winery Lunch - Hell Hollow and Hogback Ridge

Date

Saturday, Oct. 12

Time 9am - noon
Location At site, directions sent upon registration
Instructor Bob Faber
Cost $20 members, $30 nonmembers
Description

Descend into Hell Hollow and climb Hogback Ridge as we explore two of Lake Metropark’s finest canyon preserves. Crystal clear streams, waterfalls, and other interesting geological features are surrounded by lush forests that will be ablaze in fall colors. Following the hike will be an optional visit to a nearby winery for lunch. Fee does not include lunch Moderate/difficult - 3 miles with wooden steps in and out of the 100-plus foot deep valleys.

Code NAT218

Fall Woodlands of Carver's Pond

Date Sunday, Oct. 20
Time 1 - 5pm
Location Corning Visitor Center - then carpool
Instructor Mike Watson
Cost $20 members, $30 nonmembers
Description
Awash in fall color, Carver's Pond offers some of the most breathtaking views in the area and contains some incredible tree specimens. Explore the flora, fauna and geology of woodlands and ponds of this unique and seldom seen area. This is a physically demanding hike requiring a good degree of physical fitness. Proper footwear is essential and should be appropriate for climbing and walking in sometimes steep and wet conditions. Difficult - 3 miles with hills.
Code HIK116